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Economic slowdown now squeezing margins in China's agri-sectors

China’s devalued currency, in tandem with its slowing economic growth, is already putting pressure on the operating margins of the country’s food and agri-business (F&A) companies.

'Lack of trust' costs supermarkets halal meat sales

European supermarkets are losing out on halal meat sales because of trust issues and a lack of clear labelling, driving Muslim consumers to independent butchers, according to Euromonitor.

Far East digest

Korean junk food consumption halves in last decade

The rate that Korean teenagers regularly consume has halved over the past 10 years, the country’s health watchdog has found. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnam's fizzy drinks market going great guns as category escapes tax

While consumers have been curbing their intake of carbonated drinks in many markets, in Vietnam soft drinks consumption looks set to break the 1bn litres barrier this year.

This week Down Under

Almonds become Oz's most valuable agri-export after California drought

International buyers have swooped on this season’s Australian almond crop, generating sales expected to surpass A$800m (US$570m) for the first time.

Non-alcoholic Guinness hopes to address beer challenges

Diageo hopes its non-alcoholic Guinness will improve fortunes in Indonesia, with the alcoholic beverage giant saying the beverage is addressing market trends in the country, and legislation which now bans...

Great expectations for Russian and Ukrainian wheat, rain helps Australian crop

The production estimate for the 2015/16 global wheat crop is 720.3 metric tons (Mt), according to a report from the International Grains Council (IGC), released late last week.


The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to...

CoQ10 patent infringement hatchet far from buried, association president says

A patent dispute among CoQ10 producers which had faded from view because many in the industry assumed it was settled is still very much alive via court procedures in Texas...

China Direct

China to stay top grocery market, though rise eclipsed by others

Chinese grocery sales will grow from US$1,119bn in 2015 to US$1,491bn in 2020, an increase of around one-third.


Study gives model for water rights trading prices

A study of the price irrigators are willing to pay in the world’s most established water market could help establish new markets across the globe.

This week Down Under

Australian wine boxes feeling similar pinch to market for bottles

The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping.

Global Dairy Trade commodity prices increase after five-month freefall

Prices on the Fonterra-owned Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction platform rose today for the first time since March.

China direct

Coffee making inroads on China’s tea hegemony

Tea has a long history in China and is still the country’s most popular drink, but coffee is catching up slowly but surely, a new report from Canadean has revealed....

Asia-Pacific forms the largest market followed by Europe

Insulated packaging market to reach $14.2bn by 2020

The global insulated packaging market saw a rapid growth from 2013, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.12% from 2015 to 2020, to $14.2bn by 2020, according...

This week Down Under

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Saudi beats Egypt for top F&B market spot

Saudi Arabia remains the most attractive food and beverage market ahead of Egypt, with food consumption growth of 7.6% this year, says a new BMI report.

Syria’s food industry devastated as prices spiral

Syria’s food industry is still deteriorating, with bread prices up 87% since 2014, and 9.8 million people now classed as food-insecure, according to the FAO and WFP.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

China direct

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Far East digest

Low self-sufficiency rate stays put in Japan for fifth year

Low self-sufficiency rate stays put in Japan for fifth year


China’s beef industry holds ‘great potential’ for investors

China’s beef market will have great potential over the next decade, with its stakeholders expected to play an increasingly influential role in the global market, according to Rabobank.

‘Small format packs expected to grow more than 50% until 2020’

SIG Combibloc launches smallest carton for first time in Indonesia

SIG Combibloc has launched its smallest carton pack 80ml into Indonesia for the first time.

Emerging origin

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers circle India for single origin opportunity

At least five premium chocolate makers are looking to build up India’s cocoa sector to produce single origin Indian chocolate.

Global savory snacks to hit $166.6bn by 2020

The savory snack market will grow 7.1% each year, driven by the increasing purchasing power of developing countries, says P&S Market Research.

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