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Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continues to lose its grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it has held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of...

Lindt to expand Australian business with Sydney site

Lindt & Sprüngli is to construct a manufacturing and warehousing facility in Sydney that will become its Australian headquarters as it reports growth in the market.

Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

Australia

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive

Australia’s “bush tucker” industry needs a new business model that includes commercial cultivation in order to reach its potential, according to a South Australian academic.

Inflation from China-Australia trade deal could temper benefits

The China-Australia free-trade agreement might significantly improve market access for Australian processed foods to China but, according to one minister, it could also prompt price inflation to hurt domestic consumers.

a2 Milk Company plans to list on Australian Securities Exchange

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC), the New Zealand firm behind the popular a2 Milk brand, plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2015.

Australia

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses

Researchers in Queensland have been toasting the prehistoric viruses that they’ve found are partly responsible for the genetic make-up of modern-day grapes.

News in brief

Jean Claude Van Damme fronts Coors Light Aussie campaign

Coca-Cola Amatil has signed up actor Jean Claude Van Damme in a multi-million dollar campaign to plug the launch of Coors Light Draft in Australia.

Importance of food safety partnerships shown

New Zealand has signed an arrangement with Indonesia around food safety while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stressed the benefits of partnerships.

Mining tycoon Gina Rinehart invests AU$500m in infant formula venture

Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart has committed AU$500m (US$433m) to a project to produce infant formula Down Under for the lucrative Chinese market.

Soapbox - Guest viewpoint

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

News in brief

Zacpac opens $22m plant near Australian Gold Coast

Australian packaging company Zacpac has opened a $25m AUD ($22m USD) manufacturing facility in Stapylton, Queensland.

Australia

Licensing laws the likely cause for falling alcohol consumption

Australians are drinking less alcohol than their trans-Tasman neighbours, and doing so less often than they did five years ago, research has found.

Optimal selenium status linked to better mood for young adults: Study

Maintaining optimal levels of selenium may improve mood and be associated with lower risk of depressive symptoms for young adults, says a new study from New Zealand.

Australia

Aussie ice cream market stabilises while hipsters mount premium charge

Bulla is still the top-selling frozen dairy brand in Australia, even if many Australians have become less tempted to put tubs and cartons of ice cream in the trolley. 

Danone loses bid to restart stalled NZ$1bn Fonterra WPC damages suit

An attempt by Danone to restart its stalled botulism scare damages suit against Fonterra in New Zealand has been rejected.

Australian complementary health under the spotlight

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD

Stoners have had their day in the push to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Now, consumers and patients are in increasing numbers turning to the plant’s beneficial properties to bring...

Australia

Supermarkets benefiting most as Aussies buy more meat

The Australian butcher is safe in spite of growing competition from supermarkets, as consumers continue to buy meat from speciality retailers, especially in cities.

Australian complementary health under the spotlight

Regulatory reform will come, but don’t expect the world to change

After years of calling for changes in Australia’s supremely tight regulatory framework, Australian complementary medicine manufacturers might just get some of the things they’ve been asking for, even if the...

News in brief

Kerry and Fonterra join EU sports nutrition group

Dairy ingredient giants Kerry and Fonterra have joined the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) bringing its total membership to 47.

Australia

Vitamin D for osteoporosis would save Australia almost $1bn a year

Complementary medicines can contribute to improved health and reduced consumer healthcare costs, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan.

Australian complementary health under the spotlight

From ebola to nanotech: Complementary health's newfound confidence

Each day this week, FoodNavigator-Asia will be looking at elements of Australia’s complementary health industry, and assessing its progress in the face of a regulatory system that might well be...

Australia

Mondelēz opens Victoria R&D lab as Coca-Cola Amatil sheds jobs nearby

Food, beverage and confectionery giant Mondelēz has opened an Asia-Pacific research and development centre that claims to be the biggest of its kind in Australia.

Aspen reveals China infant formula ambitions following NZNM investment

South African pharmaceutical giant Aspen has set its sights on China after agreeing to acquire a 50% stake in infant formula manufacturer, New Zealand New Milk (NZNM).

China lifts 2013 ban on Fonterra infant formula ingredients

China has lifted its ban on the import of Fonterra two infant formula ingredients, more than a year after it was implemented in the midst of the 2013 botulism scare.

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