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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

Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce...

Australia

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol

Australians have become less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less fat and additives, new consumer data suggests.  

Australia

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to pasta production, while their colleagues have discovered how to make a bowl of...

Entrepreneur interview: Sanjiv Kakkar, managing director of Himalaya International

Himalaya International: Indian food hasn’t taken off because there’s no standard of identity

The flavors of Asia have no doubt made their mark on American palates—as Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences have made their way from niche to mainstream retail and foodservice outlets....

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Consumption of freeze-dried mango may reduce blood glucose levels for obese individuals, according to researchers. 

Weetabix unveils Alpen bars for Chinese market

Alpen bars targeting busy professionals are the first Weetabix products to be formulated specifically for the Chinese market, following the UK company’s majority buy-out by Chinese conglomerate Bright Foods in...

India

Bisleri back in carbonated soft drinks after 22-year wait

Best known for its bottled water, Bisleri has made a return to the carbonated soft drinks market 22 years after it sold its Thums Up, Limca, Gold Spot and Mazza...

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe as big players such as Mars and Nestlé up their investment and others...

China

Chinese retail Westernisation requires a change in packaging thinking

Consumer packaged goods providers will capitalise on the growing Westernisation trend for new experiences, and thus integrate more Western grocery products onto their shelves, market researcher Canadean has predicted. ...

News in brief

Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

India

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is set to cross the US$250m mark in 2014, a new report has said. ...

Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s emotions, according to a researcher from Adelaide. 

Companies expanding into Asia must first understand local physiology

Back when Europe and North America were there dominant growth markets for the food industry, Asia was considered as little more than an extension of their traditional business and dominated...

Destination China for Australian hemp

China might be one of the world’s biggest producers of hemp, but the quality of the crop is low compared to Australian imports, according to one of the first hemp...

Focusing on certification means no beef from consumers

Founded in the early ‘Nineties by a group of Australian pastoral families, OBE claims to be the “oldest, biggest and most trustworthy” supplier of organic beef. 

Carob an unexpected hit in Hong Kong

When Michael Jolley left his carob orchard in South Australia to attend his first Asian food industry show in Hong Kong recently, he was amazed by the response of visitors...

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon established Aroma NZ, a manufacturer of freeze-dried marine products including green lipped mussels.

Asia takes guts, but Australia’s complementary landscape has your back

With Australia's domestic market maturing, many complementary health companies are seeing the growth that some of the big brands are enjoying in Asia and are keen to ride in on...

Mooncake Festival 2014: The biggest event in Asia’s cake calendar

The annual Mooncake Festival celebrated in China and Vietnam is by far the biggest event for cake manufacturers in the region, says an analyst.

The rest of Asia can benefit from Australia’s organic certification

Asian companies will soon cotton on to the idea that they can export organic goods into China just as smoothly as Australian companies, which have traditionally enjoyed a strong link...

Crafty Australian beer independents set sights on China’s middle-class

China’s craft beer market might not yet be as dominant as its Australian counterpart, but this will change as a growing and affluent middle-class opens its eyes and palates to...

Chasing umami: the rise and rise of fermented food

At the intersection of consumers’ growing interest in bold, spicy flavors, health and a desire to expand their horizons through food, fermented foods have re-entered the spotlight owing to their...

News in brief

California’s clean reputation credited for rising China exports

Californian food producers are a major beneficiary of Chinese consumer concerns in the wake of a spate of domestic food scandals. 

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.

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