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Australia

Reasons for buying free-range eggs: Assumptions turned upside-down

The decision to choose free-range is more likely to be based on a perception that the eggs are more nutritious than concern for the welfare of the chickens that laid...

This week Down Under

Will AmazonFresh disrupt Australia’s bricks-and-mortar market?

After months of industry speculation, American e-commerce giant Amazon has finally confirmed that it will expand into Australia. On arrival, its presence has the potential to shake up the Australian...

India

Chocolate to fall under FSSAI standards from 2018

Chocolate manufacturers will have to fall in line with the constraints of food safety and standards regulations after India’s health ministry placed all types of chocolate under the regulator’s purview....

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two...

Symrise wants one-third of its business in APAC as it opens $50m labs

Flavour and fragrance firm Symrise has opened a $50m innovation and technology centre in Singapore, and is now setting its sights on boosting APAC business to account for one-third of...

Mondelēz invests $2.9m in Cadbury 'Spider' production in Austrailia

Mondelēz Australia has invested around $2.9m in its Hobart, Tasmania, factory to produce two new lines – Cadbury Dark Milk and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvelous Creations Spider – with new equipment.

Dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: China consumer view and impact in fish industry

Results from DNA barcoding of fish from across Europe and Chinese attitudes to food fraud were revealed during the Food Integrity conference last month.

South Asia radius

GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

News in brief

Detection Technology expands Beijing plant

X-ray imaging manufacturer Detection Technology has completed a 20% expansion of its Beijing factory to increase production capacity to meet demand forecasts.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Indonesia urged to build cow hubs to hit self-sufficiency dream

The Indonesian government needs to establish new livestock production zones as it tries to boost meat production and consumption through imports of livestock and frozen beef, the Indonesian Meat Importers...

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations...

Nestlé officially opens Vietnam MILO plant

Nestlé has inaugurated a new MILO factory in Hung Yen, Vietnam.

China direct

Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

Hundreds of mislabelled ‘Japanese’ brands found across Asia

Asian food manufacturers have been tapping into growing demand for Japanese products by mislabelling local goods to make them appear authentic.

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and...

Female path to middle age obesity can be mapped out in twenties: Australian research

New Australian research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old - meaning data taken at this age could identify those who...

Sustainable food and booze: NZ’s most sought-after exports to Singapore

New Zealand’s wealth of safe, sustainable food and beverage sources is not lost on Singaporean consumers, with total exports rising by 10% to $1.1bn in the past year.

French yeast giant Lesaffre establishes APAC hub in Singapore

Lesaffre, a 164-year-old French company specialising in yeast and fermentation products, has officially opened its regional expertise hub in Singapore, consolidating its different APAC business streams.

The sativa saga: Part 3

A novelty in Australia, hemp oil is nothing new for Kiwis

Last month’s decision to allow the sale of hemp seed for human consumption might have delighted Australian manufacturers that had hitherto been unable to stock their products on grocery food...

Eight start-ups vying for the Future Food Asia Award unveiled

The eight finalists for the Future Food Asia Award have been announced, with the winner of the US$ 100,000 grant set to be announced in Singapore this week.

APAC entries sought for World Steak Challenge

The World Steak Challenge is back for a third year and the deadline for entries is closing soon.

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