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Apac leads world diabetes league, Singapore second in developed world

Asia-Pacific is home to the country with the world’s highest rate of diabetes and also one of the lowest, the annual International Diabetes Foundation “Atlas” reveals.

Australia's fast-food market

97% of regular KFC customers express satisfaction

Almost six in 10 Australians get food from fast-food chains each month, and the more they frequent a store, the more satisfied they will be with it, according to market research.

Asia leads the dairy bioactives market

Dairy bioactives are high in nutritional value yet low in in market volume, according to a new report, which adds that Asia has been faster to take up new bioactives...

Each Asian consumer will fit into one of five groups, survey finds

To get an understanding of how Asia’s consumers have been moving towards natural ingredients, a global food colourings company has commissioned a widespread market research study, finding five different types...

Fruzio frozen berries recalled in Hepatitis A investigation

FSL Foods has recalled frozen berries imported from China as part of the investigation into four Hepatitis A cases in New Zealand.

Sugary beverages rise in low and middle income countries, fall in high-income regions

While sugar-sweetened beverages have seen a decrease in popularity in regions such as North America and Western Europe, they are on the rise in most low- and middle-income countries. But...

WHO: One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year

Each year as many as 600 million, or almost one in 10 people in the world, fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

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New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

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China drives global baby food growth

China leads the Asia-Pacific countries that are now at the helm of global growth in baby food, according to an Allied Market Research report into the segment.

Soft commodities to the fore as El Niño hits Apac grain prices

El Niño’s effect on weather patterns and China’s economic slowdown may have a significant impact on grain prices, while Asia’s main “soft” commodities will rally over the coming year, a...

Chinese market open for UK organic dairy imports

A British organic dairy cooperative has broken into the one of the world’s most lucrative markets after being awarded the UK’s first licence through the Soil Association to export organic products...

Korea’s new love for cheese makes up for world’s highest milk prices

Now one of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, South Korea offers greater export opportunities for countries like New Zealand as tariffs are cut through free-trade agreements, according to an American market report....

China looks to reduce domestic corn prices to shift stock levels: report

For the second year in a row, Beijing is planning to cut Chinese maize prices in a bid to encourage local processors to buy domestic stocks, reported Reuters citing industry...

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Uncertain outlook for Thai skipjack tuna prices

Skipjack tuna prices in Thailand have fallen 27% since mid-September due to good supply in canneries and low seasonal demand globally. 

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Record Indian chilli prices follow difficult growing conditions

Indian chilli prices have reached record highs, with prices in October up by 104% on the year due to tight supplies and rising demand.

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Indian industry growth continues at 11% per year

The overall Indian food industry is expected to be worth US$65.4bn by 2018, a research report has estimated.  

This week Down Under

Keen-snacking Aussies still not tucking into healthy potato chips

The number of Australians who snack on potato chips continues to grow, while those who do so are also most likely to wash them down with flavoured soft drinks, market...

F&B segment doing the ‘heavy lifting’ for New Zealand’s economy

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has welcomed the release of the government’s latest guide to investing in the country’s food and beverage industry, which details a number of...

HK supermarket leads unhealthy food promotion in international study

A Hong Kong supermarket has been named as the worst offender in promoting unhealthy foods in an analysis by Australian obesity prevention researchers that covered 12 countries.

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One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

#Probiota16 : Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is go!...call for scientific abstracts extended until December 14

Probiota 2016 in Amsterdam is extending the deadline to submit abstracts for the Scientific Frontiers competition to December 14. We've had 15 entries but our scientific panel wants to see more...

AFIA, ASA among groups to support proposed US trade deal

Several US feed and grain organizations have come out in support of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

10% increased demand for formula expected from China’s relaxed baby policy

The relaxation of China’s birth policy has had little immediate impact on milk demand and its global prices, though a moderately increased demand for infant formula is likely.

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US beef promotion builds in South Korea

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is focusing on promoting the quality of beef to South Korea

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