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Singapore

Sugar, sweeteners do not have different effects on appetite

The body’s natural eating rhythms compensate for the calories reduced by using natural or artificial non-nutritive sweeteners, researchers have found after comparing the habits of people taking four different types...

Australia

Wineries race to the sun in bid to cut power costs

Dozens of wineries in South Australia have been harnessing the sun’s power for purposes beyond growing grapes.

Australia

Enzymes key to why some crops can weather extremes better than others

Research to develop food crops that produce bigger yields and cope better with drought has identified a key enzyme that might explain why sorghum and millet are more productive and...

This week Down Under

Cider sales boom as festive early-adopters swap brands

Cider is not only Australia’s fastest-growing alcoholic beverage by far, its consumption also spikes dramatically during the southern summer months, market research suggests.

Thailand tipped for top five exporter status in 20 years

Thailand could be one of the world’s five biggest food exporters in the next 20 years—a significant jump for a country that is currently in 13th place in terms of...

Japanese drones lift off to track livestock

A drone designed to make life easier for livestock farmers has been launched in Japan, with developers eyeing global sales in the future. 

Australian meat chief targets China and Saudi in 2017

The CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has targeted market “diversification” as a key meat industry priority for 2017.

India

Food firms need to manufacture healthier options

A research report has slammed India’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers for not fighting hard enough to combat over- and undernutrition.

India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

APAC anti-ageing demand driving growth in global antioxidants market

Demand in Asia Pacific for for anti-aging supplements and products is driving global growth for antioxidants, presenting suppliers and manufactures with a lucrative opportunity to boost sales, new market research...

2016’s top APAC regulation and policy stories revealed: Japan, China, India, Australia and South East Asia in the spotlight

Food and nutrition firms in APAC have to contend with a diverse and at times contradictory regulatory landscape across the region, with rules and laws being amended or introduced all...

GI-reducing formula achieves ‘record low’ levels in white bread

Holista CollTech says recent tests have shown its GI-reducing Panatura GI formula has recorded even lower results in ‘clean label’ white bread.

South Asia radius

Think tank: Ban celebrities from plugging high-sugar, high-salt foods

Celebrities should be banned from endorsing unhealthy foods, while adverts for items like soft drinks should be scrapped, according to experts. 

Kazakhstan eyes export of organic meat to Asia

Kazakhstan may become one of the largest organic meat exporters in Asia, establishing export supplies of up to 360,000 tonnes (t) of organic beef and lamb per year, primarily to...

Wet weather puts Australian wine in good stead for late 2017 vintage

A wet winter and a cool spring has Australia well placed for another strong wine vintage—albeit a little later than in recent years.

China

DaChan plans two new plants to meet demand

Meat processor DaChan Food will open two new plants in the north of China to keep up with growing demand.

Taiwan a step closer to having chemical additives task force

Taiwanese legislators have given their backing for an agency to regulate the use of chemical additives and toxic substances in food processing.

ACCC accepts Spencers action to tackle oregano fraud

Spencers is to have one sample of its oregano tested annually for three years by an internationally accredited lab to address adulteration concerns.  

Danish organic meat exports to Asia rising

Denmark’s organic meat exports to Asia, fuelled especially by sales to mainland China and Hong Kong, rose steadily in 2015 compared with the year before.

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...

China direct

Chinese dairy shoppers becoming less satisfied with their milk

Customer satisfaction is on a downward spiral among Chinese dairy consumers, according to the latest national research report on shoppers’ attitudes to liquid milk, which also highlighted how the public...

APAC’s biggest food and nutrition business stories of 2016, featuring Blackmores, Mead Johnson, DuPont and GNC

2016 saw a wave of big business deals in Asia Pacific, from takeovers and joint ventures, to new market entries and fresh collaborations.

Underwater shockwaves improve antioxidant levels in yuzu juice: study

Underwater shockwave pre-treatment improves the antioxidant functionality of yuzu fruit juice, confirming its potential for use in a wide-range of food applications and leading to the possible establishment “of a...

Chinese meat major signs deal with e-commerce giant Jingdon

Shuanghui, China’s biggest meat company, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Jingdong (jd.com), one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, to develop a new sales and distribution channel supplying fine-cut...

News in brief

Funds will help us expand in Asia - Oxford Nanopore

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has raised £100m ($126m) in funding through a private placement of ordinary shares bringing the total secured to £351m.

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