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Olive oil may protect against damages of air pollution: EPA study

Dietary supplementation with olive oil may protect blood vessels from the deleterious effects of air pollution, suggests a new study from the US Environment Protection Agency.

Add seaweed to food to improve heart health, Danish researchers urge industry

Food manufacturers should add seaweed to help combat cardiovascular disease and related conditions, according to researchers.

#Probiota16 : Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is go! 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).

Asian sweet maker opens manufacturing hub

Asian sweet maker Mushtaq Sweet Centre has opened a “bespoke” manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing funding from Barclays.

“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."

Sterol & stanol giants join to boost cholesterol-lowering category

Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to...

Soya milk better with phytosterols & inulin for LDL cholesterol: Study

Phytosterols and inulin added to soya milk has a more beneficial effect on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol than soya milk alone, according to a study. 

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Strong pulse: UN’s International Year of Pulses targets trade boost

The United Nations (UN) is promoting the nutritional benefits of pulses through a year-long initiative.

#Probiota16 programme leaked; Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is open for business!...and science!...and more…

Digest the latest game-changing prebiotic and probiotic science; engage with 200 of your industry peers; debate with regulators and experts; assess start-up and major firm marketing and NPD moves; metabolise global markets; enjoy the best Amsterdam has to offer…...

Dairy alternatives market to reach $19.5bn by 2020

Global consumption of dairy alternatives is set to rise rapidly driven by Asian-Pacific, according to a recent report.

Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood

Acacia gum seems to have it all – manufacturers say it’s clean-label, organic, sustainably sourced and provides income in developing countries. So why is industry not doing more to promote this?...

dispatches from RAFA 2015, Prague

FAO and IAEA set out food safety challenges for developing countries

A workshop on food safety for developing countries including capacity building guidance has been held by the FAO and IAEA at the RAFA symposium in Prague.

AB InBev and SABMiller formalize terms of deal; with MillerCoors stake to be sold

AB InBev has formalized a £71bn / $107bn offer for SABMiller, which will see SABMiller’s stake in MillerCoors sold off to address regulatory issues.

Stevia extraction is no barrier to scalability: PureCircle

Stevia extracted from the leaf can be scaled up to compete with other methods – and is more in line with consumer perceptions of stevia’s naturalness, say researchers and industry....

Working dead? Nestlé scientists find heat-treated ‘zombie’ probiotics can boost immunity beyond the grave

Heat-treated probiotics may offer greater immunity benefits than their ‘live’ originals, according to just-published Nestlé Nutrition and Health research.

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Asia and Europe come together to talk food safety

A seminar this week is hoping to build on outcomes from the Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary (SPS) week in China last year on food safety.

Asian demand for curcumin in cosmetics to drive market growth

Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is participating in the ongoing growth for the beauty and personal care market in the Asia Pacific region, a new report by Transparency Market Research has...

Retail expectations

Asia’s giants the backbone for global grocery growth

China and India’s grocery markets are set to grow in double digits to US$2.4tr by 2020, according to the latest forecast by food and grocery researchers IGD. 


Gulfood spinoff hums along

Far from the frenetic madness of its parent show in February, Gulfood Manufacturing nevertheless has its own, slightly geeky, energy – and it clearly means business.

Craft beer buyouts: It’s the quality of the brew that ultimately counts

When large multinational brewers buy small independent craft brewers, it often prompts an outcry among beer fans. But do consumers really care who owns their favourite beer brands?

FAO and WTO aim to improve small-scale producer access to international markets

Helping small-scale farmers and producers in developing countries to access the global marketplace can help to boost nutrition and development, say the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the...

Apac cheese market to leap to $15.5bn by 2021

The Asia-Pacific cheese market is worth US$8.3bn and is expected to almost double to US$15.5bn by 2021, according to a Research and Markets report. This corresponds to an annualised growth...

World first standard for sustainable rice launched

This week has seen the launch of the world's first United Nations-backed standard for sustainable rice cultivation.

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).


Processed meat and cancer: Let's cut the nonsense

After reviewing years of research that had suggested a link, yesterday the WHO classified processed meat as carcinogenic. Cue sensationalist headlines and huge industry backlash against these ‘obviously biased claims’....

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