Ensuring food is safe to human consumption is the most critical part of food preparation process. Brand owners and manufacturers must implement stellar food hygiene during handling, preparation and storing. In this feature, we investigate possible risks in the food production chain, and why putting best practices in place is critical for your brand reputation.
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DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS
Maintaining optimal freshness during food transportation is no simple task. The industry is under immense pressure to provide quicker turnaround times and faster deliveries – giving even the most experienced logistic operators a run for their money. We investigate challenges and solutions as we face even tighter margin compression.
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Consumers are prioritising healthy nutrition, and quality protein sourced from dairy products remains in high demand. A big growth driver this year is immune and gut health – the microbiome and its impact on our health and wellness remains under scrutiny. The use of pre-and postbiotics remain strong purchase drivers for yoghurt variants, and fermented dairy products such as sour milk is expected to be one of the fastest product performers globally. We look at ingredients and product solutions that can offer formulators the ability to develop nutrient dense products with a gut wellness positioning. If you supply ingredients and product solutions that support the dairy sector, we would love to hear from you!
INGREDIENTS/ FUNCTIONAL FOOD
Enriching food and beverages with ingredients that offer certain benefits for human health is a hot topic. In particular, the promotion of previously undervalued ingredients in the food chain is coming to the fore, due to the perceived health benefits when added to the food matrix. While these new technologies support the development of new ingredients to the sector, it has challenges. We will feature ingredients that can offer benefits when it comes to healthy ageing, sports wellness, cognitive wellbeing and bone health and discuss the importance of science-backed claims.
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Significant amounts of food waste are generated in different stages including the primary production, distribution, and sale of food products. This has several environmental implications, including resource depletion, a rise in greenhouse gas emissions, financial losses and an increase in food prices. But there are social and ethical considerations too, relating to global hunger.
We look at topics around this issue, including how to tackle overproduction and excess inventory, the market for ‘ugly’ produce and food products and how we as an industry can reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable and responsible food system.
Water is vital for life and in Africa we have to face ongoing climatic constraints that put consumption under pressure. As an industry that is heavily reliant on water for production, we must discover smarter ways to manage our process, water supplies and waste water.
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Converting technology in the FoodBev processing and packaging industry has seen significant advancements in recent years. The integration of automation, robotics, smart sensors, digitalisation, sustainability initiatives and printing advancements has transformed the converting process. With a strong focus on efficiency, sustainability, and product quality, converters continue to innovate and drive the industry forward.
Marking technology in the food and beverage industry has witnessed significant advancements in recent years.
From digital printing, smart labelling, and laser marking to inkjet printing, authentication technologies, and cloud-based track-and-trace solutions, these innovations have revolutionised product labelling, coding, and authentication processes.
Gas barriers, water vapour barriers, antimicrobial barriers, ultraviolet barriers, non-fluorinated barriers, barrier coated papers and more… the food and beverage industry is witnessing significant advancements in barrier technology.
From high-performance films to nanotechnology, active packaging, modified atmosphere packaging, intelligent sensors, and sustainable materials, these innovations are revolutionizing the way products are packaged and protected.
As consumer demands for product freshness, safety, and sustainability continue to rise, the ongoing development of barrier technology will play a vital role in meeting these expectations and driving the industry forward.
The food and beverage industry is witnessing significant advancements in production processes. Automation, robotics, IoT, data analytics, sustainability practices, process optimization, smart manufacturing, novel processing technologies, and traceability systems are transforming the way food and beverages are produced. These developments enhance efficiency, product quality, safety, and sustainability, while also meeting the evolving demands of consumers.
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FSSC 22000 version 6 now includes a requirement relaing to Hygienic Design of Equipment
The connection between hygienic design of equipment and streamlined machinery design lies in optimizing food safety and operational efficiency. Streamlined machinery design aims to minimize complexities, reduce downtime, improve productivity, and enhance overall equipment effectiveness. By incorporating hygienic design principles into the machinery design process, manufacturers can achieve both these objectives.