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OzScientific® Weekly Digest Premium Edition Volume 1, Issue 18 - Monday, 09 October 2006

Market intelligence and innovations in functional foods, nutraceuticals & bioactive ingredients (incorporating food industry news from Australia & New Zealand) OzScientific® Weekly Digest Premium is compiled through an expert analysis of over 500 sources every week including newsletters, company media releases, Web sites, and RSS feeds. There is an on-going effort to improve the quality & relevance of information.

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This Week’s Index This Week’s Index..................................................................................................................... 1 Business & Market Intelligence ............................................................................................... 2 Consumer Intelligence & Trends ............................................................................................. 4 Recent Market Research Reports ............................................................................................. 5 Innovations, New Products and Patents .................................................................................. 6 Regulations, Labelling & Related News................................................................................... 8 Nutrition Research & Related News ........................................................................................ 9 Reviews, Opinions and Full-text Publications....................................................................... 11 Australia & New Zealand Food Industry News..................................................................... 12 Conferences & Meetings Worldwide ...................................................................................... 14 Conferences & Meetings in Australia & New Zealand ......................................................... 15 About OzScientific Pty Ltd...................................................................................................... 16 Disclaimer................................................................................................................................ 16 Subscription conditions........................................................................................................... 16 Subscription form.................................................................................................................... 17

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Business & Market Intelligence SIG refuses Elopak takeover proposal SIG’s board of directors has rejected a takeover bid from FERD/CVC—Norwegian parent of the Elopak packaging group. Commenting that the suggested share price of $260 to $281 was “inadequate” and “too low”, SIG has advised its shareholders to refuse the offer. Since 2004, the value of the SIG share has reportedly jumped by over 60 percent…… Read Coke's New "Fat Burning" Drink Fails To Create Buzz Beverage Digest recently reported that Coca-Cola has told bottlers it's near rolling out its newest drink, dubbed Enviga, in New York and Philadelphia. Never mind energy or vitamin drinks: Enviga claims through a combination of green tea, calcium and who-knows-what, it will actually help you burn calories. The product is being produced as a joint venture with Nestle….. Read Omega-3 trade association formed by industry leaders A group of international companies has come together to form a new Omega-3 trade association called the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED). The association is comprised of EPA and DHA Omega-3 industry processors, refiners, manufacturers, distributors, marketers and retailers, as well as secondary associates and other interested parties including healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers. Based on the commitment from the initial 12 founding members, a new office for the trade association has opened in Salt Lake City. The founding members include: Cargill, Inc.,Ceres Consulting, Croda International p.l.c., Denofa A.S., EPAX A.S., Loders Croklaan, Lonza/Nutranova, Marine Nutraceuticals, Martek Biosciences, Napro Pharma A.S., Ocean Nutrition Canada and Omega Pure….. Read Food mile focus pays off for Dairy Crest Adverts praising Dairy Crest's Country Life butter for being made in Britain while lambasting brands shipped in from abroad appear to have paid off for the firm, in another round of branded sales rises…….. Read Functional Foods Considered the Way of the Future A Perth County pork producer is confident functional foods, such as the selenium enriched pork being marketed in south-western Ontario, are the way of the future…… Read Diet bread targets new breed of weight watchers Britain's biggest baker RHM is relaunching its core 'diet' bread in order to appeal to changing consumer trends within the weight loss sector…….. Read Candy makers become more health conscious Candy makers are following the current health-conscious trend by introducing more healthful non-chocolate products that appeal to both adolescent and adult consumers. Dietetic nonchocolate candy increased 9.8% in the past 12 months, the highest gain in the candy industry, according to ACNielsen……. Read Wal-Mart launches five-year plan to reduce packaging Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has announced plans to measure its 60,000 worldwide suppliers on their ability to develop packaging and conserve natural resources. This initiative, scheduled to begin in 2008, is projected to reduce overall packaging by five percent. In addition to preventing millions of pounds of trash from reaching landfills, the initiative is projected to save 667,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere…… Read Frutarom acquires Acatris As part of a continued effort to implement its rapid growth strategy international flavors giant Frutarom Industries has acquired global health ingredients group Acatris Health for E10.5 million. Acatris, which develops and supplies natural botanical health ingredients for the dietary supplement, functional food and cosmetic industries, achieved sales of E11.6 million ($14.7 million) in 2005…… Read © OzScientific Pty Ltd

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Sabinsa Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Archer Daniels Midland Sabinsa Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals, today announced that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), which charged that Sabinsa's GENIMAX(R) soy-based isoflavone products infringed on ADM's patented technology. As part of the settlement, Sabinsa agreed that ADM's patents were valid and enforceable, and that the company's GENIMAX products infringed on those patents. However, both parties agreed that Sabinsa's infringement was unintentional and not wilful….. Read IdeaSphere Adds Natural Spring Water to its Global Product Portfolio Newest Asset Contains Highest Level of Calcium in Any Still Water Bottled in the US……. Read Dean Foods & HP Hood to switch to milk without artificial hormones New England's biggest dairies are rushing to rid their bottled milk of artificial growth hormones in a bid to draw back customers who have switched to organic milk. Dean Foods and H.P. Hood are demanding that regional farmer cooperatives supply them with milk from cows that haven't been injected with synthetic hormones that boost milk production….. Read Nestle rides health bandwagon Nestle is trumpeting the benefits of its profitable push into high-priced "wellness" foods, but investors are yet to be convinced this is enough to drive faster overall growth at the world's largest food company…… Read Bravo! Foods Announces Production Agreement with HP Hood LLC Bravo! Foods International Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO - News), a brand development and marketing company that promotes and distributes vitamin-fortified, flavored milk drinks and other beverages, announced today that it has signed a six year production agreement with HP Hood LLC…… Read Japan Foodline – Periodic translation of news (USDA) Lawson Inc. will open new-style convenience stores targeting older consumers. Three major convenience stores (Lawson Inc., Family Mart Co., Ltd. and Circle K Sunkus Co., Ltd.) recently announced that they would work together in planning and sales of products to take countermeasures against the largest convenience store in Japan, Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. The first Seiyu under Walmart's ownership opened in June in Sendai. Imported beer, especially European beer influenced by the recent interest in the World Cup, is becoming popular in Japan because of its unique flavor……pdf, 6 pages… Read Fruit poised to replace chocolate on shelves UK sweet manufacturers could soon see a slump in retailer sales following talks between the Department of Health and industry bodies to wean consumers away from convenience shop confectionery. The discussions between the health department, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are part of a drive towards combating obesity by promoting products such as fruit at the expense of chocolate bars and sweets……. Read Forbes Medi-Tech Announces the Further Expansion of Dairy Products Containing Reducol'TM' in Europe Forbes Medi-Tech Inc. has announced that Champion, based in France (a Groupe Carrefour banner), will be creating five new dairy products containing Forbes Medi-Tech's cholesterollowering ingredient, Reducol™. The following products will be launched on the market through Champion stores: original and strawberry flavored yogurt drinks, a mixed strawberry and apricot flavored yogurt, and an all natural (fruit base) set yogurt. The Carrefour superstores will sell these products under their brand name Agir Nutrition….. Read

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Consumer Intelligence & Trends Study claims food nutrition labels may be too challenging for some When it comes to food nutrition labels, many consumers just don’t have the necessary reading and math skills to understand what they’re buying, at least according to new research published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In a small sampling of 200 primary care patients from a wide socioeconomic range, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center used standardized and validated tests for literacy (REALM — Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine) and numeracy (WRAT3 — Wide Range Achievement Test) to measure comprehension of current food nutrition labels. Common reasons for incorrect responses included misapplication of the serving size, confusion by extraneous material on the food label, and incorrect calculations……. Read Consumer Interest in Omega-3 Pork Gaining Momentum The president of Prairie Orchard Farms reports interest in Omega-3 enriched pork appears to be growing. In the spring of 2005 Winnipeg based Prairie Orchard farms received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to label its pork as being high a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, a compound recognized having positive effects in terms of eye, brain and cardiovascular health, and approximately one year later the product received similar approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prairie Orchard president Willie Hoffman explains the high Omega-3 content is the result of feeding and, being in western Canada, a typical wheat, barley, soy diet is used supplemented with flax, as the source of Omega-3, and vitamins and minerals selected to stabilize the product and improve taste, color and texture. Clip-Willie HoffmanPrairie Orchard Farms The levels of the Omega-3 in the pork range from 0.4 to 2.0 grams per 100 gram serving. In Canada, in order to be approved as being a source of Omega-3 we have to have a minimum of 0.3 so the leanest pork that we have does meet the criteria for CFIA for label approval….. Read U.S. consumers not meeting folate targets Folate intake in the U.S. is well below targets established by the Food and Drug Administration when it mandated folic acid fortification of enriched grain products in 1998, according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health. Folate is a B vitamin that is found in food, and folic acid is the synthetic form of folate contained in dietary supplements and added to fortified foods….. Read Nutrition labelling: research gaps and divided consumers There is a huge gap in the food industry's understanding of how nutrition information on label actually influences buying behaviour in the supermarket, according to a EUFIC study….. Read Out of home eating not a major factor in obesity Eating out is not a major contributory factor to Western consumers’ expanding waistlines, according to research from foodservice analysts Horizon…… Read Consumers chase organic foods Food industry groups report that in the U.S., the organic segment is the fastest-growing consumer group. In a recent national survey by the Food Marketing Industry, 41 percent of Americans self-identified as organic consumers. Those numbers were confirmed in a national survey recently conducted by Newton Research. In that survey, 42 percent of consumers purchased organic foods last year. Overall in the U.S., the organics market is expected to top $42 billion in annual sales by 2009….. Read Diet Trends Decline as Consumers Customize Plans Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. It is estimated that $117 billion in both direct and indirect medical costs are related to obesity. The general contributor of this epidemic is an imbalance of food and exercise. As the quality and quantity of food increases, exercise levels are not. Other factors linked to the increase in obesity include increased size portions, increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, and increased computer, television, and electronic © OzScientific Pty Ltd

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gaming time. Americans do not, however, face this epidemic alone…. Read One-third of U.S. kids are out of shape, study finds A third of U.S. adolescents are unfit, according to a landmark analysis of health data, and experts say it's time to get them moving…… Read

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Recent Market Research Reports Title The U.S. Market for Cultured Dairy Products

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In recent years, the overall refrigerated cultured dairy products market, that includes cultured fluid, non-drinkable yogurt, and other nonpourable cultured dairy, has seen significant growth in the past few years, led by probiotics and smoothies. Dairy’s healthful halo and the increased popularity of organic foods had been a driving factor in the overall category’s expansion. This updated Packaged Facts report, Cultured Dairy Products in the U.S., takes an in-depth look at these major trends that will continue to spur this market to $15.4 billion by 2010….. Read The U.S. Market for Kids' Food and Beverages Childhood obesity and nutrition is all over the news and is serving as the fuel for marketers developing products that appeal to consumers ages 2 to 12, and, of course, their gatekeepers. There are many products considered to be targeted to kids from brightly colored, overly sweet, fun-shaped breakfast cereals to flavored milks with cartoon characters adorning the bottle - but these products are not the focus of this report….. Read Healthy Eating – France This report analyses the development of the French market for healthy foods. It looks at sales of light and functional options and highlights trends which have supported rising value sales in specific food markets, namely: dairy, baked goods, confectionery, snacks & crisps and breakfast cereals……. Read Kids' Snacking – US This report includes snacks that are specifically promoted or generally consumed by the majority of children aged 6 to 11. Children are some of America’s most frequent snack consumers. In 2005, there were 23.6 million | …. Read

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Innovations, New Products and Patents Please send new product information to

Launch of New Probiotic Drops for Children Parents can now help their children benefit from a daily dose of 'friendly bacteria' with the launch of new Infacol Probiotic Drops. Infacol Probiotic Drops are the UK's first probiotic oil food supplement specifically designed for children from birth onwards. Brought to you by Infacol, the leading infant health expert, Infacol Probiotic Drops help maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the digestive system…….. Read Soup that heats itself THE first self-heating soup has been launched in Britain. Mini - Quick soup is activated by simply clicking the base of the pot and shaking for 40 seconds. That sets off a chemical reaction between water and calcium chloride - held safely in a sealed layer within the packaging - which heats the soup……… Read New Coke tea to make calorie-burning claim Coca-Cola is feeling the burn, and not just from the competition posed by rival PepsiCo. After much testing, Coke plans to introduce later this year Enviga, a green tea drink that will claim to have calorie-burning powers. Beverage Digest reported Friday that Enviga will appear in New York and Philadelphia first….. Read Improved Starch Promises Stiff Competition from Industrial Cassava Scientists in Colombia have discovered a mutant strain of cassava whose starch chemistry opens new opportunities for farmers and industrialists while protecting the environment. Cassava ( Manihot esculenta Crantz) is native to South America and, as the fourth most important source of calories in the tropics after rice, sugarcane and maize, is regarded as a priority crop for food security worldwide. Its cultivation extends to more than 90 tropical and subtropical countries, and estimates indicate that its starchy roots and protein-rich leaves feed around 500 million people, as well as widely providing livestock feed……. Read EICMP introduces flavoured camel milk Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products has become the world's first company to introduce flavoured camel milk. Camelicious is date-flavoured and has no added sugar…. Read Black tea manufacture (Patent –Unilever) A process for manufacturing a fast infusing black leaf tea. The process involves (a) withering tea leaves to a moisture content between 64 and 70%, (b) macerating the withered leaves tea leaves by the controlled application of both shear and compression forces sufficient to disrupt the majority of cells within the tea leaf, to introduce morphological changes in the tissue and to redistribute the cell contents, (c) fermentating the resulting dhool, (d) firing the leaves to arrest the fermentation and (e) drying and sorting the fired leaves to give black leaf tea. The black leaf tea shows a rate and degree of infusion typical of CTC teas, while maintaining the appearance of orthodox tea. The black leaf tea is preferably of Broken Orange Pekoe grade or larger if the black leaf tea is intended for direct infusion and of Broken Orange Pekoe and/or Broken orange Pekoe Fannings if the black tea is intended for use in tea bags……. Read Method of preparation of high quality soy cultured products (Patent – Kraft) Soy-containing fermented products, especially soy-containing yogurts, beverage, as well as methods for producing such products, are provided. The soy-containing fermented products are prepared using deflavoured soy protein material, preferably deflavoured soy milk…….. Read © OzScientific Pty Ltd

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New Scientific Breakthrough is Revolutionizing the Wellness Industry There is a new patent-pending scientific breakthrough in the nutrition industry called Suspension Gel Technology. Suspension Gel Technology provides high bioavailability of nutrients that may pass through the body with supplement pills. Equally important, the convenient gel packs are reaching those on the go, finicky consumers who would never take the time or endure the "inconvenience" of proper nutrition before……. Read

X-Vite Low GI shake The first ever low GI shake - functional food in a glass No-one doubts the benefits of a low Gi diet and now switching to low Gi has just got easier with the launch of the new X-Vite Low Gi Shake from diet specialists, BioVite. This revolutionary low Gi meal replacement has a glycaemic index of just 34, making it the lowest on the market and can help you lose up to 10lbs in just three weeks with no hunger pangs, sugar cravings or waning energy levels. By combining the ‘best-of-the-best’ vitamins and minerals with Omega 3, whey protein, calcium, and fibres such as oat beta glucan known for their slow release properties that make us feel fuller for longer, BioVite has created a ‘functional food’ in a glass…... Read

YummyEarth Organic Lollipops Kids love candy! And in the past, candy products were notorious for containing artificial ingredients including sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. But those days are gone as more and more food companies come out with products made with all natural ingredients that satisfy the sweet tooth. These lollipops are not only all natural but they are also USDA certified organic, which makes them even more appealing to parents looking for sweet treats to give their little ones……. Read

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Novartis launches Resource Just for Kids

Resource just for kids 1.5 cal formula is a complete nutritional formula designed for children ages 1-10. It is available with (BeneFiber) or without fiber. The product provides 1.5 calories/mL and is rich in calcium to help grow strong bones. It may be consumed orally or used as a tube feeding. Resource just for kids 1.5 cal formula is a Medical Food…… Read Ingredients RESOURCE JUST FOR KIDS 1.5 CAL WITH FIBER: Water, maltodextrin, soybean oil, sodium caseinate (milk), sugar, high oleic sunflower oil, whey protein concentrate, partially hydrolyzed guar gum†, medium chain triglycerides, calcium caseinate, calcium phosphate tribasic, soy fiber, potassium citrate, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, potassium chloride, magnesium phosphate tribasic, choline chloride, ascorbic acid, sodium chloride, potassium hydroxide, carrageenan, taurine, m-inositol, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, alpha tocopheryl acetate, L-carnitine, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, BHA/BHT (to preserve freshness), pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene, folic acid, chromium chloride, potassium iodide, biotin, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, phytonadione (vitamin K1), cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12).

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Regulations, Labelling & Related News EU may ban altered foods, WTO says The World Trade Organization said European countries were within their rights to ban genetically modified foods on health and environmental grounds. The organization, which sets rules for global trade and resolves disputes among member states, left in place government rules without saying if genetically modified foods are dangerous…….. Read FDA warns against Xango mangosteen-juice product FDA obtained brochures promoting the health benefits of mangosteens and mangosteen juice through contact information provided at a seminar at which representatives ……. Read UK regulator plans to reduce compliance costs The UK's food regulator plans to slice millions of euros off the administration costs faced by businesses in complying with safety regulations, leaving operators with more money in their pockets…… Read Meat Pies and Chewing Gum feature in likely changes to food code in Australia & New Zealand Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released details of changes being considered to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and is inviting public comment. Under consideration are the addition of calcium to ‘sugar-free’ chewing gum, the definition of ‘meat pie’ and a review of enzyme processing aids. Food standards (regulations) developed by FSANZ apply to all food sold in Australia and New Zealand. The public consultation process enables FSANZ to assess the impact of new or changed food standards on consumers and the food industry. …… Read

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Nutrition Research & Related News Preventing Sudden Death with n-3 (Omega-3) Fatty Acids and Defibrillators Based on central values of candidacy and efficacy, raising n-3 fatty acid levels would have about eight times the impact of distributing AEDs and two times the impact of implanting ICDs. Raising n-3 fatty acid levels would also reduce rates of sudden death among the subpopulation that does not qualify for ICDs……. Read Additive benefits of long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and weight-loss in the management of cardiovascular disease risk in overweight hyperinsulinaemic women Weight-loss improved risk factors associated with CVD, with some additional benefits of LC n-3 PUFA on triglycerides and adiponectin. Given the current low dietary intake of LC n-3 PUFA, greater attention should be given to increase these fatty acids in the treatment of obesity…….. Read Effects of ALA Versus EPA plus DHA on Cardiovascular Markers and Outcomes The question of whether the plant-based omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA) alphalinolenic acid (ALA) has cardioprotective properties continues to be controversial. Whereas the heart health benefits of long-chain n-3 PUFAs (n-3 LC-PUFAs) are widely if not universally accepted, evidence supporting such benefits from ALA, a shorter chain n-3 PUFA, is limited by studies of smaller size and uneven quality. ALA may have “possible benefits” according to a recent review……. Read Promising Results from Omega-3 PUFAs in Childhood Depression Sobering as it is to contemplate, major depressive disorder occurs in about 2% of children and 4% to 8% of adolescents in the U.S. During adolescence, the condition often recurs and is frequently accompanied by other psychosocial problems such as anxiety and disruptive behavior. Affected individuals are at high risk of subsequent suicide and substance abuse…… Read No Change in Childhood Asthma at Age Five with Increased Omega-3s Increased prevalence of asthma, particularly in children, has been associated with exposure to house dust mites, allergic sensitization, increased consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-6 PUFAs) or low fish intake, having a parent with a history of asthma and western lifestyle, particularly decreased physical activity…… Read European Study Confirms That Eating Peanuts Protects Your Heart The largest study ever conducted on the relationship between nut intake and heart health, based on European data, has confirmed that regularly eating nuts, including peanuts can help reduce risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Peanuts have been shown to be protective against heart disease and contribute to lowering blood cholesterol in a large body of published research based on US population studies. For the first time however, the association between nut consumption and health in nearly 400,000 Europeans has been studied to take account of the different dietary habits and nut intake patterns between Americans and Europeans……. Read Brown seaweed contains a promising fat fighter and weight reducer Chemists in Japan have found that brown seaweed, a flavor component used in many Asian soups and salads, contains a compound that appears in animal studies to promote weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Called fucoxanthin, the compound achieved a 5% to 10% weight reduction in test animals and could be developed into a natural extract or drug to help fight obesity, the researchers say. The compound targets abdominal fat, in particular, and may help reduce oversized guts, the scientists say. Their study was presented at the 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society….. Read

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Diet of fish instead of meat found to lower risk of colon polyps People who are told to eat fish instead of meat and cut down on vegetable oil intake, consuming a more traditional Japanese diet, are 20 to 30 percent less likely to develop colon polyps, abnormal growths that can turn into cancer, a research team has found……. Read Eating pecans daily may help reduce heart disease risk Consumption of a small amount of pecans each day could help lower the risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that even a handful of pecans a day helped increase levels of gamma tocopherol concentrations in the blood and lowered a marker of lipid oxidation, and they believe the high levels of vitamin E in pecans could be at play……. Read Pomegranate juice reduces Alzheimer's risk A recent study conducted at Loma Linda University in California showed that daily intake of pomegranate juice significantly decreases the amount of plaque buildup in the brain, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease……. Read Red wine may slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease American researchers have found that moderate consumption by mice of Cabernet Sauvignon (a red wine) slowed the progression of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in the animals……. Read Folic acid supplementation questioned Research by Abee Boyles and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, US, has suggested that the current recommendations for folate consumption by women of childbearing age may be detrimental in certain cases, due to individual differences in women's folate metabolism……. Read New Study Finds Chocolate Chip Cookies Lower Cholesterol Right Direction Chocolate Chip Cookies™ lower cholesterol and improve lipid subfraction profile, lowering the risk of heart disease, according to a published study in The Journal of Nutrition (October). The chocolate chip cookies, made with a combination of psyllium and plant sterols, are a tasty all-natural approach to reducing cardiovascular risk associated with cholesterol……. Read CLA continues to offer possibilities for bone health Supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) prevented age-related bone loss in mice, says a new study that could offer a dietary therapy for protecting against the ever-growing threat of osteoporosis…….. Read Is dietary alkali supplementation the way forward for preventing osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and consequent risk of fractures (Consensus Development Panel on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis and Therapy 2001). Current estimates for osteoporosis on a global scale are that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men older than 55 years will suffer from osteoporosis in their lifetime. In the United Kingdom, approximately 3 million people have osteoporosis. The projected rise of osteoporotic hip fractures worldwide to 6.26 million in the year 2050 (compared with 1.66 million in 1990) suggests the future economic impact of osteoporosis will be phenomenal. Hence, there is an urgent requirement for public health strategies to improve bone health at the population level. Clearly, nutrition as a modifiable factor that is amenable to change, is a good approach. …… Read Black tea soothes away stress Daily cups of tea can help you recover more quickly from the stresses of everyday life, according to a new study by UCL (University College London) researchers. New scientific evidence shows that black tea has an effect on stress hormone levels in the body…… Read

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Reviews, Opinions and Full-text Publications Chips make way for energy bars It's goodbye grease, hello greens for Wes Felton, co-founder of Oakland's Creative Energy Foods. Felton headed snack food company Granny Goose Foods for 13 years before launching the health food processing plant in 1998…… Read Kids: You Need Them as Customers Those picky eaters in single-digit years are a booming business opportunity for food and beverage manufacturers who have become savvy marketers to these youngsters and their gatekeeper parents. Dairy foods, from milk to cheese, and ice cream to yogurt, are found to be desirable by most kids; thus, they are ideally suited to be designed for today’s youth…… Read American Cancer Society’s Guide to Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention Maintaining a healthy weight, eating right and staying physically active can help deter several types of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Download the complete guide….pdf, 4 pages …. Read Food marketing to Children and Youth (Free Online Book) Creating an environment in which children in the United States grow up healthy should be a high priority for the nation. Yet the prevailing pattern of food and beverage marketing to children in America represents, at best, a missed opportunity, and at worst, a direct threat to the health prospects of the next generation. Children s dietary and related health patterns are shaped by the interplay of many factors their biologic affinities, their culture and values, their economic status, their physical and social environments, and their commercial media environments all of which, apart from their genetic predispositions, have undergone significant transformations during the past three decades. Read the book online…….. Read Fat and sugar reduction could boost food poisoning incidents Fears have been expressed that pressure on smaller food manufacturers to reduce the fat and sugar content in their products could reduce shelf-life and result in more food poisoning outbreaks. This is due to the inhibitive effect that these ingredients provide against the growth of dangerous pathogens and mould development……. Read Supermarkets take steps to offer healthy options Just as many consumers are taking steps to improve their health, so too are supermarkets taking steps to address shoppers’ concerns about making healthy food choices. Indeed, as the words "obesity," "organic," and "wellness" have grabbed many news headlines in the past few years, the health-and-wellness movement has also muscled its way into the list of the food industry’s top concerns…… Read 35th Annual R&D Survey: ‘How do I know you’re organic?’ Consumer interest in organic and healthy products is forcing R&D teams to learn agronomy, a little pharmacology and new methods of ensuring food safety, according to Food Processing's 34th annual R&D survey…… Read University of Missouri to Plot Soybean Genome Sequence It will take almost two years to complete, but when that timeline concludes, scientists at the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri hope to have mapped the total genetic makeup of the versatile legume…… Read

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Australia & New Zealand Food Industry News Please send your company news to Tatura likely to demutualise – seeking buyers Tatura Milk co-operative is likely to demutualise and potentially pay a capital return to 260 farmer members. Management told farmers that strategic review was now complete and that the co-op received expressions of interest from more than 10 companies…… Read Companies show an interest in Tatura Milk Up to 12 companies have signalled an interest in Tatura Milk Industries during a strategic review which is seeking out potential business partners. Tatura chairman Ian Bertram said meetings had been held with about 260 suppliers at Kyabram, Numurkah and Tatura last week. They were told the first stage of the company's strategic review had been completed and there were up to 12 parties which had indicated an interest in some sort of relationship with Tatura Milk including mergers, takeovers and alliances. Mr Bertram said they included domestic and international companies, some of which were not necessarily dairy companies……. Read Fonterra faces credit downgrade Credit rating firm Standard & Poor's today put dairy giant Fonterra on notice of a credit rating downgrade. S&P said that it had placed its AA-minus rating on Fonterra Co-operative Group on CreditWatch with negative implications…… Read Fonterra develops new milk powder quality test Fonterra is introducing a new form of product testing that greatly reduces the time it takes to test milk powder quality and improves the quality assurance of its products. While flow cytometry testing has been used in fresh dairy for many years, adapting the technology to test milk powder is a world-first. Fonterra's new technique cuts the time required to sample and test product quality from days to hours, allowing close to real-time monitoring of milk powder production and tighter control over manufacturing…… Read Tatua breaking records Tatua dairy cooperative’s financial year was one marked by record achievements, says chairman Steve Allen in the 2006 annual report….. Read Fonterra loses EU butter export grip Fonterra’s grip on the European Union butter market may be over. The EU will rule this month on butter import regulations for next year and a tender system is on the cards. EU agriculture spokesman Michael Mann told Radio New Zealand that no one company would be able to import more than 30% of the total outstanding quota……. Read Australian cash boost for NZ juice company Napier juice company Simply Squeezed is eyeing a potential sharemarket listing after a major capital injection from an Australian private equity firm. Sydney-based Crescent Capital Partners is paying millions of dollars for a 60 per cent stake in a new holding company. It also plans to put millions more into developing the business and modernising its plant, Simply Squeezed founder and chief executive Steve Brownlie said yesterday. Brownlie, who retains a 40 per stake, said he would retain control of Simply Squeezed….. Read Australian State Govts told to lift ban on GM crops THE states have been told to lift their moratorium on genetically modified crops as Australia grapples with the harshest drought in a century. If Victoria and NSW moved to allow GM crops -touted by some as providing environmental and health benefits as well as cutting costs for © OzScientific Pty Ltd

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farmers -- it could persuade more dogmatic states to drop their opposition, Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said yesterday……. Read Coles Myer is to cut 2,500 jobs in a bid to increase earnings. Coles Myer has gone on the defensive following an unwanted takeover bid from a private equity consortium and interest from a second. The company has ambitious plans to restructure the business, but may have been influenced by the desire to deter a takeover as much as its actual ability to hit the targets……. Read New Zealand's Green Party calls for fast-food labeling New Zealand's Green Party is calling for legislation to be introduced that would force all fast food outlets to put nutritional labeling on their products…… Read Tough conditions may halve Barossa crop South Australia's famous Barossa wine region could only harvest half its normal volume of grapes this vintage….. Read Australia’s New Threat to Riesling Royalty WITH the fervor of the vinously disenfranchised, Riesling lovers have long worshiped the trinity of Germany, Austria and Alsace. Each produces wines that are distinctive expressions of a grape that is both the most versatile and the most undervalued in the world. Behold Australia, land of fruit bombs and salesmanship and industrial wines with cute critter names. Australia, yes that Australia, has stepped into the sacred circle and poured its rieslings into the chalice for judgment…. Read Grove Mill and Sanctuary Wines Obtain CarboNZero Certification as Among the World's First Carbon Neutral Wines The New Zealand Wine Company (NZWC), producer of Marlborough's award-winning Grove Mill and Sanctuary wines, has taken its environmental performance to a new level with CarboNZero certification. They have released the world's first CarboNZero wines, which are also amongst the world's first carbon neutral consumer products….. Read Reduced canola crop prediction may see oil seed imports A forecast of the smallest canola crop in more than a decade has prompted speculation that local crushers will import oil seed from Canada…… Read High barley price puts squeeze on Joe White WA's looming poor harvest and soaring grain prices have proved ill-timed for ABB Grain which has just brought on line a major expansion of its barley malting operations in Perth. The company has also been hit by the buoyancy elsewhere in the WA economy, with labour and material shortages blowing out the final cost of the expansion more than 10 per cent from $40 million to $46 million…….. Read CBH up-beat about grain industry future The chairman of grain handler CBH says the $130 million upgrade of its terminal at Port Albany in southern Western Australia demonstrates its continuing confidence in the industry……. Read Coles talks the talk as KKR talks the walk COLES Myer is unconcerned by threats the private equity consortium that proposed making an offer of $17.3 billion for the company could soon walk away from the deal, potentially leading to a massive fall in its share price. The group of seven private equity investors led by US buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has remained tight-lipped on its plans since the Coles board on September 6 rejected its indicative offer of $14.50 as both too low and subject to unacceptable conditions…….. Read McDonalds New Zealand adopts new nutritional labelling McDonalds New Zealand announced last week its intention to increase nutritional labeling with percentage daily intake (%DI), following a similar announcement by McDonalds Australia…… © OzScientific Pty Ltd

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Read Meat Pies and Chewing Gum feature in likely changes to food code in Australia & New Zealand Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released details of changes being considered to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and is inviting public comment. Under consideration are the addition of calcium to ‘sugar-free’ chewing gum, the definition of ‘meat pie’ and a review of enzyme processing aids. Food standards (regulations) developed by FSANZ apply to all food sold in Australia and New Zealand. The public consultation process enables FSANZ to assess the impact of new or changed food standards on consumers and the food industry. …… Read Australian consortium launches new beef marketing strategy A big push into 4,000 Japanese supermarkets has been launched by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Agricultural Company……. Read Aussie battlers get bigger slice of American Pie Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars (as the famous Australian advertising jingle goes) will all be on the song sheet of every American consumer soon. Tim Harcourt, Austrade's Chief Economist shares how Four'N Twenty (Patties Foods) broke into the American market…… Read

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Oct 15-18 Oct 16-17

Nano4food, nanotechnology for food conference, ….. Read Soy & Health 2006: Clinical Evidence - Dietetic Applications…… Read Stagnito's Top Gun Executive Food & Beverage Conference………. Read 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity……Read Prepared Foods' New Products Conference…… Read bio-logical futuresTM III…… Read

Oct 18-23

World Dairy Congress…… Read

Oct 25-26

Nano and Microtechnologies in the Food and HealthFood Industries…… Read

Oct 25-27

The International Food & Health Innovation Conference 2006…… Read 3rd International Conference on Polyphenols Applications in Food, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industries……. Read Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods,….. Read Healthy Foods European Summit …… Read

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Oct 26-27 30-31 Oct Oct 31 – Nov 1 Nov 1-2

Brand Packaging’s packaging That Sells IV…… Read

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Nov 6-7 Nov 6-8 Nov 7-8 Nov 14-16 Nov 15-17 Nov 20-21 Nov 28 Dec 6-8 2007 Jan 28-31

5th Annual World Food Technology and Innovation Forum 2006…… Read

Dublin, Ireland

Juice Products Association 10th International Economic Outlook Conference……. Read Health Ingredients Europe…. Read

New York, USA

Workshop on “Post-Market Monitoring – Application and Limitations (ILSI)…… Read GM Grops and Foods: 3rd International Fresenius Conference…… Read Interactive Workshop Nutrition & Health Claims Europe…… Read Workshop on “Glycaemic Response and Health” (ILSI)…… Read

Feb 23-24

International Confectionery Fair (ISM) 2007 ……. Read 2007 Food Industry Expo….. Read

Apr 22-25

15th European Congress on Obesity…… Read


The third International Nutrigenomics Conference…. Read Organic Expo……. Read International Symposium - Developments in Functional Foods in Europe - International impact and significance…… Read

May 5-8 May 9-11

Oct 30-Nov 1 Sep 9-13 Oct 24-27

Food Ingredients Europe….. Read 2nd International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition….. Read IDFA World Food Expo…… Read

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Horizons on Livestock Sciences - Farms of the Future………. Read 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity.......... Read Food Innovation, Food Science Australia.......... Read Foodtech Packtech 2006…... Read ConBiz 2006…. Read Good Food & Wine Show………. Read NZ Food & Grocery Council Annual Conference…… Read The 8th Annual Food Regulations and Labelling Conference….. Read

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Nov 29-Dec 2 2007 Jan 29-Feb 1 May 1-4 June 24-27 Jul 29- Aug 1 Aug 26-30

Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting........ Read


Pinot Noir, New Zealand 2007......... Read


AusPack 2007......... Read AIFST Convention (40th Anniversary),….. Read Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition (AWITE)........ Read 13th Australian Barley Technical Symposium......... Read

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