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Toyo’s most expensive rice record a nod to TPP uncertainty

Japan’s Toyo Rice Corporation has secured a world record for high-priced rice after a limited quantity of its super-premium grains were made available earlier this year through its web site....

Busy Aussies don’t leave breakfast drinks just for brekkie

The meal that is widely considered to be the most important of the day is regularly missed by almost a quarter of Australians—though few have time for breakfast-in-the-bottle alternatives.

Reformulation of discretionary products would have limited impact

Reformulating products such as biscuits, confectionary and sugar-sweetened beverages would have only a “small to moderate” impact on the diets of Australians, while simply telling people to eat less is “unsustainable”, an international...

FI Asia 2016: The key industry trends hitting the show floor

With FI Asia taking place this week in Jakarta with 15,000 visitors, 650 exhibitors and a host of industry experts in one place, we caught up with Olav Masseling, brand...

Pharmacists want to plug supplement knowledge gap as consumer demand grows: Malaysia survey

Over 80% of Malaysian pharmacists believe their profession should play a greater role in recommending supplements and other ‘complementary medicines’ (CM) to their customers, but most are having to teach...


Tea companies should target teens as market grows slowly

Despite its well-publicised coffee craze in recent years, Australia firmly remains a nation that loves its tea—only tap water, milk and hot coffee are more widely consumed.

Korean TV and Asian demand drive freekah sales from Australia

Korean television and a partnership in Singapore have been helping an Australian super grain producer reach new markets.

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Asian markets outside of China, notably South Korea and Japan, were the biggest buyers of US beef in July, according to trade data from the US Meat Export Federation. 

Vinegar a ‘promising functional food’ to combat Asia’s rising cases of type 2 diabetes

Researchers in Singapore suggest vinegar could be a key functional ingredient to help fight the rising number of type 2 diabetes cases in the region.

Can moringa, amla and turmeric spur India towards superfoods success?

Indian manufacturers and suppliers can tap in to the latest wave of superfood trends both domestically and internationally by playing to the strengths of the country’s traditional ingredients.

Chinese craft breweries look to Australia for premium water supply

Chinese brewers have been courting a water producer from Australia in a bid to create tastier craft beers.

Nestlé expert: Personalised weight management best way to tackle Asia’s obesity timebomb

Asia has a chance to tackle obesity through a more personalised approach to weight management providing it avoids the mistakes made in the West where not enough attention was paid...

International butchers gather Down Under for World Butchers’ Challenge

Butchery teams from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and France are congregating to compete in the first World Butchers’ Challenge to see who is a cut above the rest. 

Alkaline water brand could increase health benefits of milk powder

High-quality drinking water from Australia is being touted as a perfect companion product to help quench China’s thirst for “clean and green” infant milk powder.

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Indonesian parties table legislation to outlaw alcohol

Plus: Childhood stunting costs Philippines almost 3% of GDP; and Vietnam’s first ‘fairer’ sugar auctions announced.

WutsupBaby’s line of infant and quinoa toddler cereals to cross the Pacific

Quinoa is what’s up in WutsupBaby’s line of infant and toddler cereals. It has won over East Asian consumers, reflected by its 10% revenue increase in the past 10 months....

Chinese plant protein drinks grow as manufacturers look beyond soy

Manufacturers in China should be looking at moving past traditional soy-based drinks by incorporating multiple types of plant protein in functional beverages, says Mintel.

Yili and SIG Combibloc launch yogurt drink with juice balls that explode in your mouth

Yili has partnered with SIG Combibloc to launch two Baoquzhu UHT yogurt drinks, packed in CombiblocSmall 250ml.

Guinness’ ‘Red Tongued Dog’ gets a packaging redesign

Crown Holdings has partnered with Guinness to create a limited edition can for its Foreign Extra Stout celebrating 150 years in Singapore.

Could fortified beer and lassi tap into Asia’s soaring protein demand?

Asia’s demand for protein is soaring, but is the Indian market ready for protein-fortified beers and lassi? 

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

Gäyo Kopi seeks to expose 'underbelly' of fraudulent Kopi Luwak coffee

Detroit-based startup Gäyo Kopi has introduced wild-certified Kopi Luwak coffee (sourced from wild civets in Indonesia) to the US market, completing pre-order shipments of the rare imported coffee this month, the...


Are venture capitalists buying into bugs as food?

As it gathers increasing attention, is the edible insect market really worth the hype—at least from a financial perspective? 

Veggie mates: Australia sees slow but steady rise in vegetarians

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian vegetarians grew from 1.7m to comfortably break the 2m barrier, with New South Wales leading the way for those moving away from meat.

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