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Woolworths’ three retail brands dominate Australian liquor landscape

Almost 5m Australians each buy an average of over A$60 worth of alcohol each week, according to new figures by Roy Morgan Research.

Australians expect to fail in the battle of the bulge

Australians are their own worst enemies when it comes to eating better and controlling their weight, according to findings from a new survey that investigates why some people are better...

E-commerce receipts expected to reach US$38bn this year in India

According to a research paper by Assocham, Indian e-commerce will see yet another huge leap in its market value this year, led by mobile purchasing.

Sorghum takes pressure off wheat production in drought-hit Australia

Increased consumption of Australian sorghum in China is behind a boom in the production of the supergrain, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

This week Down Under

Soft drinks seeing surge in young Australian consumption

Good news for Coca-Cola Amatil. The bottler and distributor might have posted its lowest profit in eight years, but research figures suggest that consumption of soft drinks is increasing in...

Aldi triples supermarket share as Coles falters in last decade

As Aldi continues to expand across Australia, new data show that its market share has almost tripled in the last decade.

Opportunities in China driving strong outlook for supplements in 2016, analyst says

Market analyst Steve Hanson expects continued growth and investment in the dietary supplement and health food spaces in 2016, with opportunities in China leading the way.

Asia-Pacific fuels a challenging year for dairy

As the global dairy industry grapples with issues of oversupply and the changing face of product mixes, Asia-Pacific countries will hold massive sway over the direction the market takes over...

Daioni - 1st British organic dairy brand certified by China Quality Certification Centre

‘Potential demand for organic dairy produce in Greater China is immense’

Daioni, the first British organic dairy brand to be certified by the China Quality Certification Centre, has set up a sales team in Hong Kong and hired a brand manager...

Taking your beverage company into international markets: 10 tips from experts

The growth of eCommerce, the Internet and easier-than-ever international travel means the world is getting smaller. But does that mean it’s time to take your beverage company into a new...

Think long-term to succeed in Iran, says trade promo firm

Iranian consumers are eager for foreign food products, but international firms need to have a long-term mentality to succeed in Iran, according to food trade promotion firm PSDC.

Aus' and Brazil the beef exporters ‘to watch’ in 2016

Beef exporters tipped for success in 2016 include Australia, Brazil, India and the US, according to Rabobank’s global quarterly review on the beef industry.

Packaged foods growth driving Indian ready-to-eat innovation

The perceived convenience associated with packaged food has been driving lightning growth in the segment, according to an Assocham report.

Dispatches from FIE 2015

Eat with your eyes: Making sense of multi-sensory food

Food should taste and smell good but what else should and can it do when ‘visually stimulated’ consumers like millennials engage in eating occasions? Touch, sight and sound are increasingly...

Americans are ready to upgrade their rice to Basmati, Amira predicts

Specialty rice producer Amira sees significant potential for Basmati to win the hearts of Americans, who lately have been flirting more with Indian food and ancient grains. 

Southeast Asia direct

Indonesia trumps neighbours for brand opportunities, BCG finds

Increasingly urbanised and upwardly mobile consumers have made Indonesia a highly attractive base for companies operating in emerging markets, despite slowing growth in most other southeast Asian economies, Boston Consulting...

Apac leads world diabetes league, Singapore second in developed world

Asia-Pacific is home to the country with the world’s highest rate of diabetes and also one of the lowest, the annual International Diabetes Foundation “Atlas” reveals.

Australia's fast-food market

97% of regular KFC customers express satisfaction

Almost six in 10 Australians get food from fast-food chains each month, and the more they frequent a store, the more satisfied they will be with it, according to market research.

Asia leads the dairy bioactives market

Dairy bioactives are high in nutritional value yet low in in market volume, according to a new report, which adds that Asia has been faster to take up new bioactives...

Each Asian consumer will fit into one of five groups, survey finds

To get an understanding of how Asia’s consumers have been moving towards natural ingredients, a global food colourings company has commissioned a widespread market research study, finding five different types...

Fruzio frozen berries recalled in Hepatitis A investigation

FSL Foods has recalled frozen berries imported from China as part of the investigation into four Hepatitis A cases in New Zealand.

Sugary beverages rise in low and middle income countries, fall in high-income regions

While sugar-sweetened beverages have seen a decrease in popularity in regions such as North America and Western Europe, they are on the rise in most low- and middle-income countries. But...

WHO: One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year

Each year as many as 600 million, or almost one in 10 people in the world, fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

UPDATED with MPI response

New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

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