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Monday, September 7, 2020

Cama Group is bullish about the Asian F&B market

A leader in secondary packaging solutions, CAMA Group established a new R&D centre in Shanghai, China, in July this year. This new facility will serve as the company’s R&D and manufacturing hub in Asia. 

Speaking to FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal, General Manager for CAMA Asia, Mr Ke Da said this new facility is a significant milestone as it signifies the company’s growing capability in China and its commitment to nurture its market there.


Watch our exclusive interview with Mr Ke Da, general manager for CAMA Asia 

“Since opening a service office in China in 2013, we have enjoyed significant business growth in our China market. The huge potential of the local market and strong government support have been a great help for the company. A localised production facility will equip us to serve this market even better and strengthen our footprint in what is considered the world’s fastest-growing economy.”

As the new hub will also cater to the Asia market, it will be tasked to develop a new range of machines specifically targeted at users in the region. These new machines will form part of the CAMA China Manufacturing or CCM series, with the initial series comprising sleeving and CL machines.

The series will be scalable and flexible, and will allow minor design adjustments. It will reflect CAMA expertise in both design and innovation but at the same will incorporate Chinese influence and will be better able to respond to the local market in that parts will come from suppliers in China even if the manufacturing will be handled by CAMA’s team. The company will work with different local suppliers depending on needs and requirements. 

Emphasis on digital solutions

CAMA also hopes its sustained efforts in digital solutions for packaging equipment will encourage more customers to raise their investment in automation and innovation technologies.

Mr Ke notes a steady increase in interest in robotics and automation in Asia and Southeast Asia, with more companies actually investing in these technologies. Cama said a growing number of manufacturers across Asia are seeing the long-term savings in labour and installation costs that automation brings.  

 The high investment costs, however, remain prohibitive for many companies, he admits. 

“But in this industry, we are always confronted by changing requirements such as digitalisation, growing product complexity, reduced product development and life cycle times. We need, therefore, to always be equipped to meet these demands.”  

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Kinn Shang Hoo Iron Works: A reputation for top design and service

Years of experience in food machinery production enables Kinn Shang Hoo Iron Works (KSH) to provide complete services and a diverse range of machines for processing vegetable, aquatic, and meat products. In Taiwan, the company has built a reputation for its professional consultancy, top quality designs, full in-house production, and aftersales.  

During an interview with the company in August, Sharon Wang, manager at KSH told FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal, “In this industry, we are famous not only for our food processing machinery, but also for our professional consultation and prompt customer service.” 

Kinn Shang Hoo Iron Works understands the changing and needs of its customers, and backed by an active R&D, the company can develop processing equipment to make products like fish balls, meat balls, and so many more. Complete solutions, from cutting/slicing up to the final packing are available. 

See this video to know more:

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Shandong Bihai Packaging Materials Co. Ltd: Aseptic packaging need not be costly

Many manufacturers of liquid products are turning to aseptic packaging for the advantages that it provides. Also referred to as aseptic filling, the technique ensures that products and containers are first and foremost sterile, and the environment in which the filling and sealing are carried out is also sterile. Product safety and quality are guaranteed, hence the process has become the choice for  producers of dairy, juices, semi-liquids, and pharmaceuticals.

Recently FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal interviewed Shandong Bihai Packaging Materials Co., Ltd for a feature on aseptic technology. When asked about its strengths, the company well dominates in this field in China -- it has worked itself up to become a specialist in the area of aseptic carton filling machines and auxiliary equipment, as well as manufacturer of a unique paper-aluminum-PE liquid food aseptic laminated packaging paper.  

Shandong Bihai's brick, pillow, diamond, IPI, Shikoku and triangle packages  

The company reasons that while its aseptic packaging is competitive in quality, it need not be as costly as other brands. As a result, Bihai’s own brand, the GsPak helped break the monopoly of overseas brands in the home market.  It does walk the talk – heavy investments in R&D have yielded conventional products with 34 specifications – brick, pillow, diamond, IPI, Shikoku and triangle packages – and 13 capacities from 80mL to 1,500mL.  So far it is the only China-based company with the most product specifications for aseptic packaging. It also works with customers who seek turnkey projects.

In this video, watch Bihai’s capabilities in action.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Kinglai Group: Vertically integrated manufacturer of hygienic pumps & valves

In food and beverage processing, manufacturers rely on pumps and valves of all kinds and sizes to get raw materials and finished products moving efficiently throughout the entire manufacturing process. 

The needs of a company that produces only one kind of beverage may be different from one that processes a variety of products like drinking water, dairy and juice.  But for all of these companies, their choice of hygienic pumps, valves, and hygienic equipment must comply with food safety standards, and must of course be efficient, and easy to maintain and sanitize. Equally important for customers in their choice of equipment is low total cost of ownership. 

Having said that, it's important to find a partner in the hygienic materials and equipment segment that can walk you through the entire process - from design up to production, and provide a wide range of products as well. In fact, this has been the specialty of  Kinglai Hygienic Materials Co., Ltd, also known as Kinglai Group. 

Kinglai, established in 1991 has built itself into vertically integrated manufacturer of pumps and valves, with numerous beverage companies relying on them for pumps, valves, and hygienic fittings.  

Daniel Lee, president, Kinglai Group
Daniel Lee, president, Kinglai Group
“Improvement in food and beverage processing has always been our first priority, and careful attention has been given to exceed international food hygiene standards,” says Kinglai Group president, Daniel Lee. “We are the first enterprise in China to utilize the automatic welding and installation technology. We work with the China Dairy Industry Association to promote ‘pipeline system automatic welding standards’ and are instrumental in promoting these international practices to the dairy industry. We established a traceability system that guarantees food safety and cleanliness, and we have won the trust and recognition from customers worldwide. The goal is to create safe food processing for all.” 

More than just a maker of pumps and valves

Kinglai's expertise shines through in the following video. 

Kinglai can provide a full range of hygienic products that comply with the quality and safety requirements of food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers, including those in the dairy and brewery segments. Available products range from tubing/fittings, different kinds of valves (butterfly valves, ball valves, check valves, sampling valves, diaphragm valves, change over valves, seat valves, and mix-proof valves), filters, magnetic filters, heat exchangers, mixing systems, vessels, and all kinds of pumps, (centrifugal pumps, self-priming pumps, shearing pumps, lobe pumps and double screw pumps).  

Saturday, July 18, 2020

FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - July 2020 - healthy ingredients, innovative processing and packaging products, and more...

Interest in health ingredients for all kinds of food and beverage products, has been growing, more so during COVID-19 times. The past several issues of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal (FPMJ) put more emphasis on the Health & Nutrition section because of this.    

Continuing developments both in business and research of probiotics are a boon to the manufacture of functional food and beverage. Earlier this year, the Southeast Asia Probiotic Scientific & Regulatory Experts Network initiated by DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences, together with the Food and Nutrition Society of Indonesia, the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, and the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association, held their first workshop to pave the way for the harmonisation of probiotics standards in Southeast Asia. While it seems typical for every country in Southeast Asia to have its own regulations for probiotics – or not have any at all – this has prevented brands from seizing market opportunities. The Network’s initiative is therefore good news for companies that can provide clinically tested probiotics.

FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal - July 2020

The area of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) remains promising as well. Complex sugar molecules uniquely found in human breast milk, HMOs help nourish and boost the immunity and brain development of infants. While commonly associated with infant nutrition, HMOs can also enrich dairy for adults. The biotech company, Jennewein Biotechnologie uses a proprietary fermentation process for the mass production of its HMOs. The company will soon release its breakthrough 5 HMO blend – a combination of five HMOs in nature-identical concentrations – and being so, it is closer to natural breast milk. Jennewein has obtained approval for its 2’-FL HMO in Singapore, and is eyeing markets in Asia.

Still related to health and nutrition, developments in plant-based/alternative meats are also hard to ignore as the segment catches on fast in Asia. We've featured another group of Asia-based startups creating meat alternatives out of jackfruit, peas, shiitake mushrooms, and trying out new techniques as well.     

Aside from these, check out the July 2020 issue for technologies for processing, packaging, automating your business, and even ensuring improving food safety.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Online conferences in review - June 2020

EVERY year, Ringier Events travels to Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines to conduct physical conferences for the food and beverage industry. It has gathered about 200 delegates each time. While this year is different, the company continues to organise webinars to keep its audience in the know. It recently hosted one on probiotics and another on shrink sleeve packaging.

Webinar: Probiotics – the Bull Market of Asia’s F&B Sector

Ringier Events hosted its first virtual conference on the topic of probiotics on 2 June 2020. The three-hour webinar titled, Probiotics – the Bull Market of Asia’s F&B Sector, aimed to communicate the developments in this fast-growing health category, and to present food and beverage manufacturers with the different types of probiotic strains currently available to Asia’s F&B industry. The event had presentations from Chr. Hansen, Anlit, FrieslandCampina, and Azelis.  

In general, consumers are familiar with probiotic strains that aid digestive health, these having been popularised by brands like Yakult and Danone for years. Interest in food and beverage products containing probiotics that support immune health is also increasing as consumers seek better food choices. Curiosity about the effects of probiotics also grew recently when it was reported that the best natural defense against COVID-19 is a strong immune system. The coronavirus threat is seen to drive demand even further.  

Lars Bredmose, Senior Director at Chr. Hansen, gave a live presentation on “Probiotics for immune health – making the right choice.” As more clinical trials and research results on the benefits of probiotics are released, many food manufacturers want to take advantage of probiotics, but on the choices of strains to incorporate in their products is another question.  

For children’s nutrition, David Gabbay, VP Sales & Marketing of Anlit, spoke on Probiotics Applied in Chews. Based in Israel, Anlit specialises in dietary supplements that are delivered in pectin-based gummy bears or other chewables, making nutritional ingredients easy for children to consume.  

Ringier also invited Ms. Nguyen Thuy Linh, who is Product Development Specialist at FrieslandCampina for AMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa). Her presentation, The Invention of Probiotic Bread Beverage, refers to the concept of using bread as a base for a probiotic beverage, a discovery with colleagues at the National University of Singapore. She emphasized that apart from creating a healthy beverage, the process helps bakeries reduce waste since unsold bread can be used to make the probiotic.  

Azelis, the provider of speciality chemicals and food ingredients, also took part in this online conference.  Mr Vikash Raj, the Market Segment Director for Food & Health APAC, presented on the very timely topic, Health, at heart of consumers' food choice – giving manufactures insights on formulation.  

Webinar: Upgrade to automatic, sustainable, shrink sleeve packaging  

On 12 June 2020, Dase-Sing Packaging Technology Co., LTD together with Ringier Events presented on global sleeve packaging trends and the latest machines and equipment for shrink sleeves. Mr Tony Huang, Executive Assistant delivered the presentation for the Taiwanese company.

 In a panel discussion, Mr Huang was joined by veteran packaging industry experts, Mr Henky Wibawa, executive director/CEO at the Indonesian Packaging Federation who spoke on sustainable packaging trends, and Dr. Joseph Ross S. Jocson, Vice President of the Asian Packaging Federation, and former president of the Packaging Institute of the Philippines, who shared his perspective of the industry in the Philippines.  

Dase-sing is a one-stop shop for films (PET, OPS, OPP, PLA, PVC, PE), advanced printing (rotogravure, digital and flexo machine), and machines sleeve applicator, cup unstacker and restacker, OPP labeling machine, sleeve underlaping machine and sleeve orientator). Its products and services are trusted by many leading brands across Asia.  

Some companies asked why they should use shrink sleeves. According to Mr Huang, sleeves offer flexibility. For instance, one container can be updated by simply changing its full body shrink sleeve. Shrink sleeves also help protect the contents from UV light, or even avoid the print from the container from being scratched off. Aside from these, shrink sleeves can be designed with perforations that make them easy to remove and also ready for recycling, he said.  

Mr Huang also stressed on the cost reduction benefits that come with using shrink sleeves, since downgauging is possible. He shared the features of ultrathin30um film, as well as other films that are currently offered by the company. This includes white film especially used for dairy, low temperature shrink film, and high shrinkage film with a shrinkage rate of 78%, among others.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Webinar on probiotics focuses on opportunities in Asia

Webinar: Probiotics - the bull market of the F&B industry
Date: June 2, 2pm Asia/Taipei
Register here

The Asia Pacific Functional Food Market is one of the few markets, projected to increase from USD51 billion in 2019 to USD71 billion in 2025 with a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period, despite (and because of) the pandemic. Growing demand for products that boost consumers’ immune system is one of the main factors.

Better digestive health, reducing the severity of allergies, improving cardiovascular health – the benefits of probiotics are increasingly being proven by clinical trials. The market for all types of probiotic products including dairy, dietary supplements and infant formula,is booming in Southeast Asia.

The first of Ringier's Virtual Conferences dedicated to the Food & Beverage Industry in SE Asia aims to help you find the right probiotics for your product.

Click here to know more about Ringier's conferences and webinars