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A Food And Beverage News Special
October 1-15, 2012

Indonesia gears up to host 9,000 attendees
The 18th edition of Food ingredients Asia (Indonesia) 2012, which is going to be held in Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia, from October 3 to 5, 2012, promises to be a platform for both the exhibitors and visitors from the global food and beverage industry to network.

Indonesia offers F&B sector plethora of opportunities
In terms of population, Indonesia – which has about 240 million inhabitants – is the fourth-largest country in the world. The country with over 17,000 islands also has the largest market share for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region, and accounts for about 51 per cent of the region's total ingredient consumption.

Natural colouring solution ranges, inherent challenges
In recent years, consumers' awareness of health implications relating to food consumption has increased. Even though chemical additives are generally considered cost-effective and convenient solutions for food processing,

Molecular gastronomy - A change to embrace
Food preparation is such a routine activity that everyone is associated with it somehow or the other. Although everyone loves to question the taste of food or presentation but we do not often question the process.

Creation of demand for millets through PCS value chain
In order to augment the efforts for reorienting R&D on grains such as sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet, generating demand through value-addition of processed foods, feed and industrial products is essential. In fact, a “production to consumption system” (PCS) model for specific products and markets is key.

“Oils are certified on the basis of taste and chemicals”
Making extra virgin olive oil, especially, oil with DOP (protected denomination of origin) status, requires technical and resource expertise. Further, testing and inspection are key to making oils that are rich in the components - vitamins, polyphenols and other essential compounds.

“Subsidy by govt for cold storages is negligible”
With the government permitting 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Retail, its positive impact on developing back-end infrastructure such as cold storages has become a hot topic of discussion in all forums.

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