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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.

News in brief

Uncertain outlook for Thai skipjack tuna prices

Skipjack tuna prices in Thailand have fallen 27% since mid-September due to good supply in canneries and low seasonal demand globally. 

News in brief

Record Indian chilli prices follow difficult growing conditions

Indian chilli prices have reached record highs, with prices in October up by 104% on the year due to tight supplies and rising demand.

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Indian industry growth continues at 11% per year

The overall Indian food industry is expected to be worth US$65.4bn by 2018, a research report has estimated.  

This week Down Under

Keen-snacking Aussies still not tucking into healthy potato chips

The number of Australians who snack on potato chips continues to grow, while those who do so are also most likely to wash them down with flavoured soft drinks, market...

F&B segment doing the ‘heavy lifting’ for New Zealand’s economy

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council has welcomed the release of the government’s latest guide to investing in the country’s food and beverage industry, which details a number of...

HK supermarket leads unhealthy food promotion in international study

A Hong Kong supermarket has been named as the worst offender in promoting unhealthy foods in an analysis by Australian obesity prevention researchers that covered 12 countries.

News in brief

One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

#Probiota16 : Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is go! for scientific abstracts extended until December 14

Probiota 2016 in Amsterdam is extending the deadline to submit abstracts for the Scientific Frontiers competition to December 14. We've had 15 entries but our scientific panel wants to see more...

AFIA, ASA among groups to support proposed US trade deal

Several US feed and grain organizations have come out in support of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

10% increased demand for formula expected from China’s relaxed baby policy

The relaxation of China’s birth policy has had little immediate impact on milk demand and its global prices, though a moderately increased demand for infant formula is likely.

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US beef promotion builds in South Korea

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is focusing on promoting the quality of beef to South Korea

Dan Murphy’s leads Australia’s alcohol retail pack

More Australians shop for liquor at Dan Murphy’s than any other retail chain is a market that is worth A$296m (US$211m) a week, new research has found.

News in brief

Health consciousness drives lightning breakfast cereals growth

India's breakfast cereal market has grown at an annualised rate of just over 22% since 2010, with Kellogg's, Bagrry and PepsiCo Quaker together capturing more than three-quarters of the market. 

Chinese lysine producers still applying the brakes but prices starting to rebound: analyst

Most of China’s nine major lysine manufacturers, which between them account for over 61% of the global market, are back up and running, but nearly all of them are still...

Xi pub visit prompts newfound interest in British IPA

Images of China’s president enjoying a pint of British beer in an Oxfordshire pub alongside Prime Minister David Cameron have sparked a Far East “frenzy” for real ale.

Dairy alternatives market to reach $19.5bn by 2020

Global consumption of dairy alternatives is set to rise rapidly driven by Asian-Pacific, according to a recent report.

Market research

E-commerce growing fast in Oz, but it’s still a tiny niche

With research suggesting that fewer than half of Australians actually enjoy grocery shopping, why aren’t more people sparing themselves the angst of the supermarket and purchasing their groceries online?

Regulations in China

Five changes in market access to China

This year has been a big one for China’s food safety policymakers, who last month introduced changes to legislation that would serve as a regulatory framework for the coming years....

Asian demand for curcumin in cosmetics to drive market growth

Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is participating in the ongoing growth for the beauty and personal care market in the Asia Pacific region, a new report by Transparency Market Research has...

Retail expectations

Asia’s giants the backbone for global grocery growth

China and India’s grocery markets are set to grow in double digits to US$2.4tr by 2020, according to the latest forecast by food and grocery researchers IGD. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Palm oil demand growth offers opening for niche certified producers

Global demand for certified sustainable palm oil will double in five years, growing from 5.3m tonnes in 2014 to 11m by 2020, predicts Rabobank.

Craft beer buyouts: It’s the quality of the brew that ultimately counts

When large multinational brewers buy small independent craft brewers, it often prompts an outcry among beer fans. But do consumers really care who owns their favourite beer brands?

Worldwide infant formula sales set to rocket as China ends one-child policy

The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is expected to grow sales of infant formula by 10-15%, with 1.5-2 million more babies likely to be born each year in...

South Asia radius

Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020. 

Apac cheese market to leap to $15.5bn by 2021

The Asia-Pacific cheese market is worth US$8.3bn and is expected to almost double to US$15.5bn by 2021, according to a Research and Markets report. This corresponds to an annualised growth...

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