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Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city.

Japan poultry giant mulls technology transfer to boost Indian exports

Tokyo-based Mayekawa Manufacturing Co is in talks with officials of India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to bring Japanese technology to the state’s large poultry industry. N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, visited Japan in November and met with representatives of Japan’s largest poultry processing machinery manufacturer. ...

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

Editor's blog

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er, stay calm and keep making (hopefully healthy) food.

China

GNT signs China distributor for anticipated Asian growth in colour

Food colouring major GNT has appointed AAFUD Group as its distributor for the Chinese market as as it looks to ramp up its presence in Asia-Pacific.

New Zealand

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say researchers.

Korea signs MOU with UAE for Halal, plans to double exports to $1.2bn

Korea has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE to develop its Halal food industry, with the aim of almost doubling its current US$680m Halal food exports to US$1.23bn by 2017.

Spotlight

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’
Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable...

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam
The Pacific

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

Strong winds, heavy rains and floods in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Pam have caused extensive...

Regulation of complementary medicines needs a 'right-touch' approach
Soapbox

Regulation of complementary medicines needs a 'right-touch' approach

The modern processed products industry that is complementary medicines today does not want no regulation, but can...

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer
Australia

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer

Australia’s leading nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia, has praised publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for its...

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'
India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it...

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration
India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to...

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform
Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety...

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year
India

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year

India’s exports to Asean grew from US$44bn in 2010 to US$74bn last year, according to a government...

Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress
China

Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress

China is making progress as it sets out to improve its failing food safety record, according to...

Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine
Food safety

Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine

Flinders University researchers have invented a revolutionary hi-tech method to test for food poisoning in fish.