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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.

Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China

China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina.

Scientists on track to eradicate Australia’s biggest crop pest

Australian researchers have been combining micro-sensing, sterile insect technology with new insect trapping systems to protect the country’s farms from the Queensland fruit fly, one of Australia's most economically damaging...

Mineral waters and mixers adding fizz to Aussie bubbly drink market

New market research suggests that Australia’s love of bubbly drinks could now be fizzling out.

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Asia would be 'nice next step' for infant formula cube: Meiji

The “unique” Meiji Hohoemi Raku Raku Cube concept - the world's first and only infant formula in tablet form - could head west as the company's dairy products become "more widely available" across...

China lagging behind US in terms of sustainable agriculture

The urea input costs per unit of pork production in China is 3.5 times what it is in the US, according to data by Rabobank. 

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

Almost 1m Aussies eat mints they never bought

It’s the great unspoken black hole in the Australian economy. Almost a million Australians a month flippantly committing the pettiest of larcenies: eating mints they don’t buy.

Saudi must look east for grains

The contribution of agriculture to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product was last measured at 2.49% in 2010, according to the World Bank. Moreover, it is set to drop even lower...

Pakistan eyes UAE market for export growth

Pakistan’s food exports to the UAE could potentially triple to US$1.2bn from last year’s US$400m because of local demand for the country’s products, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Asif Durrani,...

Putting the chai into Dubai: Rise of the world’s tea re-export capital

The order given by Dubai’s ruling sheikh in 1959 to dredge the Creek, the water channel that flows into the heart of what was at the time a sleepy fishing...

Majority of Singaporeans unable to understand labelling info

Even though Singapore’s obesity rate is steadily rising, a recent poll there has shown the majority of its residents do not read or understand the information printed on food packaging. ...

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have...

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

Food Vision 2014 ready to encourage radical thinking and explore innovative opportunities

Over 100 food industry leaders and senior directors from Europe, Asia and the Americas will soon convene in Cannes, France for the 2014 Food Vision summit to discuss key issues...

FAO: Apac countries pushing forward to counter hunger

The mission for an end to hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has received a boost after members of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation responded to a call by the...

China needs hybrid imports to support its growing food demand

China’s ability to feed a growing population will depend on how it can drive the development of its hybrid model while ultimately relying on the development of its agricultural system,...

Australia could play a bigger role in food security

Australia could increase its food security role in Asia, with food consumption modelled under specific scenarios to more than double by 2030, according to new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards 2014

And the Oscar for best pack goes to...

The 2014 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were presented this month at the annual meeting of the Flexible Packaging Association in Arizona. 

INSIDE...VOLAC

Lifting one child policy could boost whey protein demand: Volac

The infant nutrition sector could become the largest single market for whey protein if China abolishes its one child policy, says Volac.

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Indian retailing really could take off once mom and pop get a website

Academics at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad have coined the term “brick and click” as a way for mom and pop retailers in India to innovate by settling groceries...

Palm oil in troubled waters with new Sumatra death accusation

Greenpeace has suggested that security forces in a palm oil concession linked to the supply of Wilmar International might have been complicit in the death of a member of the...

Global food prices rise on strong demand and poor weather

Global food prices are at their highest levels in months – but it is too early to say whether it will be an ongoing upward trend, the Food and Agriculture...

SE Asian women concerned about bone health but shun beneficial diet

Southeast Asian women are more worried about the effects of poor bone health than an expanding waistline, according to a new report on opinions towards ageing.

Tetra Pak cartons for olive oil

Bottles leave olive oil 'open to attack'

Carton packaging is a cheaper and better way to package olive oil, according to Crete olive oil co-operative Peza Union Crete.

Indonesia to become a top 3 wheat importer in next five years

With wheat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia, the country might soon be in a position to resolve its self-sufficiency target for rice, according to a new report by...

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