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Salt stimulates passive eating of fatty foods: Study

Salt provokes fatty food eating, and can even trigger increased food intake among people who have a preference for less fatty foods, Australian researchers have found.

China reopens long-abandoned halal regulation debate

Beijing lawmakers are considering a new halal law 13 years after the country’s State Council ordered the legal provision, the council’s legal office has announced.

The root to success: Aussie brewer predicts expansion of alcoholic root beer movement

Alcoholic root beer is thriving in the US, and now an Australian brewery believes the beverage will prove to be the perfect fit for its own country.   

An herb to watch: Ashwagandha science growing consumer recognition and sales

Sales of Ashwagandha are booming as the pressures of modern life push consumers to seek out natural solutions to problems like stress, leading suppliers tell NutraIngredients-USA. But what’s next for...

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.


Survey suggests blokes should man up and swap barbie for kitchen

Australian men are being called to ditch the takeaway and start cooking meals at home after a recent survey found one in four needed to “man up in the kitchen”.

India’s dairy segment grows despite global slump

India has bucked the trend shown by the globally depressed dairy sector, and is expected to witness significant growth this year.


Changing conversation around Ayurveda leading to massive growth for herbal products

Disillusionment with allopathic medicine among Americans is driving interest in Ayurveda and other herbal supplements, says Amy Keller, Director of Education and Training at Organic India.

Special edition: Ayurveda

Increasing tide of research floating all Ayurvedic boats, exec says

Increasing research is helping to bake a bigger pie for all Ayurvedic companies, said Natreon CEO Sanni Raju.

Food Vision Asia 2016 preview

Asian tastes: Out with the old, in with the new trends

Jane Barnett, Mintel's head of insight, looks at some of the most pressing current consumer trends in Asia-Pacific while bidding a not-so-fond farewell to the nutritional villains of the last...

Special Edition: Ayurveda

Ayurveda awareness spreads through North America, but do locals understand it?

Ayurveda practitioners notice an increasing trend of North Americans looking to the ancient South Asian medicinal practice after dissatisfaction with conventional Western medicine.

This week Down Under

Baby of the family is least likely to be breastfed

A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children...

Cadbury leads all categories as Australian chocolate consumption rises

Chocolate consumption in Australia is on the rise, according to market research that found that the proportion of Australians chocoholics has increased from 65% to 69% between 2013 and 2015.

Snaxpo 2016

Sekar Laut to bring Indonesian crackers to US ready-to-eat snacks market

Indonesian business Sekar Laut is seeking a US manufacturer to help launch its crackers as a ready-to-eat snack in the American market. 

Special edition: Ayurveda

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic principles and ingredients are increasingly accepted in North America among product formulators. But a tension exists: Are these best used in concentrated forms and in isolation or in their...


University-developed eucheuma drinks prepare for market debut

A new range of beverages based on eucheuma are being readied for launch following a collaboration between food scientists from the National University of Singapore and a local food manufacturer. ...

Innovation conference

Edible insects: coming to a manufacturer near you

Edible insects are set for mainstream manufacturing success, as their US popularity is repeated on this side of the Atlantic, according to speakers at Food Manufacture’s innovation conference – New...

Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel

The use of stevia in non-alcoholic beverage launches increased 487% between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from Mintel, with carbonates and RTD iced tea in particular turning to the natural sweetener. 

Thailand opens doors for Japanese halal investment

Japanese noodles and seaweed are a step closer to being exported to Muslim countries after the Tokyo officials signed an agreement with Thailand’s National Food Institute that aims to bring...

Vietnamese lagging behind in stature due to poor diets

Unbalanced diets with too much sugar and salt and too few vegetables have been blamed for the substandard stature of Vietnamese people.


Slurpees and Slushies gain in popularity as other soft drinks wilt

Frozen drinks such as Slurpee and Slushie have gained in recent popularity, placing them among the few cold beverages to have done so, market research suggests.

Australian meat firm redesigns organic labelling

Australian clean meat company Cleaver’s has redesigned its meat packaging to help consumers easily identify the ethical and humane way the company believes meat should be produced.

China direct

Lhasa KFC opens its doors to divided opinion

Pressure groups have been lining up to criticise the opening of KFC’s first store in Tibet last week, while China’s official news agency labelled their reaction “a desperate cry”....


Six-legged livestock: The next ‘bug’ thing

There is only one obstacle between insect-based foods and supermarket shelves: western people don’t like to think of eating them. 

Dispatches from Ho Chi Minh City

The Buzz: Vietnam Asia's golden child at Cocoa Revolution 2016

Discover how Vietnam will become a fine flavor cocoa nation, the challenges facing the global cocoa sector and what the future holds for chocolate demand in Asia and beyond.

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