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Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of conduct that will govern it.

Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would it have if all 10 countries were aggregated into an economic unit?

Aussie dairy Warrnambool to acquire Lion everyday cheese business

Saputo-owned Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) has agreed to acquire the "everyday cheese" business of Australian rival Lion Dairy and Drinks (LDD) for AU$137.5m (US$107m, €95m).

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Australia

Abbott's U-turn brings country-of-origin labelling back to the table

Having earlier told food companies that it was their responsibility “not to poison their customers”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has changed his view and announced that his government will now act on country-of-origin labelling.

Mushroom extracts show blood sugar management potential: Study

Powdered preparations of the mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus and Pleurotus cystidiosus may reduce blood sugar levels after a meal in healthy people, while also impacting insulin levels in diabetics, says a new study.

Asia-Pacific

Apac colourings market growing by almost 5% annually

Asia’s food colourings market will grow to over half a billion dollars by 2019 at a time when India is struggling to break away from the synthetic products it traditionally uses in favour of natural colourings.

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Spotlight

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows
Briefing

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows

It is no coincidence that eight out of the world’s top 10 peanut consumers are in Asia,...

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike
India

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the...

Complementary health comes in from the cold
Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a...

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time
Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into...

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models
FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges,...

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head
Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer....

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust
Soapbox

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market
Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United...

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist
Briefing

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist

Late last month, a forum of Australian and New Zealand ministers met in Auckland to discuss a...

India on way to developing more drought-resistant variety of rice
India

India on way to developing more drought-resistant variety of rice

A US-India commercial research project has hit a milestone in its goal to develop water use efficient...

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