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Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their drive to seek a balanced diet, according to researchers in Sydney.

Weston Milling and AB Mauri merge in Australia

George Weston Foods’ Weston Milling will merge with AB Mauri Australia/New Zealand to form a large bakery ingredients business across the region.

Huhtamäki Oyj acquires Interpac Packaging for $9m

Huhtamäki Oyj has acquired folded carton packaging manufacturer, Interpac Packaging in Auckland, New Zealand.

Australian milk market share could increase 'north of 10%': a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company believes its share of the Australian fresh milk market could increase “north of 10%” in the next 12 months.

Milling & Grains bite-size Science

Australia’s zero-weed tolerance, waterlogging in barley plants, the spreading wheat curl mite

Lessons from Australia in wheat herbicide resistance, waterlogging stress tolerance and how the wheat curl mite spreads.

From lab to field: Breeding-out Australia’s ‘most costly’ wheat disease

Australian farmers are reaping the benefits of yellow spot-resistant wheat, developed by a team of researchers using gene deletion.

News in brief

Australian dairy industry calls for selfies to raise FTA awareness

New Zealand’s dairy industry is milking its Australian counterpart out of A$30m a year, according to a dairy farming lobby group that is calling for a free-trade agreement to level...

Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s emotions, according to a researcher from Adelaide. 

Fonterra and Beingmate unveil China infant formula partnership

Fonterra is prepared to pay NZ$615m (US$514m, €390m) for a 20% stake in Chinese baby food manufacturer Beingmate in its latest attempt to expand its presence in China’s lucrative infant formula...

Destination China for Australian hemp

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp...

Focusing on certification means no beef from consumers

Founded in the early ‘Nineties by a group of Australian pastoral families, OBE claims to be the “oldest, biggest and most trustworthy” supplier of organic beef. 

Kids’ cereal in New Zealand needs regulatory overhaul, say researchers

Policies governing nutrient and health claims, labeling and use of mascots on breakfast cereals in New Zealand need a serious re-think, researchers say.

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

When Michael Jolley left his carob orchard in South Australia to attend his first Asian food industry show in Hong Kong recently, he was amazed by the response of visitors...

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon established Aroma NZ, a manufacturer of freeze-dried marine products including green lipped mussels.

Asia takes guts, but Australia’s complementary landscape has your back

With Australia's domestic market maturing, many complementary health companies are seeing the growth that some of the big brands are enjoying in Asia and are keen to ride in on...

The rest of Asia can benefit from Australia’s organic certification

Asian companies will soon cotton on to the idea that they can export organic goods into China just as smoothly as Australian companies, which have traditionally enjoyed a strong link...

Crafty Australian beer independents set sights on China’s middle-class

China’s craft beer market might not yet be as dominant as its Australian counterpart, but this will change as a growing and affluent middle-class opens its eyes and palates to...

Australia

Pacific island organic inspectors leave Australia with new skills

Australia’s oldest organic certification authority last week has completed a training programme that it hopes will help support the fledgling organic sector in developing nations.

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the business to meet short-term earnings targets’ in 2013.

Treasury Wine Estates hints at possible US acquisitions

Troubled Australian wine group and takeover target Treasury Wine Estates wants to accelerate its high-value US business and is exploring possible acquisitions or takeovers there.

Australia

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol

Curtin University researchers are now recommending the adoption of cancer warning labels for alcoholic beverages after a study they conducted found that Australians would take not be averse to seeing...

New Zealand

Being obese could make breast cancer treatment less effective

A patient's obesity may negatively affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

Australia

Maggie Beer forced to amend misleading labels after ACCC wins action

The celebrity chef at the centre of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ruling on misleading labelling has apologised to consumers and claimed the transgression was an innocent mistake.

Australia-China

Sweet sorghum research project could ‘revitalise the sugar industry’

A joint project between researchers in Queensland and China to derive sugars from sorghum could result in extraordinary social, economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

Clariant to develop Australian market with masterbatches plant

Construction has begun on a Clariant masterbatches plant in Sydney, Australia, to open in the fourth quarter 2014.

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