Fish oil capsules and supplements fail on Omega-3 claims and freshness, University research study
January 22, 2015

Fish oil capsules and supplements fail on Omega-3 claims and freshness, University research study Most fish oil supplements sold in Australia and New Zealand are lower in omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research the University of Newcastle and the University of Auckland. Looking at 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in Australia and New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids as listed on the label.... ...Read more »

Study finds salt intake not associated with heart health risks
January 21, 2015

Study finds salt intake not associated with heart health risks Salt intake was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and heart failure (HF) in older adults based on self-reported estimated sodium intake, according to a researchers from Emory University in Atlanta. However, the study, published online on 19 January 2015 by JAMA Internal Medicine, has been criticised by other experts on salt and health experts, who say the study is flawed and that a large body of existing... ...Read more »

Jam, honey and chocolate spreads stick well with UK consumers
January 21, 2015

Jam, honey and chocolate spreads stick well with UK consumers The UK syrups and spreads market is dominated by jam and honey spreads. However, chocolate spreads are expected to gather pace, growing by 35 per cent up to 2018, according to findings from market research organisation Canadean. Honey sales will reach close to a quarter of a billion dollars by 2018 Over the coming years, the syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5 per cent in the UK, reaching $960 million by 2018. Almost... ...Read more »

Global soft drinks market grows as key markets bounce back, Euromonitor
January 19, 2015

Global soft drinks market grows as key markets bounce back, Euromonitor Global soft drinks volumes expanded just over three percent in 2014, while value sales grew by more than six percent to reach US $867.4 billion dollars, according to market research organisation Euromonitor. While the US remains the world’s largest market in both value and volume terms, markets such as China, Brazil and Mexico are fast closing the gap with continued strong growth. While global volume expansion has remained... ...Read more »

Australia: land of the rising sushi (and the falling spring roll)
January 19, 2015

Australia: land of the rising sushi (and the falling spring roll) The popularity of sushi is on the rise in Australia, while spring rolls appear to be gradually falling out of favour, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Between July 2009 and June 2014, the proportion of Australians who said they liked eating sushi has grown from 36 per cent to 40 per cent. Over the same period, the proportion who liked eating spring rolls declined slightly from 37 per cent... ...Read more »

Fresh Produce Safety Centre launches two projects
January 19, 2015

Fresh Produce Safety Centre launches two projects University of Sydney-based research centre the Fresh Produce Safety Centre has launched two landmark research projects, which it says are aimed at improving the safety of Australian and New Zealand fresh produce. Australian Food News reported in January 2013 that the research centre, run by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Australia-New Zealand, had been established as... ...Read more »

Caffeine linked to increased soft drink consumption, but industry says Deakin study is ‘flawed’
January 14, 2015

Caffeine linked to increased soft drink consumption, but industry says Deakin study is ‘flawed’ A study that links caffeine with increased consumption of soft drinks is ‘flawed’, according to the body representing Australian drinks manufacturers, the Australian Beverages Council. The research from Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that people drinking caffeinated drinks consumed much more... ...Read more »

Potato chips remain Australia’s favourite snacks, Roy Morgan Research
January 14, 2015

Potato chips remain Australia’s favourite snack food When it comes to the nation’s most popular snacks, it seems Australians’ tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet. Potato chips are a favourite — 41 per cent of Australians snack on potato chips in an average seven-day period, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Other popular savoury snacks included nuts (37 per cent), and savoury biscuits/crackers (32 per cent). “With two of every five... ...Read more »

Single-serve ice cream on the rise relative to tub sales
January 14, 2015

Single-serve ice cream on the rise relative to tub sales The share of hand-held single serve products in global ice cream new product activity continues to rise on increased demand for individual snacks and treats, according to findings from market research organisation Innova Market Insights. Single-serve products accounted for a quarter of global ice cream launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months to the end of October 2014, up from 22 per cent five years previously. “The hand-held... ...Read more »

Half UK consumers see the ‘beauty’ in ‘ugly’ fruit and veg, Mintel
January 12, 2015

Half UK consumers see the ‘beauty’ in ‘ugly’ fruit and veg, Mintel Bent carrots, battered peaches, and blemished apples: it seems when it comes to fruit and veg it’s what’s on the inside that counts, as findings from market research organisation Mintel have shown as many as half (48 per cent) of UK fruit and vegetable buyers agreed that they would buy oddly shaped fruit or vegetables if they were of good quality. The same research found a lower price would make these products even more... ...Read more »

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