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Asian tastes

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

Cargill opens development centre in Shanghai for most food streams

Cargill has pooled its resources across a range of divisions to open its first innovation centre in Asia, which employs some 50 researchers, nutritionists and chefs.

3D printed meat opportunity analysed by Australia

3D printed meat technology could be the “next big advancement” for the protein industry, according to a research paper published by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

CVD risks high among low income Pakistani adults on traditional diets: New research

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors including obesity and hypertension are highly prevalent among low income urban Pakistani adults – with those people following a traditional diet most at risk, a...

Givaudan chooses Singapore for new regional flavour centre

The world’s biggest flavour and fragrance company has invested S$7m (US$5m) to expand its flavour innovation centre in Singapore.

PureCircle launches new stevia ingredient Sigma-Beverage

Global stevia company PureCircle says it has refined the sweetener specifically for clear beverage use with a new release called Sigma-Beverage.

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

European-style cured ham builds momentum in China

A leading pig breeder from China is launching European-style premium cured ham products to shield it from future falls in hog prices. 

Soapbox

Vitamins, supplements and intelligent ageing

They say that grey hair is a symbol of wisdom. This is so true as many Australian seniors are now taking a more proactive approach to their own healthcare by...

Bio-tiful Dairy working to expand awareness of kefir in the UK

Kefir is starting to take a hold in the UK, and Bio-tiful Dairy has recently expanded by introducing its products into foodservice with its Kefir cultured milk drinks and two...

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

Trademark difficulties hamper Monster’s launch plans in China

Trademark issues and intense local competition among manufacturers have been holding up Monster Beverage’s charge into China. Yet its brand owners have high hopes for its fate in the world’s...

News in brief

New Ingredion launch taps into the Asian non-sugar sweetener market

Ingredion is introducing its range of Sweetis sweeteners, which has been designed to create sucrose-like taste profiles and the mouthfeel of sugar, across Asia-Pacific. 

Australia

Aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders fail to meet dietary norms

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are not consuming enough of the five major food groups and too much sugar and other discretionary foods, according to figures released by Australia’s official...

New Zealand

Bigger companies now opting to outsource their sales to agencies

More big Kiwi food and grocery companies have been seeking specialist help from sales and merchandising agencies as cost and margin pressures increase, the boss of New Zealand's biggest field...

Australia

Fruit juice brands fighting for share in shrinking market

With packaged fruit juice consumption in freefall in recent years, the number of Australians who opt for it has plummeted by 1.3m people since 2012, when over 35% of the...

Soapbox

Insects: A special food case for the European Union

Watch out! Crickets about to hop over from Thailand to across the entire European Union. What a leap!

GULFOOD MANUFACTURING

Halal firm encourages buffalo consumption

Buffalo burgers should be considered a healthy and alternative option to the classic beef variety. That is the message being emphasised by Indian processor Allanasons Private Limited at Gulfood Manufacturing this...

Fonterra mascarpone cheese set for Japan

Fonterra’s new type of mascarpone cream cheese is set to head to Japan in January 2017.

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Cake Concepts takes Japanese idea to develop Fun Cakes and sponge pancakes

Cake Concepts has taken an idea from Japan and adapted it to American and US tastes to create a niche market in the bakery industry.

India

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

Kerala-based botanicals major Arjuna Natural Extracts will launch a range of preservatives that the company says will appeal to the clean-label food fixation of millennials by combining herbal extracts with...

South Asia radius

Beverage industry licks wounds after regulatory and GST notifications

The Indian food regulator has amended the national food regulations to include a definition for carbonated fruit beverages, much to the disappointment of beverage makers, who are still reeling at...

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

Rapid anaemia tests in rural India aim to boost iron and folic acid supplementation

Rapid detection anaemia tests are being rolled-out in Uttar Pradesh, India – a region where as many as one-in-two women are anaemic.

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Japan’s billion dollar nori industry, which produces 350,000 tonnes of edible and nutraceutical seaweed lauded for a multitude of beneficial health effects, could have a new competitor…Norway.

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