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Worrying rise in younger Australian children with body image issues

Market research conducted to see whether fears that children will grow up obsessed with skinniness and believing that only thin people are happy and successful has revealed that concerns are...

New still is just the tonic for Kangaroo Island gin distillery

One of Australia’s first dedicated gin distilleries will begin ramping up production in the next few weeks following the arrival of a new still.

‘Exceptional growth’ in Australian wine exports to China

China becomes top wine export market for Australia

China has become the top market for Australian wine exports (by value), thanks to the middle class’ increased interest in wine and the benefits of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. ...

Waitaki launches three new ingredients as ‘Made in New Zealand’ resonates

New Zealand’s Waitkaki Biosciences continues to enjoy considerable success in the US, and recently launched three new ingredients derived from kiwifruit, blackcurrant, and greenshell mussels.

Diabetics should walk after eating carb-heavy meals to cut blood sugar levels: Research

New research from New Zealand suggests that people managing type 2 diabetes should walk after carb-heavy meals to gain the greatest blood sugar-lowering benefits. 

Australian livestock exporters back trade suspension

Australian livestock exporters have voiced support for temporary suspensions on Malaysian importers that failed to meet animal welfare standards during the country’s Korban festival in September.

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Massey University hopes novel tech will put it on the MAPs (or MATs)

Massey University is mulling the creation of a centre based around a novel food processing technology.


Sun and seawater: Secret recipe for mass tomato production

A tomato farm that relies on the sun and seawater to produce more than 15,000 tonnes of fruit a year has been officially launched in South Australia.

Science boss: Omega-3s could get boost by aping pharma doses

It was has a huge challenge for Nils Hoem, Aker Biomarine’s chief scientists, to understand the specifics of nutraceuticals when he first arrived at the Norwegian krill oil manufacturer in...

Kiwi college investigates ‘game-changing’ processing technology

New Zealand researchers are investigating whether an innovation centre based on a novel food processing technology could “transform” the country’s food industry. 

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Too close to Coke: FIZZ campaigners told to change their logo

A “no sugary drinks” logo which will be on display this week will “empower” communities to improve their health, and send a clear message about the damage caused by too...


ACCC okays GrainCorp’s Cargill plant takeover

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has approved GrainCorp’s application to buy Cargill Australia’s 100,000-tonne bulk grain storage and handling facility in Gilgandra, New South Wales.

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Shucking breakthrough opens door to Asia for Australian oysters

A new method to make oysters easier to open, and last longer, is being developed in South Australia.

Drink water when thirsty for good health, don’t 'slavishly follow' guidelines: Study

Researchers claim to have identified for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake and stops over-drinking, leading them to challenge the notion that people should drink eight glasses...

Cofco institute partners with Australian food innovation centre

Monash University has struck an agreement with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute in Beijing that will pool technical resources, market intelligence, regulatory command and delivery platforms between Australia and...

Australian flavoured cheese coaxing Asians to buy dairy for first time

Australian cheese products flavoured with chocolate, fruits and nuts are setting out to win over new customers in Asia.

China issues disease warning to Australia

A stern warning over disease control has come from an inspection boss at one of the largest ports on China’s east coast, which is ramping up preparations for importing live...

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Market update: New Zealand lamb prices

New Zealand lamb prices were down by 5% in September, compared to the previous year, due to a decline in exports as a result of lower production and the effect...


Penfolds winemaker given Australian science’s highest accolade

A prominent South Australian winemaker has been recognised as a leader in science for his contributions to oenology.

Spreading the joy: Australia’s growing taste for butter

Butter is currently winning the argument over its competitors, being purchased by far more Australian shoppers than margarine or dairy spreads and butter blends, according to market research.

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Choice names Shonky winners: Three F&B brands receive awards

Choice, the Australian consumer advocacy group, has taken its pick for this year’s Shonky awards, with three food and beverage brands and one diet taking their places among the annual...

Piglet diarrhea: Australian player seeks regulatory backing for antibiotic alternative

Anatara has submitted an application to register a product, which is based on a natural extract from pineapple roots called bromelain, to control diarrhea in piglets, with the Australian Pesticides...

‘Fountain of youth’ hormone best responds to low protein, high carb diet: Study

A low protein, high carbohydrate diet may be the most effective for stimulating a hormone with life-extending and obesity-fighting benefits in later life, new research suggests.

Australia’s ‘better’ carob given boost by demand for healthy chocolate

Global demand for healthy, natural foods is helping to drive a resurgence in carob production in Australia, which currently supplies just 1% of the world’s market.

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Fonterra drops sugar in children’s yogurt by 40%

Fonterra’s Anchor Uno has reformulated its children’s yogurts, with 40% less sugar than the original product.

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