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Briefing

Hemp lobby dashed after ministers block call for its use in nutrition

Australia and New Zealand’s health and food lawmakers do not appear to be backing down in their opposition to the use of low-THC hemp as a food following a meeting of ministers in Auckland.

Bend baijiu like Beckham: Diageo talks up Chinese turnaround but sales keep falling

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes today talked up the company’s turnaround plan for ‘challenged market’ China – where the company is betting on Beckham-backed Haig Club whisky and lower-cost baijiu - but volume sales still fell 20% year-on-year in H1 2015.

Clinical trial supports BLIS M18’s oral health benefits

Lozenges containing Streptococcus salivarius M18, branded as BLIS M18, for 30 days resulted in significant improvements in multiple measures of periodontal health, says a new study from India.

Southeast Asia

Rabobank: Cheap crude oil will hit SE Asia’s oil palm fortunes

The last year’s dramatic oil plunge, and with it expectations that crude prices will stay low, will continue to have a wide-reaching affect on the global food supply chain, not least in the world’s two biggest palm oil-producing countries, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Australia

Grocery spending expected to continue slowing well into 2015

After a Christmas period that saw stronger retail sales than expected, growth in Australian consumer spending is expected to slow into 2015, according to the most recent Deloitte retail figures.

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

News in brief

Senior official defends China’s agriculture’s ‘safety guarantee’

China's agricultural products are generally safe and reliable, China’s chief agricultural economist has stated.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Spotlight

Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study
Australia

Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems
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...

Some wellness jobs haven't even been invented yet
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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...

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers
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...

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...

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