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Halal food manufacturers are destined to appeal even to non-Muslims

Halal is no longer the sole domain of Muslims, and is instead “a new culture many countries are keen to embrace” as they seek healthier and more sustainable food supplies.

‘It’s been a great year for beer exports, but we can certainly do more’: BBPA

British beer exports to China up 500%

British beer exports to China have increased by 500%, according to figures published by HMRC, while beer exports overall rose by 6% in 2016.

Thailand’s top three supplement and functional food trends as beauty bubble begins to burst: Infographic

Healthy ageing, natural supplements and personalised nutrition: these are three emerging trends in Thailand offering ample opportunities for industry growth.

More than 30% of calcium intake for Chinese pregnant women coming from supplements or fortified foods

Calcium tops the list of minerals consumed by pregnant Chinese women via supplements and fortified foods, followed by Zinc and then Iron.

Asia leads the way in global coffee growth

Three of the four fastest-rising retail coffee markets are in Asia, with global leader Indonesia having witnessed 19.6% growth over each of the last five years.

First wave of food and nutrition experts confirmed for Food Vision Asia summit

A stellar line-up of speakers has been announced for the second Food Vision Asia summit being held in Singapore – while  food start-ups and entrepreneurs are being urged to enter...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Win a boy band: Thailand’s drinks draw silly season gets under way

As temperatures begin soaring in Thailand, pulses will also start racing among soft drinks buyers tantalised by the big name prizes on offer once again this season, including cars and...

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

Indian shrimp production to benefit from rebalancing of global seafood supply and demand: Rabobank

India’s shrimp exports could benefit as China’s dominance as a seafood exporter is set to gradually diminish, says Rabobank. 

India

Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

DuPont gets Indonesian approval for bakery enzymes

DuPont Danisco has received regulatory approval by the Indonesia food watchdog for a range of bakery enzymes.

China direct

Dairy firms missing out on retail as China's cheese market booms

China’s cheese manufacturers are missing out on an important market segment as they vie for position in a lightning-fast cheese market. 

China direct

Analyst: Chinese vit. A prices doubled last year and will remain high

A tripling of the price of vitamin A in China in early 2016 led an overall increase of almost 99% for the year.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Japan’s household food spending the highest for 20 years as ready-to-eat sales rocket

Japan’s households are spending less the across the board each month, but the amount forked out on food products has hit a 20-year high.

Revealed: The single biggest Indian health concern offering vast functional food and drink potential…

India’s tired citizens may just be the key to unlock a new market for functional food and drink formulations. 

Health craze boosts Gulf’s meat consumption

Bullish forecasts suggest that the GCC’s annual meat and poultry consumption will increase to 4.3m tonnes by 2019, with demand for healthy and halal products driving the segment’s growth.

Market update

China drives global lobster demand as supplies tighten

An increase in demand from China, combined with tight global supplies, has caused a surge in lobster prices, with the European Union reporting a 38% spike year on year at...

Market update

Disappointment for Indian rice exporters

Indian basmati rice prices have risen 20% since the end of November, based on hopes that Iran will resume rice imports during the July-November harvest season, following a ban last...

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx...

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

Vietnam: Debate over influence of international feed players on pricing

Foreign feed companies are extending their reach in the Vietnamese market, according to the country’s ministry of agriculture. 

FoodNavigator-Asia reader survey: Have your say on the state of the industry

FoodNavigator-Asia is running its inaugural state of the industry survey to gauge your views about the current state of the food and beverage sector, and to discover the issues that...

News in brief

PwC to help ISO standard compliance

PwC has established a specialist food and agribusiness advisory team and food safety assurance offering in Australia.

Australia’s pie market booming as Pie Face hunts for buyer

With reports that beleaguered Australian fast-food chain Pie Face may soon be sold, new market research bodes well for the company if it gets back on track.

Thailand opens up to Korean investment

Thailand’s prime minister has made a personal plea to Korea in a bid to woo companies to invest in his nation.

Asian consumers more interested in nutrition and healthy eating than westerners: Survey

Asian consumers are far more likely to be interested in healthy eating than those in the West, according to a new survey of attitudes to diet and nutrition.

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