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If Indians can’t afford onions, let them eat chicken

A press release arrived last week from India with the headline “Chicken becomes cheaper than onions”. Needless to say, it raised a few eyebrows at the FoodNavigator head office in...

Tetra Pak sends milk supplies to typhoon victims

Tetra Pak has donated $1.5m to the victims of typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, and sent 500,000 packs of UHT milk.

NZ PM sees Thailand as ‘launching pad’ for better SE Asia relations

New Zealand’s prime minister is looking to put his country’s relationship back on track with Thailand after the damaging botulism crisis in August by embarking on a trade visit of...

Australia’s supermarkets reined in under new code

Australia’s über-powerful supermarket chains have agreed to a voluntary code of conduct with a peak food industry body, in a move that is expected to prevent the retailers from abusing...

Officials working to assess Typhoon Haiyan damage to rice crops

While the scale of destruction in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan constitutes a major humanitarian crisis, its impact on rice production in the worst-affected Filipino provinces is yet to be...

European food industry backs ‘comprehensive free trade’ between EU and Japan

Representatives of European food industry organisations have come out in support of a strong free trade agreement between the EU and Japan, ahead of talks in Tokyo next Tuesday.

Typhoon destruction puts Filipino farms and fisheries at risk

The UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation has been mobilising support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries...

Indian food processors to increase hiring this year

Indian food processing firms have reported higher levels of production from July to September and expect the trend to continue, a new manufacturing survey has found. 

Palm oil special

Case study: The little palm oil processor that pushed the boundaries

In July, we reported on the first certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) shipment from Thailand to Europe , bringing the world’s third-largest producer of the crop in line with other sustainable...

Palm oil special

Europe: When dogma makes way for karma

Do consumers vote with their feet when it comes to palm oil? Probably not — or at least that seems to be the case in emerging markets, where the lion’s...

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Nutranomics trademark paves way for Asia expansion

US-based Nutranomics has received trademark approvals for the its brand in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan as a means to safeguard its brand in the countries as it prepares to launch...

Palm oil special

The debate: Palm oil and troubled waters

The danger is real: as population growth hurtles along, we are running out of space — fast.

DSM profits rise 27% but nutrition space ‘sluggish’ as omega-3 bites

DSM has delivered a Q3 increase in EBITDA earnings of 27% across all its divisions despite “headwinds” like the ongoing economic flatline in Europe and elsewhere, challenging currency movements and rising ingredient...

Palm oil: Beyond the headlines and addressing the reality

Deforestation, loss of habitats, social upheaval and vast swathes of smoke: there’s no doubt the palm oil industry is guilty of continuing atrocities against both planet and humanity.

Ceasefire declared in lycopene IP war as LycoRed and Parry settle patent infringement case

LycoRed and EID Parry have agreed to settle a patent dispute over tomato lycopene products and manufacturing processes after 18 months of legal wrangling.

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Inclusion of palm oil smallholders is a tough nut to crack

Even though often invisible, palm oil is present in many product formulations. Currently, it is the worlds most used vegetable oil and its production and demand are forecast to grow. ...

Lion share purchase adds new roar to Warrnambool takeover battle

The battle to acquire Warrnambool Cheese & Butter (WCB) has taken a new turn, with New Zealand-based food and beverage company Lion acquiring a 9.99% shareholding in the Australian dairy processor....

SODA BEHEMOTH MEETS 'INCREASINGLY DIVERSE' CONSUMER DEMANDS

‘Major milestone’ as Coke inaugurates largest China bottling site

The Coca-Cola Company is set to open a $106m site in China’s Hebei province and says its bottling activities across five provinces although it to meet ‘increasingly diversified’ consumer needs....

Japanese rice processor in $10m US debut

Shinmei Co. Ltd is investing more than $10m in a rice processing facility in California to produce a gluten-free ‘Rice Bun’, an alternative to the burger bun, in the US.

Minister admits India's warehouse problem, calls on corporates to help

India’s food minister has acknowledge something that everyone with a passing knowledge of the country’s food network has been aware of for years: that India simply doesn’t have adequate storage...

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Benecol arrives in the Philippines

Raisio’s Benecol partner, Kalbe International, has launched Benecol smoothies on the Philippine market. 

China’s hunger for meat and dairy fuelling Australian exports

Demand from China has helped the Australian state of Victoria lift its agricultural exports by 5% in 2012-13 to a record A$9.4bn, a new report from the state’s government has...

North America cocoa grind hits record high as Asia figures up 12%

North America’s third quarter cocoa grind is the highest of any quarter since the National Confectioners Association began to collaborate data for the US, Mexico and Canada in 2009. The...

Stevia Corp. inks deal with Korean food ingredients maker

With its eye firmly on the Korean food market, US-based sweetener major Stevia Corp. has inked a memorandum of understanding with Taekyung Nongsan, the Korean food ingredients manufacturer, to grow...

Dairy imports will continue to grow as China sorts out domestic supply

China’s demand for dairy imports look set to grow for at least the next two years, while its local milk production struggles under structural change in the supply chain. ...

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