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Monday, September 6, 2021

Millisecond technology: Advanced liquid processing for fruit juices and dairy products


Nu Agri Asia (NAAC) specialises in the premiumisation of coconut products, natural and organic fruit beverages, dairy and snack items. Based in the Philippines,  NAAC provides sourcing and sustainability, product formulation and positioning, toll-manufacturing management, process and technical improvement, plant management, new plant layout and design, marketing and off-take sales, and modelling and feasibility analysis services, to its partners.

A patented technology, the MST pasteurisation technique provides fresh shelf life in non-aseptic packaging for greater than 45 days, and has the potential to extend that beyond 90 days in some products, while stored and distributed refrigerated.

Recently, CEO Dan Baron shared with us that NAAC is representing Millisecond Technologies Corp (MSTC) and JCS Process and Control Systems (JCS), the companies behind the patented Millisencond technology.

Millisecond is an advanced liquid processing technology for fruit juice and dairy products, which can deliver the taste and nutrition of HTST pasteurisation and the shelf life that until now was only available from Ultra Pasteurized or UHT products, now MST promises fresh drinks with extended shelf life at significant cost savings, while maintaining nutritional value. That means more cost savings. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Flavours trending in Southeast Asia

Every year for the past 20 years, the McCormick Flavour Forecast has been sharing the trends that transform the way consumers cook, flavour, and eat. For the Southeast Asia market, we sought the input of Ms Annalee O’ Rourke, R&D Director Southeast Asia, McCormick and Tawinkarn Ariyavaradhorn, Culinary Development Chef Southeast Asia, McCormick provide more details on the region's diverse preferences. 

(From left) Annalee O'Rourke, R&D Director Southeast Asia, McCormick, and Tawinkarn Ariyavaradhorn, Culinary Development Chef Southeast Asia, McCormick

What will be new in Southeast Asia, a region with very diverse tastes?

The McCormick® Flavour Forecast® is a forward-thinking annual global report that identifies emerging flavour trends driving “what’s next” in flavour at restaurants, on retail shelves and in-home kitchens for the next one to three years. 

The four themes in McCormick® Flavour Forecast® 21st edition are very relevant to Southeast Asia (SEA) and we do see them developing across retail and quick service restaurants (QSR).

In Plant Pushing Boundaries, we see an increase in the use of local plants and flowers for taste, texture, and colour indulgence. Right now, social media is awash with vibrant images of bright blue and rich purple foods naturally coloured with butterfly pea flower and Ube. Butterfly pea flower is being used to give a beautiful blue shade to coffees, sodas, salads and more. In Thailand we see spicy Thai-styled salad with blue rice vermicelli, served with lime wedges on the side. When customers squeeze the limes to get the sourness they prefer, they can watch the dish magically transform from blue to purple. Ube the sweet yam from the Philippines has also become a social media darling, appearing in all things sweet from ice-creams to macarons. This is partly due to its photo-worthy purple colour but also its natural healthy nature.  

For Humble Nosh, the Pandan Kaya specifically featured in the 21st Flavour Forecast is a great example for this theme in SEA. Pandan is used in local sweets and desserts, or even adding its juice when boiling rice to infuse the fruity and floral aroma into the dishes. Pandan kaya can be found everywhere from street food stalls, QSR, convenience stores and bakeries.  It’s also a great example of a humble Southeast Asian ingredient that has made its way into global kitchens.  READ MORE

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Shrink sleeves: Updates from Dase-Sing Group

The Dase-Sing Group manufactures automatic rotogravure printing labels, automatic sleever machines and shrink labels and films. Established in 1985, it has become one of Taiwan's more advanced and fast-developing packaging companies with major customers across the Asian region. 

“When Dase-Sing manufactured the first machine in 1995, our goal was to become a manufacturer that provides customers with one-stop processing and packaging solutions,” shared Tony Huang, executive assistant at Dase-Sing. He said that in conceptualising designs, the company makes the most of available science and technology, and as a result has produced several notable machines and complete solutions for F&B and personal care manufacturing. These sectors are very dynamic, with such trends as sustainability, recyclability, consumer safety, among others, impacting the packaging sector. At the same time developments in automation are also changing the way companies manage their production.  

READ: Dase-Sing: Top packaging solutions

On May 27 this year,  Ringier Events hosted an online conference on shrink sleeve trends, where Dase-Sing executive assistant, Tony Huang, and sales manager Jovy Chen, talked about new materials and machine capability. 

At the conference, Mr. Huang did a Q&A segment replying to questions regarding the technical impact of using thinner shrink films during production as well as about digital printing. From a design and sustainability perspective, he said a thinner film has its obvious benefits, but compared to a thicker version, it is also sensitive to static charge which can cause sleeving issues unless properly addressed during production. To achieve the best aesthetic results, thinner sleeves are more suitable for use with certain bottle designs. 

The conference was also supported by the Asian Packaging Federation with its vice president Dr. Joseph Ross Jocson speaking on design trends for 2021, and by packaging expert Ms Mayumee Paklamjeak, who is currently an advisor to the Plastics Institute of Thailand and the Thai Printing Association.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

F&B Updates in the July 2021 of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal

When you go over the issues of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal, you’d be amazed at the countless innovations being presented to food and beverage manufacturers, and how these are contributing to hundreds of new and exciting products every day.  

Read the July 2021 issue of FoodPacific Manufacturing Journal

 In food and beverage, two trends are coming right at us with full force. One is the focus on health and nutrition, which should significantly impact the way packaged foods and drinks are developed or reformulated. Another is the seeming breakneck speed at which companies are investing in plant-based food – especially alternative meat – production. With technical support coming from many ingredient companies, expect that you can produce better tasting plant-based food and beverages.  READ MORE

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Inspirational women shaping engineering (Meet 5 from Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection)

Women have always been under-represented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) workforce, and a 2019 report by UNESCO illustrated the true extent of this. It showed that in no part of the world, except for a few countries, do women outnumber men in the Research & Development workforce. Globally, less than 30% of those working in research fields were women. 

There can be no doubt that women are starting to represent a higher proportion of the science and engineering workforce. However, any increases follow on from very low starting points. According to the US Census, for example, women working in engineering occupations increased from 3% in 1970, to 15% in 2019[1]. That same year, there were more than 6.3 million female scientists and engineers working in the EU, accounting for 41% of total employment in science and engineering[2].  

In Asia specifically, there were found to be key differences across the continent. A handful of countries buck the global trend – most notably Myanmar (75.6%), Mongolia (57.5%) and Thailand (53.2%). Others have well below the global average proportion of women working in R&D, notably India (13.9%), Japan (16.2%) and South Korea (20.1%).  

With the aim to inspire more females to choose an engineering career, these women, working in engineering for Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection, talk about their experiences and their driving influences. Meet Johselyn, Kristina, Ruth, Orawan, and Dipti:

Johselyn Casillas, Applications Center Manager at
Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection US in Lutz, Florida 

Kristina Djukic, Mechanical Engineer
Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection US in Lutz, Florida,
who is transitioning to Product Engineer/Product Manager  

Ruth Francis, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Mettler-Toledo Safeline Metal Detection in Salford, UK

Orawan Kongsomboon, General Manager
Mettler-Toledo Thailand & Vietnam

Dipti Panchal, Deputy Manager, Design & Development
Mettler-Toledo India

What or who inspired you to work in this industry?   

Johselyn Casillas (JC):  I was inspired by making a difference that can protect others while they enjoy the products they consume. Product inspection allows us to ensure people are safe from foreign material that can hurt them or even be life threatening.  

Ruth Francis (RF): I was originally a product designer and was due to do an MSc in Industrial Design. In a 'sliding doors' moment, my lecturer told me of a new MSc course that he was creating, that was more Engineering based. He felt my skills were better suited in that area, so my career path changed.  

Kristina Djukic (KD):  I was first inspired to work in engineering in grade 12 – I had a great physics teacher who used to be a mechanical engineer. While in university, I was involved in a lot of projects that made me realise that I really wanted to use my engineering skills to benefit society, such as designing low-cost medical devices for countries that can't afford traditional medical equipment. 

Orawan Kongsomboon (OK): My background is finance and administration. Initially, I started my career as an external auditor in an international audit firm, where I learnt how to analyse and evaluate what was really going on in a business at any given time. I was always passionate about providing more than sums and figures to senior management – and that was to present accurate business analysis. This experience has brought me to the senior position of General Manager.

I joined Mettler-Toledo as its vision and structure inspired me to believe that the company will invest in innovations that provide the best solutions for related market segments. Plus, I thought it would be fun working with a proactive company. As time has passed, I’ve not been proven wrong.

Dipti Panchal (DP): I started my career in design and product testing, before becoming an electronics engineer. At Mettler-Toledo, I have been able to use my technical, leadership and interpersonal skills to benefit the organisation. For example, I worked on the embedded firmware for the retail weighing scale for the Indian market. Today, I am now responsible for the development of customised software across products and business units.

Have you faced any barriers within your career? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?  
JC: Yes, being a female in this industry can be difficult but not impossible. It takes double the effort to prove yourself to others, especially when you are young, trying to explain to people that what they have been doing for years may be wrong.  Once you do prove yourself you do earn their respect and that is awesome.  

RF: Before Safeline, I spent a long time in the same role with one company, hoping that someone would give me the opportunity to rise up the ladder. That opportunity was never given to me, but I knew what I was capable of and after ten years, I decided to find somewhere that would recognise my abilities.  Here I am at Safeline, and they have given me a chance to shine and develop.  Sometimes the only way to move past an obstacle is to take a big risk and step outside of your comfort zone. If you know your self-worth, you will succeed.  

OK: I only experienced career barriers during the first year of working which occurred if a discussion with a client required some in-depth technical knowledge. At the time, it made me feel a little left out. However, since then, I have developed my understanding of application concepts and market needs in order to join in with the conversation and speak with depth about subjects. More importantly, I have realised that I don’t necessarily need to know all of the technical terms in depth to understand how the technology can be applied to benefit customers. Now, I leave it to our experts to discuss the technical terms in depth – that’s what they are good at.  

DP: Initially my lack of knowledge of programming languages seemed to be a barrier. However, I overcame this by learning those languages.

Do you have any role models?  
JC: My parents are my role models. My mom is from Panama. To me, she was the best, most hard working, artistic, talented but humble seamstress in Puerto Rico where I grew up. She taught me to aim to be the best in anything I did. She is the definition of service and humbleness. My dad, Army retired, was my hero. He showed me to give openly to those in need, even if you were down to your last dollar. These values are my foundation and will be with me forever.  

RF: Maya Angelou – she was a civil rights activist in America, as well as a poet and writer. What I liked most about her was that she was a fantastic public speaker. She really caught your attention and inspired you. She had the power to change people purely by the way that she spoke.  

KD: My role models are definitely my parents. In the 1990s they fled from the former Yugoslavia to escape the war. Eventually they moved to Canada with my sister and myself. They did this all on their own with minimal knowledge of the language, so that they could create a better life for our family. I often think about the sacrifices they made and am motivated to work hard, stay true to my values, and keep chasing my goals – all traits and values I try to bring to work with me every day.  

OK:  My previous CEO, Olivier Filliol (former President and CEO of Mettler-Toledo Holding Inc.) has been a role model for me. He taught me to constantly strive to improve things in pursuit of perfection.

DP: My father, for his perseverance and ‘never-say-die’ attitude to life. 

What is your dream for the next 5-10 years?  
JC: I want to create an App Centre Dream Team and World Class Centre that inspires not only Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection but other divisions to strive to be the best.   

RF: My main aim at the moment is to be a Team Leader. I am in the process of developing my career plan with my manager, but I know I want to leave a legacy within the company and feel like I have made significant changes that will last. 

KD: I know I would like to be involved in work that I feel passionate about, where I am making a difference and helping society.  

OK:  I would like to be recognised as the leader of an organisation where financial performance is strong, employees are engaged in our success, and young people choose to stay and further their careers.  

DP:  My dream is to lead a high-performance design team that is recognised for its agility and ability to perfectly meet customer demands.

If you could give the 18-year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?  
JC: Always follow your dreams, and surround yourself with empowered, positive people that will push you always to do your best and continue growing in life.  

RF: Be patient and don't worry so much! 

KD: Get comfortable with stepping outside your comfort zone. To truly grow and develop you have to be able to put yourself in situations where you may not feel fully comfortable or confident, and where there will likely be a lot of unknowns, but these are the experiences where you will grow, learn about yourself, and develop.  

OK: Work hard on what you have a passion for, but don't be too hard on yourself. Life is a journey: learn from it, appreciate the good things, accept the bad things, and then move on. Be adaptable in chasing your goals – if things change over time, don’t see it as failure, see it as a new goal to pursue.

DP: Invest time in learning new skills on a regular basis. Having an enquiring mind is a key requirement.

What would you recommend to a company that is looking to hire more women?

OK:  I think you should have a mindset that you are hiring more women because you value the strengths that women bring to a company, such as interpersonal skills, teamwork, creativity, and multi tasking. In the long term, this will add increased value to the company. It shouldn’t just be about hitting diversity targets.

DP: Make it policy: mandate that a minimum proportion of people recruited must be women.   

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Vegan whipping agent for ice cream, desserts and bakery products

As the trend for plant-based alternatives grows across the globe, FrieslandCampina introduces a vegan innovation. 

The ingredient called Kievit® Vana-Monte V98 allows bakers to use it for Crème Chantilly (whipped cream), making it attractive to vegan as well as non-vegans (flexitarians). Desserts manufacturers can make chocolate or fruit mousse, and ice cream based upon Kievit® Vana-Monte V98.

"We are seeing the global trend for more plant-based alternatives transfer more and more to the bakery, desserts and ice cream industries and we are delighted to support our partners and consumers all over the world with giving them a vegan alternative for the perfect Crème Chantilly and sweet or acidic mousses,” says Suzanne van den Eshof, Global Head of Marketing Food Industry at FrieslandCampina.“We consider it our mission to bring our valued partners and consumers every opportunity to make their own creations exactly to their and the market’s liking, and we’re proud of this new chapter in fulfilling that mission.” Read more

Monday, May 24, 2021

Extruder users! A prize for your thoughts

Dear extruder users: 

 As you have been working in the packaging industry for many years, you are familiar with the equipment in the market and have been using them in your day-to-day operations. But we also know that many users still have questions, among them: 

 1. What are the well-known brands of extruders in the market? 
 2. What qualities of products and services from extruder suppliers are available today? 
 3. Which extruder suppliers are preferred by my colleagues? 

Ringier Trade Media is launching a survey on the procurement experience of those who use extruders in their production plants. The survey aims to find out the main reasons for their choice of equipment, brand and other factors that affect their purchase of extruders. 

This survey will only take you about 3-5 minutes to fill out and will give you the chance to win some prizes.  Join this survey and let your voice be heard! 

Survey form at: