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Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis is to be believed.

India

New premium tastes behind doubling of India’s food market by 2020

India’s food market will nearly double in size between 2014 and 2020, with the premium segment among the biggest gainers, a report by Boston Consulting Group has revealed. 

Umami taste sensitivity linked to physical health in the elderly

There is a close relationship between a person’s perception of umami flavours and their appetite and physical health, according to new research.

F&N extends ASEAN Nestlé canned milk brand licenses

Fraser and Neave (F&N) has extended a series of licenses to manufacture and distribute several Nestlé canned milk brands in South East Asia.

Fucoidan boost performance and slows tiring during exercise: Mouse data

Dietary supplementation with fucoidan from seaweed may delay fatigue during fatigue and boost overall endurance, says a new study from Taiwan.

News in brief

China opens doors to all US apples, ending 2012 ban

China’s food watchdog will allow the import of all US-grown apples in a move that could be worth US$100m a year to the American apple industry. 

Australia

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers

Most of New Zealand’s omega-3 fish oil capsules have less fatty acid that the level shown on the label, scientists have found. 

Soapbox

Some wellness jobs haven't even been invented yet

An essential input into the natural health supply chain is the provision of well-educated and sound practitioners—just as is the case of those who seek corporate jobs in wellness, media, policy and government—though what is unique about this field is that those with an entrepreneurial approach can forge a novel...

Spotlight

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year
China

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year

The culinary practice of smoking bacon, a traditional method of preserving pork, has been banned in the...

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic
Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of...

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game
Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though...

Government embarks on widespread agri-modernisation initiatives
India

Indian government embarks on widespread agri-modernisation initiatives

More than 140m Indian farmers will receive so-called “soil health cards” over the next three years in...

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015
Far East tastes

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015

Japanese conglomerate Nagase has revealed its predictions of country’s top food trends for 2015.  Its choices are...

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome
News in brief

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome

Scientists in southern China have mapped the Tibetan highland barley, the country’s staple food, for the first...

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study
Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of...

How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers
Soapbox

How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we...

Soybean salt tolerance gene identified as crop land gets more saline
Research

Soybean salt tolerance gene identified as crop land gets more saline

With the amount of saline agricultural land expected to double by 2050, a Sino-Australian research effort has...

Feijoa and blackberry could give new focus for inflammation treatment
New Zealand

Feijoa and blackberry could give new focus for inflammation treatment

New Zealand scientists believe that feijoa and blackberry extracts could be central to the development of new...

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