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The labelling debate

The man who invented a new nutrition labelling system

Australian food labelling laws are currently under close political scrutiny following an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen berries.

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...

Mussels for muscles: Green lipped mussel extract may ease muscle damage during exercise

Extracts from New Zealand green lipped mussels may reduce muscle soreness and fatigue after exercise and reduce markers of muscle damage, says a new study.

Australia

With record results at home, Blackmores to bolster key Asian markets

Blackmores, Australia's leading natural health brand, announced record profits for the half-year while putting in place new provisions to ramp up the retailer's presence in Asia.

NZ Commerce Commission backs INC call for power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has given "preliminary" backing to an Infant Nutrition Council (INC) request for power to restrict the infant formula marketing practices of its members. ...

Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of conduct that will govern it.

Aussie dairy Warrnambool to acquire Lion everyday cheese business

Saputo-owned Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) has agreed to acquire the "everyday cheese" business of Australian rival Lion Dairy and Drinks (LDD) for AU$137.5m (US$107m, €95m)....

Australia

Abbott's U-turn brings country-of-origin labelling back to the table

Having earlier told food companies that it was their responsibility “not to poison their customers”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has changed his view and announced that his government will now...

Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a new chapter on alternative health to the landmark discussion document on healthcare deregulation...

Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into religiously observant markets for which beef or pork are not allowed.

Kerry Group on cusp of Pinnacle sale

Kerry Group is in advanced discussions to sell its €160m ($181.28m) Australian bakery business Pinnacle, the company says.

Australia

Researchers find impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed

Researchers believe they have discovered how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her child, and also how that damage can be reversed.

Australia

Hep. A Chinese berry outbreak turns political with gov’t called to act

Consumer watchdog Choice Australia has called on the federal government to take action on country-of-origin food labelling in the wake of a recall of frozen mixed fruit linked to a...

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

News in brief

Goodman Fielder acquisition clears Chinese regulatory hurdle

The Chinese business regulator has given the green light for Wilmar International and First Pacific to acquire Australian food manufacturing major Goodman Fielder. 

New Zealand

Orientation week drinking might be ‘gateway’ to heavy alcohol use

Male students who were light drinkers before starting university may be particularly susceptible to the gateway effect of heavy alcohol use during their first weeks in college.

Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer.

Hepatitis A outbreak from berries sickens five

Berries from Patties Foods have been linked to an Australian outbreak of Hepatitis A which has sickened at least five people.

Soapbox

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine craft beer from local pubs.

Briefing

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist

Late last month, a forum of Australian and New Zealand ministers met in Auckland to discuss a number of proposed and recently implemented changes and additions to the countries’ food...

sugar-free sports drinks

‘A lucrative opportunity:’ Can Aussie sports drinks wrestle sales from soft drinks?

The Australian sports drinks market will continue to grow: but sugar-free versions present an opportunity to shake up the sector, according to research firm TechNavio. 

New Zealand

Food security: One of humanity’s ‘most significant challenges’

While food security is nothing new, the scale and interconnectedness of the problem the world is now facing make it “one of the most significant challenges humanity has ever faced,”...

Australia

Glucosamine and chondroitin trial results lauded by non-pharma body

Australia’s complementary healthcare lobby has welcomed the results of a study that shows that the benefits of taking glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the knee are equivalent to taking...

Innovations

From goon sack to cask: Australia’s wine box celebrates 50 years

One of South Australia’s best-loved inventions—alongside the Stobie termite-proof telegraph pole, the Hills Hoist clothesline and the Jump plough that doesn’t get stuck on rocks—the so-called “goon sack” was the...

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