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

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

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 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

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.

Ingesting toxins due to climate change

Ingesting toxins due to climate change

Grains are a staple of many Asian cuisines. But climate change could poison these food supplies, leading to fatal consequences.

Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Water extracts of a fermented tea, known as Pu-erh tea, could help to reduce oxidative stress and protect the liver against damage caused by a high fat diet, research in rats has found.

Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: This commercial agreement presents good opportunities that can benefit both countries. With this deal, Brazil is set to be the biggest Halal chicken producer and exporter in the world and Malaysia can leverage of Brazil’s halal capabilities and have more Halal meat options at their disposal.  

Read more at: http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Business/Brazil-meat-sector-welcomes-Malaysia-trade-deal

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

Though its baked goods market is 125 times smaller than its counterpart in Europe, China still holds enormous potential for businesses exactly because of this low per-capita consumption.

Malaysia: Vegetables and fish prices hit by the rains

Malaysia: Vegetables and fish prices hit by the rains

The continuous rain around the country has clogged up the supply of vegetables and fish in the markets, causing a hike in prices as the monsoon season and rough seas has taken a toll on fish supply by at least 50%

Sports nutrition set for impressive Asia growth as products become ‘lifestyle choices’

The sports nutrition market picking up the pace in Asia Pacific and can look forward to long-term growth, writes Allied Market Research analyst Ravi Chawat.

Singapore food industry transformation is all about the long-term

Singapore food industry transformation is all about the long-term

Singapore’s policymakers have once again turned their attention to the food industry, and in light of recent previous sorties in this direction, it can only be a good thing.

Nutrition and food firms urged to step up to the plate over UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Nutrition and food firms urged to step up to the plate over UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Nutrition has the power to make or break the vast majority of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – but not enough nutrition or food firms are pledging to help solve the problems of hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

Curcumin supplementation shows benefits for people with severe depression: Study

Curcumin supplementation shows benefits for people with severe depression: Study

Supplementation with curcumin has been found to be effective in reducing depressive and anxiolytic symptoms in people with major depressive disorders.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: It is imperative to come up with a substitute to anti-depressant drugs and look into a more organic and safe remedy. Anti-depressants are proven to come with long term side effects in which could hamper the life of the individuals. Although the study is not conclusive, more research ought to be done to complement the existing results and achieve the desired, natural effect. 

Read more at: http://www.nutraingredients-asia.com/Research/Curcumin-supplementation-shows-benefits-for-people-with-severe-depression-Study

Climate change could draw 2m more Filipinos into hunger

Climate change could draw 2m more Filipinos into hunger

A further 2m Filipinos risk hunger at an annual cost of some PHP145bn (US$3bn) by 2050, though effective policymaking could reduce the impact.

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