Coca-Cola hopes to increase its staffing from 60,000 to 135,000 within four years

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

01-Apr-2015 - The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java.

Ageing populations will see demand for vitamins and oils soar

Ageing Asia-Pacific driving global dietary supplements growth

01-Apr-2015 - Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global dietary supplements market for the rest of the decade to control 44% of the global market by 2020.

China has ramped up its inspections recently

Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

01-Apr-2015 - China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

Picture: Toshiba and Kawasaki City develop DNA chip technology

Toshiba claims pathogen detection in less than 2 hours

31-Mar-2015 - Toshiba and Kawasaki City have developed DNA chip technology that they claim can simultaneously test 14 foodborne pathogens in less than 90 minutes.

Rexam is investing $77m in a new manufacturing plant, with a second to follow

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

31-Mar-2015 - The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the packaging will become much more popular. 

Wealth and health: Better-off parents prefer clean-label food

Wealth and health: Better-off parents prefer clean-label food

31-Mar-2015 - Household wealth plays a big part in determining the healthiness of the food kids are eating, the latest health attitude and food consumption data from Roy Morgan Research shows. 

Study: High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

Study: High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

31-Mar-2015 - University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

India's snack market will hit $4bn by 2018

Heat and Control awaits go-ahead for India mega plant

31-Mar-2015 - Heat and Control plans to open a large-scale manufacturing facility in India to serve a rapidly growing snacks market and bolster business in the country, its sales head says.

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil

30-Mar-2015 - The “viciously complex” issue of palm is dependent on FMCG companies like Unilever mobilising their consumers to act barrack for sustainable production across Asia, a former head of Greenpeace believes.

Can fermented kimchi alter the gut microbiota and influence metabolism?

Can fermented kimchi alter the gut microbiota and influence metabolism?

30-Mar-2015 - Consuming fermented kimchi, a source of lactobacilli, may alter the composition of bacterial populations in the gut and affect metabolic pathways for obese women, says a new study from Korea.

‘Reforms release a pressure valve of red tape’ - Australian feed sector awaits additive gold rush

‘Reforms release a pressure valve of red tape’ - Australian feed sector awaits additive gold rush

27-Mar-2015 - Australian feed manufacturers are expecting a glut of feed additives to enter the market following on from a decision to remove any registration requirements for such products in an effort to boost innovation and feed efficiency.

Last year, a majority of respondents said they would eat chicken, fish or pork from animals fed on an insect-based diet.

Would consumers eat animals fed on insect protein?

27-Mar-2015 - An EU-funded project is conducting a survey to find out if consumers feel comfortable eating animals that have been fed on insect protein.

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese market

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese market

27-Mar-2015 - As the middle class continues to grow in China, penetrating this market becomes a priority for US brands.  Negotiating that bewildering process may have gotten a little easier with the launch of a web portal whose express purpose is to peddle ‘Made in USA’ supplements and foods to Chinese consumers.

Dutch feed player expands production capacity in Vietnam

Dutch feed player expands production capacity in Vietnam

27-Mar-2015 - De Heus, in its strategy to be a leading player in the Vietnamese feed sector, continues to enhance its production capacity in that Asian country, with construction of its seventh feed plant underway in the Mekong Delta region.

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

26-Mar-2015 - Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city.

GNT signs China distributor for anticipated Asian growth in colour

GNT signs China distributor for anticipated Asian growth in colour

26-Mar-2015 - Food colouring major GNT has appointed AAFUD Group as its distributor for the Chinese market as as it looks to ramp up its presence in Asia-Pacific.

Molecular gastronomy as presented by Hervé This was one version of the food future articulated at Food Vision 2015 in Cannes last week

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

25-Mar-2015 - Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er, stay calm and keep making (hopefully healthy) food.

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

25-Mar-2015 - Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Acasti awarded Chinese krill patent as it eyes Far East expansion

Acasti awarded Chinese krill patent as it eyes Far East expansion

25-Mar-2015 - Canadian biopharmaceutical krill oil research and development company Acasti Pharma, which is working on the commercialisation of new forms of omega-3 phospholipid therapies for the treatment and prevention of certain cardiometabolic disorders, has been granted a composition and use patent by that the Chinese patent office. 

Indian opportunity for poultry with Japanese help

Japan poultry giant mulls technology transfer to boost Indian exports

25-Mar-2015 - Tokyo-based Mayekawa Manufacturing Co is in talks with officials of India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to bring Japanese technology to the state’s large poultry industry. N. Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, visited Japan in November and met with representatives of Japan’s largest poultry processing machinery manufacturer.