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Ajinomoto: aiming to make gains in the downturn with frozen rice

Japanese food company Ajinomoto is aiming to capitalize on the economic downturn by increasing its frozen rice business in the US. This strategy has a good chance of panning out well for the company, given that the downturn has meant that Americans are increasingly eating at home and looking to frozen products as cost-saving alternatives to fresh foods.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2009
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Aldi celebrates 10 years in Australia

Since entering the Australian market in 2001, German discount retailer Aldi has experienced strong growth. Due to its extensive private label range, locally sourced products, and discount pricing, the company has now gained widespread acceptance, and is a key threat to Coles' and Woolworths' dominance of the Australian retail landscape.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2011
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Aldi courts the green market with adoption of carbon label program

Last month, grocery retailer Aldi became the first retailer in Australia to launch a carbon footprint label in its stores, introducing an everyday olive oil range that features a Carbon Reduction Label. The launch will appeal to the growing number of environmentally conscious Australians, but competing environmental and ethical claims may impact upon its success.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
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Ancient grains stage a revival in the packaged food industry

Packaged food and beverage markets are seeing a growing influx of new products featuring grains that were favored by civilizations thousands of years ago. According to Datamonitor's Productscan Online database of new products, new food and beverage launches featuring a short list of ancient grains, including chia, have doubled since 2005 as manufacturers jump on the latest health food band wagon.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2008
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Australia: binge drinkers in for a Rudd awakening

The Australian government has launched a radical plan aimed at making Australians healthier, attacking a number of key areas including growing obesity levels, binge drinking and smoking. While the ambitious plans are a necessary preventative approach to Australian healthcare which in the long-term are likely to reap dividends, they pose opportunities and threats to the food and drink industry.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2009
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Australia: Choice 'Shonky Awards' keep consumer products honest

Australia's Choice Magazine recently announced its latest 'Shonky Awards', given to misleading or shoddy products, and their marketers. Brands were chided for false scientific claims and unnecessary packaging. These awards give voice to growing consumer skepticism and reflect tighter demands in the face of ready, available competitor information and increasing quality checks.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2009
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Australia: long-standing brands top consumer survey

Reader's Digest's 2009 list of Australia's most trusted brands is indicative of Australians' propensity to seek comfort in the home amid the current economic climate, with Cadbury taking the top spot. At a time when economic conditions are testing the resolve of Australian consumers, a survey such as this reminds companies that there are other qualities worth regarding outside of value.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2009
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Australia: Victorian government proposes fast food industry reforms

The Victorian government is considering imposing a mandatory calorie count on fast food menus. Similar efforts introduced in New York had a strong impact on consumer behaviors. Looking forward, Datamonitor views the move as an important step toward the industry developing healthier meal options and greater transparency to its food offerings.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
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Australian consumers give energy drinks a boost

A report from food and drink consultancy Zenith International has found that Australia is one of the main countries to have driven global energy drink volumes up in 2008. Category developments and changing consumer approaches to managing their energy levels have been important to this growth, but further innovation is vital if the category is to prove its staying power.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2009
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Australian food security debate highlights a "quantity over quality" approach

A series of recently published government reports have been criticized for taking an overly complacent stance on Australia's food security. While food shortages may not be an imminent threat to residents of the country, lack of access to nutritional foods certainly is, and those looking to convince consumers of the need for sustainability should focus on this.

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2011

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