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Technology plays role in strengthening Asia's food safety and security

Recent advances in information and communication technology have been leading to substantial improvements in agricultural production and food safety in Asia and the Pacific.

ICT making food safety advances possible - FAO

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) are leading to improvements in food security and safety in Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....

Asian food and beverage margins at risk due to rising sugar prices

Asian sugar production is expected to see its first deficit in over five years after a drought last year prompted by El Niño-induced pulled output down to a five-year low,...

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.

Infant formula sales slump at Biostime but firm bullish over future growth

Sales at Chinese infant nutrition firm Biostime dropped by 14% in the first half of 2016 to RMB1.46bn (US$220m), with the Biostime brand – which accounts for 86% of the...

Could fortified beer and lassi tap into Asia’s soaring protein demand?

Asia’s demand for protein is soaring, but is the Indian market ready for protein-fortified beers and lassi? 

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government....

India’s omega-3 deficiency a potential ‘public health crisis’

India’s “shockingly low” level of EPA and DHA intake is storing up a potential health crisis, especially because life expectancy and therefore the rate of chronic illness is forecast to...

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

Logistics the biggest headache for India’s food and drink SMEs

Logistics infrastructure is the major stumbling block hampering the efforts of India’s food and beverage SMEs as they seek to expand and tap into growing consumer demand, business leaders have...

Fortification, standards and investment: Three priorities for India’s booming food industry

Implementing stringent safety and quality regulations, tackling micronutrient deficiencies and maximising the opportunities from inward investment need to be three of key priorities for the food industry in India, amid...

Operational efficiency key to driving down India’s packaging costs: PepsiCo exec

Reducing the amount of packaging can only improve gross margins to a certain extent, with most MNCs in India now turning their attention to achieving greater operational efficiency, according to a PepsiCo...

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Strong growth prospects in Asia’s snack stick market, says Euromonitor

Snack sticks are enjoying a surge in Asia as new entrants enter the category with smaller pack sizes and innovative flavors, writes Euromontior analyst Emil Fazira Bte Kamari.

Ginger nanoparticles could help alleviate inflammatory bowel disease: Study

Edible ginger-derived nanoparticles could alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers claim.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Africa and Asia set to become UK’s biggest suppliers in wake of Brexit

Africa and Asia could take the EU’s place as exporters of fruit and veg for the UK following Brexit, retailers say.

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Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

Only one-in-four Australian pregnant women adhere to folic acid and iodine guidelines

Australian women are well aware that folic acid (PFS) and iodine (IS) are recommended supplements to take during pregnancy, but only a quarter of them adhere to the recommendations, scientists...

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

‘Sugar taxes and education’ needed to tackle obesity in expectant mothers

Trying to tackle obesity in women when they become pregnant is usually “too little too late”, according to two authors from the University of Sydney and Charles Perkins Centre.

Poor diet and high blood pressure fuelling China’s heart disease epidemic: Study

Worsening dietary trends and soaring blood pressure levels will contribute to millions of new cases of heart attacks and strokes in China over the next two decades, researchers claim.

Soy could help cut diabetes and heart risk in PCOS patients

Consumption of soy isoflavones by women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could help prevent diabetes and cardiac problems, a new study has found.

More Asia-specific research needed to improve nutrition knowledge

More high-quality Asia-specific research on local foods and their impact on the population is needed to help improve nutrition and combat the growing number of diet-related illnesses across the continent,...

Nepal study: More than half of adolescent girls have anaemia

Over half the population of Nepalese adolescent girls have anaemia, mostly due to undernourishment, research in the country has revealed.

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