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New home in Ho Chi Minh

Dunkin’ to enter Vietnam as part of massive Asia expansion

Dunkin' Donuts has announced that it has signed a franchise agreement to develop the brand in Vietnam. The move comes only shortly after coffee-and-baked-goods rival Starbucks revealed details of its...

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BK eyeing India once again

Burger King Holdings is in fresh discussions with Everstone Capital in a bid to revive its India entry plans.

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Call for subjects in Australian testosterone-driven diabetes study

Australian men most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being urged to join a new study that aims to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes by giving...

Australia's labelling free-for-all

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

The latest call for advisories on Australian food labels comes from researchers at the University of Adelaide, who say that any health warnings for soft drinks should include the risk...


World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

China will be a key indicator of the state of the global pork market in 2013 after the world, according to Rabobank. Nevertheless, China’s pork producers will still face a...

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to...

DCD concerns: Too early to predict NZ export fallout, says Rabobank

It is "difficult to say" if New Zealand dairy exports will suffer as a result of the on-going concerns surrounding dicyandiamide (DCD) contamination, Rabobank has claimed.

KFC in crisis

Litigators licking their lips over Yum! class action

Lawyers in the United States are queuing up to bring on board investors in KFC’s parent, Yum! Brands, for a class action lawsuit. The move follows nearly two months of...

Coke and Pepsi shifting bottling assets to build brands in 2013: Rabobank analyst

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are looking to shift bottling assets onto strong franchise partners in order to refocus in house efforts on brand building and marketing.

Food security

Cabinet calls for price stabilisation amid China’s bleak winter

China's cabinet has called for more targeted measures to stabilise food prices as one of the year’s peak periods of food consumption draws near.

Industry on the up

Aussie grocers reporting growth and prices on the rise

Good news for Australia, where retail spending growth should remain steady heading into 2013. At the same time the country’s two leading supermarket chains have reported their strongest quarterly sales...

Meeting of minds

Kiwi government invests big in beef and sheep collaboration

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been digging even deeper into its Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) fund to find significant funds for a new, NZ$65m joint development project...

Straight talk

Beast of bureaucracy makes logjam hard to avoid

If there’s one thing India doesn’t need, that’s more bureaucracy. As the saying goes, the British introduced it, then the Indians perfected it post-Independence. And even as the country celebrated...

Chemical contamination

New Zealand reassures Chinese consumers in wake of Fonterra DCD crisis

New Zealand’s government has started a PR offensive to limit the impact of last week’s revelations that low levels of chemical residue were discovered in dairy products from the country,...

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Indian agriculture minister targets overseas GM producers

Sharad Pawar, India’s colourful and populist union agriculture minister, has blamed companies operating from overseas for the widespread opposition towards genetically modified crops in India.

'Scientific breakthrough'

India-led team decodes genome sequence of the chickpea

A global research project led by a Hyderabad institute claims to have sequenced 90 genomes of the chickpea, paving the way for improved grain yields, greater drought tolerance and enhanced...

State of the industry

New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

Recognising the newfound importance of the Chinese wine market, New Zealand’s vintners are pulling out the stops to make sure their exports have a place in Far East cellars.

DCD use suspended in New Zealand after residue discovered in dairy

The sale and use of dicyandiamide (DCD) has been brought to a halt in New Zealand after low levels of the substance were discovered in samples of dairy products from...

FDI in India

Government rolling out the red carpet for foreign retailers in Davos

Hot on the heels of helping to approve Ikea’s request to set up shop—or rather 20 stores—in India, an Indian minister has been working equally hard to woo Tesco ahead...

Special Edition: Innovations in Minerals

Magnesium – ‘Sky is the limit’ for the ‘hottest ingredient in the mineral category’

Growing consumer awareness of their own deficiencies, its health benefits, and the emergence of innovative forms are making magnesium the ‘the hottest ingredient in the mineral category’.

Better, stronger VB arrests decade-long decline

Victoria Bitter’s heartfelt apology last year is likely behind the beer’s turnaround in the Australian market, after the SABMiller brand showed its first quarter of growth in over 10 years...

Nine out of 10 Aussies don’t understand country of origin labelling

A new survey to identify consumers’ understanding of country of origin food labelling has found that almost all Australians cannot make sense of what they read, and out of those...

Indian foodgrain production slips while procurement surges

Citing leaked figures, Bloomberg has reported that India will announce a drop in its foodgrain harvest of nearly 4% when it is revealed next month.

International survey flags up packaging concerns

Consumers have raised significant concerns about plastic food packaging in response to a survey covering the US, India and Sweden conducted by Innventia.

‘Cold, wet winter’ subdues SAB Miller Chinese volumes

SAB Miller is blaming ‘exceptionally cold and wet winter weather’ for a third quarter volume decline in China, which meant lager volumes declined in its Asia Pacific business by 1% overall.

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