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New Zealand: Animal welfare body airs ‘concerns’

Concerns over selective breeding practices in New Zealand’s commercial pork and poultry farms have been raised in a report from the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

Malaysian government targets fake stevia sale

Malaysians selling fake stevia products have been warned that they could face conviction after a probe was ordered into the practice.

Australia’s pork farmers face faeces ‘issue’

Free-range pig farmers in Australia face an emerging issue of pig feed becoming contaminated by duck muck, according to a livestock veterinarian.

Australian cricket gives a XXXX for new beer sponsor

Lion’s XXXX beer brand will replace VB after two decades of sponsorship of the Australian cricket team.

Australian volumes help drive Hilton Food profit

An increase in production capacity in Australia and favourable currency conditions have helped Hilton Food Group to revenue and profit growth in 2016.

Dateline Southeast Asia

World’s fourth-biggest noodle market buckling under competition

Vietnam’s generations-long love affair with a paper-wrapped instant noodle brand appears to be in terminal decline after it reported plunging sales for last year.

Australia

New Harvey Beef line to process only pampered cattle from WA

Western Australian meat major Harvey Beef has placed its emphasis on animal welfare for the launch of its new Rangelands brand.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

NZ government backs natural products innovation as exports help offset dairy slump

The New Zealand government is committed to helping natural products and supplements firms meet their export potential by removing barriers to innovation, according to the country’s environment minister.

Hong Kong restores Brazilian meat trade

Hong Kong is the latest key importer to have lifted a ban on Brazilian meat, after China and Egypt eased restrictions earlier this week.

FrieslandCampina comments on China Huishan Dairy crash

On March 24, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange postponed the trading in shares of China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Limited after an 85% drop of its share price.

This week Down Under

Amazon Fresh confirmed: Online grocer to open in Australia in 2018

Amazon’s launch in Australia will include an online grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, though the global retailer is still yet to announce plans for bricks-and-mortar Amazon Go shops in the...

Australia

Witchetty grubs still on the menu for nine out of 10 Aboriginals

Scientists observing the eating habits of Aboriginals living in remote communities continue to eat age-old foods, including echidna, goanna, mud mussel, long-neck turtle and witchetty grub, regularly.

India

Spice update: Chilli glut subdues market, other spice prices suffering

A good chilli crop has been reported for central India after sowing areas increased substantially over last year due to high prices seen earlier in 2016 tempting farmers to cash...

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

‘Clean and green’: Australian and New Zealand functional honey products continue to buzz in China

Natural products with functional claims such as honey continue to face a bright future as both a food and a therapeutic product, not least in China where demand is expected...

APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs: This is your time to shine

APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs and new start-ups are driving innovation in the region, and we want to shine the spotlight on their achievements.

Special Edition: Organic Feed

Australia: Industry led initiative looks to boost organic grain supply

Stakeholders expect organic grain production in Australia to triple in the next five years, but they note a supply deficit currently.

South Asia radius

Regulator turns to industry for food-safety partnerships

The Indian food regulator has been co-opting food companies to join it in a drive to improve levels of food safety and hygiene across India. 

Aussie Yum! operator ramps up investment in Northern Europe

An major Australian restaurant franchise operator will expand heavily into Europe after Yum! Brands agreed to sell it 16 outlets in the Netherlands.

Donald Trump and China: call to unlock beef market

US meat bodies have urged US President Donald Trump to secure China President Xi Jinping’s support for a beef deal, with industry talks failing to make progress.

Vinamilk completes Angkormilk takeover

Vietnamese dairy Vinamilk has bought all of the remaining shares of Cambodian milk producer Angkor Dairy Products Co. Limited (Angkormilk).

Alibaba trials Blockchain in Aus and NZ to tackle food fraud

Alibaba Australia is to trial Blockchain to mitigate the risk of counterfeit and fraudulent food products.

China

Party pressures ministry for stricter penalties for adulteration

China’s lack of specific penalties for food adulterers and counterfeiters has left a “legal vacuum” that will only encourage more criminals to take their chances with the law.

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Roha launches Natracol Ultra Cran Red as an alternative to carmine in dairy products

Indian food company Roha Dyechem Pvt Ltd has created Natracol Ultra Cran Red (UCR), which it says capitalizes on the trend to move from synthetic dairy food colorants to natural...

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