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The constant quest for innovation requires food technologists to be up-to-date with research. From hydrocolloids to oils and fats, flavours to flour what works well in which formulations, how does production method affect performance, and what are the sensory effects?

Reformulation of discretionary products would have limited impact

Reformulating products such as biscuits, confectionary and sugar-sweetened beverages would have only a “small to moderate” impact on the diets of Australians, while simply telling people to eat less is “unsustainable”, an international...

Indian firm Arjuna to launch 'one shot' high-concentrate Omega-3 product

Indian firm Arjuna Natural Extracts is launching a high-concentrate, "one shot", 90% omega-3 supplement derived from sardines.

Controlled-release gelatin film could help put tea polyphenols in to finished foods

The controlled release of tea polyphenols into finished food products could help create new functional foods and reduce oxidation without the need for synthetic antioxidants, say researchers.

Revealed: How Traditional Chinese Medicine plant compounds kill cancer cells

A complex mix of plant compounds derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine works to kill cancer cells, and researchers from Australia have shown how.

Decoding the secrets of Japan’s fucoidan-rich seaweed

Researchers have begun to decode the genetic secrets of mozuku, a famous fucoidan-rich Okinawan seaweed linked to health and longevity.

Vinegar a ‘promising functional food’ to combat Asia’s rising cases of type 2 diabetes

Researchers in Singapore suggest vinegar could be a key functional ingredient to help fight the rising number of type 2 diabetes cases in the region.

Can moringa, amla and turmeric spur India towards superfoods success?

Indian manufacturers and suppliers can tap in to the latest wave of superfood trends both domestically and internationally by playing to the strengths of the country’s traditional ingredients.

Cocoa extract supplement reduces wrinkles: mouse study

Oral supplementation with cocoa extract could reduce UVB-induced wrinkles, according to new research in mice.

Yili and SIG Combibloc launch yogurt drink with juice balls that explode in your mouth

Yili has partnered with SIG Combibloc to launch two Baoquzhu UHT yogurt drinks, packed in CombiblocSmall 250ml.

News in brief

Agilent helps launch carbohydrate analysis lab

The University of Adelaide and Agilent Technologies Australia Pty have partnered on the analysis of complex carbohydrates (‘glycans’).

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

Australia

Adelaide to open biggest carbohydrate lab in Southern Hemisphere

A new research laboratory will explore the potential benefits of complex carbohydrates that include natural immune system enhancers and high-quality cosmetics.

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

Australia

Supermarket toddler meals found to contain a day’s worth of salt

Australian toddlers are consuming their entire recommended daily salt intake in just one meal, a study of supermarket meals has found. 

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

‘Sugar taxes and education’ needed to tackle obesity in expectant mothers

Trying to tackle obesity in women when they become pregnant is usually “too little too late”, according to two authors from the University of Sydney and Charles Perkins Centre.

Poor diet and high blood pressure fuelling China’s heart disease epidemic: Study

Worsening dietary trends and soaring blood pressure levels will contribute to millions of new cases of heart attacks and strokes in China over the next two decades, researchers claim.

Consuming foods with plant sterols plays a role in managing heart health, says Nestlé Malaysia

Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the UKM Medical Centre show that Malaysians in their 30s are now more likely to have arteries similar to a person aged 70 due...

Fonterra adopts new palm products sourcing standard

Following discussions with Greenpeace and supply partners, Fonterra has adopted a new standard for sourcing of palm products.

More Asia-specific research needed to improve nutrition knowledge

More high-quality Asia-specific research on local foods and their impact on the population is needed to help improve nutrition and combat the growing number of diet-related illnesses across the continent,...

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi

Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.

Will the edible insects market move beyond whole cricket powder?

Milled whole cricket powder is probably the best known bug-derived food ingredient aside from red food color carmine. But what other delights might edible insects yield for food formulators? Elaine...

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

Vitamin D status linked to cognitive decline risk in Chinese elderly

Low vitamin D levels could be linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and impairment in the Chinese elderly, say researchers.

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

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