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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.

BREAKING NEWS

Coca-Cola India wins ruling overturning Uttar Pradesh plant closure order

Coca-Cola India's controversial bottling plant in Uttar Pradesh will reopen after a national environmental tribunal today stayed a local pollution control board ruling ordering its closure.

News in brief

Nestlé opens third China R&D centre

Nestlé has officially inaugurated its latest Chinese research and development facility, in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

China

Walmart to triple spending on food safety in China

Walmart China will significantly increase its investment in food safety to more than RMB300m (US$48m) between 2013 and 2015. Previously, the retailer had announced investments of RMB100m for the same...

Australia

Dietician claims world first with “Fodmap” range for IBS sufferers

A Melbourne-based dietician is claiming a world first with the launch of a new range of low-Fodmap foods, opening up a new “free-from” market segment that she believes has the...

News in brief

Mystery shrouds New Britain Palm Oil takeover rumours

Mystery surrounds rumours of a sale of a major stake in New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) and what it could mean after the firm released a vague statement.

US university creates curriculum for Nestlé training center in China

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, will develop the curriculum for a $400m Nestlé dairy training center in China. 

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco...

Asia-Pacific

ADM announces major Apac business restructure

American agriculture major Archer Daniels Midland will embark on a plan to restructure its Asia-Pacific operations to take into account changes in the region as incomes grow and diets evolve.

India

Modi calls for new emphasis on technology to fight rising food costs

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has vowed to control food inflation in the country by improving agriculture productivity through modern farm techniques and collaborations between academia and farms.

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...

Soapbox

Light at the end of the tunnel for China supplement importers

The regulatory management of China’s dietary supplement industry has always been a controversial issue, especially over the last six years. 

Thailand

Bowman enters Apac food coatings business through Thai joint-venture

UK-based food coatings specialist Bowman Ingredients has launched a new offshoot in Thailand with a joint-venture with an family-owned food coatings firm based near Bangkok. 

Analysis

‘Lazy’ Malaysian food companies need to learn how to innovate

Malaysian food companies are lazy in comparison to their counterparts north of the border in Thailand, and are not willing to experiment with formulations the way their neighbours have become...

Inside... the Vietnam Milk Factory

What does 'mega' look like: Vietnam Milk Factory

Reading statistics about processing equipment at a milk ‘mega factory’ is one thing: to see it in action from the factory floor is quite another. 

China

US supplements economy loses $8bn due to Great Wall of Regulations

The United States alone stands to lose over US$8bn in dietary supplement exports to China as a result of the burgeoning market’s onerous regulatory environment.

Nestlé, Fonterra divide up Latam JV Dairy Partners Americas

Fonterra and Nestlé have "realigned" their decade-old Latin American joint venture, Dairy Partners Americas, to "better reflect" the strategic focus of each company....

R&R Ice Cream boasts 'unique presence' through Australian Peters deal

Europe's largest private label ice cream manufacturer R&R has acquired Australian rival Peters Food Group - a deal that gives it a "unique presence in the European and Australian markets."...

Australia

High-flyers sending gin into a renaissance

In some countries, gin’s popularity might not now be what it once was, but recent data shows it has enjoyed a renaissance in Australia over the last five years. ...

Southeast Asia

Vietnamese flavours company takes on big boys in its own backyard

While the trend for major flavour players to decamp in Asia-Pacific continues to grow, one Vietnam-based company has said such companies are not doing enough for this vast new market.

Drambuie sale: Suntory ‘favourite’ to buy

Suntory would be the “favourite” to buy Scottish liqueur brand Drambuie, one analyst has claimed, as news emerged that owners the MacKinnon family were exploring a possible sale.

Ball expands Coca-Cola Pinya line in Southeast Asia

Ball Corporation will build a one-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Myanmar for Coca-Cola Pinya drinks and several other regional and multi-national customers.

Inside... the vietnam milk factory

What can't machines do in an automated factory?

Automation allows workers to make better decisions, while improving a factory’s efficiency and offering greater levels of food protection, according to Tetra Pak.

Analysis

Australian wine exporters really need to up their game in Asia-Pacific

The recent trade spat between Indonesia and Australia, which comes on the back of the southeast Asian nation’s objection towards its southern neighbour’s move to implement plain packaging of cigarettes,...

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.

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

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