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Asia-Pacific to see biggest growth in biotech flavour market

The global market for so-called “biotech flavours” is expected to witness significant growth during the next eight years owing to a thriving R&D pipeline and the stellar performance of Asia-Pacific...

China direct

Chinese dairy shoppers becoming less satisfied with their milk

Customer satisfaction is on a downward spiral among Chinese dairy consumers, according to the latest national research report on shoppers’ attitudes to liquid milk, which also highlighted how the public...

Tipple trends: Aussie grog consumption stays static

Australia may be best known as a nation of beer drinkers, yet still more than a quarter of the country’s adults consume spirits at least once every month.

New Zealand looks to dairy boom in 2018

A new document from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says dairy export revenue is set to boom in 2018.

India’s confectionery market to eclipse growth in other BRICs: MarketLine

India’s confectionery market is set to significantly outstrip sales growth in other BRIC countries in the next five years, says MarketLine.

Indian currency ban causes hardship in country's poultry sector

Indian poultry farmers have slowed the breeding of chicks to lower their costs after demand fell sharply following the central government’s unexpected announcement that large currency notes – valuing 86%...

China direct

Chinese sweetener prices rising at last after spate of plant closures

After a year-long race to the bottom by Chinese manufacturers, acesulfame-K sweetener prices have grown steadily since May, with analysts expecting further increases then stabilisation as suppliers, including segment giant...

Wealthier Chinese will spend more on food, but market share will drop

Chinese consumers still allocate around one-third of their spending on food—twice as much as neighbouring Koreans—though this is likely to change with rising income levels.

Australians prefer convenience of aisles to online grocery shopping

Though online grocery buying is growing in popularity, Australians still visited the supermarket almost 2bn times last year, suggesting that internet food shopping is more an appealing idea than a...

The seven top Asia Pacific food and nutrition trends of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we highlight the top seven most-read APAC food and nutrition trends stories, featuring exclusive market and consumer insights from Japan, South East Asia, India,...

This week Down Under

Bloggers' noise makes it hard for shoppers to make informed choices

Food fads and hearsay are drowning out real facts, leaving consumers unable to make informed decisions about their diets.

Exclusive interview

MENA Millennials driving demand for bakery and snacks, says Golden Agri-Resources

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is developing a taste for luxury products, especially premium bakery goods, snacks and confectionery.

News in brief

Market update: Indian ginger prices plummet

Indian dry ginger prices have plunged to just 40% of their value last November due to an abundant supply of raw materials.  

Asian grocery growth to outpace Europe and North America combined

Asia will remain the biggest engine of growth in the grocery market with sales expected to exceed those of Europe and North America combined within five years, according to new...

Functional benefits remain white space in China’s snack market, Mintel

A Mintel report shows that the Chinese snack food sector is fragmented, with the top 10% companies accounting for only 11.7% of market share.

China’s chicken supply chain in danger

China’s supply chain faces a challenge with historically low breeding stock supplies compounded by outbreaks of bird flu in markets China depends on for a regular flow of grandparent birds. ...

New Zealand export lambs due to drop

The number of lambs bred for export from New Zealand is expected to drop 2.7% in 2016-17.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

New Zealand wine industry assesses impact of earthquake

Around 20% of wine storage capacity in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region was damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake earlier this month, but the industry is planning for the upcoming vintage...

Asia Pacific proves a boon for global sparkling water market

The Asia Pacific market currently accounts for 15.25% global sparkling water market, and Technavio projects it will grow at a CAGR of 3.67% through 2020, the fastest rate compared to...

Australians’ poor diets leading to unexpected cases of scurvy

A historical disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and associated with old-world sailors, it appears that scurvy is reappearing in Australia due to poor modern dietary habits.

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

Though its baked goods market is 125 times smaller than its counterpart in Europe, China still holds enormous potential for businesses exactly because of this low per-capita consumption.

Chinese astaxanthin wins EU novel foods approval

Competition is hotting up in the astaxanthin space, as Novel Food authorisation for BGG’s AstaZine line of natural astaxanthin ingredients marks the entry of a new player into the European...

British beef exports to China, worth millions, move closer

New British beef exports to China – potentially worth millions of pounds – moved a step closer recently, after Chinese officials visited Britain to judge levels of animal welfare and...

Danish Crown sustained by demand from Asia

Demand from Asia sustained Danish Crown’s sales in the face of greater challenges in its UK market in the past year, according to chief executive Jais Valeur.

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