Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Outlook 2018: Food and beverage ingredients

                                                                     (Photo: Dreamstime)

IT MAY be hard to keep up with changing consumer tastes, but trends especially related to health and sustainability are here to stay. FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal (FPMJ) interviewed some of the leading companies of food and beverage ingredients to get the feel of the industry in Southeast Asia as 2018 unfolds. Companies want innovative ingredients and reduce production cost at the same time. But what does the ingredients sector have for them?
In his exclusive piece for FPMJ, Chr. Hansen executive vice president for APAC and LATAM, Sten Estrup conveniently summarises the major trends influencing product development amongst ingredient providers. He also underscores the value of sustainability in research and development.
India-based Arjuna which participated in Fi Asia 2017 for the first time, is looking to expand its market across SEA especially for antioxidants and natural preservatives. Recently it launched  an innovative preservative that slows the degradation of vegetable oil, and thus allows reusing of vegetable oils to an extent.
Natural and artificial preservatives targeting application sectors such as bakery, beverage, confectionery, processed meat, poultry, and seafood, are forecast to reach USD 3.2 billion by 2025 according to Grand View Research. The research firm also said that anti-microbial preservatives are likely to dominate the market in terms of revenue due to an increased demand for anti-microbial agents in the processed meat and beverage industries.

  • Healthful, nutritious products steer Ingredion’s game plan
  • Tate & Lyle finds the balance between nutrition and taste
  • Arjuna enters food industry with natural food protection, colouring solutions
  • Sustainability drives R&D at Chr. Hansen
  • Outlook 2018: Epi Ingredients in Asia

  • In the areas of sweeteners, starches and texturants, Tate & Lyle is offering a diverse range of solutions –  not just products – stresses Harry Boot, senior vice president and general manager for Tate & Lyle’s Speciality Food Ingredients business in Asia Pacific. T&L continually updates its portfolio of offerings  in line with shifting consumer trends. Always poised to meet big trends like sugar replacement and calorie reduction, it partnered with Sweet Green Fields in developing stevia-based solutions. 
    From France, Epi Ingredients entered the Asian market with milk-based ingredients and even fresh dairy products. The company is currently positioning its nutritional products in the beverage and snack segments. With SoFlexi, its latest yogurt-based finished product, the company is telling manufacturers that there are many ways to create new products using this particular ingredient, according to marketing manager Matthieu Lucot.   
    In our conversations with major food ingredient company Ingredion, Rishan Pillay, vice president and general manager for ASEAN and India, and Lilian Tan, marketing manager, Texture and Delivery Systems, Asia Pacific, also stress the company’s focus on sugar reduction with products like Sweetis™, as well as on the company’s industry-leading starch-based texturisers. Ms Tan actually sums it up for all these ingredient companies when she said that keeping in mind how to help food manufacturers create healthier products drives their R&D.
    At a time when consumers are being “mindful” about their food and beverage choices, as Innova Market Insights puts it, manufacturers can’t look away and continue with what used to work. Consumers now want natural, clean, healthy and flavourful products. Even Coca-Cola is reviving Coke with a more flavourful stevia.
    In her top trends for 2018, Innova Market Insights Director for Innovation, Lu Ann Williams also mentions buzzwords like "lightness" to indicate that consumers now want products that have less of the delicious but not-so-good stuff like alcohol, sugar. It also refers to portion sizing. But indulgent taste is not something that can be taken away from food or beverage. There lies the balance manufacturers focus on in product development. 

  • Monday, January 8, 2018

    Outlook on Asia's food and beverage ingredients market

    Hello! I hope your new year is starting out well. We've been working on the first issue of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal for the year, and it is still in the making. Just like cheese and wine....

    To give you a sneak peak, the February issue has a special Outlook section on food ingredients and additives, where we interview leading companies expanding their markets in South East Asia. To date, Arjuna, Chr. Hansen, Epi Ingredients, Ingredion, and Tate & Lyle are sharing their plans and outlook for 2018 and beyond.

    Last year we talked to executives from PT Doehler, Epi Ingredients, GNT, Ingredion, and AAK on their outlook (see links below). Looking back to the trends in past couple of years, it's no surprise that certain trends are here to stay - for good. But we still look forward to innovations that will help cut production time, and of course, cost.  

  • AAK bolsters lead in value-adding oil and fat solutions
  • Clean label goes mainstream in 2017
  • Epi Ingredients: Expansion in Asia
  • Ready for the growing fruit juice market
  • Natural color expert

  • I'm also excited to interview food technologist from the Philippines, Dr Elaine Borazon who is a professor at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, and consultant to various food manufacturing companies.  Dr Borazon is also the CEO of Business Bests InnovaCon Inc. 

    Expect to see the entire magazine by the first week of February.

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Exclusive interviews with companies across the globe

    Another year is coming to an end, but before we start with what’s new in 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the interviews we conducted for FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal and Food Manufacturing Journal-Middle East in 2017.

    Wherever continent you might be – you will know consumers are trying hard to live and eat healthy. In Dubai, the company Fruitful Day is taking it a step further by delivering well-packaged seasonal fresh fruits at your doorstep.

    Tony Billingham of Boncafé

    Lounging in a coffee bar – of course with a specialty brew in hand – is an activity that has boosted the coffee industry in Asia and the GCC in recent years. Taking advantage of this booming market in Dubai, BoncafĂ© Middle East is a one-stop shop with capabilities for shop design, complete beverage supply solutions, preventative maintenance programs, technical assistance and aftersales support. and certified barista training courses.

    Martial Beck, Eau De Coco Inc
    Coconut products are among the leading exports from the Philippines. In fact, this country has the best coconut varieties for virgin coconut oil, coconut water and coconut meat. This is the reason Eau De Coco Inc. set up its facilities in Batangas City, says Martial Beck, Director of Business Development. The company supplies global markets with aseptic coconut water and coconut meat.

    At a trade show in Italy last year, I happened to be seated across Dipl.-Ing Cornelia Beau during a social event. Ms Beau is the managing director HAINICH Konserven GmbH, a producer of pickled fruit and vegetables from Germany. How wonderful to listen to someone who adores the locality– in this case,Thuringia – where HAINICH’s farms and facilities are located. She said the beauty of their environment has a direct impact on the quality of products and the temperament of the workers. That’s not quite hard to imagine!

    Seoung Ho Yoo, Samhae Commercial Co. Ltd
    Samhae Commercial Co. Ltd. is the first company to develop the acclaimed Korean seasoned laver (seaweed), now a favourite and staple in local households. If you are sourcing seaweed, read this interview with Seoung Ho Yoo, Samhae Sales Support Team Leader.

    Access more Boardroom Connection interviews at

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Ringier's 3rd Asia Food and Beverage Summit

    It's always a pleasure to be a part of the Asia Food and Beverage Summit because the two-day conference is always full to capacity.

    This year, our company Ringier Trade Media Ltd was back in Jakarta for the 3rd edition. We were at the same venue, the JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center, and chose to conduct the summit on Oct 31-Nov 1 (just before ALLPACK Indonesia). The event was supported by many associations including GAPMMI, Indonesian Association of Food Technologists (IAFT),the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) and many more.

    Read the 2017 Post-Show Report

    More than 200 participants attended the 3rd AFB summit hosted by Ringier Trade Media Ltd

    Among the speakers were Dr Miflora Gatchalian, CEO of Quality Partners Inc (Philippines), Regina Moench-Pfanner CEO ibn360 (Singapore), Prof Dr Alonzo Gabriel, University of the Philippines (Philippines), and Rachmat Hidayat, Vice-chairman of GAPMMI (Indonesia). Click here for the complete speaker lineup
    Factory visit
    Part of the event was a tour of PT Arnott's Indonesia, a leading manufacturer of cookies and biscuits.  Watch the video.

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Another enticing issue of Food Manufacturing Journal

    Due to demand, we had to produce a digital issue of Food Manufacturing JournalMiddle East in September. In time for the major trade shows in the region including Gulfood Manufacturing, this issue has the scoop on the latest products. 

    For this special issue, our correspondent Zainab Mansoor wrote an article on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly changing the food industry.  

    The September issue also features two of the region's fastest developing markets – Iran and Turkey.  

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Thanks, Fi Asia 2017 organizers, participants

    Thanks to those who visited our booth at Fi Asia 2017 held from 13-15 September at BITEC in Bangkok. We were happy to share with you the latest issue of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal and Ringier’s various other publications.

    The Sensory Box

    Innovation Zone

    To those who were interest in participating in the 3rd Asia Food and Beverage Summit hosted by Ringier, we hope to see you all on 31 Oct – 1 November in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Make slicing and chopping vegetables easy

    Giantwell Machinery Co Ltd, a food processing machine trading company in Taiwan, offers cutting and slicing machines for just about any vegetable.  

    The Vegetable Cutter comes in two versions, one with a capacity of 200-300 kg /hr and the other at 500-600 kg/hr. It can slice vegetables to 2-60 mm in length. The smaller model measures 800 (L) x 600 (W)x 1300 (H) and weighs 65kg; the larger model is 1100 (L) x 800 (W) x 1550 (H) mm and weighs 80kg.

    Vegetable cutter from Giantwell
    Vegetable cutter

    The Belt and Universal Vegetable Cutter is for chopping vegetables like asparagus, celery, cucumber, kidney beans, green onions, leeks, and spinach. The machine comes with blade disks for cutting (cube or string) root crops like potatoes, carrots, radish as well as other vegetables such as bamboo shoots, eggplants, onions, pumpkins, and tomatoes.  It has a variable frequency drive; the conveyor speed is easy to control.

    Belt and universal vegetable cutter

    Another model specifically cuts green onions into lengths of 1-30 mm. The machine has a capacity of 30-60 kg/hr. It measures 420 (L) x 330 (W) x 520 (H) mm, and only weighs 17kg.

    Green onion cutter

    Established in 1997, Giantwell also specializes in the design, production and distribution of mid-size to large food processing equipment.  Click here to know more about the company and its equipment.