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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.

French duo launch HalalTest: ‘We want to democratize analysis’

Two French entrepreneurs have launched ‘HalalTest’, a portable device that tests food for the presence of pork. 

Poor attitudes in the west will stop insects being food

Insects are unlikely to become a viable solution to feeding the increasing global population if western attitudes towards them remain negative, according to a leading analyst.

Food Security Index update

World's most obese nation? Kuwait (and the next four are Middle Eastern)

Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region,...

Calcium supplementation could prevent reduced bone density in active post-menopausal women: Study

Calcium supplementation (Marigot’s Aquamin) could prevent exercise-associated bone density reduction in post-menopausal women, according to an American study.

Agriculture

Four to one: Crop pest discovery could have wide-reaching benefits

An entomological discovery should lead to the easing of some international trade restrictions, according to the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Do zero-calorie sweeteners increase diabetes risk?

“Artificial sweeteners may boost diabetes risk” ran the headline in the New York Times last month – but experts have said to take recent research with a pinch of salt.

Healthy ageing comes of age: Free forum is next week

Next Tuesday NutraIngredients is proud to host our first healthy ageing forum, an hour long online discussion about a booming sector with leading experts.

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,...

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

State of food and agriculture

Crucial to food security, family farms need greater support

Nine out of 10 of the world's 570m farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in...

Danone Q3 results 'buoyed' by Asian infant formula recovery

The continuing recovery of Danone’s infant formula business, impacted by the 2013 Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, has “buoyed” the French dairy's Q3 results.

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect...

Show us proof there aren’t slaves in your supply chain, UK gov tells big firms

The UK government wants big businesses to present annual evidence of the actions they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free.

What women want: Lallemand launches probiotics for female health

The absence of any EU-approved health claims for probiotics hasn’t deterred Lallemand Health Solutions from launching a suite of probiotics addressing women’s health issues.

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