Asian tastes

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

By RJ Whitehead

With consumption almost tripling over the last six years, China has leapfrogged France and Italy to become the world’s biggest red wine market, with surging demand for the variety in stark contrast to that for its inauspicious white counterpart.

How the Asian consumer will change this year

How the Asian consumer will change this year

By RJ Whitehead

Mintel has asked the question “What will consumers be buying into in 2014?” From this, the media intelligence agency has identified some key trends that are set to have an impact on the food and beverage market across the Asia-Pacific region.

Japanese cuisine is trending as the top global food choice, ahead of Thai, Middle Eastern and Italian, claims Euromonitor

Japanese cuisine fastest growing in EMEA

By Kacey Culliney

Consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have a taste for Japanese cuisine and manufacturers can tap into this with meal, spice and oil kits, says Euromonitor.

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

China gorges on Indian buffalo via Vietnam

India’s buffalo meat (carabeef) exports to Southeast Asia are growing fast, thanks to rising demand in China, even though the world’s second-biggest economy has not officially opened its doors to India in this sector.

Aging Japanese bring tea polyphenol market to boil

Aging Japanese bring tea polyphenol market to boil

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Aging populations in Japan and Western Europe are expected to boost a world market for tea polyphenols dominated by functional drinks to $367.7m by 2020 says Grand View Research.

Asia dominates world beer label demand

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.