Surge in Australians buying chocolate in lead up to festive season
December 17, 2014

Surge in Australians buying chocolate in lead up to festive season Surviving the festive season with one’s waistline intact is a bit like vowing to go to the gym on New Year’s morning: a noble goal, but not so easy in practice. Chocolate is another Christmas temptation that can be hard to resist: indeed, more Australians eat (and buy) boxed chocolates over the festive season than at any other time of year, according to market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. “Many of us take an ‘Eat,... ...Read more »

Consumers looking for ‘sustainable’ chocolate products
December 17, 2014

Consumers looking for ‘sustainable’ chocolate products Confectionery manufacturers should promote chocolate products as an indulgent treat with natural ingredients and sustainable production in order to tap into the chocolate market, according to market research organisation Canadean. Mid-lifers becoming an important consumer group According to Canadean, the UK’s confectionery market recorded sales of £5.3 billion in 2013, with the value of chocolate expected to increase at a Compound Annual... ...Read more »

Potato extract may control obesity, study
December 15, 2014

Potato extract may control obesity, study A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to research from McGill University in Canada. The study, published in the November 2014 issue of the Molecular Nutrition and Food Research journal, examined the impact on mice of including potato extract in the diet. Study method The researchers fed mice an obesity-inducing diet for 10 weeks. The results soon appeared on the scale: mice that... ...Read more »

Asia-Pacific food brands on the rise
December 10, 2014

Asia-Pacific food brands on the rise Brands from the Asia-Pacific region have emerged as major players in the global packaged food industry over the last decade, according to market research organisation Euromonitor International. Euromonitor has released its 2014 list of the biggest “billionaire brands” in the food world. Charting the Top 50 packaged food brands, and comparing their performance against 10 years ago, Euromonitor presents a revealing snapshot of an industry driven by the emergence... ...Read more »

Australian experts react to Mediterranean Diet research findings
December 10, 2014

Australian experts react to Mediterranean Diet research findings Australian medical and nutrition experts have reacted differently to the research findings of a study published December 2014 in the British Medical Journal. The study showed the Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with longer telomere length – an established marker of slower ageing. According to the study by US researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, eating a Mediterranean diet might... ...Read more »

Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce seizures in ‘tough-to-treat’ epilepsy
December 8, 2014

Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce seizures in ‘tough-to-treat’ epilepsy Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy, according to a review undertaken by researchers at the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Centre in Bethesda. The research, published in Neurology, online medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, reviewed five studies on the ketogenic diet. Epilepsy is a nervous... ...Read more »

The biggest trends in FMCG in the next five years, Canadean
December 3, 2014

FMCG trends canadean, already uploaded to wordpress Future trends in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector have been identified in a new report from market research organisation Canadean. The new report by Canadean analyses future trend scenarios for the FMCG sector, and identifies the best opportunities in consumer markets over the next five years. Ronan Stafford, Analyst at Canadean, said the report found that emerging economies will play a huge role in the years to come. The value of emerging... ...Read more »

Gluten-free foods surge 63 per cent in last two years
December 1, 2014

Gluten-free foods surge 63 per cent in last two years The gluten-free market in the US is estimated to reach sales of $8.8 billion in 2014 — an increase of 63 per cent between 2012 and 2014 — according to market research organisation Mintel. Mintel said that greater awareness of a gluten-free diet as a result of increasing diagnoses of coeliac disease and other gluten sensitivities, and the diet’s perceived health benefits, had contributed to the explosion of gluten-free choices on... ...Read more »

Metals in food a concern for WA children, study
November 26, 2014

Metals in food a concern for WA children, study Children in Western Australia are being exposed to potentially elevated levels of metals from their food, according to research from Edith Cowan University researchers have found. Lead researcher Dr Anna Callan on the study, recently published in the journal Food Additives & Contaminants,  said the amount of cadmium, nickel and manganese that children were estimated to ingest in food was higher than expected. “There is emerging research that... ...Read more »

New clue in coeliac disease puzzle: Cause of oat toxicity explained
November 26, 2014

New clue in coeliac disease puzzle: Cause of oat toxicity explained Melbourne researchers have identified why some people with coeliac disease show an immune response after eating oats. The researchers, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Monash University and US biotechnology company ImmusanT, have identified the key components in oats that trigger an immune response in some people with coeliac disease. They said the findings, published in November 2014 in the Journal of Autoimmunity, may... ...Read more »

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