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India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate...

Rimfrost going under the krill fishery sustainability knife (again)

Norway’s Olympic Seafood-owned krill phospholipid and omega-3 supplier Rimfrost is under assessment from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - a €300,000 process it expects to complete by the “middle of next...

Indonesia

India and China behind Asia’s growth in palm oil consumption

In spite of a recent downturn in prices, there is still cause for optimism for Indonesia’s palm oil producers as a result of growing consumption by China and India. ...

Fonterra issues 2014 profit warning citing dairy price drop

Fonterra expects its 2014 operating profit, impacted by falling global dairy prices, to come in at the "lower end" of its forecast.

Editorial

Industry gets creative to deal with China's supplement regulations

To understand a developing industry, especially one that is moving as fast as the Asian food industry, it is important to look for trends.

Gaza conflict causes $450m damage to agri infrastructure

The recent conflict in Gaza has effectively halted local food production and caused US$450m-worth of damage to the territory’s agricultural infrastructure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns....

Brazil envoys petition Egypt and Iran to lift embargoes

The Brazilian agriculture ministry (Mapa) is sending a trade delegation to Egypt and Iran in an attempt to restart embargoed beef shipments and improve systems for importing poultry.

Milling & Grains bite-size Science

Australia’s zero-weed tolerance, waterlogging in barley plants, the spreading wheat curl mite

Lessons from Australia in wheat herbicide resistance, waterlogging stress tolerance and how the wheat curl mite spreads.

News in brief

Australian dairy industry calls for selfies to raise FTA awareness

New Zealand’s dairy industry is milking its Australian counterpart out of A$30m a year, according to a dairy farming lobby group that is calling for a free-trade agreement to level...

Insight

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that it claimed had been caught by workers kept in slave-like conditions, a public...

Fonterra and Beingmate unveil China infant formula partnership

Fonterra is prepared to pay NZ$615m (US$514m, €390m) for a 20% stake in Chinese baby food manufacturer Beingmate in its latest attempt to expand its presence in China’s lucrative infant formula...

Blog: So you can’t find the right Asian distributor?

One of the more common gripes we hear at FoodNavigator-Asia from international companies looking to sell their products and services in Asia’s vast new market, is the loops they have...

Australia

Pacific island organic inspectors leave Australia with new skills

Australia’s oldest organic certification authority last week has completed a training programme that it hopes will help support the fledgling organic sector in developing nations.

India

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D

A chronic lack of investment and incentives has stalled Indian food product development, according to a report released by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

News in brief

Countries must rethink global system to address food security

Global food systems can no longer rely on “business as usual”, according to a leading international economist.

Clariant to develop Australian market with masterbatches plant

Construction has begun on a Clariant masterbatches plant in Sydney, Australia, to open in the fourth quarter 2014.

Deal cements supply relationship for more bioavailable curcumin, quercitin out of Japan

Thera Innovations, a Canadian importer of dietary supplement ingreidients, has anounced a new supply deal for more bioavailable forms of curcumin and quercitin. The ingredients, branded as Theracumin and EMIQ,...

CRN-I aims for new audience with supplement quality seminar set in Australia

The Council for Responsible Nutrition — International will reach a new audience with its annual supplement quality seminar with this year’s event set for Brisbane, Australia in October.

India

Having parted from Auchan, Max now joins Spar to open 30 Indian stores

Max Hypermarkets will introduce 30 Spar hypermarkets in India after the retailer signed a partnership agreement with the Netherlands-based retailer. 

GCC ‘key market’ for NZ agribusiness – report

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries are key markets for New Zealand’s agriculture industry, and firms should be targeting them as a priority, according to a Rabobank report.

Australia

Gov: 'We can weather Russian embargo', though companies voice concern

Australia, one of the countries to suffer grave losses with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has stressed that Russia’s retaliatory embargo on the import of agricultural products will...

Insight

New World Bank rules will be disastrous for indigenous peoples

The World Bank has come under a barrage of criticism from rights groups, which allege its revised rules for granting loans of up to US$50bn a year to developing countries...

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

Sales slipped 6% and net profits 11% in Q2 for DSM’s human and animal nutrition arm as adverse currency movements, a slow US vitamins and omega-3 food supplements market and...

Responsible soy sourcing: China could be about to enter the fray, says ProTerra

China’s involvement is critical in order to scale up the production of sustainable, certified soy and a leading non-profit group says an increasing number of dissenting voices within that country...

Egypt resumes Australian breeder animal imports

Egypt has resumed imports of breeding animals from Australia, four months after agreeing to restart trade in livestock between the two countries, the Australian government announces.