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New Zealand places great importance on protecting its native ecosystem: biosecurity is about keeping unwanted organisms out. Pic:iStock/domenolomo

New Zealand wine industry signs biosecurity partnership

By Rachel Arthur

New Zealand’s wine industry has signed the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response: an agreement that looks at pests and diseases and sets out actions to minimize risks. 

S Australia strengthens China ties through Adelaide food export park

Australia

S Australia strengthens China ties through Adelaide food export park

By RJ Whitehead

In a further example of tightening food industry trade links between Australia and China, a South Australia-Shandong consortium has agreed to build an A$70m (US$50m) agricultural consolidation park in Adelaide to supply premium food and wine to China.

Gulfood Manufacturing exhibitors up 35%

Gulfood Manufacturing exhibitors up 35%

By Eliot Beer

Gulfood Manufacturing has seen a 35% rise in exhibitor numbers over its inaugural outing last year with 1,500 exhibitors, and 650 more from three other concurrent food shows.

The proposals amount to an increase of $12.8m across sectors

Consultation on proposed updates runs until 20 February

MPI looks at upping food safety fees

By Joseph James Whitworth

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

By RJ Whitehead

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic development.To mark a fascinating year...

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

By RJ Whitehead

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report on the impact of fuel costs on the country’s economy.

Australian food industry not in a happy state

Australian food industry not in a happy state

By Ankush Chibber

Australia’s food manufacturing sector is facing significant economic challenges that require urgent attention from the government, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) in it's annual assessment of the industry.

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.

Singapore government pledges $45m to food manufacturing sector

Singapore invests $45m in food manufacturing

By Kacey Culliney

Singapore’s government has pledged funds over the next five years towards the country’s food manufacturing sector in a bid to improve productivity by 20%.

130,000 job losses by 2020: report

Australian food industry could shed 130,000 jobs by 2020, report

By Ankush Chibber

Failure to introduce reforms in Australia’s food and grocery sector now could see the country’s domestic industry become significantly less competitive by 2020 as falling growth will translate to job losses, a new report suggests.

New Zealand gas leak sparks fears over production losses

Gas leak sparks fears over food production losses

By Nilpa Shah

A gas leak on New Zealand’s upper North Island forced the closure of many food factories in the affected area, stifling production and increasing concerns for the country’s economy.

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