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Fonterra’s NZMP launches low-lactose instant whole milk powder

NZMP, Fonterra’s global ingredients brand, has launched NZMP Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder (IWMP).

India

Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

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Mead Johnson sets up agreement in Australia with Bega Cheese

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has announced an agreement to acquire spray drying and finishing capabilities in Australia from Bega Cheese Limited.

Soapbox

Death by 1,000 regulations: China’s policy of legislative attrition

China accession to the WTO was granted in 2001 and built on the foundations of the previous generation's great sacrifice during the industrial and agricultural revolutions, and the great economic...

US feed companies urged to sign up to gain access to Chinese market

Chinese market opportunities await US feed additive and premix producers as market regulation protocols progress.

Thai takeover of top Russian meat plant nearly done

Talks to acquire a top Russian meat factory, the Ostankino Meat Processing Plant (OMPP), could be concluded by Thailand's CP Foods arm Charoen Pokphand Foods (overseas) LLC (CP Foods) next month....

Coca-Cola to close South Australia manufacturing operations

Coca-Cola Amatil is remodeling its supply chain across Australia, increasing production in Queensland and Western Australia but closing the company’s manufacturing operations in South Australia in 2019.

Saudi-Aussie scientists could be on the road to sweeter quinoa

The first high-quality reference genome for quinoa, the hipster's favourite grain, has been revealed through a Saudi-Australian research partnership.

FAO: Two-thirds of Yemeni households are now food insecure

The number of food insecure people in Yemen has grown by 3m in seven months, with an estimated 17.1m people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment...

Market update

Disappointment for Indian rice exporters

Indian basmati rice prices have risen 20% since the end of November, based on hopes that Iran will resume rice imports during the July-November harvest season, following a ban last...

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

South Asia radius

Amazon on verge of opening physical and online food stores

India could be the second country to see physical Amazon stores, while there are rumours that the e-commerce giant has also sought the government’s approval for online sales of foods...

De Heus moves into Egyptian fish feed business

Growing demand for fish feed in Egypt sees a joint venture involving Dutch feed group, De Heus, open its first fish feed factory in that country.

News in brief

PwC to help ISO standard compliance

PwC has established a specialist food and agribusiness advisory team and food safety assurance offering in Australia.

Ifad grants Indonesia its biggest development loan in fund’s history

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) has signed an agreement with Indonesia’s government to launch the biggest project in the fund’s 40-year history.

Rice diversity could be central to more productive crops

Scientists have found that they can improve rice productivity by selecting varieties that are better at capturing sunlight to produce grains, instead of reflecting it as heat. 

Cooperatives can improve India’s dairy industry, NDDB chair says

Shri Dilip Rath, chairman of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), said dairying in India is more about livelihoods for millions of smallholders than simply a business.

War and smuggling hit Libyan sheep sales

Civil war, currency instability and smuggling are hitting the Libya's sheep market and stocks of the key Libyan Barbary Sheep breed are decreasing.

The age of the soda tax: Moves in Asia-Pacific

Debate over sugar taxes hit the limelight last year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

UAE officially names food security as a national issue

The UAE has placed food security at the top of its policy priorities and will strive to deliver the “highest possible rates” of sustainability, according to a senior official.

Irish producers show off clean, green image in fight for ME share

Ireland’s government food industry promoter has said it hoped that the Emerald Isle’s strong reputation for farm provenance would boost sales in the Middle East as it launches a new...

CP Foods pumps cash into Russia’s meat industry

Russia will see millions of dollars invested in its meat industry this year amid Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods' (CP Foods') plans to pump US$2 billion into expansion there by 2020. 

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Good year, bad year: 2016 was challenging for RSPO; Will it fare better in 2017?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) faced a number of well-publicised challenges last year. Consumers remain confident in the scheme, it appears, but can the same be said for...

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Market update: Palm prices fall after sharp end-of-year rally

Palm oil prices fell in December as a result of end-of-year profit-taking following a sharp rally in prices throughout 2016. 

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