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Mintel market trends: Apac getting lairy for dairy

As Asian taste trends continue evolving across Asia-Pacific, manufacturers are being forced to cater for more discerning, better travelled consumers with greater culinary exposure to foreign cultures. 

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Taiwan tempted to look at new trade deals to boost Japan exports

The leader of Taiwan’s delegation to FoodEx Japan says there is still scope for more exports to the country’s second largest trading partner, while the agriculture minister has left the...

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Severe obesity rockets in Korea: Younger people at greater risk

Cases of severe and extreme obesity have doubled in Korea over the past 12 years, with people in their 20s and 30s most likely to be piling on the pounds.

Special Edition: Asian Pacific Feed Developments

South Korean government rice decision will impact feed wheat imports: USDA

Despite an upturn in rice feeding in South Korea, US feed corn imports are expected to stay steady for that Asian country, says the USDA.

South Korea culls 195 cows and halts livestock transportation to stop spread of foot-and-mouth disease

The government of South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm in Boeun county, approximately 106 miles southeast of Seoul.

Review: Why Asian mushrooms merit animal and human studies to assess Alzheimer's benefits

The traditional use of some mushroom species in Asia to boost cognitive function, along with papers purportedly showing their brain health benefits, mean they are worthy of scientific investigation to...

Five-flavoured omija berry boasts obesity-fighting potential

Omija fruit ethanol extract may be helpful to fight obesity and related metabolic disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dyslipidaemia, and insulin resistance, according to the results of a...

'Highly frequent' energy drink consumption associated with mental health problems for teens

A new study indicates that Korean teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks are at “great risk” of mental health problems, particularly when consumed in combination with junk food, researchers claim.

News in brief

Taiwan issues new labelling regulations for fish, chocolate and herb

Taiwan has introduced new regulations to govern the labelling of several foods in a bid to improve food safety and protect consumers' rights, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Gochujang is the next big thing in hot sauce, says Chung Jung One: ‘A lot of foodies embraced sriracha, but now they are saying, what’s next?’

While Sriracha is now a must-have item in any self-respecting foodie’s pantry, Gochujang sauce is rapidly joining it as the hippest new addition to Americans’ hot sauce collections, says Daesang...

Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

Philippines

More countries look for ways to secure lucrative halal certification

The Philippines is making its bid to join the world’s US$2.6tr halal export market by aligning its halal accreditation systems and institutions.

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Asian markets outside of China, notably South Korea and Japan, were the biggest buyers of US beef in July, according to trade data from the US Meat Export Federation. 

WutsupBaby’s line of infant and quinoa toddler cereals to cross the Pacific

Quinoa is what’s up in WutsupBaby’s line of infant and toddler cereals. It has won over East Asian consumers, reflected by its 10% revenue increase in the past 10 months....

Natural sweetener brazzein more ‘commercially viable’ thanks to Korean research

Using yeast to churn out the fruit protein brazzein could enhance its commercial potential as a low calorie sweetener and aid the fight against obesity and diabetes, according to studies...

Wheat, feed wheat exports from the US to continue after GMO scare for Korea, Japan

Wheat exports to Korea have resumed after testing confirmed an absence of biotech wheat in supplies from the US.

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

News in brief

French and Korean agencies to work together

Agencies in France and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a focus on food safety.

Samsung Welstory forms joint-venture for China food-service expansion

Samsung’s food service affiliate has established a joint-venture in China to tap into the country’s food distribution market.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Seaweed: How a Korean side dish became a hit with US snackers

In half a decade, seaweed has made the leap from traditional Korean side dish to an ingredient making a big impression on the US snacking scene.

News in brief

PerkinElmer expands presence in Taiwan

PerkinElmer has officially opened its Taipei Customer Knowledge Center (CKC) in Neihu District, Taipei City.

Heat-killed lactobacillus shows oral health benefits

Consuming capsules with heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137 may help reduce probing depth in people with periodontal disease, says a new study from Japan.

Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as drug-fed pork tensions rise

Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as Taiwan’s first female president, promising to push for dialogue with China, but the leader faces continued pressure over US pork imports.

Korean firm seeks EU access for novel algal DHA oil

The South Korean company Daesang Corp has applied for novel food approval for its DHA-rich algal oil, claiming ‘substantial equivalence’ to an already-approved oil produced by DSM-owned Martek Biosciences.

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