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Moonlighting winemakers exploit thirst for boutique gin

The growing demand for boutique gin has seen a steady increase in Australian winemakers working on the side as distillers.

Asian tastes: Out with the old, in with the new trends

Jane Barnett, a Mintel analyst, looks at some of the most pressing current consumer trends in Asia-Pacific while bidding a not-so-fond farewell to the nutritional villains of the last year.

Rabobank: More Indians adopt branded rice as modern retail takes off

A report on thebranded Indian rice industry has forecast strong growth in the segment as an increasingly less price-sensitive market continues its move away from preferring commodities to labels. 

Yili and Cornell University partner to develop cheese product for China

Yili has signed a research agreement with Cornell University that will see the development of a cheese product for the Chinese market. 

Dedicated followers of fashion

Pan-Asia food distributors must keep their finger on the pulse of industry trends. DPO's country head takes a look at the segments that will be big business over the coming...

Innovation nation: DSM's success centre in Singapore

Ingredients major DSM has ramped up its regional development work with the opening of an innovation centre in Singapore this year. Central to its operation is an understanding that Asian...

India's newfound taste for flavours

India's flavour market has changed substantially in a very quick time. Changing demographics really have been making a difference in this segment as tastes become more international and discerning.

SE Asia dairy focus

Thai tastes meet the heat through dairy flavours

Although not a newcomer to Southeast Asia, American cheese and diary ingredient manufacturer DairiConcepts is determined to break new ground. Its strategy is to bring innovation to Thailand while beating...

SE Asia dairy focus

American dairy's newest frontier

Southeast Asia is now America's second biggest market after Mexico, and is the centre of a growth trend that is set to continue. Dali Ghazalay, the US industry's regional representative,...

SE Asia dairy focus

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a...

This week Down Under

Australians continue to show little supermarket brand loyalty

While most of Australia’s 14.2m grocery-buyers have a supermarket of preference where they do most of their shopping, a relatively low proportion of them do so exclusively at that chain,...

Spicemode: Indian inspired sauces, but that’s just the beginning

Facing a slew of unsavory Chicago food truck regulations in 2011, Amar Singh opted to park his Curry Cruiser truck for good to pursue a line of Indian-inspired cooking sauces...

Zooming into protein trends region by region

Protein has been topping the ‘hottest ingredient’ lists for a while now - but how does demand break down region by region?Has the sugar backlash...

Nescafé dumps traditional websites and turns to Tumblr, in bid to converse with creative and mobile millennials

Nescafé is abandoning its traditional websites in favour of Tumblr: a move aimed to appeal to millennial consumers and particularly those using smart phones and tablets. 

Show floor insights

One-size-does-not-fit-all: India, China, Japan still rule but rest of Asia rising for BASF

German ingredients giant BASF is expanding its Asian footprint one gentle step at a time, with Food Ingredients-Asia stand footfall affirming ever-more dynamic food markets in Thailand and other Asia-Pacific...

Far East digest

Korean junk food consumption halves in last decade

The rate that Korean teenagers regularly consume has halved over the past 10 years, the country’s health watchdog has found. 

South Korea adopts UAE halal certification

South Korea is hoping to establish a strong export trade in meat with the United Arab Emirates, and has announced it will adopt the Emirate’s halal certification system to help...

Crown celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday with metal can packaging designs

Crown Holdings has been supporting local and international brands with packaging designs to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50) this year.


The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to...

China Direct

China to stay top grocery market, though rise eclipsed by others

Chinese grocery sales will grow from US$1,119bn in 2015 to US$1,491bn in 2020, an increase of around one-third.

Far East digest

Heavy-drinking Koreans seeing obesity skyrocket

Obesity has emerged as one of South Korea’s biggest threats to health, according to a study released by the National Health Insurance Service last week. 

This week Down Under

Australian wine boxes feeling similar pinch to market for bottles

The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping.

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

China direct

Coffee making inroads on China’s tea hegemony

Tea has a long history in China and is still the country’s most popular drink, but coffee is catching up slowly but surely, a new report from Canadean has revealed....

Flavor Trends

Consumers are demanding more sophisticated blends of hot spice and flavor, Kalsec study finds

As consumer demand for spicy food increases, it also is evolving beyond that for just eye-watering and mouth-burning heat to include a desire for more complex blends of pungent flavors,...

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