China, Japan record uptick in milk production as Philippine’s appetite for imports rebounds

ASIA – Milk production in China and Japan is set to increase as more heifers enter production and productivity per cow improves, a new report by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.  For China, raw milk production is forecast to reach 36.7 million metric tons (MMT), a 3 percent increase, as milk production per cow improves.  Other factors driving this uptick in dairy production, according to the USDA, include the addition of more dairy facilities and the expansion of the country’s dairy herd.  Whole milk…

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FrieslandCampina opens new innovation experience center to cater for Chinese dairy preferences

CHINA – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina has opened a new Innovation Experience Centre (IEC), in Xintiandi, China to bolster Chinese-focused dairy innovations.    FrieslandCampina said the new facility will provide its consumers, customers, and stakeholders with a platform to learn about its 150 years of heritage and innovation.   At the IEC, visitors and clients will have a chance to see exhibits from the company’s portfolio, corporate values and heritage alongside next-gen features through AI, test and trial, live streaming, and more.   “The IEC will showcase the best innovations and…

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McDonald’s China to train 75,000 restaurant workers in newly opened Hamburger University

CHINA –  American multinational fast-food restaurant McDonald’s has said it expects to train and develop more than 75,000 restaurant workers in China at newly Hamburger University over the next five years.    The Hamburger University is housed in McDonald’s China new eight-story, sustainability-focused headquarters in Shanghai.  According to the fast-food chain,  the new headquarters was built with a focus on energy-saving and environmental responsibility, as well as promotion of cross-functional collaboration and flexible working.    The building has no fixed seating arrangements for employees. Instead, the building offers employees greater flexibility by providing desks,…

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China to import more feed grains as demand from an expanding poultry sector surges

CHINA – The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is expected to import more feed grains to meet increased demand from the poultry industry that is recovering from multiple disease outbreaks.  According to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), China’s chicken meat production is forecast to rebound by 2 percent to 14.3 MMT in 2022 as large-scale white feather (“broiler”) producers utilize expanded production facilities.  Additionally, hog production is expected to be concentrated in large-scale operations using professional feed formulas.   Cattle and beef production…

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Unilever’s TaiCang facility named world’s most advanced ice cream factory

CHINA – Unilever’s food manufacturing facility in the Chinese county of Taicang has been added to the list of the world’s most advanced factories by the World Economic Forum.  Since 2018, the World Economic Forum has been recognising companies that incorporate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies into their manufacturing and supply chain operations.  These sites adopt and deploy 4IR technology – such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things – to maximise efficiency and competitiveness, and drive sustainable and responsible business growth, while upskilling the workforce and protecting the environment.   They also provide a…

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Firmenich opens new innovation center in China to tailor products for local tastes

CHINA – Global fragrance and taste company, Firmenich has opened a new customer experience studio in Guangzhou, China to support demand for localized fragrances & health-conscious products.  The studio which is  Firmenich’s first in Southern China will bring the Group’s commercial, marketing, and creative teams under one roof in Guangzhou, enabling a faster response to customer needs.  Studio Guangzhou joins Firmenich’s network of world-class manufacturing, innovation, and creation centers in the country, offering a new level of support to the needs of customers in Southern China.   The facility will focus on immersing…

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Diageo to build R&D centre in Shanghai to strengthen innovations for Chinese market

CHINA – British multinational alcoholic beverages giant Diageo has announced plans to build a  new research and development (R&D) center in Shanghai, China, as it aims to create new products for the Chinese market based on local consumer insights and trends.  According to Diageo, the new site will primarily support the China market and is expected to strengthen Diageo’s ability to innovate and develop products that fit Chinese consumer tastes.  “Today’s announcement is another key step in our transformational journey to invest and deliver growth in a fast-moving and highly…

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ADM opens new Chinese flavour facility in quest to expand global nutritional capabilities

CHINA – ADM has opened a new state-of-the-art, fully automated flavor production facility situated in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, China in line with goal to expand its global nutritional capabilities.  The Pinghu facility will serve as ADM’s flavor supply hub in Asia Pacific (APAC), allowing it to leverage its expertise and leading-edge technologies.   The 27,000 sq m facility will also build out the ADM pantry to meet customer needs further and advance its growth strategy.  Additionally, the facility is strategically located within an hour of Shanghai, bringing geographic advantages for…

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Mengniu scores another sustainability win with move to recycled resin for packaging

CHINA – Chinese dairy giant Mengniu has partnered with packaging and materials science firm Dow to transition to the use of recycled resin shrink film for the secondary packaging of its dairy products.  According to a report by Food Navigator, the transition makes the Chinese dairy heavyweight the first firm in China’s domestic food industry to adopt recycled resin in packaging.  Speaking to Journalists, Mengniu Dairy Packaging R&D Director, Frank Wang said that the transition was in line with its vision to reduce its environmental impacts as part of its…

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China, Africa present new growth opportunities across the dairy sphere over the next decade and beyond – Rabobank

GLOBAL – China and Africa are emerging as the next growth frontiers for dairy as rise in population and changing demographics in these regions show potential to drive opportunities across the dairy sphere, a recent analysis by Rabobank has revealed.    According to Rabobank states that over 35 percent of global population growth will occur in Africa, making it one of the most attractive regions for dairy companies.  The investment bank further notes that the region remains a net – and growing – dairy importer, largely importing from international players in the Global Dairy Top 20.  Rabobank data however notes that there…

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