China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

01-Sep-2014 - Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

Australian milk market share could increase 'north of 10%': a2 Milk

Australian milk market share could increase 'north of 10%': a2 Milk Company

29-Aug-2014 - The a2 Milk Company believes its share of the Australian fresh milk market could increase “north of 10%” in the next 12 months.

Around 3,000 hectares of vegetable fields, 736 hectares of fruit trees, and 13,200 greenhouses have been destroyed or damaged in Gaza.

Gaza conflict causes $450m damage to agri infrastructure

28-Aug-2014 - The recent conflict in Gaza has effectively halted local food production and caused US$450m-worth of damage to the territory’s agricultural infrastructure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

Mapa: “We hope to come back to Brazil with these issues solved..."

Brazil envoys petition Egypt and Iran to lift embargoes

28-Aug-2014 - The Brazilian agriculture ministry (Mapa) is sending a trade delegation to Egypt and Iran in an attempt to restart embargoed beef shipments and improve systems for importing poultry.

GCC food imports to double in a decade to $53bn

GCC food imports to double in a decade to $53bn

28-Aug-2014 - GCC spending on food imports will more than double in the decade to 2020 to reach US$53.1bn, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report.

Jameson Irish Whiskey saw an 'excellent performance'

Pernod Ricard hit by Chinese slump

28-Aug-2014 - Pernod Ricard says a slump in China, and unfavourable foreign exchange effect, is responsible for an overall 7% fall in sales, as it released its full year 2013/14 results today. 

Growers can learn from Australia, which has implemented novel techniques that resulted in considerable weed population reduction, say researchers

Australia’s zero-weed tolerance, waterlogging in barley plants, the spreading wheat curl mite

28-Aug-2014 - Lessons from Australia in wheat herbicide resistance, waterlogging stress tolerance and how the wheat curl mite spreads.

Fighting wheat pathogens: 'Yellow spot disease is arguably the most costly disease to Australian wheat growers in terms of yield loss,' says head researcher

From lab to field: Breeding-out Australia’s ‘most costly’ wheat disease

28-Aug-2014 - Australian farmers are reaping the benefits of yellow spot-resistant wheat, developed by a team of researchers using gene deletion.

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

28-Aug-2014 - A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is set to cross the US$250m mark in 2014, a new report has said. 

Australian dairy industry calls for selfies to raise FTA awareness

28-Aug-2014 - New Zealand’s dairy industry is milking its Australian counterpart out of A$30m a year, according to a dairy farming lobby group that is calling for a free-trade agreement to level the playing field.

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

28-Aug-2014 - Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s emotions, according to a researcher from Adelaide. 

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

27-Aug-2014 - When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that it claimed had been caught by workers kept in slave-like conditions, a public relations storm seemed to have broken loose.

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year

27-Aug-2014 - There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the country's food industry to order, but they are facing a daunting task. We take a look at best-known scandals that have rocked consumers so far this year

Fonterra and Beingmate unveil China infant formula partnership

Fonterra and Beingmate unveil China infant formula partnership

27-Aug-2014 - Fonterra is prepared to pay NZ$615m (US$514m, €390m) for a 20% stake in Chinese baby food manufacturer Beingmate in its latest attempt to expand its presence in China’s lucrative infant formula market.

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

27-Aug-2014 - PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi has pledged to double the company’s investment in its Indian food processing operation to add to the sizeable sums it has already spent in the country.

Singapore is home to over 800 companies in food manufacturing segment

Companies expanding into Asia must first understand local physiology

26-Aug-2014 - Back when Europe and North America were there dominant growth markets for the food industry, Asia was considered as little more than an extension of their traditional business and dominated by unorganised local companies.

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

26-Aug-2014 - China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp farmers Down Under.

Dalene Wray, general manager of OBE

Focusing on certification means no beef from consumers

26-Aug-2014 - Founded in the early ‘Nineties by a group of Australian pastoral families, OBE claims to be the “oldest, biggest and most trustworthy” supplier of organic beef. 

'It is concerning that ‘cereals for kids’ were generally ‘less healthy’ and more likely to display promotional characters than other breakfast cereal categories,' researchers say

Kids’ cereal in New Zealand needs regulatory overhaul, say researchers

26-Aug-2014 - Policies governing nutrient and health claims, labeling and use of mascots on breakfast cereals in New Zealand need a serious re-think, researchers say.

Blog: So you can’t find the right Asian distributor?

Blog: So you can’t find the right Asian distributor?

26-Aug-2014 - One of the more common gripes we hear at FoodNavigator-Asia from international companies looking to sell their products and services in Asia’s vast new market, is the loops they have to jump through to find the right local distributor.