US targets Malaysia free trade deal
The US government is set to open free trade talks with Malaysia,
predicting that an agreement could double exports of American
goods, including food, to the country by 2010.
Australia launches guide to new labelling law
A guide to help the food industry understand new country of origin
labelling rules, set to be launched in Australia this June, has
been unveiled by the country's health minister.
Hite plans big bottled water launch in South Korea
South Korean brewer Hite announced Friday it work with Jinro, the
country's leading distiller, to create the leading bottled water
brand on the national market.
US to hold South Korea trade talks
South Korea and the United States are set to begin talks on a free
trade agreement that promises to benefit food and drink sector
firms on both sides of the Pacific.
PepsiCo plans to up China investment
PepsiCo has announced it will invest another $850m in China over
the next three years in recognition of the country as a rapidly
emerging market for soft drinks and snack foods.
Koreans buying less Coke and other soft drinks
Beverage sales in South Korea were down 6 per cent during 2005, as
consumers drank less juice, coffee and Coca-Cola.
Poultry consumption rebounds in Spain after Asian flu scare
A survey of the effects of bird flu on the Spanish poultry market
demonstrates the complex interplay between government intervention,
consumer concerns and industry reaction to a disease that has the
potential to cripple the sector.
China alerts consumers to Sudan Red
The banned colouring Sudan Red I has been found in chilli oil
produced by a Beijing company, the China Daily reported today.
Kimchi exports on the rise
South Korean kimchi exports have jumped in the first 10 months of
the year, after the media reported it may have a preventative
effect against avian influenza.
China bans poultry imports to stop bird flu spreading
China has banned imports of poultry products from 14 countries as
one of a raft of new measures to help prevent the spread of bird
Bird flu continues to spread through Asia
China is reassuring global markets that it can bring bird flu under
control, after reporting three separate outbreaks in a week.
Value-added food and beverage exports from NZ on the rise
The proportion of value-added food and beverage products exported
from New Zealand has continued to rise steadily against commodity
products, with the value-added sector enjoying growth of nearly 10
per cent in the past five years.
Palm oil demand driving orang-utan to extinction
A UK lobby group is targeting the Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil
industries, claiming that intense farming of plantations is
threatening the orang-utan with extinction.
FiAsia draws industry to Kuala Lumpur
Food Ingredients Asia opens in Kuala Lumpur next week, attracting
food makers from all over southeast Asia and beyond.
Lion Nathan challenges Coopers' statements
Australian brewer Lion Nathan has responded to last week's
objections by Coopers, the subject of a hostile takeover by the
firm, with similar claims of foul play.