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Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries doubling over the past 50 years, according to new...

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Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

Celiac Disease breakthrough?

Natural protein elafin ‘promising’ in battle against gluten toxicity: Study

The human protein elafin could be delivered into the gut using a probiotic bacterium to reduce the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease, researchers suggest.

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in developed countries reaches saturation point combined with insufficient opportunities elsewhere, but health and...

News in brief

Ingredion appoints new Apac general manager

Jorgen Kokke has been appointed to the role of regional vice-president and general manager of Ingredion in Asia-Pacific. 

Responsible supply: IFFO changes fish oil and fishmeal sourcing rules

Non-members of the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO) are able to apply for ‘responsible supply’ (RS) certification, after the body altered its criteria recently.

Scientists SUGGEST USING COFFEE AS 'THERAPEUTIC AGENT'

Two cups of coffee a day keep deadly liver cirrhosis at bay

Scientists say coffee could be used to treat liver cirrhosis, after finding that drinking two or more cups per day cut death risk by 66% among Chinese subjects when the...

Asia driving global malt whisky growth

Strong growth in Asia has driven the world’s malt whisky sector, which grew by 46.7% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report from just-drinks and The IWSR.

Naturex battles botanical adulteration with supply chain security

High-priced botanicals like bilberry and saw palmetto continue to attract counterfeiters and adulterers, meaning supply chain integrity is more important than ever, the world’s biggest herbal extract player has said....

General Mills ramps up palm oil pledge to consider deforestation

General Mills has strengthened its pledge to source fully traceable palm oil by next year, with explicit focus on counteracting deforestation.

Frutarom jumps into the omega-3 sea

The health division of Swiss ingredients player Frutarom has launched omega-3s for the first time with the company noting their potential in heart, brain and eye health along with inflammation...

LIVE FROM ZENITH INFANT NUTRITION CONFERENCE

Asia would be 'nice next step' for infant formula cube: Meiji

The “unique” Meiji Hohoemi Raku Raku Cube concept - the world's first and only infant formula in tablet form - could head west as the company's dairy products become "more widely available" across...

IPA World Congress, May 9-11 2014, Athens, Greece

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

Companies that manufacture probiotic products can learn much from other fast-moving-consumer-good (FMCG) firms like shower gel, pharmaceutical and smoothie makers in NPD, an expert says.

UAE urged to avoid the mistakes of other countries

A leading investor has warned the UAE not to make the same mistakes as other nations when it comes to food security. 

Saudi must look east for grains

The contribution of agriculture to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product was last measured at 2.49% in 2010, according to the World Bank. Moreover, it is set to drop even lower...

Dairy in the desert

When it is said that a cow should consume three litres of water for every litre of milk it produces, how is arid and water-starved Saudi Arabic able to command...

Pakistan eyes UAE market for export growth

Pakistan’s food exports to the UAE could potentially triple to US$1.2bn from last year’s US$400m because of local demand for the country’s products, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Asif Durrani,...

Putting the chai into Dubai: Rise of the world’s tea re-export capital

The order given by Dubai’s ruling sheikh in 1959 to dredge the Creek, the water channel that flows into the heart of what was at the time a sleepy fishing...

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

Along with the camel and the world’s highest tower, the humble date is one of the most enduring icons of the UAE, and soon it will be recognised for its...

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have...

Survey finds increasing detection of GMOs in traded food

As more genetically modified crops are being grown around the globe, the number of incidents of low levels of GMOs is being detected in traded food and feed, according to...

Food Vision 2014 ready to encourage radical thinking and explore innovative opportunities

Over 100 food industry leaders and senior directors from Europe, Asia and the Americas will soon convene in Cannes, France for the 2014 Food Vision summit to discuss key issues...

FAO: Apac countries pushing forward to counter hunger

The mission for an end to hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has received a boost after members of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation responded to a call by the...

Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards 2014

And the Oscar for best pack goes to...

The 2014 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were presented this month at the annual meeting of the Flexible Packaging Association in Arizona. 

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