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Japan

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

India

Traditional tastes can help food processing boom beyond snacks

The theme of “processed Indian traditional foods” was based on the idea that India’s food processing industry could only sustain growth by making products that Indians were well-accustomed to consuming...

Mintel market trends: Apac getting lairy for dairy

As Asian taste trends continue evolving across Asia-Pacific, manufacturers are being forced to cater for more discerning, better travelled consumers with greater culinary exposure to foreign cultures. 

This week Down Under

Australian shiraz claims credit for founding wine’s mile-high club

An Australian winery has taken to tailoring products for a sky-high target market.

Asia’s deadly diabetes epidemic: Disease linked to 26% rise in risk of cancer deaths

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 26% increase in the risk of death from cancer in Asians, with people in the region also at greater risk of death...

Sanat Products plans more acquisitions after snapping up Hindustan Herbals Limited

Thanks to the increased popularity of turmeric and other botanical products in food and beverage, market analysts have seen an uptick of interest and familiarity for Ayurvedic ingredients outside of...

Soy and breast cancer controversy: Dietary products ‘safe and beneficial’, study finds

Dietary soy products are safe and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer, according to new research which aimed to help resolve the controversy over its link to treatment...

Can Japanese be the next Greek? Morinaga preps ALOVE Japanese-style yogurt launch in US

Through its Nutritional Foods arm, Japanese dairy giant Morinaga is entering the US dairy market with the launch of its ALOVE aloe vera yogurt, which will debut at the Expo...

Asia leads the way in global coffee growth

Three of the four fastest-rising retail coffee markets are in Asia, with global leader Indonesia having witnessed 19.6% growth over each of the last five years.

Six measures to slash obesity among immigrant children in Australia: Academics call for action

A number public policy, health and community measures have been identified by researchers in Australia to help reduce rising obesity rates among child immigrants.

Cathay Pacific introduces craft beer best drunk at 35,000ft

Airline Cathay Pacific has launched Betsy Beer, the ‘world’s first' hand-crafted bottled beer’ that has been brewed with consumption at 35,000ft in mind. 

News in brief

Slingsby Gin gains recognition in China

Slingsby Navy Strength Gin distributed by Spirit of Harrogate has been recognized by the China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) for Best Value 2017.

'Kids throw milk at each other...it's a waste of public money'

Sri Lanka students shun nutritious food and dairy due to raft of ‘social and cultural factors’

Students in Sri Lanka are not eating healthy diets and are shunning school milk programmes due to social and cultural factors, and until these are tackled the country’s double burden...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Four key trends trends driving SE Asian F&B growth in 2017

Southeast Asia’s food and drink market will be dominated by four trends this year, according to Mintel.

Health craze boosts Gulf’s meat consumption

Bullish forecasts suggest that the GCC’s annual meat and poultry consumption will increase to 4.3m tonnes by 2019, with demand for healthy and halal products driving the segment’s growth.

Hedonists more likely to believe food industry nutrition and marketing claims: APAC study

People in Asia-Pacific with ‘hedonistic values’ are more likely to place their trust in food industry sources of nutrition information and make greater use of fast food and convenience outlets.

Australia

Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.

China

Australian team start studying grain in world’s biggest selling spirit

Research is underway to help Australian farmers better understand a key ingredient in baijiu, China’s national drink and the world’s top-selling spirit.

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Most Aussies are battlers when it comes to dieting

Australian researchers have confirmed that most Australians over-think their approach to dieting, and by doing so they manage to derail their best intentions. 

Asian consumers more interested in nutrition and healthy eating than westerners: Survey

Asian consumers are far more likely to be interested in healthy eating than those in the West, according to a new survey of attitudes to diet and nutrition.

China’s top online meat sales trends

Chinese males aged between 28 and 35 are the sweet spot for vendors of meat in China’s booming online commerce.

Drinkers on the pulse: Australia gets its first lentil craft beer

A craft brewery in the Adelaide Hills has released Australia’s first beer made with lentils.

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