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Palm oil demand growth offers opening for niche certified producers

Global demand for certified sustainable palm oil will double in five years, growing from 5.3m tonnes in 2014 to 11m by 2020, predicts Rabobank.

Craft beer buyouts: It’s the quality of the brew that ultimately counts

When large multinational brewers buy small independent craft brewers, it often prompts an outcry among beer fans. But do consumers really care who owns their favourite beer brands?

Worldwide infant formula sales set to rocket as China ends one-child policy

The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is expected to grow sales of infant formula by 10-15%, with 1.5-2 million more babies likely to be born each year in...

South Asia radius

Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020. 

Apac cheese market to leap to $15.5bn by 2021

The Asia-Pacific cheese market is worth US$8.3bn and is expected to almost double to US$15.5bn by 2021, according to a Research and Markets report. This corresponds to an annualised growth...

China direct

China needs improved cold chain to support surge in demand for produce

China's appetite for fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat is expected to increase by 17% between 2015 and 2025, Rabobank claims, though the country’s cold chain system will struggle to...

Guest article

The low fibre intake problem: is packaged food the culprit or the key?

Fibre may not be a sexy nutrient, but that shouldn't stop its rise, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International, in this guest article.

Crown: The opportunities for can growth in China are tremendous – the issue is capacity and pricing

The opportunities for can growth are tremendous in China, according to Tim Donahue,president, COO, Crown Holdings, but ‘the issue there is capacity and pricing’.

Asia’s unquenchable demand for Australian supplements

With growing middle-classes, ageing populations and a voracious appetite for Australian products, Asia is providing fertile territory for Australian complementary health brands. A raft of free-trade agreements can’t hurt either....

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

Anchor has 'place to play' in mature and emerging markets: Fonterra

The Anchor dairy brand has a “place to play” in mature as well as emerging markets, says New Zealand dairy Fonterra. 

'RTD is a fast-growing, key category' Nestlé boosts RTD Milo and Nescafé with Malaysia factory

Traditional versions of products like Nescafé and Milo still account for the lion’s share of the business: but ready-to-drink (RTD) varieties are a fast-growing category, especially in Malaysia, says Nestlé...

Asia's real chocolate shift slowed by rising costs, says Aalst

Asian chocolate players are expected to opt for compound coatings over real chocolate in 2016 due to the rising costs of cocoa, says supplier Aalst.

Bug appétit! Focus on cooking process for insect palatability

An advertising campaign that focusses on the transformative nature of cooking insects is more effective than 'entomophagy education', says a US-based researcher.

This week Down Under

Australia’s diabetes rate has jumped by a third since 2007

The number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes has leapt by one-third to more than 1.2m in the last eight years—a growth driven primarily by a rise in type 2 diabetes,...

New capacity set to heighten Chinese folic acid price slide

Feed manufacturers will benefit from cheaper folic acid (vitamin B9) prices in Q4 as prices in China plunged 37.5% in August, said market intelligence firm CCM.

Wholesale hemp prices declining despite fractured US supply chains, investment advisor says

Investment opportunities in the CBD space continue to abound despite the regulatory uncertainties, the director of a Boulder-based fund says.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra throw spotlight on Middle East

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra will focus their efforts on the Middle East at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai next week (October 27-29) with two conferences entitled Next Generation Manufacturing and...

Top food and drink trends for 2016 – in pictures

Mintel has unveiled 12 top trends it predicts will shape the food and drink industry over the next year. To find out what they are and how each of them will...

Local players gain ground on global brands in Asia’s cooling market

Kantar Worldpanel has released what it claims to be the first report to chart the shift in the competitive landscape of Asia’s FMCG market, where local brands are asserting their...

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets, according to FS-Elliott as it opens a wholly owned subsidiary, FS Compressors India, with offices in Pune and Bangalore.

Industrial chocolate to enjoy Asia and Latin America lift, says Technavio

The global industrial chocolate market is expected to grow volumes 2.4% a year up to 2019 as Barry Callebaut, Cargill and others make headway in Latin America and Asia, says Technavio.

Far East digest

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

In a move to placate farmers worried about the impact of increased imports as a result of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, Japan will be allowed to return...

China direct

Food insecurity: Chinese meat consumption grows 400% in 40 years

Increasing meat consumption in China is leading the country to abandon its aims of food self-sufficiency.

Growing demand for dairy and confectionery drying technology in the Middle East

Secomak, which solves moisture related issues for customers including Coca-Cola, Nestlè, Danone and PepsiCo, is seeing a growing demand for its drying technology for the confectionery and dairy industry in...

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