Consumers, retailers and legislators are applying more pressure on manufacturers to prevent any form of product contamination. For companies who want to protect their brand, investment in an x-ray machine makes sense, especially with the versatility it provides. By Mitesh Parmar, x-ray product manager EMEA, Ishida Europe.

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The threat of food insecurity in our near future is very real, and it is critical we find a solution to increase food production while minimising wastage. A ‘green’ cold storage could be the solution. By Tamara Nair, research fellow, and Christopher H. Lim, senior fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Mathias Kuepper, managing director at Koelnmesse Private Limited, organiser of Thaifex-World of Food Asia (Thaifex), gives an insight to how the Asia Pacific food and beverage industry will change in the coming years, ahead of the event. By Michelle Cheong

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Pumped products are now finding their way to consumers’ grocery baskets more frequently and traditional food inspection at the end of line may no longer be sufficient in detecting food contamination. X-ray inspection can be one of the tools that helps to maintain food safety. By Daniela Verhaeg, marketing manager, Mettler-Toledo safeline x-ray.

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With high profile food safety incidents in recent years putting the spotlight on legislation and regulations, manufacturers have to ensure greater due diligence to safeguard their businesses, especially in Southeast Asia, where the standards differ from country to country. By Somchai Chakornsiri, head of Asia Pacific, Eagle product inspection

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With an ability to improve operational processes, warehouse management systems are becoming more popular today. Barcodes and RFID especially provide a great deal of advantages in managing inventory. By Pedro Furtado, projects director, Efacec Singapore

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With the focus on food safety, it is time for manufacturers to fully embrace the benefits of automated processing and production technology. Sorting and analysis machinery can play a crucial role in helping companies safeguard their products. By marijke bellemans, marketing communications coordinator, Tomra sorting solutions

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Though most consumers know of QR codes, not many know how to use them nor are they are given good reasons to use them. QR codes offer many opportunities for food manufacturers to tap into the Millennial population. By Jai Rastogi, vice president packaging, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Havi

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Online grocery shopping is accelerating at an enormous pace, and it is inevitable that e-grocers will have to start looking at automating their fulfilment centres in order to continue to meet the strong demand or risk being phased out eventually by competition. By Carsten Spiegelberg, general manager, Systems & Automation, SSI Schaefer

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With the increasing complexity relating to the movement and regulations of food and beverage products across the world, manufacturers have to implement measures to safeguard themselves and the insurance industry has responded accordingly. By Ben Sharp, product recall underwriter, XL Catlin

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