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Asian tastes

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.

Malaysia

Evolva to open Apac centre to explore endangered agarwood production

Evolva Holding will collaborate with Universiti Malaysia Pahang to establish a scientific centre of excellence for natural products from Malaysia in Pahang state’s Flavour and Fragrance Cluster.

Anti-extravagance and acquisitions in Asia rock global spirits market

Asia’s role in the global spirits market has surprised analysts over in recent months, with moves to curb extravagance in China, Suntory’s acquisition of Beam in January and Emperador’s winning...

Taste economics: Manipulating price impacts taste perception and consumer emotions

Altering the price of a food product can have an immediate impact on taste perception, as well as feelings of overeating and guilt, according to new research.

Southeast Asia

Crazy flavours and multiple mixes driving hipster coffee culture

Café patrons in northern Southeast Asian countries are far more conventional than those to the south if what they order in cafés is any judge.

Analysis

Regulation out of step with innovation as Asean awaits harmonisation

Southeast Asia’s regulatory system is out of sync with industry practices, with some regulators sometimes uncertain of what constitutes a natural ingredient. 

News in brief

Astronomical shipping charges! Japanese sports drink eyes moon landing

Most beverage brands are probably content to work on their distribution on plain old planet Earth but a Japanese sports drinks brand is set to become the first commercial delivery...

Tiny Kiwi distiller takes on might of William Grant over trademark

New Zealand Whisky Collection, a small Kiwi distiller, is engaged in a trademark battle with giant Scottish distiller William Grant & Sons over the use of the same compound term,...

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Australia

Online shoppers go for grog over groceries

More Australians buy alcohol online than groceries, though still less than one in 50 consumers click products into their virtual supermarket trolleys each month, according to the latest data by...

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Comment

Halal: Out of certification chaos comes criticism (and Islamophobia?)

The sensationalist media coverage around so called ‘stealth halal’ is only fuelled by the lack of certification harmonisation, Food Navigator’s Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn argues.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Growing interest in the potential for insects as a source of healthy and sustainable protein was demonstrated again at Vitafoods Europe, where 4ento CEO Ana Day told us that insect...

Australia

Data suggests Australians are growing up as junk food junkies

Young Australians are consuming more soft drinks, burgers and chips than ever before, according to a report released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

Australia

Magazine readers are taste-makers, according to research

Australian magazine readers should be seen by food companies first adopters when it comes to new grocery products, according to new research.

Lagging behind, Australia must now embrace innovative veggie products

Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world in the race to meet consumer demand for novel vegetable products.

Who rules the world? Indian women, says Danone

French food major Groupe Danone is now turning to Indian women, rather than relying on its tested global strategies, to crack the competitive Indian market.

Study aims to understand consumers' view of meat from paddock to plate

Adelaide University has embarked on a new, three-year research project to identify the key concerns among consumers about how livestock is treated and how much they are willing to pay...

Digging into innovation & NPD with Datamonitor consumer

Black cereal: How to make a splash in China

Black ingredients are considered healthier in China and black breakfast cereals are making a debut splash in the market; a trend Western companies should take note of, says a Datamonitor...

Norco secures fast-track fresh milk export pipeline to China

Australian dairy Norco Cooperative has secured a deal with Chinese authorities that allows it to fast-track quarantine clearance for its fresh milk exports - slashing the time it takes to...

Mahou San Miguel establishes Indian beer subsidiary

Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel announced yesterday that it has established its first international subsidiary in India through the acquisition of 100% of Arian Breweries & Distilleries.

Fruit and veg found to help prevent pancreatic diseases

A University of Auckland research team has found that people who eat both fruit and vegetables will have the best protection against common pancreatic diseases.

Key Insights from Food Vision

Insect economics: Insect production could utilise global food waste to produce nutritionally better protein

The huge amounts of food and agricultural produce that end up as waste could be used to feed insects and produce high-quality animal protein that is better for environment, according...

Vietnam height initiatives drive drinking milk sales growth: Euromonitor

Vietnamese government initiatives designed to boost the average height of citizens by encouraging milk consumption have contributed significantly to the growth of the country's drinking milk products category in recent...

NZ infant formula exporters have 'actions...to undertake' to meet Chinese standards

Some New Zealand infant formula manufacturers and brand-owners could be temporarily blocked from exporting to China if they are unable to meet the requirements of a new register by May 1.

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