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FDI will bring the fresh ideas India desperately needs

As foreign retailers gear up for entry into India now that foreign direct investment is a reality, it is fast becoming clear how the policy has the potential to offer...

China focus

Cities and countryside must integrate to ward off looming grain crisis

Food policymakers in China have had a busy few days with party leadership outlining the need for agricultural modernisation, the government demanding improvements in logistics and the food watchdog offering...

News in brief

Woolies to stock more local produce

Woolworths has announced the launch of a new strategy to source more locally produced foods for its supermarket shelves across Australia. 

Researchers urge action on Indian cereal contamination

The high level of mycotoxin contamination in Indian cereals must be addressed with improved monitoring and maximum levels for contamination set, a new study says.

Kosher gains ground as global QC measure

Having foods and ingredients approved by Jewish rabbis may not seem a matter that would of great importance to non-Jewish food and supplement manufacturers – not so.

China to explore increased rice imports from India

India’s newfound position as the world’s leading rice exporter has not escaped the attention of China, which may look to its western neighbour for increasingly greater rice supplies over the...

Indian agripolitics

Government heavyweights line up at food innovation summit

Speaking at an industry event in Haryana, the Indian minister for state for agriculture and food processing stressed that finding new ways to detect emerging food pathogens was crucial for...

India damned by food wastage report

A quantity of wheat equivalent to the entire production of Australia goes to waste each year in India, according to a new report on global food wastage.

News in brief

SE Asia’s first deoiled lecithin plant on the anvil

With Berg + Schmidt’s Indian deoiled lecithin plant in India now working to capacity, the lipid company has joined with its Volkmar Wywiol stablemate, Sternchemie, to invest in a Singapore plant...

Sustainable farming held up by funding and the environment

A new study by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (Abares) has identified financial and environmental concerns to be the key drivers influencing the adoption of...

Palm oil body seeks to allay new Chinese regulatory fears

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has sought to assure the market that almost all of its shipments of palm cooking oil to China have met the destination’s quality control...

ADM gets second takeover rejection from GrainCorp

GrainCorp has snuffed Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) second, higher takeover bid saying that it still “materially undervalues” the business.

Goodman Fielder ups bakery prices thanks to better retail relations

Australian food firm Goodman Fielder said that thanks to better dialogue with its retail partners, agreed price increases across its bakery arm will help boost business further.

NZ gives aquaculture boost by domesticating mussels

The New Zealand government has announced that it will support a seven-year, NZ$26m initiative to boost aquaculture by selectively breeding New Zealand greenshell mussels for the first time.

Malnutrition still rife in N Korea in spite of increased crop yield

North Korea might have seen its second increase in staple food production in as many year, but nearly 3m of its population are still undernourished, according to UN figures.

Kellogg-Wilmar JV will dive into immediate snacks opportunity

Kellogg and Wilmar’s 50:50 joint venture will dive into immediate opportunities in China’s developed snack market; using Pringles as its springboard, a Kellogg executive has said.

Malaysia slams France’s proposal for ‘Nutella tax’

A French politician’s calls for a “Nutella tax” have been met with anger in Malaysia. Central to the terms of the proposal, which will be voted on in Paris this...

Expert comment

Why does everyone hate the Thai rice mortgage scheme?

The Thai rice mortgage scheme continues to receive a fair amount of media bashing even after completing its first anniversary last month. 

China's boom will fuel global seafood price growth

Whereas China is the key driver of the world’s seafood industry, by the end of a decade of growing affluence among its population, the country’s role will have changed dramatically,...

India’s lift on egg ban brings welcome relief to baking industry

An Indian state bakery association has welcomed the country’s move to lift its ban on eggs and poultry from two important supply states.

State of the industry

Food retailers must face up to online in China

According to China’s National Bureau of Statics, consumer goods sales between January and September this year totalled $2.4 trillion—an increase of 14.1% over the same period in 2011.   

News in brief

Australian potato growers might soon bargain with buyers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the country’s business and consumer watchdog, has proposed a move to allow selected potato growers associations to collectively bargain with potato buyers.

State of the industry

India must innovate to realise processing potential

Food processing is regarded as a sunrise industry in India. However, while it is true that there has been rapid growth over the past few years, the fact remains that...

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

Vietnam going all out for growth in seafood exports

The Vietnamese seafood industry is eyeing exports worth $10-10.5bn by 2020, according to a leading trade official, although judging by recent trends, this might be a difficult task.

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