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Hard and crunchy = fewer calories?

Hard and crunchy = fewer calories?

By Maggie Hennessy

Consumers perceive foods that are either hard or have a rough texture as having fewer calories, says a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

By RJ Whitehead

Scotland’s whisky industry is celebrating a “major breakthrough” in Australia, where this the spirit was registered as a certification trademark. The move comes after a long battle by Scotch Whisky Association to counter fakes, for which Australia has...

Mars will start sourcing cocoa from India within the next two years

Mars to source cocoa from India

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Front-of-pack labelling gets more support in Australia

Front-of-pack labelling gets more support in Australia

By Ankush Chibber

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is one of Australia’s biggest health unions, has thrown its weight behind a front-of-pack labelling system for food sold in Australia.

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

By Ankush Chibber

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

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.

KitKat launched its first boutique in Japan

'It is difficult to find shoddy things in Japanese stores'

Japan demands luxury look from packaging

By Rachel Arthur

Japan offers packaging companies an opportunity to develop more attractive products, with the importance of aesthetics built into its culture, according to market research agency Canadean.

Complementary medicine's hardman says it's time to focus on positives

Profile: Carl Gibson, CEO of Complementary Healthcare Council, Australia

Complementary medicine's hardman says it's time to focus on positives

By RJ Whitehead

For somebody who is often seen to be “slamming” an unfavourable study, or “hitting back” at research showing complementary medicine in a negative light, Carl Gibson is in a less belligerent mood today. 

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

By Mark ASTLEY

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year since plans for the facility were first revealed.

Official's lobbyist wife drawn into star rating web site ruckus

Official's lobbyist wife drawn into star rating web site ruckus

By RJ Whitehead

It took two years to develop, had the support of the Council of Australian Governments ministerial council and only lasted a matter of hours. Now the swift demise of the country’s controversial health star rating web site has left a minister and a senior...

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.

Low-income Australians cannot afford healthy foods

Low-income Australians cannot afford healthy foods

By Ankush Chibber

A healthy diet is for now out of reach for low-income Australians, with climate change affecting the ability of food systems to provide sufficient nutritious and affordable foods at all times new research has revealed.

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

By RJ Whitehead

With consumption almost tripling over the last six years, China has leapfrogged France and Italy to become the world’s biggest red wine market, with surging demand for the variety in stark contrast to that for its inauspicious white counterpart.

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.

Japanese cuisine is trending as the top global food choice, ahead of Thai, Middle Eastern and Italian, claims Euromonitor

Japanese cuisine fastest growing in EMEA

By Kacey Culliney

Consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have a taste for Japanese cuisine and manufacturers can tap into this with meal, spice and oil kits, says Euromonitor.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to India in this sector.

Photo: Mendahk/Flickr

Aging Japanese bring tea polyphenol market to boil

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Aging populations in Japan and Western Europe are expected to boost a world market for tea polyphenols dominated by functional drinks to $367.7m by 2020 says Grand View Research.

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