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Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

By RJ Whitehead

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon established Aroma NZ, a manufacturer of freeze-dried marine products including green lipped mussels.

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

By RJ Whitehead

When Michael Jolley left his carob orchard in South Australia to attend his first Asian food industry show in Hong Kong recently, he was amazed by the response of visitors who had never before seen the ingredient.

Destination China for Australian hemp

Destination China for Australian hemp

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp farmers Down Under.

Packaged Facts on growing popularity of artisanal fermented food

Chasing umami: the rise and rise of fermented food

By Maggie Hennessy

At the intersection of consumers’ growing interest in bold, spicy flavors, health and a desire to expand their horizons through food, fermented foods have re-entered the spotlight owing to their deep flavors and health halo as a longtime form of food...

Global Halal market to hit $1.6tn by 2018

Global Halal market to hit $1.6tn by 2018

By Eliot Beer

The global Halal food market will be worth US$1.6tn by 2018, up from US$1.1tn in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

By Hank Schultz

Usana Health Sciences reported flat net sales  in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year.  Issues in China caused the company to miss analysts’ estimates for sales and earnings, and the company’s share price took a plunge as a result.

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

By RJ Whitehead

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned after securing an injunction against a company...

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies

By RJ Whitehead

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

Who drinks more wine – the Chinese or the Japanese?

Who drinks more wine – the Chinese or the Japanese?

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Isn’t the answer obvious? The Chinese, with their thirst for fine French wines, New World reds and keenness to plant vineyards over the past five years, easily outstrip the economically stressed, beer-loving Japanese.

Yoghurt lovers: frequently fruity but getting back to nature

Australia

Yoghurt lovers: frequently fruity but getting back to nature

By RJ Whitehead

From bush honey to vanilla bean, Australian dairy sections boast a wide range of yoghurt flavours. But over the last five years, the country’s yoghurt-eating habits have shown a gradual but undeniable shift away from flavoured or fruity yoghurts, and...

Japanese railway first to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

By RJ Whitehead

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same time promoting a crisis-hit part of the country.

Granola in Japan has boomed and playing up health benefits with a fashionable image can be a 'winning formula', says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

By Kacey Culliney

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

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