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Food-secure Oz needs greater productivity if it wants to stay that way

While Australia is currently one of the most food secure nations, its agriculture system must increase production by 2050 if it is to continue feeding itself and the wider swathes of Asia it supplies, according to a new study.

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Fake duck blood investigation leads to more Chinese consumer anger

The exposure by a Chinese newspaper of a family-run business that has been selling fake duck blood laced with artificial additives has brought about a fresh wave of concern among consumers in the country.

Fears of Indian mango shortage after only 50% of crop harvested

India’s national fruit may break the bank later year with mangoes for domestic consumption in short supply owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders.

Chobani generates explosive growth in Australia, unveils aggressive expansion plans in Asia, Latin America

Chobani has increased its Australian production from 25,000 cases a week to 25,000 cases a day in the past year, becoming the second best-selling yogurt brand in the nation’s top supermarket chain Woolworths, and announced ambitious expansion plans in Asia and Latin America.

Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

Scotland’s whisky industry is celebrating a “major breakthrough” in Australia, where this the spirit was registered as a certification trademark. The move comes after a long battle by Scotch Whisky Association to counter fakes, for which Australia has been one of the worst offenders.

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FDI, combined with agri reforms, is the way to fix Indian supply chain

Everybody bangs on about India’s vexing issue of food storage, FoodNavigator-Asia included. The trouble is nobody has done much about the problem in generations, and there’s little in the way of improvement on the horizon.

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects of negative publicity, says Euromonitor.

Iron supplements may boost female physical performance: Meta-analysis

Scientific evidence from 22 randomized controlled trials indicates that daily iron supplements may significantly boost exercise performance for women.

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Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth from ConfectioneryNews.com

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

Transparency in food science

New EFSA chief-designate: ‘Our first priority is to get the science right’ from NutraIngredients.com

The European Union’s central science agency must become more transparent to meet rapid technological change in food and agriculture, its likely next chief told the European Parliament this week. And conflicts of interest were not an issue.

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What’s for breakfast? Depends on your gender, says GrubHub from FoodNavigator-USA.com

An analysis of breakfast orders placed with 28,800 restaurants in 600+ US cities between 6-11am local time over the past 12 months reveals sharp differences between men and women, according to GrubHub , the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company. 

The slow death of the microwave and the rise of the Crock-Pot: Can food be too convenient? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Can food be too convenient? Just ask General Mills, which saw sales of its Betty Crocker instant bakery mixes skyrocket in the 1950s as soon as it asked users to add an egg, which made housewives feel more invested in the process. But what can we learn from this 60...

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World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE),...

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from...

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

The Australian Football League’s release last month of a new list of prohibited treatments has been criticised...

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the...

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Consumption of beer in Australia has reached its lowest level since 1946, according to figures released by...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its...

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food...

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Five Kiwi institutions have joined forces in a NZ$80m joint project to address one of the New...

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at...

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

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