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Butter is better for rich and poor alike

17 February, 2014

While the debate over whether margarine or butter is better for you rages, consumers have been quietly voting with their dollar. Recent sales trends show that Australian shoppers are purchasing butter more often than they did five years ago.

Traditional bread markets using health claims to promote new products

12 February, 2014

More than 42% of new bread products launched in 2013 made some type of health claim.

Boosting Māori primary produce

11 February, 2014

The Federation of Māori Authorities and the Massey University-led Riddet Institute have signed an agreement aimed at providing distinctiveness and added value to Māori primary produce.

The next move for SPC Ardmona: rethinking the business model?

07 February, 2014 by Michael Santhanam-Martin*, University of Melbourne

The failure of Victorian fruit cannery SPC Ardmona (SPCA) to secure AU$25 million from the federal government has led to heightened fears about the future of the company and the Goulburn Valley fruit growers who supply it.

Chinese soft drink brand gains ground on Coca-Cola, Pepsi

06 February, 2014

Chinese soft drink brand Kangshifu is gaining ground on the three global giants - Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Sprite - according to research firm Canadean.

Cheese snacks boom in the tween sector

03 February, 2014

In an attempt to boost their children's calcium intake, many parents are turning to cheese snacks, new research from Roy Morgan shows.

Changing priorities about what, when and where to eat

31 January, 2014

The past year has seen a number of shifts in US consumers' priorities regarding what to eat, when to eat and where to eat, the Institute of Food Technologists has reported.

Meat, poultry and seafood packaging to hit $9.7bn in 2017

29 January, 2014

The packaging market for meat, poultry and seafood is on the rise, with demand forecast to hit US$9.7 billion in 2017. Increased meat, poultry and seafood production, along with accelerated food service revenues, are expected to propel the industry forward.

'Healthy' chocolates to drive US chocolate products

22 January, 2014

A market research report from Lucintel suggests that 'healthy' chocolate products such as low-calorie chocolate and chocolates which double as health supplements could drive industry growth to 2018.

Demand for active and intelligent packaging set to boom

20 January, 2014

Active and intelligent packaging demand is forecast to expand 8% annually to US$3.5 billion in 2017 in the US alone, according to a new study from Freedonia Group.

Interest in dairy with omega-3 claims remains despite market share falling

14 January, 2014

New product launches of dairy products featuring omega-3 claims have risen in the last five years; however, the share of total dairy launches with omega-3 claims has fallen from 2.4% in 2008 to 1.5% in 2013, new research from Innova Market Insights shows.

Do eco-labels make food taste better?

13 January, 2014

Most participants in a recent eco-label study said they preferred the 'organic' coffee option when offered cups of conventionally produced coffee and coffee carrying an eco-label. This could provide food manufacturers with useful techniques for marketing their eco-labelled products.

Ancient grains a hit in modern world

09 January, 2014

Launches of quinoa-containing products rose nearly 50% in the 12 months to September 2013, Innova Market Insights has reported, and have risen more than fivefold over a five-year period.

Why you shouldn't call your product 'natural'

16 December, 2013

If you want your product to be successful, don’t refer to it as 'natural'. This is the advice of food specialist Julian Mellentin, author of 12 Key Trends 2014, which is published by New Nutrition Business.

2013 world cereal output to increase

09 December, 2013

The 2013 world cereal output is expected to increase significantly on 2012 figures, the latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) shows.

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