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Food sector attracts over 40% of Sri Lankan SMEs

By RJ Whitehead

More than 40% of Sri Lankan small- and medium-sized businesses are now engaged in food processing, prompting the government to begin construction of a food testing centre aimed at village producers.

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Amira joins select few firms with permission to ship rice to China

By RJ Whitehead

Dubai-based Amira Nature Foods, which manufactures packaged Indian specialty rice, is now one of only a select few Indian companies allowed to export rice to China after they were granted approval for basmati shipments. 

The Nestlé Lanka Kurunegala Factory. Pic: © Nestlé Lanka

Nestlé Lanka opens $3.4m UHT milk plant

By Jim Cornall

Nestlé Lanka has opened a new UHT milk plant in its factory in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. The new production facility cost LKR500m ($3.4m) to construct.

Like many other orange and yellow fruits, the king coconut packs more vitamin C than its green cousins. Photo: Sri Lanka Gold

Sri Lanka Gold to bring local, street-side favorite to US shores

By Adi Menayang

Two D.C.-based international development economists, partners in life and business, are launching bottled king coconut water and are aiming to have it on natural food store shelves by February. It’s safe to assume their product will be the first of its...

Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

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Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm. 

Fonterra rubbishes Sri Lankan court summons reports

Fonterra rubbishes Sri Lankan court summons reports


Fonterra has rubbished reports that four Sri Lanka-based executives have been summoned to face contempt of court charges over the company's alleged failure to comply with a ban on the sale and advertising of its milk products in the country.

Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

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Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

By RJ Whitehead in Dubai

It is hard for a food industry trade show to pack the same level of glamour as, say, the Tokyo Motor Show, so it’s probably best for organisers not to try. But every now and again, in a moment of wild abandon, a celebrity or sports star graces a show’s...

SMEs now supported under dedicated AFGC forum

The AFGC: No longer just for the big names

By Kacey Culliney

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has expanded its services to cater for small-to-medium (SME) enterprises in the country’s A$108 billion food and grocery manufacturing sector.


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