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Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

Swedish pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

Predictions

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to...

Far East digest

Heavy-drinking Koreans seeing obesity skyrocket

Obesity has emerged as one of South Korea’s biggest threats to health, according to a study released by the National Health Insurance Service last week. 

News in brief

Haitai Beverage launches ‘Sunkist’ smoothies in SIG Combibloc carton packs

Korean producer Haitai Beverage has launched two ‘Sunkist’ smoothies in SIG Combibloc combiblocMini 200ml cartons.

Far East digest

Low self-sufficiency rate stays put in Japan for fifth year

Low self-sufficiency rate stays put in Japan for fifth year

Could beetroot juice help you exercise for longer?

Chronic consumption of beetroot juice may improve cardiovascular health and potentially delay the onset of fatigue in healthy people, says a new study.

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Blendhub Corp. to open 40 factories in the next 3 years as processed food sales reach $8tn in 2016

Blendhub Corp. has set up its third Portable Powder Blending plant (PPB) in Mexico, after Spain and India, as it plans to open 40 factories in the next three years...

Far East digest

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

News in brief

Iggesund Paperboard to open sheeting and warehousing facility in Taiwan

Iggesund Paperboard will open a sheeting and warehousing facility in Taiwan at the end of July 2015.

US red meat exporters enjoy boost from Korea

Korea offers hope to US beef and pork exporters after international trade lost momentum in May, falling below levels for last year in both volume and value.

Cargill disagrees with South Korean feed cartel ruling

Cargill may challenge the ruling of South Korea’s competition authority that claims the company was part of an animal feed price rigging cartel over a number of years. 

Far East digest

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Far East digest

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Region in focus

Far East digest

Health ministry blamed for doing too little to prevent gutter oil scandal

Garlic compounds may boost cardio health indirectly via gut microbiota

Allicin from garlic may prevent the metabolism of unabsorbed L-carnitine or choline into TMAO, a compound linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a new study from the...

Leading emerging countries match poor nutrition patterns of the West

For consumers in newly wealthy countries like China and South Korea, nutrition is not improving at anywhere near the pace their nations’ economies are growing, a leading think tank believes. ...

South Korea

Quarter of urbanites are vitamin E deficient, α-tocopherol study finds

Nearly one-quarter of Seoul residents are vitamin E deficient, a study has revealed, providing more evidence to the argument that even apparently healthy or affluent populations cannot take adequate vitamin...

Menopause herb under EU novel food evaluation

An extract of three herbal roots marketed for menopause is to be evaluated as a novel food ingredient in the European Union.

South Korea

Regulator: Korea must learn how to slow online dodgy diet pill sales

South Korea’s consumer regulator is warning consumers not to buy weightless pills over the internet from foreign sources after it discovered alarming amounts of banned drugs following an investigation into...

Korea signs MOU with UAE for Halal, plans to double exports to $1.2bn

Korea has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE to develop its Halal food industry, with the aim of almost doubling its current US$680m Halal food exports to US$1.23bn...

Taiwan

Cypress ties up with Connell Brothers for Taiwan distribution

Connell Brothers, Asia-Pacific’s biggest ingredients distributor, has announced that it will exclusively represent Taiwanese nutrition company Cypress Systems in its home market.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...

Curcumin may improve cholesterol levels for people with MetS: Study

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment from turmeric, may help slash LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Taiwan.

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