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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.

Want Want China to add some 50 products to its snack line in 2014

Chinese snack titan Want Want will extend its product line this year after strengthening its position in China.

Malaysia

New halal kit will let Muslims test for pork in less than one minute

A new testing kit will go a long way to ease fears among Malaysian Muslims that the food they are eating is halal, especially in light of a recent pork-related...

Southeast Asia

Indonesia considering new labeling rules for alcoholic beverages

The Indonesian government is considering new labeling regulations for manufacturers of alcoholic beverages in a bid to lower the number of consumers of alcohol in the country.

Heliae enters joint venture to produce astaxanthin in Japan via hybrid algal technology

Astaxanthin has been a red-hot ingredient in the United States for several years and demand is ramping up worldwide. To meet that demand in the Japanese market, Heliae, an algae...

South Korea

Korean women catching up with the world’s biggest boozers — Korean men

South Korean women are developing a taste for a tipple at a remarkable rate, with the number who regularly consume alcohol having grown by more than 33% in just over...

China

China leads world beef market’s return to better days

Chinese beef import volumes remain historically high, but still a long way behind last year’s stratospheric growth.

Australia

Put the Wimbledon champagne on ice: Aussie tennis fans love a tipple

With champagne corks popping at Wimbledon this week—an expected 28,000 of them over the course of the SW19 fortnight—Australian drinks marketers would be advised to tap into the bubbly market...

Analysis

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

In spite of fears that El Niño will deliver a possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia, the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market....

China analysis

Low margins put off leading wine brokers despite boom in imports

Although China wine market has been booming for some time, the low prices charged by online importers means few leading brokers and retailers have been tempted to enter the business.

Australia

Cider poised to take over from alcopops

Cider’s dramatic rise in popularity among Australian consumers appears to have come at the expense of pre-mixed spirits, according to new market research figures.

EU tomato import rules change to incorporate variety

New EU import rules for tomatoes will take into account different varieties rather than just standard round tomatoes when it comes to calculating customs rates.

Australia

Foreign ownership might be up, but farms are still mostly Australian

With foreign investment in Australian agriculture being among the most heated political issues in the country at the moment, new figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics might come...

India set to increase meat presence globally

India is poised to take a larger step on to the world stage when it comes to meat, delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.

From the Vitafoods Europe 2014 vault

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU...

Southeast Asia

WTO approval means Philippines can maintain high rice import duties

The Philippines’ special treatment in rice, which allows the country to keep high duties on rice imports, is expected to continue after the World Trade Organisation’s Goods Council approved the...

News in brief

Korean health supplements body joins Iadsa

The Korea Health Supplements Association (KHSA) is the latest body to join Iadsa, the International Alliance of Dietary/ Food Supplement Associations.   

China Meat Association outlines state of industry to Congress

The pace of change in the Chinese meat industry is rapid, with both demand and prices up, and modernisation continuing apace, the president of the China Meat Association told delegates...

Insight

Questions to answer for Tate & Lyle in Cambodian land-grabbing action

This story is the first in a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes of Asia's produce growing and production network. Please feel...

Regionwide

Asia-Pacific's 10 biggest retailers: Japan continues to lead the way

Over the next five years, Asia-Pacific will account for more than half of all the world’s new retail sales, according to this year’s edition of Euromonitor’s Retail Asia-Pacific Top 500...

Australia

Companies Down Under ripe for acquisitions

Australian processors should act quickly to formulate growth plans or exit strategies in order to capitalise on the increasing number of acquisition and divestment opportunities available in their sector, a...

Regulations overhaul proceeding rapidly in Japan, ASEAN

Efforts to reform the way dietary supplements are regulated in Japan and the ASEAN are proceeding with startling speed, attendees of an event in Salt Lake City were told yesterday....

Chinese xanthan gum prices hit all time low

Xanthan prices continue to be very competitive, guar prices remain steady and cassia prices have escalated owing to a reduced crop in India, according to a hydrocolloids analyst.

Pasta Montana: 'Japanese customers only accept zero-defect products'

Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.

‘Don’t discount Scotch whisky – Innovate!’ Rabobank fires Aussie wine warning

Rabobank today served up Australian wine as an object lesson for the Scotch whisky industry’s need to innovate in areas such as flavour rather than discount, to guard its prestige...

Improved diet in China is driving a rise in consumer packaged goods

China is still the next big emerging market from a packaging industry viewpoint, according to Videojet.

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