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Contents<br />

16<br />

28<br />

MARKET INSIGHTS<br />

11 The rise of health-conscious<br />

foodies in China<br />

12 Consumer perceptions of<br />

immunity enhancement in <strong>Asia</strong>-<br />

Pacific<br />

14 Addressing Singapore’s food<br />

security: Harvesting solutions for<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

16 Enabling sustainable growth in<br />

<strong>Asia</strong><br />

BITING ISSUES<br />

18 TurtleTree debuts animal-free<br />

lactoferrin<br />

DolCas Biotech and Clear Within<br />

team up for supplement<br />

19 AI discovers plant-sourced<br />

peptides with positive effects on<br />

muscle strength recovery<br />

Norevo launches glazing agent for<br />

chocolate sweets<br />

24<br />

20 Arla <strong>Food</strong>s Ingredients’ Peptigen<br />

IF-3080 approved by EU for use in<br />

infant formula<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


CONTENTS 3<br />

36 50<br />

20 ChickP protein delivers dairy cheese<br />

analogue<br />

21 GELITA’s CONFIXX advances processes<br />

in fortified gummy production<br />

INGREDIENTS<br />

22 Nutritional support for active women<br />

24 Taste and nutrition: Something old,<br />

something new<br />

26 The world of e-sports: How nutrition is<br />

essential to staying in the game<br />

28 Good for planet and pocket: How to<br />

maintain sustainability momentum<br />

among cost-conscious APAC consumers<br />

30 Data for smarter farming practices<br />

32 The future of alternative protein in<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

ON THE TABLE<br />

34 How inflation creates innovative<br />

opportunities<br />

36 “A renewed focus” for the beverage<br />

industry<br />

38 Palm oil: A sustainable work in progress<br />

40 AlterPacks breathes new life into waste<br />

PROCESSING AND PACKAGING<br />

42 Arla achieves energy savings in water<br />

supply systems<br />

44 Visualisation, monitoring and<br />

management of confectionery plant<br />

utilities<br />

46 Fully sustainable in every way<br />

48 Protect against recalls with the right<br />

conveyor system<br />

50 Globepak produces 360+ sports<br />

nutrition products on seven bulk<br />

handling lines<br />

FIRST LOOKS<br />

53 BOGE launches new S-4 series for<br />

45-75kW performance range<br />

New igus online tool for polymer<br />

coating<br />

54 AM Labels presents new label offering<br />

Maersk launches API-integrated reefer<br />

solution with shareable datalog<br />

55 Melodea’s launches new solution for<br />

plastic pollution<br />

56 Heat and Control offers sustainable<br />

solutions<br />

tna presents robag 3e<br />

58 Mettler-Toledo launches 100%<br />

automated label inspection solution<br />

suite<br />

46<br />

New flushing ring design by Emerson<br />

reduces maintenance and improves<br />

measurement accuracy<br />

SHOW PREVIEW & REVIEW<br />

59 FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> returns with<br />

new pavilions and focus on food<br />

sustainability<br />

69 A greener today and tomorrow: SIG<br />

celebrates 25 years in Thailand<br />

REGULARS<br />

4 EDITOR’S NOTE<br />

6 NEWS<br />

62 EVENTS CALENDAR<br />

64 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


4 EDITOR’S NOTE<br />

Together, for tomorrow<br />

Agatha Wong<br />

Assistant Editor<br />

When you buy a bag of snacks, what do you check<br />

for? Organic sourcing, recyclable packaging, or<br />

sustainable ingredients? To what extent do these<br />

terms appeal to you, and how have they impacted<br />

your purchasing decisions in the past few years?<br />

For a period of time, consumers were deeply<br />

sceptical of businesses that touted sustainable<br />

action — “greenwashing”, as it is called, referred<br />

to companies that did not live up to their lofty,<br />

PR-friendly promises of a better tomorrow. With<br />

many consumers calling them out on their posturing, legislation have<br />

also been put in place to ensure a more transparent framework. The<br />

response is clear: it is no longer enough for companies, specifically food<br />

manufacturers, to make vague claims about helping rural communities<br />

abroad — evidence is needed.<br />

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Graphic Designer<br />

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At RSPO, a non-profit organisation supporting the production of<br />

sustainable palm oil, promoting a positive socio-environmental future for<br />

the industry is embedded into the heart of its activities. Their recognised<br />

standards and certification have been key indicators for consumers as<br />

they decide on purchasing products containing the popular vegetable oil.<br />

Tapping into the daunting issue of food waste in <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific, AlterPacks<br />

creates sustainable packaging from spent grains. With a number of<br />

pilot programmes running in the region, the start-up has learnt<br />

tremendously on the barriers needed to create a packaging solution<br />

for the future, while also making sure that it delivers all the physical<br />

properties of standard plastic packaging.<br />

SIG, on the other hand, has recently celebrated 25 years at its plant in<br />

Rayong, Thailand. Besides the installation of solar panels, which has<br />

provided the facility with renewable energy and considerable savings,<br />

the company has also collaborated with the community to deliver solar<br />

panels to a local school. Students can learn more about climate neutral<br />

practices, while the school gains a sustainable source of energy for<br />

their needs.<br />

These examples are but a small glimpse into the work that the food<br />

and beverage industry has done to generate positive impacts for the<br />

community and the environment; many more are hard at work with the<br />

public sector and academic institutions to create sustainable solutions.<br />

From plant-based start-ups to longstanding family businesses, the<br />

onus to bring about a better world for falls on everyone — and we<br />

at <strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> will be with you every step of the way.<br />

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6<br />

NEWS<br />

The GrowHub<br />

announces new<br />

appointments and<br />

first close of Pre-<br />

Series B round<br />

The GrowHub has announced that it has<br />

closed a US$3m Pre-Series B round from<br />

a number of strategic individual investors,<br />

including the company’s CEO and founder,<br />

Lester Chan. The fresh funds will be used<br />

to support The GrowHub’s technology<br />

offerings and strengthen its technology<br />

capabilities as it further expands across the<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific region. On top of the additional<br />

funding raised, it has also announced the<br />

official appointment of Chai Chun Kiat<br />

as CTO and Aaron Loo Jian Lin as CIO,<br />

along with Sam Yen Rong Jiun who will be<br />

joining The GrowHub’s advisory board.<br />

The GrowHub began as a farm-to-table<br />

solutions provider and a strategic export<br />

partner of premium goods from producers<br />

looking to reach new audiences in South<br />

East <strong>Asia</strong> and beyond. Over the years, it<br />

has shifted its technology focus to enable<br />

producers and consumers to track, market<br />

and understand consumer behavior and<br />

patterns using the company’s proprietary<br />

Web-3, NFC and QR code solutions.<br />

In addition to tracking the footprint of food<br />

from producer to consumer, The GrowHub<br />

also facilitates transparency and reliability<br />

in tracing carbon credits with its SaaS<br />

platform. The company allows producers,<br />

funders and regulators to differentiate and<br />

authenticate carbon footprint at source,<br />

with initial use cases deployed around soil<br />

carbon market integrations. The GrowHub<br />

focuses on the flow and user experience<br />

between the network of retailers, distributors,<br />

producers, and end-consumers in a fast,<br />

secure, credible, and accessible manner.<br />

Lester Chan, CEO and<br />

founder of The GrowHub<br />

The company has also made appointments in<br />

its leadership team. The three appointments<br />

are Chai Chun Kiat as CTO who joined<br />

from Gorilla Mobile where he also served<br />

as CTO; Aaron Loo Jian Lin as CIO who<br />

was previously COO at Gorilla Networks;<br />

and Sam Yen Rong Jiun as board advisor<br />

of The GrowHub, who had a stint at Bit<br />

Beta as operations director. FBA<br />

IFF advances<br />

softgel technology<br />

for complex fill<br />

formulations<br />

IFF has announced its encapsulation<br />

success with high viscosity liquid and<br />

semi-liquid nutritional ingredients in softgel<br />

dietary supplement applications. This allows<br />

manufacturers to develop robust, highquality,<br />

plant-based soft-shell capsules that<br />

match the performance of traditional animalbased<br />

gelatine for complex ingredients, and<br />

meets an increasing consumer need for<br />

plant-based supplements.<br />

IFF’s latest capability to encapsulate<br />

NovaSOL Curcumin and NovaSOL Curcumin/<br />

Boswellia from AQUANOVA, is the latter’s<br />

first successful encapsulation of their<br />

products in a vegan softgel format.<br />

“The importance of SeaGel cannot be<br />

understated when supporting the delivery<br />

of ingredients of such high viscosity such<br />

as liquid curcumin,” said Benjamin Roscoe,<br />

application development and innovation<br />

manager at IFF. “We are thrilled with this new<br />

breakthrough in one of the most technically<br />

challenging aspects in plant-based softgels.”<br />

Globally, SeaGel has been used in nongelatine<br />

soft capsules containing a wide<br />

range of nutrient ingredients for decades.<br />

Its outstanding film strength, elasticity<br />

and performance match that of animalderived<br />

gelatine, delivering superior<br />

encapsulation efficiency and excellent<br />

seal strength. Plant-based ingredients,<br />

however, can be difficult to deliver, especially<br />

in softgel applications due to complex<br />

development and formulation challenges.<br />

“More and more consumers are replacing<br />

their intake of animal-based products<br />

with plant-based alternatives and we<br />

have been searching for solutions to meet<br />

this demand,” said Frank Behnam, CEO<br />

of AQUANOVA. “Our proprietary NovaSOL<br />

technology significantly enhances the<br />

efficacy and application scope of natural<br />

ingredients. The ability to encapsulate<br />

NovaSOL in a vegan softgel using SeaGel<br />

is a significant milestone and we are very<br />

excited about this achievement.” FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


NEWS 7<br />

Univar Solutions<br />

to be acquired by<br />

Apollo Funds<br />

and delivers substantial value to our<br />

Apollo, we are pleased to gain a partner<br />

shareholders. It is a testament to the to support continued investment in our<br />

tireless efforts of my colleagues, whose portfolio and I look forward to working<br />

commitment to our purpose of helping closely with their team as we grow<br />

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and safe has enabled our success. In suppliers and customers globally." FBA<br />

Univar Solutions and Apollo have<br />

announced that funds managed<br />

by affiliates of Apollo have entered<br />

into a definitive merger agreement<br />

to acquire the company in an allcash<br />

transaction that values the<br />

company at an enterprise value of<br />

approximately $8.1bn. The transaction<br />

includes a minority investment from<br />

a wholly owned subsidiary of the<br />

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.<br />

The agreement provides that Univar<br />

Solutions shareholders will receive<br />

$36.15 per share in cash, which<br />

represents a 20.6% premium to the<br />

company's undisturbed closing<br />

stock price on 22 Nov 2022. The<br />

transaction consideration also<br />

represents a premium of 33.6% to<br />

the volume-weighted average price<br />

of Univar Solutions for the 30 trading<br />

days ending on 22 Nov 2022.<br />

"We are pleased to have reached<br />

this agreement with Apollo, which<br />

will provide immediate and certain<br />

cash value for Univar Solutions<br />

shareholders," said Chris Pappas,<br />

chairman of the Univar Solutions<br />

Board of Directors. "The Board's<br />

decision follows a comprehensive<br />

review of value creation opportunities<br />

for Univar Solutions. We are<br />

confident this transaction is the<br />

right path forward and achieves<br />

our goal of maximising value for<br />

Univar Solutions shareholders."<br />

David Jukes, president and CEO of<br />

Univar Solutions, said, "Over the last<br />

three years, we have transformed<br />

the company, putting the customer<br />

at the centre of all we do, which<br />

has solidified our position as a<br />

leading value-added service and<br />

solution provider. This transaction<br />

reflects the success of our strategy<br />

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FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


8<br />

NEWS<br />

Grundfos<br />

announces 2022<br />

results with record<br />

turnover<br />

Grundfos has continued a strong<br />

performance in 2022 with a sales growth<br />

of 12.1%, net turnover hitting a record<br />

DKK33.3bn and earnings (EBIT before<br />

special items) reaching DKK3.9bn.<br />

These results see Grundfos continuing<br />

the solid performance recorded for 2021,<br />

despite 2022 having been a year with<br />

market turbulence: Russia’s invasion of<br />

Ukraine, the continued impact of COVID-19,<br />

bottlenecks in global supply chains, rising<br />

energy prices, high inflationary pressure,<br />

and significant currency swings.<br />

“We have successfully navigated through<br />

a challenging year. Our people and our<br />

customers have remained our priorities,<br />

and I am proud of the efforts made by<br />

our employees to keep delivering great<br />

customer experiences. We are satisfied with<br />

our financial performance. Our business<br />

remains strong, and we have delivered<br />

solid profitability,” said Poul Due Jensen,<br />

group president and CEO, Grundfos.<br />

2022 was the year in which Grundfos closed<br />

its business in Russia and Belarus, entailing<br />

a one-off restructuring expense of DKK851m.<br />

In key markets, including the United States,<br />

Germany and the United Kingdom, Grundfos<br />

delivered strong sales growth contributing<br />

to a 2022 global growth of 16.2%, adjusted<br />

for lost sales in Russia and Belarus.<br />

In 2022, Grundfos also launched and<br />

implemented a new divisional structure,<br />

which will serve as a key lever in delivering<br />

the company’s strategic ambitions as well as<br />

achieving Grundfos’ purpose to pioneer<br />

solutions to the world’s water and climate<br />

challenges and improve quality of life for<br />

people.<br />

Furthermore, Grundfos reached a milestone<br />

in Nov 2022, when its 2050 net-zero<br />

commitment was validated and approved<br />

by the Science Based Targets initiative.<br />

“We are determined to pioneer solutions to<br />

the world’s water and climate challenges<br />

and our 2050 net-zero approval is our<br />

strong commitment to continue to deliver<br />

the most energy and water efficient<br />

solutions to the benefit of our customers<br />

and the planet,” Jensen added. FBA<br />

Mühlenchemie<br />

updates brand<br />

design for its<br />

centenary<br />

Mühlenchemie has presented its fresh,<br />

updated design on World Flour Day on 20<br />

Mar <strong>2023</strong>, and celebrated its 100 years<br />

of existence. The new brand outfit, with<br />

which MC is showing its new self-image<br />

internally and externally, went into use<br />

immediately. It is based on the roots of<br />

Mühlenchemie that made the company<br />

what it is today, on what it stands for,<br />

and on what it will do going forward.<br />

Today we’re at home all over the world,<br />

and our heart beats in Ahrensburg, in the<br />

‘Futuremaker’ Stern-Technology Centre. With<br />

our tagline ‘Understanding Flour’ we express<br />

this self-image, and our new look further<br />

emphasises it,” explained Peter Steiner,<br />

global head of business unit Mühlenchemie.<br />

The new brand outfit was preceded by<br />

market analysis and customer surveys. The<br />

goal of the relaunch was to communicate<br />

the company values and self-image into<br />

the future, and underline its role as global<br />

market leader, innovation driver and direct<br />

partner of mills and millers worldwide,<br />

without losing touch with its origins. The<br />

new design needed to represent a logical<br />

further development of the brand and<br />

remain recognisable. Evolution instead of<br />

revolution was the idea. Accordingly, the<br />

logo was modernised and emphasises<br />

“MC” as the short form of Mühlenchemie.<br />

The roots remain visible through the<br />

combination of the corporate colours and<br />

the lozenge, as a symbol of wheat and<br />

a key visual. Customers and MC experts<br />

are equally important in the visual idiom,<br />

and speak the same language. FBA<br />

“Today we’re a global player in flour<br />

improvement and standardisation. Each<br />

year our solutions treat over 150 million<br />

tonnes of wheat, making a valuable<br />

contribution to the food security of the<br />

global population. In our 100 years of history,<br />

we have developed many innovations that<br />

were and remain pioneering in the industry.<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


NEWS 9<br />

GEA opens technology centre in Wallau, Germany<br />

GEA has opened its new 1500-sq-m<br />

technology centre (XLAB) in Biedenkopf-<br />

Wallau. During the opening ceremony,<br />

guests had the opportunity to be acquainted<br />

with the new location and technological<br />

developments of the internationally operating<br />

group for the food processing industry.<br />

"We are very excited to open our new<br />

technology centre, after a short six-month<br />

construction phase. With the XLAB, we are<br />

taking product testing for our national and<br />

international customers to a whole new level.<br />

A special feature is the new 500-sq-m airconditioned<br />

hall, which can be cooled down<br />

to freezing point and enables customer tests<br />

under realistic conditions," said Moritz Krunke,<br />

managing director of GEA's Wallau site.<br />

were on display on the exhibition floor, as<br />

well as the business unit's entire product<br />

portfolio. This included thermoforming<br />

and vertical packaging machines, cutting<br />

and loading systems for meat, sausage,<br />

ham/bacon, cheese, frozen foods and<br />

vegetables, as well as bowl cutters for the<br />

production of sausages, cheese, fish and<br />

meat substitute products. In addition, the<br />

business unit of GEA offers solutions for<br />

the production and packaging of lollipops<br />

and other confectionery and food products.<br />

The XLAB combines expertise from across<br />

the GEA business unit at one location.<br />

"Our new technology centre underscores<br />

our partnership-based customer relations<br />

on a national and international level.<br />

Together with our customers we develop<br />

tailored solutions that will play a decisive<br />

role in the technological transformation<br />

of the respective production area," added<br />

Jörg Kuhn, vice-president of the slicing<br />

and packaging business unit. FBA<br />

During the opening week, automation,<br />

digitisation, sustainability, as well as training<br />

and performance support workshops were<br />

offered to customers. Plant tours and live<br />

demonstrations on the slicing and packaging<br />

line, SmartPacker and CutMaster capped<br />

off the programme. Individual machines<br />

and complete, digitalised production lines<br />

TMX launches industry-first metaverse solution in <strong>Asia</strong><br />

TMX Global has announced the launch<br />

of its TMX Metaverse in <strong>Asia</strong>, which uses<br />

virtual technology to improve supply chain<br />

design. The launch comes on the back of<br />

demand that TMX Global has observed<br />

from businesses in Thailand and the region<br />

for greater supply chain optimisation. TMX<br />

Global co-founder and CEO, Travis Erridge,<br />

unveiled the new solution at the event.<br />

The TMX Metaverse is a transformative<br />

tool for supply chain logistics, allowing<br />

businesses to step into a virtual reality<br />

simulation and experience floor plans at a<br />

real, human scale during the entire design<br />

process. By leveraging the metaverse,<br />

businesses can collaborate and configure in<br />

real-time, thereby realising cost efficiencies<br />

across their projects. With the ability to<br />

visualise designs in the metaverse,<br />

businesses can improve decision-making<br />

and efficiency during the conceptualisation<br />

process by up to 50% in some cases.<br />

A key feature of the TMX Metaverse platform<br />

is the Campus, which showcases recent<br />

technologies in robotics and supply chain<br />

automation. The Campus provides users<br />

with an immersive experience to explore<br />

and understand how these technologies can<br />

enhance and streamline their supply chain<br />

operations.<br />

Commenting on today’s milestone, Erridge<br />

noted that launching in <strong>Asia</strong> was a natural<br />

next step given the business’ growing focus<br />

in the region, and in response to the<br />

region’s supply chains facing increasing<br />

pressure from consumers, boards,<br />

and other stakeholders to optimise.<br />

Dean Jones, managing director, <strong>Asia</strong>,<br />

added: “Thailand represents a key part<br />

of our <strong>Asia</strong> strategy as we recognise the<br />

market’s strong potential in the supply<br />

chain sector. Over the last few years,<br />

Thailand has experienced a robust<br />

growth in ecommerce, which has called<br />

for strong investments in warehouse<br />

and logistics facilities. The authorities<br />

have also rolled out a series of national<br />

schemes to transform Thailand into the<br />

region’s logistics hub to cover land, air,<br />

and maritime transport in ASEAN. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


10<br />

NEWS<br />

Meatless Kingdom<br />

wins <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

Scale It Up!<br />

Innovation Challenge<br />

The <strong>2023</strong>, APAC edition of the Scale It<br />

Up! Innovation Challenge, which saw the<br />

participation of 30 companies across a sixmonth<br />

long contest, has recognised Meatless<br />

Kingdom as the winner for its plant-based<br />

bak kwa (barbecued meat) concept. Eighth<br />

Day <strong>Food</strong>s, the runner-up, also impressed<br />

judges with their turnkey solution that taps<br />

into lupine for their plant-based products.<br />

For evaluating the winner and runner-up,<br />

the panel had various criteria ranging from<br />

taste and price to ease of commercialisation<br />

and market relevance. Price was a noted<br />

area of assessment, given that plant-based<br />

proteins are currently more expensive<br />

than their animal counterparts.<br />

Meatless Kingdom and Eighth Day <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

will receive access and usage of the Protein<br />

Innovation Centre in Singapore. They will<br />

also continue to receive the mentorship and<br />

expertise of the three sponsor companies:<br />

Givaudan, Buhler, and Cargill.<br />

During the challenge, the sponsors supported<br />

contestants by lending their specialised areas<br />

of knowledge — Givaudan with its flavour and<br />

fragrance solutions; Buhler with its extrusion<br />

technology, and Cargill with its specialty<br />

Widya Putra, CEO and co-founder of Meatless Kingdom<br />

ingredients such as proteins, starches and in-demand sector. It was first launched<br />

oils. Contestants created unique propositions in the US during summer 2021, and has<br />

through exploring ingredients from microalgae<br />

to lupine, in addition to pea protein and Middle East, and now: <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific. With<br />

since been introduced throughout Europe,<br />

specialty starches.<br />

this project, the three sponsor companies<br />

therefore seek to further develop the plantbased<br />

scene for the region specifically.<br />

“We feel honoured to be the first winner<br />

of the <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific Scale It Up! Innovation<br />

Challenge. This experience has enriched our “The top five candidates of this challenge<br />

knowledge and competency about product are creating solutions for the <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

development in the alternative protein space. market specifically. You have bak kwa,<br />

We hope this achievement will be a source of which is a regional dish, you also have<br />

inspiration to more food technology start-ups, seafood; and lupines which are grown<br />

especially in Indonesia,” said Widya Putra, cost-effectively in Australia. We are tailoring<br />

CEO and co-founder of Meatless Kingdom. plant-based products for the consumers<br />

in this region,” elaborated Jonathan Yeo,<br />

“Winning the support of Buhler, Cargill<br />

strategy and innovation leader, global<br />

and Givaudan has been transformational edible oil solutions, Cargill <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific.<br />

for Eighth Day <strong>Food</strong>s. Their willingness to<br />

share their expertise has already made a “The challenge comes from all our purposes.<br />

huge difference to the market readiness of We really want to shape the future of food, and<br />

our product and their ongoing support is more importantly, create a sustainable food<br />

incredibly valuable to us as we embark on future. The Scale It Up! Innovation Challenge is<br />

the commercialisation and scaling of our important because it helps smaller companies<br />

innovative protein,” said Lloyd Wilkins,<br />

really develop great plant protein experiences.<br />

COO of Eighth Day <strong>Food</strong>s.<br />

The start-ups that we’ve spoken to talked<br />

about the difference in their products before<br />

The Scale It Up! Innovation Challenge was and after the challenge, and I think that is<br />

centred upon achieving scalability and where our expertise lies: we understand<br />

innovation, with an emphasis on developing what the consumer wants from years of<br />

novel ideas and utilising in-depth technical working in this market, and we are able to<br />

and commercial knowledge to overcome give that to them overnight,” added Michele<br />

the obstacles typically experience by startups<br />

seeking to enter this specialised but APAC Taste and Wellbeing at Givaudan.<br />

van der Walt, head of regional innovation,<br />

FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


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The rise of health-conscious<br />

foodies in China<br />

While plant-based options might be appealing to<br />

consumers seeking a healthier and more varied option<br />

in their diet, concerns with additives and preservatives<br />

on the ingredients list still prevail. Clean-label can<br />

serve as an added bonus for this market.<br />

By Astrid Prajogo, founder and CEO of Haofood<br />

McKinsey & Company recently carried out<br />

a study into meat eating trends in China,<br />

where the number of high and upper-middleincome<br />

households is estimated to surpass<br />

50% of households by 2025, causing a shift<br />

in trends. Health and safety ranked as the<br />

highest among the key buying factors for<br />

at-home consumption of meat for Chinese<br />

consumers. This was followed by quality<br />

and taste, then price and convenience.<br />

In the same study, 43% of the consumers<br />

stated they fit into the category of “conscious<br />

consumers”, meaning they ate little or no meat.<br />

When asked why they limit meat consumption,<br />

the number one factor was for personal<br />

health reasons, followed by the fact that not<br />

eating meat added variety to their diet.<br />

Though these stats point to an interest in reducing<br />

meat consumption for health purposes,<br />

more than 70% of Chinese consumers report<br />

rarely or never consuming alternative meat,<br />

against 40% of their global peers. This indicated<br />

a huge opportunity to encourage these “conscious<br />

consumers” to explore plant-based options.<br />

WHO ARE CONSUMING ALTERNATIVE<br />

PROTEINS?<br />

The type of consumer to be interested in<br />

purchasing alternative proteins in China are<br />

Gen Z and Millennials, living in first to second<br />

tier cities (eg Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen,<br />

Hangzhou, Nanjing etc). They predominantly<br />

consume meat alternatives in restaurants or<br />

convenient stores and what ties them together<br />

is a firm focus on health, and the search for a<br />

better source of protein. They are pretty health<br />

conscious as they are regular gym goers or<br />

actively eating healthily to stay in shape. Hence,<br />

choosing the right food is part of their mindset<br />

and routine. Yet, they still want to eat great<br />

tasting food.<br />

But why choose plant-based meat alternatives?<br />

As reflected in the McKinsey study, and in our<br />

own consumer studies, health, nutritional values,<br />

and safety are key drivers of alternative protein<br />

growth. People are looking for products where<br />

they can track the ingredients and are looking<br />

for assurance that the food they eat is truly safe<br />

– free from artificial additives, antibiotics, and<br />

hormones. It is a conflicting issue for them, since<br />

plant-based meat offers high protein and fibre,<br />

no additional hormones, and zero cholesterol,<br />

but most of these products also contain<br />

additives and preservatives. On the other hand,<br />

animal protein is free from preservatives.<br />

INTRODUCING CLEAN LABEL<br />

As concerns about the environmental impact<br />

of meat production and the health effects of<br />

meat consumption continue to grow, alternative<br />

protein clean label products are emerging as<br />

a key trend driven by consumer demand for<br />

more natural, minimally processed foods.<br />

Clean label products are those that are made<br />

with simple, recognisable ingredients, without<br />

artificial additives or preservatives. At the end<br />

of the day, clean label products deliver healthier<br />

nutritional value such as lower sodium.<br />

However, making clean-label products<br />

can be tricky too, as the function of<br />

additives is to cover the beany taste,<br />

create a strong product texture and a<br />

better colour, mimicking animal protein.<br />

At Haofood, we just launched our newest<br />

innovation of a cleaner label product<br />

with no extra added artificial additives,<br />

preservatives, binders, thickeners, water<br />

retaining agents, MSG, colours, or flavours.<br />

How did we achieve this? First, we need<br />

to carefully select the ingredients. The key<br />

ingredient for us is peanut. The reason<br />

for this is very simple — peanuts contain<br />

a high level of glutamic and aspactic<br />

acid, which naturally gives the finished<br />

product umami and less bitter beany notes.<br />

We use kitchen spices to create more<br />

complex flavours rather than additives.<br />

The way we processed the ingredients was<br />

vital too. Using our high moisture extrusion<br />

processing technology, our product is<br />

produced with simpler ingredients. This<br />

processing method also produces less carbon<br />

emissions and better water efficiency.<br />

We see significant growth opportunities in<br />

China and across the rest of <strong>Asia</strong> in the<br />

coming years, driven by changing consumer<br />

preferences. As people become more informed,<br />

and health and sustainability-conscious,<br />

they are likely to continue to seek out natural,<br />

minimally processed foods that are healthier<br />

than their processed alternatives. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


Consumer<br />

perceptions<br />

of immunity<br />

enhancement<br />

in <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

The emphasis on long-term health will be essential for both<br />

consumers and producers as they seek out wellness products that can<br />

provide immune and digestive health benefits.<br />

By Kate Kehoe, marketing executive at FMCG Gurus.<br />

Over the last few years, immune and<br />

digestive health are important areas<br />

that consumers are looking to address.<br />

For instance, FMCG Gurus consumer<br />

insights reveal that 70% of consumers<br />

in Europe plan to improve their immune<br />

health, and 60% of consumers have<br />

plans to improve their digestive health<br />

over the next twelve months. This<br />

reveals that consumers are not only<br />

recognising the link between immune<br />

health with other areas of health, they<br />

are also understanding that immune<br />

health is crucial in facilitating holistic<br />

health. Also, consumers are looking<br />

to maintain their long-term health<br />

by altering their dietary and lifestyle<br />

habits, and seeking out food and drink<br />

products with health-boosting claims.<br />

Under the same bracket, consumers<br />

are also looking for products that are<br />

natural, nutritious and affordable,<br />

amidst the current cost-of-living crisis.<br />

As a result of consumers making active<br />

changes to their diets and lifestyles<br />

to facilitate for long-term health,<br />

brands must produce and promote<br />

food and drink products that offer a<br />

boost beyond basic nutrition. These<br />

products must also not compromise<br />

on taste and should be considered<br />

conveniently nutritious, to cater to a<br />

wide range of consumers.<br />

MULTIFUNCTIONAL BENEFITS<br />

Consumers are seeking out products<br />

that will target multiple areas of their<br />

health. For example, FMCG Gurus’<br />

findings highlighted that 80% of<br />

consumers look for multifunctional<br />

benefits when looking for products<br />

around aiding the immune system.<br />

This demonstrates that consumers are<br />

interested in products with maximum<br />

efficacy, convenience, nutritional value<br />

and affordability, especially during a<br />

time of health-consciousness and<br />

financial uncertainty. Multifunctional<br />

products will ultimately offer great<br />

value for money for consumers and<br />

will align with consumers’ desire to be<br />

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proactive and offer a holistic approach<br />

to supporting their overall health.<br />

BACK-TO-BASICS<br />

Brands must ensure that food and<br />

drink products are made with natural<br />

ingredients. For instance, FMCG<br />

Gurus’ consumer insights showed<br />

that consumers are also interested<br />

in improving and maintaining their<br />

mental wellbeing, heart health and<br />

sleep health. To do so, consumers<br />

are turning towards food and drink<br />

to aid multiple areas of their health.<br />

For instance, 73% of consumers have<br />

eaten more fresh fruit and vegetables.<br />

Of these consumers, seven in 10<br />

consumers across Europe stated<br />

that this increased intake was to<br />

enhance their immune health. This<br />

illustrates that consumers are looking<br />

for food and drink products that<br />

are made using natural and familiar<br />

ingredients, with a streamlined<br />

ingredients list, associated with aiding<br />

health. As a result, brands must be<br />

transparent about the ingredients in<br />

products, backed up with evidence,<br />

to facilitate consumer trust.<br />

EVIDENCE TO AVOID SCEPTICISM<br />

While there is popularity around health<br />

boosting claims and natural ingredients,<br />

brands must back up these claims<br />

with clinically proven evidence to<br />

avoid skepticism among consumers.<br />

Consumers often research food and<br />

drink products and want to purchase<br />

food and drink products that they<br />

know they can trust.<br />

For instance, FMCG Gurus consumers<br />

insights highlight that 79% of<br />

consumers look for clinically proven<br />

claims on food and drink products<br />

positioned around aiding the immune<br />

system. This highlights that consumers<br />

want reassurance from brands that<br />

products will do as they should, are<br />

effective and are worth the value.<br />

Storytelling is a successful marketing<br />

technique that brands can adopt<br />

to enhance transparency. This will<br />

demonstrate to consumers exactly<br />

how a product has been made and<br />

the natural process behind it.<br />

DO NOT COMPROMISE ON TASTE<br />

Another element of production that<br />

brands should be aware of is the<br />

importance of taste. As a result, it<br />

is essential that health boosting<br />

products do not compromise on taste<br />

or overpromote healthy ingredients.<br />

Instead, brands should position their<br />

products as conveniently nutritious<br />

and of high indulgence for consumers.<br />

This highlights the importance<br />

that brands should formulate new<br />

products which align with consumer<br />

wants and need states. FBA


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Addressing Singapore’s food<br />

security: Harvesting solutions<br />

for <strong>2023</strong><br />

By Abel Ariza, managing director of Malaysia and Singapore, Sodexo<br />

Who can forget Malaysia's ban on chicken<br />

exports to Singapore in Jun 2022? Suddenly,<br />

Singapore's national dish — chicken rice —<br />

became a luxury, quite literally. Prices of fresh<br />

chicken started soaring, attributed to Malaysia’s<br />

reliance on feed imports which drastically rose<br />

in prices, even as eateries scrambled to find<br />

other fresh chicken sources. Malaysia supplies<br />

about one-third of Singapore's chickens,<br />

roughly 3.6 million chickens each month.<br />

The ban was eventually lifted in Oct 2022.<br />

It may have been four months — mitigated,<br />

fortunately, by imports of frozen chicken<br />

and alternatives such as canned chicken<br />

from other countries — but the ban was long<br />

enough to impact the earnings of poultry<br />

suppliers at wet markets, a few of which<br />

were prepared to shutter their business.<br />

More importantly, the chicken shortage<br />

raised a key concern for Singapore: can the<br />

country do more to secure its food supplies?<br />

PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED<br />

During the Singapore Budget <strong>2023</strong> announced<br />

in Feb, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong<br />

reinforced the nation’s 30 by 30 goal for food<br />

security. This aims to have the local agri-food<br />

industry meet 30% of the country’s nutritional<br />

needs by 2030. This goal is also included<br />

in Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 to build up<br />

the country’s food security and resiliency.<br />

As a small island nation with little farm land,<br />

Singapore currently imports over 90% of<br />

its food from 170 countries and regions.<br />

The imperative to build greater resilience to<br />

withstand external shocks and disruptions<br />

has become more acute, against the backdrop<br />

of rising global food prices and geopolitical<br />

uncertainties.<br />

In Dec 2022, Singapore announced a food<br />

price inflation of 5.1% over the last 10 months.<br />

In a domino effect, the food services industry<br />

was heavily impacted, with many restaurants,<br />

fast-food joints, and food caterers raising<br />

prices by up to 7.5%.<br />

With the difficult task of securing Singapore's<br />

food supplies ahead of the country, the<br />

following three solutions could help build up<br />

the country’s food security and resiliency.<br />

ENCOURAGING LOCAL SOURCING<br />

Singapore has several ways to tackle its<br />

food security in the short to medium term.<br />

Firstly, it can bring its supply chains closer<br />

to shore by adopting local sourcing and food<br />

production. Besides bolstering its food supply,<br />

opting for locally produced products can also<br />

change how value is distributed along the<br />

supply chain and shorten traceability paths<br />

on products, reducing the carbon footprint.<br />

Furthermore, industry players can also<br />

do their part in building a more resilient<br />

food future by embracing a farm-to-fork<br />

approach and incorporating sustainability<br />

into all stages of their supply chain. The<br />

“farm-to-fork” intends to accelerate the<br />

transition to a more sustainable food system<br />

through a neutral or positive environmental<br />

impact, mitigating the impact of climate<br />

change and ensuring food security.<br />

The government has also ramped up efforts<br />

to transform the Lim Chu Kang area to meet its<br />

local food needs and widen its sustainable fish<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


farming capabilities in the country. Making<br />

better use of existing land will be extremely<br />

beneficial in addressing one of the country’s<br />

biggest problems of land scarcity. Currently,<br />

Singapore has only set aside 1% of land for<br />

farming purposes due to land and resource<br />

constraints.<br />

LEVERAGING SMART TECHNOLOGY<br />

Over the past ten years, Singapore’s food<br />

waste has increased by over 20%. When food<br />

is wasted, it reduces the amount left for actual<br />

consumption, affecting our food security.<br />

More food has to be sourced to meet food<br />

demand as well, a critical consideration for<br />

Singapore, which relies heavily on food imports.<br />

As the global environment remains uncertain,<br />

consumers and businesses need to prepare<br />

for external shocks and unanticipated<br />

disasters. In a recent statement, Minister for<br />

Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu<br />

urged more Singaporeans to purchase locally<br />

grown vegetables and produce in the wake of<br />

recent flooding in Malaysia. Fu emphasised<br />

that these uncertainties will not only encourage<br />

local producers to prepare for unpredictable<br />

events, but also inspire consumers to continue<br />

supporting local producers.<br />

With this in mind, more businesses in Singapore<br />

have been making a conscious effort to tackle<br />

the food waste issue. In recent years, the<br />

government has been attempting to confront<br />

the food security issue through the funding of<br />

smart technologies. In 2021, the government<br />

implemented the Agri-Cluster Transformation<br />

(ACT) fund that aimed to help farmers in a<br />

variety of ways related to smart technology,<br />

such as capability upgrades, test-bedding, and<br />

the application of new technologies to better<br />

track and reduce food waste.<br />

Here at Sodexo, our WasteWatch programme<br />

utilises intelligent waste-management<br />

technology that makes it easy for teams to<br />

collect precise data on food waste in their<br />

restaurant and drive changes to cut food<br />

waste. Since implementing this programme in<br />

Singapore in 2016, we have offset over 5,000<br />

metric tonnes of carbon emissions, or the<br />

equivalent of over 1,000 homes’ electricity<br />

consumption in one year.<br />

In addition, our indoor vertical farming system<br />

located in our Singapore office is home to a<br />

wide range of greens, and showcases the<br />

potential benefits of what “growing local”<br />

can do. Grobix, as we call it, utilises a low<br />

maintenance farming method that suspends<br />

plant roots in the air to encourage rapid<br />

growth and higher yields. The system also<br />

alleviates the need for soil, making it a<br />

hassle-free process in land-scarce spaces.<br />

By leveraging on smart technologies, more<br />

people can do their part in creating a more<br />

resilient food environment.<br />

CONSUMING RESPONSIBLY<br />

We have already witnessed significant strides<br />

through the overwhelming demand for plantbased<br />

foods. The adoption of more flexitarian<br />

lifestyles also serves as a way to diversify<br />

the nation’s food portfolio.<br />

According to a recent survey, two in five<br />

Singaporeans in 2020 were on a flexitarian<br />

diet, citing health reasons as the biggest<br />

influence of adoption along with health risks<br />

in poultry and environmental impact.<br />

The government has played a role in supporting<br />

this trend by becoming the first country to<br />

approve the commercial sale of cultivated meat.<br />

Currently, Singapore is still the only country<br />

globally to offer all three alternative proteins<br />

(plant-based, fermentation-enabled and<br />

cultivated) commercially.<br />

THE NEED FOR CONTINUING EFFORTS<br />

Ultimately, achieving food security requires<br />

a whole-of-industry approach that involves<br />

collaboration with other countries. As<br />

Singapore prepares itself for increasing<br />

food costs and supply uncertainties, the<br />

country must continue to prioritise the<br />

investment and implementation of smart<br />

technology, encourage more Singaporean<br />

businesses to adopt local sourcing and<br />

embrace a more farm-to-fork approach,<br />

and promote responsible consumption<br />

through a more diversified food portfolio.<br />

The need for continued efforts to diversify<br />

food sources, leverage smart technology,<br />

source locally and consume responsibly will<br />

ultimately lead us down the right path. FBA<br />

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Enabling<br />

sustainable<br />

growth in <strong>Asia</strong><br />

As a region particularly vulnerable<br />

to climate change, there is a strong<br />

signal for sustainable development in<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>, especially with its approach to<br />

packaging. Thomas Körmendi, CEO<br />

and president at Elopak, shares insight<br />

on how the company has delivered<br />

a low-carbon transition to local<br />

communities.<br />

As the world’s fastest growing consumer<br />

market, <strong>Asia</strong> offers huge opportunities for<br />

commercial success. It also presents a new<br />

frontier for changing consumer behaviour<br />

and driving forward sustainability. As a<br />

provider of recyclable, naturally renewable<br />

beverage cartons, Elopak sees its role as<br />

championing the plastic to carton conversion:<br />

offering companies and consumers an<br />

alternative to plastic bottles that helps<br />

to reduce their carbon footprints.<br />

Over the past few years, Elopak has<br />

made inroads into several <strong>Asia</strong>n markets;<br />

supporting a sustainability-driven growth<br />

agenda to bring low carbon, renewable<br />

cartons to more users around the world.<br />

Last year, we announced a joint venture with<br />

one of India’s most-integrated packaging<br />

organisations, GLS. We also signed a<br />

memorandum of understanding with our<br />

long-term partners Nippon Paper in Japan<br />

to explore how our two companies can be<br />

jointly developed and organised. Later, in the<br />

Middle East, we finalised our acquisition of<br />

Naturepak <strong>Beverage</strong>, which saw the addition<br />

of local production facilities in Morocco and<br />

Saudi Arabia to Elopak’s global network.<br />

In Apr 2022, Elopak and GLS announced<br />

a joint venture in which Elopak has<br />

management control. The new subsidiary,<br />

Elopak GLS is headquartered in Gurugram,<br />

a city in the Indian state of Haryana.<br />

Elopak GLS is currently the only producer<br />

of fibre-based packaging for liquid food in<br />

the Haryana area, allowing it to tap into<br />

consumer demand within the world’s largest<br />

dairy market. GLS Elopak now manufactures<br />

and processes fresh and aseptic packaging<br />

solutions, with products including dairy,<br />

plant-based drinks, juice, water, and liquor.<br />

One year on, I am pleased to say that<br />

GLS Elopak is exceeding all expectations.<br />

The plant offers Roll-Fed aseptic cartons<br />

under the brand “ALPAK” in various sizes,<br />

along with end-to-end service support to<br />

customers. GLS Elopak also exhibited growth<br />

rates that place the venture ahead of its<br />

five-year plan. Going forward, the company<br />

will introduce Pure-Pak fresh cartons, Pure-<br />

Pak aseptic cartons and complementary<br />

solutions. By introducing these products<br />

to the <strong>Asia</strong>n market, GLS Elopak is making<br />

the move from plastic and towards cartons.<br />

Our Pure-Pak cartons are produced using<br />

paper fibres that can be recycled more<br />

than seven times and have more than 60%<br />

lower carbon footprint than PET bottles 1 .<br />

The joint venture highlights the global<br />

demand for sustainable packaging solutions.<br />

The direct impacts of climate change are<br />

already felt in <strong>Asia</strong>; in 2021, 57 million people<br />

on the continent were affected by climate<br />

change 2 . The region has an important role<br />

to play in the fight against greenhouse<br />

gas emissions, having seen its share of<br />

emissions increase 20% in the last 25 years<br />

and now accounting for 45% of global<br />

emissions 3 . The fight to lower emissions will<br />

not be easy, but as more consumers feel<br />

the impact of climate change, the more they<br />

will demand packaging alternatives that<br />

reflect the need to protect their future.<br />

Leveraging local partnerships and expertise<br />

has been instrumental for facilitating Elopak’s<br />

growth in <strong>Asia</strong> and meeting this change<br />

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in consumer demand. In Jan 2022, we<br />

signed a licensing agreement with Nippon<br />

Paper Industries. This agreement sought<br />

to deepen the partnership between our<br />

two companies and pursue joint initiatives<br />

in the area of liquid-paper packaging.<br />

Elopak’s relationship with Nippon dates<br />

back to 2016, when we signed a product<br />

licensing agreement which allowed Nippon<br />

to manufacture and sell Elopak’s Pure-Pak<br />

cartons in Japan. In Jun 2021, when Elopak<br />

went public on the Oslo Stock Exchange,<br />

Nippon Paper committed to purchasing shares<br />

equivalent to 5.0% of the company's share<br />

capital as part of the cornerstone agreement.<br />

Cooperation is central to Elopak’s growth<br />

strategy and ensuring that more brands can<br />

put sustainability at the forefront of their<br />

business plans. By increasing our offering of<br />

cartons to more regions globally, we promote<br />

the use of cartons and our own sustainability<br />

agenda, and at the same time meet our<br />

growth targets. We were able to tap into the<br />

Middle East market through our acquisition of<br />

Naturepak <strong>Beverage</strong>, a packaging company<br />

for fresh liquid cartons. In Mar 2022, Elopak<br />

finalised a Share Purchasing Agreement to<br />

acquire 100% Naturepak, which had local<br />

production facilities in Morocco and Saudi<br />

Arabia. This extended our global production<br />

capacity by 2.5 billion cartons per year,<br />

increasing our capacity to deliver sustainable<br />

packaging solutions at a global level.<br />

These collaborations have allowed us to<br />

leverage the growing demand for sustainable<br />

packaging solutions across the continent and<br />

to introduce low carbon, naturally renewable<br />

cartons to more users around the world.<br />

The early achievements of Elopak GLS signals<br />

the increasing demand for sustainable<br />

packaging solutions among consumers and<br />

underscores the importance of companies<br />

taking an active role in promoting carbon<br />

reduction. Our partnership with Nippon Paper<br />

demonstrates the mutual benefits of companies<br />

working together towards a common goal of<br />

protecting the environment through naturally<br />

renewable cartons. Meanwhile, the acquisition of<br />

Naturepak extends our production capacity and<br />

further enables us to distribute more sustainable<br />

packaging solutions in the fast-growing<br />

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.<br />

There is no doubt that <strong>Asia</strong> has experienced<br />

some of the most devastating effects of<br />

climate-related disasters. In India, alone<br />

more than 18 million have been impacted by<br />

floods and cyclones in 2021. As a provider of<br />

recyclable, low carbon, naturally renewable<br />

beverage cartons, Elopak supports plastic bottle<br />

to carton conversion to lower carbon footprints.<br />

With <strong>2023</strong> now well underway, we look forward<br />

to consolidating these gains and exploring new<br />

opportunities for sustainability-driven growth,<br />

whilst putting the needs of consumers first. FBA<br />

REFERENCES<br />

1<br />

https://www.beveragecarton.eu/wp-content/<br />

uploads/2021/03/20-011-Circular-Analytics_<br />

ACE-Full-report_2021-03-11.pdf<br />

2<br />

https://www.ifrc.org/press-release/over-57-<br />

million-affected-climate-disasters-across-asiapacific-2021<br />

3<br />

https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/<br />

sustainability/our-insights/climate-risk-andresponse-in-asia<br />

Under our latest agreement, Elopak and<br />

Nippon aim to drive the future of sustainable<br />

packaging in <strong>Asia</strong> under the themes of<br />

“pioneering the future together with trees"<br />

and "what can be done with paper." In Apr of<br />

last year, we expanded our cooperation, with<br />

Nippon being granted a license to introduce<br />

Elopak’s Pure-Pak line up to Oceania. This<br />

partnership is based in our companies’ shared<br />

sustainability goals, with both Elopak and<br />

Nippon serving as participants of the United<br />

Nations Global Compact and incorporating<br />

the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals<br />

into their overall corporate strategies.<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


18 BITING ISSUES<br />

TurtleTree debuts animal-free lactoferrin<br />

TurtleTree has debuted the world's first<br />

precision fermentation-produced<br />

lactoferrin — LF+ — a bioactive milk protein<br />

with functional benefits for immunity,<br />

iron regulation, and digestive health.<br />

Lactoferrin, otherwise known as "pink gold"<br />

because of its high value and iron-rich<br />

pink hue, is naturally found in cow's milk<br />

but the low concentrations and current<br />

resource-intensive extraction processes limit<br />

access for many people. To put the value<br />

of lactoferrin into context with other dairy<br />

proteins like whey, which costs approximately<br />

US$1 per kg, lactoferrin retails at between<br />

$700 to $1,500 per kg. These prices reflect<br />

the resources necessary to extract the<br />

highly-prized protein, with up to 10,000 litres<br />

of milk required to obtain just 1kg of purified<br />

lactoferrin.<br />

While lactoferrin is already used in<br />

supplements and infant formulas today,<br />

supply scarcity means that demand cannot<br />

be met for other fertile segments like sports<br />

nutrition, where the protein's iron-regulating<br />

benefits can improve physical performance,<br />

aiding endurance, fatigue resistance, muscle<br />

strength, and energetic efficiency. Accessing<br />

lactoferrin directly through off-the-shelf<br />

whole cow's milk can be a challenge, with<br />

pasteurisation removing up to 50% of the<br />

naturally occurring protein. Furthermore, for<br />

conscious consumers who make the switch<br />

to plant-based milk, where lactoferrin is not<br />

inherently present, maintaining intake of<br />

this important nutrient can be a struggle.<br />

Through the use of precision fermentation,<br />

TurtleTree removes high methane-emitting<br />

cows from the supply chain and delivers<br />

an abundant, sustainable, and affordable<br />

source of lactoferrin. With recent headlines<br />

criticising plant-based food makers for falling<br />

short of consumer expectations on product<br />

nutrition TurtleTree is demonstrating how<br />

precision fermentation-derived proteins<br />

can reduce the nutritional gap between<br />

conventional and plant-based products.<br />

After TurtleTree's commercial launch of<br />

LF+, which is anticipated for Q4 <strong>2023</strong>, the<br />

company sees a clear path to profitability on<br />

a per unit basis within six to 12 months. FBA<br />

DolCas Biotech and Clear Within team up for supplement<br />

DolCas Biotech and its concentrated<br />

turmeric extract, Curcugen, have been<br />

selected by nutritional supplement company,<br />

Clear Within, for its vegan nutricosmetic.<br />

Clear Within was seeking to upgrade<br />

and reformulate Clear Within, its product<br />

for clear skin from the inside out.<br />

Clear Within is designed for adults of all<br />

ages who want to take care of their skin<br />

without harming animals. Each bottle<br />

contains 60 veggie capsules, with vitamins<br />

and nutrients that have been widely tested<br />

and studied to help improve skin quality. The<br />

product is sold in health shops and online.<br />

Clear Within chose Curcugen for the reformulation<br />

of its supplement for a number of pivotal<br />

reasons.<br />

“Most profound was that Curcugen boosted<br />

the bioavailability of free curcumin in our<br />

formula 39-fold,” said Arrad Rahgoshay,<br />

founder and CEO of Clear Within. “Curcugen<br />

eliminated our need to include other nonactive<br />

ingredients in our formulation and<br />

freed up space in our capsules. We seized this<br />

opportunity to pack in more actives, such as<br />

detox botanical, milk thistle, and the mineral<br />

integral to skin and hormone support, zinc.”<br />

In vetting Curcugen, Clear Within discovered<br />

that Curcugen had been safety-vetted,<br />

evaluated in scientific study, peer reviewed<br />

and published. These qualifications stood<br />

out in contrast to other skin solutions, some<br />

of which caused side effects.<br />

As part of its nutrient-dense profile of the<br />

over 200 complementary compounds,<br />

Curcugen features an array of essential<br />

oils, including antimicrobial oils. The<br />

naturally occurring polar-type resins<br />

and polysaccharides also boost curcumin<br />

bioavailability.<br />

“DolCas customers appreciate that<br />

Curcugen is purely plant-based, non-<br />

GMO and free from additives, synthetic<br />

and non-turmeric bioenhancers, and soy<br />

for consumers with dietary sensitivities.<br />

These clean-label properties also appeal<br />

to people who make purchasing decisions<br />

based on products’ social and ethical<br />

impact," continued Jackson-Michel. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


BITING ISSUES<br />

19<br />

AI discovers plantsourced<br />

peptides<br />

with positive effects<br />

on muscle strength<br />

and recovery<br />

Nuritas’ PeptiStrong, a plant-sourced<br />

ingredient extracted from fava beans<br />

and containing specific cell-signaling<br />

peptides, with self-affirmed GRAS and<br />

Health Canada approval, has successfully<br />

undergone two clinical studies.<br />

The results of the first study, carried out<br />

by Maastricht University, showed that the<br />

ingredient unlocked from the fava bean<br />

performs better than traditional animal<br />

proteins — specifically milk protein — when<br />

it comes to muscle protein synthesis.<br />

Following immobilisation, PeptiStrong<br />

performed similarly to milk with regards to<br />

muscle mass loss and recovery, however,<br />

it outperformed milk protein and significantly<br />

improved the rate of muscle protein<br />

synthesis during recovery.<br />

A second clinical, published in Nutrients,<br />

now goes beyond those conclusions,<br />

demonstrating that PeptiStrong, whose<br />

action at the root cause of muscle health<br />

and muscle ageing, could benefit multiple<br />

industries and various profiles of consumers.<br />

The results demonstrate how the company<br />

has managed to deliver against consumer<br />

needs, with a cell-signaling peptide array,<br />

effective through human digestion, at a low<br />

dose (2.4g per day).<br />

The plant-sourced Nuritas peptides are<br />

ingredients that are more powerful than<br />

the plant itself, with multiple mechanisms<br />

of effectiveness.<br />

The peptides contained in PeptiStrong<br />

have been identified within fava bean<br />

using Nuritas’ AI platform and have been<br />

unlocked using their biotechnology.<br />

PeptiStrong has been rolled out to<br />

consumers via three new direct-toconsumer<br />

supplements launched in the<br />

last year: Anomaly by Glaxon, P6 by Cellucor,<br />

and most recently, Longevity, launched by<br />

HealthGevity with healthcare practitioners.<br />

The formulation in capsules and compressed<br />

tablets benefits from the resistance of<br />

the molecule. PeptiStrong has also been<br />

formulated in an electrolyte drink, gel shot<br />

textures, shake powder and shake drinks,<br />

cereal bars, and protein bars, along with<br />

standard and compressed capsules. FBA<br />

Norevo launches glazing agent for chocolate sweets<br />

Norevo has introduced Norevo Quick Gloss<br />

DF, a glazing agent for chocolate coated<br />

goods with stable gloss results, low dosage<br />

requirement, fast drying time, and suitable<br />

for soft chocolate and compound surfaces.<br />

Producing a glossy and attractive finish<br />

on chocolate coated goods has always<br />

been a challenging task for confectioners.<br />

Norevo Quick Gloss DF is a choice solution<br />

for achieving reliable and stable gloss<br />

results, even in difficult production<br />

conditions or for inexperienced producers<br />

The key feature of Quick Gloss DF is its low<br />

dosage requirement, making it a costeffective<br />

solution. Additionally, the faster<br />

drying time of Quick Gloss DF allows for more<br />

efficient production processes, resulting<br />

in higher productivity and profitability.<br />

Quick Gloss DF is also suitable for use on<br />

soft chocolate and compound surfaces,<br />

making it a versatile solution for a range<br />

of products. The product is particularly<br />

declaration-friendly, meeting the demand<br />

for natural ingredients and clean labelling.<br />

Suitable for difficult production conditions or inexperienced producers, the Quick Gloss DF by<br />

Norevo delivers a glossy and attractive finish for a range of chocolate products<br />

"We are excited to introduce Quick Gloss<br />

DF to the market," said Thomas Marten-<br />

Oltrogge, division manager of confectionery<br />

performers at Norevo. "This product is the<br />

result of years of research and development,<br />

and we are confident that it will be a<br />

game-changer for chocolate producers.<br />

With its reliable gloss results, low dosage,<br />

fast drying time, and declaration-friendly<br />

formulation, Quick Gloss DF is the perfect<br />

solution for anyone looking to improve the<br />

quality of their chocolate products." FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


20 BITING ISSUES<br />

Arla <strong>Food</strong>s Ingredients’ Peptigen IF-3080<br />

approved by EU for use in infant formula<br />

Peptigen IF-3080, one of Arla <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

Ingredients’ protein hydrolysates for infant<br />

formula, has received final EU approval.<br />

(EU) 2016/7 — the final step necessary<br />

for it to be used in infant and followon<br />

formulas sold across the EU.<br />

In Feb 2022, the EU introduced new<br />

regulations requiring evaluation of<br />

the safety and suitability of all protein<br />

hydrolysates used in formulas.<br />

Shortly afterwards, the European <strong>Food</strong> Safety<br />

Agency (EFSA) published an opinion that<br />

Peptigen IF-3080 was safe and suitable<br />

for use in formulas and follow-on formulas<br />

in the EU. It was one of only a few milk<br />

protein hydrolysates to achieve this status.<br />

Now, the product has been included in<br />

the Commission Delegated Regulation<br />

Anders Steen Jørgensen, head of Arla <strong>Food</strong>s<br />

Ingredients’ paediatric business unit, said:<br />

“It’s great news that Peptigen IF-3080 has<br />

completed its journey to market in the EU.<br />

Safety and quality are of course paramount<br />

in infant nutrition, and this decision reflects<br />

our absolute commitment to the highest<br />

possible standards. We believe it will benefit<br />

manufacturers developing innovative<br />

products, as well as increasing the choice of<br />

high-quality formula available to parents.”<br />

Arla <strong>Food</strong>s Ingredients is one of the world’s<br />

leaders in value-added whey solutions. The<br />

company delivers ingredients derived from<br />

whey, supporting the food industry with<br />

the development and efficient processing<br />

of more natural, functional and nutritious<br />

foods. The company serves global markets<br />

within early life nutrition, medical nutrition,<br />

sports nutrition, health foods and other<br />

foods and beverage products. FBA<br />

ChickP protein<br />

delivers dairy cheese<br />

analogue<br />

ChickP has created prototypes of<br />

chickpea-powered cream cheese and<br />

firm cheddar cheese. The new innovations<br />

match real dairy cheese in appearance,<br />

flavour, and are highly nutritious.<br />

ChickP’s formulations will be central in helping<br />

manufacturers fast-track customisation of<br />

plant-based cheese products that respond to<br />

consumer’s cravings for a cheesy experience.<br />

The new cheese applications join the<br />

company’s expanding line of plant-based<br />

alternative prototypes, including egg-free<br />

mayonnaise, ice-cream, and chickpeabased<br />

barista coffee creamer illustrating the<br />

functional versatility of ChickP’s ingredient.<br />

ChickP’s cream cheese formulation combines<br />

the isolate with a few simple ingredients,<br />

such as water, coconut oil, and starch. Its<br />

tangy cheese-like flavour is obtained via<br />

fermentation with lactic bacteria, just like the<br />

traditional milk-based process. As a cultured<br />

product, it contains probiotic benefits.<br />

ChickP also produced a chickpea-based firm<br />

cheese that delivers the bold, earthy flavour<br />

and chewy texture of cheddar cheese. It also<br />

is produced via fermentation to achieve depth<br />

of flavour, firmness and natural probiotic<br />

benefits. It works well on sandwiches, melts<br />

nicely on cheese toast and transforms into<br />

a cheesy sauce for creating an alfredo-style<br />

pasta or a vegan macaroni and cheese.<br />

The company currently is developing<br />

analogs of other popular cheeses, such<br />

as emmental, parmesan, and mozzarella.<br />

ChickP is cooperating with global<br />

alternative dairy producers and traditional<br />

dairy manufacturers segue into the<br />

alternative protein arena, helping them<br />

tailor signature cheese products. ChickP<br />

will provide them with raw materials,<br />

recipe, and technical expertise. FBA<br />

ChickP’s formula is based on its chickpea<br />

isolate. The isolate embodies a 90% whole<br />

protein composition and provides a nutritional<br />

boost to plant-based food applications. The<br />

isolate also is clean-label, with a neutral flavour,<br />

making it a versatile ingredient to work with.<br />

(Image: Nimrod Genisher)<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


BITING ISSUES<br />

21<br />

GELITA’s CONFIXX advances<br />

processes in fortified gummy<br />

production<br />

GELITA has launched a fast-setting gelatine. Branded CONFIXX, the<br />

new gelatine allows for the starch-free production of gummies with<br />

a sensorial profile that was previously attainable with a starch-based<br />

manufacturing process.<br />

By moving away from starch-based towards starchless manufacturing<br />

with CONFIXX, manufacturers can make considerable efficiency<br />

gains in the field of fortified gummies both in terms of cost and active<br />

ingredients. Eliminating the starch preparation and gummy drying<br />

steps reduces production time from two days to just a few hours and<br />

reduces the overall footprint of the process; Less space is needed and<br />

the quicker, more streamlined process is far less energy intensive.<br />

CONFIXX also enables GMP-compliant production of functional and<br />

fortified gummies and rules out the risk of cross-contamination<br />

through full separation of batches with different active ingredients.<br />

With CONFIXX, manufacturers have greater freedom to innovate too.<br />

The simplified process lends itself to production of small batches,<br />

with greater flexibility in terms of product changes and tighter<br />

control over ingredient dosing. This, coupled with the high tolerance<br />

of gelatine to formulation changes and the gentler treatment of<br />

ingredients, makes it easy to accommodate a broader range of<br />

active ingredients, including difficult to work with and heat-sensitive<br />

ingredients. And all this while delivering the chewy, jelly texture<br />

that consumers have come to expect from their gummies.<br />

The popularity of fortified gummies has exploded in recent years as<br />

consumers eschew conventional pill and capsule-based supplement<br />

formats in favour of soft and chewy “candyceuticals”. According to<br />

data from Innova Market Insights, gummy supplements accounted<br />

for 9.4% of global supplement launches in 2021 — an increase of<br />

70% since 2017, and between 2020 to 2021 alone, the number of<br />

gummy supplement launches globally rocketed by 81%. FBA<br />

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22<br />

INGREDIENTS<br />

Nutritional<br />

support for<br />

active women<br />

Active women today are interested<br />

in products that can support their<br />

lifestyle, giving them the strength and<br />

energy to tackle each day head-on.<br />

<strong>Food</strong>s, beverages, and supplements<br />

that contain bioactive ingredients can<br />

help them do just that.<br />

By Glanbia Nutritionals<br />

Today’s active woman consumer is mindful of<br />

her health. She understands the connection<br />

between being healthy and being able to lead<br />

the active lifestyle she wants. She wants<br />

to know she can balance work, home, friends,<br />

hobbies, and self-care, giving her best to<br />

whatever she takes on.<br />

Nutrition products in the market targeting<br />

active women include products in the weight<br />

loss category as well as the sports nutrition<br />

category, where women-focused products<br />

are limited. Between Jan 2018 and Apr 2022,<br />

only 0.5% of all new global sports nutrition<br />

product launches target women with a protein<br />

claim, while 1% of sports nutrition product<br />

launches in <strong>Asia</strong> target women*. Additionally,<br />

when looking at nutritional supplement<br />

drinks and healthcare launches only 6.6%<br />

are targeting women with a high protein<br />

claim*. Protein is associated with supporting<br />

strength as well as weight management.<br />

Women in <strong>Asia</strong> recognise the importance of<br />

health and wellness, and are expecting brands<br />

to meet their individual nutrition requirements.<br />

They do not think of themselves as athletes<br />

and prefer physical activities such as walking,<br />

running, yoga, and strength training. The<br />

health needs of these women are likely to<br />

focus on the things that keep her active:<br />

strength, endurance, energy, immunity, and<br />

a healthy weight.<br />

INGREDIENTS THAT BENEFIT<br />

ACTIVE WOMEN<br />

Active women consumers know the<br />

importance of eating healthy meals but may<br />

not always have the time to do it right. They<br />

also have an awareness that certain essential<br />

nutrients and bioactive ingredients can help<br />

them stay healthy and active, making products<br />

that contain them especially appealing.<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


INGREDIENTS 23<br />

The popularity of the keto diet for weight<br />

loss is also making MCTs (medium chain<br />

triglycerides) a go-to ingredient, from 0% of<br />

new product launches with keto indication<br />

in 2016 to 10% in 2020*.<br />

MCTS<br />

MCTs or medium-chain triglycerides are<br />

a category of fats found in coconut and<br />

palm kernel oil that are rapidly absorbed<br />

by the small intestine due to their small<br />

size. Unlike the long-chain fatty acids more<br />

commonly found in the diet, MCTs bypass<br />

the standard absorption process and are<br />

transported to the liver where they are<br />

converted to ketones. These ketones, in<br />

turn, act as a quick source of energy.<br />

The keto diet is a high-fat diet that takes<br />

advantage of this process to help transition<br />

the body into a state of ketosis. In ketosis,<br />

the body’s glycogen stores have been<br />

used up, and the body’s fat begins to be<br />

burned for energy*. Keto dieters report<br />

benefits such as weight loss, reduced food<br />

cravings, and even increased energy.<br />

IRON<br />

Iron is found in nutrition products targeting<br />

women. Women’s iron needs tend to be<br />

higher than men’s; plus, there is a high<br />

awareness of the link between iron deficiency<br />

and anemia, which can lead to low energy<br />

levels. Iron is also highly associated with<br />

immune system support by 70% of <strong>Asia</strong>n<br />

consumers*. Like iron, vitamin B12 is another<br />

nutrient that is essential for red blood cell<br />

production and preventing anemia.<br />

for example, making it essential to the<br />

function of all the body’s systems*.<br />

WHEY PROTEIN<br />

The recommended daily protein intake for<br />

women is 46g per day* and while all women<br />

need protein, active women have even greater<br />

demands. Whey protein is a fast absorbing,<br />

high-quality protein source, containing all nine<br />

essential amino acids the body needs*. Studies<br />

show that active women have demonstrated a<br />

marked increase in successful muscle protein<br />

synthesis when they consume protein-rich<br />

foods after exercise*. Whey protein supports<br />

muscle repair, rebuilding, and maintenance; it<br />

also prevents muscle soreness after exercising*.<br />

Protein is also essential for strong bones*.<br />

Weight management is another important use<br />

for protein. Products with whey protein can<br />

provide satiety and replace higher calorie<br />

and less filling products in the diet. Protein<br />

supplementation also helps maintain lean<br />

muscle mass*.<br />

BIOACTIVE INGREDIENTS FOR<br />

ACTIVE WOMEN<br />

FerriUp is a whey protein concentrate that<br />

naturally contains high levels of lactoferrin,<br />

vitamin B12 and provides 80% protein.<br />

It provides a nutrient foundation that<br />

supports iron modulation, energy levels<br />

and immune health in active women.<br />

The lactoferrin in FerriUp supports the<br />

utilisation and balance of iron in the body,<br />

without stomach upset*. FerriUp is also an<br />

source of vitamin B12 and delivers protein<br />

with all nine essential amino acids.<br />

Prolibra is a whey protein-derived ingredient<br />

that contains leucine, bioactive peptides, and<br />

milk calcium. It functions to increase fat loss<br />

while maintaining lean muscle for healthy body<br />

composition. Common weight loss ingredients<br />

do not take into account the ratio of fat to<br />

lean muscle lose. As lean muscle is more<br />

metabolically active than fat, the loss of lean<br />

muscle works against the body by reducing<br />

the number of calories one uses throughout<br />

the day. Prolibra prevents this discouraging<br />

scenario by increasing the amount of fat<br />

one loses while maintaining lean muscle*.<br />

KetoSure MCT is a coconut-based MCT-C8<br />

optimised with whey protein to support keto<br />

dieters. Not all MCTs are the same as they<br />

provide saturated medium chain fatty acids at<br />

different carbons. C8 is more readily absorbed<br />

by the liver, more rapidly oxidised, and three to<br />

nine times more ketogenic than C10 or C12*.<br />

Active women want to feel strong, energised,<br />

and healthy so they can stay active into the<br />

future. Brands can connect to these consumers<br />

by delivering the product benefits that are most<br />

important for these active lifestyles. FBA<br />

* References are available on request<br />

VITAMIN B12<br />

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin also<br />

required in the formation of red blood cells.<br />

As with iron, a vitamin B12 deficiency can<br />

cause symptoms related to low red blood<br />

cell count and insufficient oxygen such as<br />

fatigue and shortness of breath*. Since<br />

the body cannot synthesise it, vitamin B12<br />

must be obtained through the diet*.<br />

The impact of vitamin B12 on the body’s<br />

energy levels in itself makes it a key<br />

nutrient for active women. However, the<br />

roles of this vitamin are many. Vitamin<br />

B12 is involved in the transmission of<br />

nerve signals and the synthesis of DNA,<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


Taste and nutrition:<br />

Something old,<br />

something new<br />

By Agatha Wong<br />

There are many components which make a<br />

successful food and beverage product: from<br />

delicious taste to compelling texture, and<br />

attractive labels and ingredients; producers<br />

must first and foremost understand what<br />

consumers want to see on the shelves. Be it<br />

on-trend creations like matcha martinis or<br />

mainstream conceptions like sriracha flavoured<br />

snacks, staying abreast of current<br />

trends is a must for producers to remain on<br />

the competitive edge.<br />

Off The Reel, on the other hand, zooms in on<br />

the influence of social media on food and<br />

beverage trends. Extravagant creations<br />

dressed with abundant toppings, ingredients<br />

and sprinkles have garnered the attention<br />

of consumers as they look great on photos<br />

and carry a nostalgic factor. The COVID-19<br />

pandemic has made TikTok a pivotal platform<br />

in the industry, with its visual format serving as<br />

a creative outlet for new flavour pairings such<br />

as matcha martini.<br />

Kerry’s <strong>2023</strong> Taste and Nutrition charts have<br />

analysed the elements influencing food and<br />

beverage demand for the year ahead. This<br />

includes nutrition and ingredient insights on<br />

trending themes and claims, as well as health<br />

ingredients. Across the board, the report has<br />

identified four key trends that producers would<br />

do well to watch out for:<br />

Maximising Taste seizes upon advances in<br />

taste and texture technologies to deliver<br />

the same taste experiences and flavour<br />

intensities that consumers enjoy — if not more<br />

so. For example, according to Kerry APMEA,<br />

taste can be enhanced using ingredients<br />

like jaggery, and vanilla undertones.<br />

For Roots & Origins, Kerry APMEA explained<br />

that traditional practices, heirloom flavours,<br />

ingredients and recipes are experiencing a<br />

revival, with post-modern food coming full<br />

circle to authentic, wholesome experiences.<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific markets, where influence comes<br />

not just from the West but also sub-markets<br />

within these regions, are inspiring flavours<br />

globally.<br />

Last but not least, Joy in Simple Things pairs<br />

the fresh and the novel with familiar and<br />

comfort flavours which bring simple joy to<br />

consumers. According to a report by FMCG<br />

Gurus, 54% of APAC consumers say that<br />

traditional flavours most influence their food<br />

and drink choices.<br />

These trends are thus reflective and indicative<br />

of trends that have taken the industry by<br />

storm and will continue to leave its impact;<br />

from social media to the pandemic, food<br />

and beverage producers will benefit from<br />

understanding external factors that shape<br />

the food and beverage landscape. By boldly<br />

seeking out new flavours and exciting<br />

combinations, they will be able to offer<br />

innovative products that remain relevant<br />

and stand out on the supermarket shelf.<br />

A TREAT FOR THE SENSES<br />

Kerry’s Taste and Nutrition Chart is categorised<br />

by: Taste, including flavour recommendations<br />

across Sweet, Salty Snacks, Savoury, Hot &<br />

Dairy-based <strong>Beverage</strong>s, and Cold & Waterbased<br />

<strong>Beverage</strong>s; Nutrition, showcasing


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coconut, brown sugar, and nacho cheese.<br />

Sriracha is now applied also in snacks, ground<br />

meat, and vinegar.<br />

“The huge popularity of sriracha is an example<br />

of how a trend starts small and can become<br />

mainstream quickly. Similarly, across APAC,<br />

we see flavours like Speculoos, banoffee<br />

(banana and toffee) having the potential to<br />

become mainstream; these flavours started<br />

appearing a few years ago and we see<br />

them growing every year,” added Koshti.<br />

“Under the Ingredients chart, there’s a long<br />

list classified by purpose; ‘Multisensorial’,<br />

‘Functional’, ‘Alternative’ and ‘Ethnic’,” explained<br />

Koshti. “For a multisensory experience, you<br />

can add a dash of cinnamon to a smoothie to<br />

lift the flavour and transform its taste, even its<br />

smell and visual appeal. Then there’s lemon, a<br />

mainstream flavour in dairy and hot beverage.<br />

You can add ashwaganda (under Functional),<br />

which is known to support cognitive and heart<br />

health, to lemonade or lemon soda, making it a<br />

healthier beverage.”<br />

mainstream to emerging nutritional trends<br />

and claims; and ingredients, including<br />

emerging and long-standing ingredients.<br />

Within each of these, four segments charting<br />

the specific flavours over a period of the past<br />

one to five years are recorded. “Emerging”<br />

follows the top 20 fastest growing flavours of<br />

the past year, while “Up & Coming” records<br />

the 20 fastest growing flavours of the past<br />

three years. On the other hand, “Mainstream”<br />

and “Key” highlights the top 10 and next 15<br />

flavours of the past five years respectively.<br />

Harsch Koshti, Kerry APMEA taste expert, said:<br />

"The insights in our comprehensive taste and<br />

nutrition charts will help F&B brands fine-tune<br />

upcoming launches and craft delicious and<br />

nutritious food and beverages that deliver the<br />

flavours and ingredients consumers want. You<br />

can mix and match flavours and ingredients,<br />

and create products that are unusual or<br />

innovative to excite consumers. For example,<br />

sesame is an Up & Coming flavour under<br />

savoury and sweet. You can add it to a<br />

sweet treat like brownies for a savoury twist,<br />

while black sesame can be used as coatings<br />

for breads, chicken tenders and cakes.”<br />

For this year, Kerry dove specifically into<br />

sriracha and how demand for the Thai<br />

condiment has changed over time. Spanning<br />

over a period of fifteen years, Kerry studied<br />

the evolution of sriracha and its applications,<br />

with early use alongside jalapeno peppers,<br />

agave, and in prepared pasta, noodles and<br />

rice; to recent pairings with lemongrass,<br />

A WELL-ROUNDED PRODUCT<br />

When considering food and beverage<br />

innovation, it is important for manufacturers<br />

to not only concentrate on taste and flavour.<br />

As consumers grow more conscious about<br />

their health, producers should be equally<br />

aware and knowledgeable of functional<br />

ingredients that can give their products an<br />

added boost of wellness, allowing them to<br />

stand out on supermarket shelves. On that<br />

note, Kerry has included, for the first time,<br />

nutrition insights to this year’s Taste Charts.<br />

Koshti commented: "With the pandemic,<br />

consumers became more aware of, and<br />

proactive about, their health and wellbeing.<br />

The nutrition chart therefore highlights<br />

the nutritional claims and functional<br />

needs that will be prominent for <strong>2023</strong>.”<br />

As expected, immune health, probiotics<br />

and prebiotics are prominently featured<br />

across this segment as consumers are<br />

more concerned with personal wellness and<br />

fortifying their personal health as a result of<br />

the pandemic. Other areas of note include<br />

“No added sugar” as a top 10 mainstream<br />

nutrition theme and claim for the past five<br />

years, in light of surging figures of diabetes<br />

and obesity in South East <strong>Asia</strong>, alongside<br />

“Sugar free” as a key theme and claim for<br />

the past five years. Meanwhile, skin health<br />

and mood health have also emerged, no<br />

doubt due to a greater awareness of mental<br />

wellness and skincare, which have been a<br />

notable area of interest across social media.<br />

Yet, achieving taste and nutrition will not be<br />

possible without the use of helpful ingredients.<br />

To that, Kerry has also studied four different<br />

types of ingredient groups which producers<br />

can consider when developing a product.<br />

If anything, Kerry’s Taste and Nutrition Charts<br />

are a glimpse into the interconnectedness of<br />

the food and beverage industry, and how its<br />

trends fall parallel with macrotrends affecting<br />

the world at large. And in <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific, there<br />

is much that F&B manufacturers can do to<br />

tap into these insights and create delicious,<br />

nutritious products for the industry.<br />

According to Kerry, it continues to invest<br />

in a broad range of process technologies<br />

and expertise, including flavourists, sensory<br />

scientists, analytical chemists, application<br />

scientists and manufacturing specialists.<br />

A deep understanding of taste within the<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> region is key as the company invests in<br />

local insight into the emotions that influence<br />

taste preferences and trends. FBA


The world of e-sports:<br />

How nutrition is essential<br />

to staying in the game<br />

The specialised field of gaming and e-sports<br />

calls for a different set of nutritional<br />

requirements and supplementation.<br />

By Christian Philippsen, managing director of BENEO, <strong>Asia</strong> Pacific<br />

In the past, sports nutrition products were<br />

targeted at a niche group of athletes with<br />

specific dietary needs. In recent years however,<br />

consumers have been adopting healthier and<br />

more active lifestyles, leading to a boom of the<br />

sportification trend and widespread demand<br />

for sports nutrition products in the market.<br />

An additional key driver of this development is<br />

the rising popularity of e-sports. The pandemic<br />

has further intensified the number of gamers<br />

worldwide 1 , with the largest percentage of<br />

players located in the <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific region<br />

(roughly 54%, or 1.741 billion players) 2 . In 2022,<br />

the games market in this region was worth<br />

a whopping US$87.9bn 3 . With e-sports<br />

gaining traction worldwide, this also comes<br />

with a global audience, more competitions<br />

and higher prize money, leading to immense<br />

pressure for many professional e-athletes.<br />

THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STRAIN<br />

OF E-SPORTS<br />

One of the unique characteristics of<br />

e-sports is that transitions are often fluid,<br />

meaning a hobby gamer can very quickly<br />

become a professional. And, even gamers<br />

who have no ambitions of an e-sports<br />

career spend a lot of time in front of<br />

the computer and want to continuously<br />

improve their gaming performance.<br />

However, what many do not know is that<br />

the e-sports industry is known to have a<br />

comparatively short career span, with a<br />

majority of contenders retiring in their mid-<br />

20s — much earlier than traditional sports<br />

like basketball or football 4 . One reason for this<br />

is poor health. Within the world of e-sports,<br />

the eyes, back, and joints of gamers come<br />

under particular physical strain as a result<br />

of long periods of sitting, along with one-<br />

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sided movements of the shoulder-arm area.<br />

In addition, the brain is under constant<br />

intense pressure, as mental performance<br />

and endurance are crucial to success.<br />

With this in mind, there is an enormous<br />

opportunity for manufacturers to cater to both<br />

e-sports athletes and the wider target group<br />

of gamers by formulating sportified products<br />

that can help serve their nutritional needs.<br />

STAYING FOCUSED WITH<br />

FUNCTIONAL CARBOHYDRATES<br />

The problem with most popular sports<br />

nutrition drinks on the market today is that<br />

they traditionally contain high glycaemic<br />

carbohydrates like maltodextrin, glucose syrup<br />

and sucrose, and are designed to increase<br />

energy during exercise. Such carbohydrates<br />

release glucose into the bloodstream at a<br />

fast rate, which is suitable for those in need<br />

of instant energy for athletic training, such as<br />

sprinting. However, e-athletes do not rely on<br />

such instant energy boosts most of the time<br />

as they are not undergoing physical training.<br />

These high glycaemic food items will not<br />

deliver the sustained energy these gamers<br />

need to maintain concentration for a long<br />

period of time, and instead result in peaks<br />

and troughs in both blood glucose and<br />

insulin levels. This can cause fatigue and<br />

increase the risk of developing diseases<br />

in the long term. Instead, alternative<br />

carbohydrates like BENEO’s Palatinose can<br />

offer a balanced supply of glucose energy<br />

to help them stay focused. In addition,<br />

scientists have also found that products<br />

containing Palatinose can help enhance a<br />

person’s mood and memory skills 5 — two<br />

important factors when it comes to e-sports.<br />

A sample energy biscotti recipe:<br />

INGREDIENTS (% w/w)<br />

Derived from sugar beet, Palatinose is slowly,<br />

yet fully, digestible and low-glycaemic,<br />

providing full carbohydrate energy in a<br />

sustained way, while eliminating unwanted<br />

blood glucose spikes. This also offers benefits<br />

for casual fitness users who are keen to tone<br />

their bodies and reduce fat; in the e-sports<br />

context this might be particularly appealing<br />

for users of active video games that combine<br />

physical exercise with a gaming experience.<br />

Being low glycaemic and low insulinemic,<br />

Palatinose assists with burning fat more<br />

effectively within the energy metabolism.<br />

This increased fat burning rate is beneficial<br />

for the body composition of athletes and<br />

active consumers; it also means that when<br />

Palatinose is used in sports nutrition products,<br />

their body’s carbohydrate reserves can<br />

sustain them for longer. These physiological<br />

benefits make it the ideal functional<br />

ingredient for use not only in products<br />

aimed at endurance athletes but also for<br />

those targeted at casual fitness users.<br />

BEETING THE COMPETITION<br />

When it comes to taste and texture, the<br />

classic format for e-sports athletes are<br />

energy drinks, with 63% of gaming nutrition<br />

products being either powder, or ready-todrink<br />

energy beverages. Furthermore, 28%<br />

of gaming nutritional products come in the<br />

form of capsules, tablets, or gummies. Other<br />

applications include bars or meal replacement<br />

powders. With a variety of applications and<br />

formats available, there is great potential for<br />

new and exciting gaming nutrition products.<br />

This is where Palatinose can help. The<br />

carbohydrate enjoys a range of technical<br />

benefits and is ideal for use in various<br />

Test recipe<br />

applications such as beverages, baked<br />

goods and snacks. It comes with a mild<br />

sweetening profile, is soluble, and has very<br />

low hygroscopicity, which allows it to absorb<br />

virtually no moisture and remains stable under<br />

harsh processing conditions, giving it the<br />

advantage over other carbohydrates for use in<br />

sports applications. For example, e-athletes<br />

looking for a delicious snack to provide them<br />

with sustained energy, without blood sugar<br />

spikes, can enjoy a biscotti with Palatinose.<br />

This crispy twice-baked cookie, developed<br />

by the BENEO-Technology Centre, contains<br />

dried pistachio, cranberries and pumpkin<br />

seeds, giving it a pleasant sensation in the<br />

mouth. At the same time, it contains prebiotic<br />

chicory root fibre to support a healthy gut.<br />

As demand for sports nutrition products<br />

soars and e-sports continues to thrive, food<br />

manufacturers can jump on the opportunity<br />

by harnessing functional ingredients to<br />

meet the nutritional needs of professional<br />

and casual gamers and provide them with<br />

more tailored food items that help them<br />

get ahead of the competition. FBA<br />

REFERENCES<br />

1<br />

World Economic Forum (2020): How<br />

COVID-19 is taking gaming and esports to<br />

the next level (https://www.weforum.org/<br />

agenda/2020/05/covid-19-taking-gamingand-esports-next-level/)<br />

2<br />

NewZoo: Global Games Market Report <strong>2023</strong><br />

3<br />

NewZoo: Global Games Market Report <strong>2023</strong><br />

4<br />

Gregory Leporati: “Aching wrists, early<br />

retirement and the surprising physical toll of<br />

esports”. The Washington Post (Published on<br />

14 March 2022).<br />

5<br />

Young H, Benton D (2014) The glycemic<br />

load of meals, cognition and mood in middle<br />

and older aged adults with differences in<br />

glucose tolerance: A randomized trial. e-SPEN<br />

9(4):e147–e154. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.<br />

clnme.2014.04.003<br />

Wheat flour 38<br />

Egg 25<br />

Palatinose 15<br />

Dried pistachio, dried cranberries and dried pumpkin seed 12<br />

Sugar 5<br />

Orafti Inulin (chicory root fibre) 4<br />

Minor ingredients (eg, orange zest, baking powder, salt, vanilla flavour)<br />

q.s.<br />

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Good for planet and pocket:<br />

How to maintain sustainability<br />

momentum among costconscious<br />

APAC consumers<br />

By Els Zeeuwen, director of branding and communication at FrieslandCampina Ingredients<br />

Both health and sustainability are firmly at<br />

the top of consumers’ priorities in APAC. In<br />

the last couple of years, 80% of consumers<br />

in the region have said they are pursuing<br />

a more active lifestyle and 76% are making<br />

sacrifices for their long-term health*. In<br />

addition, 77% are also trying to do so in ways<br />

that are less harmful to the environment.<br />

However, as global inflation continues to<br />

rise, will sustainability remain a priority? Or<br />

will people prioritise price as they strive to<br />

maintain a healthy lifestyle during what it likely<br />

to be another difficult and uncertain year? For<br />

brands, these questions raise many unknowns<br />

in how best to deliver nutrition that is healthy<br />

and sustainable. By carefully positioning<br />

your nutrition product, and maintaining<br />

momentum in driving the global sustainability<br />

agenda may be the key. Here are four<br />

considerations for achieving that goal in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

BE COST-CONSCIOUS<br />

It may seem the obvious place to start, but<br />

it is essential. In the long run, consumers<br />

certainly want to prioritise their personal<br />

sustainability journeys, but in <strong>2023</strong>, they are<br />

also concerned about the price of nutrition.<br />

In APAC, analysis of online content showed<br />

that discussions around the cost of groceries<br />

grew by 178% in 2022 compared to 2021,<br />

with concerns about inflation, poverty, food<br />

shortages and supply issues all coming into<br />

play*. The price of a sustainable lifestyle<br />

is high, and is a huge barrier to adoption<br />

— over 50% of consumers have decided<br />

against taking a specific sustainable action<br />

because it is too expensive, and over 35%<br />

did not due to economic uncertainty*.<br />

So, what can brands do? By being clear on<br />

their product’s added value, brands can help<br />

people decide where their money is best spent<br />

to balance cost, health and sustainability.<br />

Start by ensuring you answer questions on<br />

your product’s environmental impact and<br />

how much of its price directly supports<br />

sustainability initiatives. Even better, if your<br />

sustainable product can help people reduce<br />

their personal spending, highlight this. For<br />

instance, 53% of consumers plan their meals<br />

more carefully to avoid waste*. Companies<br />

can also support consumers in this mission by<br />

prioritising shelf life in formulation. The right<br />

ingredients are essential here: for example,<br />

our Excellion TextPro has been designed to<br />

address the challenge of high protein bars<br />

hardening over time by improving long-term<br />

texture. The benefits are two-fold; less food<br />

waste is good for the planet, but also good<br />

for cost-conscious consumers who want to<br />

take advantage of bulk buying discounts.


PRIORITISE PEOPLE AND PLANET<br />

There has been a shift in sustainability among<br />

consumers’ personal priorities since 2021.<br />

For the first time ever, research showed<br />

that consumers were prioritising “health of<br />

the planet” over “health of people”*. This is<br />

especially poignant considering we are still<br />

emerging out of the biggest global health<br />

crisis in decades. But why is this so?<br />

With factors such as Gen Z coming of age<br />

and the threat of exceeding a 1.5°C global<br />

temperature, it seems that consumers<br />

recognise increasingly that planet and<br />

people are interlinked. To ensure the<br />

health of generations to come, we need<br />

the right tools and infrastructure, and for<br />

that, we need a healthy planet. That is<br />

probably why for the second year in a row,<br />

consumers have prioritised “health of the<br />

planet” over “health of the population”*.<br />

Nutrition is one area where consumers see<br />

themselves having the biggest impact — 50%<br />

of people have made changes to their diet<br />

to become more sustainable*. But they also<br />

know they cannot do it alone; two-thirds<br />

want the food industry to take the lead do<br />

more to protect the planet*. One thing is<br />

evident: there is an opportunity for brands<br />

to tap into both people and planet in their<br />

communications. Brands can showcase, for<br />

example, how a product has been developed<br />

with nutrition and sustainability as joint<br />

priorities to ensure long-term health benefits<br />

for future generations. Likewise, brands<br />

can highlight their product’s impact on<br />

the benefits brought to local communities.<br />

By linking your messaging on healthy<br />

nutrition more closely with your company’s<br />

sustainable action, brands can showcase<br />

how they are working to create impact<br />

for the current and future generations.<br />

BE CLEAR ON CLAIMS<br />

With the pressure on, it is tempting for food<br />

and nutrition products to simply add some<br />

on-pack sustainability messaging and<br />

hope for the best. However, greenwashing<br />

is a key consumer concern. With 84% of<br />

APAC consumers saying they have seen<br />

companies share “misleading” information<br />

about sustainable action*, these claims must<br />

be meaningful to resonate. To do this, brands<br />

should educate consumers in a way that is<br />

straightforward and easy to understand.<br />

One of the key barriers to adopting a more<br />

sustainable lifestyle is the fact that consumers<br />

feel ill-informed. Globally, 48% of consumers<br />

say they do not have enough information<br />

to make sustainable choices*. In APAC, this<br />

rises to 58% of consumers who say they feel<br />

that it is hard to tell which products are good<br />

or bad for the environment*. Using statistics<br />

and measured insights can provide clarity;<br />

for example, ditching terms like “green” or<br />

“nature-friendly” and including information<br />

about how your company protects natural<br />

ecosystems across the supply chain.<br />

To take it further, brands should push<br />

to provide industry-wide standardised<br />

measurements against sustainability claims.<br />

While not impossible, this is of course<br />

often difficult to agree upon and achieve<br />

with other industry players. To bridge that<br />

gap, brands can look at having their claims<br />

independently certified and measured.<br />

Take emissions claims for example. Having<br />

emissions claims verified by an independent<br />

third party is a reliable way of making them<br />

more meaningful to consumers, with 83% of<br />

global consumers saying they are more likely<br />

to trust a product’s sustainability claims if<br />

it has been substantiated by a third party*.<br />

This is a key factor in why FrieslandCampina<br />

Ingredients has partnered with ClimatePartner.<br />

This collaboration enables us to calculate<br />

our ingredients’ footprints, reduce emissions<br />

and offset what cannot be reduced through<br />

ClimatePartner’s certified initiatives, as well as<br />

communicate the impact to consumers using<br />

ClimatePartner’s label and tracking systems.<br />

It is understandable that many companies<br />

might be unsure about what actions to take<br />

on sustainability when consumer priorities<br />

could shift at any moment. But the appetite<br />

for sustainable nutrition solutions is there;<br />

research from 2022 shows that 90% of<br />

consumers in APAC are willing to pay more<br />

for sustainable products*. Consumers need<br />

companies to help them make sustainable<br />

choices. The brands that will win in the longterm<br />

are those that both understand what<br />

is most important for consumers today, and<br />

what will be important to them tomorrow. By<br />

balancing people and planet in our healthy<br />

nutrition solutions, our industry can create a<br />

more sustainable future that enables people<br />

to get the most out of life, always. FBA<br />

* References are available on request<br />

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Data for<br />

smarter farming<br />

practices<br />

A drone flying over a sugarcane field in<br />

Thailand to spray the exact amount of<br />

pesticide needed in precise areas<br />

In an increasingly vulnerable world, farmers can turn to smart<br />

solutions to safeguard their harvests and secure their livelihoods.<br />

By Chris Chen, head of digital transformation, Syngenta <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

The world’s food security is under threat.<br />

Exacerbated by the pandemic, climate change,<br />

and political and economic instability, many<br />

countries are facing food shortages and rising<br />

prices. The increased frequency of extreme<br />

weather events such as droughts, floods<br />

and heat waves are damaging crops and<br />

destroying harvests, causing significant impact<br />

on yields and financial losses for farmers.<br />

At a time like this, the importance of building<br />

resilient food systems cannot be overstated.<br />

This means creating systems that can<br />

withstand and adapt to the challenges of<br />

climate change, economic downturns, and<br />

other unexpected events. Systems that<br />

will not only improve food security but also<br />

support the livelihoods of smallholder farmers,<br />

enhance food sovereignty, and build a more<br />

sustainable and equitable food system.<br />

However, farming is a complex and<br />

challenging landscape. It involves a vast<br />

number of interdependent factors that<br />

farmers have no control over. Each day,<br />

farmers must consider the various factors<br />

that will affect their harvest and make<br />

important decisions that impact yields and<br />

ultimately their livelihoods. To me, our role as<br />

agribusinesses is clear — to create innovations<br />

that help farmers grow more with less.<br />

ACCELERATING TECH IN FARMING<br />

Amidst all the negativity and fear caused<br />

by the pandemic, there is a silver lining: the<br />

acceleration of technology. Before the<br />

pandemic, the agriculture sector was very<br />

much set in its traditional ways, and it was<br />

almost impossible to imagine that a farmer<br />

in India would consult an expert on a video<br />

call to make farming decisions. Yet, today,<br />

that is the reality.<br />

At Syngenta, we use data for two reasons:<br />

to help farmers make better decisions, and<br />

to develop innovations that work better<br />

for them. Across the globe, we are digitally<br />

connected to more than 200 million acres<br />

of land. This gives us access to a depth of<br />

information such as soil health, weather<br />

patterns and crop diseases. Using this data,<br />

we can predict and identify issues on a farm<br />

before they escalate and help farmers reduce<br />

the risk of crop failures, minimise the use of<br />

resources or the need for costly interventions.<br />

In <strong>Asia</strong>, we recently launched CROPWISE<br />

Grower, a mobile application for farmers to do<br />

exactly what I just described. Developed based<br />

on Syngenta’s digital product, CROPWISE,<br />

the app uses the power of data to protect crop<br />

yields with on-demand advice on agricultural<br />

best practices and crop protection solutions.<br />

Farmers can take a photo of their crop problem<br />

and, in real time, diagnose crop pests and<br />

diseases with 93% accuracy. The app will then<br />

analyse the image to identify the issue and<br />

provide a solution.<br />

The photos uploaded also play a big role in<br />

helping the farming community. They are<br />

geotagged so that the app can alert farmers<br />

with early warnings when pest and disease<br />

pressures are identified in their surrounding area.<br />

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Since the launch, the AI-powered app has<br />

since helped 500,000 farmers in countries<br />

such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia and<br />

Thailand to diagnose crop and pest issues.<br />

A SUGAR(CANE) RUSH<br />

Perhaps one of the most exciting developments<br />

in the use of data in farming is the advent<br />

of precision agriculture. Involving the use of<br />

technology to collect and analyse data on<br />

a field-by-field basis, precision agriculture<br />

helps farmers make more informed decisions<br />

about planting and crop management.<br />

Take the example of farmer Rattana Khongderm<br />

in Thailand. She is a second-generation farmer<br />

who uses a drone on her farm regularly. As<br />

part of a new partnership of ours, she was<br />

one of 20 farmers who learned drone control<br />

skills and maintenance. Sugarcane farming<br />

is backbreaking work and labour shortages<br />

compound the challenges that farmers like<br />

Rattana face in managing the farm.<br />

With a drone, farmers identify the exact<br />

location to spray pesticide and the exact<br />

amount needed as well. This level of<br />

precision and detail allows farmers to<br />

optimise their operations and achieve<br />

maximum yields with less.<br />

AIMING FOR THE STARS<br />

The truth is, we have barely scratched<br />

the surface when it comes to leveraging<br />

data for agricultural innovations. In<br />

fact, we do not have enough data and<br />

the industry is on a mission to gather<br />

as much information as possible. This<br />

unfortunately is not an overnight task.<br />

We have been working on bringing new<br />

innovation to growers for years, both<br />

internally and through partnerships across<br />

the industry. One such initiative that has<br />

been years in the making is our partnership<br />

with Mineral. Launched this year by<br />

Alphabet, the parent company of Google,<br />

Mineral is an agri-tech business focusing<br />

on retrieving scalable agricultural datasets<br />

that can further accelerate innovations.<br />

We are gathering data at scale so that we<br />

can action on them to develop innovative<br />

solutions for farmers. As a core partner<br />

customer of this initiative, I am excited and<br />

hopeful of what lies ahead for the industry.<br />

Something else Syngenta has been<br />

experimenting with is the possibility of<br />

restoring the productivity of farmland through<br />

regenerative agriculture, which includes the<br />

use of precision agriculture. As soil health<br />

deteriorates and farmland degrades, farmers<br />

naturally experience lower yields. With current<br />

climate challenges, it will not be long before<br />

farmers find themselves with farmland that is<br />

no longer viable and of economic value to them.<br />

While we are at the exploratory stages of this<br />

concept, our research is in conjunction with<br />

experts and members of academia — that<br />

it is indeed possible. It could take anywhere<br />

between five to 10 years to fully explore<br />

potential outcomes and requires patience<br />

and an investment of time. However, we are<br />

committed to understanding restoration<br />

practices that best work in different parts<br />

of the world so that we can continue to<br />

protect the land that is sacred to farmers.<br />

TIME FOR REVOLUTION<br />

The use of data can revolutionise the way<br />

farmers make decisions. The future of<br />

farming is poised to be heavily impacted<br />

by advancements in technology and data<br />

that drive sustainable agriculture practices.<br />

Farmers will increasingly seek out datadriven<br />

solutions for crop management.<br />

With that comes the issues related to<br />

equal access to these solutions for an<br />

equitable food system that serves all.<br />

With the help of key players in the<br />

agriculture sector, we should make the<br />

best use of technology to create a more<br />

sustainable and profitable future for<br />

farmers and the communities they live<br />

in, and in turn, build a more sustainable<br />

food system that feeds the world. FBA<br />

Chris Chen, head of digital transformation,<br />

Syngenta <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific (centre), demonstrated<br />

the CROPWISE Grower app in a rice farm in<br />

Indonesia to a farmer (left) and Syngenta field<br />

representative (right)<br />

A drone surveying a<br />

sugarcane field in Thailand


The future of alternative<br />

protein in <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

By Samah Garringer, business unit director, proteins of the future at DSM<br />

Flexitarianism — a movement in which<br />

consumers reduce, rather than eliminate<br />

the consumption of meat and animal<br />

protein — is increasingly common. A growing<br />

focus on nutrition and healthy eating has<br />

led to a notable 73% of global consumers<br />

making firm plans to eat and drink more<br />

healthily 1 , with reduced meat and dairy<br />

consumption becoming commonplace. In<br />

fact, approximately 25% of all age groups<br />

globally are starting to follow a more flexitarian<br />

diet 2 , creating opportunities and challenges<br />

alike for food producers worldwide.<br />

Nowhere are these opportunities and<br />

challenges more evident than in the <strong>Asia</strong>-<br />

Pacific region. Currently home to 4.3 billion<br />

people, this figure is projected to increase<br />

to 5.3 billion by 2050 3 . The challenge of<br />

feeding this increasing population is a<br />

significant one; while the region is home to<br />

60% of the world’s population, it contains<br />

just 20% of its agricultural land. There is<br />

a long history of consuming alternative<br />

proteins such as tempeh and tofu in<br />

the <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific region. However, recent<br />

concerns around the health, sustainability<br />

and environmental impact of ingredients<br />

such as soy has led to consumers seeking<br />

out new ways to fulfil their protein needs.<br />

A NEW FRONTIER FOR ALTERNATIVE<br />

PROTEINS<br />

As its population grows, so too does interest<br />

in and adoption of alternative proteins<br />

throughout <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific. The region is fast<br />

becoming a global centre for the research<br />

and development of alternative proteins,<br />

with Singapore in particular acting as<br />

an industry hub. This is partly due to the<br />

support of the Singaporean government,<br />

which was the first to approve the sale of<br />

lab-grown meat and which provides food<br />

tech research facilities and state-backed<br />

investment for alternative protein start-ups<br />

to innovate and develop new products 4 .<br />

However, such developments must happen<br />

quickly and at scale in order to be competitive.<br />

While there is willingness in the region to<br />

adopt new ways of eating, there is currently<br />

a lack of infrastructure in place to meet<br />

production demand and drive down the cost<br />

to consumers relative to animal proteins 5 .<br />

With a vast and increasing future market to<br />

be served, it is clear that food manufacturers<br />

must innovate in order to find new ways to<br />

reach <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific’s increasingly sophisticated<br />

consumers. Alternative protein is a key part of<br />

this strategy, with plant-based manufacturers<br />

diversifying their portfolios with new<br />

products that cater to a global audience.<br />

BALANCING HEALTH AND NUTRITION,<br />

AND TASTE AND TEXTURE<br />

Plant protein is already synonymous with<br />

healthy eating throughout the region, with<br />

consumers looking to dietary solutions to<br />

specific health concerns such as immune<br />

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function or digestive health. However,<br />

alongside environmental concerns and<br />

affordability, the move towards alternative<br />

proteins must also be balanced against<br />

its ability to meet <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific consumers’<br />

requirements for nutritionally complete,<br />

allergen-free foods. People are better<br />

educated than ever before about nutrition,<br />

which means that on-pack ingredient lists<br />

are increasingly under close scrutiny. This<br />

is highlighting concerns around a lack of<br />

the typical nutrients associated with meat<br />

and fish, such as high levels of good quality<br />

protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron.<br />

Alternative proteins must also deliver an<br />

authentic and appealing experience that<br />

accounts for consumers’ evolving taste and<br />

texture preferences. Meat alternatives are<br />

expected to have the distinctive umami and<br />

Maillard flavors often associated with grilled or<br />

fried products, with a juicy, firm and succulent<br />

mouthfeel. Meanwhile, fish alternatives must<br />

also achieve recognisable flaky, light white<br />

fish or dark, oily fish textures and flavours in<br />

order to be palatable and widely consumed.<br />

ENHANCING ALTERNATIVE PROTEINS<br />

The food manufacturing industry is responding<br />

to these complex and increasing consumer<br />

demands in a proactive and innovative way.<br />

At DSM, we have spent the past decade<br />

developing our “next-generation” of plant<br />

proteins that prioritise taste, texture and health.<br />

Vertis CanolaPRO, a rapeseed-derived<br />

protein isolate is a nutritious, functional and<br />

sustainable plant protein. Using the crushed<br />

canola seeds that are a by-product of<br />

rapeseed oil production — one of the world’s<br />

leading sources of vegetable oil — DSM’s<br />

patented process extracts the protein<br />

that was previously unsuitable for human<br />

consumption. By valorising an existing sidestream,<br />

no additional arable land is needed<br />

to make this protein and there is minimal<br />

waste, closing the loop on canola production<br />

and resulting in a low carbon footprint.<br />

Building on the Vertis portfolio, DSM also<br />

launched Vertis textured pea canola protein<br />

— a patented blend of pea proteins and<br />

Vertis CanolaPRO protein isolate. Launched<br />

in Dec 2022, the textured vegetable<br />

protein is free from major allergens, like<br />

soy, while also containing the necessary<br />

levels of all nine essential amino acids<br />

to be considered a complete protein.<br />

Due to its texture, Vertis textured pea canola<br />

protein can create meat or fish analogues<br />

that taste and feel like the animal proteins by<br />

delivering a firm, springy bite and appealing<br />

mouthfeel, along with savoury background<br />

notes that blend well with other flavours.<br />

This versatility is supported by its available<br />

formats: a minced variety that is suitable for<br />

use in Bolognese sauce, tacos and lasagna;<br />

and a shredded variety that is ideal for<br />

meatballs and burgers. This also includes<br />

“plant-forward” options such as bean burgers,<br />

which benefit from an enhanced texture.<br />

FUTURE FOCUS<br />

With consumers continuing to develop their<br />

awareness of food and how it impacts both<br />

health and environment, the demand for<br />

protein alternatives will inevitably continue<br />

to rise. However, in a world where there<br />

are more choices than ever before, food<br />

manufacturers must be innovative and<br />

agile to stay ahead of market demand.<br />

By prioritising allergen-free, nutritionally<br />

complete foods that offer both flavour<br />

and texture, manufacturers can meet the<br />

evolving needs of their target audience.<br />

Meanwhile, investing in sustainable<br />

solutions demonstrates that producers<br />

share consumers’ ecological concerns and<br />

are working hard to deliver quality products<br />

that also minimise environmental impact.<br />

Manufacturers must build on these essential<br />

foundations to capture an increased market<br />

share and make a positive difference<br />

to consumers and the planet. FBA<br />

REFERENCE<br />

1<br />

FMCG Gurus, 2022 [for DSM info, taken<br />

from this page https://www.dsm.com/<br />

food-beverage/en_US/insights/insights/<br />

consumer-insights/health-consciousconsumers-are-looking-to-enjoy-it-all.html]<br />

2<br />

FMCG GURUS: Plant-Based Attitudes<br />

& Behaviors: How Do They Differ Across<br />

Consumer Segments 2021<br />

3<br />

Our World in Data https://ourworldindata.<br />

org/region-population-2100<br />

4<br />

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/<strong>Food</strong>-<br />

<strong>Beverage</strong>/ASEAN-countries-poised-toexperience-alternative-protein-boom<br />

5<br />

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/<strong>Food</strong>-<br />

<strong>Beverage</strong>/ASEAN-countries-poised-toexperience-alternative-protein-boom


34 ON THE TABLE<br />

How inflation<br />

creates<br />

innovative<br />

opportunities<br />

While food inflation has indeed compelled many<br />

producers to make tough decisions, there is no<br />

better time to create novel products for consumers<br />

tightening their wallets. <strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> <strong>Asia</strong><br />

speaks with Michelle Lee, regional marketing<br />

leader of Greater <strong>Asia</strong> at IFF to understand how<br />

innovation can generate rewarding results for both<br />

producers and consumers.<br />

To begin with, can you share with<br />

us how food prices have changed in<br />

the past year? More crucially, which<br />

sectors in the food and beverage<br />

industry (eg, grain, dairy) have been<br />

most severely affected by inflation?<br />

Michelle Lee: <strong>Food</strong> inflation is elevated across<br />

the globe, while emerging markets historically<br />

face higher inflation than advanced markets<br />

due to higher economic growth, exchange<br />

rates, and food cost shares of household<br />

budgets. For example, pricing of high-value<br />

dairy proteins has been at a historic high 1 .<br />

Since 2018, the cost of dairy protein has more<br />

than doubled, increasing production costs for<br />

food manufacturers.<br />

What are some ways for food producers<br />

themselves to stay ahead and above<br />

of volatile changes in food prices? In<br />

particular, how should producers toe<br />

the delicate line between maintaining<br />

profit and ensuring reasonable<br />

quality and prices for consumers?<br />

Lee: Trend driven and sustainable innovation<br />

are important cornerstones to industry<br />

transformation. To stay ahead of the curve<br />

and to keep pace with revolving consumer<br />

needs. Panoptic, IFF’s trend-driven<br />

innovation capability, for example, is a tool<br />

that we developed to guide customers on<br />

their product and taste design process.<br />

Through the Panoptic framework, we work<br />

with external trend and foresight partners,<br />

enlist advanced analytics, and tap our own<br />

experts and proprietary research. This allows<br />

us to innovate and make strategic decisions<br />

confidently and creatively through a shared<br />

understanding of the most influential<br />

people-centric trends re-shaping the world.<br />

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35<br />

How might turning to the plant-based<br />

industry make a business case for<br />

producers in these tough times? How do<br />

plant-based products compensate<br />

for the shortcomings of the food and<br />

beverage industry?<br />

Lee: The global food system today is<br />

responsible for about a third of global<br />

greenhouse gas emissions. Plant-based<br />

eating and alternative proteins are on the rise.<br />

More consumers are limiting consumption<br />

of animal agriculture-derived products, and<br />

this dynamic segment of food and nutrition<br />

drives continuing innovation 2 . Home to<br />

60% of the global population, <strong>Asia</strong> presents<br />

immense opportunities for plant-based<br />

foods to complement traditional protein<br />

sources. The <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific plant-based food<br />

and beverage market is projected to grow<br />

at a CAGR of 9.45% from 2021-2028 3 .<br />

With consumers becoming more health and<br />

environmentally conscious of their food<br />

choices and with rapid population growth,<br />

plant-based foods can play a role in fulfilling<br />

future nutritional needs and a change in the<br />

global food systems.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> manufacturers and retailers have the<br />

power to rethink food design and the<br />

ingredients used to create products that are<br />

better for people and our planet. As one of the<br />

leaders in plant-based, we pursue technological<br />

breakthroughs that will surface new plantbased<br />

applications, novel tastes, and texture.<br />

IFF has recently unveiled an innovation<br />

centre in Singapore. On that vein, how<br />

will continuous innovation support<br />

producers as they navigate rising<br />

food prices? Furthermore, in the<br />

context of plant-based foods, how is<br />

IFF equipped to support producers<br />

with developing these products?<br />

Lee: Scalable, consumer-driven innovation<br />

and speed to market enable F&B<br />

manufacturers navigate the challenges of<br />

today’s operating landscape. The new<br />

Singapore Innovation Centre is our largest<br />

innovation centre in Greater <strong>Asia</strong>, supporting<br />

our customers with capabilities such as:<br />

test and validate a production technology<br />

before actual commercialisation.<br />

• A high-moisture extrusion equipment<br />

for plant-based meat alternatives<br />

• Culinary design kitchen that emulates<br />

a real-world professional setting for hot<br />

food preparation, taking concepts from<br />

ideation to the table.<br />

It is also important for food producers<br />

to have deep insights into what the<br />

consumers really want, while exploring<br />

new possibilities for innovative products.<br />

Using research techniques including IFF’s<br />

methods, our product experience team<br />

works closely with the marketing team and<br />

our customers, and guides the creative and<br />

design team in product design process.<br />

How will food inflation continue to<br />

leave its mark in the years ahead?<br />

Lee: We see consumer behaviour as<br />

well as the way F&B businesses operate<br />

fundamentally evolve in the years ahead.<br />

Consumers on their part will rethink lifestyles<br />

and diets. Many will calibrate discretionary<br />

spending and prioritise essentials such as<br />

food. Whilst they will become more value<br />

conscious, the shift towards affordable<br />

healthier, more nutritious, and sustainable<br />

foods will be a central focus and priority. In<br />

addition, consumers will also look for more<br />

affordable alternatives that could replace<br />

cooking ingredients. These may very well drive<br />

a key change in consumption behaviours<br />

when it comes to food and nutrition.<br />

What advice do you have for food<br />

producers looking to develop or<br />

transition into plant-based products in<br />

the next few years, given the current<br />

situation in the food industry?<br />

Lee: The adoption of plant-based products<br />

has grown exponentially, but the potential of<br />

this category remains largely untapped. The<br />

industry can do more to improve the taste,<br />

texture, nutritional profile, and sustainability.<br />

Those looking to compete in the plantbased<br />

space should look beyond imitating<br />

traditional meat, and at new alternative<br />

protein applications. In a recent consumer<br />

survey conducted by IFF, 70% of consumers<br />

are moving past imitations and familiar<br />

food formats in plant-based foods. Therein<br />

lies the opportunity to conceptualise a<br />

new generation of foods that meet today<br />

and tomorrow’s global protein needs.<br />

As one of the pioneers of plant-based<br />

products, and ingredients partner to many<br />

alternative protein players, we’ve always<br />

believed in reimaging protein and supporting<br />

the shift to more plant-based diets by creating<br />

options for every meal, every day. FBA<br />

REFERENCES<br />

1<br />

Blimling & Associates, Dairy Protein<br />

Market Update, June 2022<br />

2<br />

Euromonitor, June 2021<br />

3<br />

https://inkwoodresearch.com/reports/asiapacific-plant-based-food-and-beveragemarket/<br />

• One of the largest dairy and beverage pilot<br />

plants in SEA of different capacities that<br />

enable small scale production runs, to<br />

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36 ON THE TABLE<br />

“A renewed focus” for the<br />

beverage industry<br />

There is no better time for beverage<br />

producers to take the reins with a new focus<br />

on effecting change. Agatha Wong speaks<br />

with Keisuke Inakagi, chief marketing and<br />

innovation officer, Suntory <strong>Beverage</strong> & <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Asia</strong> Pacific, to understand what producers<br />

can do to spur transformation in this sector.<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific presents tantalising opportunities<br />

for the beverages industry in the year<br />

ahead, with Mordor Intelligence projecting a<br />

CAGR of 5.8% by 2027 for the non-alcoholic<br />

beverages market, and 5.22% for the alcoholic<br />

beverage segment. A significant portion<br />

of the industry is the functional beverage<br />

market, which is set to experience an<br />

annual growth of 7.5% over the same period,<br />

indicating growing consumer awareness<br />

regarding health and immune wellness.<br />

Keisuke Inakagi, chief marketing and innovation<br />

officer, Suntory <strong>Beverage</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> Pacific,<br />

remarked: “2022 saw significant shifts in<br />

consumer spending and preferences with<br />

a renewed focus on healthier dietary habits<br />

and reduced sugar intake brought about by<br />

the pandemic. We can expect these trends to<br />

continue in <strong>2023</strong>, especially as more markets<br />

find their footing in the post-COVID era.”<br />

Against the backdrop of the new postpandemic<br />

world are also regulatory changes<br />

sweeping the regional landscape in light of<br />

climbing rates of obesity and diabetes, with<br />

countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines,<br />

Thailand, and more recently Indonesia adopting<br />

sugar taxes on sweetened food and beverages.<br />

Conjunctively, Singapore rolled out, effective<br />

30 Dec 2022, the Nutri-Grade labelling system<br />

for beverages sold locally in pre-packaged form<br />

to raise awareness regarding healthier eating<br />

(and drinking) amidst high sugar intake. Taken<br />

together, these measures will spur consumer<br />

demand for healthier and functional beverages<br />

comprised of natural or plant-based products,<br />

including real fruit extracts, in lieu of sugar.<br />

Inakagi commented: “These changes reflect<br />

a change in consumer demand, signifying<br />

a greater need for food and beverage<br />

manufacturers to double down R&D efforts<br />

to develop new product portfolios that not<br />

only appeal to health-conscious audience<br />

segment, but also encourage others to<br />

integrate these healthier alternatives into their<br />

diets. Most crucially, manufacturers would do<br />

well to strike a balance between products that<br />

prioritise well-being and health with flavour<br />

profiles that still appeal to the masses.”<br />

A NEW CREED<br />

In today’s socio-economic landscape, food<br />

and beverage producers are no longer<br />

merely responsible for manufacturing and<br />

product development. With social media<br />

bridging the gap between consumers<br />

and producers, there is a strong impetus<br />

for the latter to be more attuned with the<br />

former’s taste and preferences. Companies<br />

big and small have hence embarked on<br />

painstaking survey and research initiatives<br />

designed to discover consumer needs, using<br />

them in turn to churn out detailed reports<br />

covering trends not only for the upcoming<br />

year, but five, 10 years into the future.<br />

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37<br />

These reports are the first step to staying<br />

ahead of the game. As micro trends come and<br />

go with the passing of the seasons, brands<br />

that remain intuitively connected with their<br />

audience will benefit from understanding<br />

what they want most. Inakagi echoed these<br />

sentiments, saying:<br />

“Staying abreast of consumers’ needs,<br />

wants, and demands is a crucial first step to<br />

building long-term brand equity and loyalty.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> & beverage manufacturers must<br />

make it a standard practice to consistently<br />

collect and review insights from their target<br />

audiences to get a deeper look into what<br />

they want and if their priorities — whether<br />

price or health benefits — have shifted.”<br />

He continued: “At SBFAP, consumers are at<br />

the heart of product innovation. We have<br />

made it a priority to understand their lifestyles,<br />

motivation, and aspirations by meeting them<br />

where they live, work and play. We want to<br />

continue to bring value to consumers at every<br />

life stage. These consumers priorities, when<br />

reflected in the products on shelves or<br />

communicated otherwise, will help them<br />

attach greater value to what they deem as a<br />

worthy investment. We want to continue to<br />

bring value to consumers at every phase of life.”<br />

TEAMWORK MAKES THE GREEN WORK<br />

Another item on the agenda as beverage<br />

producers move into the post-pandemic<br />

world is an emphasis on sustainability.<br />

Waste reduction, improved recyclability, and<br />

enhanced circularity are all focal points that<br />

manufacturers are casting their attention to.<br />

Measures which tackle these goals can come<br />

in the form of using tethered caps to reduce<br />

plastic pollution and help recycling efforts;<br />

making the switch from PET bottles to recycled<br />

PET materials; and even removing disposables<br />

such as plastic straws from carton drinks.<br />

Some beverage companies have begun<br />

enacting these changes: Yakult Singapore, for<br />

one, ceased providing straws for its probiotic<br />

milk drinks since end-Dec 2018. Meanwhile,<br />

companies like Danone have launched<br />

label-free recycled evian water bottles for the<br />

country. These efforts reflect the evolving role<br />

of beverage manufacturers in the industry;<br />

more than simply providing clean-label<br />

and healthier options, they must also lend<br />

a hand in the global sustainability effort.<br />

On that front, beverage companies are not<br />

alone in their journey; collaboration with<br />

biotechnology companies and recycling<br />

firms can go a long way in helping producers<br />

attain their sustainability target. As an<br />

example, Suntory has worked with French<br />

green biotech company, Carbios, in order to<br />

explore enzymatic PET recycling technology.<br />

“Here, we are experimenting with groundbreaking<br />

technology to break down any<br />

kind of PET plastic – regardless of colour<br />

or complexity – into its building blocks that<br />

can be converted into almost new, virginquality<br />

plastic, and achieve full circularity<br />

for our beverage packaging,” shared Inakagi.<br />

Beyond diving into possible avenues for<br />

enhanced circularity, Suntory has also worked<br />

closely with manufacturing, technology<br />

and government partners to integrate lowcarbon<br />

innovations in their ecosystem.<br />

“From partnering with the OceanConservancy<br />

for a beach clean-up in Can Gio, Vietnam, which<br />

cleared nearly one ton of waste, to working<br />

closely with teachers to bring the Mizuiku<br />

Teachers Guide to life to spread nationwide<br />

awareness about water conservation, SBFAP<br />

continues to pave new collaborations to<br />

drive positive and sustainable impact in local<br />

communities,” said Inakagi.<br />

A multi-stakeholder approach will ultimately<br />

form the backbone in tackling some of the most<br />

longstanding environmental challenges, he went<br />

on to add. It is therefore vital for the beverage<br />

industry to continuing working closely with<br />

other sectors, from food manufacturers to nonprofit<br />

organisations and education institutes,<br />

to raise awareness about issues like recycling,<br />

waste management, and water conservation.<br />

“Every player across the F&B ecosystem and<br />

supply chain has a part to play in building a<br />

more sustainable future for generations to<br />

come and we hope that such partnerships<br />

will continue to thrive to bring the world closer<br />

to achieving our collective green targets.”<br />

Indeed, as the industry evolves to welcome<br />

this post-pandemic, consumer-centric era,<br />

beverage producers can lend a hand in<br />

shaping the future of the vast global food<br />

and beverage network through their product<br />

offerings and packaging innovations. By<br />

taking on the commitment to generating<br />

wellness for both consumers and the<br />

environment, this sector is sure to play a<br />

significant role in the coming years. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


Palm oil: A sustainable<br />

work in progress<br />

The reputation of the palm oil industry is a long troubled one: its<br />

versatility and effectiveness is matched by its associations with<br />

deforestation and human rights violations. Have key industry players<br />

done enough in the past two decades to salvage its reputation?<br />

By Agatha Wong<br />

In the world of food and beverage<br />

manufacturing, there is perhaps no ingredient<br />

which has drawn greater controversy than<br />

palm oil. Used across a variety of finished<br />

products from chocolate to potato crisps,<br />

peanut butter to pizza dough, palm oil has<br />

been linked to a slew of global issues across<br />

the environmental and social spectrum.<br />

Deforestation, biodiversity loss, and human<br />

rights violations are only some of the impacts<br />

that the most widely produced, consumed,<br />

and traded vegetable oil has caused. In a<br />

2021 survey conducted by Nestle, 17% of<br />

millennial shoppers (aged 24-40) tend to<br />

avoid purchasing products containing palm<br />

oil, 20% indicated that they would check<br />

if products contained the ingredient; and<br />

45% responded that they tend to avoid<br />

products with unsustainable palm oil.<br />

The implications of this consensus is thus<br />

clear: despite being the highest-yielding<br />

vegetable crop, and the most versatile, there<br />

is much that palm oil producers need to do<br />

to salvage the reputation of the ingredient.<br />

And in response to a wider call for action,<br />

the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil<br />

(RSPO) has been applying itself to enacting<br />

sustainable and ethical change in the industry<br />

since its founding in 2004. Its eponymous<br />

RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO)<br />

sets the environmental and social directive<br />

for participating companies, minimising the<br />

negative impacts of palm oil production on the<br />

local environment, wildlife, and communities.<br />

“RSPO was created specifically in response<br />

to the negative consequences of palm oil<br />

production in the early 2000s. In many ways,<br />

the scrutiny which the industry has come under<br />

is the reason we’ve come so far,” said Dr Inke<br />

van der Sluijs, director of market transformation<br />

at RSPO. “RSPO and its members have<br />

continuously pushed the industry to improve<br />

its environmental and social track records.<br />

Sustainability is now embedded into the global<br />

supply chain because RSPO has defined what<br />

sustainability is — production with respect to the<br />

environment via diversity and human rights.”<br />

A LEAP OF IMPROVEMENT<br />

In 2022, the non-profit organisation has<br />

released its annual RSPO Impact Report on<br />

their latest findings of the palm oil industry. It<br />

revealed key milestones to the organisation's<br />

work over the past two decades, such as the<br />

increase of global certified area from 125,000<br />

hectares in three countries in 2008 to 4.5<br />

million hectares spread across 21 countries,<br />

of which 301,020 hectares (roughly 30 times<br />

the size of Paris) have been conserved and<br />

protected through RSPO certification.<br />

“The report shows remarkable progress across<br />

the board,” commented Dr Van der Sluijs.<br />

With approximately 14.5 million hectares of<br />

land being RSPO-certified, the global volume<br />

of RSPO-certified palm oil stands at 14.6<br />

million tonnes, or 19% of the global palm oil<br />

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volume. This means that demand for RSPOcertified<br />

sustainable palm oil is increasing.<br />

“When we talk about the use of RSPO-certified<br />

materials by downstream members, we see<br />

that trademarked licenses have increased to<br />

almost 1,700 over the past period, covering over<br />

a hundred countries and territories. We’re also<br />

proud to see tangible efforts by our producer<br />

members to improve human rights and foster<br />

gender equality. When we look at the gender<br />

data, we see that women represent 12% and<br />

24% of management and administrative roles<br />

respectively in certified mills and estates. To<br />

protect workers, more than 90% of estates and<br />

mills have introduced formal internal grievance<br />

systems — that is, of course, important to<br />

protect the human rights of workers in the<br />

palm oil sector,” added Dr Van der Sluijs.<br />

THE HEART OF PALM OIL<br />

In South East <strong>Asia</strong>, palm oil represents a wealth<br />

of economic opportunities, with Malaysia<br />

and Indonesia as the region’s foremost<br />

producers of palm oil. In fact, of the 14.6 million<br />

tonnes of palm oil produced in 2021, 87%<br />

came from <strong>Asia</strong>. <strong>Asia</strong> represents the frontier<br />

in the sustainable production of palm oil,<br />

along with opportunities for communities to<br />

transform livelihoods and uplift themselves.<br />

“It is important to note that the palm oil sector<br />

supports the economies of these palm oilproducing<br />

communities through direct jobs,<br />

and certified-sustainable palm oil represents<br />

a resilient economic driver for the region,”<br />

said Dr Van der Sluijs. “Therefore, we need to<br />

bring in more producers and ensure that they<br />

produce palm oil sustainably — not just for<br />

large plantation owners, but also smallholders.”<br />

In a bid to encourage sustainability, both<br />

Malaysia and Indonesia have mandatory<br />

government schemes for all producers:<br />

the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)<br />

standards for the former; and the Indonesia<br />

Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification for<br />

the latter. According to Dr Van der Sluijs,<br />

these are vital for setting the baseline in<br />

sustainability in these countries. To that<br />

end, RSPO delivers an added value to these<br />

standards, bringing certified, sustainable<br />

palm oil to end-buyers in other countries<br />

such as Europe and North America,<br />

which are mature markets with additional<br />

requirements for sustainable palm oil.<br />

The emphasis on meeting the standards<br />

for mature markets is important here, as<br />

Europe, the US, and the UK have all recently<br />

developed legislation that ensures its<br />

commodities are not linked to deforestation<br />

or human rights violations. It is therefore<br />

important for palm oil producers situated<br />

outside of these territories to align their<br />

practices with these new guidelines, so as to<br />

ensure that they are not pushed out of the<br />

market. Specifically, producing countries and<br />

smallholders will need additional resources to<br />

meet the demands of importing countries.<br />

Dr Van der Sluijs shared: “RSPO has different<br />

ways to bring in these smallholders, and one<br />

initiative in particular is the organisation’s<br />

community outreach programme: we have<br />

launched workshops in Sabah, Sarawak<br />

and peninsular Malaysia; and we have a<br />

similar programme in Indonesia with local<br />

stakeholders to ensure that communities<br />

and workers understand the production<br />

and benefits of sustainable palm oil. There<br />

are different mechanism and tools for<br />

independent smallholders: the Independent<br />

Smallholders Standard, which is a step-wise<br />

approach to certification; the other is the RSPO<br />

Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) that supports<br />

smallholders in their certification programme.”<br />

With the support of organisations such as<br />

RSPO, smallholders all over <strong>Asia</strong> will be able to<br />

have access to and grow in the global market.<br />

In qualifying for the criteria set by the EU, US,<br />

and the UK, they will also garner credibility<br />

among Millennial and Gen Z consumers, who<br />

“prefer brands with purpose”, according to<br />

Dr Van der Sluijs. There is thus a business<br />

opportunity for palm oil producers in <strong>Asia</strong> to<br />

attract consumers by addressing issues that<br />

they care about. At the same time, gaining the<br />

internationally-recognised RSPO trademark<br />

also boosts the sustainability network in the<br />

long term.<br />

Dr Van der Sluijs concluded: “We are entering<br />

a complex space because governments seek<br />

to create sustainability through mandatory<br />

sustainability requirements, and it is therefore<br />

vital that all stakeholders are able to keep<br />

up with newer regulations. Sustainability<br />

can only be achieved if all different actors<br />

collaborate closely together.” FBA<br />

Dr Van<br />

der Sluijs<br />

shares her<br />

insight on<br />

the industry<br />

thus far<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


40 ON THE TABLE<br />

AlterPacks<br />

breathes new<br />

life into waste<br />

Excessive food and<br />

packaging waste<br />

are two of the most<br />

pressing issues faced<br />

in South East <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

With mounting heaps<br />

of trash disposed<br />

and rarely recycled, what can producers do to<br />

ensure a more circular system?<br />

By Agatha Wong<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong> continues to grapple with<br />

the tsunami of food waste that its people<br />

produces: Indonesia, for one, disposed roughly<br />

23-48 million tonnes of food waste annually<br />

from 2000 to 2019, while in Singapore,<br />

817,000 tonnes of food waste was collected.<br />

Bangkok, on the other hand, throws away<br />

almost 5000 tonnes of food per day.<br />

These massive numbers are, however,<br />

mismatched against the percentage of waste<br />

recycled. Only 19% of the waste collected in<br />

Singapore is recycled; and Thailand clocks<br />

in at 2%. The situation at hand is thus clear:<br />

consumers are creating more waste than<br />

they are able to recycle.<br />

More than that, with food comes packaging:<br />

Styrofoam boxes, plastic bottles and<br />

straws — these, too, enter the waste stream,<br />

with some polluting rivers and seas. In the<br />

Philippines alone, 79% of its branded plastic<br />

residual waste comes from packaging; in<br />

Indonesia, that number stands at 65%.<br />

Taken together, these colossal figures can<br />

be intimidating for food and packaging<br />

manufacturers who are tasked alongside<br />

lawmakers to manage the amount of<br />

waste discarded. However, sustainabilitydriven<br />

companies, such as AlterPacks,<br />

have found ways to turn the situation<br />

around by transforming discarded food<br />

ingredients into food packaging solutions,<br />

promoting a circular economy.<br />

“The genesis of AlterPacks lies in garbage,”<br />

explained Karen Cheah, founder and CEO of<br />

the Singapore-based material technology<br />

start-up. “In my travels, I witnessed whole<br />

communities choking under the weight of their<br />

waste, made up of plastic containers and food<br />

waste. Hence, the mission of Alterpacks was<br />

to use what was being thrown out to create<br />

food containers that would be a replacement to<br />

plastic disposables. The vision of our company<br />

is to throw out this throw-away culture that has<br />

become ubiquitous with plastics in packaging.”<br />

MORE THAN WASTE<br />

At the heart of AlterPacks’ technology are<br />

spent grains, an extracted residue of barley<br />

malt from the manufacturing of wort. These<br />

grains are typically disposed of in landfills,<br />

or used as compost or animal feed. By<br />

tapping into spent grains, especially in a<br />

region where agrarian-based enterprises<br />

are particularly prolific, AlterPacks has<br />

breathed new life into these by-products.<br />

“There were three key factors that determined<br />

our choice of material — the largest factor<br />

being first, the problem we’re trying to solve and<br />

that was a replacement to plastic packaging<br />

with what was being disposed; second, the<br />

technology and the properties of the raw<br />

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material; and last, the availability of raw<br />

material,” shared Cheah.<br />

Currently, AlterPacks offers an array of<br />

packaging solutions across different<br />

applications, from double-decked containers<br />

with lids and inner trays, to bento boxes, and<br />

even cutlery. According to the company’s<br />

website, the containers have received US FDA<br />

and Singapore <strong>Food</strong> Agency (SFA) certification<br />

for food producers. In addition, as Cheah<br />

emphasised, the containers are as light and<br />

sturdy as their plastic counterparts; they are<br />

also able to hold soups and oily foods without<br />

leaks, and they can be placed in freezers and<br />

microwaves. These features thus enable food<br />

producers to transition completely from their<br />

current plastic packaging to sustainable ones.<br />

MORE THAN EXPECTED<br />

So far, AlterPacks has piloted its products with<br />

Pizza 4P’s in Vietnam, where the company<br />

provided a specially designed container<br />

conceptualised for the brand and its 26<br />

restaurants scattered across the country. It also<br />

had the opportunity to premiere its containers<br />

at the Motor GP event in Indonesia after<br />

working on a nine-month feasibility study with<br />

the United Nations Development Programme,<br />

as part of the End Plastic Pollution Innovation<br />

Challenge (EPPIC) to understand and tackle<br />

plastic pollution in the Mandalika area of<br />

Lombok, Indonesia. According to AlterPacks’<br />

website, the team continues to collaborate<br />

with the community and representatives<br />

from the region to discover solutions using<br />

agricultural waste to replace plastic containers.<br />

More than that, the pilots also allowed the<br />

team to understand the importance of<br />

packaging design — not only did they have to<br />

consider the material used for the packaging,<br />

they also needed to incorporate the<br />

customer’s required designs for their brands.<br />

A point of interest, noted by Cheah, was<br />

the scrutiny that sustainable packaging<br />

are subject to: heat tests, freeze blasts,<br />

international certification: “That same level<br />

of probing and expectation appeared to be<br />

missing from the existing plastic packaging<br />

that was being used. It showed us that<br />

clients wanted to change out from plastics,<br />

but the alternative had to be much more<br />

outstanding before they could move away<br />

from their much cheaper plastic options.”<br />

MORE THAN CONTAINERS<br />

Recently, AlterPacks closed its first round<br />

of pre-seed funding led by Plug and Play<br />

APAC and SEEDS Capitali, raising $1m.<br />

Also participating in the round were Earth<br />

Venture Capital and angel investor Alice<br />

Foo. The raised funding will go towards<br />

commercialising efforts for their products,<br />

increasing production and supply across<br />

markets in <strong>Asia</strong>, Australia, and Europe.<br />

This will be vital in meeting demand<br />

for sustainable packaging and giving<br />

producers in the sector access to greener<br />

solutions that meet consumer demands.<br />

More than that, scaling production can<br />

provide greater price parity with plastic<br />

packaging, thereby reducing any reluctance<br />

manufacturers might have regarding cost.<br />

Likewise, AlterPacks is also setting their<br />

sights on the greater sustainability agenda.<br />

According to Cheah, the company is creating<br />

bio-pellets made from the same spent grains<br />

to replace petroleum-based resins that may<br />

be used in standard manufacturing machines<br />

creating containers. They are also looking at<br />

expanding their range of agricultural waste<br />

resources, which will go into developing more<br />

products, and expand into a larger objective:<br />

“Our long-term goal is to provide other forms<br />

of material created from disposed waste as<br />

a raw material that other companies can use<br />

to form their own packaging and products.<br />

Being part of the Singapore Management<br />

University’s Institute of Innovation and<br />

Entrepreneurship, Business Innovations<br />

Generator community also helps with<br />

exposure to local and regional start-ups,<br />

as well as collaboration opportunities.”<br />

To that end, AlterPacks is committed<br />

to delivering not just solutions for the<br />

community, in terms of reducing waste<br />

and promoting circularity, but also creating<br />

a larger impact for the environment. By<br />

expanding their product line and searching<br />

new ways to redirect food waste streams<br />

into raw materials, the team will be sure<br />

to leave their mark on the packaging<br />

sector, both regionally and beyond. FBA<br />

These forays into commercialising their<br />

products and reaching out to the community<br />

have provided AlterPacks with the experience<br />

and understanding needed on consumer<br />

response to sustainable packaging. Indeed,<br />

when asked on the reception to their products,<br />

Cheah noted that the first response to<br />

AlterPacks’ packaging is typically surprise:<br />

“Due to pre-conceived notions of what a product<br />

made from disposed grains should look like, most<br />

are pleasantly surprised when they receive the<br />

Alterpacks containers, which look and feel unlike<br />

what they expect; this is especially so when they<br />

start testing the products, pushing them in<br />

extreme temperatures and conditions, and<br />

using the containers.”<br />

Karen Cheah, founder and CEO of AlterPacks<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


Arla achieves energy savings<br />

in water supply systems<br />

Arla <strong>Food</strong>s has started its journey towards its 2050 target of carbon net<br />

zero emissions. To achieve this, Grundfos is supporting Arla <strong>Food</strong>s in its<br />

mission to reduce carbon emissions in its operations by 63% by 2030.<br />

Arla <strong>Food</strong>s has embarked on a journey towards<br />

their 2050 target of carbon net zero emissions.<br />

The first step, however, is achieving efficiency<br />

targets of lowering carbon emissions by 63%<br />

at 60 dairies worldwide by 2030. Grundfos<br />

has become an essential part of these plans.<br />

Recently, Grundfos supplied and installed<br />

new intelligent pumps at the Arla Westbury<br />

dairy in the United Kingdom. Based on<br />

proven and validated energy measurements,<br />

Grundfos helped the site achieve savings<br />

to the tune of 481,800kWh of energy and<br />

194 tons of CO2 per year for their ice and<br />

chilled water systems, with a return on<br />

investment (ROI) of less than two years.<br />

“Our Westbury facility has proven to be a<br />

great place to start with the drive towards<br />

our 2030 efficiency targets, which is part<br />

of implementing our global sustainability<br />

agenda. Here, the documented successes<br />

leading to substantial reductions in energy<br />

use, emissions and costs, and improved<br />

operation can be used at new sites,”<br />

explained Mia Bredal, director, supply<br />

chain sustainability PMO at Arla <strong>Food</strong>s.<br />

THE SITUATION<br />

Arla employs 250 people at the Westbury<br />

site. Typical production figures per year<br />

are 45,000 tonnes of skim milk powder and<br />

up to 80,000 tonnes of butter under the<br />

Anchor and Arla brands. Arla’s Westbury site<br />

has pumps installed for chilled and iced<br />

water applications, process water feed and<br />

steam boiler feed. Towards the end of 2020,<br />

Westbury contacted Grundfos to optimise<br />

their chilled and ice water applications.<br />

THE GRUNDFOS SOLUTION<br />

Grundfos performed energy assessments<br />

to find the actual energy consumption in<br />

the system, which involved the placing of<br />

sensors in the system to get real data from<br />

the existing setup.<br />

The result was a detailed report that showed<br />

how optimisation and downsizing of the<br />

existing system would generate energy<br />

savings and process improvements through<br />

better control and operational modes.<br />

“I think the fact that the report was based on<br />

actual measurements is also a real positive for<br />

us, because it was an illustration of the way<br />

Grundfos went about the survey. It was done<br />

properly and was a real positive!” said George<br />

Nicholls, project manager at Arla <strong>Food</strong>s.<br />

Documented energy and cost savings<br />

• CO2 saved per year: 194 tons*<br />

• Energy savings: 481,800kWh per year<br />

• OPEX savings: €55,817 per year* ROI<br />

of less than two years<br />

* These figures are calculated according<br />

to Arla Westbury’s actual kWh price<br />

(£0.10) and country CO2 rates<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


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43<br />

THE OUTCOME<br />

For the chilled water system, three new NB<br />

80-200 37kW pumps (including frequency<br />

converters); and for the ice water system,<br />

three new TPE 200-70 7.5W pumps (with<br />

built-in frequency converters) were installed<br />

and running within a 12-hour window.<br />

“Grundfos clearly understood the nature of<br />

our business and the need for our continuity<br />

of running. They took the time to come and<br />

find out the preparation work required. So, work<br />

proceeded with the minimal impact onsite. For<br />

us, it was good to see as a first experience<br />

of working with them,” said Nicholls.<br />

PARTNERSHIP<br />

Arla <strong>Food</strong>s is bringing together a global<br />

sustainability strategy with their supply<br />

chain management, to implement their<br />

2030 efficiency targets and journey<br />

towards their 2050 target of carbon<br />

net zero emissions and improved water<br />

efficiency for better water management.<br />

The onsite sustainability programs now<br />

ramping up at 60 sites globally, for example<br />

at Arla Westbury, are therefore not about<br />

simply swapping pumps; they are about<br />

creating a programme to find energy<br />

optimisation measures and meet the 2030<br />

efficiency targets of saving 63% of carbon<br />

emissions.<br />

“Arla and Grundfos have a true partnership, as<br />

the energy assessments are a collaboration<br />

between Arla’s onsite professionals and<br />

Grundfos' technicians and specialists. Other<br />

facilities will soon meet Grundfos for the<br />

first time when they turn up for the energy<br />

assessment process. Grundfos helps with<br />

tools and systems to ensure that the process<br />

is replicable, and the data comparable,”<br />

concluded Bredal. FBA<br />

Operation and production benefits<br />

• Cost, sustainability and<br />

engineering benefits<br />

• Plant room is easier to maintain,<br />

improving work environment<br />

• Fewer stock items to service<br />

the pumps, saving costs for<br />

maintenance and materials<br />

onsite<br />

Products and services supplied<br />

• Energy Check Advanced<br />

• Three NB 80-200 37kW pumps<br />

including frequency converters<br />

• Three TPE 200-70 7.5kW pumps<br />

with built-in frequency converters<br />

• Turnkey end-to-end system<br />

including installation, piping and<br />

commissioning<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


44 PROCESSING AND PACKAGING<br />

Visualisation, monitoring<br />

and management of<br />

confectionery plant utilities<br />

Mitsubishi Electric’s portfolio of energy<br />

saving and measurement units have<br />

helped a Japan-based confectioner<br />

reduce their utility costs.<br />

After introducing Mitsubishi Electric's energy<br />

saving data collection server EcoWebServerIII,<br />

Famiel Confectionery has implemented energy<br />

management and demand monitoring at its<br />

head factory. In addition to allowing Famiel to<br />

lower the contracted power supply level, the<br />

expansion of energy saving activities through<br />

real time visualisation of electricity, gas, and<br />

water consumption led to a reduction of the<br />

overall utility costs of about 10 million yen over<br />

five years.<br />

Founded in 1976 as a commercial frozen cake<br />

manufacturer based in Yokohama, Japan,<br />

Famiel Confectionery manufactures and sells<br />

cakes and other western confectionery. In<br />

addition to cakes sold under its own brand,<br />

the company makes a variety of frozen<br />

cakes at its factory and sells them to hotels<br />

and restaurants nationwide. In 2017, the<br />

company moved to Yokosuka, a city within<br />

the same Kanagawa prefecture, where the<br />

current headquarter factory is located and<br />

became the hub of its business expansion.<br />

“The three ovens in our factory account for<br />

about a quarter of the overall electricity we use.<br />

Power consumption reaches its peak when<br />

these ovens are all turned on, and our contract<br />

power is determined based on this peak,”<br />

said Hideyuki Moriya, general manager of the<br />

production department. Therefore, since 2015,<br />

the company has been working on visualising<br />

power consumption by installing Mitsubishi<br />

Electric's EcoMonitor energy measurement<br />

units on ovens and other key equipment.<br />

Famiel Confectionery sells a variety of cakes to hotels and restaurants nationwide in Japan<br />

“When we visualised our energy consumption, electricity used for air conditioning, as well as<br />

I was able to understand a lot of things. It was the water and gas the factory consumed.<br />

not only about how much electricity the ovens<br />

were using, but I also learned that the machine Explaining this decision, Moriya shared: “In<br />

we use to wrap the cake in film did not use addition to the cost needed to reinstall the<br />

as much electricity as I originally thought it system from the old factory, we had to invest<br />

would. When such data was made available nearly twice as much to upgrade the system.<br />

to the factory floor, it attracted the interest of I was, however, quite confident that we<br />

our workers and made them think about how would be able to get a return on investment<br />

they could save more energy,” said Moriya. (ROI) since we had already saved more<br />

than we spent for our initial investment.”<br />

Therefore, when Famiel moved their factory<br />

to the current location in 2017, they not only The energy demand monitoring system for<br />

reinstalled the visualisation system, but the new factory visualises how much energy<br />

also expanded the number of items they each item or air conditioner consumes. The key<br />

measured the energy use on. They also<br />

feature of this system is that it issues alerts in<br />

utilised EcoWebServerIII, an energy saving three stages according to the level of demand<br />

data collection server, and introduced energy to avoid total consumption from exceeding the<br />

demand monitoring and management<br />

contracted power level. If an alert is issued at<br />

throughout the factory.<br />

the third stage, which means demand is nearing<br />

the limit, their staff on site will turn off some<br />

ROI CONFIDENCE<br />

machines to keep the demand within the limit.<br />

In the new factory, Famiel has more than<br />

doubled the number of machines they<br />

Furthermore, to automatically control the air<br />

monitored, and they decided to measure the conditioning system based on the energy<br />

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demand, Famiel has linked the air conditioning<br />

system to the energy demand monitoring<br />

system via Mitsubishi Electric's integrated air<br />

conditioning management interface AE-200J.<br />

In addition to efficiently controlling the<br />

energy demand at the new factory, Famiel<br />

Confectionery is also promoting activities to<br />

reduce demand over the long term with their<br />

main focus being the ovens. At the factory,<br />

electricity demand spikes when the three<br />

ovens are turned on at the start of work in the<br />

morning. The ovens continue to run after that,<br />

but once they are warmed up, they use less<br />

power for continuous operation. The key point<br />

in lowering demand was to suppress the peak<br />

in demand right after the start of the ovens.<br />

The contract power level is determined<br />

based on the demand measured within each<br />

30-minute period, so if Famiel wanted to<br />

lower the contract power, they had to make<br />

sure power consumption did not concentrate<br />

in one of these periods. Therefore, Famiel<br />

Confectionery has changed the sequence in<br />

which they turn on the three ovens. Instead of<br />

turning them on all at once, they decided to<br />

turn on the second oven 30 minutes after the<br />

first, and the third oven 30 minutes after that.<br />

“After we start heating the first oven, it takes<br />

about 30 minutes to reach the required<br />

temperature. The change in the baking<br />

process therefore had a great impact on the<br />

preceding and succeeding processes so we<br />

had to adjust each process, including how<br />

we prepare the cake dough. However, the<br />

significant fact was the total daily working<br />

hours did not change,” explained Moriya.<br />

By optimising the processes based on<br />

data from the demand monitoring system,<br />

it was possible to balance the demand<br />

and reduce the contract power without<br />

affecting work hours or product quality.<br />

FURTHER ENERGY SAVINGS ACHIEVED<br />

By deciding to also visualise water and gas<br />

consumption data at the new factory, Famiel<br />

Confectionery could further reduce costs.<br />

Moriya explained: “For example, in a device<br />

that sterilises equipment with boiling water,<br />

the water is always kept at a boiling state.<br />

However, in reality, the time we need for<br />

sterilisation is limited, so it is not necessary<br />

to keep the water boiling all the time. If<br />

we efficiently control the device so that<br />

water is boiled in time for the sterilisation<br />

process, then it will lead to saving energy.<br />

By visualising the real-time consumption<br />

of water and gas, we were able to identify<br />

where there was room for improvement.”<br />

Monitoring each energy consumption point<br />

and its associated demand led to energysaving<br />

activities that has produced concrete<br />

results. For example, electricity consumption<br />

was reduced by 6.3% year-on-year in fiscal<br />

year 2021 compared to fiscal year 2017 when<br />

the company relocated their factory. Along<br />

with this, demand decreased by 3.7% and<br />

the unit cost of the electricity was reduced<br />

due to the reduction of contracted power.<br />

In addition, the effects from visualising<br />

gas and water consumption were large,<br />

with reductions in volume by 38.4% and<br />

25.1% respectively during the same period.<br />

As a result of these efforts, overall costs<br />

reduced by nearly 10 million yen over the<br />

five year period, far exceeding the cost that<br />

was invested for the monitoring system.<br />

Moriya concluded: “Currently, I am the only<br />

one who can set alerts as the administrator,<br />

but going forward, if our supervisors can<br />

also take on this role, I believe we can get<br />

additional energy saving benefits, even<br />

when I am away.” FBA<br />

The EcoWebServerIII (left) and EcoMonitorPlus (right) were installed for demand monitoring<br />

The operation of each machine is controlled based on data from the<br />

energy demand monitoring system<br />

This screen for monitoring the real-time electricity demand efficiently<br />

controls power consumption in the factory to avoid exceeding the<br />

contract demand level<br />

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46 PROCESSING AND PACKAGING<br />

Fully sustainable in every way<br />

<strong>Food</strong> companies are facing many challenges due<br />

to fluctuating raw material prices, changing<br />

regulations and demanding consumers. One of<br />

their major hurdles is achieving sustainability<br />

goals, while acting in an economically and<br />

ecologically viable way.<br />

Plastic has long been considered the packaging<br />

material of choice across most industries. These<br />

times are slowly but steadily coming to an<br />

end. Several in the EU, for example, are aiming<br />

for a reduction in plastic, each with a different<br />

strategy. For one, France is aiming to reduce<br />

single-use consumer packaging to nil by 2040.<br />

The phased plan includes various plastic-based<br />

products, from disposable cups to register<br />

receipts*.<br />

France is not alone in this endeavour, however;<br />

countries such as Belgium and Spain are<br />

following suit* and even going beyond the EU<br />

regulations, which state all plastic packaging<br />

on the European market must be recyclable or<br />

reusable by 2030*. <strong>Food</strong> producing companies<br />

across Europe must therefore invest in<br />

innovative technologies that protect people<br />

and the environment,<br />

while still maintaining competitiveness across<br />

different industries.<br />

A WORLD WITH LESS PLASTIC<br />

In 2020, the EU saw the introduction of the<br />

“plastics tax”. It included a levy of €0.80 per<br />

kg of non-recycled plastic packaging waste<br />

generated in each respective member states.<br />

Germany alone had to pay €1.3bn in tax<br />

money to the EU in 2021 due to this*. The<br />

current German government wants to hold<br />

manufacturers and distributors of plastic<br />

packaging more accountable. According to<br />

its coalition agreement, these companies<br />

are intended to pay the EU plastics tax in<br />

the long term*.<br />

Regulatory pressure has turned the food<br />

industry towards alternative packaging<br />

solutions, with paper as the new packaging<br />

material of choice. In the public perception,<br />

paper is seen as more environmentally-friendly.<br />

Unlike plastic, it also decomposes faster and is<br />

easy to recycle. However, while paper accounts<br />

for a considerable share of the overall packaging<br />

solution, especially with liquid or viscous foods,<br />

it is not the only material used. Current paper<br />

packaging solutions are composite materials,<br />

since they need a plastic barrier for tightness<br />

and product protection.<br />

As an alternative to paper-based packaging,<br />

innovative solutions made of mono-materials<br />

are available to food companies: films, cups,<br />

and blanks made of polyethylene (PE) or<br />

polypropylene (PP) offer the same protection<br />

as classic composite materials – with the<br />

advantage of significantly higher recyclability.<br />

ECOLOGY MEETS ECONOMY<br />

<strong>Food</strong> producers have plenty of options to<br />

ensure an ecological production that complies<br />

with regulations. The challenge consists of<br />

aligning complex legal requirements with<br />

the demands of their own products – and<br />

doing so ecologically and economically. This<br />

affects both their own interests as well as<br />

their consumers’; besides food quality and<br />

innovative recipes, ecological packaging<br />

solutions and manufacturing processes<br />

influence purchasing decisions significantly*.<br />

Producers must therefore be flexible in their<br />

choice of packaging formats and materials.<br />

Packaging solutions made of monomaterials<br />

or polypropylene offer<br />

alternatives to composite plastics<br />

According to Ilona Junker, project manager<br />

of sustainable solutions at Syntegon, food<br />

manufacturers must consider the packaging<br />

needs of each product to achieve this balance.<br />

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Ecological and quality aspects play an equally<br />

important role, especially in the food industry<br />

where hygienic considerations are decisive.<br />

Dairy and delicatessen products such as<br />

yoghurt, sour cream, spreads, deli salads, dips,<br />

and sauces often require continuous cooling.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> brands usually fill these products under<br />

clean or ultra-clean conditions. The strict<br />

hygiene requirements for filling drinkable and<br />

baby foods, on the other hand, demand aseptic<br />

processing with even higher sterilisation rates.<br />

This retains the products’ shelf life for a long<br />

time even without refrigeration or additional<br />

additives and prevents product loss.<br />

Flexible and efficient solutions are in high<br />

demand among food producers and<br />

technology providers alike. Their equipment<br />

should take ecological and economical<br />

aspects into account and reconcile social<br />

needs and product protection. To this effect,<br />

the equipment must be able to process<br />

different products and packaging materials<br />

safely and operate in an energy-efficient<br />

way. But what exactly does that mean?<br />

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVES<br />

Consider the processing of liquid foods:<br />

different hygiene classes have different<br />

effects on energy consumption during<br />

production and storage. The storage of food<br />

produced under clean conditions requires<br />

more energy than aseptic production, which<br />

does away with cold chains. Cups or other<br />

packaging are not pre-sterilised during clean<br />

manufacturing. As a result, packaged foods<br />

have a shorter shelf life and require continuous<br />

cooling. With aseptic and ultra-clean filling,<br />

on the other hand, packaged products can<br />

be stored without additional refrigeration<br />

due to the previous packaging sterilisation.<br />

Syntegon offers manufacturers the required<br />

flexibility to process products according to<br />

their respective quality and sustainability<br />

goals — while pre-sterilisation may make be<br />

feasible for company A, company B may opt<br />

for clean filling due to product characteristics<br />

or budget constraints, such as products with<br />

a short shelf life in its portfolio. The ideal<br />

solution must be determined case by case.<br />

“Each package or product has an individual<br />

carbon footprint. Knowing this in advance can<br />

help companies find the right machine and<br />

The possibility to fill liquid and viscous foods in different hygiene classes gives manufacturers<br />

the necessary entrepreneurial flexibility<br />

manage their own sustainability measures in emphasised. With various retrofit options,<br />

a more targeted manner,” Junker explained. existing machines can also be adapted to<br />

meet the changing standards of sustainable<br />

In line with its holistic approach, Syntegon and quality-oriented production.<br />

offers its customers consulting services. The<br />

calculation method developed by Syntegon Manufacturing companies remain flexible in<br />

covers parameters such as electricity,<br />

their choice of packaging materials. Depending<br />

compressed air, media, and packaging<br />

on market and legal needs, modular systems<br />

materials. Moreover, the flexible methodology can be used to process paper, PP or PET monomaterials.<br />

These options help companies<br />

examines both packaging and processing<br />

equipment by linking the parameters to respond to current trends in a product-specific<br />

the respective carbon emissions. This way, way without having to commit to a specific<br />

Syntegon’s calculation can determine<br />

solution from the outset. As a result, they<br />

resource consumption for each customer. remain competitive in the current production<br />

environment.<br />

FLEXIBILITY THROUGH MODULARITY<br />

<strong>Food</strong> producers also benefit from modern In addition to its CO2 analysis, Syntegon<br />

equipment that can be expanded to enable also offers legal advice. What regulations<br />

future-proof production. Modular systems will the food industry face across the globe?<br />

can adapt production to specific applications. How must manufacturers adapt their<br />

The modular LFS from Syntegon, for example, systems to remain competitive? Syntegon<br />

can be equipped with up to three servocontrolled<br />

dosing systems, filling 7,000<br />

provides the answers to these questions.<br />

to over 20,000 cups per hour. Different<br />

AMBITIOUS GOALS<br />

product viscosities can be filled with high Within the scope of its holistic approach,<br />

precision and low product loss. In case of Syntegon also has an eye on its own activities<br />

product changes, operators only need to as a sustainable equipment manufacturer.<br />

replace the nozzles of the dosing stations By 2025, the company aims to reduce its<br />

in a few simple steps. A mobile cleaning worldwide carbon emissions by 25% and even<br />

bar ensures fully automated intermediate by 50% five years from there. In addition to<br />

rinsing and cleaning of the dosing unit.<br />

calculations for its own machines and the<br />

derived optimisation potential, the company<br />

“Since our machines can be converted or also relies on professional cooperations. With<br />

retrofitted at any time, they offer an ideal the support from packaging material suppliers<br />

basis for production, especially in times and academia, Syntegon seeks to harmonise<br />

of increasing efficiency requirements and sustainable action and efficient production<br />

high sustainability standards,” Junker<br />

– for itself and for its customers. FBA<br />

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Protect against<br />

recalls with the right<br />

conveyor system<br />

Processors can mitigate risk and<br />

prevent many safety issues by utilising<br />

closed conveyor systems designed<br />

with sanitation in mind, and capable of<br />

automated wet cleaning.<br />

By Del Williams, technical writer<br />

With the threat of contamination from harmful<br />

pathogens such as salmonella, listeria, and E<br />

coli a continual concern, food processors are<br />

seeking to protect not only the public but also<br />

their companies’ bottom lines from the massive<br />

costs, reputational damage, and greater<br />

regulatory scrutiny associated with recalls.<br />

The goal is a safe, clean, sanitised working<br />

environment.<br />

Given the increasing number of outbreaks<br />

and recalls traced to post-processing<br />

contamination of foods, it is no surprise<br />

that the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule<br />

by the US FDA requires manufacturers to<br />

implement a food safety plan with the goal<br />

of preventing sanitation deficiencies. The<br />

rule covers sanitation practices for foodcontact<br />

surfaces, preventing microbial<br />

and chemical cross-contamination, and<br />

monitoring potential environmental pathogens<br />

for critical equipment like conveyors.<br />

As a result, quality assurance teams are<br />

paying more attention to the type and design<br />

of conveyance systems used to meet food<br />

safety standards. This includes identifying<br />

potential harborage points where debris<br />

and pathogens can collect, as well as<br />

implementing best practices to save on<br />

costs to clean equipment, perform regular<br />

testing, and maintain the environment.<br />

“Every day we are asked for recommendations<br />

about types and designs of conveyors,” said<br />

Justin Kerr, founder of Factor IV Solutions, a<br />

food safety consulting firm that has worked<br />

with food processors and harvesting operations<br />

throughout North America. “With conveyors,<br />

ideally there should be minimal harborage<br />

points, they should protect products from the<br />

environment, and be easy to clean.”<br />

Kerr shared that Factor IV Solutions assists<br />

food processors to develop SSOPs (Sanitation<br />

Standard Operating Procedures) related to<br />

conveyors that include regular verification<br />

testing of food contact and non-food<br />

contact surfaces. However, given the risks of<br />

contamination, the potential for recalls, and<br />

the additional costs associated with regular<br />

cleaning and testing, it is advisable to select<br />

a conveyor that eliminates many of the<br />

potential risk factors.<br />

SELECTING A CONVEYOR SYSTEM<br />

In the food processing industry, open<br />

conveyor systems like bucket elevators and<br />

belt conveyors can be more vulnerable to<br />

contamination. With open systems, products<br />

can be exposed to pathogens, contaminants,<br />

or moisture in the surrounding environment.<br />

Product can also spill onto the plant floor<br />

and make its way into drains. Consequently,<br />

processors that use such conveyors must<br />

maintain strict environmental controls<br />

including constant swabbing, testing, and<br />

quality assurance.<br />

Closed conveyor systems, on the other hand,<br />

seal off products from the outside environment.<br />

Even then, it is still necessary to control the<br />

environment. Although there are several types<br />

of closed systems, one common solution for<br />

conveying high-value foods is tubular drag<br />

cable conveyors. These systems gently move<br />

products that are prone to breaking or crumbling<br />

through a sealed tube using a coated, flexible<br />

stainless-steel drag cable pulled through on a<br />

loop. Solid circular discs (flights) are attached to<br />

the cable, which push the product through the<br />

tube without using air. The coated cable ensures<br />

that no debris accumulates within the strands<br />

of the cable, as the cable is totally sealed.<br />

“An enclosed conveyor like the Cablevey<br />

provides a controlled environment that<br />

reduces the risk of exposure to contaminants<br />

and pathogens from outside the system when<br />

properly maintained,” said Kerr. “Because it is<br />

closed, it is less susceptible to aerosols and<br />

over spray from adjacent lines.”<br />

Iowa-based Cablevey Conveyors is a conveyor<br />

company that has designed, engineered,<br />

and serviced enclosed cable and disc tube<br />

conveyors for over 50 years, with installations<br />

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in over 65 countries. The company’s product<br />

can be as small as powdered material or as<br />

large as whole potatoes, and is increasingly<br />

used to convey coffee, cereal, nuts, produce,<br />

pet food, and specialty foods.<br />

“When we conducted trials and verification<br />

testing, we found that tubular cable conveyors<br />

maintain greater repeatability cleanliness over<br />

a longer period of time than open systems<br />

due to the controlled environment within the<br />

enclosure,” said Kerr.<br />

Additionally, Kerr noted that closed conveyors<br />

significantly reduce potential harborage<br />

points for contamination: “Tubular drag cable<br />

conveyors are very simple in construction,<br />

without standard joints, threaded bolts, and<br />

plastic-to-metal connections.”<br />

EFFECTIVE CLEANING<br />

Kerr pointed out another advantage: the<br />

enclosed conveyors also enable a “wet<br />

cleaning” process without wetting the<br />

surrounding areas, in which the systems<br />

can be quickly and effectively flooded with<br />

water and sanitised without disassembly.<br />

While not all food processing materials are<br />

suited to wet cleaning, such as hygroscopic<br />

materials that absorb and retain moisture, the<br />

process minimises potential contamination<br />

for other types of food. The wet cleaning<br />

procedure begins with a water rinse<br />

followed by foaming agent, a sanitising<br />

rinse, and a final water rinse. Once the<br />

system is thoroughly flushed out, drying is<br />

achieved by attaching urethane wipers to<br />

the tubular conveyor’s discs, which act like<br />

a “squeegee” to remove any residual water.<br />

“Within the tubular system, all wash factors can<br />

be repeatably controlled — water chemistry,<br />

temperature, physical action, and time — so<br />

every surface is equally cleaned,” said Kerr. He<br />

also added that clear tubes offer the additional<br />

benefit of visual inspection or verification.<br />

Since a complete and thorough cleaning<br />

can be accomplished without disassembly<br />

of the system, the entire process only takes<br />

20-90 minutes, depending upon the layout,<br />

product, and desired level of cleanliness. This<br />

can reduce disruptions and downtime during<br />

production changeovers and eliminate the<br />

need for additional dedicated conveyor lines.<br />

Regular cleaning can be automated through<br />

the plant’s distributed control system.<br />

“A benefit of Cablevey is the repeatability and<br />

verification of surfaces cleaned and the ease<br />

of maintaining them,” said Kerr. “You can do<br />

verifications against cleanliness and hold [the<br />

cleanliness] over a greater period of time.”<br />

When a food processor wants to ensure<br />

that a conveyor will meet its sanitation<br />

requirements, equipment suppliers like<br />

Cablevey often allow quality assurance<br />

teams to perform tests prior to purchase.<br />

“Sometimes customers come to our test lab<br />

so they can run product and conduct swab<br />

tests before and after wet cleaning and<br />

review the results for themselves,” said<br />

Morgan Bailey, communication specialist at<br />

Cablevey Conveyors.<br />

In the food processing industry, the stakes<br />

are high when it comes to preventing safety<br />

issues. With the threat of contamination<br />

from harmful pathogens always a concern,<br />

processors are seeking to protect both<br />

the public and their companies’ bottom<br />

lines from the massive costs associated<br />

with recalls. As a result, quality assurance<br />

teams are analysing the type and design<br />

of conveyance systems more closely.<br />

Enclosed conveyors that are capable of<br />

automated wet cleaning can mitigate risk<br />

and prevent many safety issues. These<br />

conveyors provide an extra level of protection<br />

by keeping debris and pathogens from<br />

collecting. They also save on costs by<br />

eliminating the need for manual cleaning.<br />

As processors continue to seek ways to<br />

improve safety, enclosed conveyors will<br />

become an increasingly popular choice. FBA<br />

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Globepak produces 360+<br />

sports nutrition products<br />

on seven bulk handling lines<br />

The booming sports nutrition market has compelled the South<br />

African-based company to upgrade to a new automated bulk transfer<br />

system offering higher capacity and accuracy.<br />

With the popularity of sports nutrition<br />

products booming in South Africa<br />

and beyond, Globepak, a whollyowned<br />

subsidiary of the USN Group<br />

of Companies, needed to keep pace<br />

with growing demand. However, the<br />

intermediate bulk containers and rigid<br />

auger conveyors at the company's<br />

former 4,000m 2 facility were unable<br />

to transfer mixtures from blenders to<br />

packaging machines at required rates.<br />

“They were starving the packaging<br />

lines,” said Jose Da Costa, head of<br />

DC Weighing and Control, the firm<br />

that engineered and built Globepak's<br />

new 14,000m 2 plant.<br />

Completed in 2021, the facility employs<br />

larger blenders and high-speed<br />

packaging machines, which are fed<br />

by a new automated bulk transfer<br />

system supplied by Flexicon Africa.<br />

Each of the plant's seven lines spans<br />

15m and relies on a Flexicon model<br />

BFC BULK-OUT bulk bag discharger<br />

with a 250-litre capacity hopper and<br />

a 4.5m-long flexible screw conveyor<br />

to transfer mixed ingredients from<br />

bulk bags to packaging machines.<br />

"All are under automated control for<br />

continuous filling and accurate<br />

package weights," said Waldo van der<br />

Walt, general manager of Globepak.<br />

View from both ends of automated packaging line, with bulk bag discharger and<br />

packaging machine. It is one of seven identical lines<br />

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“NO-TOUCH” PROCESS FASTER<br />

AND EASIER<br />

To prevent cross contamination, the bulk<br />

handling lines and their operators are<br />

separated from adjacent lines by a curtain.<br />

Each BFC bulk bag discharger is equipped<br />

with a cantilevered I-beam with electric<br />

hoist and trolley that suspends a bag lifting<br />

frame above the bag for connecting bag<br />

loops to Z-Clip bag strap holders at floor level.<br />

The operator then hoists the bag into the<br />

discharger frame using a hand-held pendant,<br />

eliminating the need for a forklift.<br />

At the bag spout interface, the operator<br />

secures the clean side of the bag spout to<br />

the clean side of a Spout-Lock clamp ring<br />

positioned atop a Tele-Tube telescoping tube,<br />

which applies continual downward tension<br />

as the bag empties and elongates, directing<br />

material through the bag spout to completely<br />

discharge into the floor hopper below.<br />

From the hopper, the 4.5m long Bev-Con<br />

flexible screw conveyor transfers material<br />

to the packaging line at a 45-degree incline.<br />

The conveyor’s 90mm diameter plastic tube<br />

houses a self-centering, flexible stainlesssteel<br />

screw, which is the only moving part<br />

contacting the material. The screw is driven<br />

beyond the point of discharge, preventing<br />

material contact with seals or bearings.<br />

“We now have a no-touch process. The<br />

material remains completely sealed during<br />

the entire transfer from bulk bag to packaging<br />

machine, assuring no contamination up<br />

to the filling point,” said Van der Walt.<br />

FEEDING PACKAGING LINES<br />

WITHOUT INTERRUPTION<br />

Low- and high-level sensors on each<br />

packaging machine surge hopper signal a<br />

PLC when to start and stop its respective<br />

flexible screw conveyor, allowing non-stop<br />

operation. Thereafter, an alarm sounds when<br />

a bulk bag becomes empty, alerting the<br />

operator to load a full bag and press restart.<br />

Operators attach bag loops to the lifting frame with Z-Clip bag strap holders and hoist it into the<br />

discharger using a pendant<br />

“The flow to the packaging lines is<br />

continuous, with consistently accurate<br />

package weights,” said Van der Walt.<br />

The bag spout is attached to a Spout-Lock<br />

clamp ring atop a Tele-Tube telescoping<br />

tube which applies downward tension for<br />

complete discharge into the hopper


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From the discharger’s floor hopper,<br />

the flexible screw conveyor transfers<br />

mixed ingredients to the packaging<br />

machine hopper and packaging<br />

line. Material remains fully enclosed,<br />

preventing contamination<br />

The system handles USN’s line of 360 different<br />

products — mostly whey protein based —<br />

whose characteristics range from sticky to freeflowing<br />

to fine and dusty. With the Bev-Con<br />

spiral design, all materials can be handled well.<br />

FIFTEEN-MINUTE CHANGEOVERS<br />

Cleaning and product changeovers proceed<br />

smoothly. In 15 minutes, an operator can<br />

clean the conveyor tube and spiral and load<br />

a new bulk bag with a different flavour.<br />

nutritional supplements in South Africa<br />

are recognised as pharmaceuticals.<br />

EXPANDING MARKETS AND<br />

PRODUCTION CAPACITY<br />

With their diverse range of products and<br />

newfound production capacity, USN are<br />

eyeing additional European, UK and US<br />

markets, and looking at launching a plant in<br />

Kenya to service Central and West Africa.<br />

Da Costa added that Globepak has seen<br />

“massive improvements” with the bulk handling<br />

system, all the while keeping running costs<br />

low and conserving floor space — and with<br />

ample capacity to accommodate future growth.<br />

“The packaging machines are never<br />

hungry,” he concluded. FBA<br />

“GlobePak can run chocolate powder, for<br />

example, and then quickly switch to strawberry<br />

flavour, with no issues,” Da Costa said. To<br />

clean, the operator opens the conveyor tube<br />

end cap, pulls out the spiral, and blows it off<br />

with compressed air; no product will adhere<br />

to the tubes, added Da Costa.<br />

The cleanliness of the bulk handling<br />

system and its operation complies with<br />

good manufacturing practices, meeting<br />

pharmaceutical specifications, since<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


FIRST LOOKS 53<br />

BOGE launches new<br />

S-4 series for 45–<br />

75kW performance<br />

range<br />

BOGE has released its new S-4 series<br />

of screw compressors for the 45-75kW<br />

performance range. Customers can reap<br />

the full benefits of the series, including<br />

everything from efficient, quiet and<br />

reliable running to simplified servicing.<br />

It is not only in foundries, the mining sector<br />

and the construction industry where<br />

dust and dirt can hamper even the best<br />

efforts to generate reliable, continuous<br />

compressed air. Other areas, including<br />

the food and healthcare industry, find<br />

themselves facing challenging conditions.<br />

And this is where a compressor with a<br />

virtually maintenance-free hermetically<br />

sealed direct drive comes into its own: wear<br />

and tear is minimised, which increases<br />

the device’s service life. All the models in<br />

BOGE’s S-4 series have this “IntegrateDrive”<br />

airend — including the new compressors<br />

with a performance range of 45-75kW.<br />

All models are characterised by quiet<br />

operations and have high efficiency values.<br />

The compressors generate high free air<br />

delivery at low specific power consumption.<br />

The energy use of the new 75kW compressor<br />

has been reduced by over 12% compared<br />

with its predecessor, while the free air<br />

delivery has increased by almost 9%. The<br />

generously sized components reduce<br />

internal pressure losses, and with a footprint<br />

of just 1.2m x 2m, the housing of the new<br />

models is considerably smaller than its older<br />

siblings. These new compressors come<br />

with the particularly high-performing, lowenergy<br />

IE4 motors and permanent magnet<br />

motors fitted as the industry standard.<br />

The innovative vertical oil separation<br />

concept ensures low residual oil content,<br />

minimal pressure losses and a long service<br />

life, while the internal cartridge is quick and<br />

easy to remove and replace. Maintenance<br />

takes place from two sides with just a<br />

few simple movements: the intake filter is<br />

accessible, and both the oil and air coolers<br />

can easily be removed and cleaned. FBA<br />

New igus online<br />

tool for polymer<br />

coating<br />

igus iglidur coating materials can be used to<br />

protect particularly heavily used components<br />

from wear. The lubrication-free, plasticbased<br />

powder coatings serve as a frictionoptimised<br />

surface for electrically conductive<br />

components, enabling customers to extend<br />

their components' service life. The iglidur<br />

coating designer makes it even easier to<br />

select the right coating.<br />

last step, the user can query the shopping<br />

cart, forward it to the responsible purchaser<br />

or other parties involved in the design or<br />

procurement process or order immediately.<br />

Like all iglidur materials, the coating<br />

materials are tribologically optimised and<br />

therefore offer excellent friction and wear<br />

values. Metallic surfaces are protected<br />

from abrasion by other friction partners and<br />

from scratching. This reduces application<br />

complexity. The iglidur coating powders can<br />

be applied to almost any surface, and they<br />

can be used on valves, hinges and guide<br />

plates. The six available coating powders<br />

are suitable for a wide range of applications,<br />

under high temperatures or in the food<br />

sector. The special feature is that none of<br />

the iglidur coating materials require any<br />

additional lubrication. Integrated solid<br />

lubricants always ensure the lowest possible<br />

friction. FBA<br />

The iglidur coating designer helps users<br />

get their individual component coated in<br />

three simple steps. First, a CAD model is<br />

loaded into the online tool. Then the coating<br />

material is selected from six different<br />

iglidur coating powders that can be directly<br />

compared in the tool. In the end, layer<br />

thickness is specified, and the tool does<br />

the rest automatically, including calculating<br />

price and delivery time. Final component<br />

appearance after coating is also displayed<br />

immediately. The user can download the<br />

associated data sheet by clicking on it. In the<br />

Longer service life thanks to polymer powder coating: the iglidur coating designer enables<br />

customers to get their individually coated component in just a few clicks (Image: igus)<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


54<br />

FIRST LOOKS<br />

AM Labels presents<br />

new label offering<br />

AM Labels has expanded its label applicator<br />

offering with the addition of the fully<br />

automatic LabelPack Label X JR. The model<br />

was presented at Packaging Innovations in<br />

Feb <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The programmable, wipe-on label applicator,<br />

which is ideal for medium volume applications,<br />

can be used to apply labels onto a variety<br />

of packaging items. To boost productivity<br />

and efficiency within production lines, the<br />

applicator can accommodate conveyor speeds<br />

of up to 30m per minute. Furthermore, the<br />

applicator is designed for labels with a<br />

maximum width of 140mm and lengths of<br />

up to 350mm, as well as accommodating<br />

label rolls with a diameter of up to 300mm.<br />

For applications where larger labels are<br />

required, a version with a maximum label<br />

width of 250mm is also available.<br />

The LabelPack Label X JR can store<br />

parameters for up to 40 different applications,<br />

and operators can use the digital control<br />

unit to programme the label length and the<br />

speed of the conveyor, as well as to adjust<br />

the position of the label on the product.<br />

Additionally, the Label X JR offers advanced<br />

features to improve accuracy and efficiency,<br />

including automatic label recovery and a liner<br />

break alarm that alerts users to any faults<br />

with the liner. The applicator also benefits<br />

from various optional features including a<br />

warning beacon and end-of-reel detection.<br />

The LabelPack Label X JR is suitable for the<br />

application of labels onto boxes, cartons<br />

and trays in numerous industries including<br />

food and beverage. The applicator benefits<br />

from a product sensor that automatically<br />

detects the position of the product as it<br />

moves along the conveyor and can be<br />

adjusted depending on the size and shape of<br />

the packaging. Furthermore, users can also<br />

programme the delay between detecting the<br />

product and dispensing the label, ensuring<br />

the label is accurately and consistently<br />

applied in the correct place. FBA<br />

Maersk launches<br />

API-integrated<br />

reefer solution with<br />

shareable datalog<br />

Moving perishable goods around the world is<br />

a challenging task, especially when it comes<br />

to cargo like fruits, meat and medicine that<br />

are sensitive to fluctuating conditions in<br />

transit.<br />

AP Moller–Maersk has launched the new<br />

Captain Peter integrated package, enabling<br />

data integration with Application Programming<br />

Interface (API) for customers to receive the<br />

raw data log with temperature readings into<br />

their own system of choice. It could be their<br />

own transportation management system<br />

or a third party platform. In addition, the<br />

contractual customer can now grant access<br />

for their shippers and consignees to log in<br />

and view shipment details directly in Captain<br />

Peter.<br />

“The launch of Captain Peter Integrated is<br />

an important step on the journey towards<br />

more digitally enabled and integrated supply<br />

chains. Visibility and flexibility are crucial<br />

for our customers and their stakeholders,<br />

and by enabling data to flow directly from<br />

our assets into the customer’s system, we<br />

are both building a closer partnership and<br />

ultimately enabling better decisions for their<br />

supply chains,” said Bruce Marshall, head<br />

of reefer solutions in AP Moller–Maersk<br />

For more than three years, Captain<br />

Peter has helped Maersk’s customers<br />

with managing their perishable goods<br />

by providing temperature and humidity<br />

information on in-transit refrigerated<br />

containers. Customers can now choose<br />

between three different versions of<br />

Captain Peter dependent on their needs.<br />

In parallel with the digital development,<br />

Maersk’s Remote Container Management<br />

infrastructure is constantly improved.<br />

Over the course of 2022 more than 80%<br />

of the reefer fleet was upgraded to deliver<br />

hourly data to Captain Peter — compared<br />

to a daily update previously — enabling<br />

even more visibility and reducing the risk<br />

of damaged goods and food waste.<br />

By the end <strong>2023</strong>, 90% of the Maersk reefer fleet<br />

will support hourly datalog transmission. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


FIRST LOOKS 55<br />

Melodea’s launches new<br />

solution for plastic pollution<br />

Melodea has launched VBseal, its new sustainable packaging<br />

solution to cut back plastic waste in consumer-packaged<br />

goods. The green coating solution is resistant to water vapour,<br />

oil, aroma and has heat-sealing properties. To further these<br />

efforts, the company has opened a pilot plant and innovation<br />

centre, where it will test out existing barrier coating products<br />

and produce coated reels and pouches at pilot scale.<br />

VBseal is resistant to water vapour and offers heat-sealing<br />

properties in one coating. It joins Melodea’s existing eco-friendly<br />

barrier coating products, MelOx for oxygen and VBcoat for water<br />

vapour and oil and grease. The material is designed to line<br />

packaging of fresh foods, cereals, fast foods, confectionary such<br />

as biscuits and ice-cream as well as detergents and cosmetics.<br />

VBSeal is fully recyclable, gives high performance protection,<br />

and in coating machines is a one-stop solution for both water<br />

vapour and heat sealing, avoiding the need for two different<br />

passes, making it easy to apply and reduces production costs.<br />

The VBseal is free of paraformaldehyde (PFA) and bisphenol A<br />

(BPA) and is FDA and BfR-compatible.<br />

“Packaging producers have an urgent need for a sustainable<br />

barrier coating that has both water vapour protection and heat<br />

sealable properties and can replace the commonly used plastic<br />

PE layer,” explained Cee Azerraf, PhD, vice-president of sales<br />

and marketing at Melodea. “Our R&D team worked on this new<br />

product joining our existing VBcoat and, as with all of our<br />

products, it was crucial that it be recyclable and easy to apply<br />

on existing coating lines.”<br />

With the growing demand for sustainable packaging<br />

solutions Melodea has opened its new pilot centre and<br />

invested US$500,000 in advanced equipment and<br />

analytics tools to support CPG companies and packaging<br />

producers in their efforts to meet sustainability goals in<br />

green packaging. The new centre will serve companies<br />

across the packaging value chain in exploring sustainable<br />

barrier solutions in plastic, paper, and bioplastics.<br />

“We offer our clients a location to evaluate their products<br />

using our eco-friendly solutions, with full control of the<br />

coating process,” Shaul Lapidot, PhD, CEO and co-founder<br />

of Melodea. “We can utilise Melodea’s R&D team’s vast<br />

know-how of coatings with optimising barrier performance,<br />

and analyse the results on site, as well as help shorten<br />

time-to-market for new products and packages.”<br />

Many of the world’s largest CPG companies have made<br />

public commitments that 100% of their packaging will<br />

be recyclable or reusable within the next five to 10 years,<br />

and so are moving away from single-use plastics. This<br />

timeline is further accelerated by public demand. FBA<br />

SIDEL EVODECO LABELLING SOLUTIONS<br />

DESIGNED FOR TOTAL FLEXIBILITY<br />

OPTIMISED FOR<br />

UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE<br />

The Sidel EvoDECO labelling solutions, available either as<br />

a modular, multi-technology or as dedicated-technology<br />

equipment, offer customers total flexibility and performance,<br />

fulfilling any need to meet today’s demands within labelling.<br />

They deliver great efficiency and low Total Cost of<br />

Ownership with high output, 30% faster changeover<br />

time, 40% less maintenance time and 40% less<br />

electrical consumption compared to the previous<br />

generation. With EvoDECO Multi you can easily<br />

change from high-performance cold glue,<br />

Pressure Sensitive Labels, or roll-fed, to<br />

hot melt modules and quickly ramp-up<br />

your production.<br />

Find your labelling solution at<br />

sidel.com/labelling<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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FIRST LOOKS<br />

Heat and Control<br />

offers sustainable<br />

solutions<br />

Heat and Control has launched solutions<br />

designed for manufacturers seeking to<br />

achieve sustainability and meet pollution<br />

control regulations required by agencies<br />

worldwide<br />

The KleenHeat Heat Exchanger is a oil<br />

heating, energy saving and pollution control<br />

system. The equipment exceeds the thermal<br />

efficiency of ordinary heat exchangers<br />

that do not offer pollution control. Low oil<br />

volume promotes fast oil turn-over and<br />

inhibits formation of free fatty acids. Rapid,<br />

uniform heat transfer allows the fryer to<br />

respond quicker to changes in product load<br />

and protects oil quality by maintaining low<br />

oil film temperature. KleenHeat is ideal for<br />

snack foods, fried foods and potato chips.<br />

The Rotary Dryer Roaster (RDR) is a<br />

continuous, multi-zone convection dryer/<br />

roaster that provides optimal drying/<br />

roasting. By using product-focused<br />

heating to maximise heat transfer, the<br />

energy-efficient RDR reduces heat loss<br />

with heated air that is focused only into<br />

the product bed and nowhere else.<br />

RDR’s positive temperature control offers<br />

product uniformity as the dryer/roaster<br />

automatically regulates its own internal<br />

temperature and operators have full<br />

control over roasting and drying process<br />

variables which enhances colour, flavour,<br />

and texture of the product. A variety of<br />

product characteristics are possible by<br />

utilising multiple processing zones.<br />

Heat and Control has developed the Potato<br />

Grader-Halver to consistently grade and<br />

halve potatoes. It grades potatoes according<br />

to size, then halve the products that are<br />

larger than the predetermined size. The<br />

grading size can be adjusted at any time<br />

during the production process. The Grader-<br />

Halver improves the grading process,<br />

resulting in final (in-bag) product consistency.<br />

Most importantly, this process stops chips<br />

from getting stuck in the former of the<br />

bagmaker when packaging snack size packs.<br />

The system has a rugged stainless-steel<br />

frame, adjustable multiple auger system with<br />

adjustable phasing, a roller conveyor, and<br />

slicing discs. Potatoes are delivered to the<br />

infeed from the upstream equipment. FBA<br />

tna presents robag 3e<br />

Wih tna robag 3e, complemented by the<br />

tna auto-splice 3, producers can increase<br />

production uptime by up to 5% with only<br />

a 200mm increase in overall floor space.<br />

The tna robag is able to run a range of<br />

industry compliant sustainable film materials.<br />

Snack producers can also expect an<br />

integrated line featuring the aforementioned<br />

tna robag 3e, and the tna auto-splice 3<br />

with EtherCAT real-time protocol and an<br />

integrated display controller system. The<br />

software relays information from the tna<br />

checkweigher or from the product inseal<br />

inspection inform operators on the<br />

optimal weighing bucket configuration for<br />

prompt troubleshooting, reducing rejects,<br />

product and material waste. Therefore,<br />

snack manufacturers can now produce<br />

up to 2,800 more bags per line per day<br />

with minimal downtime and only 200mm<br />

added to the VFFS system footprint.<br />

The tna robag 3e lowers product waste<br />

levels to 0.1%, and offers a more efficient,<br />

sustainable packaging operation. With one<br />

of the world’s smallest VFFS footprint, the<br />

system delivers energy savings of up to<br />

20% with its enhanced productivity and<br />

power saving software, which automatically<br />

shuts the system down when not in use.<br />

To further support snack producers<br />

on their sustainability journey, tna has<br />

developed single-serration jaws that reduce<br />

the consumption of biaxially oriented<br />

polypropylene (BOPP), a recyclable but nonbiodegradable<br />

material. The sustainability<br />

calculator, available throughout the show,<br />

allows snack producers to evaluate potential<br />

film savings. For example, single-serration<br />

jaws enable a 5mm material saving per seal.<br />

On VFFS systems that produce 150 bags per<br />

minute, these savings translate into 2.26<br />

million bags per month. In a factory of 10<br />

packaging lines, operating at least 12 hours a<br />

day, it saves almost 390km of film a month.<br />

tna’s sustainability calculator also<br />

assess how the use of single-serration<br />

jaws on VFFS packaging systems can<br />

reduce film consumption and enhance<br />

sustainability credentials. FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


58<br />

FIRST LOOKS<br />

Mettler-Toledo launches 100%<br />

automated label inspection solution suite<br />

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has<br />

launched a completely automated, full label<br />

inspection service for food manufacturers.<br />

This new portfolio, consisting of the V13 Flat<br />

Pack Label, CV and CMV Combination, is a<br />

cost-effective way to exchange unreliable,<br />

manual spot checks with 100% automated<br />

label inspection in high-speed production<br />

lines. The solution achieves documented<br />

label inspection in line with industry<br />

guidelines such as the BRCGS to support<br />

consumer safety, prevent recalls and<br />

expensive retailer fines.<br />

The new offering includes Mettler-Toledo<br />

smart cameras to inspect oriented products<br />

from the side and top. This new smart line<br />

scan camera inspects labels or prints on<br />

the underside of products and offers a<br />

360-degree inspection head for checking<br />

round objects. The cameras can be mixed<br />

and matched to suit any production need<br />

and can also be used to inspect caps and<br />

lids. The software features a tool set for label<br />

inspection that helps with product set-up.<br />

Additionally, it offers Software Tooltips which<br />

are inspection tools to guide operators<br />

through the image processing settings such<br />

as lights, shutter or focus to maximise image<br />

quality. The new technology can be retrofitted<br />

onto existing Mettler-Toledo equipment.<br />

V13 Flat Pack Label Inspection carries out<br />

label inspection from the bottom up to<br />

inspect labels on the underside of flat packs.<br />

The stand-alone solution offers configurable<br />

material handling options and can be<br />

extended with top and side smart cameras.<br />

The CV Combination fully integrated system<br />

offers weight control and completeness<br />

check combined with label inspection for all<br />

product shapes. The space-saving solution<br />

is fully configurable from standardised<br />

modules and offers advanced quality control.<br />

The CMV Combination delivers metal<br />

detection, weight control, and label inspection<br />

in one, fully integrated and space-saving<br />

device. Its configuration is flexible and can be<br />

designed to match application needs. FBA<br />

New flushing ring design by Emerson reduces maintenance and<br />

improves measurement accuracy<br />

Emerson has introduced the Rosemount<br />

319 Flushing Ring with valve-integrated<br />

design, ensuring accurate differential<br />

pressure measurement and lower maintenance<br />

suitable for a wide range of differential<br />

pressure applications. Available in<br />

traditional and compact options, the new<br />

Rosemount 319 Flushing Rings provide a<br />

process-to-seal connection and allow for<br />

faster diaphragm seal maintenance without<br />

disconnecting them from process flanges.<br />

Both versions of the Rosemount 319 Flushing<br />

Rings come pre-assembled including the<br />

flushing ring, matching valves, and connections,<br />

allowing technicians to commission<br />

devices faster by eliminating the need to<br />

procure and assemble components onsite.<br />

Rosemount 319 Flushing Rings are factory<br />

leak-tested so users can mount products to<br />

vessels right out of the box. When installed,<br />

diaphragm seal maintenance is faster<br />

without compromising safety while reducing<br />

stocked inventory and management<br />

of multiple vendor piece-parts.<br />

The Rosemount 319 Compact flushing ring<br />

design utilises a flow-through cleaning<br />

action, and removes residual buildup quickly,<br />

cleaning five times faster over 30% more<br />

surface area and 50% fewer leak points<br />

than other flushing rings. Assemblies<br />

accommodate a wider range of applications<br />

due to their smaller footprint for accurate<br />

differential pressure measurement in<br />

applications that have limited space for<br />

flushing ring installation. Configurations are<br />

offered with needle valves and in multiple<br />

materials, flange types, sizes and ratings.<br />

“Rosemount 319 Flushing Rings with<br />

integrated valve assemblies are designed<br />

to eliminate procurement and onsite labor<br />

cost,” said Nicole Meidl, product manager,<br />

Emerson. “Products can be commissioned<br />

faster and more efficiently, and DP level<br />

seal systems can be easily accessed for<br />

future maintenance with reduced shutdown<br />

timelines. Efficiencies like these reduce risk,<br />

cost and complexity for our customers.” FBA<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


SHOW PREVIEW<br />

59<br />

FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> returns<br />

with new pavilions and focus on<br />

food sustainability<br />

This year, FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> is set to<br />

gather one of <strong>Asia</strong>’s largest line-up of<br />

exhibitors from the food and beverage<br />

industry across the globe through their trade<br />

event to be held from 25-28 Apr <strong>2023</strong> at<br />

the Singapore EXPO. The trade show will<br />

be complemented by daily seminars, the<br />

Alternative Protein <strong>Asia</strong> Seminar programme,<br />

as well as competitions to spotlight talents<br />

in the industry. Aiming to connect global<br />

F&B professionals, this event is set to bridge<br />

different stakeholders in the industry as they<br />

expand to new markets across the region.<br />

FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> <strong>2023</strong> seeks to bring<br />

an even more exciting line-up, a new feature<br />

zone, and new pavilions to the show, which<br />

have received strong interest from exhibitors.<br />

This year’s edition will showcase over 50<br />

different country pavilions and 1500 exhibitors<br />

from 70 countries. The event will also welcome<br />

the China Pavilion, which will make its first<br />

return to Singapore since the pandemic.<br />

Spanning EXPO Halls 3 to 6, the trade<br />

event is expected to see more than 40,000<br />

attendees to the exhibition and seminars.<br />

“The response to this year's event has been<br />

overwhelming, despite occurring shortly<br />

after the 2022 edition which was held in Sep<br />

and had been delayed due to the COVID-19<br />

pandemic. This is a testament to the popularity<br />

of the FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong> event and<br />

its ability to draw people from all over the<br />

world. We believe that this event will greatly<br />

contribute to the development of the food and<br />

beverage industry in <strong>Asia</strong> and will help create<br />

better business opportunities for everyone,"<br />

said Ian Roberts, vice-president of Informa<br />

Markets <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

on food trends, sustainability issues, and<br />

technology innovation as strategies to mitigate<br />

existing issues in the F&B industry. Attendees<br />

can look forward to presentations from<br />

industry representatives, eco-organisations,<br />

and research institutes on <strong>Asia</strong>’s Halal food<br />

scene, sustainability initiatives to reduce food<br />

waste, and discussions on how agri-tech and<br />

aquaculture can be used to create a secure<br />

food future.<br />

With alternative proteins emerging as an<br />

innovative solution to food security issues, the<br />

event further seeks to spotlight it to <strong>Asia</strong>n<br />

audiences through the Alternative Protein<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> (APA) feature area, where top industry<br />

innovation trends in the alternative protein<br />

sector will be spotlighted through the<br />

specialised exhibition zone. Moreover, the<br />

event will have a tasting bar, where exhibitors<br />

will provide attendees with an opportunity<br />

to sample their alternative protein products.<br />

Additionally, the event will have a start-up<br />

village and an Alternative Protein <strong>Asia</strong> Seminar,<br />

where manufacturers, investors, and thoughtleaders<br />

will share insights and updates on<br />

the current landscape, business strategies,<br />

and opportunities in <strong>Asia</strong>’s alternative protein<br />

sector to unlock a sustainable food future.<br />

In a venture to recognise talents in the<br />

flourishing F&B industry, FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong> will also involve two key competitions<br />

including the inaugural FHA Beer Awards<br />

and the Young Talents Escoffier. The all-new<br />

FHA Beer Awards seeks to showcase the<br />

diversity and creativity of the brewing scene,<br />

recognising the efforts of brewers around the<br />

globe across 10 categories including IPA, Wheat,<br />

Experimental Beers and more. Meanwhile, the<br />

Young Talents Escoffier seeks to recognise<br />

young culinary talents under 25 through a series<br />

of competitions taking place from 25-27 Apr<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, in either the kitchen or service categories.<br />

Through its line-up of exhibitors, feature zones,<br />

seminars, and competitions, FHA-<strong>Food</strong> &<br />

<strong>Beverage</strong> <strong>2023</strong> seeks to serve as the key<br />

business platform that enables the future of<br />

the food and beverage industry in <strong>Asia</strong> and<br />

beyond. An affair for various stakeholders in<br />

the industry, the trade event endeavours to<br />

bring together the global food and hospitality<br />

community in multiple aspects. FBA<br />

One of the main highlights of the trade event is<br />

the FHA Seminar which will foster discussion


60 SHOW REVIEW<br />

A greener today<br />

and tomorrow: SIG<br />

celebrates 25 years in<br />

Thailand<br />

Serving <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacfic’s ever-evolving and<br />

growing consumer base is no easy feat.<br />

This year, SIG, a provider of sustainable<br />

packaging solutions for the food and beverage<br />

industry, has celebrated 25 years of serving<br />

the region’s packaging needs at its plant in<br />

Rayong, Thailand. Spanning across 109,600<br />

sq m, the Rayong plant produces around<br />

11 billion aseptic carton sleeves per year<br />

for manufacturers such as Thai Denmark,<br />

Nestle, FrieslandCampina, and many more.<br />

“The 25th anniversary celebration of SIG’s<br />

Rayong plant underlines our continuing<br />

commitment to reducing our carbon footprint<br />

and becoming a net-positive company<br />

for the good of the people and the planet.<br />

This packaging plant in Rayong is of great<br />

importance in producing sustainable<br />

packaging solutions for the region which<br />

covers South East <strong>Asia</strong>, Australia, India,<br />

Angela Lu is the<br />

president and<br />

general manager<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> Pacific South<br />

at SIG<br />

Bangladesh and Japan. As one of the largest<br />

solar-powered facilities in the region, we are<br />

doing our part to reduce CO2 emissions and<br />

promote sustainability in the region. We are also<br />

delighted to be contributing to the community<br />

here in Rayong,” enthused Angela Lu, president<br />

and general manager <strong>Asia</strong> Pacific South at SIG.<br />

Across its lengthy history since its opening in<br />

1998, the Rayong plant has been committed to<br />

generating sustainable change. The site’s<br />

landmark feature are its expansive solar<br />

panels, which celebrate their fifth anniversary<br />

this year; since 2018, the panels have been<br />

responsible for reducing the plant’s CO2<br />

emissions by 12,871 tons.<br />

Tapping into Thailand’s tropical climate and<br />

year-round sunny skies, the plant was also the<br />

first across SIG’s production sites to use an<br />

effective solar photovoltaic system to generate<br />

solar power, allowing it to reach Thailand’s 2036<br />

goal of requiring 40% of energy to come from<br />

renewable sources. With 12,350 solar panels put<br />

in place across an area of 40,064 sq m (or five<br />

football fields), the site produces up to 5,675MW<br />

hours of electricity per year — the equivalent<br />

of powering up 5,620 homes in a month.<br />

These efforts have garnered the Rayong plant<br />

the Thailand Energy Award 2019 from the<br />

Energy Ministry’s Department of Alternative<br />

Energy Development and Efficiency,<br />

recognising SIG’s investments in renewable<br />

energy sources and their commitment into<br />

delivering not merely economical benefits<br />

for the local community. Thereafter, in<br />

2020, the plant won the Green Industry<br />

Level 3 certificate from the Thai Ministry of<br />

Industry. In 2022, it was then awarded the<br />

Climate Action Leading Certificate (CALO)<br />

from the Thailand Carbon Neutral Network,<br />

as well as the Thailand Voluntary Emission<br />

Trade Scheme (Thailand V-ETS) Certificate<br />

from TGO, and Excellent Circular Economy<br />

Enterprise (ECEE) for Thammasat University.<br />

In addition to these renewable energy efforts,<br />

the Rayong plant has also taken initiatives<br />

to collaborate with the local community on<br />

valuable causes. The company’s solar panel<br />

supplier, Symbior Solar has installed a 7kWP<br />

solar array on the roof of a local school as<br />

part of their contract with SIG. In doing so,<br />

the Nikhom Sang Ton Eng Changwat Rayong<br />

10 school has been able to save more than<br />

than 4,000 baht (US$116) per month in<br />

electricity costs. More than that, students and<br />

schoolchildren are also able to learn more<br />

about solar power and sustainable energy.<br />

“On top of this, our other initiatives for the<br />

Rayong community include developing<br />

an Eco Canteen for a school where it’s<br />

made of recycled cartons,” added Lu.<br />

Moving beyond the infrastructure of the plant,<br />

manufacturers and consumers can also<br />

look forward to sustainable solutions from<br />

SIG; the company’s aluminium-free aseptic<br />

packaging cartons with full barrier protection<br />

being a notable example. Referred to as “the<br />

future of packaging for APAC”, the solution<br />

reduces carbon footprint compared to a<br />

standard aseptic carton. Furthermore, with the<br />

upcoming SIG packaging plant in Ahmedabad,<br />

India expected to start commercial production<br />

in 2024, manufacturers in South <strong>Asia</strong> can<br />

also stand to reap the benefits of SIG’s<br />

sustainable packaging products. FBA


EVENTS CALENDAR<br />

APRIL<br />

7 – 9 China International <strong>Beverage</strong><br />

Industry Exhibition on Science<br />

and Technology<br />

Shanghai New International<br />

Expo Center<br />

Shanghai, China<br />

12 – 14 ISM Japan <strong>2023</strong><br />

Tokyo Big Sight<br />

Tokyo, Japan<br />

25 – 28 FHA-<strong>Food</strong> & <strong>Beverage</strong><br />

Singapore Expo<br />

Singapore<br />

MAY<br />

9 – 11 Vitafoods Europe<br />

Palexpo<br />

Geneva, Switzerland<br />

10 – 12 ANUFOOD China<br />

Shenzhen World Exhibition &<br />

Convention Center<br />

Shenzhen, China<br />

10 – 13 <strong>Food</strong> + <strong>Beverage</strong> Indonesia<br />

Jakarta International Expo<br />

Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

23 – 27 THAIFEX – Anuga <strong>Asia</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

IMPACT Muang Thong Thani<br />

Bangkok, Thailand<br />

JUNE<br />

6 – 9 FOOMA Japan<br />

Tokyo Big Sight<br />

Tokyo, Japan<br />

14 – 17 ProPak <strong>Asia</strong><br />

BITEC<br />

Bangkok, Thailand<br />

14 – 17 FOODTECH TAIPEI<br />

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center<br />

Taipei, Taiwan ROC<br />

19 – 21 Hi & Fi <strong>Asia</strong>-China<br />

National Exhibition and<br />

Convention Center<br />

Shanghai, China<br />

21 – 23 Japan International <strong>Food</strong><br />

Expo <strong>2023</strong><br />

Tokyo Big Sight<br />

Tokyo, Japan<br />

JULY<br />

12 – 14 Malaysian International <strong>Food</strong> &<br />

<strong>Beverage</strong> Trade Fair <strong>2023</strong><br />

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre<br />

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />

23 – 26 foodpro<br />

Melbourne Convention &<br />

Exhibition Centre<br />

Melbourne, Australia<br />

AUGUST<br />

10 – 12 Vietfood & <strong>Beverage</strong><br />

Saigon Exhibitions and<br />

Conventions Center<br />

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br />

10 – 12 ProPack Vietnam<br />

Saigon Exhibitions and<br />

Conventions Center<br />

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br />

SEPTEMBER<br />

6 – 9 PlasPack Vietnam<br />

WTC Binh Duong New City Expo<br />

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br />

20 - 22 Fi <strong>Asia</strong> Thailand<br />

Queen Sirikit National<br />

Convention Center<br />

Bangkok, Thailand<br />

20 – 22 Vitafoods <strong>Asia</strong><br />

Queen Sirikit National<br />

Convention Center<br />

Bangkok, Thailand<br />

OCTOBER<br />

7 – 11 ANUGA<br />

Koelnmesse<br />

Cologne, Germany<br />

31/10 Agri-<strong>Food</strong> Tech Expo <strong>Asia</strong><br />

– 2/11 Sands Expo & Convention Centre<br />

Singapore<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

22 – 24 swop<br />

Shanghai New International<br />

Expo Center<br />

Shanghai, China<br />

28 – 30 Fi Europe<br />

Messe Frankfurt<br />

Frankfurt, Germany<br />

DECEMBER<br />

15 – 18 Agrotek <strong>Food</strong>tek<br />

Yangon Convention Centre<br />

Yangon, Myanmar<br />

15 – 18 Plas Print Pack<br />

Yangon Convention Centre<br />

Yangon, Myanmar<br />

FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA APRIL / MAY <strong>2023</strong>


ACCELERATING<br />

ASEAN’S FOOD<br />

SECURITY &<br />

SUSTAINABILITY<br />

12 - 14 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE, MALAYSIA<br />

One of the largest F&B trade fairs in Malaysia, MIFB is the future of food business<br />

offering a platform for businesses from the industry to showcase their products<br />

and services to leading buyers from the region.<br />

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS NOW OPEN!<br />

Enquire at enquiry@mifb.com.my<br />

or download our brochure at<br />

www.mifb.com.my!<br />

50+<br />

Countries &<br />

Regions<br />

Represented<br />

12,000<br />

sqm.<br />

20,000+<br />

USD 300<br />

350+<br />

Exhibiting<br />

Companies<br />

mil.<br />

Total<br />

Gross Area<br />

Attendees<br />

Estimated Trade<br />

Value to be Exchanged<br />

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Endorsed by:<br />

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Copyright of Constellar Exhibitions Malaysia Sdn Bhd.<br />

All rights reserved.<br />

#MIFB<strong>2023</strong> | mifb.com.my<br />

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