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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.

Would consumers eat animals fed on insect protein?

An EU-funded project is conducting a survey to find out if consumers feel comfortable eating animals that have been fed on insect protein.

Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city....

Australia

Childless young Aussies buy fewer veggies than any other group

Australians over 35 and without children are consistently buying fewer vegetables than any other age bracket, according to the latest Nielsen consumer research data into vegetable purchasing.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say...

Asia-Pacific

Asians prefer natural ingredients but don’t have time to eat clean

Consumers in China, Indonesia and Thailand have a striking awareness of healthy nutrition and a strong preference for clean labelling, according to a global study of consumer preferences. 

Green tea packs a stronger punch in China with new Bacardi spirit

Bacardi claims to have made a “breakthrough” in spirit production technology with a new liquor named TANG, that is distilled entirely from green tea leaves.

UAE dairy Al Ain claims world's first with camel milk powder and ice cream

Al Ain Dairy, the largest dairy processor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched what it claims are the world's first camel milk ice cream and milk powder products available on...

FAO Bangalore Report 'very positive step' towards affirming DIAAS method: Volac

The Bangalore Report, the latest FAO assessment of the DIAAS protein quality measurement method, is a “very positive step” towards replacing PDCAAS, says Volac.

India

Haryana follows Maharashtra in banning beef slaughter and consumption

Lawmakers in Haryana have followed their colleagues in Maharashtra to vote in a bill that outlaws the slaughter of cows in the state. Suspected violators will not be allowed bail...

India

Biggest biscuit consumer set for fast growth and premium charge

Indian biscuit manufacturers are now aggressively moving into the premium segment as the world’s biggest cookie consumer shifts its tastes upmarket.

Australia

Brand names rule in battle for packaged dairy desserts

Almost 3.2m Australians eat a packaged dairy dessert such as a custard, mousse, chocolate pudding, creamy rice or fruity whip each month. 

India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it is applied in emerging markets like India.

India

Government looks at encouraging states to adopt Maharashtra’s beef ban

With Maharashtra now joining the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat in banning the slaughter of cows, India’s prime minister is now looking at the validity of encouraging other...

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...

Briefing

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows

It is no coincidence that eight out of the world’s top 10 peanut consumers are in Asia, where eating the nuts appears to be an altogether safer pastime than doing...

Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into religiously observant markets for which beef or pork are not allowed.

Beauty and Traditional Chinese Medicine bars could be 'instant wins' in China

Snack bar makers can create instant wins in China with beauty bars or products containing Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, say Chinese consumer experts.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...

Chinese food is the UK’s favourite foreign dish

Chinese food is the nation’s favourite foreign cuisine research organisation Mintel has revealed yesterday (February 19) – the start of the Chinese New Year.

Consumers increasingly claim to avoid sweeteners, but purchasing behavior says otherwise

Before manufacturers reformulate food and beverages in response to consumers’ increasing claims about avoiding sweeteners, they should double check shoppers’ purchasing habits, which betray a different truth, according to new...

Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer.

Patent Watch

Nestlé crisps up China’s ‘monotonous’ Sachima

Nestlé has filed a patent on a recipe and process to increase crispiness in China’s traditional sweet pastry Sachima to draw in younger consumers.

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

China

Scientists sequence the vanilla genome

Chinese scientists have completed the genome sequencing of Vanilla shenzhenica, giving way to hopes that a synthetic version of the world’s second most expensive spice.

Briefing

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist

Late last month, a forum of Australian and New Zealand ministers met in Auckland to discuss a number of proposed and recently implemented changes and additions to the countries’ food...