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Foodstuff most frequently intercepted counterfeit product

Foodstuff was the most frequently intercepted counterfeit product during a joint World Customs Organization (WCO) operation in Asia Pacific.

India

Mars acquires Tasty Bite’s American parent

Mars Foods will buy the American-based owner of Tasty Bite Foodservice (TFS), a manufacturer of all-natural, ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products, for an undisclosed price.

Students help devise alcohol-free Japanese soy sauce

Muslim students have been enlisted by a Japanese condiments manufacturer to help develop a new halal soy sauce which it hopes to begin exporting to Southeast Asia later this year.

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Social science: The world's big 'metatrends' define global tastes

Nutritional biochemist and food marketeer Rachel Cheatham looks at five of the biggest global food trends based on her analysis of social media reporting.

News in brief

Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

'Don’t dismiss organic': Growing US market could offer opportunities and advice for Japan

Japanese firms can tap into rising demand for organic and natural produce and products in the US by learning best practices and getting to grips with the latest market trends.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Indian SMEs need export support and technology partners, 'not purely cash investment'

Driving exports to Japan and securing new technology partners for manufacturers and suppliers should be the main priorities for the Indian food processing sector, according to exhibitors at FoodEx Japan.

Ready-to-mix market to see double-digit growth in wealthier India

India ready-to-mix food market has been predicted to be worth as much as US$284m by 2020, an annualised increase of 15.7% fuelled largely by the increasing disposable income of a growing middle class.

New study boosts use of thiamine fortified fish sauce to tackle beriberi

Further evidence has been published showing how fortified fish sauce is being used in Cambodia to help tackle thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency and the associated disease beriberi in babies.

China direct

HK consumer survey finds sizeable sugar rush in traditional desserts

The amount of sugar in a small bowl of sweet soup in Hong Kong should not be under-estimated, according to tests conducted by the region’s Consumer Council and the Centre for Food Safety.

Tate & Lyle to expand Singapore lab amid speciality ingredients focus

Tate & Lyle is to more than double the size of its Singapore laboratory, will new facilities including a pilot plant and wider analytical capabilities.

Halal Japan: Meet the people convincing food firms to take the Islamic market seriously

With just 100,000 Muslims among a population of 127m, its perhaps little surprise that halal products have not been the top priority for Japan’s food manufacturers.

News in brief

Indian ingredient firm Roha opens German base

Indian-based ingredient firm Roha has continued its global expansion by opening a German office to increase technical and consumer support in Europe. 

Singapore and Malaysia lead the way with voluntary GDA labelling roll-out

‘Significant progress’ has been made in rolling-out voluntary Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) nutrition labelling in Asia over the past four years, but more work is needed to educate consumers and emphasise their benefits to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to meet the most basic overseas quality standards.

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi

Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.

Soy firm shut due to alleged food safety violations

A soy distribution company has been ordered to cease manufacturing and distribution until it comes into compliance with food safety laws.

India

Ruchi fully divests in Kagome tomato joint-venture

Ruchi Soya Industries has sold its share of a joint-venture with Kagome Foods, a Japanese tomato products manufacturer, and investment firm Mitsui & Co.

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