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Export markets key to strong NZ growth despite current DCD storm

Kiwi agri-forecast

Export markets key to strong NZ growth despite current DCD storm

By RJ Whitehead

While New Zealand fights to stem the fallout from the damaging Fonterra DCD crisis, a new report by Rabobank has revealed that the country’s strong trade links to countries with importing markets will be central to the performance of its agricultural...

Ministers meet to speed up agriculture reform

Indian politics

Ministers meet to speed up agriculture reform

By RJ Whitehead

All of India’s state agriculture ministers are currently gathering in Delhi to discuss ways to speed up growth of the food production and processing sector. The meeting will be led by Sharad Pawar, the union agriculture and food processing minister.

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to one analyst.

New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

State of the industry

New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

By RJ Whitehead

Recognising the newfound importance of the Chinese wine market, New Zealand’s vintners are pulling out the stops to make sure their exports have a place in Far East cellars.

Pakistan’s halal exports in dire need of certification

State of the industry

Pakistan’s halal exports in dire need of certification

By RJ Whitehead

With Muslim countries fast waking up to the potential halal exports hold, and nations scrambling to become hubs for the distribution of Islamically acceptable meat, Pakistan is lagging behind the pack but still has the potential to improve its standing.

China wakes up, smells Nestlé’s ‘unique’ coffee flavor

NESTLE POISED FOR CONTINUED CHINESE COFFEE DOMINANCE: ANALYST

China wakes up, smells Nestlé’s ‘unique’ coffee flavor

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Nestlé’s ‘smart investment’ in Chinese whole bean coffee is likely to consolidate its market-leading position within the category there, as it stands poised to release a local product, according to a top beverage analyst.

China to explore increased rice imports from India

China to explore increased rice imports from India

By RJ Whitehead

India’s newfound position as the world’s leading rice exporter has not escaped the attention of China, which may look to its western neighbour for increasingly greater rice supplies over the coming years.

Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

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.

Tsingtao tightens grip on central Shaanxi as AB InBev lurks

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.

Philippines looking towards India for growth

Philippines looking towards India for growth

By RJ Whitehead

The Philippines government has urged Filipino exporters to look for opportunities in India as a means to mitigate the current downturn in key markets like the United States and Europe.

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

By RJ Whitehead

This week, New Zealand has become the first country in the world to sign an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The pact recognises each other’s food safety systems as providing a comparable degree of food-safety assurance.

Mixed bag of predictions in NZ’s latest trade report

Mixed bag of predictions in NZ’s latest trade report

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industry has revealed that the country’s food industry is feeling the pinch as a result of the adverse global economic situation, even though favourable climatic conditions have been a boon to production. 

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

By Ben Bouckley

Multinational Suntory Holdings plans to sell shares in its non-alcoholic drinks business to fund a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) drive, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg.

Changing farm preferences causing Indian seeds to sprout

State of the industry

Changing farm preferences causing Indian seeds to sprout

By RJ Whitehead

India’s seed industry is predicted to be worth Rs10,700 crore by 2015, according to a study by the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), corresponding to a 50% increase on the current value.

Carlsberg signals Chinese strategy shift and 'Top 3' ambition

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Carlsberg signals Chinese strategy shift and 'Top 3' ambition

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

For Chinese beer market followers, one of the most interesting developments over the last fortnight was Danish brewer Carlsberg’s announced strategy shift and expressed desire to acquire one of the nation's top three domestic brewers.

Foreign firms must take strategic look at entering China

New horizons

Foreign firms must take strategic look at entering China

By RJ Whitehead

The key to winning over Chinese consumers is mastering distribution strategies, according to a new report by Rabobank, which also suggests that the country should be on the radar of European and American processed food companies that are facing flat growth...

Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Tsingtao scales up beer operations in China’s bustling Henan province

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

In this guest article, Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China, gives BeverageDaily.com readers the lowdown on Tsingtao Brewery’s plans to build a brewery in Henan province, where beer production is booming.

Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

State of the industry

Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

By RJ Whitehead

Earlier this month a small story made its way into the Times of India—the country’s biggest-selling newspaper—to announce the opening of a shop that sells only organic products. For the rest of the world, this might be humdrum, but for India the event...

Groceries will thrive even with FDI

Groceries will thrive even with FDI

By RJ Whitehead

According to a new study in India, 800,000 people are employed directly by organised retail in India, and even without FDI, this number would grow to 2m by 2016—and double that when indirect employment is considered.

DSM buys Fortitech for €495m; “We are done for awhile”

DSM buys Fortitech for €495m; “We are done for awhile”

By Shane Starling

Rampant nutrition business acquirer, Royal DSM, has splashed the cash for the ninth time in two years – this time to the tune of €495m ($634m) on US-based multinational nutrient blending giant, Fortitech (€212m/$270m annual turnover).

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

By Shane Starling

Royal DSM saw Q3 sales slip 7% to €2.3bn across all divisions with polymer intermediates performing worst, but as has been the case in recent quarters, the Dutch firm’s nutrition cluster held firm with 1% organic growth in difficult economic times.

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