Meal replacement trends in China

With obesity suggested and accepted to increase the risk of severe symptoms and complications of COVID-19, 44 per cent consumers in China are interested and actively buying food and beverage (F&B) specifically designed to support fitness/exercise. These health-conscious Chinese consumers are turning to the meal-replacement trend for combating weight management issues and availing proper nutrition, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

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Putting bugs on the menu, safely

The thought of eating insects is stomach turning for many, but new Edith Cowan University ECU research is shedding light on allergy causing proteins which could pose serious health risks for those suffering from shellfish allergy. 

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Beca F&B Sound Bites: Is this the secret recipe to implement Industry 4.0 digital solutions?

Over the last three years industry uptake of technology has widened, and so has the gap between the leaders and the laggers. We speak with Stewart Coleman and Sue Bradley, expert leaders from Beca’s digital and industrial solutions, to uncover the steps organisations need to implement to increase their uptake of Industry 4.0 digital solutions.  Hamish McCook uncovers some gold advice in this interview, so make sure to grab a pen and paper.
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Global Lifetime Achievement Award for AIP stalwart

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is extremely proud to advise that AIP education coordinator, Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, has been recognised as the only international Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Awardee for the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards.
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Test detects SARS-CoV-2 on environmental surfaces

The British Medical Journal has called meat plants the “new front line” in the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are not the only facilities at risk. A report released by shareholder advisor Pirc in September said there had been at least 1,461 SARS-CoV-2 infections and six deaths linked to the UK’s food processing plants this year.

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Smart move by Nestlé sees them with world first

Nestlé has announced that its  Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. This represents a transition of 90 per cent of the Smarties range, as 10 per cent was previously already packed in recyclable paper packaging. Smarties is the first global confectionery brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging, removing approximately 250 million plastic packs sold globally every year.

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Vacay seltzer set to launch in Europe this year

Home-brewed local brand, Vacay Alcoholic Seltzer, launched into the seltzer scene in October 2020 and has since grown at a rapid pace with their sights set on going global – launching in Europe this March, followed by Asia and North America shortly after.

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Victorian company looks to patent popcorn flour

In what has been a tough year for small businesses, yet there is one North Eastern Victorian business has been making strides. Putting the many ups and downs of 2020 behind them, Glenrowan-based business King Valley Popcorn is preparing to secure an international patent for an invention that could change the gluten-free world forever; popcorn flour.

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Adelaide Food Fringe Festival returns

Adelaide Food Fringe festival today announced a return for a second shot at an inaugural year with an expanded festival program of 9 days from Friday 7 May to Sunday 16 May 2021, a celebration of pubs called “International Pub Week” and a new poster featuring artwork by much-loved Adelaide artist, Billie Justice Thomson and the opening of all registrations for food and beverage events.

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APAC consumers drinking less alcohol

Teetotalism trends in the Asia-Pacific region are becoming increasingly prevalent, with approximately three out of four (71 per cent) of consumers drinking less alcohol in August 2020, according to a survey by leading data and analytics company GlobalData. However, the adoption of alternative soft drinks remains low, at only one in five consumers.

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