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Fonterra NZ Milk Products MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

Fonterra NZ Milk Products MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

By Mark ASTLEY

Fonterra NZ Milk Products boss, Gary Romano, has resigned “with immediate effect” less than two weeks after news broke that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by the company could be contaminated with botulism-causing Clostridium...

Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

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Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

By Darrel Webber, secretary general of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Increasing global consumption of palm oil poses serious sustainability challenges and raises questions about leading consumer nations’ responsibility in managing the footprint of its global supply chain. 

Strong China sales push Usana to record results

Strong China sales push Usana to record results

By Hank Schultz

Usana Health Sciences has achieved another quarter of record financial results based largely on strong sales within China. In an earnings call with analysts discussing the company’s second quarter 2013 financial results, Paul A. Jones, Usana’s CFO, said...

Haze from Indonesian forest fires has become an annual phenomenon across the region

RSPO commends members on quick action to quench fires

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Five RSPO-certified palm oil producers accused of contributing to Indonesian forest fires have submitted digital images of their plantations in an effort to clear their names – and the RSPO has commended them for fast action.

Good news all round for Australia’s dairy industry

Good news all round for Australia’s dairy industry

By RJ Whitehead

Following record opening prices for this year’s Australian dairy season, Devondale has piled on the good news by announcing the construction of a major new milk processing facility in Sydney’s western suburbs worth A$60m. 

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

Analysis: GrainCorp takeover

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

By RJ Whitehead

Now the ACCC, Australia’s anti-trust commission, has given the green light to ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, foreign interests will control all major grain handling facilities and grain ports in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and...

World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

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World waits to learn the impact of China and India’s rice market surge

By RJ Whitehead

The recent rise of India as a rice exporter and of China—somewhat unexpectedly—as an importer is paving the way for increased uncertainty to the global market for the crop, according to one expert at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Entrepreneurs must get backing to fix India’s crumbling supply chain

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Entrepreneurs must get backing to fix India’s crumbling supply chain

By RJ Whitehead

Last week, we published a story revealing that India’s food consumption will double by 2030—a scary thought. But it’s all right, we are assured by the Confederation of Indian Industries that production is destined to increase to meet the demand as long...

Food makers should love India’s new food security Bill

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Food makers should love India’s new food security Bill

By Ankush Chibber

The charter of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian constitution is pretty consistent with the modern idea of liberal democracies. Much like elsewhere, an Indian citizen has the rights to free speech and equality, and the right to be free from...

Embattled secretary pulls U-turn on self-sufficiency gaffe

Manila Madness part 2

Embattled secretary pulls U-turn on self-sufficiency gaffe

By RJ Whitehead

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture has “clarified” the blue-skies announcement by its secretary, Proceso Alcala, in which when he said the country would be in a position to stop importing rice next year.

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

By Shane Starling

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the report ‘s findings as “ridiculous”.

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