Despite successfully containing the coronavirus spread within mainland China, China’s wine consumption has yet to bounce back to pre-covid level, with imports still sliding in both volume and value for the first seven months of the year.
What does China really want from anti-dumping probe into Australian wine?
26-August-2020 By Natalie Wang
Much has been said about China’s shocking announcement to launch an anti-dumping probe into Australian wines. Most argue that the probe has to do with China-Australia’s rapidly deteriorating relations since the outbreak of coronavirus.
Hemp-based meat: New Zealand firm eyes 2021 launch for minimally processed, sustainable new product
25-August-2020 By Pearly Neo
New Zealand alternative protein firm Sustainable Foods is planning a 2021 launch for its hemp-based meat analogues, which will be made will locally-grown hemp and processed using a private hydroelectric power plant.
China and EU to sign ‘landmark’ Geographical Indication agreement to protect European wines
29-July-2020 By Natalie Wang
China and the EU have moved a step closer to sign the landmark EU-China Geographical Indication agreement that will protect 100 geographically identified EU products with majority being European wines and spirits after 10 years of negotiations.
Gap between Chinese wine and imported wine consumption is narrowing
23-July-2020 By Natalie Wang
For a long time, it’s believed Chinese wine is dominating the domestic wine market in China, responsible for at least 70% of wines consumed, mainly from the country’s two biggest producers, Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and GreatWall.
One 6-litre Methuselah of DRC Romanée-Conti 1999 doubled its previous estimate and was sold for over HK$2.1 million (US$272,100), as part of the Sotheby’s three-day wine auction that saw fierce bidding and stunning results.
Alcohol labelling is ‘limited’ and falls short of recommendations, says WHO
15-June-2020 By Rachel Arthur
The labelling of alcoholic beverages with consumer information such as ingredients, nutritional values and potential harm from alcohol is ‘not consistent or even considered’ in many countries in Europe, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
‘A different level of complexity’: Meat alternative start-up mimics fibrous texture of pork whole-muscle cuts
07-May-2020 By Flora Southey
Barcelona-based Novameat has entered the pork alternative space with a 3D printed plant-based pork muscle cut. “The alternative meat industry is moving beyond ground meat analogues,” CEO Giuseppe Scionti tells FoodNavigator.
CBD in Australia: Industry body calls for monograph adoption to aid supplement use
06-May-2020 By Tingmin Koe
Supplements containing cannabidiol (CBD) should be made available in health foods stores in Australia, trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has said as the country’s regulator reviews existing rules.
Italy’s Restaurants Rise Up Against Social Distancing
27-April-2020 By Patrick Schmitt
As many as 75,000 restaurants, bars and clubs in Italy have united in protest at post lockdown social distancing measures that could cause the closure of half the businesses in the country’s hospitality sector.
Restaurants and bars in China are cautiously resuming services, as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown, with what’s estimated that 80% of catering business are resuming its normal operation, according to the country’s Ministry of Commerce.
Champagne sets new turnover record surpassing €5bn in 2019
8-April-2020 By Patrick Schmitt
While it has understandably slipped below the radar due to the dramatic impact of the coronavirus crisis on Champagne sales since March, the region set a new record in turnover in 2019, surpassing €5 billion for the first time.
Six months after legalization, Canada’s cannabis edibles market is stalled: ‘We’re just at the beginning of professionalizing this industry’
3-April-2020 By Beth Newhart
The cannabis drug was federally legalized in Canada in 2018, and edibles in 2019, but the market has so far been slow to take off. Brands struggle with product preservation and are looking for more guidance from Health Canada.
China reports sharpest wine sales decline during outbreak
2-April-2020 By Natalie Wang
The first set of official figures released by China’s alcoholic drinks trade body confirmed what everyone was fearing that the country’s nationwide wine sales are taking a nose-dive during the COVID-19 outbreak, with some fearing the worst is yet to come.
In light of the increasing number of nationwide lockdowns and border restrictions, Food Industry Asia (FIA) and the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA), the regional associations representing Asia and ASEAN’s food and beverage (F&B) industries respectively, are jointly calling upon governments across the region to ensure the unhindered production and supply of food and beverages as each country tries to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.
Entrepreneurs knuckle down to keep their start-ups thriving: ‘It's all hands on deck!'
26-Mar-2020 By Rachel Arthur
The coronavirus crisis is a massive blow to many small businesses. But some start-ups have quickly adjusted to the new reality: ramping up online sales or swiftly making new marketing strategies. We talk to four entrepreneurs who may have had to throw their 2020 business plans out of the window – but are keeping their chins up just the same.
Beverage gives back: How brands are helping out during the coronavirus crisis
25-Mar-2020 By Beth Newhart and Rachel Arthur
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, beverage brands are donating their money, time and products to keep their communities afloat in uncertain times. Here's just some of the initiatives that have emerged this week.
Health void: Just 16% of India’s products classified as ‘healthy’ with local firms leading the way
16-Mar-2020 By Pearly Neo
Local F&B companies in India such as Mother Dairy and Parle Products appear to have come out on top in terms of product healthiness in a new listing – but overall, just 16% of all companies’ products have been recognised as ‘healthy’ items in the country.
Water bottle made from 100% plant materials hits the Middle East
06-Mar-2020 By Beth Newhart
The Al Ain Plant Bottle from Agthia Group PJSC is the region's first plant-based water bottle. It is biodegradable and compostable within 80 days and is part of the company’s broader sustainability initiatives.
CHINA INFANT FOOD STANDARDS: AUTHORITIES SEEK PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR NEW SAFETY RULES
19-Feb-2019 By Tingmin Koe
The Chinese authorities are conducting a public consultation for the new food safety standards that it has drafted for a number of food items, including liquid infant formula, infant formula powder, and infant food.
GRIEG SEAFOOD ON ‘DIVING’ INTO THE OCEAN TO FEED GROWING POPULATIONS
19-Feb-2019 By Flora Southey
With the global population estimated to reach 8.6bn in the next 20 years, the salmon farming company recommends we ‘dive’ into the ocean to boost food production. FoodNavigator visits Grieg Seafood in Norway to find out how this can be done sustainably.
JD REPORTS SURGE IN FRESH FOOD ORDERS IN CHINA DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR AND CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
12-Feb-2020 By Guan Yu Lim
China e-commerce giants JD say they have seen sales of fresh foods, especially vegetables, increase both online and offline during the Chinese New Year period and during the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
‘TOTALLY CATASTROPHIC’: CHINA’S CORONAVIRUS CRISIS SEES GLOBAL F&B AUTHORITIES REACT WITH VARYING DEGREES OF CAUTION
12-Feb-2020 By Pearly Neo
The Chinese authorities have approved new e-commerce rules, withThe recent coronavirus outbreak originating from animals in China has seen food and beverage authorities and industries worldwide taking steps to prevent spreading or ‘importing’ the virus into their countries – some more aggressively than others. lawmakers now calling for a 'complete regulatory system' to also cover cross-border transactions.
CHINA’S BIGGEST WINE FAIR POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
05-Feb-2020 By Natalie Wang
The Chengdu wine and spirits fair, the biggest trade fair for alcoholic beverage inside mainland China, has been postponed, the organiser has announced, due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has now sickened over 24,000 and killed 490 in China.
HOW WILL THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECT CHINA’S WINE INDUSTRY?
10-Feb-2020 By Natalie Wang
For many wine merchants hoping for a recovery in 2020 after sales slump in 2019, the hope is completely dashed, as the whole country’s economic growth is expected to be undercut significantly by the deadly coronavirus.
When it mention about Italian wines, you always think of the double B, Barolo and barbaresco in Piemonte, northern Italy, and the Nebbiolo Nebbiolo grape used to make double B, which is particularly suitable for growing in the double B region. Moreover, it can show different flavors in different climates and terroires, making it hard for lovers to extricate themselves.
The CBD industry is booming in a lot of countries around the world, yet the movement in Asia is not as hot. Nevertheless, a new craft beer brewery in Hong Kong has created the first CBD-infused beer in the region.
HORSEMEAT SCAM SHOWS WEAK LINKS IN FOOD CHAIN: ‘TRACEABILITY, CONTROLS, SANCTIONS AND TRANSPARENCY MUST BE IMPROVED’
22-Jan-2020 By Katy Askew
Europol revealed details of arrests made in Spain this week over a fresh horsemeat scam. But rather than feeling reassured, observers suggest this is further evidence of systemic weaknesses in the food chain that are exploited by criminal elements.
FEEDING THE WORLD WITHOUT WRECKING THE PLANET: ‘THERE’S A LOT OF REASON TO WORRY BUT ALSO REASON FOR HOPE’
21-Jan-2020 By Katy Askew
A technical and socio-cultural U-turn will be needed to feed ten billion people within the planet’s environmental boundaries, according to a new five-year study. “There’s a lot of reason to worry, but also reason for hope,” lead author Dieter Gerten says.
CBD has caught the public's imagination as an ingredient offering a host of health benefits. But for all the hype, CBD also courts controversy. To move from a trending ingredient to an ingredient trend, the sector will need to overcome the complex global regulatory landscape, quality and supply challenges and questions around the scientific basis of health associations.