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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.

Opinion

Should Hindus have their own religious nutritional standard?

If Muslims can have halal-certified food, and Jews can look for the kosher “K” mark, why shouldn’t Hindus have their own system of certification?

Indonesia

Growing middle-class will lead poultry demand to double by 2018

Indonesia’s poultry sector is fast transforming from a backyard industry to professionally managed and integrated production, according to figures released by Rabobank.

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

New Zealand

‘New guidelines could apply to other honeys, not just manuka’

The manuka honey labelling guidelines released last week by the New Zealand government are not accurate, the country’s oldest producer has argued.

India

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry might largely be behind the growing number of Indians developing resistance to antibiotics, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed...

Move over! Asia Pacific to top North America in 2014 confectionery sales

Asia Pacific will leapfrog North America in 2014 retail value confectionery sales to become the world’s second largest market, according to Euromonitor International.

Australia

Survey finds complementary healthcare industry is in good health

Business confidence is strong within Australia’s complementary healthcare segment with more than eight out of 10 companies expecting to see their businesses grow over the next three years.

Healthy snacking: Asian consumers want tangible nutrition, says Taura

Healthy snacking is exploding in Asia and consumers want nutrition they can see and taste, says Taura Natural Ingredients.

Responsible soy sourcing: China could be about to enter the fray, says ProTerra

China’s involvement is critical in order to scale up the production of sustainable, certified soy and a leading non-profit group says an increasing number of dissenting voices within that country...

Egypt resumes Australian breeder animal imports

Egypt has resumed imports of breeding animals from Australia, four months after agreeing to restart trade in livestock between the two countries, the Australian government announces.

Australia

Nothing bitter about craft beer’s rising popularity

The remarkable rise in popularity of craft beer in Australia might be driving mainstream brewery executives to the bottle, but for Glenn Cary, chief executive of the independent Balmain Brewing...

News in brief

ABB opens robotics hub to drive productivity in Southeast Asia

ABB has opened a Regional Robotics Packaging Application Hub in Singapore.

India

Relatively new heat-and-eat segment to nearly treble by 2019

Although still young and relatively small, India’s heat-and-eat food industry is in the midst of tremendous growth that will see its size nearly treble by 2019, according to new research.

China and Co. driving New Zealand food and beverage exports

Consumer demand from East and Southeast Asia for high value foods and beverages is driving export growth and diversification for New Zealand’s food and beverage industry, a new government report...

Sri Lanka will 'set the pace' for India in milk yield and quality: Wellard

Sri Lanka will soon "set the pace" for neighboring India in terms of milk quality and yield per cow, Australia's largest livestock exporter, Wellard Rural Exports, has claimed.

China

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

Now double the size of its American counterpart, China's beer market is an exciting place to be for international brewers in spite of protectionist controls put in place by its...

News in brief

Asia cocoa grind up 5%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia in the second quarter (Q2) grew 5.21%, according to figures from the Cocoa Association of Asia.

Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to wastage of produce worth almost half a trillion rupees each year, logistics experts...

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report...

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

Australia

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system

Not all vegetables available in Australian supermarkets will receive a top nutrition rating once a new health labelling system is rolled out in coming months.

Australia

Not enough youngsters starting work on Australia’s farms

Australia’s farm population remains “competitively young” compared to other developed economies, even as the number of younger farmers entering the agriculture sector continues to fall, a new report has found....

‘What do you want, blood?’ China’s CFDA bans sale of Vampire Drinks

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has banned the sale of a fruit punch in packaging designed to look like a medical blood bag, citing food safety concerns and dubious...

Australia

Families throw out 40% of their weekly groceries, study finds

Australian households throw out an estimated two in every five bags of groceries they buy—a trend researchers are blaming on poor household planning.

Australia

Japan trade agreement could spur beleaguered Australian wine exports

The recent signing of a trade agreement between Japan and Australia will give wine exports to the Far East a “step-up”, according to the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). 

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