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Entrepreneurs

Fizzing with ideas: Indian start-up mirrors changing face of retail

Five years ago, three university friends decided to take a break from their blue-chip jobs and do something very different in the food industry. What they have achieved since then...

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

Interview

Former Aussie PM Bob Hawke back on the grog with new lager launch

One of Canberra's best known politicians has been immortalised by a craft beer that bears his name and "shares his values". 

Autumn set for ‘world's first’ low-GI bread, sugar, noodle launches

Low-GI bread, sugar and noodles, and salt with a 40% lower sodium content, are each poised to break onto the market this year after years of development by a Malaysian-Australian...

Wonder-spud: ‘Chato is to potatoes what flour is to wheat’

“This potato format could well be the biggest thing to happen to the potato industry since the frozen French fry,” Andrew Dyhin said of Chato, a wonder-food his company has...

Innovative Apac: Packaged foods that stand out from the crowd

From nuts made with clean formulations to snacks that shine a spotlight on ancient grains, the pursuit of healthier lifestyles among today's consumers has resulted in a rise in food...

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

Insect protein: that’s the way bugs are usually referred to when applied as food. But it is also an understatement. The nutritional profile of edible insects is much more complex...

Fruit consumption linked to lower risk of diabetes, study of 500,000 Chinese people reports

Greater consumption of fresh fruit is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, as well as reduced complications in people who already have the condition, a large-scale observational study of...

US targets Japan's appetite for luxury beef

US suppliers are expanding in Japan’s competitive high-end beef market to build on growing consumer demand for US beef.

China direct

More and more Chinese going nuts in backing healthy snacking

Snacks are increasingly being seen by Chinese consumers as a healthy pitstop between meals, and losing their reputation as indulgent alternatives to traditional meal times.

Lab burgers, lentils and locusts: is it boom-time for the meat-free protein market?

What’s next for the €250k lab burger? Can bugs and canola really replace beef and chicken? And why might novel proteins come up short when it comes to shifting consumer...

Zespri’s new Dubai office sees potential for Ramadan kiwifruit sales

A Maori cultural delegation has inaugurated kiwifruit exporter Zespri’s new office in Dubai, which will oversee the firm’s expansion in the Middle East and other developing markets.

Weight gain before conception can triple risk of gestational diabetes

Weight gain in the years leading up to conception can triple the risk of gestational diabetes, with the odds also increased for mums-to-be who gain weight but still maintain a...

Indians are now willing to pay more for healthier snacks

Indians are becoming obsessed with the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, according to market intelligence that suggests some food companies have already been taking measures to appeal to this change...

Australia

Witchetty grubs still on the menu for nine out of 10 Aboriginals

Scientists observing the eating habits of Aboriginals living in remote communities continue to eat age-old foods, including echidna, goanna, mud mussel, long-neck turtle and witchetty grub, regularly.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050 – that’ll be one-sixth of the population – this month’s Nutrition Asia video assesses what is...

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

Fruit and veg consumption more likely to reduce psychological stress in women than men

Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily is associated with a lower incidence of psychological stress in women, but it has less of an impact on men, new research...

Gallery: Six of the top functional foods, health and supplement products launched at FoodEx Japan

This year’s FoodEx Japan show featured well over 3,000 exhibitors, from more than 80 countries, and attracted over 80,000 delegates.

Apac natural colours growth beats the global average in past 12 months

The natural food colours market in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan experienced robust growth of 7.7% last year, outstripping the global average, to reach US$320m.

Asia-Pacific to see biggest growth in biotech flavour market

The global market for so-called “biotech flavours” is expected to witness significant growth during the next eight years owing to a thriving R&D pipeline and the stellar performance of Asia-Pacific...

Japan

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

India

Traditional tastes can help food processing boom beyond snacks

The theme of “processed Indian traditional foods” was based on the idea that India’s food processing industry could only sustain growth by making products that Indians were well-accustomed to consuming...

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