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.

Narayana K. Widjaja, head of Indonesia Industrial and Exports, Golden Agri-Resources, gives an insight to the snacking trends of Asia.

A major US$18 million expansion of Barry Callebaut’s facility in Singapore includes installation of a third production line, a chocolate chips/drops moulding line and a warehouse.

Piet Hilarides, chief operating officer, Consumer Products Asia, FrieslandCampina, gives an overview of the dairy industry in Asia and what manufacturers can capitalise on and how they can meet growing consumer demand for dairy products.

Industry initiatives, such as front-of-pack Guideline Day Amounts (GDA) encouraging consumers to make healthy choices, have been gathering steam in Asian markets.

World raw sugar prices have risen by 30 percent since mid-April, as the market started factoring in potentially lower global sugar output in 2016/17. Domestic sugar prices in Asia have also started to reflect tighter fundamentals.

Asia and Africa could replace the European Union as largest exporters of fruit and vegetables for the United Kingdom (UK), following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Fortifying foods is not a new trend, but it is a move that manufacturers are commonly adopting now, whether to address deficiencies in vitamins and minerals for consumers, or to enhance the appeal of their products with these added health benefits. But what exactly is fortification, why do we need to fortify foods, and what can be said of the future for fortification? Lee Wei Xuan, research analyst, Euromonitor International, tells APFI more. By Michelle Cheong

A wheat variety, termed ‘Tungsten’, developed in Western Australia could boost the nation’s export market, according to researchers. After 10 years in development, the seed produces the highest protein wheat on the market. This higher protein content could provide Australian farmers with a competitive edge against countries that have been delivering wheat with higher protein content to some of the country’s key customers like Asia.

A new dairy plant, as part of the joint venture between Au Lait Australia and Nature One Dairy, will establish a direct link for Darling Downs dairy farmers to the Asian dairy market.

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