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Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

Consumers increasingly claim to avoid sweeteners, but purchasing behavior says otherwise

Before manufacturers reformulate food and beverages in response to consumers’ increasing claims about avoiding sweeteners, they should double check shoppers’ purchasing habits, which betray a different truth, according to new...

Too broad vs. too limited: Can the sports nutrition industry climb out of regulatory purgatory?

A European Commission report due in July this year should bring legal clarity to the current regulation obscurity that surrounds the sports nutrition market, according to a paper by the...

Hepatitis A outbreak from berries sickens five

Berries from Patties Foods have been linked to an Australian outbreak of Hepatitis A which has sickened at least five people.

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Food Vision debuts Big Debates in Cannes

The 2015 Food Vision Big Debate will take place on 19 March 2015 during the truly global event for food and drink industry business leaders. It will be a highlight...

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

India

Research: Indian QSR market to almost double by 2017

Currently worth almost Rs60bn (US$960m), India’s quick-service restaurant segment is expected to grow by 26% each year to reach Rs117bn by 2017, fuelled by the arrival of more international chains...

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Scandinavian herring roe starting to deliver on omega-3 promise

Herring by-products like immature roe are proving a bountiful source for omega-3s in Norway, with research showing strong market potential.

ANSES and CFSA to cooperate on food safety

ANSES has created a cooperation agreement with the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).

sugar-free sports drinks

‘A lucrative opportunity:’ Can Aussie sports drinks wrestle sales from soft drinks?

The Australian sports drinks market will continue to grow: but sugar-free versions present an opportunity to shake up the sector, according to research firm TechNavio. 

Guest article

Why start-ups will drive the future of health & wellness

Good news for would-be entrepreneurs – and even for executives inside big companies who long to create something new. In health and wellness, it is start-ups that are taking the...

‘Stuck in the middle with you, our confused shoppers?’ Analyst attacks Aussie budget bread

As Australian grocery duopoly Coles and Woolworths escalate their cut-priced bread battle, one analyst warns that they risk eroding consumer loyalty in an unprofitable ‘race to the bottom’.

Australia

Diners calling for more draught and premium beers

Demand from diners is driving a surge in the number of restaurants and cafes offering both draught and bottled beers. 

Prepare for legislation to tackle obesity, Euromonitor warns industry

Tighter legislation seems inevitable in order to cut calories and reduce obesity rates, according to a new analysis from Euromonitor International.

54 countries, 57,000 food brands. “No one else is doing this research.”

Euromonitor debuts nation-based nutrition data cruncher

Market analyst Euromonitor International has debuted a tool that for the first time breaks down  a country’s total nutritional inputs into eight categories from calories to proteins to fibres....

India

Nutraceutical sales to treble, though regulations aren’t strong enough

India’s nutraceuticals industry is expected to nearly treble by 2020 largely because of the country’s changing lifestyle and attitudes to fitness.

Probiotic industry value set to reach £29bn

Sales of probiotic food, drink and supplements are set to reach £29bn by 2018, as consumers seek food-based answers to health issues, according to one expert commentator.

Southeast Asia

Rabobank: Cheap crude oil will hit SE Asia’s oil palm fortunes

The last year’s dramatic oil plunge, and with it expectations that crude prices will stay low, will continue to have a wide-reaching affect on the global food supply chain, not...

Australia

Grocery spending expected to continue slowing well into 2015

After a Christmas period that saw stronger retail sales than expected, growth in Australian consumer spending is expected to slow into 2015, according to the most recent Deloitte retail figures.

India

New premium tastes behind doubling of India’s food market by 2020

India’s food market will nearly double in size between 2014 and 2020, with the premium segment among the biggest gainers, a report by Boston Consulting Group has revealed. 

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis...

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

‘Dramatic decline’ in Asia cocoa grind as emerging markets slow

Asia’s cocoa grind dropped 17.2% in the fourth quarter after an economic slowdown in China, adding another cocoa processing decline to the world jigsaw.

Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of these being men and nine out of 10 choosing at least one local...