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Asia-Pacific

Nestlé’s Nandkishore to retire as regional head

Nandu Nandkishore, Nestlé’s executive vice-president in charge of a super business zone comprising Asia, Australasia and Africa, has taken early retirement after a long career at the company. 

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. 

Australia

Research finds what makes a supermarket super

Australia’s 14m grocery shoppers have some strong ideas when it comes to choosing which supermarket to shop at. Among the factors most likely to influence their decision are food safety, location and good value, while “add-on” services, such as photo developing and dry-cleaning, tend not to rate very highly at...

‘A powerful triumvirate of sport, alcohol and social media is emerging,’ say researchers

Brands are using social media to ‘normalise’ alcohol consumption as an integral part of a sporting experience, according to a study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

News in brief

Fresh produce safety project leaders announced

A joint proposal has been named as the successful bid for a literature review to improve safety of Australian and New Zealand produce by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC).

‘Vitamin E helps preserve and protect our fat heads!’: NIH funded study shows role of vitamin E for brain health

Vitamin E may help maintain levels of DHA in the brain, says a new study with zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Fonterra pulls 'misleading' Australian Tamar Valley yoghurt TV ad

Fonterra has pulled an Australian TV ad for Tamar Valley yoghurt deemed "misleading" in the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries.

Southern hemisphere

Cola is king in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia

Soft drinks may not be to the taste of the world’s government authorities, but they remain extremely popular among ordinary citizens in the lower Asia-Pacific. 

Spotlight

Food industry technology may help critically ill patients
New Zealand

Food industry technology may help critically ill patients

Technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea and wine...

Only 20% of India's farmers are insured, with many unaware of practice
India

Only 20% of India's farmers are insured, with many unaware of practice

Fewer than one-fifth of India’s farmers are insured, a practice that exposes the vast majority of pastoralists...

Majority of packaged foods found to be unhealthy Down Under
Nutrition

Majority of packaged foods found to be unhealthy Down Under

Less than half of all packaged foods available in New Zealand and Australia in 2012 met nutritional...

Back to the future: When hi-tech turns to old-fashioned viticulture
Australia

Back to the future: When hi-tech turns to old-fashioned viticulture

A South Australian vision of a vineyard of the future is already producing results in viticulture today.

Fish oil during pregnancy could boost baby’s immune system
Australia

Fish oil during pregnancy could boost baby’s immune system

An Australian study has found evidence that women can help their babies develop strong post-natal immunity by...

Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Malaysian oil palm plantations
News in brief

Cargill’s drones to begin testing in Indonesian oil palm plantations

Cargill is on track to make its goal of completely sustainable palm oil supply by 2020, the...

Regulate our industry fairly, demands complementary medicines industry
Australia

Regulate our industry fairly, demands complementary medicines industry

The representative body for the complementary medicines industry has responded to the government’s medicines review by calling...

Food security gulf opening up in indigenous Australia
Australia

Food security gulf opening up in indigenous Australia

New data has revealed an alarming rate of food shortages among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ageing Asia-Pacific driving global dietary supplements growth
Asia-Pacific

Ageing Asia-Pacific driving global dietary supplements growth

Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global dietary supplements market for the rest of the decade to...

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil
Exclusive interview: Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil

The “viciously complex” issue of palm is dependent on FMCG companies like Unilever mobilising their consumers to...