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Entomo Farms rides the edible insects wave: ‘Things really exploded for us in 2015’

2015 was a difficult year for some in the embryonic edible insect ingredients business, with Big Cricket Farms suspending activities due to water supply problems and All Things Bugs facing...

Beston beats import prohibition through Chinese distribution deal

South Australia’s Beston Global Food Company has signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Hondo Agricultural Company of China for the production, marketing and distribution of its range of allergen-free,...

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World’s first EpiCor yeast fermentate lozenge launched in New Zealand

New Zealand ingredients supplier Embria Health Sciences has announced the launch of the world’s first throat lozenge formulated with EpiCor yeast fermentate.

Australia hit by dried oregano fraud findings

Seven of twelve dried oregano samples tested by an Australian consumer watchdog contained other ingredients, including olive and sumac leaves.

Japan struggles to meet Middle East wagyu beef demand

Japanese wagyu beef is a hit in the Middle East, but producers are struggling to export to regional markets because of Halal issues, according to a Japanese food importer in...

Philippines exporters make record $110m from Gulfood

Firms from the Philippines booked more than US$110m in sales at Gulfood in February, beating last year’s total, but challenges remain for exporters to the Middle East.

21st Indian state implements digital national food security platform

Gujarat is the latest state to adopt the National Food Security Act, bringing to 21 the number of states that have implemented the policy.

India

IFAD launches ‘nutrition-sensitive’ project for eastern tribal regions

India’s government has taken a US$51.2m loan from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development for a project designed to improve livelihoods and increase food and nutrition security for tribal...

India

Foodpanda to offer money-back guarantee on 45-minute deliveries

India’s biggest online food ordering platform, Foodpanda, has introduced a money-back guarantee that food will be delivered within 45 minutes. 

Iranian doors open, but buyers yet to enter

Sanctions may be lifting but challenges remain for Iranian exporters, according to Pars Emerald Pistachio, which is aiming to focus on quality to expand its international sales.

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Nutricia withdraws Karicare from Chinese market

Danone Nutricia has stopped supplying its Karicare brand in China more than two years after the New-Zealand made infant formula was at the centre of a botulism contamination scare.

UN General Assembly proclaims ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’

In a move the United Nations has called a major step towards reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world, its General Assembly has heralded a “Decade of Action on...

Feature

Cool water key to clean green tomatoes in the Outback

A refrigeration company that first made its name chilling millions of cases of wine has now turned its attention to growing tomatoes in the Australian Outback.

China’s Sunner becomes official McDonald’s supplier

Chinese poultry-focused Sunner Development Group has celebrated with much fanfare its first dispatch this week of value-added and pre-cooked chicken products to McDonald’s. 

Philippines unveils action plan to transform into agribusiness hub

The Philippines government has laid out a blueprint for the country to become a regional agribusiness hub by 2022 through a comprehensive national industrial strategy.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Study: Tropical ecosystems pay the price for underpriced agriculture

While international trade may generate economic benefits to agricultural exporters in the tropics, a groundbreaking study by National University of Singapore researchers reveals that benefits from trade cannot compensate for...

Beef imports rise as China’s growth cools

China’s official beef imports surged by more than 50% last year as a government crackdown on grey market meat bolstered formal trade figures, according to a new report.

This week Down Under

Ancient genes analysed to protect modern wheat

Scientists in Queensland have been undertaking research into ancient wheats in a bid to ensure the crop’s future.

News in brief

New app is latest attempt by government to bring technology to farmers

India’s agriculture minister has launched a mobile app to provide farmers with information relating to best cultivation practices, resource conservation, and new varieties of crops and farm machinery.

Soapbox

Certification, effort of ethics and the Island Life journey

There is no questioning the market appeal of ethically based products. Companies increasingly seek to source raw materials that have been endorsed by any one of a number of certifying...

Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt pledge to use 'sustainable cocoa' for Australian-made chocolate

Australia’s leading chocolate companies such as Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt have all pledged to source only “sustainable” cocoa for domestically manufactured goods, says the Australian Industry Group.

Mondelēz partners in Melbourne hub for research into SE Asian markets

The Asia-Pacific arm of Mondelēz has collaborated with Melbourne University to open a food research hub to learn about consumer behaviour in Asean markets.

Feature

Seafood capital rides high on tuna's back

The small South Australian fishing town of Port Lincoln has boat loads of evidence to support its claim as the seafood capital of Australia.

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Saboro brand marks Mahindra & Mahindra entry into dairy

The Agri Business sector of Indian multi-national Mahindra & Mahindra, has announced the launch of its first branded dairy products - Saboro.

Kyrgyzstan eyes China as an export market

Chinese meat processors are being courted for investment by a leading destination for the country’s meat exports. 

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