Vietnam beats China on soft drink growth rates
Vietnamese soft drinks consumption has held up in the face of the global recession with growth levels higher even than neighbouring China, according to new market research.
NZ kids warned off energy drinks
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) is advising parents that energy drinks and energy shots are not suitable for consumption by children and young teenagers due to caffeine levels.
PepsiCo looks to ‘new’ Chinese regions in investment push
PepsiCo plans to invest $2.5bn over the next three years in China as the company turns towards the less developed central and western areas of the country for growth opportunities.
Sweets demand fuelling hike in China's sugar imports, USDA
Products such as confectionery, biscuits and juice products are experiencing double-digit growth in China with this consumer demand fuelling an increase in the country’s sugar imports, according to a USDA report.
Bad weather in China contributes to flat SABMiller volumes
SABMiller has reported disappointingly flat beer sales as South African volumes continue to slide and heavy snow and wet weather suppress Chinese demand.
Sucralose safe from natural trend, says JK
The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.
PureCircle raises $67.18m for stevia investment
Sweetener company PureCircle has raised $67.18m through share placing to invest in the development of its natural sweetener products made from stevia leaves.
India can offer beer makers new market
The Indian beer market has enormous potential according to a company trying to raise £4.5m to finance an expansion in the country.
Australian state ponders energy drinks ban
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is considering a ban on high caffeine energy drinks in the Red Bull-led sector, after its Primary Industries minister, Ian McDonald, highlighted products loaded with up to 15 times recommended caffeine...
Chinese flower may be anti-browning ingredient
Extracts from the Asian plant Osmanthus fragrans may prevent browning of foods, and offer an alternative to formulators looking to tap the ‘natural’ wave.
PepsiCo opens its first green plant in China
Beverage and food giant PepsiCo has pledged to invest $1bn in China and has opened its first eco-friendly plant in the western city of Chongqing.
Niutang nears launch for new stevia sweetener
Dispatches from IFT
Niutang is preparing to introduce its Reb A sweetener from stevia next year and is starting discussions with existing customers and new ones that have a parallel product development timeline.
Ocean Spray shores up cranberry team in Japan
Ocean Spray has a new strategic partnership to identify new opportunities and stimulate growth for cranberries in the high potential Japanese market.
Niutang plans to increase sucralose capacity
Niutang Chemical has announced plans to expand its sucralose production capacity from 300 tonnes to 500 tonnes within three years.
Ohly opens Shanghai application centre, sales office
Ohly is opening a new food application centre and sales office in Shanghai, as the its new yeast extract plant in Harbin nears opening.
Stevia’s expense compared to other sweeteners is a major market limitation, according to a new paper on the stevia market, although industry players say they are working to bring its price down.
Asian melamine fears hits global dairy drink growth - report
The impact of last year’s contamination of certain Chinese dairy products with the industrial chemical melamine continues to be felt across the industry with new research suggesting global interest in milk-based drinks has slowed.
Scotch makers eye Korean talks for Asian ambitions boost
Scotch whisky makers see trade talks taking place next month between Korea and the EU as another major step in its continued attempts to develop further into Asia’s spirit markets.
Budweiser brewer pledges Chinese commitment despite sale
Amidst ongoing restructuring of its global operations, Anheuser-Busch InBev says it has agreed to sell off its holding in Tsingtao Brewery, though remains committed to the wider Chinese beer market.
Growth for Chinese food and drink sectors post scandal
China’s food and beverage industries are poised for big growth in domestic and overseas markets, according to a new report from Research and Markets.
China gives hard-earned thumbs up to Benecol
Finnish group Raisio has won a hard-to-come-by approval for its Benecol cholesterol lowering plant stanol ester ingredients in China, as it continues its push to develop new markets.
India to boost noni cultivation
The Indian National Bank for Rural and Agriculture Development (Nabard) is forming a farmers’ club to promote the cultivation of noni, according to reports.
Coca-Cola makes Aussie beer buy for profit push
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a major soft drinks producer in Australia
and Asia, has acquired the country's Bluetongue brewery brand to
extend its premium beer focus in a bid to further diversify its
Spirits group calls for Chinese counterfeit crackdown
A quarter of all spirits brands claiming to be of European origin
now sold in China are counterfeit, according to an EU liquor
Carlsberg builds new brewery in Vietnam
Carlsberg will strengthen its position in Vietnam's burgeoning
economy with its new brewery built in association with a
domestic partner, the company announced this morning.
Red Bull's Asian expansion plan questioned
Energy drinks giant Red Bull may need to reconsider its expansion
plans for the Asia Pacific region if it is to capitalise on massive
potential in the area for energy drinks, says a new report by
Flat Korean market could prompt Coca-Cola sale
Coca-Cola's Australasian bottler may offload its operations in
Korea, as it reviews its operations in the country amidst declining
sales of its brands, due to consumer health concerns.
Strong results support Asia Pacific Breweries expansion
Asia Pacific Breweries posted a 7.3 per cent rise in organic growth
through its first quarter results, as it increases its presence in
the region to meet growing demand for its products.
Chinese tea exports brew record year in 2006
China has consolidated its position as one of the world's leading
tea producers as export demand continues to drive growth in the
sector, according to figures by China's chamber of commerce for the
import and export of foodstuffs...
China helps drive carbonated beverage growth
China is one of five nations worldwide set to drive massive growth
of in the carbonated drinks market by 2011, according to a new
report by consumer analyst Euromonitor.
Australia welcomes wine label reforms
New labelling requirements for exporting wines could save
Australian producers as much as €14m, according to a government
China powers SAB beer growth
China, South America and Europe combined to offset disappointing
performances in North America and South Africa during brewer
SABMiller's third quarter.
Chinese beverage makers drop the sugar
Sugar-free, or low-sugar beverages, are expected to be the fastest
growingproducts in China's drinks sector this year.
Starbucks China cutting out trans fats
The US coffee chain Starbucks says it is working on cutting trans
fats from itsmenus in China, according to reports.
Asian Citrus eyes new taste for juice in China
Asian Citrus, China's largest orange plantation owner, is readying
to launch high-value, freshly squeezed orange juice for wealthier
Chinese consumers happy to spend more on convenient food products.
China's VV Group seeks higher profits as soymilk sales fall
VV Group, China's leading soymilk producer, has bought a stake in
an alcohol maker as it looks for more profitable business to
counter falling soymilk sales.
Coca-Cola launches brewed beverages in Singapore
Coca-Cola is entering the hot beverage market in Singapore, where
it says the opportunities are double those of its traditional fizzy
Coffee culture thriving in Hong Kong
Coffee culture is thriving in Hong Kong with close to one third of
residents now purchasing ready-to-drink coffee outside of the home,
according to a new survey.
Asia's rising wealth boosts alcohol makers
Asia's elite are drinking more wine, champagne and imported beer as
their growing spending power makes them increasingly important for
the luxury goods industry.
China laps up healthy drinks
Beverages with a healthy twist are booming within the Chinese
beverage market according to a report from global beverage research
FSANZ reviews enzymes in food processing
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for comment
on proposed changes in the food code.
China to start making ice wine
China's biggest wine producer Changyu has set up an alliance with
Canadian ice wine maker Aolos to build what is expected to be the
largest ice wine estate in the world.
China to set standards for tea drinks
China's food authority is working on new standards to lift the
quality of ready-to-drink tea beverages, a booming segment of the
Fizzy drink makers fail to meet Chinese standards
Several small producers of carbonated drinks in China do not meet
the quality standards set by the country's food authorities,
according to a recent survey.
Frost damages Australian citrus harvest
Australia's citrus growers have lowered export forecasts in the
wake of one of the worst frosts to hit the country.
Fraser & Neave targets Middle East to offset weak domestic demand
Malaysia's largest soft drinks maker Fraser & Neave Holdings
says it will treble its exports sales in the next two years by
entering the Middle East's condensed milk market.
Asia Pacific Breweries moves into India
Asia Pacific Breweries is making headway in its aim to become the
region's leading brewer, with its first acquisition in the world's
second most populous nation, India.
Pepsico opens R&D centre in China
US soft drinks giant Pepsi opened its first research and
development centre outside the US in Shanghai yesterday, signaling
its commitment to the fast-growing Chinese market.
Uni-President seeking partners to grow in China
Uni-President, Taiwan's biggest food group, is looking for private
equity to allow it to expand further in the Chinese beverage
sector, according to a report.
Hite plans big bottled water launch in South Korea
South Korean brewer Hite announced Friday it work with Jinro, the
country's leading distiller, to create the leading bottled water
brand on the national market.