Food design & research

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study links folic acid fortification with decline in congenital heart defects

02 September, 2016

Food fortified with folic acid is associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, according to Canadian research.

Healthy Food Partnership

01 September, 2016

Government and industry stakeholders have met to progress the work of the Healthy Food Partnership.

Eat vegetables to improve body odour

31 August, 2016

Vegetables don't just keep you healthy, they make you smell better too.

Finally, a way to culture norovirus in the lab

29 August, 2016

Forty-eight years after noroviruses were first identified, researchers have found a way to grow them in the lab — opening a path for researchers to develop systems to prevent and treat norovirus infections.

Adelaide Uni/Agilent Technologies complex carbohydrate collaboration lab opens

26 August, 2016 | Supplied by: Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd

The first comprehensive facility for the analysis of complex carbohydrates ('glycans') in the Southern Hemisphere has opened at the University of Adelaide's Waite campus.

Researchers find gene linked to coffee consumption

26 August, 2016

Italian scientists have identified a gene which may be involved in regulating coffee consumption.

Tricking our brains into enjoying healthier food

24 August, 2016

Scientists may be closing in on a way to trick our brains into believing that desserts and other foods contain more fat, sugar or salt than they actually do.

The fruit protein that's 2000 times sweeter than sugar

22 August, 2016

Scientists are moving closer to commercial production of a fruit protein called brazzein that is far sweeter than sugar — and has fewer kilojoules.

Use your senses to reduce food waste

17 August, 2016

Do consumers understand the differences between 'best before' and 'use by'? And has recent attention on food waste reduction changed consumer behaviour in relation to food shelf life?

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