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Danisco cleared to release five bakery enzymes by Indonesian regulator

Indonesia’s food watchdog has approved five DuPont Danisco range of bakery enzymes, giving the ingredients access for the first time to Indonsia’s sizeable flour milling industry.

Ülker in talks to secure MENA rights for McVitie’s

Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi A.Ş is in talks to acquire rights to McVitie’s products in Middle East and North Africa.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Four key trends trends driving SE Asian F&B growth in 2017

Southeast Asia’s food and drink market will be dominated by four trends this year, according to Mintel.

Coca-Cola to close South Australia manufacturing operations

Coca-Cola Amatil is remodeling its supply chain across Australia, increasing production in Queensland and Western Australia but closing the company’s manufacturing operations in South Australia in 2019.

Aussie chemical-free water treatment cleans up Thai sugar processing

Computer-generated frequencies are being charged through wastewater to help sugarcane-processing plants in Thailand meet environmental standards.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Japan’s household food spending the highest for 20 years as ready-to-eat sales rocket

Japan’s households are spending less the across the board each month, but the amount forked out on food products has hit a 20-year high.

Revealed: The single biggest Indian health concern offering vast functional food and drink potential…

India’s tired citizens may just be the key to unlock a new market for functional food and drink formulations. 

Berries from Tibetan Himalayas have ‘great functional food potential’: China research

Anthocyanin-rich berries from Vaccinium glaucoalbum, a perennial evergreen shrub found in the Tibetan Himalayas, have great potential for functional food and nutraceutical products, according to researchers in China.

Online grocery market to more than triple in Singapore by 2020: IGD forecast

Singapore’s online grocery market is set to triple in growth over the next three years, from SG$130m (US$91m) to SG$0.5bn (US$0.35bn) by 2020, according to forecasts unveiled today by international...

After Australia backs medical cannabis, is hemp about to approved as a nutrition and food source?

Industry and academic experts have been responding to Australia’s decision to establish a legal medicinal cannabis trade – with most welcoming it as a positive first step – while others are...

Indian snack maker Haldiram’s posts positive 2016 growth

Haldiram’s has announced a 13% revenue growth to reach Rs 4,000 crore (over $600m) in financial year 2016.

Saudi-Aussie scientists could be on the road to sweeter quinoa

The first high-quality reference genome for quinoa, the hipster's favourite grain, has been revealed through a Saudi-Australian research partnership.

Health craze boosts Gulf’s meat consumption

Bullish forecasts suggest that the GCC’s annual meat and poultry consumption will increase to 4.3m tonnes by 2019, with demand for healthy and halal products driving the segment’s growth.

FAO: Two-thirds of Yemeni households are now food insecure

The number of food insecure people in Yemen has grown by 3m in seven months, with an estimated 17.1m people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment...

Market update

China drives global lobster demand as supplies tighten

An increase in demand from China, combined with tight global supplies, has caused a surge in lobster prices, with the European Union reporting a 38% spike year on year at...

China’s top court rules for Novozymes to end long-running patent case

In a “landmark” intellectual property ruling, China’s supreme court has decided in Novozymes’ favour in a trial against two competitors accused of infringing its enzyme patent.

Market update

Disappointment for Indian rice exporters

Indian basmati rice prices have risen 20% since the end of November, based on hopes that Iran will resume rice imports during the July-November harvest season, following a ban last...

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

Phytosterol fortified milk lowers cholesterol and fatty liver build-up: BASF-supported study

Milk fortified with phytosterols not only helped lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but also decreased fatty liver build-up, a study found.

Hedonists more likely to believe food industry nutrition and marketing claims: APAC study

People in Asia-Pacific with ‘hedonistic values’ are more likely to place their trust in food industry sources of nutrition information and make greater use of fast food and convenience outlets.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

South Asia radius

Amazon on verge of opening physical and online food stores

India could be the second country to see physical Amazon stores, while there are rumours that the e-commerce giant has also sought the government’s approval for online sales of foods...

Australia

Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

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