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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,...

This week Down Under

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Flavour firm opens in Japan

Givaudan, a global flavour and fragrance house, has pumped more than €11.5M into a new Tokyo-based technical centre.

Global savory snacks to hit $166.6bn by 2020

The savory snack market will grow 7.1% each year, driven by the increasing purchasing power of developing countries, says P&S Market Research.


Tyrrells's Aus acquisition reflects craft movement’s eastern surge

Britain’s biggest hand-cooked premium potato chip brand will establish a foothold in Australia with its purchase this week of Yarra Valley Snack Foods. 

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Health benefits, convenient format drive sales of Matcha green tea

Matcha tea, known for its vibrant green hue, is hitting its stride in the U.S. where household penetration is currently low but sales are climbing double-digit year-over-year – representing significant...

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

China direct

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity


Kitchen garden could be the key to boosting Apac childhood nutrition

The United Nations’ food champion is investigating if the introduction of more kitchen gardens at schools and in homes would bring with it an improvement in childhood nutrition across Asia-Pacific.

Animal welfare will be ‘decisive criterion’ for lab-grown meat

Most people accept that animals have been slaughtered for meat because they have no choice – but lab-grown meat could change that, says Professor Mark Post.

Beijing Angus beef processor arises amid demand for premium

China’s taste for premium beef has transformed one of Beijing’s rural districts into a breeding base for one of the country’s key processors of premium Angus beef.

More info needed on organic food, says UAE study

Most UAE consumers are aware of, and approve of, organic food, but feel limited by inadequate knowledge, high cost and poor availability of organic products, according to a study.

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

The quest for alternatives to animal-derived proteins has led to a huge amount of innovation - some proteins are already thriving on the market and others have some way to...


Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

News in brief

Diet Pepsi with aspartame will be available online when recipe switches to sucralose, says PepsiCo

While Diet Pepsi will go aspartame-free in August, PepsiCo says fans of the original formula should still be able to buy it online.

One-third of Germans question stevia's healthiness

Germany is a leading market for stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe – but more education is needed to further boost its usage, according to Mintel.

Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey

Asian consumers are fuelling demand for clean labels and natural colourings - and will bolster a trend that has been dominated by western Europeans until now, a 5000-strong global survey has...

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...


Volunteers required for exercise test. Reward: 3D-printed chocolate

Melbourne researcher Rohit Ashok Khot has found the sweetest way in the world to get people to exercise: he rewards others with chocolate treats made on a 3D food printer....

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value

Remote tech: Nestlé sharpens competitive edge for out-of-home coffee

Nestlé has developed coffee machines with more interactive interfaces that can also be adjusted remotely, enabling better control on tailored drinks for food service.

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