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Bamboo shoots hold ‘great promise’ as health food and economic driver: Indian study

Bamboo shoots hold great nutritive and economic potential for Northeast India, according to an article by Bodoland University and the Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Australia

Csiro’s high-tech sound-and-light show for furry farm pests

Australian scientists have developed humane technology that could save farmers’ crops and livelihoods from pests.

Australian study affirms vitamin D’s ability to lower type 2 diabetes risk

Vitamin D could be useful in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes, an Australian population-based study has found.

Fsanz calls for submissions for GM rice variety

The antipodean food regulator is consulting the public on an application to allow a genetically modified rice line for human consumption.

Australia

Arnott’s ends relocation rumours at opening of A$22m packaging plant

Australian bakery major Arnott’s opened a A$22m (US$17.5m) packaging plant in its traditional heartland of Sydney’s western suburbs.

Richer Chinese making dent in established organic markets

Chinese demand has been fuelling growth in the global organic food market, which is predicted to grow to a value of nearly US$190bn by 2021.

Food delivery apps record fastest growth in China’s online market

Heavy discounting by start-ups backed by internet majors Tencent and Alibaba have made online food delivery the fastest-growing online segment in China.

This week Down Under

Cadbury vows to ‘secure' jobs while announcing 50 redundancies

Though Mondelēz has billed its new plans to invest A$75m (US$60m) into upgrading its Hobart Cadbury factory as a move to “secure local jobs”, it has at the same time...

Australia

Toy tie-ins make kids pester for healthy food as much as for junk food

Campaigners have been putting pressure on brands that use toys to sell unhealthy foods after an Australian study revealed the scale of the impact they have on what kids want...

Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report...

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

Heart disease, stroke present highest mortality risk for elderly with high BMI: Singapore study

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two main causes of mortality in overweight and obese individuals aged 65 and above, according to a study led by the National University of...

Top Iranian dairy companies and trends

The Iranian dairy industry is beginning to expand.  This growth domestically is being complemented by the country’s dairy companies now looking to export to countries such as Russia.

South Asia radius

India puts GM foods on ‘permanent hiatus’

Widespread opposition to ending the moratorium on genetically modified food has pushed the government onto the back food on the issue.

C-store demand rocketing as more call centres open in Philippines

Tipped to grow at an annual rate pushing 10%, the Philippines grocery retail market is expected to become the fifth-biggest in Asia by 2021, according to new data by IGD.

Move over, mānuka? Firm claims stingless bee honey 'better for health and environment'

Honey from a stingless bee species native to the Philippines is being touted as superior to mānuka honey, with a Singapore firm marketing products made from the former.

Consumer NZ says light-proof bottles don’t make milk better

New Zealand consumer group Consumer NZ said despite claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, its testing showed little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands.

Asia: Bird flu outbreaks see 200,000 birds culled

Hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled in the Philippines and Laos after both Southeast Asian countries reported avian influenza (AI) outbreaks.

UK and China sign £200m pork export deal

The UK has signed a new export deal with China to supply pork products.

China direct

Chinese retailers jumping on blockchain to safeguard against scandals

China’s second-biggest e-commerce platform has been using blockchain technology to help consumers track the provenance of some of the meat products available on its site.

NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 1: Optimism high and finances buoyant, but new funding still a challenge

Three out of four respondents in the first NutraIngredients-Asia State of the Supplements, Health & Nutrition Survey believe their firms will post better financial results this year than last....

Vegetarian diet might reduce diabetes risk: South Korean review

Maintaining a vegetarian diet might contribute to a lower risk of diabetes, according to a South Korean review.

Eurofins expands in Japan with two acquisitions

Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. (JACC) and Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro) for undisclosed amounts.

Asia's Food Leaders Series

Watch: Lesaffre eyes major Asia growth after $4m hub opening

With a growing reputation as Asia-Pacific's premier food industry hub, Singapore has attracted its fair share of prominent European companies seeking to establish or expand their presence in the region.

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