The Eltham Wastewater Treatment plant buttermilk pool was recently emptied.

Fonterra pleads not guilty to buttermilk disposal and odor charges

02-Oct-2014 - Fonterra has pleaded not guilty to nine charges related to the 2013 disposal of, and odor caused by, more than 3m litres of buttermilk and contaminated milk.

Sources: Amazon might enter India’s grocery market later this month

Sources: Amazon might enter India’s grocery market later this month

02-Oct-2014 - US online retail major Amazon could soon break into India’s packaged foods and beverages market to become the first international e-commerce site to enter this category.

Combined data technique could help nutrition monitoring

Combined data technique could help nutrition monitoring

02-Oct-2014 - A new combination of household food purchases and nutrition data is being used to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat and sugar in New Zealand.

Pipis on the MAP thanks to Asia’s demand for cockles

Pipis on the MAP thanks to Asia’s demand for cockles

02-Oct-2014 - Innovations in packaging have allowed a newly formed Australian seafood company to expand their business to national and international markets.

Young Australian women have become fatter, fitter over two decades

Young Australian women have become fatter, fitter over two decades

02-Oct-2014 - Young Australian women have now become fatter, fitter and more frazzled than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to long-term academic research.

Enzymotec opens up Down Under as lawyers drum up support for lawsuit

Enzymotec opens up Down Under as lawyers drum up support for lawsuit

01-Oct-2014 - Global lipid supplier Enzymotec has established a Southern Hemisphere subsidiary, Enzymotec Australia with Claudette Cross at the helm of the country’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. 

Aussie barbies hitting a snag through lower ownership

Aussie barbies hitting a snag through lower ownership

01-Oct-2014 - Australians might be famous for putting countless “snags on the barbie”, though the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows that this is happening increasingly less often with barbecue ownership dwindling.

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

01-Oct-2014 - In welcoming industry efforts to develop a code of conduct to address unfair practices in the grocery sector, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for issues around enforceability and coverage to be addressed before a conclusion is reached.

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

01-Oct-2014 - In welcoming industry efforts to develop a code of conduct to address unfair practices in the grocery sector, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for issues around enforceability and coverage to be addressed before a conclusion is reached.

"We need to be cautious about vitamin D's potential role in the prevention of type-2 diabetes and stick to things that are proven to work – diet and exercise," says genetic scientist. “...we are far from done with this topic”.

Genetic research casts doubt on vitamin D's ability to prevent T2 diabetes

01-Oct-2014 - Vitamin D supplementation is unlikely to prevent the development of type-2 diabetes, according to a genetic study from the University of Cambridge.

Synlait Milk granted China infant formula export approval

Synalit Milk granted China infant formula export approval

30-Sep-2014 - New Zealand infant formula firm Synlait Milk has been granted approval to export products it manufactures to China.

Recognisable insects may not go down as well as insect flour among Europeans

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

30-Sep-2014 - Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Australia’s food and grocery industry reports year of ups and downs

Australia’s food and grocery industry reports year of ups and downs

30-Sep-2014 - Australia’s food and beverage, grocery manufacturing and fresh produce industry had a total turnover of A$114bn (US$99.4bn) in the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Food and Grocery Council revealed in its latest annual state of the industry report.

Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

30-Sep-2014 - The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has warned consumers not to purchase health supplements that claim to increase sexual potency, saying that such claims are not genuine.

The consensus among suppliers is the variability of botanical ingredients is increasing. Tea in particular is displaying increases in quality variability

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

29-Sep-2014 - Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication of the American Botanical Council.  Whether climate change is similarly affecting the quality and availability of other botanical ingredients from other regions is far less clear.

Meiji fragranced milk a 'new type of milk': Datamonitor

Meiji fragranced milk a 'new type of milk': Datamonitor

29-Sep-2014 - Meiji’s fragranced milk range - developed for those that dislike the regular smell - has been heralded by market intelligence firm Datamonitor as a “new type of milk.”

Barry Callebaut weighs up manufacturing base in India

Barry Callebaut ponders India factory

29-Sep-2014 - Barry Callebaut is considering establishing manufacturing capacity in India.

“If we can’t penetrate those two markets, India and China, with sustainable palm oil then it will probably remain a niche,” said Unilever's global sustainable sourcing development director.

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

29-Sep-2014 - Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

Coles must also issue a corrective notice in store and online stating it made 'false, misleading and deceptive representations'

Coles banned from ‘fresh’ bread claims for 3 years

29-Sep-2014 - Australian retail major Coles has been banned from making ‘freshly baked’ bread claims on its par-baked products in store following a lengthy court case with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

29-Sep-2014 - Indian consumers have greater confidence in green products being better than the environment than those in Canada, the United States and China, and also believe that bio-based ingredients enhance the desirability of a product, research has found.