The market growth of cakes and pastries has grown 18 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Patrik Seibel, global market leader food & beverage, Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions, sheds insight on what he thinks are important for warehouse solution providers to have and what can be expected in the near future.

The world is fast adapting to the fourth industry revolution in all sectors, including the manufacture of food and beverages. What does Industry 4.0 entail and what should F&B manufacturers know? Christian Burdin, managing director, Festo, gives his opinion.

High demand for packaged produce and cheese consumption is predicted to drive growth of the breathable films market.

Moderation and avoidance of alcohol is a key trend that is driving support for soft drinks amongst adults, according to a study by Canadean.

Over half (59 percent) of global drinkers ensure they do not drink too much alcohol in general and half are concerned about the long-term health impact of drinking too much alcohol.

The popularity of craft beer has risen significantly in recent years and the concept of craft sodas has similar mainstream appeal, with 56 percent of consumers globally stating that they would like to see more “craft” style non-alcoholic beverages.

“Consumers value products that are distinct from the mass market and exude superior quality through unique flavours, natural premium ingredients and ‘craft’ production techniques," explained Tanvi Savara, insight analyst for Canadean.

Craft sodas are non-alcoholic drinks that offer consumers a viable alternative to alcohol by targeting its usage occasions, offering a more sophisticated, premium alternative to regular soft drinks, or both.

A majority (62 percent) of carbonated drink consumers experiment with novel and unusual food and drink flavours occasionally, illustrating the desire to explore sophisticated flavour profiles out of their comfort zone. Brands are responding by including botanicals or creating contemporary twists on classic flavours.

Brands are also launching products that replicate flavours and taste profiles commonly associated with alcoholic drinks.

“Innovation is evolving beyond virgin cocktail blends to more sophisticated nuances by taking inspiration from production techniques and ingredients synonymous with alcoholic drinks. For example, Proper Soda Co’s Hop Soda in the United States claims to contain a blend of hops but without the bitterness associated with an IPA," Ms Savara said.

Plant-based beverages are among the fastest-growing beverage segments world-wide. No longer niche, they have become lifestyle products gaining popularity with an ever-growing target group. Matthias Krusche, global product manager, Sig Combibloc, shares more.

With consumers becoming increasingly health-conscious, more are opting for plant-based dairy alternatives to reduce their dairy intake, as well as to benefit from the multiple advantages they offer. By Aslam Shaikh, research analyst, food and beverage domain, MarketsandMarkets

Harry Boot, senior VP & GM of Specialty Food Ingredients at Tate & Lyle, takes us through his thoughts on Asia Pacific and the tremendous opportunity for growth in the speciality food ingredient business.  By Wong Tsz Hin

As we welcome the new year, Brian G Miles, MD, Schaefer Systems International, shared his thoughts with APFI on the region going forward.

Despite a decline in milk consumption in the US and Europe, the dairy market is buoyant, fuelled by population growth, rising prosperity and urbanisation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dairy manufacturers will have to get into a juggling act to find balance in the global market. By Tetra Pak

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