Food, Drink and Nutrition

Here you'll find all my latest published articles and blog posts relating to the food, drink and nutrition industries. 

DSM and Vitamins Angels reach global vitamin A milestone

Emphasizing the critical first 1,000 days of life, together, DSM and Vitamin Angels promote the importance of global nutrition by providing lifesaving vitamins to pregnant women and children around the world who are at risk of malnutrition. Why is Vitamin A so Vital?​ As vitamin A is a necessary nutrient in the growth and development of individuals, especially children, DSM and Vitamin Angels are seeking to overcome the problems relating to cultural taboos, the environment and infrastructure t

Deterioration of food security in Venezuela is “palpable”

“The case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is very particular because it was the only country in the region where the prevalence and the number of undernourished increased between the trienniums 2004-2006 and 2016-2018,”​ emphasizes Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. Estimations reveal that “5 out of 6 of the people who joined the undernourished population in the region during that same period live in Venezuela,”​ Rapallo expressed. Describin

“We definitely can eradicate hunger and push back the rising tide of malnutrition”, FAO Senior Policy Officer says

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 report revealed the true scale of undernourishment and hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The increase in hunger in recent years is strongly associated with the economic slowdown of the region, ​Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained. Key Societal and Economic Factors at Play in Latin America​ South America accounts for the majority of the number of undernourished people with

‘Many people seek supplementation, but they also want to return to natural’: Move Nutrition founder

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and Move Nutrition? ​ Move Nutrition is a registered trademark in Colombia, which offers products and services that carry the motto of body, mind and spirit in motion. We currently carry out face-to-face and virtual nutrition consultations, and have an agreement with sports physicians and personal trainers to support the clients' goals. We also offer talks in academic events, formative institutions and private companies. We want to integrate more pro

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019: LATAM Insights

To overcome the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition amid economic slowdowns and downturns, the industry needs to address the “root causes of hunger and malnutrition: poverty, inequality and marginalisation”​. Following three years of divergence, the disparity between world hunger and obesity continues to grow. In 2018, over 820 million people around the world were hungry, which is up from 811 million in 2017, representing an increase for the third year in a row. “FAO has been warnin

Is food packaging doing enough to communicate allergen information?

The UK free-from market is estimated to have hit the £837 million mark in 2018; representing total sales growth of a staggering 133% between 2013-2018. As such, consumers demand assurance, trust and reliability in the product selections they make based on their allergen requirements. Emma Clifford, Associate Director of Food and Drink at Mintel, emphasises how there have been calls for the government to impose changes relating to allergen labelling. After the recent death of Natasha Ednan-Lape

Australian Made/Grown logos part 2: Digital age calls for new marketing

Recently-released data from market intelligence agency, Mintel, indicates that 72% of metro Australians invest and choose products with an Australian Made/Grown logo. Of the number of Australians that purchase products with this logo, 29% make this decision as it helps to instil trust in the product/brand. Of the number of urban Australians asked, 28% stated that the Australian Made/Grown logo assures them of the health or safety level of food or drink items. In addition, 25% believe that it co

New health and wellness expo comes to Hong Kong

The inaugural Green Queen Expo 2018 will take place at the award-winning AsiaWorld-Expo venue on 27th and 28th January 2018. Health-focused consumers from all over Asia will gather to explore natural beauty & cosmetics, organic and healthy food, fitness & yoga, eco-lifestyle, holistic health and sustainable fashion. Wellness media startup, Green Queen, has served health-focused consumers since 2011 through utilising digital content. "Since Green Queen began in 2011, our mission is to make it

Water sources are getting an upgrade

Brands are now exploring water as a creative component by utilising ingredients such as banana and watermelon. “Water has long been prized by spa and dermocosmetic brands as a carrier of valuable trace elements, but this is now being extended so that water is almost regarded as an active ingredient in its own right,”​ revealed Vivienne Rudd, Director of Global Innovation and Insight, beauty and personal care, at Mintel. Over the next ten years, “Water – the new luxury”​ is one of four main tre

China makes strides in improving safety evaluation and cosmetics technical regulations

China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) closed its public consultation on the proposal ​to introduce the direct peptide test method for ascertaining skin allergies in cosmetics products and the “method for short exposure of chemical raw rabbit corneal epithelium cell (STE) for cosmetic chemicals” to identify eye irritation on 15th February 2018. Amid this consultation, and as we await its results, we spoke with Troy Seidle, Vice President, Humane Society International to a

China invites comments on suggested skin allergy and eye irritation testing methods

A report on the “Regulation Status of Domestic Non-Special-Use Cosmetics Related Animal Testing”​ prepared by Reach24h Consulting Group​ for Humane Society International​ sets out the testing method requirements that exist at present in China. Produced in May 2016, the report states that “the only source of test method accepted by CFDA [China Food and Drug Administration] is from Cosmetics Hygienic Standard (2007 version) and Safety and Technical Standard for Cosmetics, [which] will come into e

China public consultation for new draft cosmetics classification comes to a close

Cosmetics in China fall under one of two classifications: "cosmetics for special use(s)" or "cosmetics for non-special use(s)". Described as the current classification, this distinguishment results in different regulatory requirements being applied to cosmetics. With the draft consultation currently under consultation, the results have the potential to change these classifications and how the regulatory body, CFDA, handles these definitions. The CFDA released the draft rules on the classificat

China: Authority amalgamation and health care influence

At the National People’s Congress conference, the State Council revealed that China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) and State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC) would merge, China’s regulatory news and database, Chemlinked revealed on 13th March 2018​. As part of this consolidation, the simultaneous formation of the National Market

APAC inspires next-gen food-based skin care

Currently a niche segment, global intelligence company, Mintel, reveals that there is the potential for food-based skin care to become mainstream​. Set to grow in uptake in the US and the UK, brands are increasing the number of formulations that contain nutritive food ingredients in a bid to make the appearance of skin look healthier. Mintel Beauty and Personal Care Trend ‘Gastronomia​,’ highlighted how face and neck care product launches use the term ‘food’ to promote beautiful skin, and how

Tea is stirring up the skin care market

Global intelligence company, Mintel, revealed that tea-based skin care is seeing enjoyed popularity as it enters beauty supplements​. Green tea (unfermented tea) is the most familiar skin care ingredient in China as it comprised over 50% of tea-based skin care products in 2016, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD)​. 1. Why has tea entered the cosmetics space?​ Tea has had a long history and an established culture in China. Tea has long been used as a relaxing herbal drink i

Are your cosmetics vegetarian? Disclosure to soon be mandatory

Awareness relating to cosmetics free from ingredients containing animal-origins, known as vegetarian cosmetics, is high on the Indian government’s agenda. In order to make this a prerequisite of cosmetics manufacturing, the Indian government is set to amend its Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945. It will state that cosmetics and toiletries packaging including shampoos, toothpastes and soaps should feature a red/brown dot for non-vegetarian origin and a green dot for vegetarian. The Drugs Technical

Kohonjin supports fermentation science through skin care launch

On 22nd March 2018, the K-beauty pioneer announced that it is set to reveal its product lineup including nutritional cream, skin essence and a mask pack. Designed to make skin delicate and sensitive skin moist, Kohonjin uses ingredients produced through fermentation science that can then be absorbed into the skin as soon as it has been applied. Utilising actress Min Jeong Kim as its exclusive model and celebrity brand ambassador, the brand focuses on skin care and anti-ageing through unveiling

Etude House Singapore recalls products

The South Korean cosmetics name released its statement on 21st March 2018 on its website following the discovery. Etude House also voluntarily shared this information with the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. The affected products, which were largely distributed in Korea, were produced and supplied by Hwasung Cosmetics, an Amorepacific contractor. Etude House Singapore has now withdrawn its AC Clean-Up Mild Concealer (Serial number: AAH and Use-by Date: 8th January 2021) and Drawing Ey

APAC inspires next-gen food-based skin care

Currently a niche segment, global intelligence company, Mintel, reveals that there is the potential for food-based skin care to become mainstream​. Set to grow in uptake in the US and the UK, brands are increasing the number of formulations that contain nutritive food ingredients in a bid to make the appearance of skin look healthier. Mintel Beauty and Personal Care Trend ‘Gastronomia​,’ highlighted how face and neck care product launches use the term ‘food’ to promote beautiful skin, and how

Tea is stirring up the skin care market

Global intelligence company, Mintel, revealed that tea-based skin care is seeing enjoyed popularity as it enters beauty supplements​. Green tea (unfermented tea) is the most familiar skin care ingredient in China as it comprised over 50% of tea-based skin care products in 2016, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD)​. 1. Why has tea entered the cosmetics space?​ Tea has had a long history and an established culture in China. Tea has long been used as a relaxing herbal drink i
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