Singapore: Be alert to safety issues with ready-to-eat meals

Singapore Be alert to safety issues with ready to eat meals

In a letter to TODAY, reader Liu I-Chun, in response to an article titled “Food firms get help to boost productivity with digital solutions”, said that while a shrinking workforce does pose challenges for the food industry, there are food safety concerns around the championing of new dining formats proposed.

Worldwide infant formula sales set to rocket as China ends one child policy

The abandonment of the one-child policy in China is expected to grow sales of infant formula by 10-15%, with 1.5-2 million more babies likely to be born each year in the country.

Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

Indian QSR category expected to tip 3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020.

Apac cheese market to leap to $15.5bn by 2021

Apac cheese market to leap to 15.5bn by 2021

The Asia-Pacific cheese market is worth US$8.3bn and is expected to almost double to US$15.5bn by 2021, according to a Research and Markets report. This corresponds to an annualised growth rate of 8.1% over seven years from 2014.

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In our everlasting quest to bring exceptional and global food innovations into local Asian markets, we would like to announce the arrival of TheBigBox.Asia, an online plaza of imported and delightful treats.

Made for treat lovers everywhere, TheBigBox.Asia offers Malaysians the chance of sampling exquisite imported delights at affordable prices from continental brands such as Elle & Vire, Delacre, Compal, BN Biscuits and more.

The Future of Food in the Year 2020

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A momentous evolution of change for the food industry will be upon us in the year 2020. In fact, it is already happening today. The present food landscape looks mighty different from what it looked like 10 years ago.

Technology is continuing to drive innovation in not just food sciences but foodservices as well. Today you can order your favorite dishes from multiple restaurants with just a click of a button or do your groceries on your smart-phone while waiting for the bus.

Changing consumer expectations and behavior on the other hand will continue to encourage restaurants and even food producers to recalibrate recipes, re-imagine their styles of service, pricing and even targeted messaging.

Here, we will briefly look at a few driving trends that will shape the food industry in the year 2020, and many years forward. They are health, convenience, transparency and sustainability.

“Disease preventive” berries in niche markets


It’s no secret that over the years berries have experienced a rapid growth in market demand due to the health and wellness benefits that come with it, as well as its year-round availability.


Natural source of powerful antioxidants

The type of berries that are usually referred to as ‘Superfruits’ includes blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and even blackcurrants. They are an excellent source of natural and powerful antioxidants present as phenolic acids and varied types of flavonoids (flavones, flavanols and anthocyanidins) giving these fruits a rich diversity of color-providing pigments (eg. deep blue blueberries, dark purple blackcurrants and rich red raspberries ).

The Evolution of Nutrition in Protein-Bars

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The coming years might see sports bars becoming one of the top product trends when it comes to healthy snacking. Evolving global markets for sports bars, nutrition bars and diet bars are undoubtedly a result of claim proven, technical and bio actively functional innovative ingredients, not forgetting that the nutritional bar market has the ability to tap into multiple client bases.

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Protein has regained a novel position in the market as a functional food ingredient, attracting health conscious consumers in search of weight-control or satiety food products, muscle-gain or muscle-toning products as well as anti-aging food products. The Institute of Food Technologists also assigned proteins as a “functional food trend” for the year 2014.

Food & Beverage Top 10 Trends List 2014

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The latest food industry trends for product development that are shaping the industry includes moves to reduce the huge amount of unnecessary food waste, as simultaneously consumers adapt their shopping habits in times of continuing austerity. These food and beverage top trends come as the industry focuses on regaining consumer trust, following a year of scandals and negative headlines.

Food Market in Sri Lanka 2014

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Sri Lanka is still largely untouched and unchanged by mass Western tourism, but the word is getting out. According to New York Times, Sri Lanka is the number-one place to visit in 2010, making the country’s exquisite beauty not to be overlooked easily.

Food Market in Thailand 2014


The kingdom of Thailand is positioned at the heart of Southeast Asia, strategically making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. The nation’s geographical state is divided into four natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

Food Market in South Korea 2014


The Korean Peninsula is divided between north and south, making Korea one of the only divided country in the world.  Their population reached 51 million as of May 2013 (Ministry of Security and Public Administration), with most of them living in major metropolitan areas.

Food Market in Malaysia 2014

Food Market in Malaysia 2014

Malaysia - a nation where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Malaysia’s multiculturalism has made it a home to many colourful festivals.

Food Market in Philippines 2014

Food Market in Philippines 2014

With about seven thousand islands lying off the southwest coast of the Asian mainland, The Philippines is one of the largest island groups in the world. It is strategically located as a gateway to the East and Southeast Asian market, and well- poised to be a staging area for local food and beverage processors that seek to penetrate the lucrative market