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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.

This week Down Under

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.

New York startup helps cooks bridge desire for Asian food & limited access to ingredients, techniques

Consumer demand for healthier foods that don’t sacrifice taste has led to a spike in interest in Asian cuisine, but so far home cooks have not embraced this trend fully...

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

News in brief

Alpaca meat hot on Australia’s menu

Think-tanks all over the world have called for the need to diversify protein to ensure a more sustainable food economy, but is eating alpaca meat a step too far? 

Tea for three: Asia’s leading tea companies

Three out of the world’s five biggest tea companies are based in Asia, according to new market research by Technavio that predicts steady growth in the global market until at...

4th & Heart ghee offers ayurvedic addition to kitchen staple

The clarified butter known as ghee is a staple in South Asian households and its diaspora. Raquel Tavares Gunsagar wanted to bring a new twist to the ancient ingredient by...

Chinese halal legislation taken off the table once again

Lukewarm reaction to a draft law on halal food has prevented it from being listed in China's legislative work plan for 2016 in spite of an announcement last month by...

A “home cooking revolution” is inspiring women to eat at home more & reach for global favors

America is in the middle of a “home cooking revolution” with more people cooking in their kitchens more often than in the recent past as a way to eat healthier...

Aspire Food Group: Right now, our goal is simply to make eating insects – in any form – ‘normal’

If the edible insect movement is to meaningfully impact the protein market (and the planet) by displacing less sustainable animal-derived protein sources (beef, poultry, dairy), cricket companies will have to...

Australia

Contrary to opinion, WA wines can break into China’s vast market

A common belief that Western Australian wine volumes are not big enough to make any significant inroads into the Chinese market is incorrect, and the state’s wineries are in fact...

More Australians putting shrimps on the barbie than ever before

In Australia, the so-called barbecue capital of the world, almost two thirds of the population own a barbie—a figure that grows to three-quarters in country South Australia, according to new...

Feature

Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

Exclusive interview

India's first online confectionery marketplace: Chocozonia taps emerging e-commerce nation

E-commerce startup Chocozonia has upped its distribution to include Cadbury, Nestlé and Mars products as well as homemade Indian chocolates after spotting an unmet need for an online confectionery channel in India....

Korea announces new dietary guidelines, wages war on sugar

Seoul has issued dietary guidelines aimed to persuade South Koreans to eat less salty, sweet and fatty foods at a time when consumption of these has reached alarming levels by...

Suji’s Korean Cuisine balances authentic with the familiar

Today’s consumers claim to want bold, authentic flavors, but many still shy away from unrecognizable foods – giving manufacturers the difficult task of presenting new products or flavors in a...

Flavour Trends

Fermented foods: Where flavour and function combine

The quest for novel taste sensations that strike the right note with consumers means food makers are constantly on the look-out for new flavours or food production methods - and...

Nestlé expands Singapore age nutrition research centre with A*STAR

Nestlé will expand its innovation activities in Asia by opening of a research centre in Biopolis, Singapore’s biomedical research hub. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Report: As many Indonesian children are overweight as are malnourished

The simultaneous crises of over- and undernutrition are causing a “double burden of malnutrition” for children in some middle-income Asean countries even though these have seen sizeable economic gains over...

Revealed: Australians’ tastes in tipples in terms of liquor segments

Australians drink just over 426m glasses of alcohol between them each month, translating to an average of 23 glasses per person, according to the latest market research data.

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