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Whether serving the food and drink needs of consumers or sourcing ingredients and raw materials, success in the food industry depends on keeping abreast of the latest market trends in the Asia Pacific region.

Asia-Pacific

Ageing Asia-Pacific driving global dietary supplements growth

Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global dietary supplements market for the rest of the decade to control 44% of the global market by 2020.

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese market

As the middle class continues to grow in China, penetrating this market becomes a priority for US brands.  Negotiating that bewildering process may have gotten a little easier with the...

Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city....

Editor's blog

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er,...

Australia

Childless young Aussies buy fewer veggies than any other group

Australians over 35 and without children are consistently buying fewer vegetables than any other age bracket, according to the latest Nielsen consumer research data into vegetable purchasing.

Asia-Pacific

Asians prefer natural ingredients but don’t have time to eat clean

Consumers in China, Indonesia and Thailand have a striking awareness of healthy nutrition and a strong preference for clean labelling, according to a global study of consumer preferences. 

News in brief

Grant to study disease burden of Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa

The University of Otago has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.

Emerging Markets: India

Premium Indian chocolate race heats up with Cadbury Glow and Kit Kat Senses

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Glow and Nestlé’s Kit Kat Senses have joined India’s rapidly growing premium chocolate market.

News in brief

Premium Ingredients Food Services India renews certifications

Premium Services Food Ingredients India has renewed certifications of quality, environment and food safety, after an audit by DNV GL.

India

Biggest biscuit consumer set for fast growth and premium charge

Indian biscuit manufacturers are now aggressively moving into the premium segment as the world’s biggest cookie consumer shifts its tastes upmarket.

Australia

Brand names rule in battle for packaged dairy desserts

Almost 3.2m Australians eat a packaged dairy dessert such as a custard, mousse, chocolate pudding, creamy rice or fruity whip each month. 

India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it is applied in emerging markets like India.

India

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year

India’s exports to Asean grew from US$44bn in 2010 to US$74bn last year, according to a government official as he outlined the region’s growing importance.

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus and food safety is from Earth

Technology originally designed for use in outer space has been applied to detect radioactive cesium contamination in food.

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

Efacec wins automated warehousing project with Indonesian dairy firm

Efacec has won a second consecutive project with PT Indolakto, a dairy producer in Indonesia. 

Australia

You are what you eat—though only if you like to cook, research finds

Does a consumer’s talent in the kitchen have any bearing on the kind of food they tend to enjoy eating, researchers have asked.

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...

Southeast Asia

Positive sentiment hints Asean economic bloc is starting to take shape

What would Asean look like if it were re-imagined as a single bloc, and what characteristics would it have if all 10 countries were aggregated into an economic unit?

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Asia-Pacific

Apac colourings market growing by almost 5% annually

Asia’s food colourings market will grow to over half a billion dollars by 2019 at a time when India is struggling to break away from the synthetic products it traditionally...

India

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the global daily average for calories through packaged food and soft drinks last year.

Briefing

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows

It is no coincidence that eight out of the world’s top 10 peanut consumers are in Asia, where eating the nuts appears to be an altogether safer pastime than doing...

Beauty and Traditional Chinese Medicine bars could be 'instant wins' in China

Snack bar makers can create instant wins in China with beauty bars or products containing Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, say Chinese consumer experts.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...