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Gutkha ban imminent in India

By Ankush Chibber

Indian’s health ministry is all set to ban gutkha, pan masala, and other edible forms of tobacco on the basis of a ruling last year by the country’s Supreme Court.

TFA content of vanaspati oils set to drop in India, a government source has said

India to reduce trans fats in vanaspati oils

By Ankush Chibber

In an attempt to combat the sharp rise in obesity-related ailments in India, the national government is planning to reduce trans fatty acid (TFA) content in vanaspati oil over the next couple of years.

Halal food industrial estate for Thailand

Thailand jumps on Halal bandwagon

By Jennifer Phang

Thai trade authorities are working closely with local food manufacturers to set up a halal food industrial estate in the south of the country, a region with a large Muslim population.

Nestea fails to brew interest in India

Nestlé and Coke ice Indian tea JV

By Ankush Chibber

After being put on the backburner in October last year, it appears that the joint venture between Nestlé and Coca-Cola for the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea segment in India has been put permanently on ice.

New Indonesian production facility to serve Southeast Asia: Firmenich

Swiss flavour house builds Southeast Asian presence

By Kacey Culliney

Swiss flavour and fragrance giant, Firmenich, will be able to better serve Southeast Asia’s market as it will be closer to clients and consumers with its new flavour production facility in Indonesia, according to the company.

The Chinese green dates market grew 25% between 2009 and 2010

Chinese green snacks to triple to US$570 million by 2014

By Jennifer Phang

The Chinese green snacks market will triple in value from 1.2 billion yuan (US$190 million) in 2010 to 3.6bn Chinese yuan (US$570 million) by 2014, according to research from the University of Science & Technology in Beijing.

Moutai to invest US$70m in Chinese rice wine

Moutai to invest US$70m in Chinese rice wine

By Jennifer Phang

Kweichou Moutai, the leader in rice wine in China has disclosed plans to invest 437 million yuan ($US69m) in 2012, to produce an additional 2800 tonnes of wine.

Alcohol-free sector holds opportunities in Japan

Growth opportunity in Japan’s alcohol-free beverage sector

By Kacey Culliney

Japan’s alcoholic beverage market is shrinking and sluggish according to a Datamonitor report, but analysts have noted opportunity in the growing alcohol-free sector due to consumer focus on drink driving laws.

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