Food design & research

How is smart packaging smart?

28 November, 2016 by Prof Pierre Pienaar MSc, FAIP, CPP, Education Director - AIP, Vice President Education - WPO | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Packaging

Intelligent packaging should provide more reliable information than just the expiry date printed on the packaging. It should monitor certain aspects of a food product (for example, shelf life) and report information to the consumer.

Marine microalgae: a sustainable saviour?

24 November, 2016

Researchers studying microalgae cultivation believe it could become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, climate change and food insecurity.

Eat your vegetables, mum and dad!

21 November, 2016

Adult children may need to start reminding their parents to "eat your vegetables", according to research suggesting younger adults are increasing vegetable consumption, while baby boomers are doing the opposite.

Nestlé Health Science/Aimmune Therapeutics collaborate on desensitising food allergy responses

16 November, 2016

Nestlé Health Science and Aimmune have entered into a collaboration to accelerate the development of oral immunotherapy biologics designed to desensitise people with food allergies and protect them from the consequences of accidental exposure.

The colour of food packaging tells its own story

09 November, 2016

Do you want your product to look health-giving or decadent or economical? How do you convey this message to consumers when all they see is the packaging? The answer to this is through colour.

Stevia molecules unchanged by processing: research

01 November, 2016

A research study has supported stevia's claim to naturality, finding that all the plant's sweet molecules remain unchanged throughout the stages of processing.

No sugary drinks for New Zealanders

21 October, 2016

An anti sugary drink logo is now available for free in NZ.

Australian research targets next-generation food crops

17 October, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian National University

Research led by the Australian National University (ANU) is helping to develop food crops which offer bigger yield potential and improved drought tolerance.

CSIRO's contribution to global food security

30 September, 2016 | Supplied by: CSIRO Land and Water

CSIRO's work on predicting Australia's agricultural future is gaining international attention.

Consumers check labels for 'Australian made'

28 September, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian Made Campaign Ltd

Research has revealed that 'Australian made' is now the third most looked for statement on product labels, with the top two being price related.

Health and wellness concern drives pure ingredient growth

26 September, 2016

Market research company Euromonitor International has released its latest research on ingredients, revealing that 1.2 billion tonnes of pure commodities were used in food and drink applications in 2015, an increase of 2% since 2014.

Building more supermarkets won't solve the obesity crisis

26 September, 2016

An analysis has challenged the notion that obesity rates can be reduced by improving access to supermarkets offering healthy food, finding that the bulk of soft drinks and junk foods are purchased in supermarkets.

Have your ingredients been adulterated?

07 September, 2016

Economically motivated adulteration (aka food fraud) is estimated to affect 10% of the world's food supply. This global economic and public health problem is estimated to cost the food and beverage industry $10–$15 billion each year, and this sum does not include the cost of the damage to a brand if consumers discover they have been buying adulterated product.

GM banana trial

05 September, 2016

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has announced it has received a licence application from the Queensland University of Technology to conduct a field trial of GM banana with resistance to Fusarium wilt disease.

Possible link between diet and declining fertility in dogs

05 September, 2016

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have shown a rapid decline in male dog fertility, with a potential link to environmental contaminants — including dog food.

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