The global beverage landscape is a dynamic one that evolves constantly. With the GDP of emerging markets expected to overtake the advanced markets for the first time in 2013, companies will need to step up their game to customise their products according to local requirements. By Moshy Cohen, VP of Marketing, Royal Crown Cola International

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Milk and dairy products are globally advertised as healthy and essential to the daily diet as it contains vital nutrients, vitamins and the presence of all essential amino acids. Yet, the majority of the world’s population, particularly in Africa, South America and Asia, are intolerant to the milk sugar lactose. What they need is a product that allows them to enjoy milk and dairy products without feeling unwell. By Laura Kok, technical coordinator ingredients, Interfood B.V.

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Competition can be fierce in the business sector, especially for coffee companies from countries whose neighbours are among the largest coffee producers in the world. How exactly can one stand out amongst larger competitors? Vijayandran Joseph, general manager, Food Ingredients Division, Super Group, shares more with APFI on this. By Michelle Cheong

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Grown mostly in Asia, tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world with many health benefits. As researchers in the Netherlands have discovered, it can also provide a glimpse into the health of the planet. By Adeline Tan, senior project manager, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency

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Carbon dioxide gas is a fatal hazard that has resulted in numerous tragic incidents in the brewing industry. These accidents can be avoided with the implementation of good safety measures. By Chris Wilson, senior support engineer, Crowcona

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All over the world, the interest of the consumers for healthy food, like fermented products, is increasing due to the growing number of people affected by diseases related to an inadequate diet and sedentary lifestyle. In this regard, the development of functional foods and beverages, rich in antioxidants and with enhanced nutritional properties, is a major goal for the food industry. By Ana M. Gil Rodríguez and Teresa Requena, Institute of Research in Food Science and Technology CIAL (CSIC-UAM).

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Increasingly health conscious consumers have led to a sharp growth in the clean label trends. Beverage manufacturers who would like to leverage on the use of natural colours have to consider the effects on colour, taste and sensorial quality. By Campbell Cooper, GM, Kleurcraft

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Water is one of the basic necessities for humanity’s survival. Fresh water suitable for human consumption is estimated to make up only 0.01 percent of the world’s total water resources. Many communities struggle to find fresh water due to an ever increasing global population, the rise of emerging and developing countries and climate change. However, there may just be a sustainable, yet health beneficial source of water that can provide food and beverage manufacturers an untapped source of revenue. By Jane Rochstad-Lim

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The demand for liquid dairy products has been growing, especially in developing markets. The conversion towards plastic bottles can create a more convenient consumer experience without compromising on product integrity. By Max Duclot, zone senior aseptic specialist & senior dairy officer, Sidel

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Coffee is enjoyed by many around the world, so what can coffee companies and consumers do to ensure the sustainability of coffee? By Hazel Chan

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