Dairy has been part of the human diet for centuries, but beyond fulfilling basic nutritional needs, it can also provide targeted nutrition to meet the needs of different groups of people such as infants, seniors and more. By Harmony Villemin, food engineer & professional writer - on behalf of Epi Ingredients, Dry Ingredients Division of French Dairy Cooperative Laïta

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Frederic Sailly, EVP product development, Sidel, shares the latest trends in the beverage industry for products and processing. Complete line solutions and green manufacturing will continue to be a focus.

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Energy is a buzzword in the nutritional ingredients industry and it has been this way for quite some time. Despite its relatively long-standing presence, it is not going away. What ingredients can propel this trend? By Dr Elaine Drummond, product technology manager, bioactives, Glanbia Nutritionals

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With most coffee certification schemes developed by northern-based businesses and NGOs, it is questionable whether these standards correspond to the preferences of coffee farmers in the south. Based on the preferences of farmers in Indonesia, sustainability certification of coffee is weakly institutionalised. By Muhammad Ibnu, Pieter Glasbergen and Astrid Offermans, Maastricht University, and Bustanul Arifin, Lampung University

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China’s bottled water industry is an unforgiving landscape with increasingly intense competition. Even though the market is vast, the oversaturation of many international and local brands has driven sales down, making it hard for many to survive. With the economic slowdown, what can water producers do to stay competitive in the market? By Julia Lee, food and drink analyst, Mintel China

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With consumers becoming more active today, sports beverages are consequently becoming more popular. Beverage manufacturers are using innovative natural ingredients in sports drinks to give their products an extra edge. By Ieva Jurevičienė, head of NPD department, MyDrink Beverages

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More than just a position for product information and branding messages, beverage labels has evolved to provide more benefits for manufacturers. By Raffaele Pace, labelling product manager, Sidel

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Coffee shop culture and the love for coffee products are growing amongst Southeast Asian consumers, presenting opportunities for manufacturers in these vastly expanding markets. By Davina Patel, global food & drink trends analyst at Mintel

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While still craving sweetness, consumers are more wary of high-sugar products that include or add artificial ingredients. Manufacturers can make use of stevia to sweeten beverages naturally and in a healthy way. By Dina Yeon, marketing manager, Sweetness Springboard, Ingredion Asia Pacific

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Beverage processors are increasingly using ‘pigging’ to improve yields, reduce waste and help environmental sustainability. Peter Elgar, group marketing manager, HPS product recovery solutions, explains what this is and what to consider in designing such a system.

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Asia Pacific Food Industry is published by Eastern Trade Media Pte Ltd. The company owns numerous trade and consumer titles, including Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News and Industrial Automation Asia.

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