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Science boss: Omega-3s could get boost by aping pharma doses

It was has a huge challenge for Nils Hoem, Aker Biomarine’s chief scientists, to understand the specifics of nutraceuticals when he first arrived at the Norwegian krill oil manufacturer in...

Halal Japan: Meet the people convincing food firms to take the Islamic market seriously

With just 100,000 Muslims among a population of 127m, its perhaps little surprise that halal products have not been the top priority for Japan’s food manufacturers.

Yum! doing well in India by providing local offerings

Yum! Brands’ Indian operation has reported a significant improvement in current business, with Pizza Hut indicating a rise of 6% and KFC doubling that performance with a 13% improvement, with...

This week Down Under

Shucking breakthrough opens door to Asia for Australian oysters

A new method to make oysters easier to open, and last longer, is being developed in South Australia.

Atria hails ‘huge opportunity’ with China

Finnish meat processor Atria has unlocked China’s pork market and hopes to export pig meat to one of the world’s most coveted, cash-rich markets by 2017.

News in brief

Beneo opens in Delhi to cater for fast-growing market

Ingredient firm Beneo has opened a new office in Delhi to serve customers across Indian and Sri Lanka.

Turkmenistan meat producer granted bank funds to expand

Turkmenistan-based meat processor Taze Ay has been granted a loan of $800,000 to fund the expansion of its sausage production hub in Mary. 

Australian firm launches ‘world’s first clinically tested’ prebiotic honey, targets China market

Australian manufacturer Capilano has launched what it states is the world’s first clinically tested prebiotic honey.

Barry Callebaut invests $18m in Singapore factory

Barry Callebaut has expanded its chocolate factory in Singapore to meet growing demand for chocolate across Asia.

News in brief

Market update: New Zealand lamb prices

New Zealand lamb prices were down by 5% in September, compared to the previous year, due to a decline in exports as a result of lower production and the effect...

Australia

Penfolds winemaker given Australian science’s highest accolade

A prominent South Australian winemaker has been recognised as a leader in science for his contributions to oenology.

Conflict and oil prices bring tough times for Nestlé in Middle East

Lower oil prices and disruption from conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen have prompted the chief executive of Nestlé Middle East to brand the last year’s business as challenging for...

Tetra Pak: Top 10 markets for 100% juice, 2015 & 2018

The top 10 markets for 100% juice have declined over the last three years, with the exception of China, which has seen CAGR of 11% between 2012 and 2015, according to Tetra Pak.

Asahi set to bid for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer brands: reports

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is set to bid $4.87bn for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, according to reports. 

Exclusive interview

‘Time to take supplements and probiotics mainstream in South East Asia’: DuPont

In the second part of our interview with DuPont’s Asia regional president Dr Li Yongjing, we assess the potential for the dietary supplements industry in South East Asia and examine...

Fast growth for Chinese functional drinks, but still a long way to go

Functional drinks sales in China have seen growth far in excess of the wider soft drinks industry over the last five years.

Australia’s ‘better’ carob given boost by demand for healthy chocolate

Global demand for healthy, natural foods is helping to drive a resurgence in carob production in Australia, which currently supplies just 1% of the world’s market.

Thai Union pays $46m for final stake in Tri-Union Frozen Products

Thailand’s seafood producer Thai Union has bought out the remaining 18% stake in its US subsidiary Tri-Union Frozen Products (TUFP) for a fee of over $46m.

E-commerce

India’s ‘first’ chocolate subscription service: Cocoatrait

A chocolate tasting club in India has launched what it claims is the country’s first artisan chocolate subscription service.

Four nutrition and health trends shaping functional food and drink innovation in South East Asia

Functional food innovation in developed Asian economies is increasingly influencing consumers in South East Asia’s emerging nations, with protein products, superfoods, herbal extract powders and fortified breakfast snacks making their...

Indian joint venture launches new nationwide supplements brand

Indian companies Vitalic Health and Athena Life Sciences have signed a joint venture to launch nutraceuticals and dietary supplements under the brand name 'Truuth'. 

SeaDragon officially opens NZ$10m omega-3 refinery as new investor talks collapse

New Zealand Omega-3 company SeaDragon has officially opened its new refinery in Nelson, which the firm previously said has the potential to generate NZ$50m annual sales.

Malaysia

PureCircle begins work to double stevia production capacity

Natural sweetener major PureCircle will build a new processing plant that will double its capacity to produce a proprietary stevia leaf extract. 

S$3.2bn and 38,000 jobs: The direct value of food manufacturing to Singapore revealed

Singapore’s food manufacturing industry chips in S$3.2bn to the City State’s GDP, according to a new report, although productivity levels in the sector are found to be slightly below the...

Exclusive interview

DuPont's Asia nutrition boss: Dow merger will make us faster, flexible and more efficient

In the first of a two-part interview, DuPont’s Asia president for health and nutrition Dr Li Yongjing discusses the initial turbulence created by the ongoing merger with Dow, and explains...

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