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Taiwan

Taiwan opens food safety office in wake of latest ‘gutter oil’ scandal

Hit by a succession of high-profile recent scandals involving industrial oil used in food processing, Taiwan’s government has launched a food safety office as a means to quell public outrage and tighten control of the industry.

Australasia

Regulator to review request to delay transition to new fibre claims

Australasia’s food regulator has released a consultation paper on the back of calls by an Australian food industry body for the start date for new dietary fibre content claims to be delayed.

Australia

Sushi on a roll as Aussies favour health over spring rolls

Sushi’s popularity is on the rise while spring rolls appear to be gradually falling out of favour in Australia, new figures reveal. 

Australia in brief

New centre opens in Brisbane to focus on healthier food research

An industry-backed centre dedicated to creating healthier food choices for Australian and Asian consumers has opened at the University of Queensland.

Feature - China

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture

Times are changing quickly in China, a country well known for its love of tea. Today, more and more Chinese coffee drinkers are coming on the scene, lured by the comforts of coffee-shop culture and the cachet of adopting western trends. Is this just a flash in the pan or...

Australia

Forget five: Eight fruit, veggie portions a day makes people happier

Fruit and vegetables have been identified as a vital key to mental well-being by researchers in Queensland, challenging nutritional recommendations around the world.

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in a country with south east Asia’s largest population (250m).

Japan in brief

Japan awards first patent to resveratrol for sleep improvement

Melinjo resveratrol has become the first product in Japan to receive a patent in Japan for sleep improvement. 

Spotlight

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains...

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation
Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by...

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

Jane Barnett

Insights manager for Australia-New Zealand, south east Asia and India,...

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues
Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm...

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of...

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability
China

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability

China has announced a US$50m donation to the Food and Agriculture Organisation to support the UN body’s...

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation
Opinion

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation

To a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended...

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next
Japan

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next

The pace of innovation refuses to slow down in Japan, a nation known for its wild tastes,...

Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter
China

Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter

Orders for food inspections in mainland China—almost half of which have failed—have increased at a fast rate...

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market
Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being...

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