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China drops charges on imports from New Year

Food producers exporting to China will be celebrating this New Year after the country’s top economic planning agency announced that it will significantly reduce the cost of import to the...

Infant formula with fat blend benefits intestinal flora

A new Israeli study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, claims to have demonstrated for the first time that InFat advanced lipids, a high beta-palmitate fat blend,...

Australian egg body drops QA programme

The Australian Egg Corporation (AECL) has advised Australia’s trademark administrators that it will withdraw its current application for a certification trade mark covering an enhanced quality assurance programme for the...

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Australian imports of fresh decrowned pineapple on the cards

Australia’s director of animal and plant quarantine is expected to approve the import of  fresh decrowned pineapple fruit from Malaysia. The decision based on consideration of a final risk analysis...

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McDonald’s hit by Australian advertising regulator for spam campaign

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given McDonald’s Australia a formal warning under the Spam Act for a “Send to Friends” facility on the McDonald’s Happy Meal website....

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Sino-Australian ties to get tighter

A joint report by China and Australia has predicted that bilateral co-operation between the nations in agricultural investment and technology will flourish. 

Cargill bets big on Indian processing operation

US agriculture giant Cargill aims to invest Rs50 crore (over US$91m) towards food processing across its Indian operation over the next two years. This figure also includes a US$73m corn...

Around South-east Asia

Australia's beef with neighbour, Thai fishermen bracing for storm

A round-up of the big new stories to come from China over the last week.

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

After a decade of rising profits on the back of Chinese demand for coal and iron ore, Japan's two biggest biggest trading companies are shifting focus to food as bulk...

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Saudi bans Brazilian beef

Saudi Arabia is the latest Asian country to suspend beef imports from Brazilian. It is now also the biggest country to stop purchases after the South American country confirmed a...

5-minute festive flick

Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

Around China

Long-term growth to continue, state investment fund to begin

A round-up of the big new stories to come from China over the last week.

Health claims issue in Australia and New Zealand nears final chapter

Parties on both sides of table have welcomed the recent decision by Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food regulation on the issue of health claims in the region.

State of the industry

Bottled water amounting to big bucks in Indonesia

Indonesia's bottled water market may be one of the most high valued markets in the world, but there are still plenty of opportunities for growth, new research from UK-based research...

FSANZ takes action on carbon monoxide as fish processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions to draft fish processing aid regulation on carbon monoxide after reports it is being used despite being banned.

Philippines looking towards India for growth

The Philippines government has urged Filipino exporters to look for opportunities in India as a means to mitigate the current downturn in key markets like the United States and Europe.

Around Australasia

SA won't review GM, beetroot linked to lower blood pressure

A round-up of the big new stories to come from Australasia over the last week.

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Pepsi-Chicken chips winging-it in China

PepsiCo has launched Pepsi Cola and chicken-flavored potato chips in China and cited the popularity of cola chicken in China, with consumers tossing chicken wings with cola.

Big plans for Chinese berry in Australia

New varieties of the Chinese red bayberry fruit are nearing production after successful trials were held by growers, while a deal to market the produce is in the offing. 

Around India

Dikshit defends diet comments, back to the FDI battlefield

A round-up of the big new stories to come from India over the last week.

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

This week, New Zealand has become the first country in the world to sign an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The pact recognises each other’s food...

Coca-Cola FEMSA buys Coke’s Philippines bottling operation for $688.5m

Coca-Cola FEMSA has sealed a deal to acquire a majority stake in the Coca-Cola Company’s Philippines bottling operation in Mexico City, and hailed an import milestone in its history.

Far East in brief

Mitsui eyeing new food acquisition, Japanese still the healthiest

A round-up of the big stories coming from the Far East.


Greenpeace gone too far with GM Golden Rice scandal

“Human guinea pigs”, “gambling with health” and “shadowy research project”—the terms came thick and fast in Greenpeace’s revelation about Golden Rice earlier this year.


Suntory UK focus after $6bn IPO could see it snaffle Barr Britvic: Analyst

With rumors swirling that Japanese giant Suntory is considering a $6bn IPO next year, one analyst reasons that any desire to enter the UK market could see it target Barr...

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