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Vilomix enters Asia in vitamin and premix joint venture

Denmark’s Vilomix has signed a deal with a Vietnamese integrated feed and food producer, Hung Vuong, to build a new premix and vitamin factory in Lang An province in Vietnam....

Islam was the fastest growing religion in America from 2000 to 2010

GUEST ARTICLE: US halal food regulations… Are you up to speed?

A growing segment of US consumers is scrutinizing animal treatment and slaughter from an Islamic lens, while halal food consumption among the nation's fast-growing Muslim population has become a ballooning...

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Fonterra consolidating warehouses with new distribution center at Auckland Airport business park

Auckland Airport is to build a new distribution centre for Fonterra’s New Zealand consumer business (Fonterra Brands New Zealand), the two companies have announced.

Australia exports sheep to China in genetics breeding program

Australia has flown 1,400 specially-reared Suffolk sheep to China as part of a breeding program geared up to stimulate the genetic development of China’s growing livestock.

Major brands dump palm oil supplier IOI following RSPO suspension

Four of the world’s biggest food companies have moved swiftly to cease trading with Malaysian firm IOI after it fell foul of sustainable palm oil rules, but NGOs say it’s...

Australian livestock exporters air concern over ‘fundamental problems’ with reform

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed government reform to streamline export certification processes, but harbours concern over the amount it will save meat producers.

China pounces on Marfrig's Argentinian assets

Brazilian meat processing giant Marfrig has sold a raft of its Argentinian assets to the red meat Chinese business Black Bamboo Enterprises, a subsidiary of Foresun Group.

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Palm oil prices now at 19-month high

Palm kernel oil prices are at 19-month high driven by reduced supply expectations from Malaysia and Indonesia, the two largest producing countries.    Palm kernel oil prices

El Niño wreaks havoc on Philippines food production

Dry and wet spells brought by El Niño and La Niña are threatening the Philippines’ food security, an official has warned a special government committee on food and climate change....

Entomo Farms rides the edible insects wave: ‘Things really exploded for us in 2015’

2015 was a difficult year for some in the embryonic edible insect ingredients business, with Big Cricket Farms suspending activities due to water supply problems and All Things Bugs facing...

Beston beats import prohibition through Chinese distribution deal

South Australia’s Beston Global Food Company has signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Hondo Agricultural Company of China for the production, marketing and distribution of its range of allergen-free,...

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World’s first EpiCor yeast fermentate lozenge launched in New Zealand

New Zealand ingredients supplier Embria Health Sciences has announced the launch of the world’s first throat lozenge formulated with EpiCor yeast fermentate.

Australia hit by dried oregano fraud findings

Seven of twelve dried oregano samples tested by an Australian consumer watchdog contained other ingredients, including olive and sumac leaves.

Japan struggles to meet Middle East wagyu beef demand

Japanese wagyu beef is a hit in the Middle East, but producers are struggling to export to regional markets because of Halal issues, according to a Japanese food importer in...

Philippines exporters make record $110m from Gulfood

Firms from the Philippines booked more than US$110m in sales at Gulfood in February, beating last year’s total, but challenges remain for exporters to the Middle East.

21st Indian state implements digital national food security platform

Gujarat is the latest state to adopt the National Food Security Act, bringing to 21 the number of states that have implemented the policy.

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IFAD launches ‘nutrition-sensitive’ project for eastern tribal regions

India’s government has taken a US$51.2m loan from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development for a project designed to improve livelihoods and increase food and nutrition security for tribal...

India

Foodpanda to offer money-back guarantee on 45-minute deliveries

India’s biggest online food ordering platform, Foodpanda, has introduced a money-back guarantee that food will be delivered within 45 minutes. 

Iranian doors open, but buyers yet to enter

Sanctions may be lifting but challenges remain for Iranian exporters, according to Pars Emerald Pistachio, which is aiming to focus on quality to expand its international sales.

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Nutricia withdraws Karicare from Chinese market

Danone Nutricia has stopped supplying its Karicare brand in China more than two years after the New-Zealand made infant formula was at the centre of a botulism contamination scare.

UN General Assembly proclaims ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’

In a move the United Nations has called a major step towards reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world, its General Assembly has heralded a “Decade of Action on...

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Cool water key to clean green tomatoes in the Outback

A refrigeration company that first made its name chilling millions of cases of wine has now turned its attention to growing tomatoes in the Australian Outback.

China’s Sunner becomes official McDonald’s supplier

Chinese poultry-focused Sunner Development Group has celebrated with much fanfare its first dispatch this week of value-added and pre-cooked chicken products to McDonald’s. 

Philippines unveils action plan to transform into agribusiness hub

The Philippines government has laid out a blueprint for the country to become a regional agribusiness hub by 2022 through a comprehensive national industrial strategy.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Study: Tropical ecosystems pay the price for underpriced agriculture

While international trade may generate economic benefits to agricultural exporters in the tropics, a groundbreaking study by National University of Singapore researchers reveals that benefits from trade cannot compensate for...

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