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Cash in one’s chips: The humble potato’s new Asian markets

Potatoes: like dairy not the first global staple you think of when it comes to Asia, but that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a growing market for spud-based...

TABS Analytics Vitamins & Minerals Study: Are heavy users in decline?

Heavy buyers of vitamin and mineral supplement products are in decline, according to new research from the TABS Analytics.

What will global beverage consumption look like in 2021? Region by region data

Unprecedented growth for Asia beverage market

Asia’s beverage market will experience unprecedented growth, taking two-thirds of global incremental consumption by 2021, according to figures from Canadean.

Prunus mume extract significantly benefit liver functions over placebo

The Asian plum of the rosaceae family, has been studied for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver protecting properties. A study funded by Swiss company Stragen Pharma looks deeper into how...

Fruit compounds could be effective against diabetes and CVD, study finds

Two compounds found in grapes and oranges could be used to form a basis of treatment for those suffering from diabetes, a study has found.

Omega-3 levels linked to better cognitive performance

Increased serum levels of the long chain omega-3s EPA, DPA, and DHA are associated with better performance on neuropsychological tests in older men and women, says a new study.

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

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NTU and Wageningen partner on food science and technology

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Wageningen University have partnered on a PhD program on food science and technology.

The rise of adaptogenic herbs: ‘These herbs help mitigate stress & we live in a stressful environment’

Interest in adaptogenic herbs is increasing, but how does industry communicate the benefits to consumers, and which herbs work this way?

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea...

Zinc + multivitamins may boost height gain in children: Study

Supplementing school children with zinc plus a multivitamin may lead to significantly greater height gain, compared to placebo, says a new study from Thailand.

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200 kilos of meat seized in Pakistan

News outlets have reported that 200 kilos of unhygienic meat have been seized from two houses during a raid in Pakistan’s district of Faisalabad.   

Menace to society: Age-old herbal remedies don't guarantee safety

Popular herbal medicines that have been used for many years should not be considered safe as researchers highlight gaps in toxicity and carcinogenicity testing.

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

Long-term multivitamin use linked to fewer heart problems: Harvard study

A daily multivitamin may protect men from cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in the long-term, says a new study.

Stern Wywiol investing in Asian feed facility, expects sector to deliver in 2016

The feed market is said to be a significant growth driver for Hamburg based functional ingredient producer, Stern Wywiol Gruppe, which had 12% growth overall in 2015.

Crowdsourcing control: Don’t make it a free for all, warn researchers

With momentum building for crowdsourcing and funding as a platform for nutrition research, scientists warn that greater control may be needed to safeguard the quality and validity of such studies. ...

Halal leader NoorVitamins launches high potency fish oil to broaden value proposition

The introduction by NoorVitamins of a Halal-certified fish oil is another step in the company’s dominance of the category. But CEO Mohammed Issa says the company’s goals are bigger, to...

New York startup helps cooks bridge desire for Asian food & limited access to ingredients, techniques

Consumer demand for healthier foods that don’t sacrifice taste has led to a spike in interest in Asian cuisine, but so far home cooks have not embraced this trend fully...

Study shows Calanus oil may benefit blood pressure and heart health

Supplements containing Calanus oil may support cardiovascular health via anti-inflammatory effects in blood vessel walls, says a new study.

Marina launches ‘SunStar’ in combidome carton bottle

SIG Combibloc: ‘Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future’

Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future, according to SIG Combibloc as it partners with Zarin Jam Marina to launch 21 varieties of its SunStar beverage...

Scientists develop a drinkable, peanut-based dietary supplement for older adults

To benefit older adults who are at a high risk of protein-energy malnutrition, scientists from the University of Georgia developed a peanut-based beverage supplement and compared its nutritional and microbiological...

Market Insights

Two percent faster: Asia Pacific to outpace Europe and North America chocolate sales

The chocolate market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow around 2% faster than Europe and North America up to 2019, according to a Transparency Market Research’s (TMR) report.

Whey is clear answer in sports nutrition, expert asserts

You can say what you like about the benefits of mixing protein sources, but for sports nutrition expert Chris Lockwood, PhD, there’s only one way to the answer the cost...

Long-term RCT supports magnesium supplements for cardiovascular health

Twenty-four weeks of supplementation with a magnesium citrate complex may reduce the stiffness of arteries in overweight and obese adults, says a new study from The Netherlands.

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