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UK sees reversal of cider's success story and beer's decline

14 January, 2015

In Australia, beer sales are dropping while cider sales are skyrocketing. This trend has been reflected in the UK - but things are changing. Beer sales in the UK are predicted to rise for the first time in five years, while sales of cider have begun to drop, according to Mintel.

Single-serve ice-cream sales hot up

13 January, 2015

Consumer tendency to eat on the go, plus a growing demand for individual treats, has seen a global increase in handheld ice-cream sales. Single-serve product launches have increased significantly, with a 22% rise recorded over the five years to October 2014.

Fresh is best for Gen Z and Millennials

17 December, 2014

Fresh is best - at least for younger generations. From 2003 to 2013, consumption of fresh foods grew by 20% to more than 100 billion eating occasions, driven predominantly by younger generations, according to a report from The NPD Group.

Australian manufacturing sector edges into growth

09 December, 2014

The Australian manufacturing sector has shown some positive signs, experiencing its third consecutive month of improved results and edging narrowly into overall growth, according to November's Australian Industry Group PMI result.

Web portal helps farmers embrace change and prepare for the future

04 December, 2014

The AgInnovators web portal is at the centre of the push by NSW Farmers to help the sector prepare for the future. The portal will be the place to go for news and information about breakthrough research, innovative strategies and announcements.

The key to mid-lifers' hearts? Their consciences - at least for chocolate

02 December, 2014

Targeting 'mid-lifers' - those aged 35 to 44 - with 'natural' and 'sustainable' chocolate products is the way to go, according to Canadean. Labels such as Fairtrade give consumers permission to enjoy the treat free of guilt.

Frosty Boy doubles production with new factory

27 November, 2014

Frozen dessert and beverage manufacturer Frosty Boy Australia has doubled its production capacity with the opening of a new factory at Yatala, north of the Gold Coast.

No longer a trend? Organic purchases hit record high in Australia

21 November, 2014

Organic food isn't just a trend any more - consumption of organic food, cosmetics and household products has hit an all-time high, according to the latest biennial Australian Organic industry report.

The top food, beverage and nutrition trends for 2015

19 November, 2014

What will the top trends be for 2015 in the global food, beverage and nutrition sectors? According to Innova Market Insights, the top trends include clarity of labelling, snacks, convenience, protein and texture.

Supermarket house brands put the squeeze on juice companies

18 November, 2014

Fruit juice is losing favour with Australians, with more than 1.5 million fewer Australians drinking packaged fruit juice each week than in 2010, new data from Roy Morgan Research shows.

FMCG executives get it wrong on consumer desires

14 November, 2014

Do FMCG executives have it wrong when it comes to predicting what consumers want? According to new research from Canadean, yes.

Horticulture vulnerable to high AU$

10 November, 2014

A study funded by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) has found that the horticulture industry is more vulnerable to a high Australian dollar than other agrifood sectors.

Nestlé aims to connect with people …using robots

04 November, 2014

In an effort to enhance brand engagement with consumers, Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines.

Does limited supply promote brand loyalty or brand switching?

29 October, 2014

According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when you can't get your favourite product, you'll quickly forget about it if you can find a good replacement.

Retail trade growth to soften in December; trade turnover to increase

28 October, 2014

Retail trade growth will slow in the lead-up to Christmas, according to the AFGC CHEP Retail Index. The Index predicts just 3.2% year-on-year growth for the December quarter.

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