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Fonterra to spend $150m to build two cream cheese plants for Asian market

Fonterra has announced plans to build two new cream cheese plants at its Darfield site in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Brunei clarifies new halal laws for manufacturers and retailers

Plus: Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security.

FoodPro / AIFST convention 2017

New technology to help Australia’s $126bn food industry track entire supply chain

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched a new technology system – ePIF – which enables companies to track product information across its entire supply chain and provide...

GEA to build Asia’s largest milk production facility for Amul in India

GEA is set to build a new dairy plant in India for AmulFed Dairy that, when completed, will be the largest skim milk powder and dairy whitener plant in Asia.

Up and down year for Australian farming due to changeable climates

Australian agricultural production has experienced a variety of mixed results, according to “agricultural census data” released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the 2015-16 season.

Russia eyes Chinese poultry trade as shortages loom

Russia is planning to promote exports of poultry and pork to China and has already started talks with the Chinese government to increase exports beyond their current low volumes. 


Lion refutes rumour that XXXX brewery will close

Australian brewery major Lion has categorically denied that its iconic Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Brisbane will close after media reported that staff had been notified of the closure.

Meat & Livestock Australia invests in measurement systems

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is to invest an additional $14million (m) to co-fund the commercial installation of more DEXA objective measurement systems in individual red meat processing plants.

This week Down Under

CCA defends Coke No Sugar against Woolworths and Domino’s decisions

Coca-Cola Amatil has voiced its “disappointment” at Domino’s’ decision not to renew its contract with the Australian bottler, and defended Coca-Cola No Sugar after Woolworths decided to defer stocking the...

Dubai is latest emirate to announce food mega-park plans

Dubai’s first dedicated food park will be built at a cost of AED5.5m (US$1.5m) and incorporate a mix of government infrastructure, warehousing and manufacturing facilities. 

Refugees given tools and training in northern Iraq

A Germany-funded project to train refugees in greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, hen production and food processing has been launched to help thousands of vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians.

Indian e-commerce products to carry MRP labelling from 2018

E-commerce products will now have to carry mandatory retail prices and other essential information from next year.

India to become world’s largest producer of milk by 2026

Milk production is expected to accelerate worldwide especially in India where it will grow 49% by 2026, contrasting with the steady decline of milk consumption in developed markets like the...

Australian dairymen get contract code in wake of farmgate crisis

Australia’s dairy industry now has its first code of practice for drafting contracts to cover most of he milk produced in the country.

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Amul introduces Tetra Pak TBA 1000 Edge with LightCap pack in India

Indian dairy company Amul has launched its buttermilk and lassi products in a bigger 1-liter Tetra Pak package, the TBA 1000 Edge with LightCap 30.

Thai meat giant claims ethical approach to hiring of migrants

One of Thailand’s largest meat companies, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), has declared that the migrant staff comprising nearly a fifth of its workforce have been recruited in line with anti-slavery...

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Mixed feelings following ‘game-changing’ GST introduction in India

Following the introduction of India’s goods and services tax this week, the biggest tax reform since independence, which has now brought all disparate state taxes under one code, some industry...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Del Monte buries the hatchet ahead of retail and NPD joint-venture

Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific has entered into a joint-venture with Arab-owned Fresh Del Monte Produce to expand its refrigerated fruit-based lines. 

2 Sisters and Weetabix lead appointments gallery

Senior appointments by 2 Sisters and Weetabix lead our latest gallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.


Something Wild follows up green ant gin with wattleseed lager

Beer made with seeds from Australia’s floral emblem will be an indigenous beverage company’s second retail product, following the release of a gin made from green ants earlier this year....

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Malaysian Customs decides against GST on 60 foods

Malaysia’s Customs department has rejected an order to impose GST on more than 60 food items.

Australia looks to safeguard beef exports to Korea

Following a record year of beef exports to Korea in 2016, Australia is looking to defend its position amidst contracting supply and competition from the US. 

Full durum: The South Australian science of spaghetti

A pasta industry more than 15,000km from Italy is thriving thanks to a unique collaboration between farmers, durum wheat researchers and a major food manufacturer. 


Beston ramps up milk supply to support cheese expansion

Australian food group Beston Global Foods has secured a deal to acquire an additional 60m litres of milk per year from 20 South Australian dairy farmers in a bid to...

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly...

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