23-May-2013 - The number of wealthy Indians choosing organic food products has grown threefold over the last five years, according to a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
23-May-2013 - The Chinese Nutritional Society has awarded the China operation of food science major DSM its first ever Nutrition Innovation Gold Award.
23-May-2013 - Nestlé has opened a new extension to its research and development centre in Singapore that it says will allow greater focus on the Asia-Pacific region—its fastest-growing market.
21-May-2013 - Hershey has launched a new brand in China that will operate in what it has called the country’s fastest growing confectionery segment.
21-May-2013 - Pharma Marine, a Norwegian company sourcing omega 3 oils from squid, has announced approval of its Calamarine product by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.
21-May-2013 - Nestlé India has quashed rumours that it will withdraw from its first dairy unit in the country by committing to a Rs250 crore (US$45m) expansion to the Moga plant in Punjab.
21-May-2013 - In light of India’s trade deficit with China, which since 2010 has more than doubled to over US$40bn, the country hopes that three food and pharmaceutical agreements signed with China this week will have an impact on the shortfall.
21-May-2013 - Once again voicing its opposition to the thorny issue of container deposit schemes, the influential and vocal Australian Food and Grocery Council has hit out at an environmental group it claims has “actively misled petitioners” over a proposal to introduce a deposit charge.
21-May-2013 - The Food Corporation of India could potentially earn over Rs25,000 crore (US$4.5bn) by exporting wheat lying in open warehouses, according to an Assocham study.
21-May-2013 - With a value growth of 4.3% expected between 2012 and 2017, the prepared meals sector has been showing above-average growth in Japan.
20-May-2013 - Danone has agreed a series of deals with Cofco, China’s largest food company, and Hong Kong-listed China Mengniu.
20-May-2013 - Biova, the water soluble egg membrane supplier, has finalised an agreement with Maypro Industries to be its preferred distributor of its ingredient portfolio in Japan and Taiwan.
20-May-2013 - From Nike’s Bill Bowerman being inspired by a waffle iron, to studying the behavior of herding cows for the redevelopment of Times Square, cross-pollination of ideas from different fields can generate big rewards.
20-May-2013 - Mondelez International will introduce larger rounder pieces for Cadbury Dairy Milk in New Zealand for the same price point.
17-May-2013 - Danish multinational brewer Carlsberg, which once held a solid market share in the Southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, is facing tough competition from new entrants and existing competitors desiring a share of the region's booming beer market.
16-May-2013 - Despite runaway spirits growth in Asia, 20% of global brands do not have a Chinese website, and mobile sites tend to lack investment, but Hennessey and Johnnie Walker are strong in key markets.
16-May-2013 - China’s authorities need use all their resources to monitor the food market more closely and impose harsher penalties if the country is to bounce back from a spate of food crises, according to its premier, Li Keqiang, earlier this week.
16-May-2013 - Singapore-based Petra Foods has reported first quarter profit gains in its branded consumer division driven by rising chocolate consumption in markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines and improved margins by introducing more premium products.
16-May-2013 - The Spices Board, the Indian government-approved body that controls all spice-related activities in the country, has named Benny Antony as its Innovator of the Year. Antony received the accolade for his work in developing high-absorption BCM-95 curcumin.
15-May-2013 - A book released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s forestry department attempts to persuade Westerners that they should see insects as a potential key food source for the future. This will no doubt please Australian “science communicator” Julian Cribb, author of The Coming Famine and insect nutrition evangelist.