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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.

Mineral waters and mixers adding fizz to Aussie bubbly drink market

New market research suggests that Australia’s love of bubbly drinks could now be fizzling out.

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FONA opens innovation centre in Guangzhou

Flavours manufacturer FONA International has opened new innovation centre in Guangzhou, China.

Front-of-pack labelling gets more support in Australia

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is one of Australia’s biggest health unions, has thrown its weight behind a front-of-pack labelling system for food sold in Australia.

NZ Prime Minister has his work cut out in China

New Zealand’s reputation in China as a provider of safe and quality dairy products has taken a heavy blow in recent times, a new consumer confidence survey suggests.

UAE date palm to be given UN honour

Along with the camel and the world’s highest tower, the humble date is one of the most enduring icons of the UAE, and soon it will be recognised for its...

Majority of Singaporeans unable to understand labelling info

Even though Singapore’s obesity rate is steadily rising, a recent poll there has shown the majority of its residents do not read or understand the information printed on food packaging. ...

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DuPont develops kit to mix and match dahi characteristics

DuPont Nutrition and Health has developed a creations kit that allows manufacturers of dahi greater freedom to play with high performing cultures and design curds.

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Innovation watch: Japanese KitKat you can bake

Nestlé has developed a new mini KitKat that can be eaten as a chocolate bar or bake in the oven for two minutes to become like a crispy cookie.

SE Asian women concerned about bone health but shun beneficial diet

Southeast Asian women are more worried about the effects of poor bone health than an expanding waistline, according to a new report on opinions towards ageing.

Profile: Carl Gibson, CEO of Complementary Healthcare Council, Australia

Complementary medicine's hardman says it's time to focus on positives

For somebody who is often seen to be “slamming” an unfavourable study, or “hitting back” at research showing complementary medicine in a negative light, Carl Gibson is in a less...

'It is difficult to find shoddy things in Japanese stores'

Japan demands luxury look from packaging

Japan offers packaging companies an opportunity to develop more attractive products, with the importance of aesthetics built into its culture, according to market research agency Canadean.

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Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Which profession is the worst offender for snacking ‘al desko’?

A third of all snacking takes place at our desks and marketing professionals top the unhealthy table, with lawyers at the bottom, according to UK research from yogurt brand Fruyo....

China’s food safety lapses create a halal opportunity for Malaysia

China’s food safety issues and the subsequent turn by middle-class consumers towards quality imports have made it a hot market for Malaysia’s halal foods, according to a top Malaysian government...

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year...

Something like a phenomenon: Bakery in China

The bakery sector in China is a social phenomenon - considered by many as a trendy, Western sector, says a Shanghai-based consultant.

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Svedka vodka arrives in India

America’s second most popular imported vodka will now appear on Indian bottle shop shelves after owner Constellation brands tied up a deal with local distributor Mohan Brothers to bring Svedka...

Indian and Chinese consumers value certification in imports: study

Consumers in India and China are putting a greater focus than expected on aspects like food safety and environmental quality when purchasing food, a new Kiwi study has found. 

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Glut of unsold Chinese sucralose impacts outlook at Tate & Lyle: 2015 sucralose prices 15% lower

Tate & Lyle says it predicts a substantial deterioration in sucralose pricing owing to a glut of unsold Chinese sucralose which has forced it to reduce pricing in recently renewed...

Official's lobbyist wife drawn into star rating web site ruckus

It took two years to develop, had the support of the Council of Australian Governments ministerial council and only lasted a matter of hours. Now the swift demise of the...

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

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Australians’ love of ice cream is cooling

Despite having a broader choice of flavours and healthier, reduced fat product options available, Australians are now less tempted by tubs of ice cream. 

Academics call for ban on child-facing junk food advertising

A ban on manipulative junk food advertising to children is urgently needed to help fight increasing rates of childhood obesity, say University of Otago Wellington researchers.

Low-income Australians cannot afford healthy foods

A healthy diet is for now out of reach for low-income Australians, with climate change affecting the ability of food systems to provide sufficient nutritious and affordable foods at all...

Kit Kat tops Oz ad ratings, while Skittles loses its Midas touch

Eating chocolate is a one-way road to happiness, if you subscribe to the approach used by confectionery companies in Australia to market their products.

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