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Asian tastes

Asian tastes

Food cultures and tastes differ wildly across the countries of Asia and within them. Manufacturers track consumer trends closely and develop food and beverage products with specific regions and tastes in mind.

SPECIAL EDITION: INFANT NUTRITION

Asia-Pacific baby formula sales boom despite scandals

Hong Kong is the world’s fastest growing market for infant formula, followed by mainland China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Indonesia, latest Euromonitor research shows.

‘Our competitors are neither young, nor from emerging nations’: AJE Group on BIG Cola's USP

BIG Cola insists global brands don’t need a presence in the US or Europe as it says it competes with the likes of Coke and Pepsi by 'democratizing consumption' with...

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for industry views on amending nutritional labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for public and industry comments as it assesses whether to change the way nutrition information is shown on food labelling. 

Australia

As Aussie as Croc Dundee, though Asian-born are not taking to Vegemite

Barrack Obama isn’t the only non-Australian to find Vegemite “horrible… a quasi-vegetable by-product that you smear on your toast”, with research showing that the yeast extract is overwhelmingly more popular...

New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to an analysis of government data, food safety groups have highlighted. 

Spice up the Indian premium chocolate market, says taster

Multinational chocolate manufacturers are failing to cater to Indian tastes and should experiment with spices such as green cumin and saffron, according to India’s only professional chocolate taster.

Australia

Australian snackers opt for savoury, though most top brands are sweet

When it comes to Australia’s most popular snacks, it seems that tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet, market research has found. 

Kit Kat shape mark triumphs in South Africa but stumbles in Singapore

Nestlé has successfully protected its trademark for the Kit Kat shape in South Africa, but has lost a similar case against Petra Foods in Singapore.

Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their...

Danone agrees to sell Indonesian fresh dairy business

Danone has agreed to sell its Indonesia fresh dairy business to local food and beverage firm Indofood (ICBP) for a reported 250bn Indonesian Rupiah (US$20.5m, €16.4m).

Australia

Wealthy Aussies don’t just opt for champagne—they’ll guzzle anything

High earners in Australia are not only more likely to drink more champagne, but also more beer, wine and spirits than their less affluent neighbours, according to Roy Morgan Research.

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

Functional foods market is expected to grow 25% by 2017: Leatherhead

The global functional food market is forecast to reach $54bn (€43bn), an increase of 25% compared to the last available data from 2013, says Leatherhead Food Research.

News in brief

Setria Glutathione approved for use in Australia

Australia’s Therapeutics Goods Administration has approved Setria Glutathione for use as a “therapeutically active ingredient in adults”. 

Not just for flavour: Herbs and spices backed for heart health

Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.

China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says Wall Street brokerage Bernstein’s research arm in a joint report with the Interbrand...

Australia

Orange juice consumption in fourth year of decline

Over 1.5 million fewer Australians are drinking packaged fruit juice in an average week compared with just four years ago, analysis by Roy Morgan Research has revealed.  

Australia

Bush tucker will only catch on when it becomes more productive

Australia’s “bush tucker” industry needs a new business model that includes commercial cultivation in order to reach its potential, according to a South Australian academic.

Australia

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses

Researchers in Queensland have been toasting the prehistoric viruses that they’ve found are partly responsible for the genetic make-up of modern-day grapes.

Australia

Licensing laws the likely cause for falling alcohol consumption

Australians are drinking less alcohol than their trans-Tasman neighbours, and doing so less often than they did five years ago, research has found.

News in brief

FutureCeuticals given Japanese patent for coffee fruit processing

Functional ingredient major FutureCeuticals has been issued a Japanese patent for whole coffee fruit production, including coffee fruit powders, extracts and concentrates. 

Chocolate gloom inspires compound coating boom in Asia and Eastern Europe, says Cargill

Cocoa powder demand for use in compound confectionery coatings is rising rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe as rising cocoa butter prices up the cost of chocolate manufacturing.

Singapore

‘Culinology’ central to Ingredion’s Singapore’s research centre

Cereal chemists, food scientists and even culinologists will feature in Ingredion's new innovation centre in Singapore—the latest in a series of international food development facilities opening in the city-state. ...

South Korea

Company out to buck trend with soy milk for Korea’s younger generation

A Korean company is attempting to breathe new life into a soy drink market that is now stagnating after years of fast-paced growth.

Poor attitudes in the west will stop insects being food

Insects are unlikely to become a viable solution to feeding the increasing global population if western attitudes towards them remain negative, according to a leading analyst.