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China Modern Dairy denies Mengniu takeover talks

China Modern Dairy Holdings - China’s largest milk producer - has denied any knowledge of talks designed to discuss its takeover by Mengniu.

Indian non-carbonated beverage market to boom, says report

Lifestyle-related issues is pushing Indians to drink more non-carbonated beverages –a market set to grow by 35% annually according to a new report.

Heineken closes in on Singapore takeover target in potential S$7.5bn deal

Heineken has struck an agreement with the board of Fraser and Neave (F&N) to acquire the latter’s interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) for over S$5.1bn, as one analyst told...

Yakult Light probiotic drink makes US debut

Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult has launched a light version of its fermented dairy drink in the US.

Aspartame sales plunge for Ajinomoto

Global sales of aspartame “decreased considerably” during the first quarter of Ajinomoto’s financial year, according to the company.

Branding heaven: The sociable, young Indonesian minimarket

Snacks and soft drinks brand owners looking to build traction in Indonesia should target local convenience stores amid a soaring trend for young, wealthy consumers to socialise in this retail space,...

Asahi invests to meet Malaysian beverage demand

Asahi’s Malaysian unit has built a new bottling line to cope with a growing demand for carbonated beverages in Malaysia.

Indian imported spirits growing 25% yearly, says report

Indian spirit imports will soar to five million cases or 55m litres by 2015, says the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Yakult ups production in ‘promising’ China

Japanese probiotics hulk Yakult is driving up production of its iconic fermented milk drink at its Tianjin facility in China amid ‘promising’ growth opportunities.

Sweet functional opportunities amid Thailand’s ageing population

Functional confectionery that targets Thailand’s ageing population is an area of opportunity for manufacturers, says analyst.

Chinese challenges: Sparking growth in a slowing FMCG sector

Manufacturers must refocus efforts on Tier III and IV cities in China and delve into e-commerce to re-ignite consumer spending in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) sector amid a...

Influence the influencer: NZ wine makers target China

Wine makers in New Zealand are planning to use an “influence the influencer” strategy in an aim to increase their market share in China’s booming wine market.

Nexira dives into India’s hefty health market with new sales subsidiary

Natural ingredients specialist Nexira hopes to bite into burgeoning opportunities in India’s nutraceutical sector with a new sales office.

Soaring vegetarian demands spur Fenchem softgel development

Religious and cultural values in Asia combined with food safety concerns in the EU and US has spurred Chinese ingredients firm Fenchem Biotek to develop vegetarian softgel supplements.

Filipino food: Captivating a tasty global market?

The unique flavours of Filipino foods should captivate the global market and underpin a surge in exports, according to the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

US alcohol firm to plug the Chinese wine brand gap

US premium alcohol specialist Winery Exchange has struck up a partnership with a local Chinese food and importing company in a bid to cash in on the lack of brands...

PepsiCo to cater to local preferences with new Chinese snacks plant

PepsiCo and its snacks arm Frito-Lay has opened a news snacks factory in Wuhan, China to expand further into central and western parts of the country by catering to local...

Chr Hansen plans further investment in China

Chr Hansen has committed to growing its presence in China significantly, celebrating a decade of business in the country.

Palsgaard secures Malaysia for its long-mulled over Asian emulsifier plant

Emulsifier and stabilizer specialist Palsgaard has commenced work on its US$30m production plant in Malaysia; chosen for its raw material access and strong logistics, the CEO said.

Indonesian herbal diabetic drug to target EU and Asia

Indonesian herbal drug specialist Dexa Laboratories will push its natural diabetic product into European and wider Asian markets, following success in its domestic market.

Thailand’s food makers not ready for EU-like future, survey

Research conducted by Thailand’s top food institute has found that the majority of food manufacturers are unprepared for the looming deadline of a regional cooperation treaty.

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Scientific validation in nutraceuticals is invaluable, says Aroma NZ

Investing in clinical trials for our green lipped mussel extract was the best move we’ve ever made, managing director of Aroma NZ said.

PepsiCo’s Indian growth scheme must consider localised differences: Analyst

PepsiCo is pumping more than 50 new products into India’s dynamic and surging snacks sector but it needs to be sensitive to localised differences to secure stable growth, according to...

Puratos strengthens Asian presence with new Chinese plant

Belgian bakery ingredients firm Puratos has a new manufacturing and innovation centre in China that will be dedicated to developing products for the local Asian taste requirements.

Bottled water blooms in India

India’s bottled water industry is poised for stark growth pushed by pure drinking water shortages and a rising awareness of water-related health issues, a new report said.

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