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Chinese chocolate market hit by price hikes and health concerns

Health concerns and price hikes are taking their toll on the Chinese chocolate market – with value and volumes sales in decline according to analysts.

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Frozen custard and dairy-free biggest climbers in ice cream category, says Nielsen

US retail sales of non-dairy ice cream surged 43.7% to $75.2m in the year to May 28, as more consumers enjoyed almond and coconut-based products in addition to dairy, while...

Chinese pork consumers set to suffer

The global upswing in pork prices is bad news for Chinese consumers who will have to pay record prices for pig meat this year, claims Rabobank.

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Haves and have-nots: China’s new two-speed shopping economy

With value growth in its FMCG market reaching a five-year low, China is marching towards a “two-speed” consumer economy, though the situation is not yet one of general malaise.

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India is one of our fastest growing countries - BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards has expanded in India to encourage and support growth in the country.

Ramadan sparks Lebanon meat sales increase

Meat suppliers in Lebanon were boosted by a surge in meat sales during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Government trawlers help Chinese firms to enter omega-3 krill market

As global krill oil major Aker Biomarine awaits regulatory approval for its new Superba 2 product line in China, increased consumer demand for omega-3s is bringing increasingly more local suppliers...

China's pork industry grapples with pollution crisis

Genetics and nutrition companies look set to benefit from a Chinese crackdown on pollution from the livestock sector, after critics claim slurry is contaminating water supplies.

Hong Kong agrees wider quota for British beef

The UK and Hong Kong have agreed a deal to expand the Asian nation’s intake of British beef, meaning a rise in premium beef imports is on the cards.

China’s pork imports will hit record highs

Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.

Growing Asia-Pacific demand drives cautious global dairy growth

With three of the world’s leading dairy brands, Asia-Pacific will drive modest growth in the global market, alongside increased demand from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Mongolia reports highest-ever livestock count

Livestock numbers in Mongolia reached a record level this year despite harsh climate conditions wiping out more than one million farm animals.

Asian condiments: Pepper, coriander, chilli prices up; ginger dropping

Pepper prices have declined year on year, supported by ample production volumes seen in Vietnam for the 2016 crop, with early production estimates at 160,000 tonnes, sharply up on the year. 

Middle East drives hope for Brazil sweet producers

The Middle East is a bright spot for Brazil’s confectionery industry as the only global market seeing growth, with Brazilian producers hoping to capitalise further on synergies with the region....

Ethical labels worth $2bn in UAE market

Sales of products with ethical labels of some sort reached more than US$2bn in the UAE last year, according to Euromonitor, with recycling and preservatives the main areas of focus....

Demand for lamb rises in China

Chinese lamb imports increased by nearly a fifth last month as the soaring price of pork made sheep meat more competitive.

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Doubled Indian tomato prices deliver surge in puree and ketchup

Demand for tomato puree and ketchup has surged by 40% in just the last month due to surging prices and a trend towards easier-to-cook meals. 

Boost for Sri Lankan cinnamon industry

A joint project is helping cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka meet food safety and hygiene standards to boost export opportunities.

China angry with US over WTO poultry dispute

China is upset with the US after it asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to check if China complied with a 2013 order to reform its anti-dumping duties on chicken...

Study shows complex Chinese preferences for flavored milk

Companies interested in selling flavored milk in China might find it a little more complicated than simply getting it on the shelves.

NZ ministry predicts strong dairy growth

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand says that while dairy exports are down 6% in the past year, the future looks good.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s sugar shortage could cut production over Idul Fitri

A shortage of sugar may force some Indonesian food and beverage companies to cease production ahead of the Idul Fitri celebrations, the chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association...

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Norway joins the move to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Norway has become the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration which aims to see 100% of palm oil used in Europe certified sustainable by 2020. 

China tipped for beef boom

A respected brokerage is betting Chinese companies with access to overseas beef supply will make strong profits by importing and selling the red meat this year.

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