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US beef promotion builds in South Korea

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is focusing on promoting the quality of beef to South Korea

News in brief

Strong pulse: UN’s International Year of Pulses targets trade boost

The United Nations (UN) is promoting the nutritional benefits of pulses through a year-long initiative.

Chinese lysine producers still applying the brakes but prices starting to rebound: analyst

Most of China’s nine major lysine manufacturers, which between them account for over 61% of the global market, are back up and running, but nearly all of them are still...

Fonterra increases 2015/16 farmer payout forecast after performance boost

Fonterra has increased its payout forecast for the 2015/16 season on the back of a strong August to October performance.

ADM opens two plants in China’s east

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the America-based agricultural processor, opened two feed ingredients plants in China last week as the country’s demand for food ingredients and animal nutrition continues to increase....

China direct

Responsibility for China’s food security to be devolved to provinces

Provincial governors have been warned that they will be held accountable for any lapses in China’s food security strategy after the cabinet made them responsible for its enactment.

Cargill to appeal feed cartel claims in Korean court

Cargill has filed an appeal in the Seoul High Court over claims it took part in an animal feed price fixing cartel in Korea.

Far East digest

Hi-tech farming: NEC's use of data analysis to grow farm yields

NEC Corporation, the Japanese IT and networking technologies company, has developed a solution to analyse large-scale farming as part of a corporate programme to help increase agricultural efficiency.

Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood

Acacia gum seems to have it all – manufacturers say it’s clean-label, organic, sustainably sourced and provides income in developing countries. So why is industry not doing more to promote this?...

GEA on the challenges of building an earthquake proof milk plant for Fonterra

Fonterra has started production at its whole milk drying factory in Pahiatua (P3), New Zealand - the first of its kind to be built on an earthquake fault line.

New water regulations have knock-on effect for Kiwi livestock farmers

Facing significant changes from increased environmental regulation, New Zealand’s livestock farmers should start to plan ahead, Rabobank has warned.

Stevia extraction is no barrier to scalability: PureCircle

Stevia extracted from the leaf can be scaled up to compete with other methods – and is more in line with consumer perceptions of stevia’s naturalness, say researchers and industry....

Signature plans to open 20 bakeries in India

Signature International, which already has a production facility built to European standards in the city of Nashik – 200 miles north of Mumbai – has plans to build 20 flatbread manufacturing...

FAO and WTO aim to improve small-scale producer access to international markets

Helping small-scale farmers and producers in developing countries to access the global marketplace can help to boost nutrition and development, say the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the...

China direct

China needs improved cold chain to support surge in demand for produce

China's appetite for fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat is expected to increase by 17% between 2015 and 2025, Rabobank claims, though the country’s cold chain system will struggle to...

Plandaí inks deal for distribution of Phyotofare extracts in India

Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc., a company that produces a line of extracts branded as Phytofare, has concluded a deal for the distribution of its ingredients in India.

World first standard for sustainable rice launched

This week has seen the launch of the world's first United Nations-backed standard for sustainable rice cultivation.

Crown: The opportunities for can growth in China are tremendous – the issue is capacity and pricing

The opportunities for can growth are tremendous in China, according to Tim Donahue,president, COO, Crown Holdings, but ‘the issue there is capacity and pricing’.

Is RSPO certification becoming irrelevant?

Companies are increasingly demanding certified palm oil using criteria that are stricter than current RSPO standards – does the mean the RSPO certification is in danger of becoming irrelevant?

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

China direct

Yum! Brands splits to accommodate entire Chinese franchise

American fast-food operator Yum! Brands will separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies—one of which will consist of its entire China operation.

Alibaba opens UK office for euro expansion

Global online retail giant the Alibaba Group has appointed a UK md to run its UK office, as part of plans to expand its business empire into Europe and facilitate...

New capacity set to heighten Chinese folic acid price slide

Feed manufacturers will benefit from cheaper folic acid (vitamin B9) prices in Q4 as prices in China plunged 37.5% in August, said market intelligence firm CCM.

Wholesale hemp prices declining despite fractured US supply chains, investment advisor says

Investment opportunities in the CBD space continue to abound despite the regulatory uncertainties, the director of a Boulder-based fund says.

China direct

More Chinese farmers using the internet to sell produce

Chinese farmers are increasingly taking to the internet to boost their income from their harvests.

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