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Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Scotch whisky sector calls for a trade deal with India

The Scotch whisky sector wants a reduction in the 150% tariff that India imposes on imports of its products in any bilateral trade deal the UK seeks following Brexit in March 2019.

Japanese frozen beef tariff rise causes US rift

Japan’s decision to increase its tariffs on imported frozen beef imports has caused anger in the US.

Starbucks buys back its eastern China operation in record deal

In the biggest single transaction in its history, Starbucks’ American parent has bought up the remaining shares in its eastern China joint-venture. The deal now brings all stores in the...

North Korea faces worst food shortage since famine of 2001

North Korea will face its worst drought in over 15 years if rains do not improve soon, the Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

China direct

Consumers now look for healthier and premium products, survey finds

Chinese consumers have become more selective in their spending this year due to pressures at work and tightening household budgets.

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Bell plans Kuala Lumpur office for Asian flavours operation

Bell Flavours and Fragrances will open a Malaysian office to boost its presence in Asia-Pacific.

Food entrepreneurs get their own reality show

Production is underway on a new reality web series that will cover food start-ups.

Social media war erupts over Chinese halal delivery service

China’s ambitions to be a halal meat power have been questioned in a social media storm over the use of halal marketing by one of the country’s leading food delivery...

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BioMérieux to take control of Japanese joint venture

Sysmex and bioMérieux are to dissolve their joint venture in Japan.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand to introduce new sugar tax over six years

Thailand will phase in a sugar tax over six years in a bid to help drinks manufacturers to lower their sugar content and take advantage of a simultaneous lowering of...

Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore

Amazon looks set to shake up Singapore’s retail market with the launch of its most aggressive service yet, Prime Now. 

Japan’s Food with Function Claims: Limited consumer understanding of regulatory details

Consumers, physicians and pharmacists have a high level of awareness of the existence of Japan’s Food with Function Claims (FFC), but far fewer have a clear understanding of what the...

Ajinomoto set to thaw Europe with multi-million euro takeover

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto has fired up its European growth plans with the acquisition of France’s frozen food business Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés (LTS) for an undisclosed sum.

Excitement builds for Japan's Wagyu Olympics

Japan’s top cattle and meat producers are gearing up to compete in the country’s next ‘Wagyu Olympics’, the country’s premier beef cattle show, to be held in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture,...

Aussie wine firms turn to AI to streamline manufacturing

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing and significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

India drafting front-of-pack health labelling scheme

India’s food regulator is considering a mandatory benchmarking system to provide guidance on a product’s fat, sugar and salt content.

Dubai turns to cartoon characters to tackle childhood obesity

Dubai plans to tackle childhood obesity by using fun, colourful characters in a bid to persuade kids to eat healthier food.

1.3k tonnes of rotten food discovered in UAE’s latest food fraud case

Health inspectors uncovered more than 1,300 tonnes of rotten fruit, vegetables, meat and being sold at unlicensed markets to poor residents in Dubai in the first half of this year.

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Sadara starts production of propylene glycol at huge new plant

Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Company has begun production of propylene glycol at a new plant in Jubail Industrial City II.

Syrian farm production grows, but is still far from pre-war levels

Food security has improved in parts of Syria over the last year, though the overall situation remains far worse than before the war.

Hypertension risk soars in ‘metabolically healthy’ overweight Chinese adults

Overweight or obese Chinese individuals — even those with a healthy metabolic phenotype — have a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared to those within the normal weight range....

Singapore and South Australia unite to drive functional food innovation among SMEs

Singapore’s government enterprise body SPRING is joining forces with economic development agency Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to collaborate on functional food innovation.

‘Coming soon: BrewDog Australia’: Craft brewer sets out Aussie brewery plans

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has announced its plans to build a brewery and taproom in Australia.

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