Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it's cooked. The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows quickly.

Feeding the hungry with Robin Food, an app by four Malaysian teenagers

Robin Food app connects supermarkets with non-governmental and charitable organisations to help reduce food wastage and feed the hungry.

Food firms need to manufacture healthier options

Food firms need to manufacture healthier options

A research report has slammed India’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers for not fighting hard enough to combat over- and undernutrition.

Thailand tipped for top five exporter status in 20 years

Thailand tipped for top five exporter status in 20 years

Thailand could be one of the world’s five biggest food exporters in the next 20 years—a significant jump for a country that is currently in 13th place in terms of export value.

Delving into Texturants: Benefits and Opportunities

Texturants are becoming increasingly used in food and beverage applications as they can improve product mouthfeel and texture. What are texturants, and how can manufacturers benefit from their use?

Myth busting: Fruit juice industry must address false consumer perceptions, says Unijus

Many consumers still believe that fruit juice contains large amounts of added sugars: a myth that the industry needs to address, according to Unijus.

Indian ice cream market growing: Report

Indian ice cream market growing: Report

A report from TechSci Research says that the ice cream market in India will grow with a CAGR of 17.03% from 2016 to 2021.

International task force formed to tackle food security in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s food ministry will join the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri) and an American university to launch a comprehensive food security research project to address food security in the country.

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

UN: Bangladesh must boost protein intake to fight stunted growth

As Bangladesh grapples with the problem of stunted growth in children, a United Nations expert has called for a boost in animal protein consumption to tackle the crisis.

Four-out-of-five Indian women have vitamin D deficiency

Four-out-of-five Indian women have vitamin D deficiency

A four-year survey from India shows that 75-80% of women have inadequate vitamin D levels in their blood.

Asian grocery growth to outpace Europe and North America combined

Asian grocery growth to outpace Europe and North America combined

Asia will remain the biggest engine of growth in the grocery market with sales expected to exceed those of Europe and North America combined within five years, according to new forecasts.

Functional benefits remain white space in China’s snack market, Mintel

A Mintel report shows that the Chinese snack food sector is fragmented, with the top 10% companies accounting for only 11.7% of market share.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: More food manufacturers should come up with functional snacks to take advantage of the huge room in the market. Existing players need to educate the consumers about the benefits of their foods in order to increase the demands and penetrate the market deeper.

Read more at: http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Topics/Asian-tastes/Functional-benefits-remain-white-space-in-China-s-snack-market-Mintel

Developing countries with high TB burden need ‘oral vaccine’ of a balanced diet

To ‘continue neglecting nutrition’ is incompatible with the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing tuberculosis (TB) by 90% by 2035, a leading academic from India has claimed.

Crabapple supplements could help cut cholesterol, China study discovers

Crabapple extract has been show to lower cholesterol in obese mice which were fed a high-fat diet, researchers in China have revealed.

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

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