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Start-up incorporates microgel technology in probiotic drink

A Queensland start-up is testing the market for a non-dairy, low-kilojoule probiotic in selected stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Sole superfood supplier tips hat to Oprah and Jamie for demand surge

Global demand for an ancient superfood backed by Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Oliver is being met by a single company in South Australia.

Packaged foods growth driving Indian ready-to-eat innovation

The perceived convenience associated with packaged food has been driving lightning growth in the segment, according to an Assocham report.

Algae-fueled VeganEgg has taken off like a rocketship, says Follow Your Heart

VeganEgg - a novel 100% plant-based whole egg replacer utilizing algae as its core ingredient - has taken off like a rocketship, says brand owner Follow Your Heart, which is...

Americans are ready to upgrade their rice to Basmati, Amira predicts

Specialty rice producer Amira sees significant potential for Basmati to win the hearts of Americans, who lately have been flirting more with Indian food and ancient grains. 

Spotlighting the multiple definitions of ‘local’ can help drive sales, Dona Chai founder says

“Local” is a hot marketing term that can drive sales – especially for startups hoping to capitalize on home court advantage – but it also can restrict expansion if it...

Veggie and kosher candy conundrum: Dispatches from FIE in Paris

Halal and kosher candy cracked? Roquette says it’s found answer for gelatine-free chewy candies

Roquette has introduced a starch-based ingredient it claims can be used to make the first gelatine-free chewy candy with a long-lasting chewiness.

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e-Commerce start-up brings Ayurvedic formulation to an app

SastaSundar.com, a digital healthcare marketplace, has launched a customised supplement that is formulated for a range of conditions based on a consumer’s responses to an app questionnaire. 

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China’s youth obesity rate worsens

Youth obesity continues to rise in China, according to a national fitness survey that blames the trend on lack of exercise. 

This paves the way for mass personalised nutrition, say researchers

What’s better for blood glucose levels, sushi or ice cream? It depends who you are, say researchers

Blood glucose levels vary widely across individuals even for the same food, say researchers who have developed an algorithm to calculate the ‘right’ diet – paving the way for mass...

Korea’s new love for cheese makes up for world’s highest milk prices

Now one of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, South Korea offers greater export opportunities for countries like New Zealand as tariffs are cut through free-trade agreements, according to an American market report....

Far East digest

Japanese firm finds way to turn textiles into noodles

Japanese textile company Omikenshi will move into the health-food business and plans to use its its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles.

Nestlé to introduce Gold KitKat in Japan for $16 a bar

Nestlé has launched a one-finger KitKat made with edible gold leaves at its Chocolatory boutiques in Japan.

This week Down Under

Keen-snacking Aussies still not tucking into healthy potato chips

The number of Australians who snack on potato chips continues to grow, while those who do so are also most likely to wash them down with flavoured soft drinks, market...

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Coopers launches home-brew range in international styles

Coopers Brewery has launched a range of home-brew beer extracts under the Thomas Cooper label to tap into the fast-growing global trend for craft beer. The ingredients are already online...

This week Down Under

Ethical labelling: Australians mistake seedless melons for GM produce

Most Australians find food-source labelling inadequate as a growing trend leads consumers to make ethical food choices, research has shown. 

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E-commerce growing fast in Oz, but it’s still a tiny niche

With research suggesting that fewer than half of Australians actually enjoy grocery shopping, why aren’t more people sparing themselves the angst of the supermarket and purchasing their groceries online?

Craft beer buyouts: It’s the quality of the brew that ultimately counts

When large multinational brewers buy small independent craft brewers, it often prompts an outcry among beer fans. But do consumers really care who owns their favourite beer brands?

Worldwide infant formula sales set to rocket as China ends one-child policy

The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is expected to grow sales of infant formula by 10-15%, with 1.5-2 million more babies likely to be born each year in...

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Beer and computer games: From Black Ops to Black Hops

First Carlsberg announced a beer to coincide with the launch of Fallout 4, a computer game; now Australian craft brewer Black Hops Brewing has followed suit. 

This week Down Under

Poll shows overwhelming Australian support for legal medical marijuana

Nine out of every 10 Australians believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a survey.

South Asia radius

Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020. 

Codex standard could see whey permeate market ‘explode' in Asia

The market for dairy permeate powder will “explode into life”—especially in Asia—once a global Codex standard is set, which could be as early as next year. 

Asia’s unquenchable demand for Australian supplements

With growing middle-classes, ageing populations and a voracious appetite for Australian products, Asia is providing fertile territory for Australian complementary health brands. A raft of free-trade agreements can’t hurt either....

Asia's real chocolate shift slowed by rising costs, says Aalst

Asian chocolate players are expected to opt for compound coatings over real chocolate in 2016 due to the rising costs of cocoa, says supplier Aalst.

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