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More than $20m needed in donations to help Nepal’s farmers recover

Some US$20m is urgently needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal and stave off the threat of prolonged food insecurity facing an estimated one million people, the Food and Agriculture...

Heinz left red-faced after QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site

Heinz has apologised to a consumer in Germany after he scanned a QR code on a ketchup bottle and it took him to a porn website.

This week Down Under

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

China direct

China to bolster regulations after spate of substandard imports

China to bolster import regulations after spate of substandard imports

South India radius

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

EVT launches 3D Robotguidance for gingerbread

‘China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems’

China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems, says EVT (Eye Vision Technology) as it launches the EyeScan 3D for its image processing software.

NZ paid Saudi trader $3.4m not to sue

Scandal around payments by New Zealand to a Saudi animal importer deepened, as details of an additional US$3.4m transfer emerged, allegedly to prevent a lawsuit.


Minister proposes bar on all non-pharmaceuticals in Indian chemists

Indian authorities are considering whether to ban the sale of baby food and other supplements at pharmacies as retailers look on in horror.

Whiter than white? EU rejecting ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac

Europe needs to be educated on ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac, says Indonesian supplier with sulphur safety concerns.

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

Region in focus

South Asia radius

Maggi controversy rages on while Maharashtra reviews test results

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Blackmores: We wanted to see krill sustainability with our own eyes

Blackmores, the leading supplement brand in Australia, has taken the unusual step of sending a company representative on a two week-long trip to verify the sustainability practices of Aker BioMarine,...

Mondelez’s sustainable palm oil plan: “We want the whole supply chain to transform”

Mondelez International is on track to meet its goal of sourcing 100% traceable palm oil by the end of the year after reaching 70% traceability in 2014, says global director...

Regional conflicts cost Nestlé $220m

Nestlé Middle East has lost around US$220m in the last three years due to regional conflicts, but insists it will not withdraw from troubled markets.


Thai rice stocks could help market keep El Niño in check

Current weather patterns in Southeast Asia reinforce meteorologists’ belief that a strong El Niño is already taking place, but still the rice market is indifferent, says a leading rice researcher....

Adept Technology receives $1m order for Lynx AIVs

Adept Technology has received an order of more than $1m for its Lynx autonomous intelligent vehicles (AIVs).

Agriculture briefing

Big Data and drones could bring more precision to Indonesia’s farms

Not long in office, Indonesian president Joko Widodo plans to grow rice production by 30% each year—a sum that is vitally necessary for the country to be self-sufficient in rice...

NZ’s Saudi agri investments ‘compensation’ for sheep ban

New Zealand’s investments in Saudi Arabia’s agricultural sector have come under scrutiny following revelations they may have been intended as compensation for a ban on live animal exports.

Improve haulage regulations to cut food waste, says Massar

The UAE should tighten transport regulations to reduce food waste, according to hauler Massar Solutions, as it suggests the country wastes more than 3m tonnes of food a year.

Special Edition: Supply in the time of Schneiderman

The supply end of the dietary supplement sector has come under extraordinary pressures of late. While the NYAG affair has called the integrity of the supply chain into question, demand...

Competition and opportunity: What will ASEAN mean for EU industry?

Southeast Asia is heading for massive economic change with its ten-nation ASEAN single market and this could have ripple effects for the EU too, says expert. 


UN bodies putting smallholders' livelihoods at risk

With two-thirds of Asia’s farmland now owned by just a handful of landowners, United Nations-backed policies to promote corporate agricultural production have been blamed for displacing farmers. 


Could humor be the secret weapon in the GMO debate?

Attacking biotech companies and spurning ‘artificial’ ingredients will usually generate some positive PR for your business, even if food scientists wearily point out that there are greater threats to our...


Consumers paying even more even as wholesale prices continue to drop

The wholesale cost of vegetables might have dropped last year, but the price households are paying for their produce rose rather sharply, Assocham has found. 


Revolutionary transport model could save cattle hours in road trains

A new tool is helping reduce the cost and time of transporting cattle in Australia, which can account for up to 40% of the market price.

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