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Yakult’s probiotic fermented milk drink reaching new heights

Yakult was founded in Japan in the 1930s, and the probiotic fermented milk drink has been expanding around the world ever since.

Chaat takes Indian street food to US dairy aisle

The street food of India, called chaat, has inspired a newly-launched US brand of healthy dairy products aimed at afternoon snacks.

Half of Australia can’t even pronounce hipster’s favourite super-food

Only half of Australians have tried quinoa despite its trendy status, and as many are unaware of how to pronounce it.

This week Down Under

Nescafé sales drop as smaller brands and coffee joints gain favour

The proportion of Australians buying instant coffee has declined over the last five years, while fresh coffee sales have increased, market research has found. 

Japanese consumption, Chinese growth spur global demand for probiotics

Probiotics manufacturers are increasingly witnessing the rising importance of Asia-Pacific as growing awareness of the health benefits of “good” bacteria continue to drive global growth.

Nestlé brings global brands to video in Alibaba anniversary tie-up

Nestlé and Alibaba Group have launched an e-commerce and marketing campaign to bring the Swiss corporation’s brands from overseas markets to China as its celebrates 150 years in nutrition. 

Protein bars to gummies: New supplement product launches in June

Three new gummies by Jarrow Formulas hint at the popularity of the candy-like delivery format, while pastry-like protein bars by sports nutrition brand Cellucor further confirm America's sweet tooth. Another...

This week Down Under

Study: Dairy avoidance in Australia is reaching dangerous levels

One in six adult Australians choose to avoid milk and dairy, three-quarters of whom do so to relieve cramps, bloating or wind.

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Edible insects: Let’s look at what’s on the menu

In these early days of edible insects going global, it is still unclear which products will stand out and make their way to the mainstream. The ideas popping out of...

Perspectives on Africa and Asia: Understanding these growing beer markets

Both Africa and Asia offer opportunities for beer brands: but neither market can be tackled with a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  

Indian brands give multinationals a run for their money

Homegrown brands dominated over their foreign counterparts in India’s fast-growing Rs2.5tr (US$38.2bn) packaged food market last year. 

China’s new dietary guidelines advise lower meat consumption

Beijing is now encouraging Chinese consumers to reduce their meat and egg intake through new dietary guidelines that are also designed to help the environment.

Asia-Pacific nations lead in growth of ethical labels market

China, the United Arab Emirates and Australia are expected to be the fastest-growing vegan markets between 2015 and 2020, according to data from Euromonitor International’s newly launched ethical labels database.

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Malaysia must end 24-hour dining to curb obesity crisis

Malaysians should be sleeping in the early hours of the morning, not eating and watching football at a 24-hour restaurant, according to the president of the Malaysian Association for the...

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?...

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

Naturell launches India’s first protein-rich extruded snack

Naturell India has launched a seven-grain protein snack which it claims is a first of its kind in the country.

Chinese consumers getting healthier as appetite for Western QSR drops

Chinese consumers appear to be falling out of love with Western fast food after a McKinsey & Company survey revealed a significant drop in customers between 2012 and 2015.

Australia

Lab-developed PERKii probiotic readies for sale after VC backing

A lactose-free probiotic fruit drink developed by scientists in Australia has managed to secure sufficient investment for it to be launched across the country's beverage market.

Che bello! Australian Tuscans getting as good as the originals

A wine region over 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles, and has even matching the Italians at their own game.

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Healthy eating a worthy ideal, but still too expensive for Australians

While Australians largely view eating more fruit and vegetables a priority while they cut down on sugar and fat, many are put off by the cost and time involved in...

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea...

Australia

Scientists seek link between poor diet and greenhouse gases

Australia’s greenhouse gas contribution could be cut by a quarter if people were to eat whole foods at the levels recommended by national dietary guidelines.

China

KFC follows up robot store concept with finger lickin’ nail polish

KFC has been on an innovation offensive in greater China over the last couple of weeks. After news emerged that its concept store in Shanghai was staffed by voice-activated robots,...

Tennent’s beer to arrive in India through Mahou San Miguel partnership

C&C Group has signed a new partnership with Mahou India to brew and distribute selected Tennent’s beer lines in India.

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