Legislations governing food labelling are becoming increasingly stringent, putting pressure on beverage manufacturers to produce clearer and more accurate information on products. Vision inspection technology can be one solution to ensure all label elements are in place to meet regulation standards. By Stephen Dryer, product manager, Mettler-Toledo CI Vision

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In Asia and around the world, innovation and growing middle classes are driving expansion in the bottled water market. But whatever the driver, the basics—such as proper coding and labelling—remain paramount. By Mark Dingley, general manager, operations—Australian coding, labelling and automatic data-capture leader, Matthews Australasia

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Fermented foods have been recognised for centuries as healthy and tasty. Beyond that, what do you get in fermenting medicinal herbs? Symbiotic fermentation of botanicals broadens the spectrum of health benefits in comparison to concentrated extracts, increases the bioavailability of active compounds and creates new nutrients that help to support a healthy gut. By Chantale Houle, Kefiplant

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Especially in Asia, the abundant lactose-intolerant consumer population could potentially drive the lactose-free dairy market. However, taste and texture still remain key factors for these consumers. How can manufacturers meet this demand? By Marten Paasman, global business manager, dairy enzymes, DSM Food Specialties

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Millennials are an influential generation, driving the demands for high-quality and natural harder than other age populations. With competitive beverage products like fruit juice, how can manufacturers increase their appeal to such consumers? Wayne Lutomski, vice president International & Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, discusses with the example of Chinese consumers.

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Plant-based beverages are among the fastest-growing beverage segments world-wide. No longer niche, they have become lifestyle products gaining popularity with an ever-growing target group. Matthias Krusche, global product manager, Sig Combibloc, shares more.

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Asia is rapidly emerging as an important market for sports nutrition products. Here Efrat Kat, vice president of Marketing and Sales at Algatechnologies, looks at the reasons for its growth and suggests that manufacturers who want to stand out from the crowd should turn to a ‘secret’ natural ingredient.

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The East is still tracing behind the West in terms of many industries, including that of beverage, but change is coming, says Eric Shaffner, Sales Vice President for Asia, Middle East and Africa, Sidel.

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China’s infant formula market is the biggest in the world. Sigalit Zchut, clinical marketing manager, infant nutrition, Infat-Advanced Lipids, explores its extraordinary growth.

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Consumers are becoming more health-conscious, and want enhanced or better-for-you beverages. Texturants can help manufacturers to meet these needs without compromising on visual appeal or texture. By Xue Si-Ying, innovation lead, DuPont Nutrition & Health

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