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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.

Chinese burns, bans and booms: The new food business paradigm

China’s food and beverage sector is booming but underpinned by a painful past that continues to influence consumer sentiment and government regulations, says an author whose book is banned in...

Market opportunities as Indians trend away from milk

Indians are slowly weaning themselves away from milk, which has long been the favoured drink of both urban and rural customers, a new survey has revealed.

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Probiotic penetration: Yakult takes a shot at Southern India

Yakult Danone India has announced that it has launched probiotic health drink Yakult onto the Southern Indian market, with the product now on sale in the city of Hyderbad.

Fonterra says organics perfect fit for food-scared Asia

Fonterra’s organics ingredients business is being underpinned by increasing demand for clean, natural and safe dairy products in Asian markets.

(Not just) India, China driving Australian dairy demand, report

The global demand for Australian dairy products is set to grow annually by 2.4% over the next five years, according to a Rabobank study.

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Rabobank bullish on palm oil prices

Palm oil prices may be poised to stay low in the short-term, notes Rabobank, but their long-term fundamentals remain bullish.

Healthy is big for PepsiCo in India

PepsiCo’s push into the healthy foods market in India is truly on its way with the company launching ‘healthier’ variants of some of its most popular food products.

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Dietary supplements market China: overhaul needed

China’s vast yet underdeveloped dietary supplements market needs a full regulatory reform to realise true growth through a transparent and open marketplace, according to an industry expert.

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US pledges $15m to Indonesia’s food production

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will invest US$15m in a five year program, AMARTA II, in a bid to drive production of Indonesia’s high value commodities; cocoa, coffee...

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Japan: Acting in earnest to internationalise its functional food market

Japan’s functional food manufacturers have recently shifted activities towards the global market amid a shrinking population and declining domestic demand, claims an industry expert.

Thai food exports to China will hit US$2.1bn in 2012

Thai exports to China will hit the US$2.1 billion mark in 2012 with the ready-to-eat segment, processed foods such as canned fish and fruit and sugar, as well as seasonings...

Vietnamese rice maker gets organic certification

A rice maker Vietnam has claimed to become the first such company in the country to receive an organic certification for its rice product.

Tate & Lyle: Monk fruit sweetener attracting most interest in dairy and beverages

Dairy and beverages are proving the most popular application areas for monk fruit sweetener Purefruit, says Tate & Lyle.

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‘Emerging’ Asian markets to drive global dairy growth

China, India and Southeast Asia will account for more than 80% of market volume growth in the global dairy sector over the next five years, according to the latest Rabobank report.

January in pictures: Innovation, food scandals and policy concerns

The start of 2012 saw continued safety concerns in China's food sector with India thrown into the mix too, the innovative combination of science and food, as well as clamp...

Supply chain focus to drive steady growth in Australian food sector

Supply chain management will be increasingly important for Australia’s food and grocery sector in driving steady growth set for the March quarter, according to an industry expert.

NZ natural products market bursts through billion dollar mark

New Zealand’s natural products industry has exceeded revenues of NZ$1billion (US$823.2m) which highlights the significance of this sector and its growth potential, especially in exports, according to an industry expert....

Indians altering dietary habits, says Nielsen

A new survey by global research firm Nielsen reveals India’s urban citizens are altering their dietary habits as lifestyle changes send obesity rates rocketing.

Singapore: Innovative exports to drive growth

The focus for manufacturers in Singapore needs to be on the export market, and in particular functional and health foods, according to industry official.

Vietnam's seafood sector seeks cheer away from depressed Eurozone

Vietnam’s seafood sector is targeting African, latin American and other Asian markets to compensate for expected demand slides in slumping Eurozone economies.

The year of the dragon: A fiery prospect for winemakers?

International wine makers will reap the benefits of the Chinese New Year period where wine consumption will at least double, according to industry experts.

Eco concerns clear in recent Chinese, Indian customer visits: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak says that during recent client visits in both India and China, customers have shown an increased interest in environmental issues such as energy use, water consumption and product...

Thailand jumps on Halal bandwagon

Thai trade authorities are working closely with local food manufacturers to set up a halal food industrial estate in the south of the country, a region with a large Muslim...

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Australian beef and lamb exports up 3%

Australian beef and lamb exports jumped 3% in 2011 to 949,195 and 160,007 tonnes swt respectively.

Most milk sold in India adulterated

A national survey in India has revealed almost 70% of the milk sold and consumed in India is adulterated by contaminants such as detergent and skim milk powder. But water...

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