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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.

Changes in consumer tastes offer crucial GCC investment opportunities

Food and beverage manufacturers must keep on top of the Gulf’s fast-changing tastes, workforce trends and government zeal for healthy diets. 

UAE consumer F&B spending continues rapid ascent

Consumer spending on food and non-alcoholic beverages amounted to almost US$25bn last year, according to Euromonitor International.

India

FSSAI gets involved in Indian culinary tradition

India’s food regulator is developing a recipe archive to preserve the country’s food heritage, as part of a number of initiatives that include setting up cuisine hubs and organising food...

Cinnamon supplements alleviate metabolic syndrome in Asian Indians: RCT

Regular cinnamon supplementation counters all aspects of metabolic syndrome in Indian adults, according to a trial led by the University of Delhi.

Lack of antioxidants increases obesity risk in sleep-deprived men: Korean study

Low dietary antioxidant intake — coupled with insufficient sleep — could lead to an increased risk of obesity in men, a Korean study has found.

China direct

Health, wealth and internet forcing instant noodle-makers to rethink

China’s appetite for instant noodles has been shrinking sharply in the face of growing popularity for food delivery and better awareness of healthier foods.

Richer Chinese making dent in established organic markets

Chinese demand has been fuelling growth in the global organic food market, which is predicted to grow to a value of nearly US$190bn by 2021.

Heart disease, stroke present highest mortality risk for elderly with high BMI: Singapore study

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two main causes of mortality in overweight and obese individuals aged 65 and above, according to a study led by the National University of...

Top Iranian dairy companies and trends

The Iranian dairy industry is beginning to expand.  This growth domestically is being complemented by the country’s dairy companies now looking to export to countries such as Russia.

Vegetarian diet might reduce diabetes risk: South Korean review

Maintaining a vegetarian diet might contribute to a lower risk of diabetes, according to a South Korean review.

Singapore PM declares ‘war on diabetes’ in National Day message

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has said the city state needs to "go all out" to fight the soaring number of diabetes cases.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

South Asia radius

Flavoured milk’s popularity soars as Indians seek on-the-go nutrition

India’s flavoured milk segment has been seeing a significant level of interest, with the category having attracted 43% of all dairy drink launches last year.

New Zealand

Support for sugar tax remains constant among Kiwis

The number of Kiwis in favour of a tax on sugary drinks has hardly changed in the last year, after a new poll revealed that two thirds of respondents continue...

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: Why understanding young Singaporeans’ diets should be a public health and research priority

Academics are striving to increase the volume of quality data about the dietary patterns of young Singaporeans, in order to boost the nutritional health of future generations.

India

Ice cream war rages in court as Amul appeals against HUL ruling

A bitter row between two of India’s biggest dairy manufacturers has returned to the Bombay High Court with Gujurat co-operative Amul arguing for the reinstatement of an ice cream advert...

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

China direct

Consumers now look for healthier and premium products, survey finds

Chinese consumers have become more selective in their spending this year due to pressures at work and tightening household budgets.

News in brief

Bell plans Kuala Lumpur office for Asian flavours operation

Bell Flavours and Fragrances will open a Malaysian office to boost its presence in Asia-Pacific.

Food entrepreneurs get their own reality show

Production is underway on a new reality web series that will cover food start-ups.

Excitement builds for Japan's Wagyu Olympics

Japan’s top cattle and meat producers are gearing up to compete in the country’s next ‘Wagyu Olympics’, the country’s premier beef cattle show, to be held in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture,...

Hypertension risk soars in ‘metabolically healthy’ overweight Chinese adults

Overweight or obese Chinese individuals — even those with a healthy metabolic phenotype — have a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared to those within the normal weight range....

Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Dog days for canine meat traders amid changing Chinese attitudes

Last month massive crowds once again flocked to Yulin, in south China’s Guangxi province. Each year, on June 21, the city celebrates a dog meat festival that also attracts much...

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