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Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice drinks.

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Sime Darby could take over New Britain Palm Oil

A major stake in New Britain Palm Oil, which supplies UK manufacturers, is being targeted by Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, part of the consortium that acquired Battersea Power Station.

'A MIXED YEAR AND A TOUGHER ONE THAN WE ANTICIPATED AT THE START': CFO DEIRDRE MAHLAN

Diageo’s top line takes a hammering: 2014 results show Chinese dragon bites

Diageo said today that foreign exchange movements ‘severely impacted’ its 2014 top line while Chinese anti-extravagance measures also hit hard – our slideshow dissects the Johnnie Walker distiller's performance.

Malaysia

Chobani to hit Malaysian shelves as yoghurt demand grows in SE Asia

Chobani, America’s top-selling brand of strained yogurt that has been gaining a massive global following through its slick marketing, will soon be available in Malaysia.

Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned after securing an injunction against a company that had done just that.

GM probiotics reduce insulin resistance and body fat: Mouse data

Mice lost weight and had significantly lower insulin resistance and body fat after taking genetically modified bacteria that produce the lipid compound NAPE in the gut, researchers from Vanderbilt University have found.

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

New Zealand

Manuka honey guidelines published to combat false label claims

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has released manuka honey labelling interim guidelines to clarify what claims can be made and what constitutes the widely counterfeited and vaguely regulated variety of honey.

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Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher from NutraIngredients.com

Caffeine does not have a diuretic effect on regular coffee drinkers and is safe to use, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.

Brewery denies responsibility for Facebook sex ad from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A brewery boss has complained to this website his firm’s reputation had been unfairly tarnished by a Facebook advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for foul language, sexual references and drunkenness.

São Paulo bans sale of Easter eggs with toys from ConfectioneryNews.com

São Paulo’s city assembly has approved a new bill prohibiting the sale of toys coupled with Easter eggs in the city.

Mediterranean diet is associated with lower weight in children but has become less common, says study from FoodNavigator.com

A diet that is very similar to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower body weight and fat percentage in children; however such diets are not common among children in Mediterranean countries, say researchers.

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How military-owned companies have been silencing dissent in Burma
Insight

How military-owned companies have been silencing dissent in Burma

In what many say is an attempt to silence dissent against an allegedly military-orchestrated land grab, a...

Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest
New Zealand

Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest

Kiwi fruit products company Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced what it claims is possibly the world’s smallest...

Relatively new heat-and-eat segment to nearly treble by 2019
India

Relatively new heat-and-eat segment to nearly treble by 2019

Although still young and relatively small, India’s heat-and-eat food industry is in the midst of tremendous growth...

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects
Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry...

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce
Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local...

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US
China

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

Now double the size of its American counterpart, China's beer market is an exciting place to be...

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research
Southeast Asia

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research

Probiotics research is now entering the Malaysian mainstream, according to two female Universiti Sains Malaysia students who...

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market
Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to...

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing
Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to...

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output
Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise...

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