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New Zealanders' long-standing love affair with cod liver oil

Until the introduction of synthetic vitamins in the 1960s, cod liver oil had been used in New Zealand since the earliest days of settlement to ward off or cure illnesses.

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Health World’s gives TV backing to new-won Cholesstrinol rights

Health science company Health World will take its message to the airwaves in Australia and New Zealand after winning the rights to SourceOne’s Cholesstrinol patented heart health formulation in a...

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DuPont extends partnership with Mingtai for increased MCC production

DuPont Nutrition & Health will expand its microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) line through an extended agreement with Taiwan-based Mingtai, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of MCC. The agreement includes development,...

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Sterol research grants awarded to eight Asian scientists

BASF’s nutrition and health division has presented Newtrition Asia Research Grants to eight scientists in recognition of their work in advancing heart health research.

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StarchLite gets Australasia distributor

New Jersey-based Pharmachem Laboratories has signed Pacific Resources of Sydney as its exclusive distributor for StarchLite for the food and beverage markets across Australia and New Zealand. 

Grain development

New salt-tolerant rice strain could help in fight for food security

A newly developed strain of rice tolerant to levels of salt found in seawater might become available to farmers in the next four to five years, and its impact on...

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Connell Brothers to bring heat-stable probiotic to Asia-Pacific

Connell Brothers has signed an exclusive agreement with Ganeden Biotech to market the American company’s GanedenBC30 priobiotic across the Asia-Pacific region. Connell plans to begin distribution immediately, beginning with Southeast and North...

Swiss infant formula recalled in Shanghai over repackaging claims

Swiss infant formula manufacturer, Hero, has moved to dispel concerns about the safety of its Nutradefense brand infant formula in China after authorities in Shanghai ordered retailers to pull it...

Case study: Firmenich

An unconventional approach to capture the flavour of China

According to Pierre-Alain Ceralli, Firmenich’s vice-president for flavours in China, the country now represents 20% of the total flavour industry’s potential. Furthermore, as China transforms its economy from export-led GDP...

LycoRed expands China sales team as Changzhou operation beds in

With its China business approaching its first half-anniversary, global premix supplier LycoRed has been recruiting senior business development staff for its food and beverage fortification business in the country. ...

Asian tastes

Interview: How flavours of Asia differ between markets

FoodNavigator-Asia reported this week that New Zealand’s Taura Natural Ingredients is getting ready to launch a new range of concentrated fruit pieces for bakery and food service operators in Asia....

Growth market

FMC to expand global production by one-third with new Thailand plant

Eager to move forward with supplying the fast-growing Asian market, food technology major FMC has broken ground on its major new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand, through which...

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Biothera names China distributor for Wellmune WGP

Biothera has named Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology as the distributor in China of Biothera’s Wellmune WGP health ingredients for foods, beverages and supplements.

Will vitamin C price fixing victory constrain future Chinese cartel behavior?

A longstanding vitamin C price fixing case has reached conclusion with a $162 million judgment in the case involving four Chinese companies. While its a victory for the concept of...

Comment

Formula like gold dust, and shortage will only get worse

In just the first weekend of new regulations designed to prohibit the trafficking of infant formula out of Hong Kong, border patrols had already arrested around 45 traders.

Growth of GM

World's sixth biggest GM grower, China will continue to import soy

As concerns grow for the security of food supplies for its billion-plus population, China—the sixth biggest producer of genetically modified crops—has resolved to continue importing GM soybeans to satisfy domestic...

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Givaudan opens flavour innovation centre in Mumbai

Givaudan, the fragrance and flavour major, has opened a new innovation centre in Mumbai in a bid to expand its capabilities and resources in India.

Dohler expands MENA might with Delta Aromatic acquisition

Already a mainstay in the Middle East ingredients market, Dohler has now announced further expansion in the region following its acquisition of the fruit processing and flavour unit of Delta...

GM India

Scientists call for GM halt on third anniversary of brinjal moratorium

Over 150 Indian scientists have united to call public attention to the Ministry of Agriculture, which they believe has been making a political case for genetically modified crops to counter...

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Del Monte partners Forbes to bring Reducol to India and Philippines

Forbes Medi-Tech has signed a three-year licence and supply agreement to grant Del Monte Pacific with exclusive rights to manufacture and sell food and beverages featuring the Reducol name across the...

Baby powder shortage

Hong Kong takes strong measures as smugglers milk formula supplies

With the Chinese New Year fast approaching Hong Kong is in the midst of formula frenzy, leading authorities to devise new means to safeguard the supply of baby powder to...

Straight talk

Beast of bureaucracy makes logjam hard to avoid

If there’s one thing India doesn’t need, that’s more bureaucracy. As the saying goes, the British introduced it, then the Indians perfected it post-Independence. And even as the country celebrated...

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Chart highlights Chinese supplement approvals

The US-China Health Products Association has created a historical chart mapping China's State Food and Drug Administration's (SFDA) registration approvals for dietary supplements between the years 1996 and 2012. 

Vietnamese researchers find efficient way to extract Gamma Oryzanol

Researchers in Vietnam claim to have invented technology that can be used to mass-produce Gamma Oryzanol from rice bran at a far lower cost than by current techniques.

Kosher gains ground as global QC measure

Having foods and ingredients approved by Jewish rabbis may not seem a matter that would of great importance to non-Jewish food and supplement manufacturers – not so.

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