just-food authors and correspondents

Jens Kastner

Articles by Jens Kastner

Many of newly-added locations are in ‘second-’ and ‘third-tier’ cities, where food imports are less available How China's expansion of e-commerce zones could benefit overseas food companies 10 June 2020

China has expanded its cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) scheme to push up trade battered by Covid-19. We look at the possible benefits for food companies exporting to the country.


German meat trade body wants to introduce own voluntary commitmentsCovid-19 - German plan to shake up meat-factory staffing, health rules 20 May 2020

Germany has announced moves to improve labour standards in a meat sector criticised for poor health and safety due to a rash of outbreaks of Covid-19.


The release of guidelines follows legislation last year that integrated labelling requirements formerly authorised within several different lawsSouth Korea releases new nutritional labelling guidelines 3 February 2020

South Korea has released new guidelines designed to enable food companies selling into the country to more easily comply with national nutrition labelling regulations.


Berlin wants states to consider pooling of resourcesGerman local regulators under fire in meat listeria scandal 18 October 2019

Germany's federal food ministry has summoned state-level counterparts for crisis talks following revelations listeria-tainted meat products killed three people and made 37 ill.


M&A in China's infant-formula sectorShengyuan buys fellow China infant-formula maker Harbin Alfbeta 4 October 2019

Chinese infant-formula firm Shengyuan International Group, trading as Synutra, has acquired a local competitor.


China is keen to instil healthy eating habits in its peopleChina's fight against obesity augurs change for food businesses 20 August 2019

Jens Kastner looks at how international food businesses selling their products in China are responding to the country's plans to target obesity.


Plans could also include changes to labelling rulesChina plans to reduce salt, sugar intake 9 August 2019

The Chinese government has been releasing plans to reduce China food consumers' intake of salt, sugar and edible oil.


China's authorities fear social unrest as ASF sweeps across stocks of staple commodityWho stands to gain from China's African swine fever crisis? 17 June 2019

China's farming industry has seen African swine fever sweep across the country, with mass culling of pigs and rising prices. But which countries could benefit?


Both entities are part of the Kedi GroupChina's Henan Kedi Dairy to buy frozen-food sister firm 7 May 2019

China's Henan Kedi Dairy plans to buy an associated autonomous company Henan Kedi Quick Frozen Food Co.


South Korea's Shinsegae to invest in bakery productionShinsegae invests in bakery production 6 November 2017

South Korea's Shinsegae Food plans to invest KRW51.9bn (US$46.5m) to boost production at its Osan bakery plant in the north-west region of the country.




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