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South Korean c-stores pursue vegetarian market

The popularity of diets based on vegetables is on the rise as an increasing number of South Korean consumers are looking for healthy and ethical consumption. As a result, South Korean c-stores are launching growing ranges of vegetarian products to meet demand. Nongshim, South Korea’s top instant-noodles maker, last month released stir-fried noodles that don’t contain any meat. Si…

Gap, HKRITA partner to create sustainable solutions for the fashion industry

Gap has partnered with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel to develop sustainable solutions for the fashion industry.

Swedish brand Foreo wins unprecedented Chinese IP ruling

Swedish skintech brand Foreo has been awarded a judgement of RMB3 million (US$450,000) in an unprecedented court ruling in Shanghai.

Alibaba’s Singles Day achieves US$1 billion in sales in 68 seconds

Alibaba’s Singles Day kicked off at minute and this year it took just 68 seconds for the first US$1 billion in turnover.

Tosu Premium Outlets near Fukuoka expanded

Mitsubishi Estate-Simon has expanded its premier outlet mall, Tosu Premium Outlets.

AS Watson taps millennials to lead its CSR programs

Health and beauty retailer AS Watson has established a global corporate social responsibility committee, and for the first time, it is comprised of millennials.

Hong Kong protests taint solid Dairy Farm results

Ongoing restructuring is impacting on Dairy Farm International’s grocery and convenience sales – but total group income is up.

September Indonesia retail sales edge up 0.7 per cent

September Indonesia retail sales rose 0.7 per cent year on year, according to Bank Indonesia data.

Accor and Alibaba form strategic partnership

International hospitality group Accor and e-commerce giant Alibaba have entered a strategic partnership to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs.

South Korea’s coffee shop boom – 1 in 10 are losing money

The number of coffee shops in South Korea continues to grow. More than 71,000 coffee shops are now operating nationwide, with 14,000 opening last year alone. According to a report by KB Financial Group Management Research Institute, the increase in the number of coffee shops is because the number of new shops opening has dramatically outpaced the number of shop closures.

Mastercard partners with Tappy to embed payment functions into wearables

Payments technology company Mastercard and wearable token service provider Tappy Technologies are collaborating to enable contactless payments through wearables.

Culture Cartel returns next month, boosting the profile of street culture and brands

The second Culture Cartel Asian street culture festival is set to be held from December 6 to 8.