Industry Trends

November 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?

How AI can speed up product development, Precision fermented proteins, Unlocking the potential of the active nutrition evolution, and more. Find out what journals and industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

FoodPairing shares how AI can speed up product development
BakeryAndSnacks

Food and beverage companies increasingly are leveraging AI tools to streamline product development and launch products to stay ahead of consumer trends and challenges, Bernard Lahousse, co-founder and go-to-market lead for FoodPairing, said during a webinar.
Dairy the core base, but greater co-existence with plant-based, precision fermented proteins to come
FoodNavigator-Asia

While dairy is the basis of protein nutrition, the use of plant-based and precision fermented protein is bound to increase in products such as infant formula, healthy ageing, and sports nutrition, says dairy multinational firm Friesland Campina.
Unlocking the potential of the active nutrition evolution
BeverageDaily

The shift from sports nutrition to active nutrition creates unique challenges and opportunities for brands, as they navigate the evolving consumer demands which have increased both risk and reward factors.
Clean colors in F&B inspire creativity as playful hues gather speed on social media
Food IngredientsFIrst

Demand for colors derived from natural sources is growing globally. This comes at a time when consumers want to see ingredients on product labels that they deem as being “closer to nature.” Demand for naturality has also recently evolved as there is increased scrutiny on specific color sources, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), Red No. 40 and Red No. 3, with enforcements coming to the fore in the not-so-distant future.
‘Eat it all, like a cherry tomato’: How edible algae packaging is helping brands ditch plastic
BakeryAndSnacks

When rethinking packaging, London-based Notpla turns to fruit for inspiration. Just like fruit peel, the start-up’s plant-based plastic alternatives are naturally biodegradable, and some can even be consumed whole ‘like a cherry tomato’.
No-guilt messages, colour-coded packaging and adaptogens: Snacking trends for 2024
BakeryAndSnacks

Health and wellbeing remain at the forefront of snack marketing, with guilt-free pleasures, plant-based options, traditional flavours and adaptogenic ingredients expected to lead the sector into the new year.
The anti-energy drinks trend: Who will be the Red Bull of relaxation?
BeverageDaily

There has been a rising consumer demand for functional drinks promoting relaxation and wellbeing over boosting energy following the COVID-19 pandemic, but an expert says a ‘hero ingredient’ and ‘hero brand’ are needed to propel the category into the spotlight.
Cultivated meat consolidation? Cell-based food firms face shrinking investment
Food IngredientsFIrst

The cell-based meat industry could be entering a period of consolidation amid inflationary pressures in the macroeconomic environment, according to a new report by Oghma Partners. The F&B industry finance advisor also reveals the US has become the preferred destination for cultivated meat players, given the country’s favorable regulatory framework and huge consumer market.
Having it both ways: Creating a ‘middle path’ to premium yet affordable food and beverage product innovation
FoodNavigator-Asia

The dual rise of consumer demands for the somewhat paradoxical combination of premiumisation and affordability in foods and beverages has spurred firms to find various forms of a ‘middle path’ when it comes to innovation.
California’s food additive ban will require urgent reformulation of 12,000 products
BakeryAndSnacks

Despite being approved by the FDA, potassium bromate, propylparaben, red 3 and brominated vegetable oil (BVO) used in breads, candy baked goods and cake decorating gels will be banned in California in 2027.
User-friendly guidelines: Opportunity for industry to help Indonesian consumers fulfil breakfast needs

FoodNavigator-Asia

Further research is needed to translate nutrient-based breakfast guidelines into more user-friendly, food-based recommendations that consumers can easily understand and implement in their daily lives, says a study conducted in Indonesia.

Meatable says costs cut and production improved as it aims to debut price-competitive cultivated meat in Singapore

FoodNavigator-Asia

The Netherlands-based food tech company Meatable says it has managed to reduce costs and raise production efficiency of its cultivated meat products, which are on course to be launched in Singapore by next year.

Food fraud in focus: Scientists devise sensor to tackle honey adulteration

Food IngredientsFIrst

Scientists in China have developed a sensor that they claim can detect water adulteration in honey, one of the most exploited food items. The system is compact and consists of a microwave microstrip line planar resonator sensor tool assembled on a dielectric substrate to detect contamination in honey.

Opportunities for infant formula remain amid China’s declining birth rate, flag experts

Food IngredientsFIrst

The future of infant formula markets in Asia in connection with the dwindling population in China has come into the spotlight following Nestlé’s closure of a manufacturing plant in Ireland that serves the Chinese market. The food giant and instant formula maker cited China’s declining birth rate as one of the key reasons for the closure, and this has prompted further analysis and discussion over future opportunities and challenges within the infant formula space.

Time to comply: China issues guide for food firms to meet ‘excessive packaging’ rules

FoodNavigator-Asia

The Chinese government has published guide for food firms trying to meet its new excessive packaging regulations, urging industry players to ensure they are fully compliant in the next six months.

‘Super cheap’: Affordability trumps protein and sustainability as main driving factor for insect-based foods in APAC

FoodNavigator-Asia

Affordability is emerging as the main driving factor for insect-based foods in the APAC region, possibly even more significant than its often-lauded protein or sustainability factors.

Philippines sugar tax: ‘Watered-down’ policy will lead to fewer health gains – new data

FoodNavigator-Asia

The sugar tax as implemented in the Philippines will lead to health and economic improvements, but to a lesser extent that if it had been enacted in its original form, new data suggests.

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