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Based on benefits of D-ribose, new RTD tea line intends to break into energy sector

John Gagliardi let his experience as a college and professional lacrosse player guide his choices when it came to formulating his new energy beverage company.  Called Titan Tea, the product...

Southeast Asia

Investors are demanding more focus on sustainability, says report

Analysis released today shows that nearly three-quarters of global companies see risks associated with sourcing commodities that are linked to deforestation.

News in brief

CSPO palm oil switch will help DuPont focus on sustainable emulsifiers

DuPont Nutrition & Health believes a switch to sustainably certified palm oil will ‘raise the bar’ for sustainable emulsifier supply, says the firm.

Truss to visit China next month to boost pig exports

Environment secretary Liz Truss will be travelling to China in December with the aim of reducing barriers to UK pig exports to the world’s most populace nation as its demand...

Mondelēz eyes premium Asian exports with largest R&D center in Australia

Mondelēz International has officially opened its Asia-Pacific Chocolate and Confectionery Center of Excellence in Australia, creating a base for the largest food R&D team in the country, according to local...

Bunge commits to deforestation-free palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge is the latest multinational company to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply – going beyond the requirements for RSPO membership.

Agriculture

Four to one: Crop pest discovery could have wide-reaching benefits

An entomological discovery should lead to the easing of some international trade restrictions, according to the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Ganeden gets foreign ingredient approvals to boost growth

Probiotic ingredient supplier Ganeden Biotech is expanding its horizons, and is looking to foreign markers for additional growth.

Australia

Australian regulator accuses Coles of malpractice in new legal action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has initiated fresh legal proceedings against Coles over the supermarket giant’s alleged unsavory commercial practices with its suppliers.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

State of food and agriculture

Crucial to food security, family farms need greater support

Nine out of 10 of the world's 570m farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in...

Australia

Cargill sues Viterra over alleged deception at Australian malt maker

Agribusiness major Cargill has filed a lawsuit against Vittera over alleged deceptive practices at Australia’s largest producer of barley malt, which it bought from the Canada-based grain handler last year....

China

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability

China has announced a US$50m donation to the Food and Agriculture Organisation to support the UN body’s programme of "South-South cooperation" to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development...

Show us proof there aren’t slaves in your supply chain, UK gov tells big firms

The UK government wants big businesses to present annual evidence of the actions they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free.

Opinion

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation

To a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum designed to apply the older bloc’s...

Supply chain concerns become No.1 draw for vegetarian glucosamine, Cargill says

Glucosamine has become a commodity market, but concerns about quality and sourcing makes increasing room for a top-shelf niche product like Cargill’s Regenasure vegetarian glucosamine, the company said at the...

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Synalit Milk granted China infant formula export approval

New Zealand infant formula firm Synlait Milk has been granted approval to export products it manufactures to China.

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

After a years long pilot process, the new label Food Justice Certified is ready for market. The new designation aims to do what the USDA Organic Certification does not, and...

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

India

USDA: Online retail for food and grocery to soar in India

India’s online retail market for food and groceries is set to soar thanks to growing internet and smartphone penetration, a new report by the US Department of Agriculture has revealed....

India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing the amount of produce that is wasted, a government minister has warned.

Global hunger is falling, but malnutrition still a big issue, says UN report

The number of hungry people has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade; however 805 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished, according to a new...

Australia-China

Minister: Australia’s “food bowl of Asia” no threat to Chinese farmers

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has assured Chinese farmers that Australia is “not a threat” to their livelihoods on a day when two Far East investment groups established a A$3bn (US$2.7bn)...