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Australia

Fruit could lower risk of depression in women

Women who eat fewer than two serves of fruit a day face a greater risk of developing depression, University of Queensland research has found.

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

Investigation

‘Fatally flawed’ review puts Aus research council’s methods in doubt

The methods of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council have been panned after expert opinion branded its review of evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy as “shoddy” and “fatally...

Analysis

Aus-NZ regulator paves the way for GM corn approval

Having assured consumers that food derived from a genetically modified corn strain poses no health concerns, the antipodean food regulator is now calling on the public and industry to voice...

Trends for 2015: Asia's mixed bag

Infant food manufacturers will be celebrating in China as the impact of this year's loosening of the one-child ban is felt; meanwhile, traffic-calming measures in Manila continue to prevent goods...

Soapbox

End-of-year health check for complementary medicines industry

Reflecting on the year that has passed, it is surprising how much has changed in the complementary medicines industry in Australia in such a short time.  

Case study

Chinese street food chain makes a ‘bing’ impression in Australia

Combining a popular Chinese street food with a modern franchise model has turned out well for a South Australian entrepreneur with a solid business plan.

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for industry views on amending nutritional labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for public and industry comments as it assesses whether to change the way nutrition information is shown on food labelling. 

Fonterra slashes forecast FGMP again as volatility continues

Fonterra has slashed its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2014/15 season to NZ$4.70 (US$3.63, €2.93) - the third such reduction since it was first announced in May.

Australia

As Aussie as Croc Dundee, though Asian-born are not taking to Vegemite

Barrack Obama isn’t the only non-Australian to find Vegemite “horrible… a quasi-vegetable by-product that you smear on your toast”, with research showing that the yeast extract is overwhelmingly more popular...

New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to an analysis of government data, food safety groups have highlighted. 

WPC botulism scare a food safety 'watershed moment' for Fonterra

The whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare was a "watershed moment" for Fonterra in terms of food safety, an independent inquiry into the incident has concluded.

Australia-China

First winery begins shipments under Aus-China organic joint-agreement

A South Australian winery has estimated that having full organic certification alone could help grow its exports to China by one-quarter.

Troubled soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil axes 260 Aussie jobs

Coca-Cola Amatil said today it plans to cut 260 jobs as part of AUD $100m cost-cutting campaign aimed at boosting profitability in its struggling Australian soft drinks business.

New Zealand

Public needs to disapprove as much of obesity as it did of tobacco

About one-third of children are now overweight or obese in New Zealand and public pressure is needed to change food and health policies to counter this, according to researchers at...

Australia

Australian snackers opt for savoury, though most top brands are sweet

When it comes to Australia’s most popular snacks, it seems that tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet, market research has found. 

Australia

Research finding could help protect global wheat crops from disease

A critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the world protect their wheat crops from a devastating disease and major yield losses.

Australia

Aussie vitamin container seals place at World Packaging Design awards

Australian natural health major Blackmores has won three categories at the Australian Packaging Design awards for their bulk pack design, and will now progress to the WorldStar packaging awards.

Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their...

INC asks for power to restrict NZ infant formula marketing practices

The Infant Nutrition Council (INC) has asked the New Zealand Commerce Commission to grant it the authority to restrict the infant formula marketing practices of its members. 

New Zealand

Opening of biggest manuka plant reflects growth in honey's popularity

New Zealand’s biggest honey plant has opened its doors to help ease pressure on one manuka producer by tripling its production.

Australia

Weight stigma a worse problem than expected, some report cases daily

Overweight and obese people experience many more episodes of being stigmatised in their everyday lives than has until now been realised, with most suffering almost daily negative treatment, a study...

Silliker seals Australian deal to boost food testing

Silliker Australia has acquired DMG MicroLabs to enable it to tap into the ‘growing opportunity’ in the food testing market.

Australia

Wealthy Aussies don’t just opt for champagne—they’ll guzzle anything

High earners in Australia are not only more likely to drink more champagne, but also more beer, wine and spirits than their less affluent neighbours, according to Roy Morgan Research.

China-Australia FTA will provide fillip for Aussie organics

Last week’s free-trade agreement between China and Australia will potentially complement existing agreements between the two countries by boosting access for Australia organic wines, dairy products and possibly meats to...