New food and pharmaceutical products from agriculture

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2002

  • Author(s): Wilkinson, J A, et al

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There have been major changes in the food and pharmaceutical sectors that provide opportunities for Australian agriculture to produce innovative products. Central to these developments is an increasing emphasis on health and nutrition and a growing preference for natural products.

Within the global food industry the link between food and health has resulted in a rapid growth in the market for functional foods, sometimes also referred to as nutraceuticals. These are defined as foods that have ingredients that provide health benefits beyond the traditional nutrients they contain.