Consumers globally are becoming more aware of health and embarking on the health and wellness trend, and ironically we seem to be going back to the basics—unprocessed and natural—for the ultimate health products. Ben Boonlai, director of Medifoods (Thailand), spoke with APFI in an interview and shared his company’s innovative concept of creating functional foods from rice, the staple of all Asians.

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

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

Asia continues to be a growing market for dairy products, and as consumers becoming increasingly health-conscious, they are demanding for more naturally coloured flavoured milks. By Christiane Lippert, head of Marketing (Food), Lycored

Nine natural food trends expected to make an impact in packaged foods and foodservice menus have been selected by Sterling-Rice Group.

Frutarom launched its EFLA HyperPure natural ingredients line, comprising a range of extracts produced using their HyperPure processing technology.

An impetus for the new line comes about due to increased regulations preventing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other contaminants in food supplements.

The extracts are derived from raw materials that are prone to contamination from PAHs but these contaminants are removed during the extraction process. The process removes a variety of unwanted contaminants that includes pesticides, PAHs and unsaturated fatty acids that undergo rapid peroxidation degrading other ingredients and producing undesired by-products such as heptanol.

Today’s food manufacturers are always looking for natural solutions to meet consumer demands for healthier products. What if there were a single ingredient that could help them do so? Introducing gelatin, a ‘one-stop’ solution for many product applications for the food industry. By Paul Stevens, global R&D and application director, Rousselot

The outlook is a common feature at the start of the year, but what exactly do the industry leaders have to say of 2016? Apfi offers a comprehensive outlook by leaders from the different sectors of the industry on the upcoming trends and challenges, and the buzz words for the year seem to be “food safety”, “traceability”, “sustainability”, “healthy”, and “natural”. By Michelle Cheong

With the certification, the company can now expand its naturally-sourced ingredient portfolio to meet the increasing consumer demand for cleaner label ingredients.

A research by Nielsen found that the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 35 percent of global value ingredient in the food and beverage sector, equivalent to almost 8.5 million tonnes out of the global total of 24.2 million tonnes, and ‘healthy’ categories reported the strongest sales growth in developing regions, with sales growing 15 percent between 2012 and 2014. The strongest ingredient markets in the region over 2012-2017 are forecast to be India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam.

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