January 2018

A quick search for food and beverage trends predicted for 2018 reveals a mixed bag of developments. Markets and Markets, a revenue impact research and advisory agency, predicts automation and robotics will see mass adoption in many food processing plants. This will assist with operational efficiencies, customer order fulfillment and increased throughput and quality. Food robotics are projected to witness an exceptional growth rate of 12 per cent from 2017 to 2018. Rest assured Food Review will keep you up to date with all the latest developments in this sector throughout the year!

In this edition, we glance at how ABB, Roff, Schneider Electric and GEA are assisting companies in meeting industry demands for system integration, compact maize milling equipment and automation technology that will take the sector to the next level. Read more on page 16 now.

This year more manufacturers will use terms like natural and functional to launch new products. Research indicates that consumers across EMEA want to focus on developing healthier, nutritious food. Overall 60 per cent of respondents believe this should be industry’s top priority. Harnessing the power of smart ingredients is the way forward; attested to by the swathe of innovation in the category. Find out what is trending in infant nutrition and ways to break down gluten (page 28).

Reformulation is also a hot topic this year. The National Council of Provinces has passed the tax on sugary drinks. The tax will levy 2.1 cents per gram of sugar on all sweetened drinks, with the first four grams of sugar per 100ml exempt. It is hoped this will act as an incentive to encourage the industry to reformulate its drinks to reduce sugar content (page 30). Consumption of natural beverage products delivering nutritional and functional benefits are projected to grow at a rate of 10 per cent, in volume terms from 2017 to 2018. Demand for exotic fruit purée in particular is growing. See the latest advances in fruit peeling, mixing solutions for carboxymethylcellulose and how to handle delicate processing for particles, fibres and pulp. More on page 31.

PACKAGING REVIEW kicks off the year with an in-depth article by Shawn Bezuidenhout from NSI 4 Africa on label production trends for the year. Be sure not to miss it!

I hope you enjoy this edition of Food Review! Please let me know of any industry developments, research and news at maryke.foulds@ newmediapub.co.za.