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Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Jake Riddle

General manager - Kerry Asia Pacific

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in a country with south east Asia’s largest population (250m).

Published: 21-Oct-2014

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo at Food Ingredients-Asia last week. But it may have some way to go yet.

Published: 20-Oct-2014

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

Jane Barnett

Insights manager for Australia-New Zealand, south east Asia and India - Mintel

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of that have remained within the confines of the 127.3m-strong nation with the world's oldest average lifespan - 84.6 years.

Published: 13-Oct-2014

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia to double palm oil production by 2020

Kalanithi Nesaretnam

Minister - Embassy of Malaysia in Brussels

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Published: 18-Sep-2014

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Dr John Wilkinson

Consultant and EU Novel Foods expert

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU Novel Foods laws come to fruition, according to a UK-based expert.

Published: 25-Jun-2014

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges: Tetra Pak

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges

Bert Jan Post

Managing Director - Tetra Pak Vietnam

UHT will continue to be the "preferred format" for liquid dairy in Vietnam because it guarantees the safety of products distributed to the country's high rural population, according to Tetra Pak.

Published: 20-May-2014

Lifting one child policy could boost whey protein demand: Volac

Lifting one child policy could boost whey protein demand: Volac

Michael Hiron

Commercial Manager, Lifestyle Nutrition - Volac

The infant nutrition sector could become the largest single market for whey protein if China abolishes its one child policy, says Volac.

Published: 11-Mar-2014

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Mike Greene

Former CEO and owner - HIM!

Food manufacturers, retailers and other food industry players are failing to connect with consumers who are tuning out of mainstream messaging and infesting their own comms channels, says angel investor, business mentor and philanthropist, Mike Greene.

Published: 20-Feb-2014

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid body of nutrition science in the form of commercial claims. It’s time to get personal…

Published: 23-Jan-2014

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Hans Zevenbergen

Cross-category nutrition and health director - Unilever

The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition (#ICN20) for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios…unfairly, says Unilever.

Published: 24-Sep-2013

'Long and tortured' Asean harmonisation process making steady progress

'Long and tortured' Asean harmonisation process making steady progress

Dato' Dr Rajen M

Chief executive - Holista Colltech

This time last year, the Southeast Asian nations of Asean set out to create the single largest regulatory framework for dietary supplements in the world. We spoke to Dato' Dr Rajen M, who has been advising on Malaysia's position, to give us an update on the framework.

Published: 06-Sep-2013

Probiotics on a charge in Asia, but players must get organised

Probiotics on a charge in Asia, but players must get organised

Russell Ward

Director of research - Giract

With predicted growth of 15 to 20% imminent, probiotics in China and South Asia are destined for big things. But, according to Russell Ward, research director of food analyst Giract, a number of other factors must come into play before the segment reaches its potential.

Published: 09-Oct-2012

Talking tough on Monsanto GM maize cancer study

Talking tough on Monsanto GM maize cancer study

Dr David Tribe

Senior lecturer - University of Melbourne

Last week saw a furious row between researchers in France and their critics from around the world after they published new findings on the effect of genetically modified Roundup maize when it is fed to rats.

Published: 03-Oct-2012

Scientific validation in nutraceuticals is invaluable, says Aroma NZ

Scientific validation in nutraceuticals is invaluable, says Aroma NZ

Ben G Winters

Managing Director - Aroma NZ

Investing in clinical trials for our green lipped mussel extract was the best move we’ve ever made, managing director of Aroma NZ said.

Published: 02-Jul-2012

Ingredia takes chia to natural-focused China

Ingredia takes chia to natural-focused China

Thierry Foucher

Managing Director for Asia Pacific - Ingredia

China’s trend towards natural ingredients with health benefits should ensure the success of Ingredia’s chia product for bakery, the firm has said.

Published: 28-Jun-2012

Mycolivia develops mushroom-derived health supplements

Mycolivia develops mushroom-derived health supplements

Jocob Cohen

CEO - Mycolivia

Israeli firm Mycolivia has developed a range of mushroom-derived health supplements, challenging the thriving market for such products in China.

Published: 26-Jun-2012

Trend spot: Asia skips EU & US to deal direct with Latin America

Trend spot: Asia skips EU & US to deal direct with Latin America

Lynn Dornblaser

Director of Innovation and Insight - Mintel

There has been a fundamental and significant shift in global business moves, with Asia now bypassing EU and US markets to work directly with Latin America and this is a trend set to stay, according to Mintel analyst.

Published: 18-Jun-2012

China face-to-face with Europe’s lucrative nutrition market

China face-to-face with Europe’s lucrative nutrition market

Chinese firms

Vitafoods Europe 2012 is a good place to come face to face with business in Europe’s lucrative health and nutrition market, according to Chinese firms exhibiting in the China Pavilion.

Published: 11-Jun-2012

Korea’s health claim shake up set for next year

Korea’s health claim shake up set for next year

Professor Yong Chul Shin

President - Amicogen

Korea’s health claim regulations are set to change next year, enabling functionality claims to be made in general foods rather than just supplements, according to a previous Korea FDA member.

Published: 29-May-2012

Regional partnerships are key to tackling Asia, says Vésale Pharma president

Regional partnerships are key to tackling Asia, says Vésale Pharma president

Johan Quintens

Vice President - Vésale Pharma

Asia’s functional food market is still a new target area for pharmaceutical firm Vésale Pharma and working with regional agents will prove essential in gaining traction in the market, according to president.

Published: 28-May-2012

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

The GM rice problem: Food fraud from China?

Richard Werran

CEO - Cert ID Europe

Genetic modification is an on-going problem in Asia’s basmati rice network and it is a problem that importers need to be vigilant in curbing, according to an industry expert.

Published: 07-May-2012

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

Nils Grede

Senior policy officer and deputy chief, policy and strategy division, nutrition and HIV/AIDS unit - World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) operates on many fronts, with many initiatives, but it’s core remains the same – to better the nutritional inputs of the world’s neediest people. Significant advances in fortified rice technology are set to see those goals made real in Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Published: 23-Feb-2012

China’s domestic market: sensitive but full of opportunities

China’s domestic market: sensitive but full of opportunities

James Roy

Senior Analyst - China Market Research Group

Manufacturers need to align themselves with Chinese consumers to succeed in a market tainted by safety concerns, according to an industry analyst.

Published: 24-Nov-2011

Taking stock of the latest trends in India

Taking stock of the latest trends in India

Innovative new products, a strong focus on health and wellness, and regional dairy tastes were all on the agenda at FI India in Mumbai this week - and FoodNavigator-Asia's journalists were there, taking stock of what the latest trends mean for the food industry in India.

Published: 06-Oct-2011

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