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Traditional foods like labneh provide important markets for probiotics producers

Probiotics on course for profound growth in the UAE

By RJ Whitehead

Research by Euromonitor has revealed that pre- and probiotics have been continually attracting new consumers in the United Arab Emirates, with growth becoming consistently strong across the segment.

Cocoa grind capacity still shifting to Asia despite Q3 slowdown

Asia Q3 cocoa grind flat as capacity shift slows

By Oliver Nieburg

Asia’s cocoa grind for the third quarter has remained essentially flat compared to last year after growth in the previous two quarters, figures released yesterday show.

Prawn prices continue to rise

Prawn prices continue to rise

Latest figures from commodity analyst Mintec reveal that prawn prices continued to rise in August following the outbreak of early mortality syndrome on the Pacific Rim.

Dr David Tribe

Talking tough on Monsanto GM maize cancer study

By RJ Whitehead

Last week saw a furious row between researchers in France and their critics from around the world after they published new findings on the effect of genetically modified Roundup maize when it is fed to rats.

Asia fuels Fatburger expansion

Asia fuels Fatburger expansion

Fatburger is the latest mid-sized burger brand to set up a plan for expansion across Asia. The US-headquarterd chain, which currently has just four Asian outlets hopes to end the year with 150 international restaurants, with another 225 in development.

Monash University's Mark Wahlqvist

Study labels food security as important as world peace

By RJ Whitehead

New research suggests that securing a sustainable supply of nutritious food to feed the world’s fast-growing population is as big an issue as fighting wars, preventing disease and saving the environment.

Cookies show promise for global growth

Latin America and Asia to dominate global bakery

By Kacey Culliney

As bakery growth flattens in Western economies, Latin America and Asia Pacific are two emerging markets that are set to dominate global bakery growth, an analyst suggests.

Go East: Inside Asia’s evolving health claims laws

Go East: Inside Asia’s evolving health claims laws

By Shane Starling

The substantiation and transference into law of varying kinds of data backing food supplements, herbal products and other healthy foods remains a major hurdle in evolving Asian food regulations, an expert has said.

As fish consumption soars, the pressure is on to feed the globe sustainably...

Aquaculture growth: The "double-edged sword"

By Kacey Culliney

With fish consumption rates soaring and wild fishing stagnating, efforts must be pumped into the sustainable growth of aquaculture, a new report suggests.

Researchers analysed 235 global rice grains for GI levels

Rice gene discovery opens doors for low-GI products

By Kacey Culliney

Research has identified the key gene that determines the glycemic index (GI) of rice, opening up opportunities to develop low-GI rice and rice-based products to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, according to the researchers.

Ingredia Benexia China

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2012

Ingredia takes chia to natural-focused China

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

China’s trend towards natural ingredients with health benefits should ensure the success of Ingredia’s chia product for bakery, the firm has said.

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

On the road in China

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

By Shane Starling in Shanghai

For someone more acquainted with ingredients expos in Europe and the US, walking around the vast halls of Food Ingredients Asia-China (FIC) in Shanghai today made me realise what a small percentage of the continent's nutrients industry fills those...

This is a fundamental change in how countries do business with one another, says Lynn Dornblaser

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Trend spot: Asia skips EU & US to deal direct with Latin America

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

There has been a fundamental and significant shift in global business moves, with Asia now bypassing EU and US markets to work directly with Latin America and this is a trend set to stay, according to Mintel analyst.

Mintel Asia Pacific basic nutrition insight at Vitafoods Europe 2012

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

All eyes on what Asia does best: Basic nutrition, says Mintel

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rulings on health claims has caused a ‘softer’ market approach from EU manufacturers and Europe can learn a lot form Asia on what it does best – basic nutritional ingredients like vitamins and minerals, says Mintel.

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

By Kacey Culliney

Genetic modification is an on-going problem in Asia’s basmati rice network and it is a problem that importers need to be vigilant in curbing, according to an industry expert.

Asia's natural, healthy cultural heritage is driving natural colour demand, says Chr Hansen CEO

Natural colours suit Asia’s dietary heritage: CEO of Chr Hansen

By Kacey Culliney

Chr Hansen recorded an 11% surge in sales across Asia Pacific in its H1 results, with natural colours proving strong for business; underpinned by a cultural dietary heritage favouring healthy food choice, according to CEO of the company.

China and India: the acid in Givaudan's flavour portfolio

Givaudan: flavoursome in China and Japan

By Kacey Culliney

Givaudan’s sturdy presence in China and Japan has helped secure strong Q1 results for its flavour division; with a 9.4% sales increase in Asia Pacific markets.

Cargill’s new Asia unit eyes China and India

Cargill’s new Asia unit eyes China and India

By Ankush Chibber

With India and China firmly in mind, Cargill has launched ‘Cargill Specialty Asia’ to serve its portfolio of specialty food ingredients and application capabilities, including texturisers and health and nutrition ingredients.

Stevia used to enrich aquaculture feed and drive production

Stevia-nourished seafood, a novel usage

By Kacey Culliney

US farm management company, Stevia Corp, has formulated stevia-supplemented fish feed in a bid to drive sustainable aquaculture and increase production volumes across Asia.

Thailand emerging as a new CSPO producer...

Thailand: The new ‘frontier’ of CSPO production

By Kacey Culliney

Malaysia and Indonesia are renowned as strong production players in the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) market but Thailand is emerging as the new frontier in Asia Pacific, according to the secretary general of RSPO.

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