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Japan

Nestle commissions empathic robot to sell its coffee machines in Japan

Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines as the company devises new ways to appeal to customers in the brand’s biggest market.  

Bunge commits to deforestation-free palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge is the latest multinational company to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply – going beyond the requirements for RSPO membership.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Modular factory systems gaining momentum in Pakistan and India

United Food Technology (UFT), in Germany is launching its modular factory system FiaB (Factory-in-a-Box) at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai (November 9-11).

Amcor Flexibles to open Philippines factory

Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific has announced plans to build a multi-million dollar packaging plant in the Philippines.

India

BK to finally enter the Indian market after months of speculation

Burger King will open its first stores in India in the next couple of months, with New Delhi, NCR and Mumbai each on the waiting list for restaurants.

Agriculture

Four to one: Crop pest discovery could have wide-reaching benefits

An entomological discovery should lead to the easing of some international trade restrictions, according to the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Do zero-calorie sweeteners increase diabetes risk?

“Artificial sweeteners may boost diabetes risk” ran the headline in the New York Times last month – but experts have said to take recent research with a pinch of salt.

Australia

Study finds how brands use social media to draw kids to junk food

Sydney researchers have blasted junk food brands for targeting young social media users to promote unhealthy food after identifying the scale of the issue.

Spotlight

In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan
Taiwan

In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan

Recent reports that international furniture retailer Ikea has been using expired milk in its ice cream is...

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market
Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional...

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture
Feature - China

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture

Once upon a time there was China tea. If you were Chinese and liked hot drinks, the...

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy
Analysis - Japan

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

With more than a quarter of Japan’s population over the age of 60, it is said that...

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains...

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation
Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by...

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

Jane Barnett

Insights manager for Australia-New Zealand, south east Asia and India,...

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market
Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being...

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues
Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm...

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of...

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