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Higher incomes and an emerging middle class mean the Asia Pacific region delivers good growth rates for food businesses. Consumers are demanding new kinds of products, whether Western-style or convenient versions of traditional favourites.

Chobani generates explosive growth in Australia, unveils aggressive expansion plans in Asia, Latin America

Chobani has increased its Australian production from 25,000 cases a week to 25,000 cases a day in the past year, becoming the second best-selling yogurt brand in the nation’s top...

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British organic body inks partnership for certified China exports

Britain’s Soil Association Certification and China’s organic certification body, the Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC), have entered into a unique partnership that is hoped makes it cheaper and simpler for...

Fresh from Smithfield buy, WH Group readies for biggest IPO in a year

Chinese pork producer WH Group, which last year bought US pork giant Smithfield Foods, hopes to raise more than US$5bn in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering...

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Japanese beer giant Asahi set to acquire Malaysian dairy

Asahi Group Holdings, the firm behind the Asahi Japanese beer brand, is preparing for its first foray into fresh dairy after agreeing a deal to acquire Malaysian firm Etika Dairies.

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its manifesto, and while the food processing industry as a whole could stand to...

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food industry Down Under.

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

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Barentz moves into Oceania following Additive Solutions acquisition

Barentz International has teamed up with Australia’s Additive Solutions to market and distribute its ingredients across Australia and New Zealand.

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

Marks & Spencer no longer plans to open wholly owned stores in China, making the British retailer the latest in a long line of international chains to be seeking a...

Aussie vit market growing faster than Kiwi counterpart, study finds

More Australians are getting into vitamins—and doing so at a faster rate—than their trans-Tasman neighbours, according to new research.

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Capri-Sun adds final Indian BRIC to emerging market edifice

Capri-Sun will launch in India this month via a partnership with SDU Beverages, and the brand says it has tremendous potential to tap fruit juice growth of 49% over the...

New Zealand government wants to unlock avocado potential

The Avocado Industry Council announced today it will partner with the New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries in an effort to unlock potential in the country’s avocado industry.

Asia driving global malt whisky growth

Strong growth in Asia has driven the world’s malt whisky sector, which grew by 46.7% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report from just-drinks and The IWSR.

'Trade conflict turned business partnership!' China ends EU wine war

China has agreed to end its year-long investigation into subsidies on and alleged dumping of EU wine exports in a move that will relieve France in particular.

Forget India and China: Indonesia is driving Asia’s middle-class boom

The opportunities to engage with Southeast Asia’s growing middle-class are abundant, but marketeers will also need to nurture the consumer up the value chain to ensure success. 

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Firmenich bolsters Asia-Pacific presence

Firmenich, the largest privately held flavour and fragrance company, is ramping up its Asia-Pacific presence as it banks on the region’s increasing awareness of health and wellness.

Baby food boom in China is emptying Australian supermarket shelves

Australia’s baby food industry grew by 9% in value in 2013, thanks mainly to growing demand from China’s expanding middle class for safe and quality milk formula, said a new...

Aussie seafood producer aiming for world-first in certification

An Australian seafood is hoping to receive a world first with Marine Stewardship Council certification for its mahi mahi, while also becoming Australia’s first tuna fishery to enter assessment to...

US firm hopes deal will open up market for californian wines

VATS the way I like it! Constellation Brands inks China wine deal

Constellation Brands has signed a long-term strategic deal with China’s VATs Liquor to develop the world’s best-selling table wine Robert Mondavi in the country.

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New Japan office to bolster Tate & Lyle’s Apac presence

Tate & Lyle hopes to strengthen its direct sales potential in Japan with the opening of a new office in Tokyo. 

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Nestlé S Korean JV approved, opens new Chinese safety centre

The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint-venture between Nestlé and South Korea’s Lotte Group under EU merger regulation. 

Dutch dairy sector has 'a lot of knowledge to share' with China

China and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the Asian country glean dairy industry know-how from the likes of FrieslandCampina.

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Asia would be 'nice next step' for infant formula cube: Meiji

The “unique” Meiji Hohoemi Raku Raku Cube concept - the world's first and only infant formula in tablet form - could head west as the company's dairy products become "more widely available" across...

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