Consumer-driven trends force businesses to innovate, and we can see this especially with the growing e-commerce trade worldwide. By Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI

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Lionel Flutto, president, flavour, Symrise Asia Pacific, and Romy Weytens, taste competence manager, spoke with APFI at length about the vanilla industry and what the company has been doing to help smallholder vanilla farmers in the past 10 years. A first of our two-part vanilla feature, they share their insight on the history of vanilla growing and a forecast for its future. By Michelle Cheong

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How can we maintain the highest standards of hygiene in the factory? By Orsolya Sørensen, product portfolio manager, tank instrumentation, covers & accessories, and Kim Kjellberg, portfolio manager, tank cleaning, Alfa Laval

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Almost every operational manufacturing facility would have installed some form of conveyor system, whatever industry they service. These are vital for ease of transportation of products, so it is critical that they are properly lubricated to ensure efficiency. By Mark Phang, technical manager, and Laura Lai, marketing communications executive, Tecsia Lubricants

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An increasing amount of manufacturers are turning to dry lubrication, a solution that can help improve a company’s processes and environmental footprint, while reducing costs. Klara Svedberg, director of parts, consumables, and upgrades at Tetra Pak, explains why.

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Traceability is gaining more importance today with the rising pressure on manufacturers to maintain food safety. Barcodes are an easy solution, says Didier Lacroix, senior VP, international sales & services, Cognex incorporated.

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High energy & electricity costs and cold chain storage & logistics do not always need to go hand-in-hand. This article discusses some cost-reducing innovations that can help manufacturers save on costs. By Michelle Cheong

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With a need for flexible, precise, and reliable machines to cater to frequent product changes in the bakery industry, WP Kemper company turned to Siko GMBH’s actuators in their search for suitable motors for their high-speed dough dividing and moulding machine. By Michaela Wassenberg, freelance journalist

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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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