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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.

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.

India

El Niño factor predicted to drive up India's edible oil imports by 50%

India’s import bill for edible oils is expected to grow by almost US$5bn this financial year as a result of the so-called El Niño factor.

Australia

Farmer’s appeal of GM contamination decision praised by lobby groups

Lobby groups have come out in support of a Western Australian farmer who will challenge the WA Supreme Court’s decision to overrule his claim that his land had been contaminated...

Date palm: Eco-efficient and functional, claim researchers

The natural sweetness and antioxidant properties of dates could add value to dairy, pastry and meat products, and would reduce waste of a fruit that was not being eaten fresh,...

China

China honoured for halving its hungry in less than 25 years

China was one of the countries honoured this week by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation for having halved the proportion of its hungry citizens since 1990.

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Food firms risk exposure over non-sustainable palm oil

Food manufacturers that don’t use purely sustainable palm oil supplies risk being named and shamed on social media, the WWF has warned.

Australia

Grocery council highlights Australia as priciest place to produce food

Australia now has the highest manufacturing costs in the world, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) following the publication of a gloomy report on the state of...

Australia

Lindt the clear challenger as Cadbury’s block sales decline

While Cadbury has been enduring a challenging time of late in Malaysia , news from Australia is not likely to sweeten the company’s mood.

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

Soapbox

Light at the end of the tunnel for China supplement importers

The regulatory management of China’s dietary supplement industry has always been a controversial issue, especially over the last six years. 

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