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Oman expands food production, looks to Iran

Oman’s AATCO opens a new factory plant in Jeddah, as OFIC releases new details about its Dhofar dairy project, and the government considers investing in Iranian agriculture.

Fortified olive oil may protect against DNA damage: Study

Virgin olive oil enriched with polyphenols compounds from thyme may protect our DNA from oxidative damage, says a new study from Spain.

France needs to boost algae production

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

Global seaweed production standard gets green light

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has moved a step closer to its ambitious goal of creating a global certification standard for seaweed production after announcing it will be working on...

Asia’s organized retail sector to propel global sugar confectionery sales, predicts Technavio

Global sugar confectionery sales are poised to rise 3.76% each year up to 2020 driven by modernized retailing in Asia Pacific, says research firm Technavio.

FrieslandCampina pursues Pakistan company as profits rise

In its report for the financial year ending December 31, 2015, Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina announced net profits of $373m (€343m).

Nestlé opens new milk chilling center in Sri Lanka

Nestlé, Sri Lanka’s largest private sector collector of fresh milk, has opened a new milk chilling center in the northeastern town of Vaddakkachchi.

Food Vision Asia 2016 preview

Consumers ‘leanwashed’ by belief that exercise is key to weight loss

Food companies are responsible for “leanwashing” consumers by persuading them that a lack of exercise, rather than an unhealthy diet, is the primary cause of obesity, a Hong Kong-based researcher...

Spice up your life: Cinnamon’s weight loss potential

The active compound in cinnamon may be a more tolerable weight loss ingredient than chilli pepper's capsaicin, a small exploratory clinical trial backed by Nestlé finds.

Food Vision Asia 2016: Programme unveiled for event’s Asia debut

Food Vision will arrive in Asia for the first time in April, bringing together senior industry thought-leaders to share ideas, find insights and challenge conventional thinking.

Latest studies suggest probiotics may reverse childhood malnutrition

As more studies suggesting the benefits and safety of probiotics emerge, the executive director of the International Probiotics Association foresees probiotics to play a larger role against global health crises.

Moto aims to tap into Dubai’s energy

Moto, a new Dubai-made energy drink, made its entry at Gulfood and is aiming to leverage the emirate’s growing reputation to carve out its identity in a crowded market.

Kyrgyzstan poultry farms on the verge of extinction

Common customs space with Russia and Kazakhstan has almost killed off poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the chairman of the country’s Union of Poultry Farmers, Rustam...

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Pakistan experiences strong growth in the meat export sector

Pakistan’s meat export industry is growing at a rate of 30% every year, head of meat and nutrition at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Dr Muhammad Hayat...

Dispatches from Probiota 2016

Must read: Many, many things you need to know about probiotics until 2020

The global probiotics market is worth €32bn according to latest Euromonitor data and analysis presented recently at Probiota in Amsterdam – and that excludes fermented sour milks worth another €5.8bn.

Omega-3 supplements in pregnancy reduces baby's anaemia risk, study finds

Taking omega-3 supplements while pregnant may help prevent or reduce the risk of anaemia in newborns, a study has concluded.

Star fruit juice consumption may improve quality of life of the elderly

Researchers found that 40 healthy elderly subjects who drank star fruit juice daily for four weeks showed lowered secretion of pathological cytokines and increased ability for 6-minute walks.

Cambodian and Turkish foods get EU protected origin status

The EU has further expanded its protection of artisanal foods beyond Europe’s borders as it granted protected geographical indications to Cambodian Kampot pepper and a type of Turkish fig last...

Green tea compound may form basis for future arthritis therapy

A compound found in green tea, may prove effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, as its anti-inflammatory action is expressed without blocking other critical cellular functions, US researchers have shown.

Chapul cricket protein bars should be in 3-4,000 stores by end of year, predicts founder

Cricket bar pioneer Chapul is poised for significant growth in 2016 after securing national distribution agreements with UNFI and Nature’s Best (KeHE) that will see it boost its footprint from...

Fenugreek extract shows benefits for the “male menopause”: Human data

Daily supplements of an extract from Fenugreek may reduce symptoms of age related androgen decrease and boost testosterone levels in middle aged and older men, say results a new study...

Barentz forms Iran JV to tap Middle East market

Dutch ingredients producer Barentz International has established a new joint distribution venture in Iran with Future Way Holding, to tap into the formerly-restricted market.

FAO member countries urged to lobby over edible insects

Member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are being urged to lobby the UN body to clarify its position on edible insects.

New raspberry insights show bioavailability crucial for health benefits

Red raspberries are rich in polyphenols but its health benefits can only be fully understood by studying how the body metabolises these micronutrients and the mode of action of the...

Soda companies rapped for allegedly targeting low and middle income countries

The soda industry has vigorously defended itself against claims it is “borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook” by trying to spread its products in low- and middle-income countries.

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