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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.

ADF expands in response to increasing consumer demand for RTE foods

ADF to expand due to Indian demand for RTE foods

By Ankush Chibber

India-based ADF Foods is investing heavily in extending production capacity as it looks to expand aggressively in the domestic as well as international markets on the back of growing demand for ready-to-eat foods.

Chinese favour chocolate-strawberry flavour

Opportunities for smaller companies in Chinese chocolate market

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Foreign firms are the biggest players in a rapidly growing chocolate confectionery market in China – but a fragmented market means there are opportunities for smaller companies, according to a new report from Datamonitor.

Chinese noodles, with an essence of Norway

Chinese noodles, with an essence of Norway

By Kacey Culliney

A Norwegian research project is underway to identify flavours from marine bioprospecting that could be used as a source for seafood flavouring in the Chinese noodle market.

Taking stock of the latest trends in India

Dispatches from FI India

Taking stock of the latest trends in India

By Caroline Scott-Thomas and Ankush Chibber

Innovative new products, a strong focus on health and wellness, and regional dairy tastes were all on the agenda at FI India in Mumbai this week - and FoodNavigator-Asia's journalists were there, taking stock of what the latest trends mean for the...

Indian demand for reduced lactose on the rise, says Novozymes

Indian demand for reduced lactose on the rise, says Novozymes

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Indian awareness of lactose intolerance is growing rapidly, leading consumers to seek reduced reduced lactose and lactose-free products without compromising on taste, according to a Novozymes South Asia executive.

Coffee preference varies according to region

Getting up close and personal with Southeast Asian tastes

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

There is a huge range in taste preferences within Southeast Asia, so being immersed in the market is essential for meeting regional customer requirements, according to Asia-focussed flavour company KH Roberts.

India consumerism: trend towards eco-friendliness

India consumerism: trend towards eco-friendliness

By Kacey Culliney

Indian consumers are increasingly aware of environmental and sustainability practices in the food industry but are unable to afford eco-friendly goods, according to a Nielsen survey.

Nestle's take two on probiotic curd market in India

Nestle's take two on probiotic curd market in India

By Ankush Chibber

In an attempt to rebrand its pitch to Indian customers who are yet to transition towards healthier food products, Nestle India Ltd has phased out its existing probiotic dahi (curd) product in India for a new brand.

Indian food makers may have to drop sodium content

Indian food makers may have to drop sodium content

By Ankush Chibber

Food manufacturers in India may have to gradually reduce the salt content in their packaged food products if a proposal from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is accepted as a standard.

BRIC by BRIC: Building new strategies is key in new markets

No one strategy for all BRIC countries, says paper

By Ankush Chibber

Food and beverage makers should be prepared to move away from the conventional marketing strategies when it comes to countries like India and China, a white paper from UK-based Healthy Marketing Team said.

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