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Darrell Lea seals IGA supermarket supply deal

Australian confectioner Darrel Lea’s new owners have wasted little time in getting a foothold in the national commercial channels having secured a deal for 1,400 Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA)...

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Indian state chief calls on Nestlé's assistance

The chief minister of Haryana, yesterday called on Nestlé India to adopt a collective strategy with the government departments and private business to set up milk collection centers across the...

Chinese must make tough choices on corn and pork

The author of a report suggesting that China’s corn imports are in line to explode by 2017, today cautioned that the government will have to walk a tightrope in balancing...

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KFC to ramp up growth in China

KFC has revealed plans to accelerate its expansion across China’s smaller cities, and has pledged to open over 500 new restaurants per year over the coming years—a 20% increase over...

Thailand’s broiler meat industry under pressure, says GAIN report

Chicken processors in Thailand will be forced to lower production over the coming years, according to a report from the USDA Global Agriculture Information Network.

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

FSANZ approves Fonterra hydrogen peroxide processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved an application from dairy giant Fonterra to use hydrogen peroxide as a processing aid to control lactic acid-producing micro-organisms during the manufacture...

China's corn import growth will have 'massive impact on world markets'

Corn imports to China will hit 20mn tonnes per year by 2017, leading to major reverberations on world markets. This is the likely scenario if current trends in the country’s pork...

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Coke wows Kiwis with personalized PET bottles

Coca-Cola New Zealand is selling PET bottles of Coke personalized with one of 150 names popular in the country, and encouraging Facebook fans to 'share a virtual can'.

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FSANZ opens review of infant formula regulations

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing its infant formula regulations, covering a range of issue including composition, labeling and advertising.

Fonterra posts profits drop, cites global dairy price fall

Fonterra has reported a drop in net profit for the 2012 season and cut its final payout to farmers - citing the negative effect of record breaking milk production on...

Charity calls on Indian producers to help in malnutrition fight

Food producers and manufacturers are the “natural allies” of charities in the fight against child malnutrition in India, according to the leader of an international humanitarian major.

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China announces food safety investment

Chinese authorities are planning to spend over RMB72bn in an effort to improve the product safety of its domestic farm produce, the Xinhua news agency reported today.

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McCain plans to double production at Harbin plant

McCain Foods has announced plans to double the operating capacity of its Harbin, China potato processing plant. The Harbin plant was built in 2005 and is one of several potato...

Philippines still a good target for food exporters, suggests report

A new report by a government agency in the Philippines has revealed, that in spite of increasing its food production capacity, the country still remains a net food importer, giving...

Indonesian food body voices opposition to halal certification bill

Indonesia’s premier food processing authority has come out strongly against a controversial plan that would make halal certification a must for the country’s entire food and beverage supply chain....

Nuts sold in Australia safe from Salmonella and E.Coli

A survey authored in Australia has found that while the Salmonella and E.Coli contamination of nut products there is not common, an outbreak is a likely outcome if it were...

Indian brands gaining most social following

India’s domestic food and beverage brands have been growing their fan bases at a much faster rate than their global counterparts over the last year, according to research by Ketchum...

Rumour: India readying for single-brand FDI?

Bullish policymaking by the Indian government appears to be continuing with reports suggesting that it will now open up the food industry to single-brand foreign buy-ins.

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Alchem expands in India

Alchem International yesterday inaugurated its expanded Neemrana facility in India. The Rajasthan plant will exclusively produce USP Sennosides. Extracted from senna leaves and pods, sennosides are used as laxatives in...

Australian bottled water industry slowing to a trickle

Volatile economic conditions, environmental concerns and low consumer sentiment have hurt Australian packaged water producers, a new report by research firm IbisWorld has revealed. 

Kellogg strikes cereal and snack joint venture with Chinese monopoly Wilmar

US cereal giant Kellogg has struck a 50:50 joint venture with Chinese agribusiness monopoly Wilmar International that will manufacture and sell cereals and snacks across the country.

Tea blends could ignite Chinese craft beer craze: analyst suggests

An influential alcoholic drinks analyst says the launch of a novel beer blended with black tea could supply the spark that ignites a craft brewing revolution in China.

India food hub roll out continues

The roll out of a network of food and drink processing hubs in India is on track, with the latest Mega Food Park site confirmed at Malipada in the state...

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