Asian tastes

China's Snow Beer (produced via SAB Miller's JV with CR Snow) is the world's top-selling beer

Asia dominates world beer label demand

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Asia dominates the world market for beer labels but the market is still dominated by old-style wet glue applied labels, but pressure-sensitive labels continue to make inroads in North America.

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

By RJ Whitehead

Researchers in Japan have identified links between how palatable a taste is and blood circulation across different parts of the face—going some way to giving an explanation for the squinting mechanism caused by the taste of something bitter.

Australians give marks for beer advertising

Australians give marks for beer advertising

By RJ Whitehead

From the legendary “matter of fact, I’ve got it now” Vic Bitter ads to the notorious Toohey’s Dry “tongue” commercial, the history of Australian TV beer advertising is long and illustrious.

'Mood foods' on the rise, says Mintel

'Mood foods' are on the rise, says Mintel

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Consumers are looking for foods and drinks that influence how they feel, whether that’s a drink that helps them sleep, or an indulgent ice cream. Mintel’s global food science analyst Laura Jones explains.

Brekky champions and cereal offenders: Oz tastes in breakfast food ads

Brekky champions and cereal offenders: Oz tastes in breakfast food ads

By RJ Whitehead

A tall teenaged boy kisses mum goodbye. Surfing at sunrise. Hypnotising taste. Nutritious energy. Superfood. Supermum. Stupid dad. And a public scale that weighs women as “Fabulous”. Yes, it’s breakfast advertising, Oz-style. But how much do Australians...

Olive oil war heats up in Australia

Olive oil war heats up in Australia

By RJ Whitehead

Australian olive oil importers have taken the Australian Olive Association (AOA) to the competition watchdog over the industry body’s recent criticism towards olive oil imports. 

Confidence rebounding: China's top 10 food brands

Confidence rebounding: China's top 10 food brands

By RJ Whitehead

Branding agency Millward Brown has unveiled its fourth BrandZ 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands league table. The company claims the list has become the “definitive annual study of brand valuation and development in China”.

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

By RJ Whitehead

A delegation from Scotland to India, on a trade mission to promote the country’s food and drink, has proved a hit with its whisky-loving hosts—not least with the announcement shortly afterwards that an Indian company would invest in a new malt distillery...

High sodium: Intervention is one way to cure

High sodium: Intervention is one way to cure

By RJ Whitehead

A health programme based on community intervention has been shown to achieve a significant reduction in sodium intake among rural residents in northern China.

Mandatory regulation on trans fats has the biggest impact in the global market, says expert and author of WHO global review

Trans fats: The good, the bad, the global

By Kacey Culliney

The FDA’s move to consider GRAS status of trans fats should be applauded – it’s a clever move that should spark change, an expert says.

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

By RJ Whitehead

Soft drink marketeers may need to reconsider their targeted advertising and replace volleyball-playing, festival-going twentysomethings with canasta-playing, arts-loving, Australians in their 40s, new research shows.

The Australian vegetarian: Thin, sober and moody

The Australian vegetarian: Thin, sober and moody

By Ankush Chibber

More and more Australians are turning vegetarian, part of what is a slow but steady trend towards meat-free – or at least, meat-minimal – living in Australia, new research has suggested. 

Wine for cats launched in Japan

Wine for cats launched in Japan

By Mark ASTLEY

Cat lovers need never drink alone again thanks to Japanese pet supplement company B&H Lifes, which has developed a wine product for felines.  

Fonterra: Asia behind global foodservice growth

Fonterra: Asia behind global foodservice growth

By RJ Whitehead

The world’s biggest dairy company, Fonterra, believes that global foodservice growth is being driven by the emerging Asian markets, where it estimates the category will increase at around 13% per year until at least 2016.

Coke or milk? A philosopher’s perspective

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Coke or milk? A philosopher’s perspective

By Katherine Rich, CEO of the NZ Food & Grocery Council, and Julian Baggini

Food is a big part of all our lives not only providing sustenance, but enjoyment and a social experience. 

Confectionery sales have fallen

Asia Pacific driving global ingredients sales

By Gary Scattergood

Phytoestrogens, botanicals, cultures, polysaccharides and proteins are set to be the top five food and beverage ingredients, with the highest forecast growth rates globally.

Free range prices prompt Oz watchdog to question claims

Free range prices prompt Oz watchdog to question claims

By RJ Whitehead

New South Wales’ fair trading department has been asked to investigate potentially misleading free-range egg claims after consumer watchdog Choice found that consumers are paying double the price of cage eggs for what is says products that are unlikely...

Pro prebiotic profs (from left to right): Stephan Theis, Beneo-Institute; Jeyakumar Henry, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences; Raylene Reimar, University of Calgary; Rob Rastall, University of Reading

Live from the 20th International Congress of Nutrition

Prof: 'GI can be more powerful obesity-fighting tool in Asia than the west'

By Shane Starling in Granada, Spain

Prebiotics and other fibres have a big role to play in curbing spiraling obesity, diabetic and pre-diabetic rates in emerging economies like India and China, according to one respected nutrition academic here at the ICN in Granada.

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