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Food cultures and tastes differ wildly across the countries of Asia and within them. Manufacturers track consumer trends closely and develop food and beverage products with specific regions and tastes in mind.

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

Researchers in Japan have identified links between how palatable a taste is and blood circulation across different parts of the face—going some way to giving an explanation for the squinting...

Australians give marks for beer advertising

From the legendary “matter of fact, I’ve got it now” Vic Bitter ads to the notorious Toohey’s Dry “tongue” commercial, the history of Australian TV beer advertising is long and...

Brand owners embracing stand-up pouches

Canned soup in decline across Europe and Australia

Canned soup is in decline due to its metal food can packaging, says Euromonitor International.

Obesity is a weighty issue for almost 1bn in developing world

The number of overweight and obese adults in developing countries has ballooned from some 250m in 1980 to almost a billion today, with Indians forming a huge chunk of this number.

Tea-loving China quickly moving towards instant coffee gratification

With coffee consumption of little more than two cups per year per person, according to latest figures, China presents a clear opportunity for manufacturers of the beverage as European and...

Common sense science: The studies we didn't cover in 2013...

Every day, FoodNavigator scans the scientific journals to bring you the most interesting developments in food science – but there are many that make us wonder why they were conducted...

China’s meat market value to soar in spite of lowering consumption

While China’s meat consumption growth rate has been slowing over the past decade, the rise in its value will continue at a rapid pace, according to Rabobank.

Aussies now prefer mulling over wine and adopting new booze brands

Australia is now a nation of booze browsers as consumers there become less tied to the brands they know well and are starting to look wider for new names and...

Australian winemakers reeling under supermarket domination

Australian winemakers have come out punching against the country’s dominant supermarket chains with a new action plan framed to move the wine industry towards greater profitability. 

'Mood foods' are on the rise, says Mintel

Consumers are looking for foods and drinks that influence how they feel, whether that’s a drink that helps them sleep, or an indulgent ice cream. Mintel’s global food science analyst...

Brekky champions and cereal offenders: Oz tastes in breakfast food ads

A tall teenaged boy kisses mum goodbye. Surfing at sunrise. Hypnotising taste. Nutritious energy. Superfood. Supermum. Stupid dad. And a public scale that weighs women as “Fabulous”. Yes, it’s breakfast...

Olive oil war heats up in Australia

Australian olive oil importers have taken the Australian Olive Association (AOA) to the competition watchdog over the industry body’s recent criticism towards olive oil imports. 

Confidence rebounding: China's top 10 food brands

Branding agency Millward Brown has unveiled its fourth BrandZ 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands league table. The company claims the list has become the “definitive annual study of brand valuation...

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

A delegation from Scotland to India, on a trade mission to promote the country’s food and drink, has proved a hit with its whisky-loving hosts—not least with the announcement shortly...

Survey: Food inflation biting hard into India’s middle-class

Inflation has been forcing households to cut down on their consumption of nutrient-rich foods by almost 40%, according to a new Indian chambers of industry survey.

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Adelaide researcher seeking ‘superfoodies’ for new study

A University of Adelaide researcher is seeking so-called “superfoodies” to participate in a study about the changing cultural perceptions of diet and health on Australian food production and consumption. 

Six Asia-Pacific grocery trends to watch out for

The new breed of shoppers in the Asia-Pacific region, buoyed by growing incomes and increasing choice, are more “demanding” of retailers, according to Nielsen.

NZ begins process to ferment place as leading lifestyle wine exporter

Winegrowers in New Zealand have embarked on their largest ever research and development project in a bid to capitalise on the world’s growing taste for so-called “lifestyle wines”, which are...

High sodium: Intervention is one way to cure

A health programme based on community intervention has been shown to achieve a significant reduction in sodium intake among rural residents in northern China.

Obesity may alter our sense of taste, say researchers

Obesity may drive fundamental changes in our perception of sweet tastes by modifying the number of cells that respond to sweet stimuli, according to new research in mice.

Trans fats: The good, the bad, the global

The FDA’s move to consider GRAS status of trans fats should be applauded – it’s a clever move that should spark change, an expert says.

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

Soft drink marketeers may need to reconsider their targeted advertising and replace volleyball-playing, festival-going twentysomethings with canasta-playing, arts-loving, Australians in their 40s, new research shows.

Jenny Craig bought from Nestlé, Australian jobs not under threat

Nestlé has announced it has sold its weight management business, Jenny Craig, in Australasia and  North America to a US-based private equity group North Castle Partners. 

Aussies steering away from amber nectar in favour of imported beers

Australians are forsaking domestic beer for foreign imports, according to new research of the beer segment that highlights how the public’s alcohol preferences have been changing quickly.

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Chinese UHT milk demand 'creating opportunities' for US dairy

Booming Chinese consumer demand for imported UHT milk represents a significant opportunity for the US dairy industry, the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has claimed.

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