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Australia’s food and grocery industry reports year of ups and downs

Australia’s food and beverage, grocery manufacturing and fresh produce industry had a total turnover of A$114bn (US$99.4bn) in the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Food and Grocery Council revealed in...

Coles banned from ‘fresh’ bread claims for 3 years

Australian retail major Coles has been banned from making ‘freshly baked’ bread claims on its par-baked products in store following a lengthy court case with the Australian Competition and Consumer...

'The grazing ruminant business is the most attractive one for us in Australia,' Alltech talks strategy after Lienert acquisition

Global animal nutrition group, Alltech, says it is intending to leverage the technical know-how and reach of recently acquired premix manufacturer Lienert, to develop the dairy and beef side of...

Australia

Deregulating complementary medicines would save A$70m a year

Australia’s complementary healthcare industry lobby has called on Canberra to embrace deregulation of non-pharmaceutical medicines as a means to reduce costs while safeguarding consumer health.

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Home is where the wine is for Aussie drinkers, research finds

While the proportion of Australians adults drinking wine is gradually declining, the proportion of those drinking wine at home has increased very slightly.

Sports nutrition ads – do they have a place on the pitch?

Sports nutrition products should not be allowed to sponsor sporting events, say two researchers from the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living in Australia.

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Does a team’s sponsor influence Aussie rules fans’ tipple tastes?

As Australia gears up for the Aussie rules football premiership final this weekend, research has revealed the drinks fans will be stocking up on ahead of the big game.

Aussie calls to form Fonterra-style dairy giant 'not soundly based'

Calls for Australia to "emulate" the formation of New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra by relaxing competition laws are "not soundly based," a panel charged with reviewing the legislation has claimed....

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Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce...

Australia

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol

Australians have become less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less fat and additives, new consumer data suggests.  

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Beekeeper picked to represent organic farmers in wider industry

A country boy, Peter Hastie has constantly been drawn to the importance of sustainable food production and health throughout his 15 year career on the land.

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Molkerei Ammerland completes first GlobalDairyTrade SWP auction

German dairy cooperative Molkerei Ammerland has completed its first sweet whey powder (SWP) auction on the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) platform.

New Zealand infant formula acquisitions 'key to restoring...trust': Nutricia ANZ

Nutricia Australia New Zealand’s (Nutricia ANZ) acquisition of Kiwi infant formula businesses the Sutton Group and Gardians is “key to restoring" consumer confidence lost as a result of the 2013 botulism scare....

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Pathway picked to represent FutureCeuticals in Australasia

FutureCeuticals, the American nutraceutical major whose products are manufactured from fruit, vegetables and grain, has chosen Pathway International to be its distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to pasta production, while their colleagues have discovered how to make a bowl of...

Australia-China

Minister: Australia’s “food bowl of Asia” no threat to Chinese farmers

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has assured Chinese farmers that Australia is “not a threat” to their livelihoods on a day when two Far East investment groups established a A$3bn (US$2.7bn)...

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Opportunities in protein-enriched 'everyday food' for the elderly: Fonterra

The elderly needn't make significant dietary changes to boost their daily intake of protein and could instead rely on enriched "everyday food", research by Fonterra suggests.

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Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Science grows for BLIS M18’s oral health benefits

A daily lozenge containing Streptococcus salivarius M18, branded as BLIS M18, for 28 days results in detectable levels of the probiotic in the mouth seven days later, says a new study from...

Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based...

Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by the University of Queensland.

Fonterra issues 2014 profit warning citing dairy price drop

Fonterra expects its 2014 operating profit, impacted by falling global dairy prices, to come in at the "lower end" of its forecast.

'AUSSIE ENERGY DRINK REGS TIGHTEST IN THE WORLD’ – ABCL

Coke Amatil backs Mother after mom blames energy drinks for son’s death

Coca-Cola Amatil insists all the ingredients in popular Australian energy drink Mother are safe to consume after a mother blamed excess consumption of such drinks on the death of her...

Australia

Industry body slams watchdog for reinventing the claims wheel

Australia’s complementary medicines chief has hit out at an an inquiry into “the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices” by the New South Wales committee of the...

Australia

Building site hipsters Down Under behind rise of coffee-flavoured milk

Australians are well known for fancying the odd flat white, but a new trend suggests they are also becoming quite partial to coffee-flavoured milk.

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