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China

China now world’s second most obese nation

Now with one in every four people in the country being overweight, China has placed second in the list of countries with the highest obesity rates.

Premium promise: Indian bread market to hit $0.81bn by 2020

Sliced white bread remains king in India but there is huge promise in premium as consumers become more experimental and health conscious, says a ValueNotes analyst.

Human data supports salmon oil’s ability to reduce oxidative stress

Supplements of salmon oil may reduce markers of oxidative stress, with no effects from additional multivitamins, says a new study from Australia.

Region in focus

This week Down Under

A round-up of the weeks news from the antipodes. This week: Bargains work on most Australians, though Aldi bucks the trend; experts call for NZ meat co-operative comparable to Fonterra.

Indonesian navy sinks illegal fishing boats

The new Indonesian government has blown up around 30 boats fishing illegally to send a strong message on sustainability, Indonesia’s director general for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has said.

Australia

Wine school will study viniculture advances in face of climate change

A wine research centre that will help the industry face up to challenges posed by climate change, water restrictions and changing consumer preferences has been launched at the University of Adelaide.

Region in focus

South Asia radius

Round-up of the last seven days in India and her neighbours. Today: Bread market expecting to see double-digit growth; organised players will drive spike in fast food fortunes; and coffee exports to fall due to reduced international demand

Lead level concerns in Maggi Noodles prompt Nestlé India response

Nestlé has hit back at orders from an Indian food safety authority to recall Maggi noodles because of lead levels.