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EU pig market propped up by China

Europe’s beleaguered pig meat market has seen prices fall to its lowest level in a decade, but the sector has capitalised on exports to China, claims AHDB Pork’s market trends...

Nescafé expands e-commerce strategy with Alibaba deal

In a move to boost its online sales in China, Nestlé has entered into a partnership with e-commerce major Alibaba to trade on its Tmail.com platform.

Agravis 'secures supply' in palm expellers through stake in Wilmar subsidiary

German agribusiness cooperative, Agravis, has bought a 33% shareholding in a German palm products and animal feed trading house.

Health & Wellness 2020

C-stores offer growth opportunity for better-for-you brands

Convenience stores, often considered a destination for indulgent, unhealthy snacks, could offer a new growth opportunity for better-for-you brands as the channel’s core audience begins shifting slightly towards more health-conscious...

‘Operation Boomerang’ lamb ad did not break adverting rules

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA’s) controversial lamb advert, which incensed vegans, has been cleared of breaching the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ strict code of ethics.  

Largest halal beef farm to be built in Kazakhstan

Dubai-based company AMK Metal Fzco is to construct a livestock farm for 20,000 head of cattle and a meat processing plant for the production of 5,000 tonnes (t) of high-quality...

News in brief

Palm oil update: Production expected to slow due to poor weather

Indonesia exported 21m tonnes of palm oil in 2014, a figure that is expected to increase to 21.6m tonnes in 2015, according to a new study by Research & Markets. 

Medical foods based on amino acid/neurotransmitter technology to be marketed in China

Medical food specialist Targeted Medical Pharma has signed a Chinese distribution deal that bodes well for the long term health of the company.

FSSAI sets out tougher regulatory red tape for imports

India’s food regulator has introduced stricter requirements across a number of food safety logistical practices in a bid to prevent sub-standard products from entering the country.

South Asia radius

Modi’s call for sodas to be 2% juice bewilders beverage industry

A suggestion by India’s prime minister for all fizzy drinks to have at least 2% natural fruit juice content has baffled many beverage manufacturers.

Mars joins Tata to arrest Indian food and malnutrition issues

Mars is joining the Tata Trusts in a joint-venture to advance agricultural development, address malnutrition, and improve food safety in India.

News in brief

Packaged goods manufacturers must perfect online strategies

China’s consumer packaged goods companies will be forced to face a number of dramatic shifts in business over the coming years, a global management consultancy has warned. 

US cattlemen: TPP vital to reach world’s middle class

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has said the swift implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial to help American beef reach the world’s growing middle class. ...

Anellotech and Suntory to open 100% bio-based plastic test facility in 2016

Anellotech, a sustainable technology company has entered into the next phase of partnership with Suntory Holdings and will start construction on a testing facility (TCat-8), at the end of January.

China's chocolate brands face image crisis amid international onslaught, says analyst

Chinese consumers are turning their backs on domestic chocolate brands they associate with questionable food safety in favor of a growing number of international brands, says China’s market research company, Daxue...

Nestlé bid to throw out cocoa child labor lawsuit in US Supreme Court rejected

A civil lawsuit accusing Nestlé, Cargill and ADM of aiding and abetting child slavery on Ivorian cocoa farms has again thwarted attempts to have the case thrown.

Insect protein makes a jump to the gourmet aisle with Jimini's apéritif snacks

While most insect products focus on hiding the insect content by using flours, French start-up Entoma sells Jimini's whole, spiced insects as a gourmet apéritif snack – a gamble that has paid...

Fonterra breaks its export volumes record

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited announced it exported record volumes for the month of December 2015.

Sheep milk industry can earn billions for New Zealand

A multi-billion dollar industry in sheep milk is available to New Zealand farmers, if they can be convinced of the opportunity, and if they work together.

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Fishmeal free? Protein alternatives key to Australia’s prawn future

Australia’s prawn sector must prioritize sustainable fishmeal replacement and R&D in protein alternatives will be the key, say industry heads.

Sabinsa concludes curcumin patent suit that was part of a series involving Indian suppliers

Sabinsa Corp. has prevailed in yet another patent infringement suit based on its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient. The most recent settlement is one in a series of suits the company...

China sees increasing reliance on imported feed, expanding trade partners

China’s increasing imports of animal feed ingredients stem from the expansion and commercialization of animal production, but it also may be looking beyond the US for trade. 

Bird watching found to be a critical factor in monitoring fisheries

By studying bird vomit, Lachlan McLeay believes he has developed an approach to gauging sardine abundance in Australian waters.

Researchers develop phone app to assess scale of vineyard disease

An iPhone app has been designed to help grape growers make informed decisions over the quality and price of their grapes.

Restauranteur pays $117k for endangered fish in final Tsukiji auction

The sale of a bluefin tuna for JPY14m marked the end of a long-running and beloved tradition at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market this week.

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