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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.

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

Australia

Volunteers required for exercise test. Reward: 3D-printed chocolate

Melbourne researcher Rohit Ashok Khot has found the sweetest way in the world to get people to exercise: he rewards others with chocolate treats made on a 3D food printer....

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value

Remote tech: Nestlé sharpens competitive edge for out-of-home coffee

Nestlé has developed coffee machines with more interactive interfaces that can also be adjusted remotely, enabling better control on tailored drinks for food service.

Double jeopardy: Do fitness foods make people eat more and exercise less?

Products flogging fitness may encourage weight-conscious consumers to eat more and exercise less – leading the scientists behind the research to call for closer monitoring of sports nutrition marketing practices.

India

Hindu leader outraged by Amrut whisky’s ‘highly inappropriate’ name

Hindus have lashed out at the name of India’s first single malt whisky, according to one self-styled “statesman”, who branded Amrut—which, as amrta, is also the sacred nectar of immortality—“highly...

This week Down Under

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

At least idle Australians know how to snack well

South Asia radius

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

State stops junk food around schools in latest post-Maggi safety move

China direct

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

FTA will have bigger benefit for China than Australia, critics say

India

Court-ordered food safety group will begin scrutinising nutrition regulations

India’s food watchdog will set up a working group to regulate the levels of sugar, salt and fat found in foods following one state’s crackdown on child nutrition.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Age causing diabetes to soar in Singapore; some groups not managing it

Age making diabetes rates soar in Singapore; Indians and Malays not managing condition properly

Far East digest

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

Australia

Coopers poised to sign NY craft ale distribution deal for Down Under

Riding high on continued growth in its traditional Australian beer segment, Coopers Brewery in Adelaide is now about to brew and distribute one of America’s leading craft beers, Brooklyn Lager....

Winston Lee: 'We're caramelizing milk and sugar together and then culturing it'

Tarte Asian Yogurt CEO: 'Greek has 47% of the market; we’re going after the other 53%'

When Winston Lee started pitching Tarte Asian Yogurt to retailers three years ago, the market had already hit peak Greek, he says: “Buyers were already looking at what's next after...

Region in focus

Far East digest

Health ministry blamed for doing too little to prevent gutter oil scandal

Australia

Study calls on supermarkets to offer incentives for early week shop

Mondays and Tuesdays are the best bet for buying groceries, whereas three more much shopping is done an a Saturday, Australian market research has found.

From hemp and turmeric to artisan dairy-free ‘cheese’: Nine natural food trends for 2015

From veggie powders to sprinkle on your food to artisan dairy-free ‘cheeses’ made from nuts, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) selects nine natural food trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and...

Going halal: Can manufacturers appeal to all consumers?

The European halal market is booming and set to grow – but manufacturers must appeal to Muslims without alienating non-Muslim consumers if they want to maximise sales , say experts.

Region in focus

Far East digest

Honey butter chips craze boosts potato prices

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia joins the food secure, though far behind Singapore

India

Funding freeze adds to Greenpeace’s woes as more states okay GM trials

With Greenpeace India reeling after a government-led block to its funding, the number of state governments that have voiced their approval for field trials of genetically-modified crops has grown to...

Gin made with ants: Distillery adds new dimension to insect potential

A UK craft distiller and a Danish food lab have collaborated to produce Anty Gin: a product using the essence of red wood ants and botanicals. 

Australia

Australians still suspicious of long-life milk, survey reveals

Australians still haven’t got a taste for UHT and long-life milk, even it if is widely consumed by much of the rest of the world, and is especially popular among...

Fonterra's impact on New Zealand dairy industry competition to be investigated

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is to investigate Fonterra's impact on competition in the country's dairy sector.

Futurology

Megatrends that could throw the world into freefall

What will the future look like, and how should we respond to changes brought about by disruptions like technology and the changing environment?

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