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Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

By Kacey Culliney

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world nutritiously and sustainably, according to FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients senior editors.

A combination of saturated markets and slow population growth is putting pressure on the packaged food industry, say analysts

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

By Nicola Cottam

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in developed countries reaches saturation point combined with insufficient opportunities elsewhere, but health and Asia offer hope.

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Scientists SUGGEST USING COFFEE AS 'THERAPEUTIC AGENT'

Two cups of coffee a day keep deadly liver cirrhosis at bay

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Scientists say coffee could be used to treat liver cirrhosis, after finding that drinking two or more cups per day cut death risk by 66% among Chinese subjects when the disease was caused by non-viral hepatitis.

Asia driving global malt whisky growth

Asia driving global malt whisky growth

By RJ Whitehead

Strong growth in Asia has driven the world’s malt whisky sector, which grew by 46.7% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report from just-drinks and The IWSR.

Frutarom jumps into the omega-3 sea

Frutarom jumps into the omega-3 sea

The health division of Swiss ingredients player Frutarom has launched omega-3s for the first time with the company noting their potential in heart, brain and eye health along with inflammation and general well-being.

Asia would be 'nice next step' for infant formula cube: Meiji

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Asia would be 'nice next step' for infant formula cube: Meiji

By Mark ASTLEY

The “unique” Meiji Hohoemi Raku Raku Cube concept - the world's first and only infant formula in tablet form - could head west as the company's dairy products become "more widely available" across Asia. 

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

IPA World Congress, May 9-11 2014, Athens, Greece

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

By Shane STARLING

Companies that manufacture probiotic products can learn much from other fast-moving-consumer-good (FMCG) firms like shower gel, pharmaceutical and smoothie makers in NPD, an expert says.

Saudi must look east for grains

Saudi must look east for grains

By RJ Whitehead

The contribution of agriculture to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product was last measured at 2.49% in 2010, according to the World Bank. Moreover, it is set to drop even lower once the country’s cultivation of wheat is phased out by 2016.

Dairy in the desert

Dairy in the desert

By RJ Whitehead

When it is said that a cow should consume three litres of water for every litre of milk it produces, how is arid and water-starved Saudi Arabic able to command a place in the world’s top 10 dairy producers, while still producing its milk sustainably?

Pakistan eyes UAE market for export growth

Pakistan eyes UAE market for export growth

By RJ Whitehead

Pakistan’s food exports to the UAE could potentially triple to US$1.2bn from last year’s US$400m because of local demand for the country’s products, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Asif Durrani, said at Gulfood earlier this month.

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

By RJ Whitehead

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

By RJ Whitehead

Along with the camel and the world’s highest tower, the humble date is one of the most enduring icons of the UAE, and soon it will be recognised for its importance to international agriculture.

David Cameron's GM advisers have said the government needs to clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

By Rod Addy

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have claimed.

Survey finds increasing detection of GMOs in traded food

Survey finds increasing detection of GMOs in traded food

By RJ Whitehead

As more genetically modified crops are being grown around the globe, the number of incidents of low levels of GMOs is being detected in traded food and feed, according to a survey by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. 

FAO: Apac countries pushing forward to counter hunger

FAO: Apac countries pushing forward to counter hunger

By RJ Whitehead

The mission for an end to hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has received a boost after members of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation responded to a call by the its director-general, José Graziano da Silva, for a “massive effort” to end hunger...

FPA packaging awards

Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards 2014

And the Oscar for best pack goes to...

By Rachel Arthur

The 2014 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were presented this month at the annual meeting of the Flexible Packaging Association in Arizona. 

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva

United Nations calls for pro-family farming policies

By RJ Whitehead

The United Nations and its Food and Agriculture Organisation have appealed to governments to boost support to the world’s small-scale family farmers in order to win the fight against hunger. 

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only one company made no progress, according to the NGO.

Pringles has doubled, even tripled, some of the scale that Kellogg's has in some emerging markets, its CEO says

Kellogg CEO: We integrated Pringles flawlessly

By Kacey Culliney

The acquisition of Pringles back in 2012 has tripled the scale of Kellogg in some emerging markets – completely changing the nature of business, its CEO says.

Kellogg commits to palm oil not associated with deforestation, climate change or human rights violation by end of 2015

Kellogg revamps palm oil policy after months of protests

By Kacey Culliney

The Kellogg Company has pledged to source fully traceable palm oil by the end of next year, a move that has been welcomed by NGOs that have been fighting for the cereal giant to change its policies for months.

Combining natural extracts that promote weight-loss in cereals holds opportunities, says Datamonitor

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION & NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Green tea cereal: The next big nutritional punch at breakfast

By Kacey Culliney

Green tea has migrated from hot drinks into other foods over the years but has particular promise in breakfast cereal where manufacturers can pack nutritional punch into weight-loss products, says a Datamonitor researcher.

Four crickets provide as much calcium as a glass of milk and dung beetles contain more iron than beef, says the project's leader. Photo credit: Just Walk Away Renee

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

Photo Credit: Allow Golden Rice Now

What do the eco heretics mean for GM golden rice?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Dr Patrick Moore – Greenpeace founding member and GM defector – represents a fear that lurks in the heart of all ideologists: Am I on the right side of the fence? Am I the goodie or the baddie? 

Asia to consume over two-thirds of the world's fish by 2030

Asia to consume over two-thirds of the world's fish by 2030

By RJ Whitehead

By 2030, Asian countries will account for 70% of global fish consumption, according to a new forecast by the World Bank, which also predicts that fish farms will provide nearly two-thirds of the world's fish supply.

How the Asian consumer will change this year

How the Asian consumer will change this year

By RJ Whitehead

Mintel has asked the question “What will consumers be buying into in 2014?” From this, the media intelligence agency has identified some key trends that are set to have an impact on the food and beverage market across the Asia-Pacific region.

Labelling a priority for AFBA

AFBA calls for food label changes

By Rachel Arthur

The ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) is calling for the same food labelling across all of south east Asia because it is critical to help the industry expand. 

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