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sugar-free sports drinks

‘A lucrative opportunity:’ Can Aussie sports drinks wrestle sales from soft drinks?

The Australian sports drinks market will continue to grow: but sugar-free versions present an opportunity to shake up the sector, according to research firm TechNavio. 

South Korea

Benecol yoghurt drinks come to South Korea through Lotte partnership

Lotte Foods, Raisio’s Benecol partner in South Korea, has launched Benecol yoghurt drinks under the country’s health functional food category. 

Australia

Government urged to continue complementary health drive through budget

Australia’s non-pharmaceutical medicines lobby has called on the government ahead of the federal budget to reflect on the economic and health benefits its members have had on Australia’s healthcare system....

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

Bend baijiu like Beckham: Diageo talks up Chinese turnaround but sales keep falling

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes today talked up the company’s turnaround plan for ‘challenged market’ China – where the company is betting on Beckham-backed Haig Club whisky and lower-cost baijiu -...

Nestlé contacts Ecolean following successful Olper’s rebranding in Pakistan

Nestlé has contacted Ecolean following a successful relaunch of Olper’s UHT milk, owned by Engro Foods in Pakistan.

Zeelandia eyes Indian market share in Western-style breads and pastries

Dutch baking ingredient supplier Zeelandia says its new joint venture with Fine Organics in India will primarily target the nation's growing market for Western-style breads and pastries.

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

F&N extends ASEAN Nestlé canned milk brand licenses

Fraser and Neave (F&N) has extended a series of licenses to manufacture and distribute several Nestlé canned milk brands in South East Asia.

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Soapbox

Some wellness jobs haven't even been invented yet

An essential input into the natural health supply chain is the provision of well-educated and sound practitioners—just as is the case of those who seek corporate jobs in wellness, media,...

Chinese rain strikes sales but SAB Miller predicts return to 'normal state of play'

SAB Miller says the knock-on effects China’s wet summer continued to hold back the group’s performance in Q3 2014, but tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the market will bounce back,...

India

Zeelandia completes Brics strategy with Indian joint-venture

Zeelandia and Fine Organics have set up a joint-venture for India and its neighbouring markets under the name Fine Zeelandia to sell mostly locally produced baking ingredients.

ASK THE EXPERT: FOCUS ON JAPAN

Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global...

India

Amul plans 10 new dairy plants as boss seeks to attract more farmers

Indian dairy giant Amul will invest Rs5,000 crore (US$812m) on around 10 milk processing plants over the next year as it targets revenues of 10 times that investment by 2020.

Arla creates Asian business unit to manage Chinese, SEA interests

Arla Foods has brought its Chinese and South East Asian interests under one roof, creating a new segment called Business Unit Asia.

Fairytale Denmark: Michelsen signs book deal to support China push

Danish premium chocolatier Michelsen hopes to break into China after teaming with a start-up company that produces hollow Hans Christian Andersen books containing chocolate.

India

Indian government embarks on widespread agri-modernisation initiatives

More than 140m Indian farmers will receive so-called “soil health cards” over the next three years in an effort by the country’s agriculture ministry to help them boost productivity by...

Tetra Pak opens €5m technical training centre in Thailand

Tetra Pak has opened a €5m technical training centre in Rayong, Thailand, with courses in automation, filling line equipment, quality assurance and food safety for dairy and beverage producers.

New Vietnam aqua center focused on gut health and feed efficiency

How to optimize fish health while controlling disease and managing waste are some of the fish farm challenges being explored at Biomin’s new aqua research hub opens in Vietnam.

China second largest export market for Irish dairy: Bord Bia

Infant formula-hungry China is now the second largest export market for Irish dairy, according to Bord Bia (Irish Food Board).  

News in brief

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome

Scientists in southern China have mapped the Tibetan highland barley, the country’s staple food, for the first time. 

If Bright Food takes over Weetabix...

Bright Food will need to protect Weetabix’s UK brand heritage should speculation of a full buyout come true, says a China-based analyst.

Research

Soybean salt tolerance gene identified as crop land gets more saline

With the amount of saline agricultural land expected to double by 2050, a Sino-Australian research effort has identified a specific soybean gene that it believes will vasty improve crop resistance...

China

Chalk to cheese: China’s massive import growth shows changing tastes

Traditionally a dairy wasteland, China is fast developing a love for cheese, with the fist 10 months of last year showing astonishing growth in imports, interest and consumption.