Asian tastes

Agriculture company dives into the 'lucrative' noodle sector

Chinese agricultural firm carves new FMCG product line

By Kacey Culliney

Shanxi-based Deyu Agriculture has developed a new line of MSG-free, easy-cook noodles that will enable it to delve into an unknown yet lucrative fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector in China.

Asia's natural, healthy cultural heritage is driving natural colour demand, says Chr Hansen CEO

Natural colours suit Asia’s dietary heritage: CEO of Chr Hansen

By Kacey Culliney

Chr Hansen recorded an 11% surge in sales across Asia Pacific in its H1 results, with natural colours proving strong for business; underpinned by a cultural dietary heritage favouring healthy food choice, according to CEO of the company.

RTE frozen foods catching on in India: McCain catering

McCain wants to stay local, grow local in India

By Ankush Chibber

Aiming to garner a higher share of the Indian ready-to-eat (RTE), frozen foods markets, McCain Foods is further strengthening its product range to cater to Indian tastes and sensibilities.

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.

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Indian state drives first nail in Gutkha’s coffin

By Ankush Chibber

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has become the first to ban the sale and manufacture of Gutkha products, the traditional and increasingly controversial form of edible tobacco.

Tobacco plants

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.

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