Supply chain

India's supply chain lags far behind that of other countries

FDI throws a lifeline to India's crumbling supply chain

By RJ Whitehead

As the dust settles on Friday’s announcement by the Indian government to finally allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, it is becoming clear that the country’s beleaguered supply chain will be one of the major winners.

As fish consumption soars, the pressure is on to feed the globe sustainably...

Aquaculture growth: The "double-edged sword"

By Kacey Culliney

With fish consumption rates soaring and wild fishing stagnating, efforts must be pumped into the sustainable growth of aquaculture, a new report suggests.

Researchers analysed 235 global rice grains for GI levels

Rice gene discovery opens doors for low-GI products

By Kacey Culliney

Research has identified the key gene that determines the glycemic index (GI) of rice, opening up opportunities to develop low-GI rice and rice-based products to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, according to the researchers.

Australia's carbon tax: A costly move for the food industry says AFGC

Australian food industry chews over bitter carbon tax

By Kacey Culliney

Australia’s carbon tax will hit the food industry hard with imports likely to be favoured in light of unavoidable price spikes, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has said.

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

On the road in China

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

By Shane Starling in Shanghai

For someone more acquainted with ingredients expos in Europe and the US, walking around the vast halls of Food Ingredients Asia-China (FIC) in Shanghai today made me realise what a small percentage of the continent's nutrients industry fills those...

Goodman Fielder hopes to stabilise costs with consolidation across its bakery sector

Australia’s Goodman Fielder tightens bakery noose

By Kacey Culliney

Australian food firm Goodman Fielder is fusing its bakery business with three site closures as part of a strategic reorganisation of its business to reduce costs and improve efficiency amid struggling sales.

Australian food industry urges consumers to reject container tax

AFGC urges consumers to reject container tax

Australia’s food industry body has launched a nationwide public education campaign to highlight the significant cost impacts that a national drink container deposit scheme (CDS) will have on consumers.

This is a fundamental change in how countries do business with one another, says Lynn Dornblaser

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Trend spot: Asia skips EU & US to deal direct with Latin America

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

There has been a fundamental and significant shift in global business moves, with Asia now bypassing EU and US markets to work directly with Latin America and this is a trend set to stay, according to Mintel analyst.

Mintel Asia Pacific basic nutrition insight at Vitafoods Europe 2012

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

All eyes on what Asia does best: Basic nutrition, says Mintel

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rulings on health claims has caused a ‘softer’ market approach from EU manufacturers and Europe can learn a lot form Asia on what it does best – basic nutritional ingredients like vitamins and minerals, says Mintel.

New alcohol standards will create ripples through the liquor industry, say manufacturers

India alcohol limits drafted

By Ankush Chibber

India’s top food regulator has drafted regulations for alcohol content in beer, wine and spirits sold in the country, a move that has ruffled feathers in the local liquor manufacturing industry.

A license system is set to secure India's food supply chain

India will implement food license system

By Ankush Chibber

India is set to introduce a new license system in August to cover the country’s food supply chain in a bid to tighten food standards.

Coles is being clearer about allergens across its private label range

Coles is being bold about allergens

By Ankush Chibber

Australian supermarket giant, Coles, has taken the lead in ensuring that its food products are labelled appropriately enough for customers with allergies.

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

By Kacey Culliney

Genetic modification is an on-going problem in Asia’s basmati rice network and it is a problem that importers need to be vigilant in curbing, according to an industry expert.

China: Opening its mind to new sectors and markets, analyst

China is consolidating, but diversifying?

By Kacey Culliney

China’s food and beverage market is undergoing consolidation – much of which is being achieved through rampant acquisitions across new market sectors and countries, according to an analyst.

Indian sugar been flagged as pesticide-free by study

India sugar is pesticide free, says study

By Ankush Chibber

The pesticide food safety issue that has tainted India’s sugar market for more than a decade has been cleared in the wake of a study suggesting India-produced sugar is pesticide free.

TFAs are coming under scrutiny in India

Indian regulators harden healthy foods stance

By Ankush Chibber

Stung by a recent report that damned many of India’s top food brands for containing high amounts of sugar, salt, and fats, the country’s food regulators are moving against the worst offenders.

Manufacturers need to build environmental strategies around Chinese consumer behaviour: The Carbon Trust

Carbon-conscious China: Food manufacturers take heed

By Kacey Culliney

China is concerned about the environmental footprint of food manufacturers, more-so than the US, according to new research, prompting a re-think for firms who base Asian environmental strategies on Western consumer demands.

Stevia used to enrich aquaculture feed and drive production

Stevia-nourished seafood, a novel usage

By Kacey Culliney

US farm management company, Stevia Corp, has formulated stevia-supplemented fish feed in a bid to drive sustainable aquaculture and increase production volumes across Asia.

More regulations please, say Australian execs

Retail regulation a must, say Australian industry execs

By Ankush Chibber

Australia’s food and grocery sector desperately needs greater regulation in the retail sector and more transparency around foreign direct investment, Australian industry executives said in a new survey.

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