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GCC fast-food boom sees two-thirds of diners eating at QSRs

The GCC’s fast-food segment was worth more than US$20bn last year, making it one of the 20 biggest quick-service markets in the world, and is expected to grow by nearly...

East meets West is best: Middle Eastern flavours gain popularity

Middle Eastern flavours are gaining popularity in unexpected European food categories, such as ice cream and cheesecake, as they tap into the demand for both floral flavours and modern twists...

Five-flavoured omija berry boasts obesity-fighting potential

Omija fruit ethanol extract may be helpful to fight obesity and related metabolic disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dyslipidaemia, and insulin resistance, according to the results of a...

What cheese choice says about Aussies

New market research shows that three quarters of Australian shoppers buy cheese each month, with block cheeses alone accounting for more than half of the market. 

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT

Japanese officials considering imposing stricter GM labelling laws

Reports from Japan suggest officials are weighing up imposing stricter rules for the mandatory labelling of food items containing genetically modified foods.

Five ways to get foodservice right in Vietnam

As foodservice companies race to attract Vietnam’s increasingly affluent and youthful 93m population, there are signs that many would benefit from taking a more nuanced approach to the country’s exceedingly...

Aquatic plant potential: Why duckweed could become a source of protein and omega-3 beyond South East Asia

Duckweed has long been consumed as an inexpensive protein and source of omega-3 in three South East Asia countries, but now researchers are questioning if it has the potential to...

China direct

Wine demand skips from officials to public as import market re-emerges

China’s wine market is emerging from a recent state of flux to offer cheer to the growing number of wine businesses that are invested in one of the world’s biggest...

Patanjali Ayurveda outpaces rivals in ‘disrupted’ Indian market

A guru-steered food and FMCG company has been singled out as the most disruptive force in India’s fast moving consumer goods market as it steers a path towards revenues worth...

Australia turning more vegetarian in bid to battle the bulge

The number of vegetarians in Australia has risen sharply over the last four years, especially in New South Wales, where there has been a 30% growth in non-meat diets in...

China direct

Craft brews should stand out in China’s stagnating beer market

Riding on a trend towards premiumisation, craft beer, though still a very small market in China, is likely to continue gaining considerable share and should enjoy remarkable performance.

Asian mothers on a ‘seafood-noodle’ diet at reduced risk of gestational diabetes: Study

Researchers have demonstrated a significant association between a seafood and noodle-based dietary pattern and the reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes.

Singapore

Sugar, sweeteners do not have different effects on appetite

The body’s natural eating rhythms compensate for the calories reduced by using natural or artificial non-nutritive sweeteners, researchers have found after comparing the habits of people taking four different types...

This week Down Under

Cider sales boom as festive early-adopters swap brands

Cider is not only Australia’s fastest-growing alcoholic beverage by far, its consumption also spikes dramatically during the southern summer months, market research suggests.

GI-reducing formula achieves ‘record low’ levels in white bread

Holista CollTech says recent tests have shown its GI-reducing Panatura GI formula has recorded even lower results in ‘clean label’ white bread.

Asia-Pacific to see biggest growth in biotech flavour market

The global market for so-called “biotech flavours” is expected to witness significant growth during the next eight years owing to a thriving R&D pipeline and the stellar performance of Asia-Pacific...

Underwater shockwaves improve antioxidant levels in yuzu juice: study

Underwater shockwave pre-treatment improves the antioxidant functionality of yuzu fruit juice, confirming its potential for use in a wide-range of food applications and leading to the possible establishment “of a...

Tipple trends: Aussie grog consumption stays static

Australia may be best known as a nation of beer drinkers, yet still more than a quarter of the country’s adults consume spirits at least once every month.

China

WeChat joins Starbucks with gifting and mobile payment platform

Starbucks has partnered Chinese online and app giant Tencent Holdings to create a new social gifting feature on WeChat, China’s leading mobile social communications service.

Burger King breaks into Bangladesh market

US fast food chain Burger King has opened its first outlet in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, predicting expansion amidst the country’s fast-growing economy and promising to target local meat procurement. ...

Wealthier Chinese will spend more on food, but market share will drop

Chinese consumers still allocate around one-third of their spending on food—twice as much as neighbouring Koreans—though this is likely to change with rising income levels.

Infant nutrition research must focus on Asian needs: Prebiotic review

There is an urgent need for more research on infant nutrition that is centred on South East Asia, with the vast majority of published studies focusing on the western world,...

New Zealand begins 2018 World Butchers’ Challenge campaign

The New Zealand Pure South Sharp Blacks are looking to regain their crown as the best butchers in the world.

Feature

Byron Bay botanicals give punch to crowdfunded gin start-up

Australia’s newest distillery start-up has been using crowdfunding to bring to market a dry gin made from a wealth of local botanicals developed with the help of Scottish whisky master...

Functional benefits remain white space in China’s snack market, Mintel

A Mintel report shows that the Chinese snack food sector is fragmented, with the top 10% companies accounting for only 11.7% of market share.

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