Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Did you miss Asia Food and Beverage 2018?

In case you missed the Asia Food and Beverage Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, we've got the highlights and sidelights.

Asia Food and Beverage Summit is organized by Ringier Trade Media with partners the ASEAN Food & Beverage Alliance (AFBA), Food Industry Asia (FIA), the Indonesian Food & Beverage Association (GAPMMI), the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF), and the Philippine Association of Food Technologists (PAFT). 

Asia Food and Beverage Summit updates industry members on the latest in ingredients, processing, and packaging. In 2019, the event will be held in Indonesia and Vietnam. 
This year, the conference took place at the JS Luwansa Hotel  from 4-5 September 2018, attracting 216 participants interested in food safety, sustainable packaging, new technologies including blockchain, the latest food ingredients, and more.

Read the post-event review: Takeaways from the Asia Food and Beverage Summit

Watch the video for highlights and participants' feedback:  4th Asia Food and Beverage Summit

Here's more good news! Asia Food and Beverage Summit will be held in Vietnam and Indonesia in 2019. We will be posting the latest details soon. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Turnkey solutions for soybean processing

RISING demand for plant-based proteins across the globe puts Yung Soon Lih Food Machine Co., Ltd (YSLFOOD) in a position of strength. For the past 30 years, the company has been manufacturing a diverse range of equipment for processing tofu, soybean milk, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and vegan meat foods. It pioneered the development and production of turnkey solutions for soybean processing lines in Taiwan, and has earned the most local patents. It continues to expand R&D and customisation capabilities as it eyes new markets. Currently it provides equipment and services to manufacturers in over 40 countries in North and South America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia.

Healthy demand for soy
“Since 2000, the global consumption of soybeans has been growing continually, almost doubling in 2016/17. Likewise, this has been matched by the global production of soybeans,” shares company CEO Brian Cheng, who is also supervisor at the Taiwan Food & Pharmaceutical Machinery Manufacturers' Association (TFPMA).

Brian Cheng, CEO of Yung Soon Lih Food Machine Co., Ltd

YSLFOOD is confident in Southeast Asia’s soy market where interest in veganism/vegetarianism is also on the rise.

“With a total population of 645 million and a population growth rate between 0.08% and 1% annually, over six million people are added to Southeast Asia’s population each year. Consumers are becoming more health-conscious, so demand for tofu, soy milk, and soy foods—which are perceived to be healthier—has increased in Southeast Asia,” adds Mr. Cheng.

Hence soybean food manufacturers are expanding their portfolio to include soy and other healthy proteins food. According to United Nations statistics, the region’s vegetarian claims for 2012-2016 increased by 140%.

“Soybeans are increasingly sought after by Southeast Asia’s processed soy milk and tofu industries, in order to assure consistency, quality and high standards of end products for modern retail markets. Similarly, soy food producers employ technology such as ‘YSLFOOD’s unique modulation technology’ to improve the quality and taste of soy milk and tofu.”

The company is also open to building partnerships with manufacturers that wish to upgrade their soy and tofu operations and skills. The most popular turnkey solutions are the Tofu Production Line, Fresh Soymilk Production Line, and Vegan Meat Production Line (Soya Meat Machine).

Soybean processing equipment

Food safety in processing
With consumers now more cautious about the chemicals in food products, manufacturers have to choose their equipment more carefully. Often food processing requires the use of chemical additives. Even in cooking hard tofu for example, makers will add de-foaming agents to remove bubbles that form during cooking. With YSLFOOD’s de-foaming machine, tofu producers don’t have to use de-foaming agents, and thus their product additive-free.

Part of the success of its machinery also lies in the YSLFOOD’s in-depth study of beans. In developing its bean sprout machine, for example, the company discovered a way to produce bean sprouts without having to add chemicals to the plants the way bean sprouts producers would normally do. The company is also teaching producers this technique. Read more

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Industrial sensors for F&B processing

FROM one company built in 1979, Taiwan-based FineTek Co., Ltd has expanded with subsidiaries across the globe, developing industrial sensors and solutions for flow metering, tank gauging systems, automation, and wireless communication for many industries.

For the food and beverage processing sectors, FineTek has been supplying a range of level transmitters, float level switches, and temperature controllers used in different stages of the F&B manufacturing process. The products can be used to achieve process automation and control. For example, in batching systems, its control systems will help manufacturers ensure thorough blending of all dry and wet ingredients, and controllers to measure the level of liquids inside the tank. In raw water treatment, liquid level sensors can monitor and control liquid levels.

The FineTek team, with Chief Marketing Officer Mr Peter Wu standing fifth from left.

FineTek Chief Marketing Officer, Peter Wu sees growing opportunities for its industrial sensors in Asia. Rapid development in the region’s southeast is a boon to automated instrumentation equipment, he said. Rising populations spur demand for food and beverage, one of the biggest markets for the company.

FineTek already cooperates with several multinational companies such as Cargill, Charoen Pokphand, Wilmar, Cheil Jedang, and Ajinomoto,” Mr. Wu said.

Through a merger and acquisition with Mütec GmbH, FineTek has been able to expand its product lines to include solid measurement instruments, specifically continuous inline moisture measuring system, solid mass flow, and signal transmitters.

Recently, FineTek came out with two new products for the food and beverage market, one is a sanitary electromagnetic flow meter made of stainless steel 316L material and lining pfa. The other is a sanitary intelligent level switch with anti sticky (viscous) feature, two outputs, and intelligent foam/ water detector. Read more

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

SIKO Products Asia Pte. Ltd. was established in 2013 in Singapore to handle the distribution and technical support for customers and distributors especially in the Southeast Asian region. The company is the newest addition to Germany-based SIKO’s global subsidiaries. 

The SIKO team at ProPak Asia 2018. Mr Jacky Tan is fourth from left. (Photo: Ringier)

In the following video, FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal asked Jacky Tan, general manager for SIKO Products Asia, to explain how the company's system solution for changeover works, and note the ease of use designed into this semi-automated equipment. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The DNA approach to tracking food

Considering that the consumption of food directly correlates with health and safety issues, there is a growing awareness of the importance of food origins and processing details in this day and age. The ability to track and trace food and all other substances that will eventually be consumed through all stages of their production, processing and distribution is known as food traceability[i], and is being increasingly recognised as a crucial component of the food and beverage industry when it comes to identifying and responding to food-related health risks to protect public health.

The value of food traceability especially lies in the fact that if any sort of contamination or other concern detrimental to human health emerges along the food processing, production and distribution chain, the presence of traceability measures will allow food manufacturers and/or health authorities to determine the source of the issue, identify and isolate it to prevent spread, as well as take other necessary steps like withdrawing any contaminated product that has already made it to the market and issue health warnings and advisories to consumers. This is vital not only to protect the consumers and avert potential major health crises in the community, but also to provide some form of protection for the business operators and ensure accountability for public safety.

Food traceability around the globe
So far, one of the most mature proponents of food traceability worldwide is Europe. In 2002, the European Union (EU) enforced the General Food Law, making traceability a compulsory component of all food and feed businesses, necessitating that all of these businesses have special traceability systems1. This means that the origin, and movement of all European products must be readily accounted for by their manufacturers, processors and distributors, and this information must also be readily available to be reported to the relevant authorities where requested. For example, animals that are slaughtered for human consumption must be tagged with details of their origin, and when sent to the abattoir, also have the details of the abattoir tagged on. Apart from the General Food Law, the EU has also published well-established guidelines on food traceability which are publicly available, meaning that pleading ignorance or unawareness is not possible for businesses.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Register Now: Asia Food and Beverage Summit in Jakarta

Returning to Jakarta on 4-5 September 2018 for the Asia Food and Beverage Summit, Ringier Trade Media Ltd invites members of the industry to two days of exciting presentations and networking at JS Luwansa Hotel and Convention Centre, plus a factory tour to complete the package.

Asia Food and Beverage Summit
Some 200 delegates attend the Asia Food and Beverage Summit which provides an overview of the industry through presentations on food processing, ingredients, packaging, food safety, and market developments.
The Asia Food and Beverage Summit is strongly supported by the ASEAN Food & Beverage Alliance (AFBA), Food Industry Asia (FIA), the Indonesian Food & Beverage Association (GAPMMI), the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF), and the Philippine Association of Food Technologists (PAFT), and annually attracts over 200 delegates from Indonesia and other parts of Asia.

To provide you with a better overview of industry developments, the conference will have two tracks, (1) Food and Beverage Processing and Ingredients, and (2) Packaging, plus presentations on blockchain, food safety, and other topics of interest.

The speakers:

Mr. Kenneth Whitaker General Manager
ASEAN Detpak / Detmold Group
Key Trends That Drive the Future of Packaging

Ms. Teresa Lo Yee Yii, Programme Leader at ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA)
Trade Impact of Non-Harmonised Nutrition Labelling on Prepackaged Food in ASEAN

Mr. Tetuko Dito Widarso,  Associate Partner
PT Duta Satya Konsultindo / Gosystem Consulting
Recent Updates of International and Indonesian Food Safety Standards 2017-2018

Dr. Miflora Minoza- Gatchalian, Chief Executive Officer at Quality Partners Company, Ltd. Systematic Innovation: Key to Competitiveness Enhancement

Dr. Jose C. Gatchalian, University of the Philippines, School of Labour and Industrial Relations
Engaging The Workforce Towards Sustaining Food Safety

Ms. Zelda Anthony, Head of Blockchain, ASEAN at IBM Singapore
Blockchain for Food Safety

Mr. Suryo Wiratno, Sr. Consultant at PT Tridaya Prima Artha
Halal Issues and Concerns

Dr. Elaine Borazon, BusinessBests InnovaCon Inc. (BBI)
Innovation to Market- Marketing for Asia’s Functional Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Massimo Reverberi
Founder, Bugsolutely
Sustainable foods: Edible insects in packaged goods

Mr. David Christian, Co-founder at Evoware (Indonesia)

Mr. Adhi Lukman,  Chairman at GAPMMI, Indonesia and Mr. Henky Wibawa,  Executive Director at Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF) will provide updates for 2019.

The conference ends with a not-to-be-missed visit to PT Indesso's state-of-the-art facilities including the new R&D building. One of Indonesia's leading manufacturers of food, flavour, and fragrance ingredients, PT Indesso is a partner and distributor for companies like Chr. Hansen, Firminech, and PureCircle.  With sweet smells wafting in the Indesso compound, the tour is guaranteed to be a refreshing end to your day with Ringier.

Register online, or contact: 
Ms. Zoey Kuo
T. +886-4 2329-7318
E. jouyinkuo@ringier.com.hk

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dealing with plastic waste on our own

On 5 June 2018, countries celebrated World Environment Day, and Secretary-General, António Guterres was quoted as saying, "On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world."[1]
Who would have thought that these words – and many other similar messages – would be uttered years later, after the creation of polymers? 
The discovery of Bakelite, a synthetic plastic, by Leo Baekeland in 1907 led to rapid developments of new polymers from chemical companies.[2] And with so many uses and applications today and the convenience they offer, plastics continue to be a necessary part of our lives. For many food products and beverages alone, plastic packaging is still the material of choice.
Bioplastics, a type of plastic made from renewable sources instead of petroleum-based products, are said to be the better option because they degrade faster, are less toxic, and do not contain bisphenol A. But guess what, they’re not that great either when you take into account the production. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that making bioplastics “resulted in greater amounts of pollutants, due to the fertilizers and pesticides used in growing the crops and the chemical processing needed to turn organic material into plastic. The bioplastics also contributed more to ozone depletion than the traditional plastics, and required extensive land use.”[3]
But are words like those of Secretary-General António Guterres’ even necessary when we ourselves are confronted by images of floating trash and lifeless animals that have ingested plastics. We are all partly responsible for this. And such vivid images alone should make you stop, think, and take action. There are people who do more than just limit their use of plastics. One we know from Indonesia is David Christian who started his business Evoware, to develop and manufacture edible packaging based on seaweed. If you haven’t heard of him, read this interview with Mr Christian.
Every little action counts in clearing up the world of plastic trash.
On 14 June at ProPak Asia 2018, Food Industry Asia will hold a two-hour session on Sustainable Packaging: Tackling plastic waste in Southeast Asia, with speakers from Tetra Pak, Coca-Cola, the UN Environment and FIA. Looking forward to this session which focuses on Southeast Asia. If you’d like to know more, go to https://foodindustry.asia/home.