Industry Trends

JANUarY 2023

See what has been happening in Asia’s food and beverage industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Will protein be the next mega-trend in 2023?, 3D-printed seafood being developed, New collagen source: swim bladder of ling fish, and more. Find out what journals and industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

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Will protein be the next mega-trend in 2023?


With growing calls for high protein and alternative options – and as manufacturers tackle traditional manufacturing challenges – the industry’s eyes are on whether 2023 will be the year protein cements itself as a seismic influence in bakery and snacks.

Steakholder, Umami Meats to develop 3D-printed seafood


Food technology company Steakholder Foods received a grant to develop 3D-printed seafood products, namely eel and grouper, with help from Umami Meats. The funds were granted from the Singapore Israel Industrial R&D Foundation, a cooperation between Enterprise Singapore and the Israel Innovation Authority.

New collagen source: New Zealand seafood firm launches ingredient from swim bladder of Ling fish


A seafood supplier based in Christchurch, New Zealand, has launched a collagen ingredient derived from Ling maw ‘ the swim bladder of Ling.

Natural meat preservative: More research needed for wider application of lactic acid bacteria


More studies are required before lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bacteriocins can be commercialised as a natural alternative to antibiotics and chemical preservatives in meat, say researchers in India and Spain.

The story of wheat features resilience as its main character


Bakery and snack manufacturers are turning to whole grain alternatives, product diversity and supply chain resilience in 2023 to respond to ongoing market uncertainty and consumer consciousness.

New dietary fibre insights drive nutritional and health launches


Following the results of a European study that reveals nutrition, health, taste and price lead dietary fibre needs, we explore how consumer perceptions and attitudes are evolving and shaping new product launches.

Consumers warned about titanium dioxide


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a warning Dec. 5 telling consumers to avoid products formulated with titanium dioxide. The nanoparticles found in food-grade titanium dioxide may accumulate in the body and cause DNA damage and is one way chemicals cause cancer and other health problems, according to the group.

From pastel pigments to psychedelic hues: Which colours will trend in food and beverage 2023 and why?


We investigate the hues on suppliers’ radars and ask about the factors driving these colour trends.

Chocolate lovers revel in Veganuary with special launches from major brands including NOMO, Lindt and Mars


Thousands of vegan products, including confectionery, have been launched around the world during Veganuary to capitalise on the ever-increasing number of people taking on the pledge.

What's hitting the shelves? New beverage launches


From energy drinks to alcohol-free beer, we take a look at some of the new products launching around the globe.

‘No more wasteful gimmicks’: China issues strict constraints for fruit, meat, egg and seafood packaging


The Chinese government has launched strict draft standards to govern excessive food packaging in the country covering fruit, meat, egg and seafood products, allowing public comments on these until January 2023.

Nutri-Grade acclimatisation: Yeo’s reformulates entire beverage portfolio in light of Singapore regulations


Beverage giant Yeo’s has reformulated its portfolio so that all products will contain less than 5% of sugar by 2023, in line with both consumer tastes and upcoming regulatory measures in Singapore.

Top F&B trends 2023: Tyson, Thai Union, McCormick, Nestle, Carlsberg and more on what to expect in the year ahead


We have spoken to major brands from across the Asia Pacific region to reveal the five top trends set to shape the food and beverage industry in 2023, including demands for convenient product formats, rising interest in spicy flavours, an affordability-driven focus and more.

Fancy some lab-grown seafood? Singapore works up appetite for alternative proteins

Channel NewsAsia

Companies are racing to serve up innovative food offerings, as the country looks to become more food resilient.

Sugar importation propped, opposed

Daily Tribune

The head of the country’s largest business organization, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has lauded the decision of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to import 64,050 metric tons of refined sugar, although some groups have opposed it. “That was expected because we have heard that there’s a shortage. It is because the demand for sugar is peaking during the ‘ber’ months. So, it’s good,” said PCCI president George Barcelon in a telephone interview.

Singapore food waste start-up UglyFood closes down

Channel NewsAsia

UglyFood, the local start-up with a stated mission to reduce food waste, is closing down close to seven years after its launch. The online grocer said it was winding up as it was “unable to raise the funds required to grow further”, in an Instagram post on Wednesday (Jan 4).

AirAsia’s food delivery service no longer available in Singapore

Straits Times

The service here was off to a slow start when it received only about 100 orders daily in its first four months of operations.

China to stop testing chilled, frozen foods for Covid-19 from Jan 8

Straits Times

China will stop testing chilled and frozen foods for Covid-19 from Jan 8, according to a notice seen by Reuters and confirmed by the agency. China started testing chilled and frozen food imports for Covid in 2020.

Jollibee readies global sustainability agenda


Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) is set to launch a global sustainability agenda by the first quarter of next year as it commits to having sustainable business practices. “With our sustainability agenda in place, we are strengthening our efforts by looking at all areas of operations and markets and prioritizing aspects where we have the greatest impact,” JFC Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Jose Miñana said in a statement.

Vietnam's food producers under pressure to keep prices low

The Star

Domestic food producers are facing increased costs while trying to keep prices down to stimulate sales, say industry insiders and experts. Even with the Lunar New Year just around the corner, producers have been struggling to maintain sales.

China's salt reduction strategy: Mixed results from town-level interventions as nation strives to slash intakes


Town-level efforts to reduce salt intake in China have had mix results, say researchers, who argue that reduction strategies are going to take several years to trickle down.

Nutraceuticals in SEA e-commerce: Where do the opportunities lie and what more could be done?

Nutra Ingredients-Asia

With South East Asia (SEA) one of the fastest-growing region for e-commerce, we speak to Amazon Singapore and e-commerce enabler firm CREA on the outlook and opportunities for health and nutrition brands in the e-commerce space.

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