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SPECIAL EDITION: INFANT NUTRITION

Asia-Pacific baby formula sales boom despite scandals

Hong Kong is the world’s fastest growing market for infant formula, followed by mainland China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Indonesia, latest Euromonitor research shows.

Saudi $52m donation helps WFP resume Syria food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.

Review of bird flu safeguards urged to curb new outbreaks

All parties in the poultry supply chain, including feed producers, need to assess how they can help limit avian flu outbreaks, with no certainties about whether the spread of the...

FoodNavigator's top 10 articles of 2014

Sugar, gluten-free foods, front-of-pack nutrition labelling, and the 'utter nonsense' behind popular diet claims were among the most popular subjects of the year on FoodNavigator. 

FAO: Poor countries must unite to secure food supply

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has urged the world’s poorest countries to work harder with one another to be able to develop in time to meet...

‘Our competitors are neither young, nor from emerging nations’: AJE Group on BIG Cola's USP

BIG Cola insists global brands don’t need a presence in the US or Europe as it says it competes with the likes of Coke and Pepsi by 'democratizing consumption' with...

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.

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. 

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.

Tetra Pak and Nestlé scoop ‘Best in Asia’ awards

Tetra Pak Thailand was awarded Green Company of the Year and Nestlé was recognised as a CSR Advocate at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) 2014 organised by...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

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.

Not just for flavour: Herbs and spices backed for heart health

Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.

News in brief

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant...

Pope Francis: "The earth doesn’t forgive anything, so take care of Mother Earth, so it does not respond with destruction.”

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event...

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.

FAO: "Let us work together to be the generation that made hunger and malnutrition a part of history."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 1

For three days this week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the biggest nutrition congress of its kind to confront the global problem of malnutrition. 170 countries have...

“This is a good move for Raisio. They are the correct parent of this niche brand.”

Raisio brings cholesterol-lowering Benecol home for €90m

“J&J should have sold it 10 years ago,” is one analyst’s appraisal of Finnish agro-food giant Raisio’s buy-back of the licensing rights to its cholesterol lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand today,...

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.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Sidel partners with Sayeed International in Pakistan

Sidel announced it has signed a partnership with Sayeed International, an industrial packaging company in Pakistan, at Gulfood Mannufacturing 2014, in Dubai.

Academic: "Anybody who thinks the world’s malnutrition problems are going to be solved without industry is dreaming."

Time for a vitamin E intake rethink? Emerging data builds argument

Emerging research linking vitamin E deficiency with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, miscarriages and fatty liver disease can contribute to an ongoing debate around recommended intakes, a nutrition congress was told...

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tetra Pak: Asia, Africa & Latin America will consume ever increasing share of liquid dairy products

Asia, Africa and Latin America will consume an ever increasing share of liquid dairy products, according to Tetra Pak.

Chocolate gloom inspires compound coating boom in Asia and Eastern Europe, says Cargill

Cocoa powder demand for use in compound confectionery coatings is rising rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe as rising cocoa butter prices up the cost of chocolate manufacturing.

News in brief

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 opens in Dubai

The inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 trade event takes place in Dubai this week, featuring more than 1,100 suppliers from 52 countries. 

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.