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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.

China’s new dietary guidelines advise lower meat consumption

Beijing is now encouraging Chinese consumers to reduce their meat and egg intake through new dietary guidelines that are also designed to help the environment.

Asia-Pacific nations lead in growth of ethical labels market

China, the United Arab Emirates and Australia are expected to be the fastest-growing vegan markets between 2015 and 2020, according to data from Euromonitor International’s newly launched ethical labels database.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia must end 24-hour dining to curb obesity crisis

Malaysians should be sleeping in the early hours of the morning, not eating and watching football at a 24-hour restaurant, according to the president of the Malaysian Association for the...

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?...

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

Naturell launches India’s first protein-rich extruded snack

Naturell India has launched a seven-grain protein snack which it claims is a first of its kind in the country.

Chinese consumers getting healthier as appetite for Western QSR drops

Chinese consumers appear to be falling out of love with Western fast food after a McKinsey & Company survey revealed a significant drop in customers between 2012 and 2015.

Australia

Lab-developed PERKii probiotic readies for sale after VC backing

A lactose-free probiotic fruit drink developed by scientists in Australia has managed to secure sufficient investment for it to be launched across the country's beverage market.

Che bello! Australian Tuscans getting as good as the originals

A wine region over 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles, and has even matching the Italians at their own game.

This week Down Under

Healthy eating a worthy ideal, but still too expensive for Australians

While Australians largely view eating more fruit and vegetables a priority while they cut down on sugar and fat, many are put off by the cost and time involved in...

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea...

Australia

Scientists seek link between poor diet and greenhouse gases

Australia’s greenhouse gas contribution could be cut by a quarter if people were to eat whole foods at the levels recommended by national dietary guidelines.

China

KFC follows up robot store concept with finger lickin’ nail polish

KFC has been on an innovation offensive in greater China over the last couple of weeks. After news emerged that its concept store in Shanghai was staffed by voice-activated robots,...

Tennent’s beer to arrive in India through Mahou San Miguel partnership

C&C Group has signed a new partnership with Mahou India to brew and distribute selected Tennent’s beer lines in India.

New York startup helps cooks bridge desire for Asian food & limited access to ingredients, techniques

Consumer demand for healthier foods that don’t sacrifice taste has led to a spike in interest in Asian cuisine, but so far home cooks have not embraced this trend fully...

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

News in brief

Alpaca meat hot on Australia’s menu

Think-tanks all over the world have called for the need to diversify protein to ensure a more sustainable food economy, but is eating alpaca meat a step too far? 

Tea for three: Asia’s leading tea companies

Three out of the world’s five biggest tea companies are based in Asia, according to new market research by Technavio that predicts steady growth in the global market until at...

4th & Heart ghee offers ayurvedic addition to kitchen staple

The clarified butter known as ghee is a staple in South Asian households and its diaspora. Raquel Tavares Gunsagar wanted to bring a new twist to the ancient ingredient by...

Chinese halal legislation taken off the table once again

Lukewarm reaction to a draft law on halal food has prevented it from being listed in China's legislative work plan for 2016 in spite of an announcement last month by...

A “home cooking revolution” is inspiring women to eat at home more & reach for global favors

America is in the middle of a “home cooking revolution” with more people cooking in their kitchens more often than in the recent past as a way to eat healthier...

Aspire Food Group: Right now, our goal is simply to make eating insects – in any form – ‘normal’

If the edible insect movement is to meaningfully impact the protein market (and the planet) by displacing less sustainable animal-derived protein sources (beef, poultry, dairy), cricket companies will have to...

Australia

Contrary to opinion, WA wines can break into China’s vast market

A common belief that Western Australian wine volumes are not big enough to make any significant inroads into the Chinese market is incorrect, and the state’s wineries are in fact...

More Australians putting shrimps on the barbie than ever before

In Australia, the so-called barbecue capital of the world, almost two thirds of the population own a barbie—a figure that grows to three-quarters in country South Australia, according to new...

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Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

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