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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.

Kiwi dairies keen on buying Indian farms, but obstacles remain

New Zealand’s dairy firms, including Fonterra, are looking to buy up farms in India’s burgeoning dairy sector, but may not find going down that road free of bumps, a new...

Solae finds a small but growing market for bars and beverages in India

The market for protein bars and ready-to-drink beverages in India is still too small to be financially significant, but it is expected to grow gradually over the next decade, claims...

Blowfill investment sees CCA slash Australian PET use

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened two new blowfill lines costing AUS $35m at its Australian bottling facility in Adelaide, in a move that it said would significantly reduce its use...

Raised expectations pressure Indian bread industry

Changing consumer patterns and cost pressures are dictating changes for the Indian bread industry, said industry experts and leaders last week.

Sri Lanka could be a new South Asia hub for food manufacturers

The island nation of Sri Lanka could potentially be a new, inexpensive hub for food manufacturing companies wanting to tap the booming Indian food market, especially its southern parts.

Indian demand for reduced lactose on the rise, says Novozymes

Indian awareness of lactose intolerance is growing rapidly, leading consumers to seek reduced reduced lactose and lactose-free products without compromising on taste, according to a Novozymes South Asia executive.

Indian scientific panel recommends stevia approval for food products

A panel within India’s food safety regulator has recommended the approval of stevia as natural alternative to sugar for soft drink concentrates, chewing gums and other processed food products.

Aussie online grocery site: An opportunistic platform for brand owners

A new online grocery site offers a competitive advantage for large-volume brand owners, amid pressure from the growing private label trend in Australia.

Coffee production market in India yet to be tapped: Bühler

Bühler has opened a new coffee technology centre near Bangalore in light of India’s increasing coffee consumption, the company said.

Generix bets on a changing urban India for its supplements business

India-based Generix Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. is betting on changing lifestyle patterns and an increased awareness of health and fitness issues in India for its new nutraceuticals business.

Ingredient suppliers grasping opportunity inside Asia’s many markets

Intra-regional finesse is a necessity not a luxury when it comes to doing business in the many markets of the Asia-Pacific, as leading suppliers Chr Hansen and Danisco relayed at...

Galactofructose supplier forms Indian partnership

Galactofructose specialist Solvay has inked a deal with 20-year-old Indian company, Lactose India, to take the Belgian firm’s digestive health ingredient into the Indian market for the first time.

PepsiCo partners with China's Ministry of Agriculture for sustainable farming

PepsiCo has entered into a partnership with China’s Ministry of Agriculture in an initiative aimed at helping farmers deploy more advanced irrigation and crop techniques to increase yield.

New product network to take Malaysian foods to Singapore, UAE

A new Malaysian initiative will set up a new food product network that will take locally made food products to overseas markets, according to Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA)....

India consumerism: trend towards eco-friendliness

Indian consumers are increasingly aware of environmental and sustainability practices in the food industry but are unable to afford eco-friendly goods, according to a Nielsen survey.

Beetroot extract could provide natural replacement for carmine: Synthite

A newly developed natural food colouring made from beetroot extracts could be a solution to replacing carmine colours made from insects, according to ingredient producer Synthite.

As costs increase, manufacturers may be forced to re-assess working with China: Report

Food and beverage companies may be forced to seek other Asian countries to source, produce and manufacture products from as China’s low-cost advantage diminishes, a new report suggests.

'Record' results see Fonterra secure ingredients for overseas success

Improved performance within Fonterra’s ingredients businesses worldwide has seen the firm announce a record turnover of NZ $19.9bn (€11.6bn) in 2010/11.

News focus: Asian hunger grows for healthy foods and supplements

NutraIngredients and our brand new sister site,, recently attended the first Vitafoods Asia trade show in Hong Kong, where we found 100s of thriving healthy foods, food supplements and...

Chinese seeking premium and healthier products, says CFC CEO

The Chinese population’s growing affluence is offering opportunities for premium and healthier products, says the CEO of the China Food Company (CFC) Plc, as the company posts better than expected...

German fund buying up NZ dairy farms

A German fund is buying up acres of New Zealand farm land meant for dairying, saying that its is extremely bullish on that sector in the country, thanks to the...

Australian milk and cream industry to grow at slow rate

The milk and processing industry in Australia will see industry revenue increase by an annual 2.2 per cent to reach AU$8.2bn over the next five years, a new industry report...

Lutein sales double in 12 months for Chinese supplier, but marigold shortage threatens

Chinese ingredients supplier Fenchem reports that sales of eye health carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin have doubled in a year to break the million-dollar mark for the first time – even...

Premium Ingredients cuts casein with new pizza products

Spanish ingredients company Premium Ingredients is poised to launch two new pizza topping ingredients targeted at cutting casein levels to reduce end product cost.

VDML expands Indian synthetic colours capacity to meet increasing demand

Vidhi Dyestuffs Mfg. Ltd (VDML) is looking to nearly triple production capacity for synthetic food colours as it struggles to keep up with rapidly increasing demands, the company said.

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