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Processing plant seeks to wean Pinoy farmers off tobacco

Processing plant seeks to wean Pinoy farmers off tobacco

By RJ Whitehead

Struggling tobacco farmers in the northern Philippines have been thrown a lifeline by the government, which will soon open a multi-million dollar food processing plant in Ilocos Sur, along with a trading centre in the province.

CP Foods seeking fortune in Vietnam

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CP Foods seeking fortune in Vietnam

By RJ Whitehead

Thai food major Charoen Pokphand Foods will continue to view Vietnam as one of its biggest investment destinations, and this year the company plans to focus on growing its food processing business in the country.

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Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

By Rod Addy

Packaging firm Manjushree Technopack aims to double sales by 2015, driven by the growth of the middle class in India, and is poised to start construction on a fourth factory.

Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Tsingtao tightens grip on central Shaanxi as AB InBev lurks

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

Chinese beer giant Tsingtao Brewery is set to further consolidate its leading market position in Shaanxi by significantly expanding capacity with two new breweries, while AB InBev is also rumoured to be keen on penetrating the central Chinese province.

Cargill bets big on Indian processing operation

Cargill bets big on Indian processing operation

By RJ Whitehead

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 milling unit, the head of its India operation has revealed.

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

By RJ Whitehead

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 commodity prices and demand continue to wane. 

Big plans for Chinese berry in Australia

Big plans for Chinese berry in Australia

By RJ Whitehead

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. 

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