Chinese confectioners weigh up options to counter sugar hikes
Chinese confectionery firms are gearing up to raise prices, some
for the second time, ahead of the peak sales season kicking off
China to revise infant formula standards
China's food authorities are revising standards on infant formula
in the light of recent research into infant nutrition.
South Korea recalls contaminated farm produce
South Korea has begun to recall tons of agricultural produce grown
on land near disused mines, after a survey found high levels of
lead and cadmium contamination.
Australian dairies invest $15m in innovation
Australian dairies will drum up A$15 million in funding over the
next three years to support a new innovation centre that will be
tasked with finding ways to better compete with a challenging
China to set standards for tea drinks
China's food authority is working on new standards to lift the
quality of ready-to-drink tea beverages, a booming segment of the
Palm oil prices to rise, says Malaysia
Palm oil could cost about 10 per cent more next year, according to
the Malaysian government, as interest in its use for biofuel
continues to grow.
Yili forges ahead as Bright loses share in China's dairy sector
Chinese dairy Yili, one of the country's top two, has increased
sales and profits in the first six months of the year despite
rising raw material costs, reinforcing its market share in the
fast-growing dairy sector.
Australia, NZ bakers face further fortification
Bakeries in Australia and New Zealand may be required to use only
iodised salt in the future, if a proposal from the countries' food
regulator is approved.
Obesity rising at alarming rate in China
China has huge potential as a market for healthy foods if the
government increases its attention to the mounting obesity problem,
says an expert.
South Korean firm creates novel soy soup snack
Hanmi Whole Soymilk Co has launched a new soy-based soup on the
South Korean market, using novel packaging to differentiate the
product in the increasingly competitive soyfoods market.
Korea's wine imports surge in first half
Wine consumption in South Korea is set to reach record levels this
year, as consumers learn of the grape beverage's health benefits,
suggests a new report.
Typhoon damages China's sugar crop
Up to 10 per cent of sugar cane in China's key sugar growing region
may have been damaged by the typhoon that hit southern provinces
New Zealand launches branded beef in Korea
New Zealand's meat promotion board launched an appellation for beef
sold in the important Korean market this week, in a bid to
differentiate its meat from its sizeable competitors, Australia and
China sets grain production target
China will have to produce 500 million metric tons of grain by 2010
to meet domestic demand, even as the amount of farmland continues
to shrink, said the Ministry of Agriculture last week.
Meat processors push for better traceability in China
Systems that trace meat from the farm to dinner tables are seeing
strong interest in China as the meat processing sector grows and
consumers become more concerned by food safety.