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Bumper Chinese maize crop to have 'bearish' impact on global feed grain market

Chinese imports of maize are expected to be cut from three to two million tons in 2015/16, reports the grain market analysis division of a UK agriculture research agency.

Australia

Gender stereotype holds true: Mothers do most of the shopping

In the wake of Mother’s Day last weekend, it is worth reflecting on research that has confirmed how many more women than men buy their household’s groceries, with mothers the...

China

China to dominate world wine consumption; Australia has most to gain

Asian countries led by China will dominate global wine consumption in the next three years, leading to dramatically changing markets that will see Australia among the main beneficiaries.

India

Consumers paying even more even as wholesale prices continue to drop

The wholesale cost of vegetables might have dropped last year, but the price households are paying for their produce rose rather sharply, Assocham has found. 

Australia

Off the grog: Australian drinking now at a 50-year low

Australians are drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the last 50 years, according to official figures. 

Too much variety may be fuelling the obesity crisis

Big differences in the calorie content for one food type distorts expectations of satiety and energy content leading to overeating - a feature of Western diets that is fuelling the obesity crisis,...

Australian ‘True Aussie’ quality campaign boosts exports

Australia’s push to re-define its agricultural produce under a unified name - ‘True Aussie’ that signifies products are clean, green and safe - is helping the country’s meat exporters, claim...

Special edition: authentic tea tastes

Ready-to-drink hybrid emerges in tea market, says Euromonitor

A new style of tea drink, which falls between ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and juice drinks is emerging in the tea market, according to Euromonitor.

Australia

Australian wine seeing record growth in China and UK

Australian wine exports to China are continuing to recover, and in some quarters are even experiencing record sales, according to industry figures released this week.

Vitafoods investment hunt: 14 start-ups on menu

14 nutrition start-ups are formally seeking investment and partners the day before Vitafoods Europe officially opens next week in Geneva.

India

Cold chain blocking India’s destiny to be a processing powerhouse

India’s food minister believes the country would be a global food processing powerhouse were it not for its troubled supply chain. 

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place....

China

China could be self sufficient in grain by 2024, say officials

An official report has predicted that China will develop its own "rice bowl” to remain close to self sufficiency in the main crops at a time of great food uncertainty...

To the dark side: Cocoa polyphenol craze prompts dark chocolate shift in Japan, says Meiji

Japanese consumers are eating more dark chocolate at the expense of milk varieties as interest grows in cocoa polyphenols, says leading domestic chocolatier Meiji.

Market research

India and China drive world’s rise in packaged water consumption

Emerging countries are driving a trend that will soon see packaged water overtake fizzy drinks.

Australia

Research finds what makes a supermarket super

Australia’s 14m grocery shoppers have some strong ideas when it comes to choosing which supermarket to shop at. Among the factors most likely to influence their decision are food safety,...

Event preview

Asia Choco Cocoa Congress 2015: Sourcing cocoa for Asia’s choc boom

Multinationals chocolate companies and the public and private sector will come together this week to assess the future of cocoa sustainability in Asia and how to capitalize on rising chocolate...

Rising productivity in China's swine sector to support better feed demand in 2016

The Chinese pig sector’s demand for feed will remain under pressure for the remainder of the year but is expected to be higher in early 2016, said Rabobank.

News in brief

Fresh produce safety project leaders announced

A joint proposal has been named as the successful bid for a literature review to improve safety of Australian and New Zealand produce by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC).

Southern hemisphere

Cola is king in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia

Soft drinks may not be to the taste of the world’s government authorities, but they remain extremely popular among ordinary citizens in the lower Asia-Pacific. 

$86m factory now operational as distribution broadens

Beijing and beyond: Capri-Sun expands operations in China

Capri-Sun is expanding its presence in China, announcing a partnership with Reignwood Group that will give it the necessary sales and distribution muscle. 

Japan

Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

An analysis of the G8 nations has highlighted striking differences in calories and other macronutrients purchased from packaged food in these countries with Mediterranean and Japanese diets being the healthiest,...

News in brief

DSM named ‘Company of the Year’ by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has recognized DSM’s Halal compliance, implementation and program of label control by naming DSM its Company of the Year.

India

Only 20% of India's farmers are insured, with many unaware of practice

Fewer than one-fifth of India’s farmers are insured, a practice that exposes the vast majority of pastoralists to the vagaries of weather as was the case this year with vast...

Lentein has more essential and branch chain amino acids than any other plant protein

Could the water lentil be the next big thing in plant-based protein?

A new form of non-GMO plant-based protein boasting an amino acid profile comparable to whey, plus high levels of calcium and other nutrients, is now available in commercial quantities from...

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