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Asia-Pacific's 10 biggest retailers: Japan continues to lead the way

Over the next five years, Asia-Pacific will account for more than half of all the world’s new retail sales, according to this year’s edition of Euromonitor’s Retail Asia-Pacific Top 500...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

Improved diet in China is driving a rise in consumer packaged goods

China is still the next big emerging market from a packaging industry viewpoint, according to Videojet.

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco...

Asia-Pacific

ADM announces major Apac business restructure

American agriculture major Archer Daniels Midland will embark on a plan to restructure its Asia-Pacific operations to take into account changes in the region as incomes grow and diets evolve.

EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Food firms risk exposure over non-sustainable palm oil

Food manufacturers that don’t use purely sustainable palm oil supplies risk being named and shamed on social media, the WWF has warned.

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition, says FAO

Urgent action is needed to address the adverse effects of overfishing, pollution and climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, says FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva.

Saturated fat intake may affect genetic obesity risk

Reducing saturated fat intake may influence the expression of certain genetic ‘predispositions’ towards obesity, according to US research.

Anti-extravagance and acquisitions in Asia rock global spirits market

Asia’s role in the global spirits market has surprised analysts over in recent months, with moves to curb extravagance in China, Suntory’s acquisition of Beam in January and Emperador’s winning...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players...

Obesity a threat to global food security: DuPont

Nearly three quarters (70%) of countries worldwide improved their food security in the past year, according to data from the 2014 Global Food Security Index jointly presented by DuPont and...

Agriculture

FAO and partners unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers

Poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded—an environmental problem with direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. However, a project has now succeeded in developing a means...

Taste economics: Manipulating price impacts taste perception and consumer emotions

Altering the price of a food product can have an immediate impact on taste perception, as well as feelings of overeating and guilt, according to new research.

FAO chief urges global commitment to tackle nutrition challenges

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called on countries to put nutrition high on their national and international agendas, and to take a lead role in the upcoming Second...

EFSA gives Monsanto the green light on SDA-rich GM soy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive scientific opinion on Monsanto’s MON 87769 soybean crop, which has been genetically modified to contain stearidonic acid.

‘Blue growth’ is the basis for sustainable fishing, says the FAO

Poor farm practices and a heavy reliance on wild fish for feed threatens long-term sustainability, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

More EU members urged to back sustainable palm oil trading

Sustainable palm oil trader GreenPalm will use this year’s European Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Summit as a platform to urge key players in the EU palm oil industry...

DSM enters olive polyphenol market; hard launches high-dose algae omega-3

Swiss-based DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has entered the olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol market that has been hot since the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a rare plant polyphenol health claim approval...

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Mid-last year the chief of Norwegian omega-3 player EPAX told us, “We are the last of the big omega-3 independents.” Soon after US agri-food company FMC had snapped it up for...

Comment

Halal: Out of certification chaos comes criticism (and Islamophobia?)

The sensationalist media coverage around so called ‘stealth halal’ is only fuelled by the lack of certification harmonisation, Food Navigator’s Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn argues.

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