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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.

Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

News in brief

South Korea allows mealworms as a food ingredient

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety have given a green light to the use of mealworms as a food ingredient.

Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with alcohol after new research found the practice can turn a few quick drinks...

Australia

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system

Not all vegetables available in Australian supermarkets will receive a top nutrition rating once a new health labelling system is rolled out in coming months.

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast...

Who drinks more wine – the Chinese or the Japanese?

Isn’t the answer obvious? The Chinese, with their thirst for fine French wines, New World reds and keenness to plant vineyards over the past five years, easily outstrip the economically...

India

Thawing market prompts demand for ice cream to soar

New data indicates that India’s ice cream market is the fastest growing in the world, as the product quickly becomes part of the country’s modern culture. 

Australia

SWOT analysis exposes Asian opportunities for Australian exporters

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has published a series of reports that it hopes will deepen the manufactured food industry’s understanding of the opportunities that exist within Asia....

Australia

Yoghurt lovers: frequently fruity but getting back to nature

From bush honey to vanilla bean, Australian dairy sections boast a wide range of yoghurt flavours. But over the last five years, the country’s yoghurt-eating habits have shown a gradual...

South Korea

Korean women catching up with the world’s biggest boozers — Korean men

South Korean women are developing a taste for a tipple at a remarkable rate, with the number who regularly consume alcohol having grown by more than 33% in just over...

Australia

Put the Wimbledon champagne on ice: Aussie tennis fans love a tipple

With champagne corks popping at Wimbledon this week—an expected 28,000 of them over the course of the SW19 fortnight—Australian drinks marketers would be advised to tap into the bubbly market...

China analysis

Low margins put off leading wine brokers despite boom in imports

Although China wine market has been booming for some time, the low prices charged by online importers means few leading brokers and retailers have been tempted to enter the business.

‘Don’t discount Scotch whisky – Innovate!’ Rabobank fires Aussie wine warning

Rabobank today served up Australian wine as an object lesson for the Scotch whisky industry’s need to innovate in areas such as flavour rather than discount, to guard its prestige...

Improved diet in China is driving a rise in consumer packaged goods

China is still the next big emerging market from a packaging industry viewpoint, according to Videojet.

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same...

Australia

Lindt the clear challenger as Cadbury’s block sales decline

While Cadbury has been enduring a challenging time of late in Malaysia , news from Australia is not likely to sweeten the company’s mood.

News in brief

New Singapore facilities aim to bring market closer to CP Kelco

Speciality hydrocolloid manufacturer CP Kelco has opened a hub for South Asia alongside a dairy beverage centre of excellence in Singapore, with hopes to strengthen the company’s global innovation footprint....

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

China

China can’t get enough of Australia’s organic produce

Plagued by food contamination scandals and environmental issues, the Chinese middle class is now more eager on certified organic food imports.

Malaysia

Evolva to open Apac centre to explore endangered agarwood production

Evolva Holding will collaborate with Universiti Malaysia Pahang to establish a scientific centre of excellence for natural products from Malaysia in Pahang state’s Flavour and Fragrance Cluster.

Anti-extravagance and acquisitions in Asia rock global spirits market

Asia’s role in the global spirits market has surprised analysts over in recent months, with moves to curb extravagance in China, Suntory’s acquisition of Beam in January and Emperador’s winning...

Taste economics: Manipulating price impacts taste perception and consumer emotions

Altering the price of a food product can have an immediate impact on taste perception, as well as feelings of overeating and guilt, according to new research.

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