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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?

Japan in brief

Japan awards first patent to resveratrol for sleep improvement

Melinjo resveratrol has become the first product in Japan to receive a patent in Japan for sleep improvement. 

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,...

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: ICE CREAM

Japanese ice cream innovation 'couple of years ahead' of the West: Mintel

Japanese ice cream manufacturers are a "couple of years ahead" of their counterparts in Europe and North America in terms of innovation, says market research firm Mintel.

Japan

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next

The pace of innovation refuses to slow down in Japan, a nation known for its wild tastes, flavours and aromas, from garlic ice cream to bread that smells like Guinness.

Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being one of the continent's premier locations for seafood. And now a local nutraceutical...

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

China

Forgotten for a millennium, beneficial Gobi herb is making a comeback

In the harsh landscape of China’s northwest in the Gobi, where temperatures can fluctuate by 90 degrees over the course of a year, a bush with striking beneficial properties has...

News in brief

GanedenBC30 granted approval in four Asian markets

Four Asian markets have now approved Ganeden Biotech’s GanedenBC30 for use as an ingredient in food and beverage fortification. 

Japan

Japan-formulated fat absorption inhibitor launches as a supplement

American Medical Holdings and Bio Actives Japan K.K. have collaborated to launch a new ingredient complex, FB3, a blend of three botanical actives that inhibits the absorption of dietary fats....

Genetic research casts doubt on vitamin D's ability to prevent T2 diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes, according to a genetic study from the University of Cambridge.

China

Officials test traditional Chinese medicines, find 12% are substandard

More than one in 10 traditional Chinese medicine materials and tablets have been found to be substandard, prompting the country’s drug watchdog to declare the situation as “not optimistic”.

Insect proteins will take off – experts

Insects will be creeping on to European consumers’ plates within the next 15 years, as experts predict the value of the edible creepy-crawly food industry to reach more than £230M by 2020.

Malaysia

Halal certifier: We could cover medicine, but only if there's no panic

Although Malaysia’s halal certification is pretty much the only such standard that is accepted across the world, the body behind it continues to refuse to allow the accreditation of medicines...

Gene activators: Veggie micronutrients join the fight against diabetes and heart disease

Supplements containing the phytochemicals sulforaphane and quercetin are being trialled for their potential to decrease the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, on the back of new in vitro research at...

American Ginseng Advisory Panel formed to preserve the genetic diversity of wild botanical

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals has formed the American Ginseng Advisory Panel, with the development of a national American ginseng germplasm collection...

Australia

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to pasta production, while their colleagues have discovered how to make a bowl of...

DISPATCHES FROM INTERNATIONAL WHEY CONFERENCE 2014

Opportunities in protein-enriched 'everyday food' for the elderly: Fonterra

The elderly needn't make significant dietary changes to boost their daily intake of protein and could instead rely on enriched "everyday food", research by Fonterra suggests.

News in brief

Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based...

Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals

Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

From lab to field: Breeding-out Australia’s ‘most costly’ wheat disease

Australian farmers are reaping the benefits of yellow spot-resistant wheat, developed by a team of researchers using gene deletion.

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may aid blood sugar management for diabetics: Human data

Daily consumption of pomegranate juice may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas, say data from a...

Australia-China

Sweet sorghum research project could ‘revitalise the sugar industry’

A joint project between researchers in Queensland and China to derive sugars from sorghum could result in extraordinary social, economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

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