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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.

FOOD VISION ASIA

Diabetes in Asia: Food and nutrition industry action an economic and social imperative

Asia’s food and nutrition companies risk turning their backs on a vast potential market if they fail to innovate and reformulate to provide products to help fight the war on...

South Asia radius

India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

Protein power: Consumers in emerging Asian markets increasingly understand the benefits

Consumer understanding of the nutritional benefits of protein is soaring in Asia, according to research from NZMP, the ingredients brand of New Zealand-based dairy manufacturer Fonterra.

Childhood obesity in India 'biggest threat to future generations'

India will have the second largest childhood obesity problem by 2025 in what has been described as “the greatest threat to future generations.”

Taste, habits, price and availability: Why young Singaporean adults aren’t eating whole grains

Food manufacturers and health officials have to overcome significant barriers to encourage the consumption of disease-fighting whole grains among young Singaporean adults, a new study has found.

This week Down Under

Australia finds 1/2m new weekly bread shoppers in a year

Australia’s ultra-competitive bread market has picked up nearly half a million new customers in the last year, with almost 11m shoppers now spending an average of A$8.20 (US$6.16) each on...

Frailty and low income causing poor nutrition among Japanese elderly

Poor social support, economic disadvantage and frailty have been identified as key factors for low dietary variation and therefore poor nutrition among elderly Japanese adults.

Sadafco continues health charge with fortified fruit laban

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (Sadafco) has launched a functional laban fruit drink in the Middle East after demoing the product in the manufacturer's home market.

Australian chocolate consumption on the rise, says Roy Morgan Research

Australians are eating more chocolate bars, blocks and boxed chocolates than in 2013, according to research by Roy Morgan.

Entrepreneurs

Fizzing with ideas: Indian start-up mirrors changing face of retail

Five years ago, three university friends decided to take a break from their blue-chip jobs and do something very different in the food industry. What they have achieved since then...

China’s fast-moving cheese market has massive scope for growth

China’s booming cheese market was worth around RMB3.3bn in 2015 and continues to grow at an annual rate of 20% according to new market research.

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

Interview

Former Aussie PM Bob Hawke back on the grog with new lager launch

One of Canberra's best known politicians has been immortalised by a craft beer that bears his name and "shares his values". 

Autumn set for ‘world's first’ low-GI bread, sugar, noodle launches

Low-GI bread, sugar and noodles, and salt with a 40% lower sodium content, are each poised to break onto the market this year after years of development by a Malaysian-Australian...

Wonder-spud: ‘Chato is to potatoes what flour is to wheat’

“This potato format could well be the biggest thing to happen to the potato industry since the frozen French fry,” Andrew Dyhin said of Chato, a wonder-food his company has...

Innovative Apac: Packaged foods that stand out from the crowd

From nuts made with clean formulations to snacks that shine a spotlight on ancient grains, the pursuit of healthier lifestyles among today's consumers has resulted in a rise in food...

Six-legged superfood: Beyond the protein

Insect protein: that’s the way bugs are usually referred to when applied as food. But it is also an understatement. The nutritional profile of edible insects is much more complex...

Fruit consumption linked to lower risk of diabetes, study of 500,000 Chinese people reports

Greater consumption of fresh fruit is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, as well as reduced complications in people who already have the condition, a large-scale observational study of...

US targets Japan's appetite for luxury beef

US suppliers are expanding in Japan’s competitive high-end beef market to build on growing consumer demand for US beef.

China direct

More and more Chinese going nuts in backing healthy snacking

Snacks are increasingly being seen by Chinese consumers as a healthy pitstop between meals, and losing their reputation as indulgent alternatives to traditional meal times.

Lab burgers, lentils and locusts: is it boom-time for the meat-free protein market?

What’s next for the €250k lab burger? Can bugs and canola really replace beef and chicken? And why might novel proteins come up short when it comes to shifting consumer...

Zespri’s new Dubai office sees potential for Ramadan kiwifruit sales

A Maori cultural delegation has inaugurated kiwifruit exporter Zespri’s new office in Dubai, which will oversee the firm’s expansion in the Middle East and other developing markets.

Weight gain before conception can triple risk of gestational diabetes

Weight gain in the years leading up to conception can triple the risk of gestational diabetes, with the odds also increased for mums-to-be who gain weight but still maintain a...

Indians are now willing to pay more for healthier snacks

Indians are becoming obsessed with the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, according to market intelligence that suggests some food companies have already been taking measures to appeal to this change...

Australia

Witchetty grubs still on the menu for nine out of 10 Aboriginals

Scientists observing the eating habits of Aboriginals living in remote communities continue to eat age-old foods, including echidna, goanna, mud mussel, long-neck turtle and witchetty grub, regularly.

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