EFSA signs co-operation pact with Japan
08-Dec-2009 By Rory Harrington
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.
Sucralose safe from natural trend, says JK
25-Nov-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.
PureCircle raises $67.18m for stevia investment
18-Nov-2009 By Mike Stones
Sweetener company PureCircle has raised $67.18m through share placing to invest in the development of its natural sweetener products made from stevia leaves.
DSM contracts suspended in China
03-Nov-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
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.
Tate & Lyle backs Asian prebiotic in Europe
26-Oct-2009 By Jane Byrne
A new partnership with chemical group Solvay will enable the distribution of a low dosage prebiotic food ingredient with multiple food and drink applications within Europe, the Middle East and Africa, claims Tate & Lyle.
Beef import rule change threat to Australian meat industry
22-Oct-2009 By Rory Harrington
Australia has announced it is to reopen its borders to beef imports from countries that have previously reported incidents of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Scoular goes to China for cheaper, GM-free soy
12-Oct-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
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
30-Sep-2009 By Jess Halliday
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.
Separate policy and R&D boost for Indian food processing sector
03-Aug-2009 By Staff reporter
Formulation of a separate policy for food processing and a targeted R&D programme to boost processing and packaging technologies are two of the latest proposals unveiled by the Indian government for the sector.
Aldi takes colours out of Australian products
15-Jun-2009 By Jess Halliday
Aldi is removing the Southampton Six food colours from products in its Australian supermarkets, following a campaign by consumer groups.
Niutang plans to increase sucralose capacity
01-Jun-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Niutang Chemical has announced plans to expand its sucralose production capacity from 300 tonnes to 500 tonnes within three years.
Ohly opens Shanghai application centre, sales office
28-May-2009 By staff reporter
Ohly is opening a new food application centre and sales office in Shanghai, as the its new yeast extract plant in Harbin nears opening.
28-May-2009 By Jess Halliday
Tate & Lyle is to produce all its sucralose from its new plant in Singapore, ‘mothballing’ its facility in McIntosh, Alabama.
Fenchem selects Canadian distributor for nutraceuticals
Chinese nutraceutical supplier Fenchem has selected Tempo Canada as the exclusive distributor for a range of its ingredients in Canada.
Sucralose supply set to expand as Tate & Lyle loses patent case
07-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Tate & Lyle has lost its sucralose patent case as the International Trade Commission gave its final ruling on Monday that Chinese manufacturers did not infringe the sugar giant’s patents.
Asia vital to global milk ingredient stabilisation
19-Mar-2009 By Neil Merrett
A supply and demand imbalance within the global milk ingredient market is expected to stabilise in the next few years on the back of strengthening demand in Asia, suggests a new report.
Hershey deal frees Barry Callebaut to focus on Asia customers
Barry Callebaut has sold its Van Houten Singapore consumer chocolate business to Hershey so it can concentrate on its manufacturer and gourmet customers targeting the Asian market.
China faces up to melamine legacy as dairy exports fall
11-Feb-2009 By Neil Merrett
The impact of last year’s melamine milk-contamination in China continues to be felt after dairy exports fell by 10.4 per cent on a year-on -year basis in 2008, creating growing interest for imported brands, claims state media.
Japanese experts say food from clones safe
20-Jan-2009 By Jane Byrne
An advisory committee for Japan's food safety regulator has said that food made from cloned animals is safe to eat.
Major international project to boost South Asian cereal production
06-Jan-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has announced a $30m collaborative project which aims to boost South Asian cereal production by five million tonnes a year.
Cargill takes texturizers direct to Australia and New Zealand
17-Dec-2008 By Sarah Hills
Cargill’s texturizing business is opening offices in Australia and New Zealand to serve local markets as well as customers meeting burgeoning demand for dairy products in Asia Pacific.
Definitive duties on Chinese MSG will not affect users much
05-Dec-2008 By Jess Halliday
The European Commission has imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on the additive from China, stating that the impact on firms using the additive will not be great.
Chinese citric acid duties will not halt imports
04-Dec-2008 By Jess Halliday
European producers of citric acid and monosodium glutamate have this week received long-term assurance that their prices will be supported against cheaper Chinese imports, but China is expected to remain a significant player in a more level field.
China and Canada found guilty of citric acid dumping
18-Nov-2008 By Shane Starling
Ongoing US Department of Commerce investigations have found Chinese and Canadian companies are dumping citric acid and citrate salts into the US.
China lifts DHEA ban
23-Oct-2008 By Shane Starling
The Chinese government has lifted the ban it placed on the manufacture and export of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) in the lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
Arla, Fonterra sticking to scandal hit Chinese dairies
20-Oct-2008 By Neil Merrett
Two of the world’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of dairy goods have moved to play up their commitments in China as the legacy of the ongoing melamine scandal continues to impact on their operations.
FSANZ considers reinstating erythrosine for icings
17-Sep-2008 By Jess Halliday
The Australian and New Zealand food safety regulator is mulling a part reversal of a 1990s restriction on the use of coal-based dye erythrosine, after receiving a petition for its use in colourings for bakery icings.
‘Can the colours’ campaign goes Down Under
10-Sep-2008 By Jess Halliday
Calls to ban the Southampton colours are reverberating around the world, as week campaigners in Australia called on FSANZ to phase out the additives implicated in hyperactivity like its UK counterpart.
DSM shuts Chinese citric acid plant
27-Aug-2008 By Shane Starling
DSM will quit its Wuxi, China-based citric acid plant after being told by the Chinese government its site is required for urban development.
Chinese MSG exporters to EU to pay stiff anti-dumping tariffs
06-Jun-2008 By Jess Halliday
The European Commission has imposed anti-dumping tariffs of almost
40 per cent on monosodium glutamate (MSG) imported to the EU from
China, following an investigation into the effects of lower-priced
imports on EU industry.
Sales soar for Chinese potato starch supplier
29-May-2008 By Lindsey Partos
There is evidence that European potato starch suppliers are losing
out to Chinese competitors, as anti-dumping measures drive rampant
growth for leading Chinese starch maker.
Suppliers react to Chinese earthquake
16-May-2008 By Shane Starling
Western suppliers and manufacturers are contributing to earthquake
recovery in China while trying to cope with the effect the quake
has had on their operations.
Bumper rice harvest for 2008, FAO
14-May-2008 By Clarisse Douaud
World rice production is set to reach record levels in 2008,
according to the UN Food & Agriculture organization (FAO) which
has quelled fears that sharp price hikes will continue
Purac opens lactic acid plant in Thailand
05-May-2008 By Laura Crowley
Purac has officially opened its new lactic acid factory in
Thailand, where it hopes to build on lactic acid growth in Asia as
well as cutting production costs.
Asian countries clamp down on rice trade
17-Apr-2008 By Jess Halliday
The rapidly rising price of rice continues to cause concern at
government, industry and consumer level this week, as the
Philippines has sought to buy in supplies, Indonesia has
implemented a ban on overseas sales, and US rice futures...
Indian herbal provides food hydrogel advance
14-Apr-2008 By Stephen Daniells
The production of stable, cross-linked hydrogels could be possible
by using the well-known Indian herbal genipin, suggest Indian
Danisco consolidates Shanghai operations
10-Apr-2008 By Lorraine Heller
Danish ingredients group Danisco today inaugurated a new
application and research facility in China, which the firm hopes
will help it further expand operations in an "important growth
China makes non-spread GM rice
01-Apr-2008 By Dominique Patton
Genetically modified rice that can be killed if it accidentally
spreads to conventional fields has been developed by a team of
Barry Callebaut takes majority stake in Malaysian cocoa firm
31-Mar-2008 By Dominique Patton
Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut is to purchase a 60 per
cent share of Malaysia's KL Kepong Cocoa Products in a move
designed to increase its sourcing capacity in Asia.
Kraft attacked over China relocation plans
26-Mar-2008 By staff reporter
A labour union at Kraft's Chinese division said the firm violated
labour laws by not adequately informing its employees about the
relocation of its headquarters in the country, according to local
Higher yield soybean approved in Pacific markets
06-Feb-2008 By Alex McNally
Monsanto has been given permission to use a new herbicide resistant
soybean crop which offers improved yield in Japan, Taiwan and the
China moves to stem grain exports
17-Dec-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
China's Ministry of Finance yesterday said it will scrap the
13 per cent tax rebate on grain exports to keep the products within
the country, a move that could put more pressure on other markets
around the world.
China price hikes affecting global food chain
Special edition: Food prices
08-Oct-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
Food and ingredient prices are growing at a faster pace in
China than anywhere else in the world, having serious
repercussions for business both domestically and on an
India gives boost to vanilla farmers
03-Oct-2007 By Clarisse Douaud
The Indian ministry of commerce is taking steps to help its vanilla
farmers following a dip in world demand for the natural
Vietnam pushes for cocoa market growth
18-Sep-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
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.
Nutracea looks to tap Southeast Asian rice production
18-Sep-2007 By Clarisse Douaud
Nutracea announced it has received an opening purchase order from
network marketing company the Cosway Corporation for launch of its
stabilized rice bran in Southeast Asia.
Australia pledges extra cash for drought-stricken farmers
18-Sep-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
Processors world-wide fear wheat shortages, as reduced crops this
summer have led to the government pledging extra funding for
farmers to keep supply levels high.
Australian and New Zealand health claims update
14-Sep-2007 By Alex McNally
An update on proposed health claim regulations in Australia
and New Zealand, which could have far-reaching results for
European companies, will be given at a conference later this month.
GM Thai rice on sale soon?
13-Sep-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
A biotechnology boom will soon hit Thailand as the
authorities move towards removing a ban on the field testing of
biotech products, according to a new report.