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China drives MSG growth both domestically and in exports

Developing countries in Asia account for roughly 90% of the world’s monosodium glutamate consumption, out of a 3m tonne market worth US$4.5bn.

Sports Nutrition 2015: Winning strategies in foods, drinks, supplements & ingredients

Formulation strikes, marketing makeovers, new ingredients, winning science, regulatory landscapes explained – take your seat for this and more at Sports Nutrition 2015, online and free on October 22.

Turning rice waste into protein

The EU-funded project BIORICE has discovered how to turn starch production waste into protein supplements.

Drive for regional food security lessening, says SOAS professor

Food security has become less urgent for Middle East states, but many are still pursuing “macro food sovereignty” policies to ensure long-term supply, according to a SOAS academic.

Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

Entrepreneur looks to add beer syrup to the craft cocktail lexicon

Craft beer is a versatile drink, with flavors spanning from light and fruity to dark and ashy. Kentucky native Russ Meredith has taken versatility a step further, concocting a way...

New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

Ingredient giants DSM and Kemin have debuted forms of lutein and zeaxanthin for use in tablets and soft gels via their partnership on the eye health carotenoids.

Evonik to ramp up amino acid production capacity in Asia

Evonik has revealed it is planning further expansion at its methionine production site in Singapore.

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Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Asian tastes: Out with the old, in with the new trends

Jane Barnett, a Mintel analyst, looks at some of the most pressing current consumer trends in Asia-Pacific while bidding a not-so-fond farewell to the nutritional villains of the last year.

Ending world hunger is ‘linchpin’ for sustainable development, says FAO chief

Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are vital to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned.

Dedicated followers of fashion

Pan-Asia food distributors must keep their finger on the pulse of industry trends. DPO's country head takes a look at the segments that will be big business over the coming...

“largest dataset ever published”

Probiotics deliver significant defecation benefits in healthy people: Study

One of the largest probiotic clinical interventions has found significant improvement in gut health in healthy people.

Probiotics can change infant gut bacteria to prevent cow milk allergy: Study

Infants with allergies to cow’s milk can become tolerant after treatment with hydrolysed casein and a probiotic formula which alters their gut microbiome, according to a new study.

Zooming into protein trends region by region

Protein has been topping the ‘hottest ingredient’ lists for a while now - but how does demand break down region by region?Has the sugar backlash...

Nescafé dumps traditional websites and turns to Tumblr, in bid to converse with creative and mobile millennials

Nescafé is abandoning its traditional websites in favour of Tumblr: a move aimed to appeal to millennial consumers and particularly those using smart phones and tablets. 

Soy isoflavones show bone health benefits for older women – regardless of equol production

Supplementation with soy isoflavones may help preserved bone health in post-menopausal women, says a new study.

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One-size-does-not-fit-all: India, China, Japan still rule but rest of Asia rising for BASF

German ingredients giant BASF is expanding its Asian footprint one gentle step at a time, with Food Ingredients-Asia stand footfall affirming ever-more dynamic food markets in Thailand and other Asia-Pacific...

Kuwait fish boycott drives prices down

Kuwaiti consumers boycotting fish in protest at unprecedentedly high prices have forced market rates down, and drawn support from government officials.

FAO plans water usage database to improve productivity

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is developing an open-access database to measure water usage in the Middle East and North Africa, to improve water productivity and reduce scarcity...

Tate & Lyle raise price of corn-based ingredients by up to 20%

Tate & Lyle will raise the price of corn-based food ingredients by up to 20% following a European heatwave which has lowered yields.

Guest article

Omega-3s and cognition: dosage matters!

Yet another study questioning omega-3 efficacy has been picked up by the mainstream press. Why finger the nutrient when the dosage is all wrong? argues Adam Ismail, executive director of...

Onion extracts lower blood pressure for hypertensives: study

Taking onion skin-derived food supplements of the flavonol quercetin can lower blood pressure for people with hypertension, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Feed sector welcomes FDA guidance on nanoparticles

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) says the FDA’s publication on the future use of nanomaterials in feed is to be commended and will facilitate further research into new technologies....

'Lack of trust' costs supermarkets halal meat sales

European supermarkets are losing out on halal meat sales because of trust issues and a lack of clear labelling, driving Muslim consumers to independent butchers, according to Euromonitor.

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