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Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

South Asia Radius

India predicted to attract more than $30bn in investment

Indian food processors are on track to tempt US$33bn in investment and generate employment for almost 10m in the next seven years.

India

Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

Meat factory X-ray technology study launched in Australia

An independent review set up by the Australian meat industry will analyse the feasibility of rolling out carcase measurement technology nationwide.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

'Kids throw milk at each other...it's a waste of public money'

Sri Lanka students shun nutritious food and dairy due to raft of ‘social and cultural factors’

Students in Sri Lanka are not eating healthy diets and are shunning school milk programmes due to social and cultural factors, and until these are tackled the country’s double burden...

DuPont gets Indonesian approval for bakery enzymes

DuPont Danisco has received regulatory approval by the Indonesia food watchdog for a range of bakery enzymes.

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and health needs – are among the top factors driving industry growth in the region.

News in brief

Mead Johnson sets up agreement in Australia with Bega Cheese

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has announced an agreement to acquire spray drying and finishing capabilities in Australia from Bega Cheese Limited.

News in brief

Tetra Pak and Lahore University sign dairy sector agreement

Tetra Pak Pakistan has joined forces with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to sign a dairy sector agreement.

Soapbox

Death by 1,000 regulations: China’s policy of legislative attrition

China accession to the WTO was granted in 2001 and built on the foundations of the previous generation's great sacrifice during the industrial and agricultural revolutions, and the great economic...

China direct

Dairy firms missing out on retail as China's cheese market booms

China’s cheese manufacturers are missing out on an important market segment as they vie for position in a lightning-fast cheese market. 

Lychee and Alzheimer’s: Saponins boost rats’ cognitive function 'almost as effectively as drug'

Saponins extracted from lychee seeds helped improve cognitive function and prevented neuronal injury in rats induced with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), a new study reports.

China direct

Analyst: Chinese vit. A prices doubled last year and will remain high

A tripling of the price of vitamin A in China in early 2016 led an overall increase of almost 99% for the year.

Nutraceutical benefits of Chinese artichoke underlined for people with diabetes and CVD

The nutraceutical and health benefits of Chinese artichoke have been emphasised by new research, which for the first time highlighted nine compounds with important biological activities.

Danisco cleared to release five bakery enzymes by Indonesian regulator

Indonesia’s food watchdog has approved five DuPont Danisco range of bakery enzymes, giving the ingredients access for the first time to Indonsia’s sizeable flour milling industry.

US feed companies urged to sign up to gain access to Chinese market

Chinese market opportunities await US feed additive and premix producers as market regulation protocols progress.

Thai takeover of top Russian meat plant nearly done

Talks to acquire a top Russian meat factory, the Ostankino Meat Processing Plant (OMPP), could be concluded by Thailand's CP Foods arm Charoen Pokphand Foods (overseas) LLC (CP Foods) next month....

Ülker in talks to secure MENA rights for McVitie’s

Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi A.Ş is in talks to acquire rights to McVitie’s products in Middle East and North Africa.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Four key trends trends driving SE Asian F&B growth in 2017

Southeast Asia’s food and drink market will be dominated by four trends this year, according to Mintel.

Coca-Cola to close South Australia manufacturing operations

Coca-Cola Amatil is remodeling its supply chain across Australia, increasing production in Queensland and Western Australia but closing the company’s manufacturing operations in South Australia in 2019.

Aussie chemical-free water treatment cleans up Thai sugar processing

Computer-generated frequencies are being charged through wastewater to help sugarcane-processing plants in Thailand meet environmental standards.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Japan’s household food spending the highest for 20 years as ready-to-eat sales rocket

Japan’s households are spending less the across the board each month, but the amount forked out on food products has hit a 20-year high.

Revealed: The single biggest Indian health concern offering vast functional food and drink potential…

India’s tired citizens may just be the key to unlock a new market for functional food and drink formulations. 

Berries from Tibetan Himalayas have ‘great functional food potential’: China research

Anthocyanin-rich berries from Vaccinium glaucoalbum, a perennial evergreen shrub found in the Tibetan Himalayas, have great potential for functional food and nutraceutical products, according to researchers in China.

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