Vietnam’s cocoa sector set to boom with state-owned plantations

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

23-Apr-2015 - Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place.

China could be self sufficient in grain by 2024, say officials

China could be self sufficient in grain by 2024, say officials

23-Apr-2015 - An official report has predicted that China will develop its own "rice bowl” to remain close to self sufficiency in the main crops at a time of great food uncertainty around the world.

Government accused of backing adulterators after butcher convictions

Government accused of backing adulterators after butcher convictions

23-Apr-2015 - New Zealand’s food ministry has been accused of “dereliction of duty” by the opposition for what the Labour party called its failure to monitor toxic chemicals in red meat.

Labelling reform champion forms alliance to support family businesses

Labelling reform champion forms alliance to support family businesses

23-Apr-2015 - Two powerful influences in Australian industry, Family Business Australia and the Australian Made Campaign, have joined in partnership at a time when labelling is a cause of heated debate.

Dark chocolate viewed as functional food after industry marketing push, says Meiji

To the dark side: Cocoa polyphenol craze prompts dark chocolate shift in Japan, says Meiji

22-Apr-2015 - Japanese consumers are eating more dark chocolate at the expense of milk varieties as interest grows in cocoa polyphenols, says leading domestic chocolatier Meiji.

New TCM collaboration will bring more Chinese remedies to European market

New TCM collaboration will bring more Chinese remedies to European market

22-Apr-2015 - A new collaboration between SU BioMedicine and Diapharm will drive growth in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Europe by managing the registration and marketing of high quality Chinese products in Europe.

Clashing stories: Coca-Cola and India Resource Center

Coca-Cola India bottling plant halted - more water rows?

22-Apr-2015 - Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) will no longer build a Rs. 500 crore ($80m) bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India citing ‘inordinate delays’ in the government system, but activists from the India Resource Centre (IRC) have claimed victory for a campaign on water shortage fears. 

WSET has 42,000 international students learning about wine and spirits

Teaching the world about wine: Wine & Spirit Education Trust wins Queen’s Award as Chinese market grows

22-Apr-2015 - China’s thirst for wine and spirits is accompanied by a passion to learn more about products, according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

IPO-headed Cofco leads China’s ‘friendly’ charge against west

IPO-headed Cofco leads China’s ‘friendly’ charge against west

22-Apr-2015 - China will compete with the rest of the world in a “very, very friendly way” as its corporations continue to buy up western food companies, the head of a state-owned grains trader has said.

India and China drive world’s rise in packaged water consumption

India and China drive world’s rise in packaged water consumption

22-Apr-2015 - Emerging countries are driving a trend that will soon see packaged water overtake fizzy drinks.

UK team shows insect feed comparable to fishmeal

UK team shows insect feed comparable to fishmeal

21-Apr-2015 - Insect derived protein meal has a similar amino acid profile to fishmeal and can be used in broiler diets with no effect on weight gain or FCR, found a UK research project.

Kellogg cereals will have health star ratings between 1.5 and 5

Kellogg Australia adopts health star ratings

21-Apr-2015 - Kellogg will run the voluntary health star rating system across its entire cereal range in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2015, kick-starting with a handful of products in June.

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

21-Apr-2015 - Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials.

Al Safi Danone investment will reduce Iraq's dairy import reliance: IFC

Al Safi Danone investment will reduce Iraq's dairy import reliance: IFC

21-Apr-2015 - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) plans to invest up to US$18m in a subsidiary of Al Safi Danone to reduce Iraq's reliance on dairy imports. 

Grain of truth: Kangaroo Island's pristine produce

Grain of truth: Kangaroo Island's pristine produce

21-Apr-2015 - Through innovative marketing, a South Australian grain company has used its remote location as a powerful brand statement, not the disadvantage it used to be.

DSM’s innovation expansion mirrors Singapore’s new might as a food hub

DSM’s innovation expansion mirrors Singapore’s new might as a food hub

21-Apr-2015 - Asia-Pacific food companies have developed a greater focus on innovating over the last few years, said DSM’s regional human nutrition head Pieter Nuboer at the opening of the company’s new nutrition innovation centre in Singapore. 

Murray Goulburn acquires Australian pizza cheese brand Caboolture

Murray Goulburn acquires Australian pizza cheese brand Caboolture

21-Apr-2015 - Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn has acquired pizza cheese brand Caboolture for an undisclosed sum.

Research finds what makes a supermarket super

Research finds what makes a supermarket super

20-Apr-2015 - Australia’s 14m grocery shoppers have some strong ideas when it comes to choosing which supermarket to shop at. Among the factors most likely to influence their decision are food safety, location and good value, while “add-on” services, such as photo developing and dry-cleaning, tend not to rate very highly at all.

Green algae combo may counter obesity-linked metabolic changes: Study

Green algae combo may counter obesity-linked metabolic changes: Study

20-Apr-2015 - A mixture of green algae extracts may lower body fat and improve lean mass in rats fed a high carbohydrate, high fat diet, says new study.

China considering ban on infant formula advertising: Reports

China considering ban on infant formula advertising: Reports

20-Apr-2015 - China is considering a ban on the advertisement of infant formula, according to reports from the country.