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

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 a balanced diet, according to researchers in Sydney.

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Arla pours €38m into facility to meet whey demand

Dairy giant Arla's ingredients business is building a new whey processing facility for €38m to meet rising demand for the dairy fraction in infant, sports and clinical nutrition.

Weston Milling and AB Mauri merge in Australia

George Weston Foods’ Weston Milling will merge with AB Mauri Australia/New Zealand to form a large bakery ingredients business across the region.

Huhtamäki Oyj acquires Interpac Packaging for $9m

Huhtamäki Oyj has acquired folded carton packaging manufacturer, Interpac Packaging in Auckland, New Zealand.

Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals

Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

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 discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

Pernod Ricard hit by Chinese slump

Pernod Ricard says a slump in China, and unfavourable foreign exchange effect, is responsible for an overall 7% fall in sales, as it released its full year 2013/14 results today. 

Gaza conflict causes $450m damage to agri infrastructure

The recent conflict in Gaza has effectively halted local food production and caused US$450m-worth of damage to the territory’s agricultural infrastructure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

Global Industry News

Irradiation backed as study reveals food safety practice concerns from FoodQualityNews.com

An expert in consumer behavior and food science has backed the use of irradiation after a study found consumers do not follow recommended food safety practices in preparing meals at home.

Jamie Oliver backs drive for food industry talent from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Jamie Oliver has issued a rallying cry to get the food sector behind an ambitious new plan to attract fresh young talent.

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Scottish space whisky set to land on earth from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Scottish whisky sent into space three years ago to discover how gravity affects the maturing process will return to earth in 11 days, on September 12, according to its distiller.

Edible food packaging, funny designs and unexpected materials

Tetra Pak: 5 Global Emerging Trends from FoodProductionDaily.com

Tetra Pak analysts Anna Larsson, Bettina Scatamachia and Kristina de Verdier look at five global emerging trends – and what this means for food packaging. 

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It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting
Insight

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that...

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel
Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s...

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon...

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year
China

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year

There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the...

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar
India

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is...

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop...

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D
India

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D

A chronic lack of investment and incentives has stalled Indian food product development, according to a report...

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia
Insight

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia

Recently, it seems that not a week goes by without a lead story in the English-language press...

Malaysia forms halal fund to boost its export dominance
Malaysia

Malaysia forms halal fund to boost its export dominance

Malaysia aims to keep on top of the organised halal industry by injecting US$88m into a business...

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol
Australia

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol

Curtin University researchers are now recommending the adoption of cancer warning labels for alcoholic beverages after a...

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