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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.

Show floor insights

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.

Novel method detects E.coli in less than 24 hours

A method described as similar to a ‘pregnancy test’ has been developed for detecting contamination of meat products with E.coli O157 in less than 24 hours.

Study confirms blood sugar management potential of chromium picolinate

Supplements of chromium picolinate may help to control blood sugar levels in people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, says a new study from Brazil.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

Predictions

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to...

Alamgeer Foods invests £100k on spice imports

Food manufacturer and importer Alamgeer Foods has started importing more spices and ingredients from Asia after securing a £100,000 financial package.

Multi-component formula shows potential eye health benefits for diabetics: RCT

Six months of supplementation with xanthophyll pigments, antioxidants and selected botanical extracts may improve visual function in diabetes, says a new study.

Vitamin D has no real benefit for obese teens’ heart health or diabetes risk, pilot study suggests

Supplementing obese teens with high doses of vitamin D may not have benefits on endothelial functions related to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say researchers.

Microbeads may boost UAE agriculture, says Masdar student

A research student at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute is hoping to improve the UAE’s agricultural output through the development of specialist soil-improving microbeads.

Beyond malnutrition: Food security means food supply

Food security is not just about hunger and poverty – it must move into the mainstream as the challenge of feeding nine billion people comes into sharper focus, according to...

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Global Dairy Trade commodity prices increase after five-month freefall

Prices on the Fonterra-owned Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction platform rose today for the first time since March.

Flavor Trends

Consumers are demanding more sophisticated blends of hot spice and flavor, Kalsec study finds

As consumer demand for spicy food increases, it also is evolving beyond that for just eye-watering and mouth-burning heat to include a desire for more complex blends of pungent flavors,...

Eastern promise: Cargill pins aquafeed growth hopes on Asia

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for Cargill’s feed mills in Central America underlines the continued importance of the region to Cargill’s aquafeed business. However, it is the fast-growing Asian region...

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