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General Mills: 1,100 jobs under threat from plans to axe lines in Brazil, China and US

General Mills is set to close production lines in Brazil, China and the US - with the potential loss of almost 1,100 jobs - as part of plans to improve...

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India’s chicken market nervous over US imports

Senior figures in the Indian poultry industry are pushing the government to impose sky-high taxes on US chicken imports.

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

Cargill suspends business with IOI following RSPO fallout

Cargill has suspended new business with IOI and called on the palm oil supplier to “take further action to resolve the charges that resulted in its RSPO suspension and address longstanding...

Malaysian certifier to help with upgrade at 100 Egyptian fish farms

WorldFish has appointed Intertek as its quality partner as the international aquaculture researcher assists with upgrading production at some 100 fish farms in Egypt.

Japanese trio plan vegetable factory in Dubai

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, Showa Denko K.K. and Chiyoda Corporation will jointly develop an overseas artificially-lit vegetable factory business with a base in the UAE that promises to harvest crops throughout...

Egypt named one of ‘10 emerging markets of the future’

An influential new report has identified Egypt as one of the “10 emerging markets of the future” though its food industry is predicted to see a dramatic change in fortunes...

PureCircle invests $100 million in stevia agronomy program

Stevia giant PureCircle is expanding its agronomy program to more than 15 stevia plant growing regions around the world and further developing its farming footprint outside of China.

India

Sesame prices and production in the doldrums

A local decline in production has seen Indian sesame seed prices rising 17% since lows in March this year. Prices are currently up 11% since the beginning of the year,...

Figures show sustainable palm oil boost

There has been an increase in commitments made from RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) members towards certified sustainable palm oil, new figures reveal.

Flooding devastates China’s rural pork industry

Chinese pork producers are struggling after the city of Wuhan was left paralysed by the worst flooding since the 1998 weather crisis that resulted in more than 3,000 dead. 

China releases production plans for new nutrition darling: the potato

Just months after listing the potato as China’s fourth crop staple, Beijing planners have announced a raft of production goals in a bid to promote sustainability and improve land use...

China invests in luxury pork

There's an emerging trend in China that has seen high-end pork producers target a niche, high-margin market as consumers seek out premium produce.

Chinese chocolate market hit by price hikes and health concerns

Health concerns and price hikes are taking their toll on the Chinese chocolate market – with value and volumes sales in decline according to analysts.

Chinese pork consumers set to suffer

The global upswing in pork prices is bad news for Chinese consumers who will have to pay record prices for pig meat this year, claims Rabobank.

Government trawlers help Chinese firms to enter omega-3 krill market

As global krill oil major Aker Biomarine awaits regulatory approval for its new Superba 2 product line in China, increased consumer demand for omega-3s is bringing increasingly more local suppliers...

A new standard for quality palm oil?

Good palm oil harvesting and processing keeps cancer contaminants to 'insignificant levels', says industry

Palm oil that is harvested at the right moment, pressed quickly and processed at appropriate temperatures contains insignificant levels of contaminants - if any, says the Italian Union for Sustainable Palm...

Hong Kong agrees wider quota for British beef

The UK and Hong Kong have agreed a deal to expand the Asian nation’s intake of British beef, meaning a rise in premium beef imports is on the cards.

Rising global demand sees DSM shift vitamin B6 production to China

Global ingredients supplier DSM has started production of vitamin B6 at its new state-of-the-art facility in Xinghuo, China.

Bunge, Wilmar to partner to develop Vietnamese feed chain

Bunge Limited and Wilmar International Limited are set to team up in a joint venture to develop the supply chain of soybean products in Vietnam.

China’s pork imports will hit record highs

Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.

Fund assesses its decentralised approach to Asia-Pacific development

Government representatives and agricultural development specialists have gathered in Hanoi to discuss over two days the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s approach to decentralising its operations in Asia and the...

IPOP disbands: A step backwards for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia?

After less than two years in existence, the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge has disbanded to the dismay of environmentalists who say its member companies were bullied by the Indonesian government...

NGOs call for soy, palm oil and beef deforestation laws

NGOs have urged the EU to expand regulations that curb deforestation beyond timber to encompass commodities like soy, palm oil and beef. 

Australian pork study finds eco-shelters slash emissions

Australian researchers have found that greenhouse gas emissions from pork farming are more than a third lower if eco-shelters are used. 

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