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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.

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in...

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 country suffers more from the issues of an ageing population than any other...

News in brief

Heinz recalls beetroot due to processing error

HJ Heinz has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices in Australia and New Zealand due to a processing error which could lead to microbial growth.

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 wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo...

Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear

The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Frito-Lay Japan develops flurry of limited edition snacks

Frito-Lay Japan has developed an array of limited edition snacks for October, from avocado and cheese tortilla chips to burdock and soy flavored extruded snacks.

Opinion

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation

To a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum designed to apply the older bloc’s...

Australia

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

An iconic biscuit and a range of junior milk drinks were among the winners—or losers—of Choice’s annual Shonky Awards roll call, which sets out to uncover companies peddling "sneaky, slippery,...

Australia

American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Yersinia sickens more than 100 in New Zealand

New Zealand is investigating at least 101 cases of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has a ‘credible link’ to a food source.

New Zealand

Sporty kids being bombarded with junk food ads in New Zealand

Kiwi kids are being bombarded with junk food advertising and their parents often feel powerless to combat this, according to new research released at the NZ Population Health Conference in...

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

News in brief

Young Australian women have become fatter, fitter over two decades

Young Australian women have now become fatter, fitter and more frazzled than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to long-term academic research.

News in brief

Aussie barbies hitting a snag through lower ownership

Australians might be famous for putting countless “snags on the barbie”, though the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows that this is happening increasingly less often with barbecue ownership...

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Australia

Australia’s food and grocery industry reports year of ups and downs

Australia’s food and beverage, grocery manufacturing and fresh produce industry had a total turnover of A$114bn (US$99.4bn) in the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Food and Grocery Council revealed in...

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

India

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

Indian consumers have greater confidence in green products being better than the environment than those in Canada, the United States and China, and also believe that bio-based ingredients enhance the...

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

After a years long pilot process, the new label Food Justice Certified is ready for market. The new designation aims to do what the USDA Organic Certification does not, and...

New Horizons

Untapped potential for chocolate makers in rural India, says ValueNotes

Chocolate makers are circling the rural Indian market as it is where the majority of consumers reside and infrastructure and incomes have improved drastically, says an analyst at ValueNotes.

Australia

Home is where the wine is for Aussie drinkers, research finds

While the proportion of Australians adults drinking wine is gradually declining, the proportion of those drinking wine at home has increased very slightly.

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

India

Stars aligning for India’s growth-driven probiotics market

A combination of rising health concerns, a growing risk of stress- and lifestyle-related disorders and more brands on the market have been propelling the demand for probiotics in India.

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