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Returning to Bangkok, Thailand, and co-located with Vitafoods Asia, the largest event in the region’s F&B calendar will take place on 20-22 September

Informa Markets is delighted to announce that Fi Asia is back in Bangkok, Thailand, for 2023. The leading trade show in the ASEAN food and beverage industry, with more than 21,000 expected visitors and over 600 exhibitors will convene to do business, discover innovations, spark new ideas, gain valuable insights on key topics, and experience the energy of invention and profitable connection. This truly global event brings together tastemakers from the Asian and global industries to make it a uniquely inclusive occasion.

Fi Asia is the must-attend event: Delegates can enjoy a wide range of seminars, innovation tours, dedicated zones and other onsite features that offer unrivalled opportunities to gain industry insights and knowledge, meet disruptive startups and stay current with new innovations. Particularly popular is the Startup competition, which gives founders or small enterprises the opportunity to reach a broad specialist audience and pitch their latest innovative products. With so much going on, it comes as no surprise that 97 % of the floorplan is already sold out with only a few exhibitor stands still available.

A booming business region, the plant-based food sector in Thailand is expected to reach a value of $1.5 million by 2024, with notable growth being seen in meat substitutes and the alternative milk market. Similarly, the cocoa, coffee, and spice sectors are all demonstrating upward trends in terms of both volume and revenue. To complement this multifaceted business growth, the Fi Asia Thailand conference programme has been compiled to reflect these key themes. Topics for discussion include local indigenous and insect-based ingredients, ASEAN F&B regulations, cocoa, coffee and spice market opportunities, and an update on the palm oil industry, to name a few.

Not to be missed is the expert-led content programme that tackles the sector’s hottest trends, and the Sensory Box experience that comprises technical product presentations and taste testing. Beyond the potential to network with industry leaders and experts, other show highlights include connecting with prospective business partners from ASEAN and around the world, the chance to gain rapid access to a burgeoning market and thought leadership about trending topics and market insights.

Julien Bonvallet, Group Brand Director, Food ingredients Global, commented: “We’re excited to be back in Bangkok and connecting with the industry in one of the largest F&B markets in the world. With lots of opportunities to network and build partnerships, this is going to be an invaluable in-person event for everyone involved.”

“At Fi Asia Thailand,” he continued, “we’re bringing the entire F&B supply chain together under one roof and providing access to local and global exhibitors from every segment of the industry. We also have specialised pavilions for beverage, health and natural ingredients, as well as for new exhibitors and startups.”

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The drinktec advisory board and Messe München have taken a joint decision to postpone the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry until the fall of 2022. The new dates are September 12 to 16, 2022. This action was prompted by the international nature of the drinktec event. The decision could not be delayed given that industrial goods trade fairs involve extensive planning and complex high-tech construction work.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, drinktec is registering high demand for floorspace from customers both in Germany and abroad. Three quarters of the available exhibition floorspace has already been booked. “This confidence in the brand and drinktec’s reputation as the world’s leading trade fair in its field are precisely why we need to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München. “Until recently, we assumed that the pandemic situation would improve, making international travel possible. The latest developments have quashed these expectations. Two thirds of all drinktec visitors come from abroad. Of these, half come from other continents. This means we cannot deliver the benefits of a leading global trade fair this year.”

The global beverage industry meets in Munich only once every four years. “Companies synchronize their innovative developments in line with this cycle, which is why we had to find timely dates in the trade fair calendar. Canceling altogether and leaving an eight-year gap in between trade fairs would have been unacceptable for the industry,” explains Dr. Pfeiffer.

Volker Kronseder, Chairman of the drinktec advisory board, welcomes the trade fair’s proactive approach as many exhibitors, especially those with large-scale exhibits, would have to start preparing for the trade fair now: “We are very glad to see that Messe München is acting on the unanimous wishes of the panel of experts. The earlier we take this decision, the lower the costs and the greater the planning security for customers. We expect conditions to be much improved and more stable in 2022.”

drinktec’s conceptual sponsor, the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), also supports the decision. Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, says: “The beverage industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus and needs fresh impetus, which a drinktec weakened by travel restrictions couldn’t provide. The market can expect an impressive drinktec 2022 that will give the entire industry the stimulus it needs.”

Preparations and plans currently underway for drinktec 2021 and the integrated oils+fats event will now be seamlessly transferred to the new 2022 dates.

Aseppak has continued to develop its capabilities to design, analyze, test and produce food and beverages for the new generation of consumers.

Some of the challenges the food and beverage industry faces are staples like safety, cost and scalability. In an era of such great access to information for both consumers and companies new challenges have been made evident. These challenges require new approaches, especially when you are pursuing innovation.

Aseppak is steadily evolving into one of the premier innovation boutique shops for the food and beverage world by solving three important industry dichotomies:

  1. Creating products in a lab is one thing. Successfully launching a product to the public is another.
  2. The market demands fast innovation. Investors need optimal and efficient innovation.
  3. Consumers want new ingredients. Brands need to catch up while staying compliant.

In such a pursuit, Aseppak has joined forces with St. Croix ABF, a company dedicated to providing aseptic beverage co-packing services to brands who understand what it takes to innovate in today’s market.

The collective of companies has implemented a streamlined process that will pave the road for brands looking to innovate new beverages by the highest food safety standards. Current capabilities include a high acid pilot plant and testing facility and opening for low acid aseptic processing and packaging by first quarter 2021.

In an era where innovation is a requirement to survive, professionals need to develop plans that minimize risk and increase the chances of meeting the desired objectives. For decades, professionals in the product innovation universe have seen tons of value destroyed for the purpose of creating new value.

This is normal in most industries, yet the tech revolution has had an important impact in innovation in general for a variety of reasons. One of them being its ability to innovate with the consumer, in real time through the use of methods and concepts like Minimum Viable Products, open innovation and soft-launches.

Leading food and beverage companies have the opportunity to implement these concepts as well. Part of the answer is mindset, part of the answer is access to technology.

The reason why Aseppak continues to develop resources that will allow companies to prove concepts and validate product hypothesis at different levels: formula optimization, scalability, functionality, safety, flavor and health amongst the most important ones.

Some of these resources include bench top validation, aseptic testing, proof of formula scalability, packaging format exploration and rapid consumer and retailer feedback. There is a true sweet spot to be found in terms of the optimization of innovation projects that allows for more products to be successfully launched in less time.

Following extensive discussions and critical observation of the current situation, NürnbergMesse, in close cooperation with customers and partners, has decided not to hold the physical BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition trade fair as planned and to move the program exclusively to the digital world. The reasons for this are the current national and global developments of the corona pandemic, the rapidly increasing number of infections, and the associated massive restrictions on business travel in companies. Exhibitors and visitors will be able to meet virtually all year round on the digital dialog platform, where the extensive supporting program BrauBeviale@stage will be online from 10 – 12 November 2020. The next BrauBeviale will take place again in 2022 at Messe Nuremberg.

With BrauBeviale 2020 Special Edition, NürnbergMesse aimed to fulfil the beverage industry’s desire to finally meet and exchange ideas in person again. Numerous intensive discussions with exhibitors, partners, and visitors have led to this decision. In coordination with the responsible authorities, safety and hygiene protection concepts were developed to ensure smooth and safe participation in the trade fair for all. Right up to the end, the BrauBeviale Special Edition has received a lot of encouragement and support from the industry. “We had a lot of patience and would have maintained this patience until November – for our exhibitors, visitors, and partners. Unfortunately, the industry is now being deprived of the last opportunity for a physical meeting this year,” regrets Andrea Kalrait, Executive Director BrauBeviale at NürnbergMesse. “However, despite all our commitment, we obviously cannot close our eyes to the latest developments.
We owe this to our customers and partners. We were well prepared, but must be realistic about the current situation. In this respect, we are now continuing to work at full speed on our online offering and are delighted to unite the beverage industry virtually on our digital dialog platform starting in November.”

The beverage industry meets digitally:

Coming together, sharing knowledge, taking ideas with you: This is what exhibitors and visitors expect from BrauBeviale. In order to strengthen the dialog in the beverage industry, the digital dialog platform will be launched in early November. A more comprehensive supporting program than ever before had already been planned for the physical event. BrauBeviale@stage, with six theme stages, will also be available online. Andrea Kalrait would like to thank all customers who have supported BrauBeviale, also as a Special Edition: “Strong partners in difficult times are irreplaceable. We are continuing to work together with equal commitment to provide the international beverage industry with a virtual and year-round platform. We look forward to seeing you again online and, at the latest, in 2022 again at Messe Nuremberg!”

Current information about BrauBeviale Special Edition at:

Krones Inc. announces the launch of the Krones Process Group North America to provide a more cohesive offering to the beverage, dairy, and food industries in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. An evolutionary next step since the acquisition of Tampa, FL based Trans-Market, LLC in 2016; Rochester, NY-based Javlyn Process Systems, LLC in 2017; and Waukesha, WI-based W.M. Sprinkman Corp in 2018, this holistic offering combines over 165 years of industry experience in design and implementation of turnkey process systems including engineering, automation, installation, distribution, and Lifecycle Service. All of this expertise is backed by a global industry leader in processing, packaging, and intralogistics technology that is KRONES.

With this launch comes the consolidation of W.M. Sprinkman’s production capabilities into its Elroy, WI facilty and Trans Market’s Tampa, FL location. While the W.M. Sprinkman Waukesha facility is planning to close, sales, engineering, and administrative functions will continue in the Waukesha/Milwaukee area. Other Krones Process Group North American offices will remain at their current New York, Florida, Texas, and California locations. The realignment is intended to further strengthen operational efficiencies with the launch of Krones Process Group North America.

“When we decided to acquire three process technology companies several years ago, we already had the vision of a strong, combined, high performing processing group in mind,” says Holger Beckmann, CEO of Krones Inc. “With our wide-ranging expertise and highest commitment to customer satisfaction, we expect to further grow the process technology segment in the future.”

“This launch brings together some of the best process system design expertise the industry has to offer,” says Victor Tifone, president of Javlyn Process Systems. “Going to market as one comprehensive process team gives us a heightened level of agility and responsiveness in serving our customers’ daily needs.”

“Krones Process Group North America leverages the strengths of all three entities to provide streamlined solutions,” says Keith Santi, president of Trans-Market LLC. “As one unified force we are able to better deliver seamless processing solutions to our marketplace.”

ZSK 27 Mv PLUS twin screw extruder for flexible research and development work

Coperion GmbH in Stuttgart (GER) supplied a ZSK 27 Mv PLUS twin screw extruder to the Institute for Food and Beverage Innovation at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil (CH) last year. With a screw diameter of 27 mm, the Coperion ZSK 27 Mv PLUS extruder satisfies the key food production regulations and has an impressively compact size. It is ideal for research projects and formulation development, as well as small batch production. With its specific torque of 10.6 Nm /cm3 and a maximum screw speed of 1,800 rpm, the extruder can achieve product throughput rates of 10 to 100 kg/h depending on the product. It is easy to scale the extruder up to other sizes. The food extruder supplied comes with a number of options that allow highly flexible use and convenient handling. The scope of supply also includes a KT 20 gravimetric twin screw feeder from Coperion K-Tron, which is ideal for accurately feeding free flowing to flooding powders and flakes as well as other difficult, poor flowing bulk materials.

The ZHAW uses its Coperion ZSK 27 Mv PLUS extruder for a wide range of research and development work, so it must be versatile and perform in a variety of applications. Coperion designed the extruder for exactly these requirements and equipped it with many quick-change features and devices for flexible processing set-up. For example, the solid feeder can be mounted to two different barrels of the process section. This allows processes to be extended or shortened easily and customized to the requirements of each individual product. Cereals and snacks are extruded with short process lengths, while pulping the by-products of the beverage industry such as grape pulp requires a longer residence time and therefore a longer process section. Process borings also make it possible to add liquids and measure the temperature in different barrels. A peristaltic pump with various hoses and nozzles enables liquids of different viscosities to be added.

Flexible extruder structure for wide range of processes
In order to test different processes and product developments, Coperion delivered additional screw elements with the extruder. Different screw configurations can cover a broad range of possible applications. Everything from research and development work on simple processes such as direct expanded cereals to complex processes such as the extraction of moist pressing residue or mixing it into a starch or protein matrix can be done using the same extruder. And Coperion also provides process technology support to ZHAW for developing new formulations and products.

A further benefit of the new extruder is that the machine and all units such as the vacuum pump, feeder frame and water tempering unit are movable. The extruder is not permanently wired. Instead, both the extruder and the units are supplied with connectors that allow ZHAW to use it in any room, adjusting it to fit the relevant space requirement. Coperion pre-assembled the extruder so it could be quickly commissioned on site. The start-up of the extruder took less than one day. For fast, convenient remote service – and significant savings of time and costs – the Coperion ServiceBox was integrated into the system. For future research purposes, Coperion added extra devices to the ZSK 27 Mv PLUS twin screw extruder that allow the system to be expanded easily. For example, it is no problem to retrofit a centric pelletizer or add liquid and solid feeders. And a range of die plates is available for various product shapes.

OptiBiotix Health Plc, a life sciences company that develops compounds to tackle obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes, offers a healthy alternative to refined sugar with a zero-calorie prebiotic sweetener, SweetBiotix.

While the food and beverage industry faces difficult decisions following the UK government’s recent introduction of levies on sugary drinks, also termed ‘the sugar tax’, SweetBiotix presents manufacturers with an advantageous solution to the backlash against sucrose.

Stephen O’Hara, OptiBiotix CEO, said “At the forefront of nutraceutical product development, OptiBiotix anticipated the growth in concerns about refined sugar several years ago and began developing a clean, calorie-free sweet fibre.

“By replacing refined sugar with SweetBiotix, manufacturers can respond positively to the tax and avoid the dilemma of passing the price changes on to customers or losing profits by shouldering the burden themselves. It really is a win-win solution for both the industry and the public, turning a potential manufacturing threat into an opportunity for companies to improve the nation’s health.”

Posing no weight gain effects, SweetBiotix is composed of naturally sweet fibres that are not digested in the gut, making it free from calories. Despite its guilt-free credentials, SweetBiotix nonetheless offers delicious taste similar to sucrose and was found in a University of Reading study to have with low off-flavours and taste ‘significantly sweeter’ than other existing sweeteners and sugars. It is therefore ideally suited to work as a bulk sugar replacement in functional food and beverage formulations.

SweetBiotix’s prebiotic composition furthermore enables the product to promote wider wellbeing by encouraging microbiome diversity, supporting the body’s microbial activity and delivering better health from the gut outwards.

Company will be branded “Prodalim Italia”

Prodalim Group, one of the worlds’ biggest suppliers of raw materials and solutions in the beverage industry, announces the completion of the full acquisition of IFB srl.

IFB is a blending house located in the port of Livorno in Italy.

The company, that was founded on 1994, is a major supplier of juices, concentrates, multi fruit blends and compounds that focuses mainly in the Italian market.

In 2016, Prodalim acquired a minority stake in the company, and has now completed the full acquisition of the company.
Tsahi Berezovsky, prodalim CEO: “IFB has a great team and it is positioned perfectly to become the biggest supplier In the Italian market and its surroundings.

We are certain that by integrating IFB completely into prodalim, and leveraging on Prodalim standards, network of customers and suppliers, and our R&D capabilities, we create real synergies, that will bring great benefits to our customers in Italy and the neighbor countries.

The acquisition of IFB is a major part of our strategy to be as near as possible to our customers and to offer them the best solution in terms of service, efficient logistics and great flexibility.

Prodalim has created a “logistical triangle” stretched between Rotterdam, Valencia and Livorno, and we can reach each customer in Europe with an optimized and efficient solution.

This year our accelerated growth strategy, both organically as well as by acquisitions in Europe and North America will be a major part of our corporate focus. We will continue supplying our worldwide customers best of bread services and solutions.”

At drinktec 2013, WILD Flavors GmbH (WILD) will be presenting innovations for the beverage industry, demonstrating its keen understanding of current consumer trends and sharing its global market expertise. Thanks to products from WILD’s portfolio, manufacturers can breathe new life into established beverage sectors as well as new ones: beer-mix drinks, malt beverages, ready to drink (RTD) tea, energy drinks, juice and much more.

At the WILD booth, the right innovation for new growth is available for every manufacturer. As one of the leading experts in global ingredients, WILD is always on top of international markets and consumer needs, and just in time for drinktec it will be presenting its new developments. Its motto for the industry: We grow your business, naturally!®

En vogue with new beer-mixes and malt beverages
In the field of beer-mix drinks, WILD has created highlights with en vogue products such as cloudy variants with juice. Manufacturers can come to the WILD booth and experience for themselves how compelling the new flavors for these popular mixed drinks are. Non-alcoholic malt beverages are extremely promising for breweries as well as producers of soft drinks. Here WILD features a variety of options in terms of malt content and numerous fruity flavors – perfect for the many different taste preferences around the world.

Subscribing to success ― the energy-drink sector
Higher, faster, newer ― the energy drink trend keeps growing around the world. WILD is seen as one of the leading international manufacturers of ingredients for these drinks which give people new vigor. In addition to classic flavors, WILD’s portfolio also includes developments such as energy plus juice, energy plus coffee, functional energy drinks and no calorie concepts. The energy drink boom is far from being over.

On top of today’s trends: premium RTD teas
Today, manufacturers who want to offer consumers innovative new drinks with a healthy image will set their sights on premium tea beverages ― a powerful growth category. The latest addition to WILD’s selection is brewed tea, which offers new standards in terms of quality and flavor. Another attractive bonus is the fact that these products can be labeled as “brewed tea.” Manufacturers who want to concentrate on classic products based on tea extracts or tea infusions will find what they are looking for at WILD as well. For years the company has specialized in the trend segment, as its broad range of product options at the drinktec booth will confirm.

Expertise in great taste for juice and nectar
WILD’s product palette in the juice sector consists of the finest ingredients: an exquisite taste, top quality fruit and new product ideas. When it comes to compounds for juices, nectars and functional beverages with a juice content, the company is a competent partner for the industry, last not least due to its acquisition of Cargill’s juice business. Creative innovations for new product ranges in the field of juices and nectars round out what WILD has to offer.

Creating new inspiration for soft drinks
WILD is also presenting new soft drinks featuring a “grown-up” taste profile based on WILD’s newly developed fermentation technology. This process gives beverages a distinctive flavor and allows manufacturers to position products naturally. WILD also offers new flavors for soft drinks – everything from fruity to spicy, with mint ingredients or sweetened with stevia for low calorie concepts. In keeping with the stevia trend, the company also offers stevia sweetened products in other beverage categories, such as still drinks and tea beverages.

Brand-new: beverages which taste of dessert
One WILD innovation which provides an exciting taste sensation is combining fruit juice with dessert flavorings. This sweet and fruity blend is an excellent response to the demand for new thirst quenchers with a delicious flavor. WILD developed the “Delicious Duo” products on a basis of milk and emulsions. A highly promising concept around the globe – no matter whether the products are for Europe, the Middle East, Africa or America.

WILD at drinktec 2013: Hall B1, Booth 101