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Australia

Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.

China

Bird flu season becoming a serious concern for Chinese authorities

A series of human infections from bird flu this year, alongside a spate of import bans, illustrates the acute fear among Chinese officials over the threat posed by live poultry during this particularly turbulent winter period.

Australia

Greens and growers wade into country-of-origin labelling debate

An influential industry group has added its weight to the push by the Australian Green party for clearer country of origin labelling on food, claiming the current system does not support Australian farmers.

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

Zeelandia eyes Indian market share in Western-style breads and pastries

Dutch baking ingredient supplier Zeelandia says its new joint venture with Fine Organics in India will primarily target the nation's growing market for Western-style breads and pastries.

News in brief

European Commission clears New Britain Palm Oil acquisition

The European Commission has cleared Malaysian firm Sime Darby’s offer for a controlling stake in New Britain Palm Oil.

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis is to be believed.

India

New premium tastes behind doubling of India’s food market by 2020

India’s food market will nearly double in size between 2014 and 2020, with the premium segment among the biggest gainers, a report by Boston Consulting Group has revealed. 

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Some wellness jobs haven't even been invented yet

An essential input into the natural health supply chain is the provision of well-educated and sound practitioners—just...

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers
Australia

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers

Most of New Zealand’s omega-3 fish oil capsules have less fatty acid that the level shown on...

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year
China

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year

The culinary practice of smoking bacon, a traditional method of preserving pork, has been banned in the...

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic
Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of...

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game
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The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though...

Government embarks on widespread agri-modernisation initiatives
India

Indian government embarks on widespread agri-modernisation initiatives

More than 140m Indian farmers will receive so-called “soil health cards” over the next three years in...

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015
Far East tastes

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015

Japanese conglomerate Nagase has revealed its predictions of country’s top food trends for 2015.  Its choices are...

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome
News in brief

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome

Scientists in southern China have mapped the Tibetan highland barley, the country’s staple food, for the first...

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study
Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of...

How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers
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How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we...

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