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Manuka honey majors ink joint venture for Australian expansion

Australia’s leading honey manufacturer, Capilano, will form a jointly-owned apiary business with New Zealand health foods company Comvita based on a memorandum of understanding between the two companies.

Fonterra looks at plant closure

Fonterra is in discussions to close its Kaikoura cheese-making site in New Zealand, with 22 full-time jobs at risk.

Kyrgyzstan poultry farms on the verge of extinction

Common customs space with Russia and Kazakhstan has almost killed off poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the chairman of the country’s Union of Poultry Farmers, Rustam...

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Korea to ramp up food exports in wake of FTA with China

South Korea’s government will provide more support to farmers and food manufacturers to achieve its goal of exporting US$8.1bn in food and agriculture products this year.

Japan assesses halal demand ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan must look to the Middle East or Brunei in a bid improve its halal provision in time for the 2020 Olympics, the country’s foreign affairs ministry has said. 

Certifier launches tougher palm oil standard for extreme compliance

RSPO has introduced a voluntary extension to its criteria for companies that exceed the certification body’s principles for sustainably grown palm oil.

Palm oil major completes mapping of its entire supply chain

Having mapped the Indonesian palm oil supply chain for the last two years, the world’s second biggest oil palm plantation company, Golden Agri-Resources, says it can now trace its annual...

SE Asia: Palm oil focus

Rainforest rehabilitation: Astra Agro signs ‘No deforestation’ pledge

Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by Indonesia’s second-biggest oil palm grower to pledge to move away from deforestation a year after it hit headlines amid accusations of environmental destruction...

Hong Kong gets a taste of Northern Ireland

Hong Kong and Macau are the latest destinations to have been added to Hannan Meats’ growing portfolio of international markets. 

Fall in meat-eaters prompts decline of the specialist Aussie butcher

A survey has outlined the decline of the traditional butcher against against a fall in the number of meat-eaters, with the proportion of Australians buying their fresh meat from a...

Veolia to build two waste water treatment plants in China

Veolia Water Technologies has won a contract with Bacchus to design and build two wastewater treatment plants in Tianjin and Chengdu, China.

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Thailand tipped as key market for Australian beef

Thailand has been earmarked as a potential processing and distribution hub for Western Australian live cattle exports, according to a government report on trade opportunities in south-east Asia.

Middlemen benefit most from huge cost disparity for Indian vegetables

The gulf between wholesale and retail prices for vegetables continues to increase far beyond traditional Indian levels, according to an Assocham study.

‘Pact will face competitive constraint from other manufacturers’

ACCC will not oppose Pact’s acquisition of Power Plastics

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Power Plastics by a subsidiary of Pact Group Holdings.

TasFood eyes Nichols Poultry acquisition

Australian agrifood business TasFood Limited is planning a takeover of the family-owned, Tasmanian chicken producer Nichols Poultry. 

Thai food companies advised to target booming Myanmar

Thailand’s industry ministry has advised small- and medium-sized food manufacturers to target Myanmar, which has ben witnessing a significant rise in imports from its eastern neighbour.

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Indonesia needs licence overhaul to attract foreign investors

Indonesia’s byzantine personal and corporate registration processes are putting off overseas food and beverage investors, according to the industry’s representative body. 

Exclusive interview with DSM president André Bos

Made in China: DSM talks vitamin C price pressures

Increasingly strict environmental rules and rising manufacturing wages in China coupled with declining prices is sending ripples across the vitamin and mineral industry. We ask the president of Dutch multinational...

Russia creates pork hub to target China

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million...

Yamazaki Baking grows bakery sales - and ends Mondelēz partnership

Japanese manufacturer Yamazaki Baking has increased its bread sales in the past year despite the impact of cost-conscious consumers and rising raw material prices.

Barentz forms Iran JV to tap Middle East market

Dutch ingredients producer Barentz International has established a new joint distribution venture in Iran with Future Way Holding, to tap into the formerly-restricted market.

Coca-Cola suspends manufacturing in three Indian plants

Coca-Cola India's bottling arm Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has confirmed it has suspended manufacturing at its Kaladera plant in Rajasthan, while media reports suggest other plants in Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya...

Part two in our series looking at the Australian prawn sector

Fish trimmings feed promising for Australian prawn farm

A high-protein feed made from salmon and tuna trimmings has shown promise in a three-year trial at a Queensland-based prawn farm, its manager says.

Malaysian palm oil body slams BBC for ‘sensationalist coverage’

Palm oil officials in Malaysia have hit out at what they call an “elitist media bias” in a BBC report on mangrove deforestation.

Soda companies rapped for allegedly targeting low and middle income countries

The soda industry has vigorously defended itself against claims it is “borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook” by trying to spread its products in low- and middle-income countries.

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