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Asia Food and Beverage Summit: Innovating for today’s consumers

Source:Ringier Food

Date Published:11/10/2017 06:11:30 PM

Presentations and product showcases at the 3rd Asia Food & Beverage Summit inspire attendees to explore healthy ingredients, breakthrough processes and packaging solutions 

THE 3rd Asia Food & Beverage Summit successfully conveyed the need for manufacturers to embrace new technology and to innovate further for the modern consumer. Held from 31 Oct -1 Nov 2017 at the JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, the conference was attended by 200 delegates and industry experts from across Asia.

Ringier Trade Media Ltd organized the event with the support of the Indonesian Food & Beverage Association (GAPMMI), the Indonesian Association of Food Technologists (IAFT), the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF), the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) and Food Industry Asia, and the Philippine Association of Food Technologists (PAFT).

This year, the conference was sponsored by BioScience, Shanghai BioTech Group, Guangzhou Flower Flavours @ Fragrances Co., Ltd., Kinn Shang Hoo Iron Works, Labthink Instruments Co., Ltd., Gen Asia Biotech Co., Ltd., Newamstar Packaging Machinery Co.,Ltd,  Baolingbao Biology Co., Ltd. , PT Markindo Rekateknik, Ming Chyi Biotechnology LTD. 

Ringier's 3rd Asia Food and Beverage Summit attracted 200 participants 

In his opening remarks, Michael Hay, president of Ringier, made a thought-provoking statement: “We must ask ourselves how we can be part of the solution.”

Undeniably, the industry is tackling many issues, to name a few, reformulation with the least impact on cost; reducing the environmental impact of one’s processing and packaging; maintaining product quality during storage and delivery; preventing food fraud and recalls, improving social responsibility, incorporating industry 4.0, and so on.

The long and short of it is that consumers are now relying on manufacturers to develop more products within their desired health and nutrition standards; to make positive contributions toward sustainability, and to take part in easing the burden of over and under nutrition. To be part of the solution, they need a multifaceted approach.

Under this premise, Ringier’s third summit themed Innovative Technologies in Functional Food and Beverage Manufacturing familiarized the participants with options in healthy ingredients, safe and innovative processing, new packaging and labeling technologies as well as automation. Topics on food safety, health and nutrition, as well as halal were also taken up during the summit. A presentation on B2B marketing gave delegates a fresh perspective on how they can market their innovations fast.

The first presentation on Indonesia’s food and beverage industry was delivered by vice-chairman of GAPMMI, Rachmat Hidayat who came on behalf of Adhi Lukman. Mr Hidayat presented the master plan for the industry, current figures, and recommendations to help Indonesia integrate well into the Global Value Chain (GVC). GAPMMI emphasizes the need for F&B companies to produce innovative products based on consumer needs, and to be ready for a shifting global market.

Cice-chairman of GAPMMI, Rachmat Hidayat presenting at Ringier's 3rd Asia Food and Beverage Summit

Vice-chairman of GAPMMI, Rachmat Hidayat presents an overview of Indonesia's food and beverage industry

Summarizing the food and beverage industry’s role in solving over- and undernutrition in her talk, Regina Moench Pfanner, CEO of ibn 360, said the industry’s responsibility includes producing quality nutrient dense products, improving food safety, improving the supply chain, and using packaging that can preserve nutrients.

Speaking on innovation approaches, Dr Miflora Gatchalian, CEO of Quality Partners Company, Inc. in the Philippines, stressed the importance of creating and adding value not only in developing products but in processing, marketing, and management as well.

The chairman of the Indonesian Association of Food Technologists, Rindit Pambayun gave a light but practical presentation on how processing affects the nutrition, safety and palatability of local foods like rendang, a spicy meat dish. 

This year, two ingredients manufacturers participated as sponsors: Guangzhou Flower Flavours@Fragrances Co Ltd, represented by Alexander Yunior who delivered a presentation on the application of flavor in beverages, and Baolingbao Biology Co Ltd., represented by Peggy Yang, vice export manager who spoke on the company’s zero calorie sweetener, Erythritol.

For the second time, TCI Co., Ltd was as sponsor for this event. Speaking for the company, Wanda Callista Sandra, Sales Manager, gave a presentation on the benefits of TCI’s products and in particular Synergene™ technology for companies developing health products.

From PT Greenfields, dairy producer from Java, product development manager Irma Lesyana revealed the huge opportunities in Indonesia’s cheese market.

On safety in beverage processing, Prof Dr Alonzo Gabriel, a professor and university scientist from the University of the Philippines, presented a paper on precision food processing and food safety models that enable the establishment of precise and unique process schedules for specific raw materials with unique physicochemical attributes.

Also on food safety, Iwan Surjawan, Ph.D. Head of Food Technology Department, Indonesia International Institute of Life Sciences enumerated the current and new processing technologies to ensure safe products.

Indonesia is a huge market for halal, but Malaysia prides itself for being a global leader in this industry. No doubt there is much to learn from Malaysia’s established halal system. Prof Dr Aminah Abdulla, a Research Fellow at the Natural Medicine Research Center of the Universiti Islam Malaysia, came to speak on best practices.

Juliet Zhu managing director for APAC as well as Global Director of Emerging Markets at ABI Asia, has been consultant for many multinational companies. Ringier invited Ms Zhu to share her expertise in B2B marketing.

Henky Wibawa Industry Executive Director of the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF) and colleague

Henky Wibawa Industry Executive Director and colleague at the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF) booth. Mr Wibawa presented on current packaging trends 

An overview of the country’s packaging sector from Henky Wibawa, Industry Executive Director of the Indonesian Packaging Federation (IPF) included current trends in the ASEAN. Mr Wibawa  presented the different types of packaging that would appeal to today’s consumers. As a consultant in Indonesia’s packaging, Mr Wibawa shared his ideas on how to meet the challenges in this industry.

Indispensable in packaging, coding and marking technologies have improved the quality of product information printed on metal cans, paperboard, plastic and bottles in recent years. On this topic, Josselin Prats, general manager, SEA/ANZ, Videojet Technologies (S) Pte Ltd spoke on how coding and marking enhance product labeling.

Attendees also heard from Joe Shek, Manager of Sales in Indonesia at Labthink Instruments Co., Ltd who introduced Labthink’s flexible packaging quality control system and its benefits to food and beverage companies.

From Ria Engineering, the Newamstar Indonesia Representative Office, president director Richard Anthoni, shared how his company can be part of that every company’s aspiration to automate or invest in smart factory solutions.

In addition to the 30-minute presentations, some companies set up booths to be able to showcase their products and services. Furthermore, match-making services were provided to ensure participants would be able to make the most of their two days at the conference.

The conference ended with an enjoyable tour of PT Arnott’s Indonesia’s facilities for the production of cookies and biscuits, with the company’s supply chain director Larry Crowley leading the group.

Some impressions on Asia Food and Beverage Summit

Overall participants found the two-day conference informative as it covered various sectors of the industry and there were several opportunities to mingle and network. The factory tour was a big plus for participants.

“This event itself is very important for South East Asia because there’re not many events like this in this region. Ringier has spotted the need,” said Juliet Zhu, managing director for APAC as well as Global Director of Emerging Markets, ABI Asia.

 “I met many professionals in the food industry from so many different fields. I increased my contacts even outside the food packaging field. I can refer those contacts to my colleagues from the same fields, said Tus Sukarya, General Manager, PT. Harpackindo Ottoflexi.

Peggy Yang, vice export manager of Baolingbao Biology Co. Ltd said she learned much about the economy.

"The presentations covered a lot of fields for many practitioners, so I saw different perspectives. I also gained insights on the current technology in the food industry,” said Irene Triyanti Hadiprojo, R&D Manager, Nutrifood

“I like the presentation about artificial glucose which is a new technology that not many people know,” Willy Lesmana, Technical Sales Executive, Henkel.

“It’s great. All the speakers are knowledgeable. I especially love the field trip because it is directly beneficial for my work,” shared Wahyu Ari Wiratna, Factory Manager, PT. Agel Langgeng.

“I like the presentation about halal packaging. I also love Juliet Zhu’s presentation because it is innovative, very practical and insightful. Juliet is also very engaging,” shared Dwi Trisna, Packaging Technologist Beverage at Unilever.

When asked on conference topics that would interest her, Tetty Debora Saragi, Application Group Specialist, Nestle Indonesia said, “I am interested in understanding more about “eat and go” food. What the trend is, the most current technology being used, how to package it to maximize the practicality of serving the food, etc.”

Maya Devi, Sales & Marketing Director, Tereos added, “I would like to see what the challenges of the current food industry are and how we can overcome it." Ms Devi said she is interested in topics on marketing innovation.

The next Asia Food and Beverage Summit will be held in November 2018.

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