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Curcumin may match exercise for heart health benefits: RCT data

Daily supplements of curcumin may benefit cardiovascular health to the same extent as exercise for postmenopausal women, says new data from a clinical trial from Japan.

Industry doesn’t want separate standards for Oz, NZ

The joint regulatory regime for Australia and New Zealand for has come under scrutiny, with food industry advocates from the smaller neighbour questioning its domestic usefulness.

Premier agrees sale of pickles and sauces business to Mizkan Group

Premier Foods has announced the £92.5 sale of its sweet pickles and table sauces business to Japanese firm Mizkan Group in a move that puts the firm past its target...

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

Regulation required for Vietnam's skyrocketing supplements

It is vital for Vietnam to manage its production and distribution of dietary supplements if it plans to prevent potential threats to consumers, according to a senior government food health...

Sealed Air sells Diversey Japan for $377m

Sealed Air has sold Diversey Japan to The Carlyle Group for ¥30bn (US$377m) to focus on higher growth markets.

GM in India - Latest

Supreme Court dithers over GM moratorium

Will they, won’t they or might they? In spite of a report filed by a panel of Indian agriculture experts calling for the government to impose a moratorium on open...

Minister slams NZ's “Couch Potato” award for obesity

The New Zealand government has lashed out against the recent Couch Potato Awards, which pitted arch-rivals Australia and New Zealand against each other to decide which country has made the...

Vietnam going all out for growth in seafood exports

The Vietnamese seafood industry is eyeing exports worth $10-10.5bn by 2020, according to a leading trade official, although judging by recent trends, this might be a difficult task.

Foreign funds needed for Oceania to become Asia’s food bowl

The agri-food sector in Australia and New Zealand will have to overcome a host of barriers if it is to tap the opportunities presented by rapidly developing Asian countries, and...

Hershey eyes China for new Asia plant

China tops the list of countries for Hershey’s new manufacturing facility in Asia, according to the company’s CEO.

Industry focus

Oz egg lobby slams moves to end caged egg production

The representative group for the egg industry has hit out at a new campaign by a leading animal rights organisation against caged-egg production in Australia. 

Hold the greens, rural Indians now eating more meat and eggs

Growing income is leading to increased demand for protein in India’s hinterland, but a shortage of supply is resulting in higher food inflation.

Nestlé invests $17m in medical nutrition down under

The world’s biggest food player, Nestlé, is investing A$17m (€13.6m) to renovate an Australian facility so it can produce medical foods for its Health Science division.

A2C to enter Chinese market through distribution deal

A2 Corporation (A2C) – the manufacturer of a2 brand milk products – looks set to enter the Chinese market after agreeing a distribution deal with an in-market state-owned firm.

Fizzy drinks can massively increase risk of stroke

Drinking just one fizzy soft drink per day could bump up the risk of stroke by up to 80 per cent, according to a research team studying the effects of...

News in brief

FSANZ calls for submissions on GM soybean

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified soybean.

PepsiCo and Suntory unite to crack Vietnam’s beverage market

Beverage major PepsiCo has taken a major step towards cracking the growing Vietnam market by signing a strategic agreement with Japanese beverage and wellness player Suntory.

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Mondelez appoints Asia specialist to board

Kraft Foods global snacks spin-off Mondelez International has appointed Patrick T. Siewert to its Board of Directors to increase its knowledge of the emerging Asian market.

Standards firm opens lab to tap into India's ‘food safety revolution’

TÜV India, a subsidiary of the German TÜV Nord, has opened the doors to a new laboratory that will test agricultural and processed food materials in Pune.

Group links Indian government with alleged FDI scam

According to India’s leading trade representative body, ministers have been making deals with multinational corporations that have led to the government quietly amending the fine-print of its move towards foreign...

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Food body warns Australians of Salmonella almonds

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has urged consumers to check their pantries for raw almonds that might be contaminated with Salmonella.

Report predicts tough times for Chinese pork

While global pork prices are projected to remain strong in 2013, hog production and imports to China will once again remain wildly unpredictable.

Asian krill boom drives krill joint venture

Australian, Japanese, South Korean, Taiwanese and other Asian consumers are driving rising demand in omega-3 source krill to levels that have prompted Norwegian krill supplier, Rimfrost, to ink a production-boosting...

ADM gears up for $2.8bn takeover of GrainCorp

Archer Daniels Midland is in talks with Australian commodity giant GrainCorp after putting forward an offer just shy of US$2.8bn (A$2.7bn) for a cash takeover.

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