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BRF opens $160m factory in Kizad, Abu Dhabi
26 November 2014 Frozen foods producer BRF, responsible for brands such as Sadia, has opened a $160m (Dh588m) factory at Kizad in Abu Dhabi....

Nellson to acquire nutritional and snack bars maker Le Groupe Multibar
25 November 2014 US-based nutritional bars and functional powder products manufacturer Nellson Nutraceutical is to acquire Le Groupe Multibar, nutritional and snack bars producer, for an undisclosed amount....

UAE’s Abraaj increases bid to acquire Egypt’s Bisco Misr
25 November 2014 UAE-based Abraaj investment management has increased its offer to $127.9m for the acquisition of 100% shares of Egyptian confectionary producer Bisco Misr....

Yili to invest $327m on four New Zealand dairy projects
24 November 2014 China and New Zealand have partnered to unveil the Yili Oceania Production Base, which is the first in a series of cooperation projects between the two countries and will cost Yili around $20m....

Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland launch initiative for sustainable farming
24 November 2014 Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) have unveiled the new Kildalton open source sustainable farm initiative at the National Dairy Conference, which will demonstrate best practices...

Scotland warns of losses in mackerel processing sector
21 November 2014 The Scottish processing industry has warned that it might lose fish stocks to nearby countries ahead of next year's European Commission total allowable catch (TAC), which will discussed...

JBS Australia acquires Primo Group for $1.45bn
21 November 2014 JBS Australia has completed the $1.45bn acquisition of Primo Group, the largest antipodean producer of ham, bacon and small...

Nations join forces to tackle malnutrition
20 November 2014 More than 170 countries have come together to work towards adopting recommendations on policies and investments to help eradicate malnutrition by ensuring that all people have access to...

Japan to assist Afghanistan in strengthening food security
20 November 2014 The Japanese Government, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are to work on a new project to enhance the resilience and livelihoods of...

Project Big Cow to boost Tasmania dairy industry
19 November 2014 KPMG is pitching a billion dollar dairy cooperative and milk powder factory to the Chinese investors for the Tasmanian Midlands at the Tas Invest forum being held in Tasmania, Australia....

Clearfleau plant helps Nestle reduce carbon footprint
19 November 2014 UK-based Clearfleau has revealed that its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant built for Nestle has been converting 200,000l of feedstock into renewable energy on a daily basis for the past year....

China-Australia sign major free trade agreement
18 November 2014 China and Australia have entered into a free trade agreement (ChAFTA) that will offer Australian dairy farmers, winemakers and other sectors improved access to Chinese markets....

EU adopts measures to combat bird flu
18 November 2014 The European Commission has adopted protective measures after cases of bird flu were reported from the UK and...

Fire at China’s food packaging plant kills 18
17 November 2014 Eighteen workers have died in a fire at a carrot packaging plant in Shouguang City in the Shandong province of eastern China....

Pinnacle buys Garden Protein International for $154m
17 November 2014 US-based Pinnacle Foods will buy plant-based protein food maker Garden Protein International for $154m (C$175m)....

Arla Foods opens €120m lactose manufacturing plant in Denmark
14 November 2014 Arla Foods Ingredients has opened a new €120m lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark....

Australian billionaire invests $435m in dairy venture to export infant formula to China
14 November 2014 Australia's mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is investing A$500m ($435m) in a dairy joint venture to produce infant milk formula for China....

India and US agree WTO on food subsidies
13 November 2014 The US and India have reached an agreement that will ensure the full implementation of the world trade organisation's (WTO) trade facilitation agreement (TFA) to help ease customs rules....

India's agriculture bank releases guidelines for $20bn food processing fund
13 November 2014 India's National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has announced guidelines for funding worth $20bn to make affordable credit available to agro-processing units being...

Chobani opens food incubator in New York
12 November 2014 Greek yogurt maker Chobani has launched a food incubator in New York to help support entrepreneurs who are interested in providing improved food accessibility. ...

EU ministers approve of law for banning genetically modified crops
12 November 2014 Limiting the chance of the use of genetically modified (GM) crops in European Union countries, EU politicians have supported a plan to allow nations to ban GM crops on their soils even if they...