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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.

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NZ launches halal guide for Muslim tourists

With figures suggesting that the Muslim tourism market is the world’s fastest growing travel sector, Tourism New Zealand today launched a new culinary guide focusing on the needs of halal...

Danone to expand experimental Indian business unit

The experimental business unit that is dedicated to rolling out new Danone products for the masses in India has been deemed a success and will be expanded to other cities...

Chinese must make tough choices on corn and pork

The author of a report suggesting that China’s corn imports are in line to explode by 2017, today cautioned that the government will have to walk a tightrope in balancing...

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KFC to ramp up growth in China

KFC has revealed plans to accelerate its expansion across China’s smaller cities, and has pledged to open over 500 new restaurants per year over the coming years—a 20% increase over...

Thailand’s broiler meat industry under pressure, says GAIN report

Chicken processors in Thailand will be forced to lower production over the coming years, according to a report from the USDA Global Agriculture Information Network.

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

China's corn import growth will have 'massive impact on world markets'

Corn imports to China will hit 20mn tonnes per year by 2017, leading to major reverberations on world markets. This is the likely scenario if current trends in the country’s pork...

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Coke wows Kiwis with personalized PET bottles

Coca-Cola New Zealand is selling PET bottles of Coke personalized with one of 150 names popular in the country, and encouraging Facebook fans to 'share a virtual can'.

Philippines still a good target for food exporters, suggests report

A new report by a government agency in the Philippines has revealed, that in spite of increasing its food production capacity, the country still remains a net food importer, giving...

Indian brands gaining most social following

India’s domestic food and beverage brands have been growing their fan bases at a much faster rate than their global counterparts over the last year, according to research by Ketchum...

Rumour: India readying for single-brand FDI?

Bullish policymaking by the Indian government appears to be continuing with reports suggesting that it will now open up the food industry to single-brand foreign buy-ins.

Australian bottled water industry slowing to a trickle

Volatile economic conditions, environmental concerns and low consumer sentiment have hurt Australian packaged water producers, a new report by research firm IbisWorld has revealed. 

Tea blends could ignite Chinese craft beer craze: analyst suggests

An influential alcoholic drinks analyst says the launch of a novel beer blended with black tea could supply the spark that ignites a craft brewing revolution in China.

Online event to explore opportunities and challenges of marketing to different life stages

What is a life stage and why are they important to food manufacturers? There are the obvious ‘stages’ like pregnant women, infants, children and seniors. But what about millennials? Teens?...

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Oceania braced for record high food prices

Agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank is forecasting food prices will hit record highs in Australia and New Zealand next year due to another round of what it calls “agflation”.

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Asia fuels Fatburger expansion

Fatburger is the latest mid-sized burger brand to set up a plan for expansion across Asia. The US-headquarterd chain, which currently has just four Asian outlets hopes to end the year with...

Australian medical body calls for more controls on alcohol marketing

A new report by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has come out strongly against alcohol companies and the way they market to young people. 

Research finds Filipinos most active in sourcing web food deals

Forget Facebook and Twitter, Internet users in the Philippines are the most active in the Asia-Pacific region in going online for groceries and food products, a new survey has revealed.

IFF inaugurates Singapore plant

International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) announced this week the opening of its new liquid manufacturing plant in Jurong, Singapore. The 12,000 square-metre facility is part of a previously announced US$100...

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EU food and drink exports to China up more than 50% in H1

European Union food and beverage exports to China increased by more than 50% in the first half of this year, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to...

Indian retail investment approval could open doors to Western dairy brands – analyst

The Indian government has approved a policy amendment allowing foreign investment in its retail sector – a move that could open up the world’s largest dairy market to Western brands,...

Parag Milk Foods nets US$29m in Indian dairy sector’s biggest PE deal

In what is yet another clear sign of the growing interest of investors in India’s homegrown food processing industry, Parag Milk Foods has signed a new private equity deal to...

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Chinese VP calls on universities to promote food safety

China's vice-president Xi Jinping has called on educational institutions to raise the profile of food safety issues and prevent misconduct in the industry.

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EU-China F&B exports grow by over 50%

Exports of food and beverages from the European Union to China grew by 51% during the first six months of 2012, compared to the corresponding period last year, the bloc reported yesterday.

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