Four crucial consumer factors driving South East Asia's supplements boom

Supplement firms who view South East Asia as one homogenous market are doomed to failure, but there are four key consumer trends common to all markets, according to analysts.

Omega-3 clampdown in Indonesia: Regulator now given ‘full picture’ says national trade body

Indonesian regulators didn’t have the ‘full picture’ when they slashed the permitted daily limit for omega-3 health claims earlier this year, claims the country’s trade association boss.

Ginseng and anti-obesity: Does Asian variety offer greater weight loss hope?

Studies comparing the differing anti-obesity effects of Asian and American ginseng are urgently needed, it has been claimed, not least because they are thought to have opposite medical effects in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops.

Halal food manufacturers are destined to appeal even to non-Muslims

Halal is no longer the sole domain of Muslims, and is instead “a new culture many countries are keen to embrace” as they seek healthier and more sustainable food supplies.

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

Four key trends driving SE Asian F&B growth in 2017

Four key trends driving SE Asian F&B growth in 2017

Southeast Asia’s food and drink market will be dominated by four trends this year, according to Mintel.

Food Thickeners Market Forecast to Grow

Food Thickeners Market Forecast to Grow

Comprising hydrocolloids, protein and starch, the food thickeners market is expected to reach US$15.8 billion by 2022, reports Markets and Markets.

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Cannabis: The New Health Food Trend

Cannabis: The New Health Food Trend

Medical cannabis has gained traction in recent years along the same timeframe that health food trends have sky rocketed. Marijuana is slowly taking its rightful place in the ranks as not only an extremely effective medication, but as a healthy food product as well.

Hong Kong upgrades quality standards system

Hong Kong upgrades quality standards system

Hong Kong’s quality assurance watchdog has teamed up with two foreign standards organizations to create a scheme to improve the traceability of products in a supply chain that sees more than 90% of its goods imported.

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestle might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Everyone should cook with MSG, says food scientist

Everyone should cook with MSG, says food scientist

Food scientist Steve Witherly claims MSG is perfectly safe and stands fully behind his “Supersalt” mixture featuring nine parts salt, one part MSG, and a bit of disodium inosinate.

Cambodia calls on Thai halal expertise to boost homegrown industry

Having risen to become one of the world’s biggest producers of halal food, Thailand is now seeking to invest in halal production in neighbouring Cambodia.

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