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Australia

Australian wine seeing record growth in China and UK

Australian wine exports to China are continuing to recover, and in some quarters are even experiencing record sales, according to industry figures released this week.

China

Malaysia joins forces with China to open halal lab in Gansu

A joint-venture between China and Malaysia has led to the opening of a halal food laboratory in northwestern China.

India

Cold chain blocking India’s destiny to be a processing powerhouse

India’s food minister believes the country would be a global food processing powerhouse were it not for its troubled supply chain. 

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

India

Agriculture minister urges Indian farmers to grow flood-tolerant rice

India’s agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has asked farmers from 15 states to grow flood-tolerant rice varieties including Swarna-Sub1.

EYE ON EMERGING MARKETS

Activia and ISIS: Al Safi Danone lays out dairy ambition in conflict-ridden Iraq

Islamic State (ISIS) attacks have disrupted Al Safi Danone Iraq deliveries, but have not deterred it from becoming Iraq's largest dairy manufacturer. 

Australia

Labelling reform champion forms alliance to support family businesses

Two powerful influences in Australian industry, Family Business Australia and the Australian Made Campaign, have joined in partnership at a time when labelling is a cause of heated debate.

Coca-Cola India bottling plant halted - more water rows?

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) will no longer build a Rs. 500 crore ($80m) bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India citing ‘inordinate delays’ in the government system, but activists from the India...

China

IPO-headed Cofco leads China’s ‘friendly’ charge against west

China will compete with the rest of the world in a “very, very friendly way” as its corporations continue to buy up western food companies, the head of a state-owned...

UK team shows insect feed comparable to fishmeal

Insect derived protein meal has a similar amino acid profile to fishmeal and can be used in broiler diets with no effect on weight gain or FCR, found a UK...

Al Safi Danone investment will reduce Iraq's dairy import reliance: IFC

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) plans to invest up to US$18m in a subsidiary of Al Safi Danone to reduce Iraq's reliance on dairy imports. 

Grub’s up as FAO tweets insect infographic

Putting insects on a plate is the subject of a new infographic posted on the social networking site Twitter by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, as pressure mounts to make...

India

Only 20% of India's farmers are insured, with many unaware of practice

Fewer than one-fifth of India’s farmers are insured, a practice that exposes the vast majority of pastoralists to the vagaries of weather as was the case this year with vast...

General Mills nears goal of 100% sustainably sourced palm oil

Through partnerships with small farmers, non-governmental organizations and other industry stakeholders, General Mills reports it is making progress towards its goal of sustainably sourcing 100% of its top 10 ingredients by 2020.

Chinese suppliers angling to snare bigger share of natural astaxanthin market

Demand for astaxanthin continues to rise and new suppliers are stepping to the fore to meet that demand. Among the newer players in the market are BGG and InnoBio, both...

Malaysian palm oil industry denies deforestation claims

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has denied claims of corruption and widespread export of palm oil from illegally deforested land.

Coles fined A$2.5m for ‘fresh’ bread claims

Australian supermarket major Coles must pay A$2.5m in penalties over false and misleading ‘fresh’ claims on its par-baked products, a federal court has ruled.

News in brief

Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Indonesian oil palm plantations

Cargill is on track to make its goal of completely sustainable palm oil supply by 2020, the company has said in its second palm oil progress update, summing up the...

Rice Bran Technologies' protein will compete with clean source, 'made in USA' message, CEO says

Rice Bran Technologies (RIBT) is close to market with a new rice protein offering that will benefit from a ‘made in USA’ clean sourcing message.  The protein’s debut awaited modifications...

Russia and Ukraine target Halal poultry market

Russia is planning to start exports of Halal poultry to the UAE and Qatar, while Ukraine’s Halal meat exports are booming, as both countries struggle with the effect of embargoes....

Australia

Food security gulf opening up in indigenous Australia

New data has revealed an alarming rate of food shortages among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Fonterra 'scanning the market' for new European whey sources

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is "scanning the market" for new whey sourcing partnerships in Europe.

Kuwait bolsters food reserves as conflicts escalate

Kuwait has announced its strategic food reserves are at an all-time high, and has warned against food price hikes, as the country prepares itself in case of conflict.

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that...

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