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Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce salt content.

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Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

China

Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers

Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British company.

Australia

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol

Australians have become less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less fat and additives, new consumer data suggests.  

New Zealand infant formula acquisitions 'key to restoring...trust': Nutricia ANZ

Nutricia Australia New Zealand’s (Nutricia ANZ) acquisition of Kiwi infant formula businesses the Sutton Group and Gardians is “key to restoring" consumer confidence lost as a result of the 2013 botulism scare.

Guest article

The power of babble: Communication, globalisation and consumer connection

In today’s complex global marketplace, the patchwork of regulatory standards, cultural variations and logistical realities of time and space create an environment in which harmonisation may seem impossible. Not so, argues James C Griffiths, PhD, VP of scientific & international affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) in this...

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Beekeeper picked to represent organic farmers in wider industry

A country boy, Peter Hastie has constantly been drawn to the importance of sustainable food production and health throughout his 15 year career on the land.

India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing the amount of produce that is wasted, a government minister has warned.

Global Industry News

Junk food cravings linked to lapses in brain function, suggests study from FoodNavigator.com

Overindulging in high-calorie snacks may be partly caused by lapses in a specific part of the brain suggested to keep knee-jerk reactions in check, say researchers.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products? from FoodNavigator.com

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its germination.

Elderly binge drinking is a growing area of concern from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Excessive drinking among Britain’s over 65 year-olds is growing and becoming an area of increasing concern, new statistics from Mintel have indicated.

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Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield
Australia

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to...

Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon
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Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon

Faced with increasing gains across Asia-Pacific, not least in Australia where traditional brewers are fast losing market...

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal
Southeast Asia

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal

Ten years into the process to harmonise the regulatory framework for nutritional and health supplements among Southeast...

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation
India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food...

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression
Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will...

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development
Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by...

Industry gets creative to deal with China's supplement regulations
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Industry gets creative to deal with China's supplement regulations

To understand a developing industry, especially one that is moving as fast as the Asian food industry,...

Building site hipsters Down Under behind rise of coffee-flavoured milk
Australia

Building site hipsters Down Under behind rise of coffee-flavoured milk

Australians are well known for fancying the odd flat white, but a new trend suggests they are...

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour
Australia

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their drive to seek...

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter
China

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite...

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol
Australia

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol

Australians have become less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less...

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