Chinese investigation clears Synutra milk powder
The Chinese health ministry has found no link between Synutra International milk powder products and recent cases of premature breast development among infant girls.
Meat will drive Chinese food processing industry
Rising demand for meat will drive the Chinese food processing industry to record double digit growth, according to market research organization RNCOS.
Fonterra gets embroiled in Chinese dairy scare
Fonterra has insisted that the New Zealand-based dairy is 100 per cent confident in its products as one of its Chinese customers faces an investigation into tainted milk claims.
Danone sells stake in Coca-Cola courted, Chinese juice firm
Danone has agreed to sell its stake in China Huiyuan Juice Group for significantly less than what Coca-Cola offered before its acquisition bid was blocked last year by Chinese competition authorities.
Vietnam beats China on soft drink growth rates
Vietnamese soft drinks consumption has held up in the face of the global recession with growth levels higher even than neighbouring China, according to new market research.
Childhood obesity set to be driver in Chinese bakery market
Increasing obesity in children in China will stimulate demand for healthier bakery and cereal products, claims Datamonitor in a new report that shows that China ranks fourth in new bakery product launches in the global market in 2009.
China uncovers more melamine tainted dairy materials
More melamine tainted dairy materials have been seized by Chinese food safety authorities, raising suspicions that it may be from the same batch that should have been destroyed following the 2008 scandal.
Chinese companies climb top-20 dairy list
Asian dairies have made the biggest gains in a list of the top-20 dairy companies compiled by Rabobank.
Chinese demand drives BI plant expansion
Dietary supplement and functional food ingredients company, BI Nutraceuticals is adding a fifth mill at it’s Suzhou manufacturing capacity to boost output by 35 percent in response to customer demand.
PepsiCo looks to ‘new’ Chinese regions in investment push
PepsiCo plans to invest $2.5bn over the next three years in China as the company turns towards the less developed central and western areas of the country for growth opportunities.
China takes out $100m food safety loan
The World Bank is to lend China $100m in a bid to improve food safety in the country as it recognised the government had made food safety a top priority.
Lonza to boost Chinese vitamin B production
Lonza has confirmed that its planned vitamin B3 production expansion will occur in China, where the firm expects a double digit surge in demand for the ingredient in coming years.
Chinese potato starch firm ups production
Chinese potato starch producer China Essence is ramping up capacity with the construction of two new facilities, expected to be completed this autumn.
Sweets demand fuelling hike in China's sugar imports, USDA
Products such as confectionery, biscuits and juice products are experiencing double-digit growth in China with this consumer demand fuelling an increase in the country’s sugar imports, according to a USDA report.
MSG not linked to obesity: Chinese study
Excessive intakes of the flavour enhancer MSG are not associated with weight gain, according to new data from China that challenges previous claims.
Pulverised lime is being added to bleaching agents used in Chinese flour in a bid to cut production costs and boost profits, China state media has reported this week.
Man arrested two years after Japanese tainted-dumplings scandal
A Chinese man has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning frozen dumplings in Japan two years ago.
Cargill starts flavour production in China
Cargill has opened a new flavour facility in China, which is expected to enable it to better address regional demand and taste in Asia in a timely fashion.
China vows further food safety clampdown
China has said its aim this year on food safety is to avoid any major contamination crises as it continues to struggle to impose national standards on food producers and processors.
China melamine-tainted milk health threats assessed
Tens of thousands of Chinese children sickened by melamine-tainted milk showed signs of kidney damage months afterwards - with the potential for long-term harm a serious concern, said new research.
China forced to relaunch food safety crackdown
China is launching a new national food safety drive following a wave of recent damaging revelations over melamine-tainted milk products in the country.
China could become world’s biggest grocery market by 2014
China could overtake the United States as the world’s biggest grocery market within five years, according to market research organization IGD.
Chinese dairies shut down on melamine discovery
Chinese authorities have closed two dairies in the northern region of Ningxia following the discovery of a further 170 tonnes of melamine tainted milk powder, according to media reports.
Fonterra reveals expansion plans in China
Fonterra is planning to build two new dairy farms in China as the company struggles to keep up with increasing demand.
Bakery supplier boosts presence in China
Emerging markets continue to attract both food processors and equipment suppliers, with AMF Bakery Systems, a leading supplier of bakery equipment in North America, recently expanding its footprint in the Asia Pacific region.
Bad weather in China contributes to flat SABMiller volumes
SABMiller has reported disappointingly flat beer sales as South African volumes continue to slide and heavy snow and wet weather suppress Chinese demand.
Analyst unpicks impact of melamine scandal on Chinese dairy industry
A leading food analyst has warned that the latest Chinese melamine scandal will set back the local dairy industry at least two years.
Japan to ban 125 nutrients including glucosamine form
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has signaled its intention to blacklist 125 nutrients including forms of glucosamine, aloe vera and krill because it says they are not being used in products, according to the US Department of Agriculture...
Melamine scandal 'potentially very damaging' to Chinese ingredients industry
A leading food analyst has warned that the latest Chinese melamine scandal could have a major impact on global trade in food ingredients.
China uncovers more melamine-tainted milk powder
Employees from a Chinese dairy company have been taken into police custody on suspicion of selling tonnes of melamine-tainted milk powder.
EFSA signs co-operation pact with Japan
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has signed a co-operation agreement with its Japanese counterpart as part of a strategy to boost its knowledge pool and ability to track food across the globe.
Chinese food sector still has room to grow
The Chinese food market is poised for a new growth spurt, according Leatherhead, despite some slowdown in runaway rates as the recession took hold.
Changing tastes make China new flavour centre
Burgeoning demand for flavours from Chinese food manufacturers has led to rapid growth in the last decade and encouraged more foreign firms to set up operations there, says Leatherhead.
Sucralose safe from natural trend, says JK
The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.
Major JK Sucralose expansion predicts market surge
JK Sucralose has announced that it intends to expand capacity at its Jiangsu, China plant to 4,000 metric tonnes by 2020, confident that the market is set to skyrocket.
PureCircle raises $67.18m for stevia investment
Sweetener company PureCircle has raised $67.18m through share placing to invest in the development of its natural sweetener products made from stevia leaves.
Marine collagen big in Japan now going west
Chinese supplier Fenchem said its new collagen peptide extracted from fish scales, an ingredient used in the joint health food and drinks market in Japan, is aimed at food and supplement manufacturers in the US and Europe.
DSM contracts suspended in China
DSM has said that it intends to look for new partners in China for its nutritional products and anti-infectives, after its contracts with North China Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (NCPC) were suspended.
Scoular goes to China for cheaper, GM-free soy
Scoular has signed a distribution agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to secure a lower cost, non-GM supply of soy protein isolate for nutritional products and meats.
Chinese market opens up to acrylamide enzyme
DSM has obtained approval for its Preventase acrylamide mitigating enzyme portfolio in the high potential chinese market.
Danone splits from Wahaha; not talking to Mead
Danone’s troubled relationship with China’s Wahaha looks finally to be at an end; and rumours of a new deal with Mead Johnson over baby food are flatly denied.
New Chinese player enters probiotics market
Fenchem says its entry into the probiotics market is prompted by global growth in demand for probiotic products in North America and Europe.
China launches new food safety reporting system
China’s State Food and Drug Administration has launched a new food safety reporting system which it has offered for public consultation.
Low-salt foods may get taste boost from Japanese fish stock
A dried stock made from the fish and seaweed may improve the palatability of reduced-salt products, suggests new research.
Trust and cooperation with Chinese authorities
Managing in China: Part two
Dealing with the Chinese authorities requires trust and working together to solve problems, says Yossi Gohary, general manager of Solbar Ningbo.
The different language, culture and regulatory set-up may make running an ingredients company in China a daunting proposition for Western executives. But Yossi Gohary, general manager of Solbar Ningbo, says it’s all about cultural compromise.
Chinese flower may be anti-browning ingredient
Extracts from the Asian plant Osmanthus fragrans may prevent browning of foods, and offer an alternative to formulators looking to tap the ‘natural’ wave.
PureCircle expects 420 per cent profit growth
Pure Circle, supplier of stevia-derived Reb A, is expecting to report a 420 per cent increase in profit in its full year results due to good reception for the first products launched in the US.
PepsiCo opens its first green plant in China
Beverage and food giant PepsiCo has pledged to invest $1bn in China and has opened its first eco-friendly plant in the western city of Chongqing.
PepsiCo forms partnership with Japanese snack company Calbee Foods
Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has acquired a 20 per cent share of Calbee Foods Company; Japan’s largest snack firm.