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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.

China analysis

Low margins put off leading wine brokers despite boom in imports

Although China wine market has been booming for some time, the low prices charged by online importers means few leading brokers and retailers have been tempted to enter the business.

‘Don’t discount Scotch whisky – Innovate!’ Rabobank fires Aussie wine warning

Rabobank today served up Australian wine as an object lesson for the Scotch whisky industry’s need to innovate in areas such as flavour rather than discount, to guard its prestige...

Improved diet in China is driving a rise in consumer packaged goods

China is still the next big emerging market from a packaging industry viewpoint, according to Videojet.

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same...

Australia

Lindt the clear challenger as Cadbury’s block sales decline

While Cadbury has been enduring a challenging time of late in Malaysia , news from Australia is not likely to sweeten the company’s mood.

News in brief

New Singapore facilities aim to bring market closer to CP Kelco

Speciality hydrocolloid manufacturer CP Kelco has opened a hub for South Asia alongside a dairy beverage centre of excellence in Singapore, with hopes to strengthen the company’s global innovation footprint....

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

China

China can’t get enough of Australia’s organic produce

Plagued by food contamination scandals and environmental issues, the Chinese middle class is now more eager on certified organic food imports.

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.

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