Snack foods soar in Australia with healthier marketing focus
August 3, 2015

With Australians navigating increasingly busier lifestyles, leaving less time to prepare and eat homemade meals, the overall consumption of snack foods is increasing – with business information analysts at IBISWorld forecasting Australia’s Snack Food Manufacturing and Health Snack Food Production industries will generate combined revenue of over $3.0 billion in 2015-16. While traditional Snack Food Manufacturing continues to generate the greatest overall revenue, IBISWorld identified the Health... ...Read more »

Australia’s cask wine drinkers continue to decline, Roy Morgan Research
August 3, 2015

The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research indicate that 45% of Aussie adults (or just over 8.1 million people) drink some kind of wine — still, sparkling and/or fortified — in an average four weeks, down from 50% in 2007. Of these, 16% (almost 1.3 million people) consume cask wine, a substantial decline from the 30% (2.3 million) who drank it back in 2007. Considering that a South Australian invented the wine cask, it seems fitting that wine drinkers from SA are more likely than those from... ...Read more »

NZ vets to phase out antibiotics
August 3, 2015

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has announced plans to eliminate the use of antibiotics when taking care of animals. “By 2030 New Zealand Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness,” New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) President Dr Steve Merchant said. Around 70 percent of human infectious diseases, including meningitis, anthrax and salmonellosis (food poisoning) have come from animals. “With sharply increasing levels of resistance to... ...Read more »

Dairy fat human consumption study shows important difference from soy oil
August 3, 2015

Researchers from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Deakin University in Melbourne, have performed a study to assess the effect of dairy fat and soy oil on circulating postprandial lipids in men (Meikle et al., 2015). The study was funded by the Dairy Health and Nutrition Consortium. The study has shown that dairy foods promote a unique plasma phospholipid profile, which may be important to good health. This randomised controlled crossover design trial, involved a total of sixteen men who... ...Read more »

First-time parents most likely to buy the baby food packaged, Australian findings
August 3, 2015

Around 1.5 million Australians have babies, and 1 in 5 of these parents bought baby food in the last four weeks, new retail data shows. Over the past two years, Roy Morgan Research spoke to almost 2000 parents across Australia with children from age zero to two in the home. Most parents of babies are 25-34 years old, another third are 35 or older, while just 7% are 24 and below. This youngest group of parents are more likely to buy (and presumably also feed their new additions) baby food: 26% of... ...Read more »

Quinoa trials begin for Australia’s entry into quinoa global stakes
July 29, 2015

Image by Maurice Chédel via Wikicommons A three year national trial of the health food quinoa has commenced across five Australian states. The grain has gained popularity over the past decade, prompting increase in production in South America, Europe and Asia. The project, funded by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, is co-funded and led by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), with contributions from participating States. Field trials will be planted... ...Read more »

Marketing success in simple meal appeal to customer cooks, pork industry findings
July 29, 2015

Australia’s pork industry researchers, Pork CRC, and the industry body Australian Pork Limited (APL) have found Australian consumers significantly increase their purchase of pork steaks once they have engaged in a pork marketing campaign that shows the consumer how to make a good meal using pork. Basic premise of earlier market research Pork CRC research previously found experimentally in large studies that cooking temperature influences consumer perception of the eating quality of pork steaks,... ...Read more »

Sugary drinks, fruit juices and even artificially-sweetened drinks linked independently of obesity with type 2 diabetes
July 29, 2015

Regular consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is positively associated with type 2 diabetes independent of obesity status, but surprisingly other non-sugary drinks are linked with type two diabetes also. The study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found artificially sweetened drinks and fruit juice also showed a positive association with type 2 diabetes, but the quality of evidence was limited. Nonetheless, the authors warn that neither artificially sweetened drinks nor fruit juice are... ...Read more »

High-fat maternal diet linked with newborn bigger heart and smaller tastebuds
July 29, 2015

Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet had larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, according to new UNSW research. The study, led by the UNSW Head of Pharmacology Professor Margaret Morris and published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, examined the effect of a fatty maternal diet on receptors in the hearts of newborn rats, including those which detect certain flavours. Taste receptors have only recently been shown to exist outside the... ...Read more »

‘Successful ageing’ linked to harmful drinking among over 50s, UK research
July 27, 2015

The over 50s who are ‘successful agers’—healthy, active, sociable, and well off—are more at risk of harmful drinking than their less successful peers, concludes research published in the online journal, The British Medical Journal  (BMJ) Open. Harmful drinking is a “middle class phenomenon” which may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people, warn the researchers, who call for explicit guidelines on alcohol consumption for this group. Survey... ...Read more »

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