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Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Yakult begins work on sixth China factory

Yakult is to begin construction of its sixth plant in China to increase production of its probiotic milk drinks.

China direct

Mengniu embraces Belt and Road strategy to expand into new markets

One of China’s biggest dairy producers has revealed plans to launch localised products in overseas markets later this year to take advantage of Beijing’s much-vaunted Belt and Road initiative....

Move to bring export quality to domestic foods gathers steam in China

A campaign launched last year to encourage Chinese food companies to bring the same production processes used for exported goods to those sold locally has attracted more than 1,500 brands.

Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security

Ensuring food security for its population is central to realise the government’s goal of achieving a high-income economy in the Philippines by 2022, according to a leading academic.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Fonterra to spend $150m to build two cream cheese plants for Asian market

Fonterra has announced plans to build two new cream cheese plants at its Darfield site in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Novacap’s first sodium bicarbonate plant in Asia opens in Singapore

Novacap has officially opened a sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore, the first of its kind for the French firm in Asia, to boost sales to bakery and pharmaceutical sectors, among...

Dog days for canine meat traders amid changing Chinese attitudes

Last month massive crowds once again flocked to Yulin, in south China’s Guangxi province. Each year, on June 21, the city celebrates a dog meat festival that also attracts much...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Brunei clarifies new halal laws for manufacturers and retailers

Plus: Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security.

India

Venky’s gains from beef ban despite recent suspension

India’s ban on the sale of cattle has boosted the corporate fortunes of poultry producer Venky’s, whose stock has rallied by 360% so far this year.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to...

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs...

This week Down Under

Science agency launches food ‘innovation and entrepreneurship’ roadmap

New technologies could see Australians eating algae-based sources of protein, developing allergenic-free nuts and helping the environment with edible packaging, according the the country’s government research institute.

News in brief

Food shipments halted at Chinese ports increases by 325%

Some 35,000 tonnes of imported food products failed to pass Chinese quality inspections last year, according to food safety authorities.

Maternal cashew nut consumption boosts cognitive development of offspring

Maternal consumption of cashew nuts during pregnancy and lactation is beneficial to the cognitive development of offspring, a new study on rats has revealed.

FoodPro / AIFST convention 2017

New technology to help Australia’s $126bn food industry track entire supply chain

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched a new technology system – ePIF – which enables companies to track product information across its entire supply chain and provide...

Coffee consumption a counter to sarcopenia in elderly men: Korean study

Consuming at least three cups of coffee a day could lower the risk of elderly men developing sarcopenia, according to a Korean study.

Another personalized nutrition testing firm attracts investment capital

Investment capital continues to flow into the personalized nutrition space with the announcement of another infusion of cash into Orig3n, a company that offers genetic testing kits.

Novel food status for isomalto-oligosaccharide granted in Australia and New Zealand

Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have permitted isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO) as a novel food for use in a range of food and beverages, including sports nutrition and meal replacement products. ...

South Asia radius

Indian dairy brand owner turns to Belgian investor for round-B funding

The parent of Epigamia Greek yoghurt has raised INR900m (US$14m) in funding from a Belgian private equity group.

News in brief

Chicken chain celebrates 30 years in China with smartphone release

KFC has marked the thirtieth anniversary of its launch in China with the launch of a scarlet smartphone with Colonel Sanders’ face laser-engraved on the rear of the device.

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