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One of Wahaha's product ranges

Chinese drinks firm partners Nottingham University

By Rod Addy

Chinese soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha has signed a deal with the UK’s Nottingham University to collaborate on research and development covering areas including bioenergy, food technology and electric motors.

Nestlé's Pure Life range was a star performer for Nestlé Waters

Nestlé first half results: Pros and cons

By Rod Addy

Europe and North America were the worst performing regions for Nestlé according to its first half (H1) results, while Asia, Oceania, Africa and emerging markets delivered double digit growth.

Monster Energy in Japan (Picture Copyright: Inazakira/Flickr)

Becoming a Japanese energy drink Monster isn’t easy…

By Ben Bouckley

Monster Beverage Corporation admits its Q2 brand launch in Japan has hit problems, but said the nation’s distributors and retailers were far less tolerant of shipping damages and leakages than in the US.

Oz-NZ proposes WHO bottled water chemical limits

Oz-NZ proposes WHO bottled water chemical limits

By Ankush Chibber

Australia and New Zealand’s food standards regulator is calling for submissions on an application seeking to adopt World Health Organization (WHO) limits for chemicals in packaged water in the region.

The social buzz around minimarkets offers branding opportunities

Branding heaven: The sociable, young Indonesian minimarket

By Kacey Culliney

Snacks and soft drinks brand owners looking to build traction in Indonesia should target local convenience stores amid a soaring trend for young, wealthy consumers to socialise in this retail space, Euromonitor says.

Filipino foods set for a tasty export surge?

Filipino food: Captivating a tasty global market?

By Kacey Culliney

The unique flavours of Filipino foods should captivate the global market and underpin a surge in exports, according to the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The lack of dominance of wine brands in China spells opportunities, says MD of US wine firm

US alcohol firm to plug the Chinese wine brand gap

By Kacey Culliney

US premium alcohol specialist Winery Exchange has struck up a partnership with a local Chinese food and importing company in a bid to cash in on the lack of brands in China’s wine market, the MD said.

Fresh drinking water scarce and health concerns up: India's bottled water sector surges

Bottled water blooms in India

By Ankush Chibber

India’s bottled water industry is poised for stark growth pushed by pure drinking water shortages and a rising awareness of water-related health issues, a new report said.

Australian food industry urges consumers to reject container tax

AFGC urges consumers to reject container tax

Australia’s food industry body has launched a nationwide public education campaign to highlight the significant cost impacts that a national drink container deposit scheme (CDS) will have on consumers.

Australia considers alcoholic energy drink ban

Australia considers alcoholic energy drink ban

By Ankush Chibber

Health and consumer groups in Australia are calling on government authorities to ban alcoholic energy drinks, which have been linked to the death of a teenager this year.

Health and wealth drive Australian beer industry

By Ankush Chibber

Australian beer manufacturers are being affected by the trend toward ready-to-drink (RTD) spirits, but there is solace in the premium beer segment, a new report from research firm IBISWorld says.

International wines set to splash into China's lucrative market online, according to market expert

Yihaodian: A wine gateway to China?

Chinese online supermarket giant, Yihaodian, is set to launch wines from New Zealand, France and the US on its site – offering a complete business solution for new international entrants, according to a market expert.

New alcohol standards will create ripples through the liquor industry, say manufacturers

India alcohol limits drafted

By Ankush Chibber

India’s top food regulator has drafted regulations for alcohol content in beer, wine and spirits sold in the country, a move that has ruffled feathers in the local liquor manufacturing industry.

Australia-Malaysia sign food trade accord

Australia-Malaysia sign food trade accord

By Ankush Chibber

A free trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia will open a robust corridor for food trade between the two countries, experts say.

Young India takes to vodka

Young India takes to vodka

By Ankush Chibber

The white spirits segment in India is easily outstripping other liquor segments on the back of increased consumption of vodka among the country’s increasing youthful population.

FSANZ is set to overview sulphite usage in Australian foods

Sulphite safe foods in Australia?

By Kacey Culliney

‘Nearly all’ Australian foods comply with authorised sulphite levels and this data will be used to compile dietary exposure estimates for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Tea: Soon to be - officially - India's national beverage

Tea to be made national drink of India

By Ankush Chibber

Tea will be affirmed as the national drink of India within 12 months, a government official has said – a move that should benefit beleaguered local growers.

Indian sugar been flagged as pesticide-free by study

India sugar is pesticide free, says study

By Ankush Chibber

The pesticide food safety issue that has tainted India’s sugar market for more than a decade has been cleared in the wake of a study suggesting India-produced sugar is pesticide free.

China and India: the acid in Givaudan's flavour portfolio

Givaudan: flavoursome in China and Japan

By Kacey Culliney

Givaudan’s sturdy presence in China and Japan has helped secure strong Q1 results for its flavour division; with a 9.4% sales increase in Asia Pacific markets.

Cut costs and reach target consumers: Go online

China food market entry: Traditional routes best avoided

By Kacey Culliney

Going online in China is a cost-effective, viable alternative for food and beverage brands entering the country amid sky-high entry costs and structural inefficiencies in traditional retailers, according to a new report.

The plasticiser scandal shook Taiwan's industry...

Taiwan additive maker sentenced to 13 years for toxic plasticisers

By Kacey Culliney

Taiwan’s High Court has sentenced the owner of a food additive company to 13 years in prison and his wife to 11 years for mixing toxic plasticisers into clouding agents which they allegedly then sold onto various local food and beverage manufacturers,...

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