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Eating black raspberries may decrease heart disease risk: Study

An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study.

North Korea faces increased food uncertainty as production dwindles

Food security is expected to worsen in North Korea, where total production of cereals, soybeans and potatoes is estimated to have fallen in 2015—the first drop since 2010.

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

4 probiotic strains found in kimchi

South Korean researchers have isolated four potentially ‘useful’ probiotic strains in traditional Korean fermented food kimchi. 

CJ CheilJedang begins assault on global amino market with Haide buy

In a bold move, CJ CheilJedang, Korea’s biggest food company, has acquired China’s Ningbo Zhenhai Haide Bichem in a US$30.9m deal that will pave the way for Seoul-based CJ to...

Korea announces new dietary guidelines, wages war on sugar

Seoul has issued dietary guidelines aimed to persuade South Koreans to eat less salty, sweet and fatty foods at a time when consumption of these has reached alarming levels by...

Suji’s Korean Cuisine balances authentic with the familiar

Today’s consumers claim to want bold, authentic flavors, but many still shy away from unrecognizable foods – giving manufacturers the difficult task of presenting new products or flavors in a...

Mintel: Asia-Pacific market is being shaped by four key ‘mega-trends’

Healthier alternatives, brand story, visual eating and changing lifestyles describe the four key food and drink trends in Asia-Pacific, according to market intelligence agency Mintel.

Operation Opson V

Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

New frontiers: Japan’s origin chocolate sector ripe for innovation, says Tachibana

Tachibana & Co hopes to diversity Japan’s chocolate sector by offering cocoa origins beyond Ghana.

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Reading the changes in Asia’s new coffee culture

Coffee culture in Asia has been brewing a storm and growing in popularity in recent years, with most major cities now being awash with coffee shops not just in city...

France needs to boost algae production

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

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Unraveling the reasons behind Taiwan’s ban on GMOs in school meals

The regulation of GMOs in Taiwan is a complex story, as is the case worldwide, and the interplay of politics, science and business behind the scenes constantly modulates legislation, research...

High carotenoid intake linked to younger biological age

Increased level of blood carotenoids may slow cellular ageing, says a new study from Seoul National University in Korea.

We're just scratching the surface when it comes to the potential of fermented foods, says Farmhouse Culture CEO

We’re just scratching the surface when it comes to unlocking the potential of fermented foods in the US market, says the new CEO of Farmhouse Culture, a Portland-based firm specializing...

News in brief

Korea doubles snack imports in 10 years

South Korea has seen the volume of snack foods imported into the country almost double over the last decade to 121,100 tonnes last year.

Morbid obesity in Korean schools has doubled in 10 years

Children have grown wider faster than they have become taller over the last decade in South Korea, where childhood obesity rates have shot up.

News in brief

Taiwan to tweak nutrition labelling regulations

Taiwan’s regulators plan to revise food labelling requirements in July after a period of public consultation.

News in brief

Korea to ramp up food exports in wake of FTA with China

South Korea’s government will provide more support to farmers and food manufacturers to achieve its goal of exporting US$8.1bn in food and agriculture products this year.

Far East in focus

Study: Childhood fruit consumption could reduce future obesity risk

Korean research has found that a higher intake of sugar from fruit and milk during adolescence can reduce the risk of obesity later in life.

Cacao extract may protect skin from wrinkles: Study

A daily supplement with an extract from cacao may reduce UV-induced skin aging and protect against wrinkles, suggests a new study with lab mice and human skin cells.

B vitamins may boost cognitive ability in older adults: Study

Supplementation with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid may improve cognitive function in older people with mild cognitive impairment, says a new study from Korea.

Kombucha market to grow 25% each year to 2020

The kombucha market is poised for huge growth by 2020, growing 25% each year, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets.

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Seaweed: An ocean of opportunity

Overlooked for so long, seaweed is finally becoming big business.

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