Plant-based and meat hybrids: Better Meat Co looks to usher in new category of ‘healthier, cost-effective’ products in Asia
Higher Meat Co is eyeing Asia as a serious market to herald an entire new class of hybrid, blended meat and plant-based merchandise, citing superior well being advantages and value parity as driving elements.
Blended or hybrid merchandise refer to traditional meat objects resembling nuggets or meatballs that are infused with plant proteins to convey extra well being and/or style advantages. Though that is theoretically a better path to take to hit targets resembling value parity, the class has obtained far much less consideration in Asia as in comparison with plant-based meats – however the Higher Meat Co is trying to change that.
“Our goal customers in Asia with the hybrid product class usually are not plant-based, vegans or vegetarians however as an alternative meat eaters who’re searching for a extra balanced, more healthy weight loss plan,” Higher Meat Co CEO and Co-Founder Paul Shapiro advised FoodNavigator-Asia.
Healthy snacking in Asia: Convenience, nutrition and localisation key drivers of post-COVID-19 innovation – Expert Growth Asia panel
Comfort, vitamin and assembly localised wants have been recognized by consultants because the three prime drivers that meals corporations trying to innovate within the wholesome snacking house in Asia must be aware of in a post-COVID-19 world.
The consultants convened on the Wholesome Snacking session of our current Progress Asia Interactive Broadcast 2021 sequence, organized by FoodNavigator-Asia and NutraIngredients-Asia. [Watch again on-demand here.]
The panel was comprised of Mars Wrigley Basic Supervisor Asia Patrick Gantier, US Daiey Export Council Technical Director for Meals Functions Martin Teo, Dole Packaged Meals VP and MD APAC Aashim Malhotra, Eat Actual Worldwide Gross sales Supervisor Yumi Chan, AI Palette Head of Innovation Salomi Naik, and Sweegen Director of Enterprise Improvement Imtiaz Chaglani.
The panel agreed that snacking on the whole and wholesome snacking particularly is quickly on the rise within the Asia Pacific area, particularly with many customers having developed a behavior of consuming many small meals and snacking via the day throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns.
China snacking premiumisation: Nation’s first coconut yoghurt firm highlights Tmall launch as major brand building opportunity
China’s first plant-based coconut yoghurt model Yeyo has highlighted the significance of novelty, premiumisation and model constructing in capturing the holy grail of middle-class customers within the nation after efficiently launching its first flagship retailer on Tmall.
In response to Christiana Zhu, Co-Founder and CEO of the agency behind Yeyo which is Marvelous Meals, the Tmall flagship retailer is especially necessary as it’s a key alternative for model constructing, which is essential relating to capturing the eye of rising center class customers.
“The plant-based market in China is correct on the tip of a wave and there may be large potential because of the rising center class and the [advent of] COVID-19, the place individuals need to eat more healthy,” Zhu advised FoodNavigator-Asia.
“Model constructing is especially necessary relating to China’s urbanites, they need novelty and well being and premiumisation, and plant-based ticks all these containers.
Home baking, flavour innovation and healthier options: Top APAC bakery firms weigh in on trends dominating sector
Bakery merchandise have at all times been a staple within the Asia Pacific area for breakfast and snacking events, however the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the sector’s progress considerably prior to now 12 months, primarily pushed by the home-baking, flavour innovation and more healthy consuming tendencies.
On this episode of the FNA Deep Dive, we take a better take a look at the bakery sector in APAC and discover out extra concerning the tendencies driving the trade post-COVID-19, with enter from varied main corporations within the trade.
The well being and wellness development has penetrated principally each meals and beverage class potential, and bakery isn’t any totally different with many customers searching for more healthy choices notably within the type of merchandise which might be gluten-free or containing much less carbohydrates.
In response to Malaysian bakery agency Fresco Grano which specialises in gluten-free and natural baked items together with breads, cookies, muffins and granola, the well being and wellness development in APAC has come into its personal over the previous few years.
“The well being and wellness development has actually gained its momentum since [at least] 5 years in the past when Fresco Grano first entered the enterprise,” Fresco Grano Founder Ryea Sankaran advised us.
Triple burden battle: Researchers highlight need for sustainable healthy diet in Lebanon to alleviate food insecurity
Researchers have highlighted the necessity for a more healthy and sustainable weight loss plan to alleviate meals insecurity in Lebanon, on the again of deteriorating financial circumstances and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wanting on the present triple-burden of malnutrition within the nation together with starvation, micronutrient deficiencies, and escalating weight problems and non-communicable illnesses, researchers have developed an evidence-based sustainable and nutritious diet that promotes human well being and on the similar time controls value and mitigates environmental affect.
It was achieved utilizing an optimisation mathematical mannequin that generates optimum weight loss plan options which might be wholesome, of low value and fulfill the satisfactory nutrient wants of adults in Lebanon, whereas considering environmental sustainability points.
On this research partially funded by FAO, researchers from Lebanon, Italy and UAE have optimised the typical Lebanon weight loss plan to incorporate a better consumption of entire grain bread, darkish inexperienced greens, dairy merchandise, and legumes, and decrease consumption of refined bread, meat, poultry, added sugars, saturated fats.