MSG not linked to obesity: Chinese study
Excessive intakes of the flavour enhancer MSG are not associated with weight gain, according to new data from China that challenges previous claims.
Unilever acts over Greenpeace’s palm oil claims
Unilever has halted all purchases of palm oil from Indonesian company PT SMART after a Greenpeace report alleged that its parent group Sinar Mas is engaged in widespread illegal deforestation and peatland clearance in Indonesia.
Cargill agrees Australasian fats acquisition
Cargill has entered into an agreement to acquire the edible fats and oils business of Goodman Fielder in Australia and New Zealand, which it says will aid efficient future growth in the region.
Buoyant Australian almond crop forecast as Asian snack demand grows
Australia's almond production is expected to rise by 25 per cent in 2010 - up from 36,500 tonnes this year to 46,100 tonnes, announced the Almond Board of Australia (ABA) during its annual trade visit to India.
Changing tastes make China new flavour centre
Burgeoning demand for flavours from Chinese food manufacturers has led to rapid growth in the last decade and encouraged more foreign firms to set up operations there, says Leatherhead.
Cadbury India taps into health trend with glucose bar
Tapping into the health and wellness trend, Cadbury is targeting the youth market in India with an energy glucose containing chocolate wafer bar.
Major JK Sucralose expansion predicts market surge
JK Sucralose has announced that it intends to expand capacity at its Jiangsu, China plant to 4,000 metric tonnes by 2020, confident that the market is set to skyrocket.
Chinese flower may be anti-browning ingredient
Extracts from the Asian plant Osmanthus fragrans may prevent browning of foods, and offer an alternative to formulators looking to tap the ‘natural’ wave.
PepsiCo forms partnership with Japanese snack company Calbee Foods
Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has acquired a 20 per cent share of Calbee Foods Company; Japan’s largest snack firm.
Swiss firm Nestle ranks second in terms of innovation targeted at Asia's emerging markets, claims a fresh 'business vitality' index from the Global Intelligence Alliance Group (GIA).
Consumer group slams breakfast cereal formulations
The levels of salt and sugar in breakfast cereal formulations targeted at children are slammed in Australia after consumer group finds key 'cereal' offenders are "heavy on marketing spin and light on good nutrition".
Australian government, industry to set salt targets
Salt reduction targets for food products sold in Australia are expected to be set in October 2009, subject to development and agreement between the government and the food industry.
Nestle targets health and wellness with new Beijing R&D centre
Nestle is investing CHF 11.5 million (€7.8 million) in a new research and development centre in Beijing to focus on health and wellness.
Dunkin' Donuts moves into mainland China
Only one year after moving into Taiwan, US bakery firm Dunkin'
Donuts plans to open 100 new shops in Shanghai and the surrounding
provinces over the next ten years, the company announced last week.
Unilever upgrades Asian distribution
Unilever continues to step up its operations within Asia with the
inauguration of its new distribution centre in Vietnam.