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Aussie food industry in doldrums, says top consultant

Aussie food industry in doldrums, says top consultant

By Ankush Chibber

A top food industry consultant in Australia has sounded an alarm on the declining competitiveness of the Australian food processing sector, citing the strong Australian dollar and supermarkets as the main reasons.

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

Australian dairy export future may not be so rosy: Analyst

By Ankush Chibber

A new report raises serious doubts about the future prospects of Australia’s dairy exports, citing various reasons why the country's production levels will not be able to keep pace with demand for dairy.

Omega-3 market set to boom on demand from food sector

Omega-3 market set to boom on demand from food sector

By Ankush Chibber

Demand from the food industry will see the market for Omega-3 ingredients rise substantially over the next few years, a report from the market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets said.

Labels should comprise both text and symbol, says the new paper

Alcohol may get health labels in Australia

By Ankush Chibber

Consumer groups have urged the Australian government to make alcohol health warning labels on liquor beverages mandatory to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

By Sarah Hills

Bringing a halt to genetically modified (GM) food trials would undermine competitiveness, according to one expert responding to the destruction of a GM wheat trial at a CSIRO farm in Canberra.

Turning the spotlight on regional Asian trends

Turning the spotlight on regional Asian trends

FoodNavigator-Asia spoke to suppliers at the recent Vitafoods show in Geneva about launching new foods and supplements on the Asian market. What are the main challenges? And where are the most promising opportunities?

Western diets drive Asian functional foods development

Vitafoods Asia 2011 preview

Western diets drive Asian functional foods development

By Shane Starling

Asia Pacific markets are ripe for functional foods development as a response to the increasing prevalence of western diets, says Katrina Diamonon, consumer analyst at market researcher, Datamonitor.

Promotions provide opportunities in Asia, says Nielsen

Promotions provide opportunities in Asia, says Nielsen

By Kacey Culliney

A new Nielsen study on shopper trends shows an increase in promotion-seeking as a result of inflationary concerns, providing opportunities for manufacturers to gain strong shopper and brand loyalty.

Milk prices have almost doubled in two years

Indian milk products to see price rise

By Ankush Chibber

The price of milk and milk-based products in India is set to surge on the back of a variety of natural and human factors, including a shortage of rainfall in the monsoon months.

China has launched a nationwide crack down

China cracks down on food safety

By Ankush Chibber

In a major demonstration of its commitment to the safety and quality of food made in China, the country’s regulators have cracked down on law-breaching businesses and people in the food industry.

Inulin and oligofructose have prebiotic activity

Beneo gets approval for oligofructose in India

By Ankush Chibber

The Beneo-Institute (Gmbh) has said that its prebiotic fibre, oligofructose, has been approved for use for more products in India, having previously approved for use in bakery items.

Asian market for immune health ingredients to surge

Asian market for immune health ingredients to surge

By Ankush Chibber

Demand for immune health ingredients in Asia is growing at an annual rate of 6.2 per cent, with revenues expected to reach US$1.46bn in 2016 from US$958.6m in 2009, a research report from consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan predicted.

It would appear the only way is up for organics in most developing economies

Organics booming in Lebanon, India, Romania

By Shane Starling

The first organic dairy factory has opened in Lebanon, Romania’s market is growing at 20%+ and in India, forecasts are for quadruple growth by 2015 as developing economies embrace organic production of foodstuffs.

BRIC by BRIC: Building new strategies is key in new markets

No one strategy for all BRIC countries, says paper

By Ankush Chibber

Food and beverage makers should be prepared to move away from the conventional marketing strategies when it comes to countries like India and China, a white paper from UK-based Healthy Marketing Team said.

Kiwi foods welcome on Aussie Woolworths shelves

Kiwi foods welcome on Aussie Woolworths shelves

By Ankush Chibber

The incoming chief of Australian supermarket giant Woolworths Ltd has said that the chain will welcome food products out of New Zealand on its shelves, despite its policy of buying local first.

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