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Countries must rethink global system to address food security

Global food systems can no longer rely on “business as usual”, according to a leading international economist.

Global Halal market to hit $1.6tn by 2018

The global Halal food market will be worth US$1.6tn by 2018, up from US$1.1tn in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Inspired by beauty jellies - Laboratoire PYC develops anti-ageing supplement for Asian skin

France-based Laboratoire PYC has expanded its range of nutricosmetics with an anti-ageing nutritional supplement based on a new on-the-go powdered concept.

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal...

Insight

New World Bank rules will be disastrous for indigenous peoples

The World Bank has come under a barrage of criticism from rights groups, which allege its revised rules for granting loans of up to US$50bn a year to developing countries...

Breast is best: Punjab gov sets new infant formula labelling rules

Labelling of infant formula sold in the Pakistani department of Punjab must now include the warning “mother’s milk is the best food for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhoea and...

Move over! Asia Pacific to top North America in 2014 confectionery sales

Asia Pacific will leapfrog North America in 2014 retail value confectionery sales to become the world’s second largest market, according to Euromonitor International.

Healthy snacking: Asian consumers want tangible nutrition, says Taura

Healthy snacking is exploding in Asia and consumers want nutrition they can see and taste, says Taura Natural Ingredients.

GM probiotics reduce insulin resistance and body fat: Mouse data

Mice lost weight and had significantly lower insulin resistance and body fat after taking genetically modified bacteria that produce the lipid compound NAPE in the gut, researchers from Vanderbilt University...

New Zealand

Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest

Kiwi fruit products company Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced what it claims is possibly the world’s smallest real fruit pieces.

Analysts fear Chinese frugality and US share loss: Looking ahead to Diageo’s 2014 results

With Diageo set to report its full-year 2014 results tomorrow, let’s look at what we might expect – with analysts predicting a share loss in US spirits and continued concerns...

Pecans: America's forgotten nut?

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for...

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core...

Folates not folic acid for flour fortification, urge researchers

New findings that the body is less efficient at metabolising folic acid than natural folates could inform policy-making decisions as the UK government considers mandatory fortification of flour with folic...

Sri Lanka will 'set the pace' for India in milk yield and quality: Wellard

Sri Lanka will soon "set the pace" for neighboring India in terms of milk quality and yield per cow, Australia's largest livestock exporter, Wellard Rural Exports, has claimed.

High-salt diet could double threat of heart disease in people with diabetes: Study

People with type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt may face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to new research.

News in brief

Asia cocoa grind up 5%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia in the second quarter (Q2) grew 5.21%, according to figures from the Cocoa Association of Asia.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector....

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food...

Asia

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic

With the safety of infant formula and Asia’s reliance on rice never far from the headlines, the United Nations body responsible for food standards has now set new acceptable levels...

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

Guest article

Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed sum to a private equity player. Analyst and author Julian Mellentin tracks the...

Analysis

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

In spite of fears that El Niño will deliver a possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia, the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market....

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

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