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Far East in brief

Mitsui eyeing new food acquisition, Japanese still the healthiest

A round-up of the big stories coming from the Far East.

South-east Asia in brief

New labelling from Nestlé, China buying more Vietnamese rice

A round-up of the big stories coming from South-east Asia.

Mixed bag of predictions in NZ’s latest trade report

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industry has revealed that the country’s food industry is feeling the pinch as a result of the adverse global economic situation, even though favourable climatic...

China in brief

Heinz bets big on sauces, cola-chicken crisps get green light

A round-up of the big stories coming from China.

News in brief

India has a ‘bright’ confectionery future

India’s confectionery market has a ‘bright future’ and will be bolstered by a growing gifting culture and increasing rural consumption, a report suggests.

State of the industry

Changing farm preferences causing Indian seeds to sprout

India’s seed industry is predicted to be worth Rs10,700 crore by 2015, according to a study by the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), corresponding to a 50%...

News in brief

New Sino-Cambodian food lab opens in Phnom Penh

Cambodia has inaugurated a food industry laboratory, built with Chinese aid, that sets out to assist food quality improvement, research and technology development.

News in brief

Typhoon will not damage food supply in Philippines

The Philippine government has stated that the damage inflicted by typhoon Bopha to farmland in the south of the country will not adversely affect its food supply.

Australasia in brief

More regulation bad for energy drinks and Tassie's love for Oliver

A round-up of the big stories hitting Australasia. Today: industry responds to greater energy drink regulation, Aussie 'roo meat to return to Russia, maternal obesity likely to result in overweight...

Palsgaard backing Asian confidence with increased investment

The chief executive of Danish chocolate and extruded whipping cake emulsifiers major Palsgaard has outlined the reasons behind the company's recent significant investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

India in brief

Last FDI hurdle defeated and cricketers like it spicy

A round-up of the big stories hitting India. Today: upper house quashes last challenge to FDI in retail, minister says he has no plans to raise tax on edible oil...


Tetra Pak researches processing methods to tap ‘explosive’ coconut water trend

Kit Lai, director of Tetra Pak’s Soya- and Coconut Knowledge Centers, discusses the global growth of coconut water and soya milks as categories, and the firm's latest formulation and processing...

In a booming economy, food standards are falling behind

The Chinese have given a vote of confidence to their government's public services, while at the same time voicing criticism about the quality of what they eat.

News in brief

Record high for Vietnam rice exports

Vietnam is expected to export 7.7m tonnes of rice in 2012, setting a 20-year record high due to increased export orders in the last months in 2012, according to the...

Hope for Rosella but industry in trouble

Despite positive news that the ailing company behind Rosella is likely to continue trading while a buyer is sought, Australia’s leading food production lobby has issued a stark warning that...

Fake fears and shrinking bottles: Top 5 Chinese wine trends for 2013

Wine Intelligence analysts provide the lowdown on the five key developments the research group expects to see within the world’s fastest growing wine market China in 2013.

China will continue to drive global infant formula sales – Euromonitor

Chinese consumer demand for infant formula products looks set to continue to drive global sales, according to Euromonitor.

News in brief

China not snacking on potato chips, but US and France are

China’s potato chip consumption is low with consumers choosing biscuits, candy and chocolate instead, but the US and France top the global consumption charts, new research shows.

Aussie lamb exports hampered by high tariffs

High import tariffs and other barriers to entry are giving Australian exports of sheep meet a significant disadvantage across a number of markets on the world stage, a researcher has...

New horizons

Foreign firms must take strategic look at entering China

The key to winning over Chinese consumers is mastering distribution strategies, according to a new report by Rabobank, which also suggests that the country should be on the radar of...

Aussies and Kiwis prefer price and brand name over origin

Consumers in Australia and New Zealand may espouse locally made food and beverage products, but the reality of the situation is somewhat different, a top marketing and branding guru has...

State of the industry

Far East and America driving Australian beef dynamics

Changing trends in traditional key export markets are presenting both hurdles and opportunities for Australia's boxed-beef exporters, according to a recently released industry report.


Tsingtao scales up beer operations in China’s bustling Henan province

In this guest article, Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China, gives readers the lowdown on Tsingtao Brewery’s plans to build a brewery in Henan province, where beer production is booming....

State of the industry

Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

Earlier this month a small story made its way into the Times of India—the country’s biggest-selling newspaper—to announce the opening of a shop that sells only organic products. For the...


Kiwis drinking more cider, but less beer

Cider is the rising star of New Zealand’s alcoholic beverages market even as consumption of beer in the country is showing a steady decline, said a top official from Lion,...

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