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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.

Australia

Maggie Beer forced to amend misleading labels after ACCC wins action

The celebrity chef at the centre of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ruling on misleading labelling has apologised to consumers and claimed the transgression was an innocent mistake.

Australia-China

Sweet sorghum research project could ‘revitalise the sugar industry’

A joint project between researchers in Queensland and China to derive sugars from sorghum could result in extraordinary social, economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

'NO EVIDENCE OF AN IMMINENT THREAT': CARLSBERG

Carlsberg steps up security at Malaysian brewery on Islamic State attack threat

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com it is maintaining heightened security at its Malaysian brewery near Kuala Lumpur, after sympathizers of terrorist organization Islamic State told police they had planned to attack the...

Australia

Virtual bottleshops see steady growth as more Aussies buy online

Amid news that online shopping while under the influence of alcohol is now a recognised phenomenon, a growing number of Australian adults are using the internet to buy alcohol. 

News in brief

Cash rich and time poor, more Australians opt for ready meals

The number of Australians opting for frozen or chilled ready-meals continues to grow, according to new figures from Roy Morgan Research.

Global Halal market to hit $1.6tn by 2018

The global Halal food market will be worth US$1.6tn by 2018, up from US$1.1tn in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

New Zealand

‘Huge gaps’ identified in government’s food policy

New Zealand government is failing to act in 74% of its recommended food policy areas, with “major gaps” identified by researchers.

Move over! Asia Pacific to top North America in 2014 confectionery sales

Asia Pacific will leapfrog North America in 2014 retail value confectionery sales to become the world’s second largest market, according to Euromonitor International.

News in brief

Regulatory problems in China depress growth of Innophos's nutritional ingredient sales

The web of Chinese regulations regarding dietary ingredient import and export reached out to ensnare Innophos, a company that derives a portion of its revenue from selling phosphates and other...

Aussie dairies jumping on A2 protein bandwagon to 'cream consumers': Choice

Australian consumer group Choice has blasted dairies Down Under for attempting to milk the public using health claims relating to A2 beta casein protein. 

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

Usana Health Sciences reported flat net sales  in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year.  Issues in China caused the company to miss analysts’ estimates for sales and earnings,...

Malaysia

Chobani to hit Malaysian shelves as yoghurt demand grows in SE Asia

Chobani, America’s top-selling brand of strained yogurt that has been gaining a massive global following through its slick marketing, will soon be available in Malaysia.

Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned...

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

New Zealand

Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest

Kiwi fruit products company Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced what it claims is possibly the world’s smallest real fruit pieces.

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...

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