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Abu Dhabi redoubles safety inspections for Ramadan

Abu Dhabi food authorities have doubled down inspections over Ramadan, and at the time of writing have assessed almost 200 grocery stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets in the emirate.

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

India’s cattle ban could ‘halt’ beef exports

The Indian government’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter is likely to have dramatic impact on its billion-dollar cattle export trade.

Cattle sale restrictions introduced by Indian government

The Indian meat industry has warned that new rules prohibiting the sale of aged cattle from markets for slaughter may hinder the recent success of the sector.

South Asia radius

Patanjali seeks location for new food park in Uttar Pradesh

Ayurvedic consumer foods brand Patanjali is looking to acquire land for a US$77m food park in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, which it hopes will begin operations by 2020.

FAO praises China’s ‘Belt and Road’ project

China’s Belt and Road initiative can help achieve sustainable development goals provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fishermen in the countries involved.

China direct

Sino-Singapore food park signs two new deals

The Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone has signed two deals that will boost efforts to produce safe, high-quality products to be exported between the two countries. 

‘High-tech’ Indian slaughterhouse officially opened

Kerala-based protein packer Meats Products of India has opened a “high-tech” slaughterhouse in a remote part of the country.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Manufacturer-backed sugar hike rejected by government

Malaysia will not increase the market price of sugar, despite a request to do so from one of the country’s most prominent companies and pressure from consumers’ associations to introduce...

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two...

Mondelēz invests $2.9m in Cadbury 'Spider' production in Austrailia

Mondelēz Australia has invested around $2.9m in its Hobart, Tasmania, factory to produce two new lines – Cadbury Dark Milk and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvelous Creations Spider – with new equipment.

South Asia radius

GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers...

Hundreds of mislabelled ‘Japanese’ brands found across Asia

Asian food manufacturers have been tapping into growing demand for Japanese products by mislabelling local goods to make them appear authentic.

Sustainable food and booze: NZ’s most sought-after exports to Singapore

New Zealand’s wealth of safe, sustainable food and beverage sources is not lost on Singaporean consumers, with total exports rising by 10% to $1.1bn in the past year.

The sativa saga: Part 3

A novelty in Australia, hemp oil is nothing new for Kiwis

Last month’s decision to allow the sale of hemp seed for human consumption might have delighted Australian manufacturers that had hitherto been unable to stock their products on grocery food...

Nestlé’s Gulf business looking up as Dubai’s third plant opens

Business in the Gulf will bounce back after years of poor performance in the wake of collapsed oil prices, the world’s biggest food group’s regional chief has predicted while opened...

US beef imports cleared by China after 14 years

The US and China have reached a trade deal that includes beef and poultry.

Fonterra reopens Malaysian milk powder plant

Fonterra has reopened its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia following a NZ$7m (US$4.8m) investment to boost manufacturing efficiencies and ensure it continues to meet health and safety, and food...

Sativa saga: Part 2

Farmers plan huge cannabis expansion to cash in on hemp foods ruling

When he heard the news that a council of antipodean ministers had decided to permit the sale of hemp seed as a food last month, Harry Youngman thought: “At last,...

Court decision looming in Cargill dispute with South Korean trade watchdog

A ruling in the appeal process initiated by Cargill against claims it participated in a feed cartel in South Korea is due this autumn.

Asia-Pacific expected to bank 70% of global seafood sales

China now accounts for some 35% of global seafood production, while the wider Asia-Pacific region will account for more than two-thirds of the world’s demand by 2030, according to a...

Philippines government urged to ‘fast-track’ halal framework

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry has been urged by halal bodies to fast-track certification rules for Islamic food exports.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Year of the dragon: Wales targets Asia for premium exports

After nearly three decades of exports in the doldrums, one of the smaller nations of the United Kingdom is setting its sights on bolstering trade to Asia.

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