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Australia

Aldi continues to rise while Woolworths’ fortunes stay in the doldrums

Aldi’s share of Australia’s A$90bn (US$67bn) supermarket budget continues to grow, at the expense of both Woolworths’ and IGA’s slices of the market.  

Australia, NZ most obese OECD countries in APAC

Australia and New Zealand are now among the OECD’s five most obese nations, while Japan and South Korea are the two least obese nations on the list, according to the...

Australia

Reasons for buying free-range eggs: Assumptions turned upside-down

The decision to choose free-range is more likely to be based on a perception that the eggs are more nutritious than concern for the welfare of the chickens that laid...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

China direct

Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

Female path to middle age obesity can be mapped out in twenties: Australian research

New Australian research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old - meaning data taken at this age could identify those who...

Sustainable food and booze: NZ’s most sought-after exports to Singapore

New Zealand’s wealth of safe, sustainable food and beverage sources is not lost on Singaporean consumers, with total exports rising by 10% to $1.1bn in the past year.

APAC entries sought for World Steak Challenge

The World Steak Challenge is back for a third year and the deadline for entries is closing soon.

Brands advised to change Ramadan messaging to reflect new behaviours

As the Gulf gears up for Ramadan, food companies would do well to tweak their social campaigns to reflect behavioural changes and growing demand for healthier and more nutritious foods.

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Location, location, location: Why affluence isn’t the sole driver of obesity in China

Increasing affluence and rising obesity have appeared to go hand in hand in China, but new research reveals how geographic location may also play a significant role. 

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Editor’s blog

How snack tastes have been changing in traditional Japan

Tastes are changing fast in Japan, where younger consumers are adopting more Western foods, traditional dishes are fusing with Spanish ingredients and snacking is on the rise.

Chinese diets increasingly ‘high fat, high energy and deficient in key micronutrients’

Greater dietary choice in China is leading to excessive energy intake and obesity among adults, a cross-sectional study of adults in the southwest of the country has found.

Australia

Lab-made seaweed and lobster shell jelly may soon be a lunchbox staple

A jelly snack made in a lab from seaweed and lobster shell and designed as an alternative to dairy products is gearing up for a launch early next year.

FOOD VISION ASIA 2017

Malaysia’s obesity crisis: Time for less talk and more funding for action

“We’re good at publishing obesity plans, but not funding action”: That’s how the president of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia Dr E-Siong Tee has described his country’s efforts at improving health in...

China’s fast-moving cheese market has massive scope for growth

China’s booming cheese market was worth around RMB3.3bn in 2015 and continues to grow at an annual rate of 20% according to new market research.

Sadafco continues health charge with fortified fruit laban

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (Sadafco) has launched a functional laban fruit drink in the Middle East after demoing the product in the manufacturer's home market.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Getting in the swing: Brands must get to grips with ‘echo chambers’

Food and beverage companies must engage more with “swing-trusters” at a time when confidence in companies and institutions is plummeting.

China direct

Craft going draft in China’s booming brew market

Demand for draft beer will account for almost a third of the booming Chinese craft beer market by 2020, according to new analysis. 

China direct

High stevia volumes predicted despite low price and limited production

The rapid growth of China’s stevia market has been leading manufacturers to look at ways to capitalise on increasing domestic and global demand. 

Food Vision Asia 2017

Social science: The world's big 'metatrends' define global tastes

Nutritional biochemist and food marketeer Rachel Cheatham looks at five of the biggest global food trends based on her analysis of social media reporting.

FOOD VISION ASIA

Diabetes in Asia: Food and nutrition industry action an economic and social imperative

Asia’s food and nutrition companies risk turning their backs on a vast potential market if they fail to innovate and reformulate to provide products to help fight the war on...

South Asia radius

India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

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