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China direct

One-third of China’s elderly are obese, yet malnutrition still a worry

Plus: HK supermarket leads unhealthy food promotion in international study; Feed producer gets US$100m from environment-minded PE firm; and One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks contain excess levels of sugar.

Palm oil producer launches peatland protection project in Indonesia

A palm oil producer’s pledge to rehabilitate peatland in Indonesia will provide momentum for industry-wide change, it says.

Ishida bags Almarai poultry project, makes sales at GFM

Almarai has installed a 37,000 bird-per-hour poultry processing line from Ishida, the Japanese firm announced, as it revealed it also made an on-floor sale at Gulfood Manufacturing.

Oman and Japan create $400m food investment fund

Oman and Japan have agreed to form a US$400m investment fund focused on food and agribusiness, aimed at boosting the industry in Oman as well as Japanese exports.

#Probiota16 : Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is go! for scientific abstracts extended until December 14

Probiota 2016 in Amsterdam is extending the deadline to submit abstracts for the Scientific Frontiers competition to December 14. We've had 15 entries but our scientific panel wants to see more...

Far East digest

Wide-ranging B. longum BB536 study shows multiple benefits for elderly

Plus: All Taipei hypermarkets found to have lax stock expiry practices; and Danish probiotics major signs JV in Korea.

Soapbox - Guest column

Is complementary medicine shackled by a nanny state?

In a land where we believe in personal choice, does the government go too far in controlling our industry, asks Michial Coldwell, general manager of Amway Australia and New Zealand.

Could a black raspberry extract help manage blood pressure?

Supplements containing a dried powder extract from black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) may improve blood pressure and help support cardiovascular health, says a new study.

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