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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.

Packaged food holds potential for those who dare

Making a profit in India's packaged foods market may not be easy, but the at the moment it represents a tantalising opportunity that food companies cannot afford to ignore.

State of the industry

India must innovate to realise processing potential

Food processing is regarded as a sunrise industry in India. However, while it is true that there has been rapid growth over the past few years, the fact remains that...

Industry doesn’t want separate standards for Oz, NZ

The joint regulatory regime for Australia and New Zealand for has come under scrutiny, with food industry advocates from the smaller neighbour questioning its domestic usefulness.

Regulation required for Vietnam's skyrocketing supplements

It is vital for Vietnam to manage its production and distribution of dietary supplements if it plans to prevent potential threats to consumers, according to a senior government food health...

Vietnam going all out for growth in seafood exports

The Vietnamese seafood industry is eyeing exports worth $10-10.5bn by 2020, according to a leading trade official, although judging by recent trends, this might be a difficult task.

Foreign funds needed for Oceania to become Asia’s food bowl

The agri-food sector in Australia and New Zealand will have to overcome a host of barriers if it is to tap the opportunities presented by rapidly developing Asian countries, and...

Hold the greens, rural Indians now eating more meat and eggs

Growing income is leading to increased demand for protein in India’s hinterland, but a shortage of supply is resulting in higher food inflation.

A2C to enter Chinese market through distribution deal

A2 Corporation (A2C) – the manufacturer of a2 brand milk products – looks set to enter the Chinese market after agreeing a distribution deal with an in-market state-owned firm.

Report predicts tough times for Chinese pork

While global pork prices are projected to remain strong in 2013, hog production and imports to China will once again remain wildly unpredictable.

Cargill looks to counter diseased Indonesian trees with sustainable cocoa investment

Cargill has extended its sustainable cocoa program to Indonesia and plans to take preventative measure to turn ailing crops into high cocoa yielding money-spinners.

NZ honey study's sweet and sour findings

A PhD student at New Zealand’s Lincoln University has found that nearly half of mono-floral honey bought from supermarkets in the country were not true to their labels.

Probiotics on course for profound growth in the UAE

Research by Euromonitor has revealed that pre- and probiotics have been continually attracting new consumers in the United Arab Emirates, with growth becoming consistently strong across the segment.

Asia Q3 cocoa grind flat as capacity shift slows

Asia’s cocoa grind for the third quarter has remained essentially flat compared to last year after growth in the previous two quarters, figures released yesterday show.

News in brief

Guar gum futures will be relisted soon, says FMC

India’s commodity regulator the Forward Markets Commission has said it plans to reintroduce guar gum onto the futures market soon.

Officials fast to slow down grain waste

Government grain officials across China have joined a movement to “experience 24 hours of hunger” as part of a wider campaign to promote public awareness of food security and to...

News in brief

China’s produce prices see recent spike

Farm produce prices across 36 large and medium-sized cities in China have recently fallen as a result of oversupply, according to the country’s Ministry of Commerce.

Mindanao peace could give fillip to Filipino food production

The prospect of lasting peace in the southern Philippines will make it easier for the government to boost agricultural production by 3.5% to 5% next year, a senior government official has revealed.

Quaker thrives in China with traditional medicine cereal fortification

PepsiCo’s investment to localize its Quaker brand in China with traditional herbal medicine fortification and texture adaptations has enabled it to thrive, an analyst says.

Vegetable oil rise sees oilseeds literally lose ground

China’s appetite for vegetable oils has been one of the key factors supporting markets for the commodity over recent years, a new report by Rabobank has found. 

Drought sees less monsoon crops but soybean hits record acreage

According to the latest planting progress report from the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, this year’s acreage of monsoon oilseed crops is down significantly over last year, even though soybean planting...

Market focus

Weightloss industry dragged down by unsubstantiated claims

Last week’s launch of global weightloss major Rapid Nutrition into India saw claims that the company’s Leisa’s Secret scientific programme will be the first of its kind in the country....

Guar gum could be relisted on Indian futures market

Guar gum could be relisted on India’s futures market if a positive committee decision is reached next week, according to the country’s commodity markets regulator.

Bumper Chinese corn harvest a ‘relief’ for beleaguered US

The US Grains Council (USGC) has projected another bumper crop of Chinese corn, and voiced its relief that China can step up to the plate as the US faces a...

Middle-class now China's primary consumer of beef

China’s rapidly growing middle-class is driving growth in the consumption of beef and meat products, a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed.

Web shaping the new Australian grocery consumer

The Australian food industry is now facing a new type of consumer—one who is increasingly technology-literate with a wealth of information to support purchasing decisions.

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