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‘Clean and green’: Australian and New Zealand functional honey products continue to buzz in China

Natural products with functional claims such as honey continue to face a bright future as both a food and a therapeutic product, not least in China where demand is expected...

Special Edition: Organic Feed

Australia: Industry led initiative looks to boost organic grain supply

Stakeholders expect organic grain production in Australia to triple in the next five years, but they note a supply deficit currently.

Donald Trump and China: call to unlock beef market

US meat bodies have urged US President Donald Trump to secure China President Xi Jinping’s support for a beef deal, with industry talks failing to make progress.

Alibaba trials Blockchain in Aus and NZ to tackle food fraud

Alibaba Australia is to trial Blockchain to mitigate the risk of counterfeit and fraudulent food products.

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

VIDEO: The top consumer trends driving business innovation at Ingredion

Ingredion may be best known for its clean label products, but according to the firm’s president for APAC and EMEA, there are a further three key trends driving business innovation...

China direct

Cross-border e-commerce pursues dramatic growth, but can it continue?

The sheer scale of demand for Australian and New Zealand goods in China has been revealed in a striking report presented in Sydney—though indications suggests that cross-border e-commerce might soon...

This week Down Under

Booze retailers urged to follow dominant Dan Murphy’s model

Of the enormous A$14.5bn spent in Australia last year on alcohol from liquor retailers, almost three-quarters went to supermarket-affiliated retailers, leaving independent stores far behind major chains like Dan Murphy’s...

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese...

OPINION: Why vitamin D is vital for women, especially in Asia

The recent occasion of the International Women’s Day provided a good opportunity to reflect on both gender equality, but also on differences between the genders, writes DSM senior scientist Barbara Troesch....

China direct

Selling mandarins to the Chinese: Israeli growers target Far East

Israel is set to tap into the world’s biggest citrus grower’s own market with the Jaffa Orri, a new brand in the Jaffa family, at a time when China is...

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

News in brief

Japan: corn supply crisis eases

Feed manufacturers in Japan, under pressure in recent weeks due to a supply shortage of corn arising from the cold weather in the US, told Reuters the crisis has eased.

Fruit and veg consumption more likely to reduce psychological stress in women than men

Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily is associated with a lower incidence of psychological stress in women, but it has less of an impact on men, new research...

China’s hunger for Brazilian beef eases drop

Early trade figures for the start of the year indicate Brazil’s top beef markets, Hong Kong and China, eased the burden of falling sales over January and February.

Indian wheat imports reach highest level in a decade

Indian wheat prices have risen by nearly 40% over the last two years, due to tight supplies after a decline in production last season.

Gallery: Six of the top functional foods, health and supplement products launched at FoodEx Japan

This year’s FoodEx Japan show featured well over 3,000 exhibitors, from more than 80 countries, and attracted over 80,000 delegates.

Gluts, shortages and looming penalties: China’s carbohydrates markets

China’s sweeteners market has seen great disruption recently, at a time when environmental policies have been limiting production.

Feature: From India to the world - a tea entrepreneur's journey

From tea bag technology to speedy shipping: Start-up’s mission to provide the best fresh tea

Teabox – an Indian premium tea e-commerce start-up – has made it its mission to deliver ‘the freshest cup of tea’ to consumers worldwide. From the technology behind the tea...

Apac natural colours growth beats the global average in past 12 months

The natural food colours market in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan experienced robust growth of 7.7% last year, outstripping the global average, to reach US$320m.

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...

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

India

Traditional tastes can help food processing boom beyond snacks

The theme of “processed Indian traditional foods” was based on the idea that India’s food processing industry could only sustain growth by making products that Indians were well-accustomed to consuming...

Mintel market trends: Apac getting lairy for dairy

As Asian taste trends continue evolving across Asia-Pacific, manufacturers are being forced to cater for more discerning, better travelled consumers with greater culinary exposure to foreign cultures. 

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.

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