Genetically modified fruit fly to be trialled in WA to protect fruit crop
November 25, 2015

Western Australian (WA) researchers are trialling technology which offers an innovative way to control the destructive Mediterranean fruit fly.   Horticulture Innovation Australia along with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) are funding the research after years of serious troubles with fruit fly in WA.   Currently growers use a range of methods such as pesticides, baiting, orchard hygiene and sterile insect technique (STI) to fight the fly. Researchers are now... ...Read more »

Medical research shows walnut health effects
November 25, 2015

Eating a handful of walnuts each day has been linked to a better overall diet and an improvement in certain risk factors amongst people at high risk of diabetes.   Published on 23 November 2015 in Volume 3, Issue 1 of the free online journal called ‘BMJ Open Diabetes Research Care’, which is published by the British Medical Journal, the research in the article found that incorporating walnuts as part of an individual’s daily diet improved blood vessel cell wall function and lowered ‘bad’... ...Read more »

Potato chips maintains No.1 ranking as Australia’s favourite snack, Roy Morgan
November 23, 2015

The latest Roy Morgan Research has confirmed that potato chips top the category of Australia’s favourite snacks, a status the humble packet chip (or ‘crisp’ as it is sometimes referred) has retained for the past five years.   Roy Morgan research revealed that 42 per cent of Australians (or 8.2 million people) eat potato chips every week. This time last year 41 per cent of the population included potato chips as part of their weekly diet.   In bad news for Australia’s waist lines,... ...Read more »

Aldi says that price governs Australian grocery shopper’s choice
November 11, 2015

 New Galaxy research has found that nine in 10 Australian shoppers are willing to switch supermarkets in order to save money.   Commissioned by Aldi, it was discovered that on average a 38 per cent saving would be required before shoppers would make the switch. Some will however change for any type of saving at all.   The study also found that 27 per cent of shoppers would become a return shopper to a supermarket because of price.  Only 14 per cent said they return because of convenience.   Fresh... ...Read more »

Most consumers don’t pay attention to packing ingredients list
November 11, 2015

New research from the Netherlands has found that most Netherlands-based consumers pay little attention to the ingredients lists on food labelling.   The study, which was commissioned by Unilever and was accepted on the 17 September 2015 by Appetite journal, evaluated whether or not consumers would notice subtle packaging changes which attempted to make ingredients appear more ‘natural’. In the majority of cases consumers were found to experience ‘Choiceblindnesss’ and did not notice... ...Read more »

Perception problems for private labels still lingers in Australia
November 11, 2015

Despite an increase in popularity, a September 2015 analysis by Play Market Research has found that private labels are still suffering from the perception that they lack quality.   Studying consumer interactions with private label products, Play Market Research found that consumers are often happy with a private label offering once they try the product, the problem is getting consumers to try it in the first place.   “We’ve found that consumers are hesitant to purchase these products... ...Read more »

Study finds health benefit to consuming full-fat dairy
November 9, 2015

A new study has found that there may be health benefits to consuming whole-fat dairy products.   Published in the latest Journal of Nutrition, scientists discovered making full-fat dairy as part of a diet can lower the chances of an individual experiencing metabolic syndrome.   Metabolic Syndrome is a group of disorders that occur together and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.   At least 35 per cent of Australia’s adult population has metabolic... ...Read more »

Monash scientists isolate the protein which can cause diabetes
November 2, 2015

Australian scientists have discovered a potential avenue for stopping the development of diabetes.   In researching those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) Monash University scientists came across a protein called Fetuin B. The protein has since proven to stop insulin working properly, a major cause of diabetes.   The researchers say new drugs could now be created to stop the development of the Fetuin B protein, ultimately leading to a diabetes prevention method.   Monash... ...Read more »

Morning coffee chain offerings attacked by Cancer Council NSW
October 14, 2015

In the recent study 564 menu items from coffee chains were examined only to find that 54 per cent of the cold beverages contained more than half of the recommended daily sugar intake in one serving. Other drinks were found to have up to 39 grams of saturated fat per serving.   Research co-author, Clare Hughes, said the results were alarming.   “Many Australians rely on a take away coffee for their morning kick start but people might be unaware of just how much sugar, saturated fat and kilojoules... ...Read more »

Australia’s first syndicated product testing platform introduced
October 7, 2015

Sydney based company Play Market Research has introduced Australia’s first syndicated product testing platform.   The new platform called ‘Pop Up Shopper Community’ will see consumers receive grocery items to test at home rather than at testing centres.   Play Market Research founder Chris Thomas said that the new platform should lower product testing costs. “Six months ago, we recruited thousands of shoppers to create a new, automated and systematic program of product testing,”... ...Read more »

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