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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...

Palm oil companies given 48 hours to provide satellite images of plantations

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has given five of its Indonesian members 48 hours to submit satellite images of their plantations, as evidence that they are not responsible...

Growth in Asian demand is sweet reward for NZ’s fruit exports

New Zealand’s Economic Development Ministry has released a report that suggests the country is on the way to becoming a major fresh fruit supplier to new markets in Asia.

News in brief

Tetra Pak teams up with Myanmar government to boost school-age milk consumption

Tetra Pak has teamed up with its parent company, Tetra Laval, and the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to launch a school milk programme in the...

Coca-Cola plans to expand soon after its victorious return to Burma

With the bunting barely cleared away following Coca-Cola’s triumphal march on Rangoon earlier this month, the company’s local partner has already indicated more celebrations are on the horizon.

Ankush at large

India’s halal story is one of missed opportunities

The impression I have always had when travelling abroad is that people overseas think of India as a Hindu-dominated country with a minority sprinkling of other religions. While that its...

Asia leading the global flavoured milk charge, reveals report

Seven out of the 10 biggest markets for flavoured milk are in developing countries, while nations like India will drive massive growth of the product.

‘Terminally stagnant’ France won’t want wine trade war: Analyst

The EU is likely to backtrack rapidly on sanctions to stop cheap Chinese solar panel ‘dumping’ in the bloc, given alarms that possible tariffs on wine exports would hurt a...

Case study: Synergy's new Bangkok hub

Don't try to tell a Thai which kind of mango he should like

Last month, Synergy, the Irish-owned flavours and ingredients company, opened a new manufacturing facility in Thailand, making it the latest in a long line of Western companies tapping the country...

Aussie research finds that coffee is not good for weightloss

Western Australian researchers hoping to demonstrate improved cardiovascular function among coffee lovers have found that drinking too much of the brew may actually be linked to worsening of the metabolic...

Want-Want chairman tops Forbes Taiwan rich list as China business booms

The chairman of Taiwanese food and drink major Want-Want has topped the Forbes Taiwan rich list for the second year running on the back of a booming snacks business in...

Manjushree Technopack results strong as exports soar

Export expansion has boosted Manjushree Technopack's full year figures, as the Bangalore-based plastic packaging manufacturer adds to capacity with two newly built factories.

Fast food looks to China's hinterland towns for future growth

According to a new report by market researcher Mintel, China’s fast food and takeaway market is expected to reach RMB1.8tn (US$294bn) by 2017. The increase, it says, will be largely...

Figures show India’s wealthy are flocking to organic food

The number of wealthy Indians choosing organic food products has grown threefold over the last five years, according to a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of...

News in brief

Ready meals on the rise in time-poor Japan

With a value growth of 4.3% expected between 2012 and 2017, the prepared meals sector has been showing above-average growth in Japan. 

BUT BIG BRANDS HENNESSEY, JOHNNIE WALKER STRONG IN KEY MARKETS

Spirits brands miss digital marketing opps in new Asian sales 'epicenter'?

Despite runaway spirits growth in Asia, 20% of global brands do not have a Chinese website, and mobile sites tend to lack investment, but Hennessey and Johnnie Walker are strong...

Homegrown Australasian energy drinks are happy going their own way

Yesterday, we looked at how energy drinks, in spite of their small market size, have been enjoying an effervescent year of growth in Asia , to the point the continent now...

Heineken follows Carlsberg into Burma with $60m brewery build

Heineken has signed a JV to produce and sell Heineken beers in Burma (Myanmar), and plans to build a $60m brewery there, following Carlsberg, Coke and Pepsi into the country.

Research

Energy drinks adding fizz to buoyant Asian beverage market

Even though energy drinks forms the smallest category of soft drink consumption in Asia, one industry research company has hailed it as the most dynamic.

Beverages

China still world’s thirstiest country, Apac sees stagnant growth

Last year, China was once again led the world in alcohol consumption, having swigged through more than 59bn litres of alcohol, according to market research firm Euromonitor.

Asian margins matter less than growth in key markets, Carlsberg CEO

Carlsberg CEO Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen says the firm is currently less concerned with building Asian margins than securing growth in a key region, particularly in markets such as China and...

PepsiCo bites into Southeast Asia with expansion partnership

PepsiCo will push its snacks brands further into Asia in a new deal with Swiss market expansion specialist DKSH.

Growth story

Food consumption in India will double by 2030

India’s overall food consumption will double by 2030, according to new research by McKinsey and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Danone results get Asia baby food boost

Danone reported sales growth in the first quarter of 2013 as demand for baby food in Asia boosted profits, despite continued weakness in Europe.