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Nicotinamide could halve Australia’s healthcare costs for skin cancers

A new health economics analysis paper has been presented to Australian lawmakers at Parliament House to show how nicotinamide could double the cost benefits of its use.

This week Down Under

Keen-snacking Aussies still not tucking into healthy potato chips

The number of Australians who snack on potato chips continues to grow, while those who do so are also most likely to wash them down with flavoured soft drinks, market...

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Coopers launches home-brew range in international styles

Coopers Brewery has launched a range of home-brew beer extracts under the Thomas Cooper label to tap into the fast-growing global trend for craft beer. The ingredients are already online...

F&B segment doing the ‘heavy lifting’ for New Zealand’s economy

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has welcomed the release of the government’s latest guide to investing in the country’s food and beverage industry, which details a number of...


Complementary health red tape review well received by industry

A final report by an independent review panel on how to streamline regulations in Australia’s complementary medicines sector has stressed the importance of cutting red tape.

Soapbox - Guest column

Is complementary medicine shackled by a nanny state?

There is still an Australian self-view involving reckless abandon, a laissez-faire approach to rules and an attitude toward life that involves doing what we want, when we want. Ours is...

Adulteration screening project inspired Milk Fingerprinting development: Fonterra

Fonterra's work with FOSS and Arla Foods on a method to screen for adulterants served as a foundation for the development of its award-winning Milk Fingerprinting technology. 

Infant formula sales drive a2 Milk Company to revise full year outlook

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has revised its full year outlook on the back of booming demand for a2 Platinum infant formula.

Fonterra to sell 50% stake in DairiConcepts to US partner Dairy Farmers of America

Fonterra is to sell its 50% stake in DairiConcepts, its joint venture with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), to the US dairy giant.

Dan Murphy’s leads Australia’s alcohol retail pack

More Australians shop for liquor at Dan Murphy’s than any other retail chain is a market that is worth A$296m (US$211m) a week, new research has found.

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Cost cutting drives General Mills to shut NZ manufacturing plant

General Mills will close its East Tamaki plant by the end of the year as part of an international restructuring process in the face of the company's dwindling international performance.  ...

This week Down Under

Dropping one treat a day could halve Australia’s child obesity rate

Australian childhood obesity rates could be transformed if families were to make seemingly small changes to their lifestyles, researchers have found. 

Fonterra increases 2015/16 farmer payout forecast after performance boost

Fonterra has increased its payout forecast for the 2015/16 season on the back of a strong August to October performance.

GEA on the challenges of building an earthquake proof milk plant for Fonterra

Fonterra has started production at its whole milk drying factory in Pahiatua (P3), New Zealand - the first of its kind to be built on an earthquake fault line.

New water regulations have knock-on effect for Kiwi livestock farmers

Facing significant changes from increased environmental regulation, New Zealand’s livestock farmers should start to plan ahead, Rabobank has warned.

This week Down Under

Ethical labelling: Australians mistake seedless melons for GM produce

Most Australians find food-source labelling inadequate as a growing trend leads consumers to make ethical food choices, research has shown. 

Diabetes chief says no to NZ sugar tax

The head of a body that represents New Zealanders with diabetes has hit out at arguments that a tax on sugary products would help prevent the spread of the disease.

Market research

E-commerce growing fast in Oz, but it’s still a tiny niche

With research suggesting that fewer than half of Australians actually enjoy grocery shopping, why aren’t more people sparing themselves the angst of the supermarket and purchasing their groceries online?


Medicine could grow on trees after research award

Taking medicine could one day be as simple as eating a sunflower seed or drinking a cup of tea, thanks to an award to a University of Queensland researcher. 


Beer and computer games: From Black Ops to Black Hops

First Carlsberg announced a beer to coincide with the launch of Fallout 4, a computer game; now Australian craft brewer Black Hops Brewing has followed suit. 

This week Down Under

Poll shows overwhelming Australian support for legal medical marijuana

Nine out of every 10 Australians believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a survey.

ACCC looks to reauthorize voluntary Australia infant formula marketing code

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed to reauthorize a voluntary code that prohibits the advertising and promotion of infant formula in the country.

Beingmate to form JV with Korean dairy to produce special infant formula for China

Beingmate has joined forces with South Korean company Maeil Dairies to produce special medical purpose infant formula for the Chinese market. 

Asia’s unquenchable demand for Australian supplements

With growing middle-classes, ageing populations and a voracious appetite for Australian products, Asia is providing fertile territory for Australian complementary health brands. A raft of free-trade agreements can’t hurt either....

Interview with Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia

Australian complementary health: State of the industry 2015

Although a jolly affair, the Complementary Medicines Australia annual conference a year ago took place to a backdrop of concern over the so-called race to the bottom in consumer preventative...

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