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Charoen Pokphand to build pig farm in China

Agribusiness conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) is building a pig breeding farm for 500,000 pigs in remote western China. 

Australia

Study: Over half of kid’s foods feature cartoons to market to children

Research by healthy foods campaigners has found that over half of supermarket products marketed to children contain high levels of saturated fat, sugars, sodium.

This week Down Under

David Jones to go ‘foodie’ across Australia

Australia’s oldest department store chain will invest A$100m (US$76m) into gourmet foods over three years in a bid to attract foodie shoppers.

Multinationals unite to boost coconut supply chain in SE Asia

Cargill has joined Procter & Gamble and two German companies to establish sustainable and certified supply chains of coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

Folate-based food additive officially approved by South Korean food and drug ministry

Quatrefolic, the metabolically active form of folate, has been granted approval as a certified food additive by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).

Changing consumer demands fuel new innovations in coffee and tea

New varieties of coffee and tea drinks are putting a spin on Asia’s staple beverages, thanks to consumer demand for new flavours and concepts.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Del Monte buries the hatchet ahead of retail and NPD joint-venture

Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific has entered into a joint-venture with Arab-owned Fresh Del Monte Produce to expand its refrigerated fruit-based lines. 

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

2 Sisters and Weetabix lead appointments gallery

Senior appointments by 2 Sisters and Weetabix lead our latest gallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

Six top processing, packaging and manufacturing trends set to shape foodpro 2017

Australasia's largest-of-it's-kind food processing and manufacturing show foodpro returns next month, so we've been getting the lowdown on six of the top industry trends that are set to star on...

Market update

Indian spices to be worth $18bn by 2020

Currently worth some US$6.2bn, India’s market for spices should spike to US$18bn by 2020, according to a new report. 

Barentz International and Indian pharma firm unite to drive South Asia fortification opportunities

Ingredient firm Barentz International is seeking to increase its nutrition and fortification opportunities in India by linking up with Noida-based pharma company Jubilant Life Sciences.

Probiotics powerhouse: China sales outstripping global average as DuPont reveals 50% surge

DuPont says its probiotics business in China is booming, with sustained growth leading it to double capacity at its specialist Beijing production and packaging site this year.

Australia

Something Wild follows up green ant gin with wattleseed lager

Beer made with seeds from Australia’s floral emblem will be an indigenous beverage company’s second retail product, following the release of a gin made from green ants earlier this year....

South Asia radius

Sri Lanka suffering after drought and heavy rains hamper crops

Sri Lanka suffering after drought and heavy rains hamper crops.

News in brief

Malaysian Customs decides against GST on 60 foods

Malaysia’s Customs department has rejected an order to impose GST on more than 60 food items.

Alleviating China’s pollution anxiety: Anagenix’s lung-boosting ingredient set for beverage launch

New Zealand supplier Anagenix has said the first finished product featuring its lung-enhancing BerriQi ingredient will be launched in China in the next few months.

Australia looks to safeguard beef exports to Korea

Following a record year of beef exports to Korea in 2016, Australia is looking to defend its position amidst contracting supply and competition from the US. 

Full durum: The South Australian science of spaghetti

A pasta industry more than 15,000km from Italy is thriving thanks to a unique collaboration between farmers, durum wheat researchers and a major food manufacturer. 

China direct

Alibaba snares two US manufacturers in bid to attract more imports

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has announced a deal with Driscoll’s and Chicken of the Sea to bring American foods to the world’s largest consumer market. 

Calbee resumes potato chip sales in Japan

Japan’s largest potato chip producer Calbee (with a 73% market hold) has restarted sales of the country’s most popular snack it suspended in April due to a severe potato shortage....

Child and teen obesity: Interventions have bigger impact on adolescents

A combination of diet, physical activity and behavioural change interventions appear to reduce weight more in children aged 12 to 17 than those aged six to 11, according to a...

Industry big-hitters to address 50th AIFST conference in Sydney

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology will host its 50th Annual Convention next month with the boss of Bega Cheese and the country’s national science agency delivering keynote...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Quality trumps price for time-poor urban Thai consumers

The quality of a product is more important to Thai consumers than its price, according to Mintel research.

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