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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...

Prof backs GI to battle obesity in Asia

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.

Fast food growth rate set to be a whopper in India

Fast food growth rate set to be a whopper in India

By RJ Whitehead

While the Indian economy slows, its consumers’ taste for burgers and pizzas is growing fast, with one research agency suggesting the fast food market there will double over the next three years. 

Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

Fi Asia-Thailand

Forget China, flavour firms should bank on Southeast Asia for growth

By RJ Whitehead

Flavouring companies looking to expand across Asia should forget China. That’s the point San-Ei Gen’s David Tan was making as he spoke to FoodNavigator-Asia during Fi Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, adding that the youthful markets of Indonesia and the Philippines...

Chinese consumers failed to respond to 'Tesco's secret weapon', said marketing expert Qing Wang

'Tesco failed to understand the Chinese consumer'

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco’s decision to step back from going it alone in China was because it failed to understand the Chinese consumer and how unsuited they are to its so-called “secret weapon” – the clubcard, according to a leading marketing expert.

China's shift in population and economy signals big opportunities for snack companies

China's snack market promise

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

The Chinese snack market is growing rapidly, says Canadean market research firm with cakes, pastries and sweet pies performing particularly well - but multinationals need to observe local customs.

Malaysia’s herbal leadership the result of government support

Interview: Prof Suhaila Mohamed, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Malaysia’s herbal leadership the result of government support

By RJ Whitehead

Government financing and promotion of herbal ingredients research has helped Malaysia to become one of the world leaders in the field, according to one of the country’s pre-eminent researchers.

Environment means it's a tough task to boost private label popularity

China focus

Environment means it's a tough task to boost private label popularity

By RJ Whitehead

A Rabobank report this week estimated that India and China will by 2030 see the growth of private label food goods reach similar levels to which European retailers currently enjoy. However, one China specialist has urged caution in accepting such long-term...

India quicker than China to adopt private labels

India quicker than China to adopt private labels

By RJ Whitehead

India’s modern food retailers are adopting private labels at a faster pace than their counterparts in China - and in Europe before them - according to a new report from Rabobank, which says Indian retail reforms will likely boost the uptake of affordable...

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