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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.

Legalising hemp for food would realise big benefits for Australia

Food made from hemp has great potential for Australia’s economy, according to the Complementary Healthcare Council, which is urging the country’s regulators to recognise the plant as a legitimate source...

Rabobank: China to enter second agri boom on back of new gov policies

While agriculture in China has grown quickly over the last 35 years, a new report suggests the flurry of government policies since new government leadership assumed office in 2012 will...

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

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Australians’ love of ice cream is cooling

Despite having a broader choice of flavours and healthier, reduced fat product options available, Australians are now less tempted by tubs of ice cream. 

Oz economy outpaces confectionery growth

The Australian confectionery market is growing slower than the country’s economy, according to a report from Market Line.

Kiwi products boycotted through ‘buy Australian’ supermarket campaign

The reported move by Australia’s two biggest supermarket chains to encourage shoppers to “buy Australian” seems to be heading towards a political tit-for-tat across the Tasman.

Asia to consume over two-thirds of the world's fish by 2030

By 2030, Asian countries will account for 70% of global fish consumption, according to a new forecast by the World Bank, which also predicts that fish farms will provide nearly...

Low-income Australians cannot afford healthy foods

A healthy diet is for now out of reach for low-income Australians, with climate change affecting the ability of food systems to provide sufficient nutritious and affordable foods at all...

Continuing retail growth confirms Australian optimism

The latest edition of the Australian Food and Grocery Council-CHEP Retail Index shows year-on-year growth in retail sales at its strongest since early 2010.

Live from Probiota 2014

Data eater: EU probiotic yoghurt market to drop 4.5% by 2018; supplements on the up

The market for probiotic yoghurt in 20 key European Union markets will fall 4.5% in the five years between now and 2018, but the overall sector trend remains positive, Euromonitor...

Kit Kat tops Oz ad ratings, while Skittles loses its Midas touch

Eating chocolate is a one-way road to happiness, if you subscribe to the approach used by confectionery companies in Australia to market their products.

Rabobank sees ‘huge upside’ in China milk tea opportunity

Global tea companies will have to hit the M&A trail to unlock opportunities in important tea markets including China, Russia and India, according to Rabobank.

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

With consumption almost tripling over the last six years, China has leapfrogged France and Italy to become the world’s biggest red wine market, with surging demand for the variety in...

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

MNCs targeting Indian food processing; packaging next on the horizon

Following the news that multinational food processing companies invested over US$2bn in India operations between April and October last year, a senior government official has heralded food packaging as the...

News in brief

More Aussies are forsaking Australian Made goods for cheaper imports

Despite a healthy majority of the Australian population agreeing that they try to buy Australian-made as often as possible, it’s not always easy for them to put their money where...

How the Asian consumer will change this year

Mintel has asked the question “What will consumers be buying into in 2014?” From this, the media intelligence agency has identified some key trends that are set to have an...

Japanese cuisine fastest growing in EMEA

Consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have a taste for Japanese cuisine and manufacturers can tap into this with meal, spice and oil kits, says Euromonitor.

Philippine coconut farmers still struggling to recover after Haiyan

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, the FAO has warned. 

‘Mad Men effect’ driving younger Aussies to gain a taste for whisky

Top whisky brands have been seeing a seismic market-share shift in Australia with Mad Men-watching younger drinkers quickly developing a taste for premium whisky.

Global probiotic market to add 50% to €33bn by 2018: Analyst

The term ‘probiotic’ may be banned in the European Union – along with its cousin ‘prebiotic’ – but sales remain steady, and the global picture is buoyant, says leading analyst, Euromonitor International.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to...

Apac to leapfrog combined US and European demand for F&B this year

This year will see Asia-Pacific account for one-third of the world’s food and beverage market share, and eclipse both North America and Europe combined in terms of demand.

Food companies will benefit from telling their story to online Asians

Chinese consumers who follow food and beverage brands on social media are likely to spend up to 160% more on their purchases each week, according to a study into the...

Oz pizzas have more salt, sugar and fat than nutrition claims suggest

An analysis of Australian takeaway pizzas, including those from major national chains, supermarkets and gourmet outlets, showed more than half of those tested had more salt, sugar or fat in...

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