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Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continues to lose its grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it has held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of life’s necessities—including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says Wall Street brokerage Bernstein’s research arm in a joint report with the Interbrand consultancy.

Australia

Orange juice consumption in fourth year of decline

Over 1.5 million fewer Australians are drinking packaged fruit juice in an average week compared with just four years ago, analysis by Roy Morgan Research has revealed.  

News in brief

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant switches its focus to high-end omega-3s.

Blue spoon of hope: UN Zero Hunger Challenge meets Milan

A gigantic blue spoon has been unveiled at the International Conference on Nutrition in Rome this week that will be the symbol of the United Nations at the Expo 2015 in Milan next year.

Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank for its remarkable comeback as a functional food in teas, chocolate, pasta and more.

Special edition: Functional Foods

What's driving functional food and beverage growth? Snacking, convenience, and consumer behavior

With sales of $176.7 billion this year functional foods are a hot growth sector. But which ingredients, sectors and countries are the best bets for product launches?

Lindt to expand Australian business with Sydney site

Lindt & Sprüngli is to construct a manufacturing and warehousing facility in Sydney that will become its Australian headquarters as it reports growth in the market.

Spotlight

How India secured a WTO deal with the US, and what it means
India

How India secured a WTO deal with the US, and what it means

After months of angry negotiating had brought India and the United States to a tense impasse, the...

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive
Australia

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive

Australia’s “bush tucker” industry needs a new business model that includes commercial cultivation in order to reach...

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts
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Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an...

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses
Australia

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses

Researchers in Queensland have been toasting the prehistoric viruses that they’ve found are partly responsible for the...

China introduces ‘nutritional supps’ category in health foods reform
China

China introduces ‘nutritional supps’ category in health foods reform

China’s food and drug regulators have embarked on modernising the country’s health food industry by releasing two...

India could be the next China for food and drink

Manufacturers urged to take passage to India

India could be the ‘new China’ for food and drink manufacturers looking to increase margins and supply...

Hong Kong the gateway to China’s promising craft beer market
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Hong Kong the gateway to China’s promising craft beer market

It’s hard to stress how important it is for craft brewers to get their product into greater...

Industry chief: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slash the red tape’
Australia complementary health under the spotlight

Industry chief: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slash the red tape’

A year ago, the then newly installed chief executive of what was known as the Complementary Healthcare...

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD
Australian complementary health under the spotlight

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD

Stoners have had their day in the push to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Now, consumers and...

Mao’s water diversion finally to provide solution to China drought
China

Mao’s water diversion finally to provide solution to China drought

A project conceived over 60 years by Mao Zedong is coming to life as China embarks on...

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