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Demand increases for premium prepared meals

07 July, 2014

The gap between rich and poor is beginning to close - at least in terms of prepared meal consumption. A report from Canadean shows that 48.3% of the richest consumers and 51.7% of the poorest consumers purchase prepared meals regularly.

Australians going natural when it comes to yoghurt

02 July, 2014

Despite the vast array of flavoured yoghurts that accost consumers in the chilled aisle of the supermarket, more people are starting to opt for natural or plain yoghurt, Roy Morgan says.

Acquisition opportunities abound in Aust food and bev sector

26 June, 2014

Don't believe the bad news: despite difficult market conditions around the world, Australia has more food and beverage acquisition targets than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region, a new report from Grant Thornton shows.

Young consumers opt for energy drinks over coffee

24 June, 2014

The functional beverage industry looks set to grow, with revenue increasing by an estimated 2.5% in 2013-14 to reach $1.1 billion. This growth is expected to continue through 2018-19, with industry revenue growing by 11.4% to reach $1.3 billion.

The top reasons functional foods fail in the marketplace

20 June, 2014

Functional foods and beverages fail when they rely too much on health claims to differentiate them from the competition, a new report from New Nutrition Business shows.

Australian food and grocery suppliers feeling the pinch

10 June, 2014

The financial squeeze experienced by food and grocery suppliers is getting tighter, according to the Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth Report.

Small packs to take off in Thailand

23 May, 2014

The changing consumer demographic in Thailand will drive changes in packaging demand, research firm Canadean says.

Organic sales hit US$35bn in the States

20 May, 2014

Sales of organic products in the US increased to US$35.1 billion in 2013, a jump of 11.5% on the previous year. Organic packaged and pre-prepared food is expected to grow rapidly, according to a survey from the Organic Trade Association.

Retail sales forecast to strengthen

30 April, 2014

Retail sales rose 5.8% in the March quarter and are expected to further strengthen, according to the 13th AFGC CHEP Retailed Index. The Index was also 5.8% higher in March 2014 than March 2013 with a turnover in excess of $23 billion.

Six mistakes local food manufacturers make

29 April, 2014

Kez's Kitchen Managing Director Michael Carp says food brands need to understand their customers, know the value of branding, be innovative in their product development and deliver on promises more than ever to remain competitive.

Salad-dodging consumers opt for liquid vegetables

28 April, 2014

Despite having access to a plethora of fruit and vegetables year round, few of us manage to eat the suggested quota of vegetables each day. As consumers become increasingly health conscious, vegetable juices have gained popularity.

Product launches with GM-free claims increase

16 April, 2014

While well-known 'free-from' products like gluten-free and lactose-free continue to do well, the entire category has expanded to include broader definitions such as dairy-free, additive-free, preservative-free and even, increasingly, GM-free.

Just on the face of it - changing the face in the ad can increase number of potential purchasers

14 April, 2014

Simply changing the face of a model in an ad can increase the number of potential purchasers by as much as 15% (8% on average).

US profits, China struggles: Q1 2014 poultry outlook

08 April, 2014

Margins in Q2 are likely to be affected by avian influenza outbreaks in China, the weakening Asian economy and feed prices, which are up 10 to 15% on earlier expectations, according to Rabobank's Poultry Quarterly Q1.

Capturing the Indonesian youth market

03 April, 2014

With more than half of the Indonesian population under 29, manufacturers should be looking to attract younger consumers, Canadean says.

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