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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.

Japan

Nestle commissions empathic robot to sell its coffee machines in Japan

Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines as the company devises new ways to appeal to customers in the brand’s biggest market.  

Australia

Sushi on a roll as Aussies favour health over spring rolls

Sushi’s popularity is on the rise while spring rolls appear to be gradually falling out of favour in Australia, new figures reveal. 

Australia

Forget five: Eight fruit, veggie portions a day makes people happier

Fruit and vegetables have been identified as a vital key to mental well-being by researchers in Queensland, challenging nutritional recommendations around the world.

Feature - China

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture

Once upon a time there was China tea. If you were Chinese and liked hot drinks, the local tradition in tea led the way. If you preferred coffee, especially the...

Analysis - Japan

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

With more than a quarter of Japan’s population over the age of 60, it is said that country suffers more from the issues of an ageing population than any other...

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: ICE CREAM

Japanese ice cream innovation 'couple of years ahead' of the West: Mintel

Japanese ice cream manufacturers are a "couple of years ahead" of their counterparts in Europe and North America in terms of innovation, says market research firm Mintel.

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Frito-Lay Japan develops flurry of limited edition snacks

Frito-Lay Japan has developed an array of limited edition snacks for October, from avocado and cheese tortilla chips to burdock and soy flavored extruded snacks.

Australia

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

An iconic biscuit and a range of junior milk drinks were among the winners—or losers—of Choice’s annual Shonky Awards roll call, which sets out to uncover companies peddling "sneaky, slippery,...

Japan

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next

The pace of innovation refuses to slow down in Japan, a nation known for its wild tastes, flavours and aromas, from garlic ice cream to bread that smells like Guinness.

Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being one of the continent's premier locations for seafood. And now a local nutraceutical...

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

China

Forgotten for a millennium, beneficial Gobi herb is making a comeback

In the harsh landscape of China’s northwest in the Gobi, where temperatures can fluctuate by 90 degrees over the course of a year, a bush with striking beneficial properties has...

India

Sources: Amazon might enter India’s grocery market later this month

US online retail major Amazon could soon break into India’s packaged foods and beverages market to become the first international e-commerce site to enter this category.

Australia

Combined data technique could help nutrition monitoring

A new combination of household food purchases and nutrition data is being used to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat and sugar in New Zealand.

News in brief

Young Australian women have become fatter, fitter over two decades

Young Australian women have now become fatter, fitter and more frazzled than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to long-term academic research.

News in brief

Aussie barbies hitting a snag through lower ownership

Australians might be famous for putting countless “snags on the barbie”, though the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows that this is happening increasingly less often with barbecue ownership...

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Meiji fragranced milk a 'new type of milk': Datamonitor

Meiji’s fragranced milk range - developed for those that dislike the regular smell - has been heralded by market intelligence firm Datamonitor as a “new type of milk.”

India

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

Indian consumers have greater confidence in green products being better than the environment than those in Canada, the United States and China, and also believe that bio-based ingredients enhance the...

Australia

Home is where the wine is for Aussie drinkers, research finds

While the proportion of Australians adults drinking wine is gradually declining, the proportion of those drinking wine at home has increased very slightly.

Insect proteins will take off – experts

Insects will be creeping on to European consumers’ plates within the next 15 years, as experts predict the value of the edible creepy-crawly food industry to reach more than £230M by 2020.

India

Stars aligning for India’s growth-driven probiotics market

A combination of rising health concerns, a growing risk of stress- and lifestyle-related disorders and more brands on the market have been propelling the demand for probiotics in India.

Australia

Does a team’s sponsor influence Aussie rules fans’ tipple tastes?

As Australia gears up for the Aussie rules football premiership final this weekend, research has revealed the drinks fans will be stocking up on ahead of the big game.

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

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