All news articles for June 16, 2014

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

India

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

By RJ Whitehead

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations on how to tackle the issue of legitimising food procurement subsidies.

Australia to get national standard for free-range eggs

Australia

Australia to get national standard for free-range eggs

By Andrew Schreiber

Australian consumers will finally have a clear definition for free-range eggs after state and territory ministers agreed to a New South Wales proposal to develop a national standard for free-range eggs.

Japanese railway first to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

By RJ Whitehead

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same time promoting a crisis-hit part of the country.

Brazil's Marfrig considers Saudi factory

Brazil's Marfrig considers Saudi factory

By Eliot Beer

Brazilian food processor Marfrig is planning to set up its first factory in the Middle East within the next five years, with Saudi Arabia the most likely location.

Saudi poultry to soar 52% by 2018

Saudi poultry to soar 52% by 2018

By Eliot Beer

Saudi Arabia's poultry production will rise 52% over the next four years, as the country's total agricultural sector is set to hit US$1.7bn in value, according to a new report.

Qatar launches farmers’ association

Qatar launches farmers’ association

By Eliot Beer

Qatar has created a farmers’ association, backed by the Ministry of Economy and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), to promote agricultural development in the country.

Euromonitor: “Eating habits have become somewhat more westernised, especially with more young women entering the workforce and the need for fast cooking solutions.

Saudi Arabia warms to microwave food

By Eliot Beer

Saudi Arabia's younger consumers and working women are driving a gradual shift towards microwaveable meals, but wider change will be slow to come, according to research firm Euromonitor.

World Cup fever takes over food manufacturers

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

By Laurence Gibbons

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco has claimed.

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