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Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Seoul National University signs food safety MOU

Seoul National University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a US food science centre around food safety.

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South Korea allows mealworms as a food ingredient

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety have given a green light to the use of mealworms as a food ingredient.

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Korean women catching up with the world’s biggest boozers — Korean men

South Korean women are developing a taste for a tipple at a remarkable rate, with the number who regularly consume alcohol having grown by more than 33% in just over...

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Korean health supplements body joins Iadsa

The Korea Health Supplements Association (KHSA) is the latest body to join Iadsa, the International Alliance of Dietary/ Food Supplement Associations.   

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

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Connell Brothers to distribute Graminex products in Taiwan

Asia-Pacific’s largest specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor, Connell Brothers, will now manage the sale and distribution of Graminex products in Taiwan, including finished goods and ingredients, such as saw palmetto...

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Nestle enters Nescafe JV with South Korea's Lotte Foods

Nestle has announced a JV with South Korea's Lotte Foods to make and distribute Nescafe coffees, powdered chocolate and other beverages in Korea.

Extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ show bladder support potential

A combination of extracts from pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo L.) and soy germ may reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders, and boost their quality of life,...

In pics: FAO recognises traditional farming in China, Korea and Iran

Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the...

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Biothera’s Wellmune WGP given green light by Korean regulators

The manufacturer of Wellmune WGP, a natural immune booster for foods, beverages and supplements, will begin distribution in South Korea through following approval by the country’s regulators for the functional...

North Korean Emmental production training reports 'not true': French college

French training institute the National Dairy Industry College (ENIL) has rubbished reports it has agreed to school a North Korean delegation on the art of cheese making.

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and Korea as well as North America amid intense competition in its home market.

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Nestlé S Korean JV approved, opens new Chinese safety centre

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint-venture between Nestlé and South Korea’s Lotte Group under EU merger regulation. 

S Korea makes commitment to help develop emerging fisheries

South Korea’s government has committed to help developing countries to address serious issues related to fisheries and aquaculture as part of an agreement with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation....

AB InBev splashes $5.8bn cash on Cass, buys South Korea’s No.1 brewer

Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $5.8bn for South Korea’s largest beer player Oriental Brewery and says the deal provides a platform to export brands including Cass more widely.

Probiotics may benefit energy metabolism in obese people: Human data

Daily supplements of probiotics combined with an herbal preparation may improve obesity-related parameters, according to a new study from South Korea.

Food and grocery keen to tap into new Aus-Korea trade deal

The news this week that Australia and South Korea have reached a free-trade agreement is a “tremendous shot in the arm for Australia's food and grocery manufacturing sector”.

Yeast hydrolysate shows weight management potential in obese subjects: RCT

A hydrolysate from spent brewer’s yeast may help reduce body weight and fat levels in obese men and women, says a new human study from South Korea.

N Korea food security still dire although harvest is up for third year

An assessment by two United Nations agencies shows that staple food production in North Korea has increased for the third year running. 

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TNO eyeing S Korean research base

One of Europe's leading food research institutes has signed an MoU with the South Korean government under plans to relocate its research centre to South Korea.

Taiwan finds banned colouring agent in olive oil imports

Taiwan will introduce tighter checks for makers of olive and grape seed oils after some batches were found to be contaminated by the country’s top food safety watchdog.

Taiwanese seriously concerned over food safety, survey reveals

Around 80% of Taiwan's citizens are concerned about food safety problems in the wake of recent scandals, according to the results of a survey released this week.

Lotte eyes ambitious overseas growth driven by China

Korean confectioner Lotte is aiming to increase its overseas sales six fold in the next five years led by growth in China, India and Russia, the firm said in its...

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S Korean police net ring smuggling diet pills containing human flesh

South Korean police have arrested two Chinese students for selling “diet” pills found to contain human flesh.

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