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Delivering appropriate food from farm to fork, safely and in time, is no mean feat in parts of the world with poor infrastructure and extreme weather conditions. It requires close cooperation between actors at every stage in the chain.

Guar gum could be relisted on Indian futures market

Guar gum could be relisted on India’s futures market if a positive committee decision is reached next week, according to the country’s commodity markets regulator.

Bumper Chinese corn harvest a ‘relief’ for beleaguered US

The US Grains Council (USGC) has projected another bumper crop of Chinese corn, and voiced its relief that China can step up to the plate as the US faces a...

Middle-class now China's primary consumer of beef

China’s rapidly growing middle-class is driving growth in the consumption of beef and meat products, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

Sino-NZ study aims to produce bigger grains

In another agricultural research collaboration between New Zealand and China, scientists have begun a joint study into how to improve seeds so that farmers can produce more and bigger grains.

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Prawn prices continue to rise

Latest figures from commodity analyst Mintec reveal that prawn prices continued to rise in August following the outbreak of early mortality syndrome on the Pacific Rim.

China lays out plan for global action on food security

A Chinese delegation today stressed the importance of co-ordinated global action to uphold food security and challenged economies with a five-point action plan to work to this goal.

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UAE mulls Cambodia investment for rice and halal production

On a visit to Cambodia, the UAE minister for foreign trade revealed that her government was considering pumping money into halal food production and rice milling in the Southeast Asian...

Private agri-groups to develop SE Asian rice supply

Agribusiness companies from the Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand have formed a consortium to develop a Southeast Asian rice supply chain using the proprietary hybrid and premium rice technology.

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Chinese grape surfeit drives down prices of sultanas

Global sultana prices have fallen sharply as a result of high Chinese production. According to commodity analyst Mintec, the crop is currently selling at 15% below last year's price.

Food advocate launches volley on Oz produce plan

An Australian food policy unit yesterday branded the country’s food system as “broken”, and blamed it for contributing to a raft of issues currently affecting society.

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State chief calls on Nestlé India to help with milk supply

The chief minister of Haryana has called on Nestlé India to adopt a collective strategy with the government departments and private business to set up milk collection centres across the...

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Indian state chief calls on Nestlé's assistance

The chief minister of Haryana, yesterday called on Nestlé India to adopt a collective strategy with the government departments and private business to set up milk collection centers across the...

Chinese must make tough choices on corn and pork

The author of a report suggesting that China’s corn imports are in line to explode by 2017, today cautioned that the government will have to walk a tightrope in balancing...

Thailand’s broiler meat industry under pressure, says GAIN report

Chicken processors in Thailand will be forced to lower production over the coming years, according to a report from the USDA Global Agriculture Information Network.

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

China's corn import growth will have 'massive impact on world markets'

Corn imports to China will hit 20mn tonnes per year by 2017, leading to major reverberations on world markets. This is the likely scenario if current trends in the country’s pork...

Charity calls on Indian producers to help in malnutrition fight

Food producers and manufacturers are the “natural allies” of charities in the fight against child malnutrition in India, according to the leader of an international humanitarian major.

Philippines still a good target for food exporters, suggests report

A new report by a government agency in the Philippines has revealed, that in spite of increasing its food production capacity, the country still remains a net food importer, giving...

Scientists propose packaging from trout skin

Trout skin could be used to create edible packaging for the food industry, suggests fresh research.

Research finds Filipinos most active in sourcing web food deals

Forget Facebook and Twitter, Internet users in the Philippines are the most active in the Asia-Pacific region in going online for groceries and food products, a new survey has revealed.

Study labels food security as important as world peace

New research suggests that securing a sustainable supply of nutritious food to feed the world’s fast-growing population is as big an issue as fighting wars, preventing disease and saving the...

FDI throws a lifeline to India's crumbling supply chain

As the dust settles on Friday’s announcement by the Indian government to finally allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, it is becoming clear that the country’s beleaguered supply chain...

Japan’s new ethoxyquin standard spooks Indian shrimp industry

India’s shrimp exporters are concerned by a new move by Japanese food safety regulators to lower the acceptable levels of a key anti-oxidant used in fishmeal.

LycoRed takes aim at Asia with new facility

Growing awareness of nutritional intake among Chinese consumers has opened the door for Israel-based global premix supplier LycoRed.

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