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Formulation

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?

Contamination crisis

China issues limited Fonterra ban, Russian reports rubbished

Fonterra, the diary major at the centre of the C. botulinum scare concerning several batches of whey protein concentrate used to manufacture Nutricia’s Karicare infact formula, has confirmed that Chinese...

Contamination crisis

China halts import of NZ baby powder following botulinum contamination

Asia-Pacific health ministries are closely following developments following the release of a food safety warning by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries before the weekend advising of instances of the...

Pasteurisation rival given green light for Indian milk

India’s food standards regulator has approved the use of SurePure’s proprietary liquid photopurification technology as an alternative process to thermal pasteurisation for milk and other dairy products. 

Formula register will help NZ crack down on false China-bound claims

New Zealand’s legitimate infant formula exporters are gearing up for the introduction of a brand register that the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is expected to introduce next month...

Biostime amends Chinese infant formula distribution contracts amidst anti-trust probe

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Biostime has made amendments to the contracts it holds with distributors to delete terms that guarantee fixed prices and price floors that may violate Chinese anti-trust...

Soapbox

'Evidence to break monopolistic monoculture of GE'

Last week, I travelled to the Chinese city of Kunming to attend the International Conference on Ethnic Food Cultures and Food Safety. 

Beijing plant is DuPont’s first step in ready-to-market probiotics

In 2011, DuPont bought a food processing plant to the north of Beijing and straight away began to convert it into a blending and packaging site for its dietary supplements.

Seaweed juice holds 'affordable' brain boost potential for Indian consumers

Researchers hope that a novel US patented beverage using seaweed juice could be sold as a ‘brain booster’ and an affordable health drink for Indian consumers and others worldwide.

News in brief

Mylan taps into Indian women’s care, plans further expansion

US-based Mylan’s Indian subsidiary has launched a range of eight women's care products that focus on hormone therapy, pre- and post-natal nutrition and the management of PMS. This follows the...

Case study

Quantec sees Japan as Asian entry point for dairy bioactive compounds

Much is made of New Zealand’s trade ties with China, but now a Kiwi dairy biotechnology company is now looking to break into Japan with its patented milk protein ingredients....

Sucralose eco-production process given green light in China

A Chinese company is preparing to debut a brand new environmental process that helps break down harmful byproducts from the sucralose production process.

Snapshot: China

Dirty ingredients prompt more Chinese to opt for clean labels

It is no coincidence that China is leading the way across the Asia-Pacific region by moving towards natural foods. With the country’s industry sullied by an ever-evolving tale of lax...

CP Kelco starts Brazilian pectin expansion as global demand rebounds

Hydrocolloid giant CP Kelco has announced the first phase in a series of projects to expand its Brazilian pectin operation by 30% to cope with rebounding demand for the ingredient.

Fiber: The golden ingredient in Japan’s promising cereal sector

Fiber is a core selling point of breakfast cereal in Japan given the low dietary intake in the country, says a Canadean analyst.

News in brief

Capsugel targets nutra and pharma sectors with liquid lipid technology

Pharma and supplement manufacturing giant Capsugel has launched a platform around lipids, liquids and semi-solid fill technologies targeting the food supplement and pharma sectors.

Roquette outsources lab to food supplements makers

French supplier Roquette is putting its R&D supplements facility up for rent by any party seeking to develop food supplements and food products – whether they are its own customers...

Nutrition groups honours DSM’s China outfit for promoting science

The Chinese Nutritional Society has awarded the China operation of food science major DSM its first ever Nutrition Innovation Gold Award.

News in brief

Biova egg membranes get preferred distributor for Japan and Tawan

Biova, the water soluble egg membrane supplier, has finalised an agreement with Maypro Industries to be its preferred distributor of its ingredient portfolio in Japan and Taiwan.

Mondelez upsizes Cadbury Dairy Milk blocks in New Zealand

Mondelez International will introduce larger rounder pieces for Cadbury Dairy Milk in New Zealand for the same price point.

News in brief

Indian curcumin researcher named spice innovator of the year

The Spices Board, the Indian government-approved body that controls all spice-related activities in the country, has named Benny Antony as its Innovator of the Year. Antony received the accolade for...

Probiotics

BioGaia signs new distribution channels in the Far East

Probiotic developer BioGaia has signed two major agreements to give the exclusive rights to its ProTectis baby drops and ProTectis and Gastrus tablets through retail pharmacy channels in China and...

Research

Kiwi blackcurrants can reduce mental fatigue

New Zealand’s blackcurrants can help stressed executives manage their busy work days, early research suggests.

Sustainability NGOs back Cameroon cultivation of African cherry tree

Two NGOs responsible for safeguarding plants and forests have positively reviewed the harvesting practices of a prostate-benefitting botanical harvested in Cameroon.

Javaplant site visit - extraction in Indonesia

FoodNavigator-Asia recently visited Indonesia's largest extraction facility, Javaplant, to look at how one of Asia's top 10 botanical, coffee and tea extractors produces products for export around the world.

Spirulina can better manage blood sugar in diabetes patients

Indian researchers have found evidence that spirulina can help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

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