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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.

Pecans: America's forgotten nut?

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for...

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable...

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food...

Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to wastage of produce worth almost half a trillion rupees each year, logistics experts...

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report...

Insight

ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank severed its ties with Phnom Penh Sugar, a company accused of a range...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it.

Insight

Turning tables: NGOs commend multinational for transparency in Myanmar

In a rare move, NGOs and rights experts commended Coca-Cola for a report it has submitted with the US State Department regarding its responsible business practices in Myanmar.

China

Abbott and Fonterra to join forces in widespread China expansion

A US-based infant formula major and New Zealand’s biggest exporter have joined forces to build up to five dairy farms in China to secure supply for China’s newfound voracious appetite...

India

India leapfrogs EU as world's dominant milk producer

India is now the world’s biggest milk producer, having overtaken the European Union over the last 12 months, according to the latest edition of the government’s annual economic survey.

Protein-rich wheat could open new markets

Australian high-protein wheat could be ‘industry standard’ in 10 years

Australian scientists are close to releasing a new batch of protein-rich wheat suitable for harvesting in low-quality soil, giving growers in Australia and parts of China and Africa—the opportunity to...

Australia

Tough year has seen veg growers’ profits plunge by more than 90%

Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough, with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (Abares). ...

Philippines

'Aquatic chicken' could feed billions around the world

A common fish that was said to have fed thousands in biblical times could feed billions of mouths in the future as food stocks struggle to keep pace with population...

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

India

Government to crack down on produce hoarders in bid to curb inflation

One of India’s most senior politicians has urged state governments to take a tough stand on hoarders, who he claimed are behind the continuing price spikes of staples like onions...

Insight

How companies should act to stamp out fishing slavery in Thailand

If modern-day slavery is ever to be eradicated from Thailand’s food sector, companies and supermarkets must set out to make their supply chains more transparent—a move for which there seems to be...

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