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Thailand Food Innovation Forum

Food Innovation for Health and Wellness

In the past few decades, consumers around the world have increasingly been concerned about their health and prefer products that enhance wellness. Consequently, nutritious food and food safety play a vital role in the global food market.

In Thailand, the food industry is one of the key strategic growth priorities according to the current national development plan and the vision to be the “Kitchen of The World”. In response to the fast-growing global demands, Thai entrepreneurs have been developing themselves to become key manufacturers and exporters by creating innovative food products to promote people’s well-being, and integrating expertise and knowledge from market research and advanced food technologies.

In response to this increased interest, DuPont Thailand recently hosted the Thailand Food Innovation Forum at the DuPont Thailand Innovation Center. The goal of the Forum was to foster stakeholder collaboration to increase food and nutrition security in Thailand by examining key challenges of food innovation for health and wellness.

Panelist of Thailand Food Innovation Forum (from left), Rutjawate Taharnklaew, Assistant Vice President Research and Development Center of Betagro Group;  Somchai Laohverapanich, Managing Director of DuPont Thailand; Emeritus Professor Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin, Expert Committee of National Food Committee and Chairman of Food Management Strategic Framework Development; Dr. Anadi Nitithamyong, Assistant Professor Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University; and Ornsurang Teerawat, Food and Drug Technical Officer, Food and Drug Administration.

Thailand Food Innovation Forum panelists (from left): Rutjawate Taharnklaew, Assistant Vice President Research and Development Center of Betagro Group; Somchai Laohverapanich, Managing Director of DuPont Thailand; Emeritus Professor Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin, Expert Committee of National Food Committee and Chairman of Food Management Strategic Framework Development; Dr. Anadi Nitithamyong, Assistant Professor Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University; and Ornsurang Teerawat, Food and Drug Technical Officer, Food and Drug Administration.

The Forum was chaired by speakers from various public and private organizations including Thailand Food and Drug Administration, Thai National Food Commission, National Food Institute, Betagro Group, and DuPont Thailand. Discussions covered topics such as opportunities and challenges of healthy and nutritious food innovation, consumer insights, and current and future trends of the food industry in Thailand. Over 100 food professionals and key government officials attended the interactive sessions.

“The world’s fast-growing population brings diverse challenges, with a part of the world facing the health challenges of too much food, while parts of the world population are still undernourished, and the rise of a middle-class in newly developed countries,” said Somchai Laohverapanich, DuPont Thailand managing director. “Thailand needs to focus more on value added food products in the future, which will require increased R&D investment among private and public sectors.”

The Forum was attended by over 100 food professionals from leading food manufacturers and key government officials, at DuPont Thailand Innovation Center

The Forum at DuPont Thailand was attended by professionals from leading food manufacturers and by key government officials.

Somchai commented that DuPont works in close collaboration with customers to find new and better ways to solve food and nutrition challenges. “Through DuPont Thailand Innovation Center, we are able to help connect our local customers to DuPont global research and development capabilities in developing food solutions to address consumer needs.

Packaging’s Contribution to Reducing Food Waste

Each year, one third of the food the world produces is lost or wasted while one in every seven people go to bed hungry every night. Clearly food loss and waste is among the moral, political, economic imperatives laced within Food Security.

Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging leader, at PAC Talk

Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging leader

From her role as a DuPont Packaging leader, Yasmin Siddiqi offers the industry a provocation – Could we in the packaging industry challenge ourselves to ensure every piece of food packaged can be consumed? And can we do that in a way that is affordable and responsible?

Packaging offers tremendous potential to mitigate food loss and waste by protecting food, extending perishable shelf life and enabling portion control and efficient dosage, but the industry faces many challenges, including consumer perception of packaging and affordability/cost. Focusing on the positive contributions that packaging can make to mitigate this issue and collaborating to find new and affordable packaging solutions will go a long way to making a dent in this global issue.

One Idea

IFilm Pouch Brings Shelf-Stable Milk to Indian India, where 75 percent of milk is collected in an ‘unorganized’ fashion, the risk of buying contaminated or adulterated milk is high. Parakh Agro Industries in India saw an opportunity to develop a low-cost method to package ultra-high temperature (UHT) processed milk in aseptic flexible film pouches. This very affordable, five-layer EVOH solution that incorporates DuPont packaging materials, helps ensure milk stays fresh without refrigeration for 90 days.

This innovation earned a gold award in the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, and Vinay Nalawade, their director of the Packaging Business, said their aim is to ensure nutritious milk can be received in cities and in remote areas across the country.

DuPont Packaging Awards

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running global, independently judged competition highlighting innovative packaging and collaboration throughout the value chain. Packaging designs are evaluated by a prestigious independent panel of international judges. Initiated in 1986, the award is in its 26th installment. This year saw 200 entries from 31 countries, culminating in 16 winning package designs. Learn more about this award and this year’s winners by watching the following video.

Call for 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

2015 Pack Awards IconDuPont is now accepting entries for the 27th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program. This is the Packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged competition and it is designed to foster and celebrate packaging innovation around the world. The entry deadline is Feb. 2, 2015, and entry forms are available here.

 

Improving Global Nutrition One Crop at a Time

ABS_CropLife_QA_DPPioneer_02While sorghum provides a large amount of carbohydrates for local diets, it is naturally nutrient deficient. As a result of tireless research efforts, the African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative has achieved the important research breakthrough of dramatically increasing Vitamin-A in sorghum. The initiative is well on its way to strengthening the nutritional profile of sorghum with iron and zinc as well.

Dr. Marc Albertsen, DuPont Pioneer Research Director and ABS Research Leader, sat down for a Q&A with CropLife International’s Plant Science Post newsletter editor to discuss the innovation behind the ABS initiative, partnership model and who will be most impacted.

“Just two weeks ago, I was in an African village meeting with local farmers. At first, I was quite impressed by the local children I presumed were one and two-years-old: they were running around and playing enthusiastically. Then I realized these children were actually closer to four years old. Because of the poor nutritional quality of their diets, these children were at the developmental stage of toddlers. It was a striking example of the very people who will be the most impacted by this project.” ~ Dr. Marc Albertsen, DuPont Pioneer Research Director and ABS Research Leader

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