In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce
dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will
increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in the next four
European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops have
driven BASF Plant Science to intensify biotech cooperation
activities in Asia Pacific with an agreement with China's National
Institute of Biological Sciences (NIBS).
Institut Rosell-Lallemand has teamed up with Ranbaxy and Aristo
Pharmaceuticals to distribute supplements based on a probiotic
bacteria, which will see it become available in the massive Indian
market for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
New Zealand farmers continue to step up milk production following a
bumper year for their exports, though the country's long-term
status as a low cost dairy producer could be under threat,
according to the US Department of Agriculture...
Despite a sharp increase in beverage consumption amongst
Australians over the last decade, sales of sugar-sweetened
carbonated soft drinks have fallen "dramatically",
according to a national trade association in the country.
Vietnam looks set to become one of Asia's primary cocoa producers,
with the government pledging to invest 40 billion
dong (€1.8m) in the country's burgeoning cocoa trade, according to
local news reports.