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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.

Indian start-up targets global snacks with high protein, price stable quinoa

Snack makers should consider sourcing quinoa from India where the exotica strain is sweeter, higher in protein and sells at a stable, lower price, says the managing director of Ashtral...

Almost 1m Aussies eat mints they never bought

It’s the great unspoken black hole in the Australian economy. Almost a million Australians a month flippantly committing the pettiest of larcenies: eating mints they don’t buy.

UAE urged to avoid the mistakes of other countries

A leading investor has warned the UAE not to make the same mistakes as other nations when it comes to food security. 

NZ strengthens agri-ties with Saudi Arabia

The New Zealand government has committed NZ$6m (US$5.1m) to establish an agribusiness service hub in Saudi Arabia.

Amira expands into the UAE organic market

Indian speciality rice major Amira Nature Foods has announced plans to enter the UAE’s organic food market as it focuses on gaining a larger market share across the wider Middle...

Takasago opens new flavours and fragrances facility in Singapore

Japan-based Takasago International has announced  the opening of a new fully integrated flavours and fragrances plant in Singapore, in a move directed towards targeting growing Asian food and beverage processors. ...

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

Food Vision 2014 ready to encourage radical thinking and explore innovative opportunities

Over 100 food industry leaders and senior directors from Europe, Asia and the Americas will soon convene in Cannes, France for the 2014 Food Vision summit to discuss key issues...

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Perfetti Van Melle signs Chupa Chups licensing deal in Greater China

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has signed a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk to growth the strength of its Chupa Chups lollipop brand in Greater China.

Indonesia to become a top 3 wheat importer in next five years

With wheat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia, the country might soon be in a position to resolve its self-sufficiency target for rice, according to a new report by...

Kellogg CEO: We integrated Pringles flawlessly

The acquisition of Pringles back in 2012 has tripled the scale of Kellogg in some emerging markets – completely changing the nature of business, its CEO says.

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The Big B backs Complan after historic split with Pepsi comes to light

Hopefully Amitabh Bachchan’s relationship with Heinz India will fare better than his ambassadorship did for Pepsi now the Bollywood screen legend has been signed to endorse its health drink, Complan....

Something like a phenomenon: Bakery in China

The bakery sector in China is a social phenomenon - considered by many as a trendy, Western sector, says a Shanghai-based consultant.

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Nestlé expands Papua New Guinea operation

Nestlé Australia has unveiled the first stage of an A$9.5m (US$8.6m) expansion at its factory in Papua New Guinea, a project that will create an additional 75 jobs.

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Aldi continues charge into new Aussie supermarket Big Three

The lightning growth of Aldi supermarkets in Australia is continuing, with the chain quadrupling its customer base over the last eight years from under 1m to 4.2m shoppers over an...

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Chinese chestnut major buys French company to conquer Europe

One of China’s biggest processed snack and frozen foods companies has acquired a majority share of an EU counterpart in a move that it says is to “achieve a strategic...

Danone struggling to claw back China share after last year’s issues

In spite of its increasing investments in China, European dairy major Danone is still yet to see signs of any recovery in baby formula growth and market share in China.

EU spirits industry keen to tap ‘unfulfilled potential’ in Vietnam

spiritsEUROPE tells BeverageDaily.com that the EU is keen to seal a free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam to help members including Diageo, Beam Inc. and Pernod Ricard open up a...

Legalising hemp for food would realise big benefits for Australia

Food made from hemp has great potential for Australia’s economy, according to the Complementary Healthcare Council, which is urging the country’s regulators to recognise the plant as a legitimate source...

Rabobank: China to enter second agri boom on back of new gov policies

While agriculture in China has grown quickly over the last 35 years, a new report suggests the flurry of government policies since new government leadership assumed office in 2012 will...

Group meets for first time to decide on standards for herbs and spices

An FAO-backed group is meeting for the first time in India to develop quality standards in the multi-billion-dollar spice and herb trade. 

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American Institute of Baking buys Chinese certification body

The American Institute of Baking has entered into an agreement to acquire Beijing Sino-Swiss ADC, an officially approved certification body in Beijing, China. 

‘Happiest agriculture minister in the world’ announces bumper crop

India is expecting to post its highest ever level of foodgrain production this year, according to the country’s agriculture minister, who is hopeful that a bumper yield will cool down...

Oz economy outpaces confectionery growth

The Australian confectionery market is growing slower than the country’s economy, according to a report from Market Line.

Asia to consume over two-thirds of the world's fish by 2030

By 2030, Asian countries will account for 70% of global fish consumption, according to a new forecast by the World Bank, which also predicts that fish farms will provide nearly...

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