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Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

Scotland’s whisky industry is celebrating a “major breakthrough” in Australia, where this the spirit was registered as a certification trademark. The move comes after a long battle by Scotch Whisky Association to counter fakes, for which Australia has been one of the worst offenders.

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FDI, combined with agri reforms, is the way to fix Indian supply chain

Everybody bangs on about India’s vexing issue of food storage, FoodNavigator-Asia included. The trouble is nobody has done much about the problem in generations, and there’s little in the way of improvement on the horizon.

Iron supplements may boost female physical performance: Meta-analysis

Scientific evidence from 22 randomized controlled trials indicates that daily iron supplements may significantly boost exercise performance for women.

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), the world's longest-running rice research project.

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and Korea as well as North America amid intense competition in its home market.

Largest ever human clinical study using tocotrienols for neuroprotection

Vitamin E tocotrienols show brain health benefits

Daily supplements of a natural full spectrum palm mixed tocotrienol complex may protect against the progression of white matter lesions in human brains, says a new study from Malaysia and the UK.

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries doubling over the past 50 years, according to new Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates.

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Is dietary supplement use more prevalent than previously thought? from NutraIngredients-USA.com

As many as 69% of American adults may be users of dietary supplements, with up to 53% being regular users, says a new review that gives greater numbers than those reported in National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES).

The Philosopher Fizz? Study suggests thinking men prefer Pepsi to Coke from BeverageDaily.com

Japanese academics say that students in a taste test comparing the world’s two bitter cola rivals were more likely to prefer Pepsi to Coke when asked to give reasons why.

Nestlé see Q1 slowdown, but predicts growth in following quarters from FoodNavigator.com

Nestlé has reported its slowest first quarter growth since 2009, but predicts sales growth to pick up on the back of new product roll-outs.

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Viagra ice cream, flavoured with Champagne from DairyReporter.com

An ice cream which contains Viagra has been developed by a UK company. 

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Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

The Australian Football League’s release last month of a new list of prohibited treatments has been criticised...

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the...

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Consumption of beer in Australia has reached its lowest level since 1946, according to figures released by...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its...

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food...

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Five Kiwi institutions have joined forces in a NZ$80m joint project to address one of the New...

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at...

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

Marks & Spencer no longer plans to open wholly owned stores in China, making the British retailer...

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

A key stakeholder in Australia’s booming wine industry has revealed that the country’s winegrowers are not going...

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