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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.

India cannot ensure sesame seeds imported to EU are safe – FVO

Indian controls cannot ensure sesame seeds exported to the EU are safe, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

‘Emerging middle class’ drive B-brand growth

The emergence of a new middle class in emerging markets can serve as a catalyst to B-brand growth, rather than benefiting established global brands, say researchers.

Nestlé India sales drop 20% after Maggi recall

Nestlé India’s net sales plummeted 20.1% in the second quarter largely due to the Maggi noodles scare.

H.B. Fuller to open hot melt and water-based adhesives factory in Indonesia in 2016

H.B. Fuller will open a hot melt and water-based adhesives manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, with operations starting in the second quarter of 2016.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

Savola accused of dumping oil in Iranian market

Savola Group’s Iranian subsidiary is under fire in Iran for allegedly dumping vegetable oil in the market, a month after MPs attacked the Saudi firm’s investments in the country....

Dateline Southeast Asia

Quarter of a million tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan in Malaysia

Malaysia: Quarter of a million tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan

News in brief

Cargill helps launch Indian food safety imitative

Cargill has launched a food safety awareness initiative in India sharing it is a shared responsibility of farmers, the food industry, regulators and consumers.

Looming RCEP deal could help unlock conclusion of Trans-Pacific FTA

South Korea has joined 15 other countries in holding fresh talks on a regional free-trade agreement to be held in Myanmar next month, when it is hoped that a cross-Asia...

Smart Wine Bottle tackles counterfeit in Chinese market

A ‘Smart Wine Bottle’ is being used to help a wine company ensure its authentic products are reaching consumers in China, rather than counterfeit goods.

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The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Australia

Small increase in grape prices gives beleaguered wine growers hope

Though 85% of grapes for the 2015 vintage were harvested at a loss, Australian winemakers have been applauding a small increase in average wine grape prices over the last year.

China overtakes US to become ice cream market 'powerhouse': Mintel

China has overtaken the US to become the “powerhouse” of the global ice cream market, says Mintel.

Australia

Brand names can't trump supermarket cheese hegemony

Australians still enjoy their cheddar. Market research by Roy Morgan Research shows that almost 85% of Australian shoppers buy some kind of cheese at least once each month

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

The quest for alternatives to animal-derived proteins has led to a huge amount of innovation - some proteins are already thriving on the market and others have some way to...

Australia

Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

China direct

Fashionable food taking over from value as Chinese tastes change

Fashionable food taking over from value as Chinese tastes change

US red meat exporters enjoy boost from Korea

Korea offers hope to US beef and pork exporters after international trade lost momentum in May, falling below levels for last year in both volume and value.

One-third of Germans question stevia's healthiness

Germany is a leading market for stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe – but more education is needed to further boost its usage, according to Mintel.

South Asia radius

Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Market research

Asian shoppers more likely to check labels than Americans

Asian consumers are even more likely to weigh up food labels than their American and European counterparts before deciding which products to buy. More often than not, clean label will...

China direct

Ageing, fattening China witnessing shift towards chronic diseases

Ageing China witnessing shift towards chronic diseases

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Far East digest

Taiwan gives its health guidelines some new teeth

Taiwan gives its health guidelines some teeth

Dateline Southeast Asia

Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines

Aggressive food marketing throwing up weighty problem in Philippines

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