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Japan’s rise in ‘konbini’ convenience stores drives demand for smaller, shelf ready packs

Japan’s packaging industry is being forced to dramatically change its formats, portion sizes and adopt technologies such as light-weighting and downsizing its products thanks to a rise in ‘konbini’ convenience...

Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though one Adelaide brewer, which operates on the premium cusp of the market, has...

Healthy Beverage Innovation

Kickstarter helped beverage firm Genki-Su launch, but may not be ideal platform for foods & drinks

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter helped the beverage company Genki-Su raise nearly twice as much money as necessary to pay for the first round of bottling for its concentrated Japanese drinking...

Research

Meat-and-two-veg Australia not keeping up with 'two and five' each day

Only one in 50 Australians is eating the recommended two servings of fruit and five of vegetables each day, according to new market research. And while many keep up with...

Aussie lawyers predict Pepsi v. Coke 'contour bottle' shape scrap will continue

The Federal Court of Australia recently dismissed trademark infringement claims brought by Coke against Pepsi over the former’s iconic ‘Contour Bottle’, but lawyers tip the soda scrap to continue.

Far East tastes

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015

Japanese conglomerate Nagase has revealed its predictions of country’s top food trends for 2015.  Its choices are based on the anticipated changes to Japanese claims regulations, as well as consumer...

Fonterra given Chinese green light for Beingmate infant formula JV

China’s Ministry of Commerce has given Fonterra the green light to establish an Australian infant formula joint venture with Chinese firm Beingmate.

Talkback: Is Gandhi beer offensive or just canny branding?

Talkback is a new weekly feature which looks at a polarising issue and gauges your response to it from an industry perspective. This week, we invite you to look at...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

SPECIAL EDITION: INFANT NUTRITION

Asia-Pacific baby formula sales boom despite scandals

Hong Kong is the world’s fastest growing market for infant formula, followed by mainland China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Indonesia, latest Euromonitor research shows.

‘Our competitors are neither young, nor from emerging nations’: AJE Group on BIG Cola's USP

BIG Cola insists global brands don’t need a presence in the US or Europe as it says it competes with the likes of Coke and Pepsi by 'democratizing consumption' with...

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for industry views on amending nutritional labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for public and industry comments as it assesses whether to change the way nutrition information is shown on food labelling. 

Australia

As Aussie as Croc Dundee, though Asian-born are not taking to Vegemite

Barrack Obama isn’t the only non-Australian to find Vegemite “horrible… a quasi-vegetable by-product that you smear on your toast”, with research showing that the yeast extract is overwhelmingly more popular...

New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to an analysis of government data, food safety groups have highlighted. 

Spice up the Indian premium chocolate market, says taster

Multinational chocolate manufacturers are failing to cater to Indian tastes and should experiment with spices such as green cumin and saffron, according to India’s only professional chocolate taster.

Australia

Australian snackers opt for savoury, though most top brands are sweet

When it comes to Australia’s most popular snacks, it seems that tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet, market research has found. 

Kit Kat shape mark triumphs in South Africa but stumbles in Singapore

Nestlé has successfully protected its trademark for the Kit Kat shape in South Africa, but has lost a similar case against Petra Foods in Singapore.

Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their...

Danone agrees to sell Indonesian fresh dairy business

Danone has agreed to sell its Indonesia fresh dairy business to local food and beverage firm Indofood (ICBP) for a reported 250bn Indonesian Rupiah (US$20.5m, €16.4m).

Australia

Wealthy Aussies don’t just opt for champagne—they’ll guzzle anything

High earners in Australia are not only more likely to drink more champagne, but also more beer, wine and spirits than their less affluent neighbours, according to Roy Morgan Research.

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

Functional foods market is expected to grow 25% by 2017: Leatherhead

The global functional food market is forecast to reach $54bn (€43bn), an increase of 25% compared to the last available data from 2013, says Leatherhead Food Research.

News in brief

Setria Glutathione approved for use in Australia

Australia’s Therapeutics Goods Administration has approved Setria Glutathione for use as a “therapeutically active ingredient in adults”. 

Not just for flavour: Herbs and spices backed for heart health

Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.

China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says Wall Street brokerage Bernstein’s research arm in a joint report with the Interbrand...

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