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Pakistani food company and NGO team up to improve slaughterhouse standards

A collaboration between a major Pakistan food company and local non-governmental organisation (NGO) aimed at improving the country’s slaughterhouse standards is set to expand sales abroad.

Bid to revamp responsible sourcing standard to make fishmeal production slavery free

There is growing momentum behind an attempt to reshape a standard for responsible sourcing (RS) of fish meal and fish oil so that it covers worker safety, following recent news...

Medical food to grow by 30% as firms learn how to appeal to patients

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found that the global medical foods market will grow by one-third by 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving this surge. 

Palm oil: Health and sustainability are linked in consumers’ minds

Palm oil is subject to several consumer concerns – its sustainability and health impacts in particular – but these need to be addressed together rather than separately, according to the...

Australia

Australian snackers opt for savoury, though most top brands are sweet

When it comes to Australia’s most popular snacks, it seems that tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet, market research has found. 

Petition to limit palm oil attracts more than 50,000 signatures

More than 50,000 people have signed an Italian petition to limit the use of palm oil in processed foods, organised by food news and campaigning organisation Il Fatto Alimentare.

Ingredients supplier Maypro enters sales deal that includes Nebraska Cultures probiotics

Ingredient supplier Maypro has extended its branded ingredient offerings via a strategic sales partnership with Wilke Industries. It’s part of the company’s push to remain relevant in the rapidly evolving...

Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their...

Silliker seals Australian deal to boost food testing

Silliker Australia has acquired DMG MicroLabs to enable it to tap into the ‘growing opportunity’ in the food testing market.

Boston Therapeutics expands Asian markets for Sugardown ingredient as company scrambles to raise capital

Boston Therapeutics Inc. has announced a new marketing deal for its recently-launched Sugardown blood sugar management ingredient that will expand the potential distribution in Asia. The deal comes at an...

Australia

Wealthy Aussies don’t just opt for champagne—they’ll guzzle anything

High earners in Australia are not only more likely to drink more champagne, but also more beer, wine and spirits than their less affluent neighbours, according to Roy Morgan Research.

India

Indian agrifood demand to rise by 136% by 2050

Demand for agrifoods in India will rise by 136% by 2050, according to a report by the Australian department of agriculture’s research centre, Abares.

Functional foods market is expected to grow 25% by 2017: Leatherhead

The global functional food market is forecast to reach $54bn (€43bn), an increase of 25% compared to the last available data from 2013, says Leatherhead Food Research.

China-Australia FTA will provide fillip for Aussie organics

Last week’s free-trade agreement between China and Australia will potentially complement existing agreements between the two countries by boosting access for Australia organic wines, dairy products and possibly meats to...

China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says Wall Street brokerage Bernstein’s research arm in a joint report with the Interbrand...

Australia

Orange juice consumption in fourth year of decline

Over 1.5 million fewer Australians are drinking packaged fruit juice in an average week compared with just four years ago, analysis by Roy Morgan Research has revealed.  

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article....

Special edition: Functional foods

Phood booed: Why big pharma fails at functional food

Faced with mounting difficulties in their drug businesses, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking at getting into functional foods and beverages, notes food marketing expert, Julian Mellentin in this guest article.

Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

Australia

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive

Australia’s “bush tucker” industry needs a new business model that includes commercial cultivation in order to reach its potential, according to a South Australian academic.

Inflation from China-Australia trade deal could temper benefits

The China-Australia free-trade agreement might significantly improve market access for Australian processed foods to China but, according to one minister, it could also prompt price inflation to hurt domestic consumers.

News in brief

Jean Claude Van Damme fronts Coors Light Aussie campaign

Coca-Cola Amatil has signed up actor Jean Claude Van Damme in a multi-million dollar campaign to plug the launch of Coors Light Draft in Australia.

Iraqi agriculture facing $38m shortfall

Iraq needs an additional US$38.5m in agricultural aid if it is to avoid collapse, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

Huge influx of Chinese capital coupled with threat of violence seriously destabilizes maca trade in Peru, expert says

Soaring demand from China and an extremely steep rise in prices has distorted the market for the Peruvian botanical maca to the point where non Chinese buyers have been all...

India

El Niño’s effect on harvest means edible oil imports must grow by half

India’s import bill for edible oils this year is expected to increase by 50% due to sizeable shortfall in its own oil seeds production in as a result of El...