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Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

This week Down Under

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

South Asia radius

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

China direct

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Age causing diabetes to soar in Singapore; some groups not managing it

Age making diabetes rates soar in Singapore; Indians and Malays not managing condition properly

China will account for nearly 40% of all food processing machinery by 2019

Global demand for food processing machinery will rise by 7.6% per annum to $73bn in 2019, according to The Freedonia Group industry research firm.

This week Down Under

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

US winning in game of catch up with trans fats, say Aussie grocers

China direct

China to bolster regulations after spate of substandard imports

China to bolster import regulations after spate of substandard imports

South India radius

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

India’s diabetes rate has jumped 123% since 1990

Neogen taps into expanding Indian food testing demand

Neogen Corporation has acquired the assets of a food testing lab in southwest India adding the market is ‘extremely attractive’ because of the expanding middle class.

Nestlé India to destroy Maggi noodles worth $50m

Nestlé India is destroying Maggi noodles worth an estimated Rs 320 crore (US$50m, €45m) which is stock withdrawn from the market.

Far East digest

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

Region in focus: Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

Malaysia facing digestive health time bomb

This week Down Under

Government consults public on new country-of-origin system

Government consults public on new country-of-origin system

South Asia radius: Region in focus

Maggi wake: Companies in flurry of action to put affairs in order

Maggi wake: Companies in flurry of action to put houses are in order

Japan

Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

Whiter than white? EU rejecting ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac

Europe needs to be educated on ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac, says Indonesian supplier with sulphur safety concerns.

China direct: Region in focus

$50m donated to boost productivity in emerging countries

China donates US$50m to develop food supplies in emerging countries

Region in focus

Far East digest

Health ministry blamed for doing too little to prevent gutter oil scandal

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysian halal firms opening up new markets in China

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

Region in focus

This week Down Under

Food standards watchdog finds no safety issues in GM corn strain

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