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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.

Could fortified beer and lassi tap into Asia’s soaring protein demand?

Asia’s demand for protein is soaring, but is the Indian market ready for protein-fortified beers and lassi? 

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

Gäyo Kopi seeks to expose 'underbelly' of fraudulent Kopi Luwak coffee

Detroit-based startup Gäyo Kopi has introduced wild-certified Kopi Luwak coffee (sourced from wild civets in Indonesia) to the US market, completing pre-order shipments of the rare imported coffee this month, the...

Soapbox

Are venture capitalists buying into bugs as food?

As it gathers increasing attention, is the edible insect market really worth the hype—at least from a financial perspective? 

Veggie mates: Australia sees slow but steady rise in vegetarians

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian vegetarians grew from 1.7m to comfortably break the 2m barrier, with New South Wales leading the way for those moving away from meat.

Poor diet and high blood pressure fuelling China’s heart disease epidemic: Study

Worsening dietary trends and soaring blood pressure levels will contribute to millions of new cases of heart attacks and strokes in China over the next two decades, researchers claim.

Consuming foods with plant sterols plays a role in managing heart health, says Nestlé Malaysia

Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the UKM Medical Centre show that Malaysians in their 30s are now more likely to have arteries similar to a person aged 70 due...

Australia

Why is Zomato more than twice as popular in Melbourne than Sydney?

A year after it bought and supplanted Urbanspoon, restaurant review website Zomato now reaches just over 1m Australians each month. Yet market research shows that the service is more than...

China

Demand for plant-protein drinks spurs boom for healthy sweeteners

After a golden decade for China’s beverage industry came to a close in 2012 —a period during which it saw consistent 20% growth—just one mainstream drinks segment currently stands out,...

Australia

Craft brewery launches beers aged in Barossa Valley wine barrels

A series of craft beers aged in barrels from the Barossa Valley will be launched by Pirate Life Brewing this month.

Australian wine and crackers buyers buck decline in cheese sales

Cheese sales may be gradually declining in Australia, but market research suggests that certain consumers remain devoted to local brands.

South Asia radius

DuPont develops ingredients for pre-packaged rotis in India

A “packaged roti” for a market that has been turning its back on homemade breads in favour of more convenient products with longer shelf-life is now available from a range...

Will the edible insects market move beyond whole cricket powder?

Milled whole cricket powder is probably the best known bug-derived food ingredient aside from red food color carmine. But what other delights might edible insects yield for food formulators? Elaine...

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

Chocolatier named New Zealand’s most trusted brand for fifth year

Porirua confectionery manufacturer Whittaker’s has been named New Zealand’s most trusted brand for the fifth consecutive year, in an annual survey commissioned by Reader’s Digest.

This week Down Under

Superfoods viewed as ‘edible insurance’ by wary consumers

Australian consumers are initially skeptical about new superfoods but still consume them for a bit of "extra insurance" for their health, according to research.

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Australia

Canny brands should use strategic smarts to topple top tipple

When it comes to Australia’s overall liqueur consumption, one brand towers over all the others: Baileys Irish Cream, which is more than three times more popular than second-placed Kahlúa, and...

Australia

Formula flask is poised to solve age-old parent quandary

A Thermos-like device to keep water for infant formula at the ideal drinking temperature is being developed in South Australia.

Australia

Multiple cereal benefits uncovered in first-of-its-kind study

A first-ever scientific analysis of different types of breakfast cereals and their impact on the health of Australians has found positive benefits for body weight and nutrition, regardless of the...

Guest article

Fads in focus: Coconut oil – panacea or artery clogger?

There is barely a food or beverage category that has not been invaded by coconut in some shape or form, says Euromonitor International contributing analyst, Simone Baroke. But is the world...

Australia

Soy drinks’ growing popularity not just among health watchers

New market research has revealed that soy drinks are now more popular with Australians than energy drinks, sports drinks, iced teas or breakfast drinks.

Pokémon Go gets users out of the house and into frozen yogurt stores

The recent craze of the Pokémon GO app has users not only getting outside their homes but also into local businesses where they might discover their next Pokémon catch. ...

Personalised nutrition held back by ‘lack of trust and transparency’

The progress of personalised nutrition is being hampered by the food industry’s ‘lack of trust and transparency,’ in product composition and effects on health.

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