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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.

Booming Indian nutraceutical market boosts ingredient players

The Indian nutraceuticals market is driving growth for food ingredient players, thanks to growing health awareness and one unlikely sporting extravaganza.

GOED chairman: Serious omega-3 supply issues lie ahead as demand rockets

The chair of the international marine-sourced omega-3 trade group has warned the omega-3 sector faces an impending supply crisis as global demand booms for food, pharma and supplement products.

New Darrell Lea pet food bosses to target premium confectionery, says analyst

The premium end of the market will help the new owners of Australian confectioner Darrell Lea differentiate themselves from market leaders Mars and Kraft, according to a market analyst.

Latin America and Asia to dominate global bakery

As bakery growth flattens in Western economies, Latin America and Asia Pacific are two emerging markets that are set to dominate global bakery growth, an analyst suggests.

Asia needs sustainable seafood focus to float in the West

Independent sustainability certification is rapidly becoming a must for Asian seafood producers and suppliers if they are to remain competitive in the West, according to agency.

New Zealand dairy industry growth slowdown due - Rabobank

The Fonterra-dominated New Zealand dairy industry will experience a growth slowdown over the next decade as growth-driving factors evolve, agribusiness Rabobank has forecast.

Coke dismisses Chinese consumer brand faith fears

The Coca-Cola Company has hit back after reports in the Chinese media claimed survey results showed consumers were losing trust in the brand.

Probiotics in India to grow 11% yearly: Report

India’s nascent probiotic market is expected to grow at 11% till 2016, but only if manufacturers are able to increase the awareness about these products locally.

Safety-aware Chinese consumers turning to dairy imports - survey

Chinese consumers are turning to imported dairy products as their confidence in the safety of domestically-manufactured food brands continues to decline, a survey has found.

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Taiwan invests in bakery sector

Local reports suggest Taiwan is investing in efforts to significantly boost its bakery industry; promoting innovation and use of local ingredients.

Imports 'safer' thinks China: Report

Chinese consumers are turning to imported food products as the local food manufacturing industry struggles with safety and quality issues, a report has found.

US food exports jump 27% in the Philippines

The Philippines has emerged as a top destination for US food and beverage manufacturers, says the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Urgency needed to reform Australian food sector, says AFGC

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has called on fast action to be taken to reform the country’s food processing sector in light of a recently published Senate report....

Aquaculture growth: The "double-edged sword"

With fish consumption rates soaring and wild fishing stagnating, efforts must be pumped into the sustainable growth of aquaculture, a new report suggests.

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Whey market grows 20% to €5.83bn

The global whey market is outperforming most nutrition sectors in the global recessed economy, growing 20% to €5.83bn in 2011.

Japanese study finds ‘optimum’ aluminum bottle opening size for Coke drinkers

The majority of Japanese consumers believe that the opening diameters of screw-top aluminium bottles are too small, a study has found, while also determining that 33mm is the optimum size...

China’s breakfast table: A local affair

Manufacturers targeting China’s breakfast market need to realize it is a local taste affair if they are to capture consumers, according to Mintel.

Australian drinkers want variety, local-ness, says brewer

Young Australian drinkers are becoming increasingly more discerning and wanting more variety, says research from a Victorian winery and brewer.

Indonesia struggling with ‘unregistered’ imports, says regulator

Indonesia is facing a potentially hazardous food safety crisis, after regulator officials revealed many unregistered food imports are being sold in supermarkets across the country.

Kiwi sheep meat faces EU blues, says report

New Zealand’s sheep industry is facing export challenges, with European economic uncertainty almost certain to hit their prospects going forward.

Indian non-carbonated beverage market to boom, says report

Lifestyle-related issues is pushing Indians to drink more non-carbonated beverages –a market set to grow by 35% annually according to a new report.

Yakult Light probiotic drink makes US debut

Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult has launched a light version of its fermented dairy drink in the US.

Branding heaven: The sociable, young Indonesian minimarket

Snacks and soft drinks brand owners looking to build traction in Indonesia should target local convenience stores amid a soaring trend for young, wealthy consumers to socialise in this retail space,...

Indian imported spirits growing 25% yearly, says report

Indian spirit imports will soar to five million cases or 55m litres by 2015, says the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Chinese challenges: Sparking growth in a slowing FMCG sector

Manufacturers must refocus efforts on Tier III and IV cities in China and delve into e-commerce to re-ignite consumer spending in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) sector amid a...

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