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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.

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.

News in brief

Frozen custard and dairy-free biggest climbers in ice cream category, says Nielsen

US retail sales of non-dairy ice cream surged 43.7% to $75.2m in the year to May 28, as more consumers enjoyed almond and coconut-based products in addition to dairy, while...

China direct

Haves and have-nots: China’s new two-speed shopping economy

With value growth in its FMCG market reaching a five-year low, China is marching towards a “two-speed” consumer economy, though the situation is not yet one of general malaise.

Home brewing joins Internet of Things with launch of Aussie iBrew kit

The Internet of Things is about to shake up the home brew industry after one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of home brew ingredients announced the launch an automated system...

Interview: DuPont’s Asia-Pacific president for health and nutrition

Li Yongjing: ‘Our business improves other people's lives'

Last month, DuPont became the latest food and nutrition ingredients supplier to open a flagship regional headquarters in Singapore, which is fast becoming a hub in this regard.

News in brief

BRF spin-off creates halal unit

Brazilian meat processor BRF has announced plans to set up a subsidiary tasked with strengthening the meat giant’s supply of meat to Muslim consumers.

Insects on the world’s menus: Why not?

As most residents of Bangkok, where I live, will confirm, food is a matter of national pride. And most of the eating happens outside the home. 

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Seaweed: How a Korean side dish became a hit with US snackers

In half a decade, seaweed has made the leap from traditional Korean side dish to an ingredient making a big impression on the US snacking scene.

Lindt launches 'shop-in-shop' concept in Hong Kong

Passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are now able to pick and mix their favorite Lindor chocolate for the first time, thanks to the recent partnership between Lindt...

Study shows complex Chinese preferences for flavored milk

Companies interested in selling flavored milk in China might find it a little more complicated than simply getting it on the shelves.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

Halal range launches with 16 lines on Amazon Fresh

Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.

Kangaroo meat deemed a healthy choice for consumers

Australian kangaroo meat has passed a series of food safety tests with flying colours, proving the nutritionally-rich, low-fat meat is a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers.

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland

‘Our quest: To share the finest Scottish craft beer:’ Brewers eye up potential of exporting to Asia

Scotch whisky’s revered reputation is providing an opening for a new wave of Scottish beverages in Asia: craft beer.

Yakult’s probiotic fermented milk drink reaching new heights

Yakult was founded in Japan in the 1930s, and the probiotic fermented milk drink has been expanding around the world ever since.

Chaat takes Indian street food to US dairy aisle

The street food of India, called chaat, has inspired a newly-launched US brand of healthy dairy products aimed at afternoon snacks.

Half of Australia can’t even pronounce hipster’s favourite super-food

Only half of Australians have tried quinoa despite its trendy status, and as many are unaware of how to pronounce it.

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