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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Business as usual for Ringier's China team

Since February 10, many companies in China are going back to work, although staff will mostly work from home.
At Ringier Trade Media Ltd, our editors, conference planners, and trade show service teams and digital teams stationed in different parts of the mainland, have started since February 3, homebased. Conference planners have postponed events scheduled in Feb-April, and our digital team is busy with webinars.
As a team, we surely enjoy working together under the same roof like a big family. But at such a crucial time, our colleagues in China can still help our clients working from the safety of their homes. As a specialized media company, our role is even more important now to help our clients and end-users stay well connected with timely, relative and trust-worthy communication channels.
Our colleagues share this video showing their resilience and determination to serve customers amid the uncertainty brought by the 2019 n-CoV outbreak.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

COVID-19 hits the F&B industry

We’ve been monitoring how the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is impacting the food and beverage industry. Based on earlier reports, many retail companies in China are prioritizing the safety of their employees, and consumers, therefore shutting down facilities in the meantime.

Starbucks has closed 2,000 outlets of its 4,300, according to a BBC report. The coffee company expects its financial performance to slide as a result of the outbreak. About 10% of its global revenue for the first quarter came from the China market.

For Mondelez International, China is also an emerging market, accounting for 4.6% of sales. The company has heavily invested in product development and marketing in China, according to a CNBC report. The snacks company had to close two factories which are located near Wuhan for now.

Coca-Cola has also shut down offices and manufacturing facilities temporarily as a precautionary measure. In a recent conference call with analysts, CEO James Quincey mentioned that the company’s sales will eventually rebalance.

Bloomberg reports that beer companies are seeing their sales impacted as restaurants and bars close in China. Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart said Q1 revenue will be severely hit, and cost cuts will be made to ease the effect.

Grain trader, ADM is not convinced the outbreak will affect its business negatively as of Reuters’ report on February 3. CEO Juan Luciano said that the company will be impacted if the coronavirus impacts the global GDP.

Support for China
For chemical company, DuPont, the priority is to deliver products for the prevention and control of the virus. DuPont told FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal that through its China national distribution network, it is distributing masks and other protective gear and equipment to health workers and front-line personnel especially in the provinces of Hubei, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang, as well as Shanghai and Beijing. It is working with local government groups including the CDC, FDA, Shanghai Medicine Group, Ministry of Industrial Information Technology and other related organizations, and participates in joint-agency meetings. To ensure continued supply, DuPont is increasing manufacturing capacity and diverting stock from other countries into China.

Besides gear, probiotic products which help to regulate and improve immunity are also being donated by the company where mostly needed.

Live updates 
ASEAN Briefing is posting live updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak in China and Southeast Asian countries. Keep posted via this link:

WHO on the 2019 N-coV 
One of the more frequently asked questions about the 2019 COVID-19 is if the virus can be contracted from letters or packages coming from China. According to the World Health Organization, previous analysis shows that the virus does not survive long in packages and letters.

For more information about the novel coronavirus, go to:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Message from RINGIER EVENTS:

Please accept the most sincere blessings and wishes of good fortune for Chinese New year from all of Ringier Events staff.
2019 was a really rewarding year for Ringier. In this year, we’ve held 37 successful conferences in China and Southeast Asia, which explored relevant regulations, new trends, technologies for industries such as the application of food & beverage packaging materials, functional drinks and many more. Those memories and warm testimonies of our attendees provide us with strength and determination to be even better in the oncoming year.
In 2020, Ringier will continue building the accurate and efficient line of communication between the suppliers and the purchasers. Not only we will hold 34 conferences in China and Southeast Asia, but we also expand to new markets in Europe, to provide you with further opportunities.
Our main conferences in Foods & Personal Care Industry such as:
China Personal Care Technology Summit & Expo 2020
Shanghai, China

Every year new companies are joining our events, recognizing the opportunities to connect with new business partners and the high ROI of this method. Please visit Ringier Events to find out more about our 2020 conference arrangements and mark them in your calendar!
Furthermore, we’d like to invite you to join our 2020 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards. Founded in 2006, the goal of these awards is to support innovators and thought leaders in reaching wider industry with their accomplishments. Participation is free and the expert review process and online voting system keep the contest fair and let the industry voice their praise for those who really proved to be the leaders.
To properly celebrate entering into a new decade, Ringier team worked hard to prepare new, improved website that will be launched soon, as well as new services designed to provide you with best business opportunities in the oncoming years. Our 19 magazines and 15 WeChat public accounts keep focusing on providing you with the reliable, verified information about the latest technologies, industry development trends and how to implement them.
We look forward to keep supporting the development of your business in 2020.
Ringier Events 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What goes with cocoa? Let your imagination run wild

Are you familiar with hybrids or fusion foods?

Charissa Leong, Olam Cocoa’s head of Sales for Asia 
We talked to Charissa Leong, Olam Cocoa’s head of Sales for Asia on the products and concepts they have been introducing to beverage, bakery, and confectionery manufacturers. An interesting trend these days is what she calls fusion food, examples of which are salted egg chocolate and peanut butter cacao. If these flavour pairings have stretched your imagination as to what other flavours can go together, well there are many out there that easily pair with a versatile ingredient like cocoa. Not only that cocoa has other functions in food and beverage.

Read: Olam Cocoa puts spotlight on healthy yet delicious ingredients

Olam Cocoa is a focused supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, which has eight innovation hubs. The one in Singapore develops formulations and customises solutions for the Asian market. As with many ingredients suppliers, Olam also partners with F&B manufacturers to develop new products that meet the trends.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2019 interviews with FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal

Dear Readers,

Happy holidays from the staff of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal and Food Manufacturing Journal-Middle East. It has been another interesting year in the food and beverage industry, one that tested capabilities to come up with winning concepts for the market, of mergers and acquisitions, and unveiling of technologies and new facilities. It's a competitive market, but in the end who wins? We'd like to think all of us as consumers.

Every December we look back to features we did over the past 12 months, and here are some from the list of exclusive interviews:

In the coming years, we will see more of blockchain being implemented in Asia's F&B industry. Read this report on how farmers have collaborated with Oxfam to get the most from their yield:

The Italian company SIPA has been one at the forefront of PET recycling,  and as of our interview with them in June,  their most innovative recycling equipment had already been installed in a client's facility in Japan.

Rum may be perfect as it is, but is also loved in cocktails, and gives chocolate, cakes and confectionery that warm kick. But what makes a good rum? For the owners of Samai, the best rums begin with the best molasses, and they found it in Cambodia. We needn't argue with them because they have the awards to prove it.  

There are so many ingredients available to food and beverage manufacturers, but how do companies make their choices? Do they look beyond the ingredients? 

A German once told me the best ice cream comes from Parma, Italy. But if you're in the Philippines, you have to try the Carmen’s Best brand for their original creations.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Meat or plant-based? Is a balanced diet the answer?

Depending on who you talk to or what you are reading about in the food industry, you will get different points of view about what’s on trend. Take the issue of meat consumption. In recent years, a lot of news have been shared about the effects of meat consumption to climate change, a few of the recent ones include an article in Nature which looks into the reasons why.

The United Nations has made a call to cut meat intake not only for the obvious reason of health –
but for the health of the planet.

The concern was brought to light further following the deforestation – for agriculture – in the Amazon where the loss of more rainforest will eventually lead to the release of billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Yes, maybe not in our lifetime, but it will happen if further rainforests are destroyed. The Amazon itself helps to cool global temperatures, so without those forests, you can imagine a warmer climate altogether.

How is the meat industry responding to the issue? It has been an on-going issue of how raising cows release methane. But they’re not the only one releasing methane into the atmosphere, right? So do your cars.  

There are many ways the meat industry is responding. If you’ve read the report from New Nutrition, then you know the meat industry is “fighting back”. Even as plant-based proteins are all the rage right now even Asia, the report says meat brands, at least in the United States, are attracting consumers with information about provenance, sustainability, and animal welfare. Health and environmental claims such as “organic”, “grass-fed” seem to make a difference, and are preferred by consumers.

I believe that consumers are responsible enough to heed the call of environmentalists and the United Nations to reduce our meat intake for the reasons they mention. At the end of the day, many of us are still a meat-eating population, even with the rise in vegetarianism. We are flexitarian mostly. But because vegetables are cheaper, there is a tendency to eat more of these especially in Asia.

Clearly there is a growing interest in proteins being derived from plants, experts say. We as consumers welcome F&B innovations that use more of plants as alternatives to dairy or meat.

According to a market research from Euromonitor, Southeast Asians are gradually opening up to meat alternatives as packaged foods manufacturers introduce vegan-friendly products via online and offline stores.

At food and beverage trade shows in Asia, most big companies have their new products, and try to outdo one another in their plant-based product innovations, touted to be better for health and for guilt-free indulgence.
Obviously, diets are changing because of all these industry developments and innovations. The good thing for consumers is that they can enjoy both meat and meatless alternatives. So, I think the key in eating – and the UN will probably agree – is moderation. - Marijo Gonzalez

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Product inspection machines for SMEs

During a conversation with James Kearbey, president and CEO of FILTEC, we at FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal wanted to know if small and medium size companies could afford their test and inspection equipment for packaging.

Before he answered, Mr Kearby introduced us to FILTEC as a 60-year-old company that started with inspection machines for glass bottles, metal cans, and PET containers. Their expertise has led to the development of solutions that include vacuum and pressure detection, and label inspection to validate the process and the quality of containers.

"From empty containers coming into the production facility to the full-finished cases going to the end-user, our solutions are present at each point of the process," he said.

And to answer our question, he said: "The scalability and versatility of FILTEC machines make them suitable for SMEs. “They can be scaled according to applications, and a control package can be sold as just a stand-alone fill level. As companies’ inspection criteria and businesses grow, they can incorporate additional technologies to make the systems versatile. It is not as if you’re buying one machine, and it does only one thing. With a FILTEC solution, one machine is used for various requirements, and it allows you to change or replace the technology and add sensors to meet each of those requirements. So, it is versatile and useful for smaller operations.”

And if a client aspires to have its own smart factory, their FILTEC equipment are ready for Industry 4.0 as well.