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PepsiCo’s possible crisp co. pounce a strong signal of snack expansion

Market-watchers in India have recently been speculating that PepsiCo is poised to make a bid for an Indian crisp manufacturer as a means to grab greater control of snacks in...

Heineken: 5% rise in Asian drinkers by 2015

The Asian beer market is the greatest potential for growth in the future, says Heineken as it expands its Sidel canning line. 

New Zealand grocers losing out heavily to supermarkets

In the year to June 2013, almost three quarters of the country’s NZ$93m weekly average fresh produce expenditure went on supermarket fruit and vegetables, meat, bread, deli foods and fish....

Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon

“The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a...

Tesco and CRE take first step to become China’s biggest retailer

British supermarket chain Tesco and state-run China Resources Enterprise have quashed growing media speculation with the announcement of exclusive talks between the two majors to combine their Chinese retail operations...

China eyes US's top spot in packaged water following massive growth

In data that has surprised many industry analysts by the speed of its growth, China’s packaged water consumption has been skyrocketing, to the point that the country poised to become...

Coca-Cola Amatil ‘right on trend’ with Indonesia Minute Maid flavors

Still drinks continue to attract new consumers in Indonesia and Coca-Cola Amatil was smart to expand its Minute Maid range with new flavour variants there last year, Canadean insists.

Indian plastic packaging firm expands after 31% sales hike

Manjushree Technopack, which works with Coca Cola, Pepsi and Bisleri Indian bottled water, has announced its FY14 Q1 results as it plans to build a second factory in Bangalore.

City ambitions mean Chinese production stays strong despite scares

In spite of a lingering undercurrent of suspicions toward food made in China after a high-profile series of scares there, the country's domestic food and beverage production continues to grow. ...

News in brief

Tesco Chinese merger to create £10bn business

Tesco has announced plans to combine its Chinese retail operations with consumer goods company China Resources Enterprise (CRE) in a bid to form the leading multi-format retailer in China.

Cadbury India bets large on Asia-Pacific’s biggest chocolate plant

Cadbury’s Indian arm has revealed plans to build the biggest chocolate plant in the Asia-Pacific region. The Indian plant, in Andhra Pradesh, will come at an investment of more than...

FAO anticipates record-breaking Asian rice crop

A deluge of early monsoon rains is expected to help produce a bumper Asian rice crop this season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has predicted.

New growers centre aims to help Philippines keep up with coffee demand

In a country where demand for beans far outstrips supply, a new Nescafé’s coffee centre of excellence in the Philippines has been designed as a starting point to improve the...

China research

KFC named China’s most powerful brand

Fast food chain KFC tops the table in China as the most powerful international brand in the country, according to research compiled for the BBC.

Positive outlook for China’s pork output

China’s pork industry looks like it’s moving in a positive direction over the rest of this year, and as far as 2014, according to Rabobank research.

Equity and capital firms making a bee-line for India’s agri-businesses

India is providing fertile ground for private equity and venture capital firms, judging by the high level of interest they have shown towards agri-business companies, which currently amounts to spending...

News in brief

GNC eyes 26 stores in China in 12 months after opening first retail store

The first standalone GNC store has opened in Shanghai today as the supplement giant plans an additional 25 stores in China within the next 12 months.

SAB Miller JV MD wants 30%+ market share in China

The head of SAB Miller’s JV in China says the firm should be gunning for a 30%+ beer market share as it seeks to consolidate its position as market leader,...

Asian influence for North American orientated films market

North American producers once led the bi-orientated film market but the industry is mostly now in the hands of Asian owners, according to PCI Films Consulting.

Oat cereal outpaces other healthy options in India, finds Nielsen

Indian consumers have universally steered towards healthier breakfast options over the last decade and oat cereals have far outpaced other choices, Nielsen research shows.

Nestlé's massive new $238m Vietnam coffee factory meets local demand

Nestlé says its newly opened $238m soluble coffee factory in Vietnam will meet growing demand in the region, and will allow it to better adapt products to local preferences.

Australia a spirit-based ‘RTD island’ in itself: Gruppo Campari

Gruppo Campari tells BeverageDaily.com that Australia is an historical heartland for spirit-based RTDs as it targets Asia Pacific growth by buying its first dedicated production facilities in the country.

Unilever opens leadership development centre in Singapore

Unilever has opened a €50m leadership development centre in Singapore – its first outside of the UK.

Suntory could build UK ‘bridgehead’ with GSK brands Ribena and Lucozade

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) brands Lucozade and Ribena are tempting targets for Far Eastern trade players such as Suntory Holdings that wish to establish a bridgehead in the UK, says an M&A...

Indian beer drinkers want ‘bang for buck’: Carlsberg on new Tuborg Booster Strong

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com that Indian consumers expect ‘bang for buck’ with higher alcohol beers, as it launches the world’s first fruit-flavored strong beer tailored to the nation’s tastes, Tuborg Booster...

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