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Hydrocolloids gain from FSSAI’s new additives standards

DuPont India has launched new fruit beverage stabilisers to take advantage of the decision late last year by the food regulator to allow the use of hydrocolloids in fruit drinks.

Despite recent surge, halal market still has huge long-term potential

Global sales of halal products have surged in recent years, yet the potential for further growth, both in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, remains vast.

UAE and Saudi: Nations ridden by the desire to lose weight

Two-thirds residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia look out for healthy products, seeing them as a priority ahead of less healthy equivalents.

Wish to tap into ‘discerning’ market prompts Gulf show visitors spike

Participation at the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing show has increased by more than a third over last year, according to Dubai World Trade Centre, the organiser of Gulfood Manufacturing....

Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

The top 10 Japanese health and consumer trends every food and nutrition business needs to know

The Japanese economy may be sluggish, but the country’s health food, nutrition and functional foods sectors are holding steady, with 10 key trends affecting the market.

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood. 

News in brief

Market update: Beer in India

India is among the top five beer markets in Asia-Pacific in terms of volume. Four large global players—Heineken, Budweiser, SABMiller and Carlsberg—together control 86% of India’s market and account for...

Almost 50m overweight children: China to top the global chart by 2025

China will have 48.5m overweight children by 2025, the largest number in the world, after witnessing the eighth largest global increase in percentage terms over the period 2000-2013.

Cofco institute partners with Australian food innovation centre

Monash University has struck an agreement with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute in Beijing that will pool technical resources, market intelligence, regulatory command and delivery platforms between Australia and...

Australian flavoured cheese coaxing Asians to buy dairy for first time

Australian cheese products flavoured with chocolate, fruits and nuts are setting out to win over new customers in Asia.

Early breastfeeding on the rise in India, but ‘room for further improvement’

Early initiation of breastfeeding is on the rise in India, but researchers warn more needs to be done strengthen policy and improve healthcare skills to reduce the rate of infant...

Spreading the joy: Australia’s growing taste for butter

Butter is currently winning the argument over its competitors, being purchased by far more Australian shoppers than margarine or dairy spreads and butter blends, according to market research.

Halal food industry worth $1.2 trillion, but more entrepreneurs needed

The Islamic economy continues to evolve and is no longer considered a niche segment, according to a new report that estimates it to be worth US$1.9tr.

‘Fountain of youth’ hormone best responds to low protein, high carb diet: Study

A low protein, high carbohydrate diet may be the most effective for stimulating a hormone with life-extending and obesity-fighting benefits in later life, new research suggests.

News in brief

Fonterra drops sugar in children’s yogurt by 40%

Fonterra’s Anchor Uno has reformulated its children’s yogurts, with 40% less sugar than the original product.

China’s restaurant chains show good revenues in growing market

China’s organised food-service industry has been growing at a rate of over 11% over the last two years and was worth more than RMB3.2bn (US$480m) in 2015.

Australia

New model assesses true level of Aussie obesity—with startling results

One in six Australian women and a tenth of men will be severely obese by 2025, while more people are overweight now than are not, new modelling has found.

Survey reveals the extent of sub-par Australian diets

Australia's biggest ever diet survey has confirmed that the vast majority of Australians have poor eating habits.

Emerging Markets

Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum...

Australia

Bickford’s craft distillery is banking on brandy resurgence

Making brandy cool again and appealing to millennials with a growing appreciation for boutique spirits are the goals of a new distillery opened by a leading Australian beverage company.

Dramatic rise in Pacific Islands diabetes cases questioned due to ‘methodological errors’

High reported rates of type 2 diabetes in some Pacific Island nations have been called into question after Australian researchers found deficiencies in the methods used to test for the...

Japan

Toyo’s most expensive rice record a nod to TPP uncertainty

Japan’s Toyo Rice Corporation has secured a world record for high-priced rice after a limited quantity of its super-premium grains were made available earlier this year through its web site....

Busy Aussies don’t leave breakfast drinks just for brekkie

The meal that is widely considered to be the most important of the day is regularly missed by almost a quarter of Australians—though few have time for breakfast-in-the-bottle alternatives.

Reformulation of discretionary products would have limited impact

Reformulating products such as biscuits, confectionary and sugar-sweetened beverages would have only a “small to moderate” impact on the diets of Australians, while simply telling people to eat less is “unsustainable”, an international...

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