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Many plant extracts have components that are believed to offer health benefits, but not all are readily absorbed into the human bloodstream. Cyclodextrins can increase the bioavailability of these health-promoting ingredients. By Dr TiehKoun Koh, business director food solutions, and Dr Zhang Yan, head of food lab, Wacker Biosolutions.

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New drink concepts need to rely on more than taste alone. Using colour in beverages is crucial to gaining consumer preference. By GNT

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With consumers being more savvy and conscientious than ever, F&B manufacturers are scrambling to meet growing demands for functional ingredients. This article examines six trends that should dominate the conversation around these ingredients. By Sarah Sullivan, former vice president of marketing and sales, Brassica protection products, and Alexander A. Grantz, PH.D., regional manager, food & nutrition, Connell Brothers

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Franck Monmont, regional director, Cargill Texturising Solutions, talks to APFI on Cargill’s recent investments into Asia.

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Taste is always a crucial factor that determines whether a consumer buys a product. With such importance, it is vital that food manufacturers can provide the taste that consumers want. By Kathleen Koh, managing director, Asia Pacific, Kalsec

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The concept of frozen dough and par-baking has shifted the economics of freshly baked bread, but can they match the perception of freshness and common characteristics that consumers readily look for when buying pastry products?  By Xue Si-Ying, bakery group innovation manager and application specialist, DuPont nutrition & health

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Permeate is a high-lactose dairy ingredient that has been used to standardise protein and fat content by dairy manufacturers. It has also been used in food products to save costs and reduce sodium levels, or add minerals such as potassium. With its mineral properties, it could also potentially be an ingredient for sports nutrition, but would that really be feasible? By Michelle Cheong

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Cargill, leading provider of food, agricultural and industrial ingredients, has announced that it will be investing in a number of key specialty starch projects in the Asia Pacific region.

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Natural pink lagoons found in Australia contain an important health ingredient produced by algae, dunaliella salina. This article discusses the health benefits of algae beta-carotene and shows how betatene® from BASF can be incorporated into effective consumer solutions. By Dr Kai Lin Ek and Dr Ute Obermueller Jevic, scientific marketing managers, BASF Nutrition and Health

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Eating with your eyes alone may link to negative health effects if artificial dyes are involved. Natural food colourants not only colour food naturally, but also healthily and with added nutrition. What does natural food colourant palm mixed-carotene have to offer? By Chee Yen Lau, nutritionist, Excelvite, Malaysia

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