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Japanese drones lift off to track livestock

A drone designed to make life easier for livestock farmers has been launched in Japan, with developers eyeing global sales in the future. 

Australian meat chief targets China and Saudi in 2017

The CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has targeted market “diversification” as a key meat industry priority for 2017.

ACCC accepts Spencers action to tackle oregano fraud

Spencers is to have one sample of its oregano tested annually for three years by an internationally accredited lab to address adulteration concerns.  

Chinese meat major signs deal with e-commerce giant Jingdon

Shuanghui, China’s biggest meat company, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Jingdong (jd.com), one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, to develop a new sales and distribution channel supplying fine-cut...

Australian fruit exporter takes bigger slice of apple pie

Finding small windows of opportunity on the other side of the world and using camera and laser technology to pinpoint specific flavours is helping an Australian apple producer reach new...

Farming in the desert: Quinoa could transform agriculture in the Gulf

Experts have urged Gulf states to look to an Andean super-food beloved of hipsters as a staple crop at a time when groundwater supplies are shrinking and becoming more saline.

Opinion

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them...

FAO opens Lebanon office to boost conflict-hit food supplies

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture office of the United Nations has blamed conflicts in the Middle East for a doubling of undernourished people in the region as he...

News in brief

Ari Mervis appointed CEO and MD of Murray Goulburn

The chairman of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG), Philip Tracy, has announced that the board of directors has appointed Ari Mervis as the new CEO and MD of MG...

International task force formed to tackle food security in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s food ministry will join the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri) and an American university to launch a comprehensive food security research project to address food security in the...

UAE agribusiness buys Aussie feed producer to mitigate market risks

Al Dahra Agriculture has bought an Australia based feed producer to “geographically diversify investments, ensure product availability across all seasons and mitigate market risks.”

South Asia radius

Sri Lankan sugar: Drug smugglers and shortages, but some dare to hope

Sri Lanka’s sugar industry faces a “severe crisis”, with prices likely to be increased, partly due to cocaine smuggling from Brazil.

Mannatech decides against multilevel marketing in move to enter mainland China market

In an effort to smooth out financial results, Mannatech is focusing on new products and its adding an e-commerce platform in China to its direct sales efforts. 

Olam rejects green washing and 'black box' palm oil claims

Agri-food giant Olam has defended its palm oil operations against accusations they are a 'black box' of secrecy that funnels palm oil linked to deforestation from rogue traders to global brands...

Indians concerned about dairy animals’ welfare

A survey commissioned by World Animal Protection in India reveals that treatment of animals in dairies in India is unacceptable to almost 90% of people who responded.

Indian currency ban causes hardship in country's poultry sector

Indian poultry farmers have slowed the breeding of chicks to lower their costs after demand fell sharply following the central government’s unexpected announcement that large currency notes – valuing 86%...

Swisslog taps into Mai Dubai $21m bottled water ‘mega expansion’

Mai Dubai, bottled water company, part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has partnered with Swisslog to automate its storage and distribution centre as part of its 2020 $21m...

Australia

Tech centre will produce fruit fly drones to wipe out costly pest

A new weapon against one of the world’s worst horticultural pests has been unveiled in Australia, in the form of a research centre that will produce 50m sterile male flies...

Australians prefer convenience of aisles to online grocery shopping

Though online grocery buying is growing in popularity, Australians still visited the supermarket almost 2bn times last year, suggesting that internet food shopping is more an appealing idea than a...

This week Down Under

Bloggers' noise makes it hard for shoppers to make informed choices

Food fads and hearsay are drowning out real facts, leaving consumers unable to make informed decisions about their diets.

AgriProtein and Twynam Group in licensing deal

Australasia to get 20 new insect feed factories

Insect feed producer, AgriProtein, has announced a licensing deal with its Australian partner, Twynam Group, that it said will see 20 insect feed factories being rolled out across Australasia.

Japan: Methionine facility set to target Asian poultry sector

Sumitomo Chemical is building a methionine manufacturing facility on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

IFCN workshop looks at Indian dairy challenges

The fifth IFCN Regional Workshop was held recently in Anand, India, with 50 experts from various backgrounds in the dairy industry contributing.

Hilton Food Group plans for new Australian factory

Hilton Food Group is to build a new meat processing facility in Australia, to expand its packing capabilities.

News in brief

Market update: Indian ginger prices plummet

Indian dry ginger prices have plunged to just 40% of their value last November due to an abundant supply of raw materials.  

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