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Asia-Pacific fuels a challenging year for dairy

As the global dairy industry grapples with issues of oversupply and the changing face of product mixes, Asia-Pacific countries will hold massive sway over the direction the market takes over...

Daioni - 1st British organic dairy brand certified by China Quality Certification Centre

‘Potential demand for organic dairy produce in Greater China is immense’

Daioni, the first British organic dairy brand to be certified by the China Quality Certification Centre, has set up a sales team in Hong Kong and hired a brand manager...

Thai seafood companies must ‘wake up’ practices that will stop slavery

Allegations of slave labour at one of the world’s biggest shrimp companies should be a “wake-up call” to the industry, said the man whose company has been at the centre...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Soda tax could cost 120,000 Indonesian jobs

Sweetened drinks shouldn’t even be subject to excise duty, never mind an elevated sugar tax, according to the Indonesian drinks industry.

This week Down Under

Woolworths repeats ‘Mind the Gap’ demand while drawing heat from ACCC

A supermarket giant is preparing to fight Australia’s consumer watchdog after being accused of acting “unconscionably” in negotiations with its grocery suppliers.

Sustainable palm-oil body slammed over slave labour auditing

A coalition of international labour rights and environmental groups has questioned whether audits carried out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) were robust enough to root out members...

Big food firms are climate smart but social media stupid

Brands are blowing a major opportunity to communicate their sustainability initiatives to millions of consumers with social media updates that are “inane, safe and saccharinely artificial in their bonhomie”, says a...

Far East digest

Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

Japan's ruling coalition partners have agreed to a to exempt food products from a planned tax hike in 2017, when general consumption tax will be increased by two percentage points.

United Biscuits eyes China as a key market for McVities

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that its total UK exports have rocketed 50% over the past three years and it expects this figure to rise a further 50% by 2020,...

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Palau ratifies international illegal fishing agreement

The island nation of Palau has become the first Pacific island state to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which the FAO estimates will deprive the global economy...

Shell do well!: Kiwi mussel extract company hopes for boom in Asia

A Kiwi mussel extract company is planning further expansion into Asia in an industry that contributes NZ$400m (US$268m) to New Zealand’s economy. 

This week Down Under

FTAs are good for business, but technical barriers must now be smashed

Australia’s government must address technical barriers to trade, which are inhibiting the potential of Australian exports, according to a report released by the country’s food industry.

South Asia radius

‘Sin tax’ of 40% proposed to cover Indian soft drinks

A panel that is looking into the implementation of a new system of GST in India has proposed levying a 40% “sin tax” on aerated drinks, even though consumption is...

Nestlé leads on anti-slavery action, but will others follow?

An anti-slavery charity has welcomed Nestlé’s action plan to tackle human rights abuses in the Thai seafood supply chain, and says it hopes other food companies will follow suit.

News in brief

HK online food retailers to get new safety guidelines

Hong Kong’s food authorities have reacted to various food scandals this year by issuing new guidelines for online sales.

News in brief

Nissin buys Jinmailang out of Chinese noodle joint-venture

Nissin has ended its joint-ventures with Jinmailang so it can focus on supplying premium products to the Chinese market.

Far East digest

Chinese GMO firm could face off against Monsanto in US

Origin Agritech is the latest Chinese agricultural biotechnology company to seek its fortunes overseas as a means to get round a local ban on genetically modified produce when it launches...

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

Japanese media have reported that the European Union may no longer require radiation screening for some food products imported into the bloc from the beginning of next year.

News in brief

Tim Tams on sale across Australia despite Coles price row, insists Arnott's

Arnott’s has sought to reassure retail customers and consumers its popular Tim Tam biscuits are available across Australia despite its pricing spat with supermarket chain Coles.

FAO honours Thailand for its part in wiping out cassava mealybug pest

Thailand’s agriculture ministry has won the Edouard Saouma award for spearheading regional collaboration to combat a destructive crop pest with the help of a tiny wasp. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Monsanto urges Philippines to embrace GM and biotech

Monsanto has warned Congress that the Philippines could face a food crisis if it does not put biotechnology at the heart of its food security programme.

Prepare for slavery act or risk ‘disaster’

Food and drink businesses with a turnover of more than £36M a year should prepare now to comply with the new Modern Slavery Act or risk “disaster”, warns law firm Roythornes, after...

Agar supply hit by seaweed shortage

Thermo Fisher Scientific has temporarily stopped selling two agars due to a shortage in the seaweed used to make them.

Food processing minister calls for FDI in produce retail

India’s food processing minister has called on the government to open up the perishables segment to foreign retailers, claiming the move would benefit local fruit and vegetable producers.

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

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