SINGAPORE November 2019
 
6 leading regional players won accolades at Dairy Industry Asia Pacific Awards 2019
 
Six winners of this year’s Dairy Industry Asia Pacific Awards 2019 were announced recently at a special awards ceremony held at One Farrer Hotel, Singapore on 21 November.
The awards were hosted by Duxes, the organiser of the 6th Dairy Asia Pacific Summit 2019 (DairyAP), aimed to recognise the most outstanding products and contributions to the region’s dairy market over the past 12 months.
There were 6 awards given for an innovative new line of probiotic yogurts, to a plant-based dairy beverage aimed at Asia’s increasingly enthusiastic coffee-drinking consumers, as well as for a high-tech packaging solution that promotes essential food safety in the infant nutrition segment.
The award ceremony was led by industry professional Bob den Hartog, Managing Director for Arla Foods Trading & Procurement based in Hong Kong. The event includes leading figures and influencers from the dairy business in the Asia Pacific region, as well as participants of corresponding DairyAP 2019 summit, which was held from 21 to 22 November.
The 1st award was given to Chr. Hansen for its Sweety Y-1 “naturally sweeter” dairy culture which won Best Dairy Ingredient Innovation of the Year. Sweety Y-1 was developed with the participation of an in-house team of experts at Chr. Hansen’s research laboratories in Denmark.
Using groundbreaking technology, they were able to produce a bio-culture that converts sugar differently to traditional processes, resulting in a sweeter-tasting yogurt. This means that less sugar is needed to counterbalance yogurt's naturally sour flavor, and Chr. Hansen’s customers can benefit from a healthier end product. Sweety Y-1 has received accolades from industry analysts and technical food scientists alike.
Other winners included UNITED CAPS which won Most Welcomed Packaging Solution of the Year for its 127 SAFE-TE tamper-evident closure, specially designed for the needs of the Asian infant nutrition market.
The 127 SAFE-TE closure increases baby food safety and convenience as it boasts an impenetrable security feature which means it cannot be opened and resealed. In this way, it addresses a key concern of customers in Asia. Following on from its other popular products, UNITED CAPS’ 127 SAFE-TE closure comes complete with a scoop and a hygienic seal. It also comes in a range of colors, including gold, which has been met with high demand in the premium market. Notably, UNITED CAPS has also been able to develop the brand-new product in such a way that existing production lines would need to make minimal changes to incorporate the new closure into their factory capping and filling processes.
Well-known Swedish-based newcomer, Oatly won Popular Asia-Pacific Plant Based Drink of the Year for their Barista Edition foamable oatmilk drink, which was specially developed so that it can be used as a dairy alternative when making such popular milky, caffeinated drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
Meanwhile, China’s dairy giant Yili was awarded the Best Yogurt Innovation of the Year for its Yili Yixiao Fermented Milk. This influential drink series was first developed by Yili experts at their main innovation center in Shanghai, and centers around a particular species of probiotic named Bifidobacterium lactis (B. lactis).
The resulting strain that Yili now uses in its Yixiao series, Bifidobacterium strain BL-99, has shown promise in treating a range of digestion-related conditions, from intestinal infections to irritable bowel syndrome, according to the company. Having their own, marketable strain of probiotics has given Yili a distinctive edge on the market when it comes to competing with the world’s biggest, most-established brands from Europe.
The award for Most Sustainable & Innovative Rigid Packaging Solution of the Year went to PolyOne for its ColorMatrix Lactra light-blocking additive. This is a unique additive that can be used during the manufacturing process for PET bottles. It helps to reduce the breakdown of dairy products whilst they are exposed to light, making them stay fresher with longer shelf-life.
Finally, the award for Most Impactful Brand of the Year went to Theland for Milk New Zealand. The Chinese-owned dairy farm group hit the headlines in recent years after it secured a trading agreement with online retailer, Alibaba to market its fresh milk direct to Chinese consumers. The deal has been a great success.
Through its network of farms in New Zealand and the unique advantages of grass farming, natural grazing and natural milk production, Theland has also been able to produce its 4.0 Protein Pure Milk product. This liquid milk has a higher than normal nutrition profile, and has been a big hit with online buyers. During China’s annual “618” shopping festival this June, some 250,000 boxes of 4.0 Protein Pure Milk were snapped up within just 2 hours.
Another one of Milk New Zealand’s breakthrough achievements has been to reduce farm-to-retailer shipping times. Thanks to an agreement with Shanghai Customs and Changning District Government, the company has been able to deliver products to the mainland in less than 72 hours, faster than any other brand so far, winning much praise from industry peers and setting a new benchmark standard.
Event host Bob den Hartog added that 2019 is an innovative and breakthrough year for dairy, with rising consumer awareness in the region coupled with growing innovation of dairy products in Asia’s already rich food culture.
This year’s DairyAP summit featured a wide range of speakers and experts from the world of dairy in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, who came together to discuss the latest trends, regulations and hot topics affecting the market. The 1st day of the summit focused on Safety and Farm Management, while the 2nd day focused on Product Innovations and Marketing. Leading speakers comprised of professionals from many of the region’s major dairy organisations, retailers and businesses such as Fonterra, Yili, Lazada, Amul Dairy, Nestle, Guangzhou Society of Agronomy, Vietnam Dairy Association and Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development.
(For more information on 6th DairyAP 2019, visit www.duxes-foodbeverage.com/dairy-ap/index.html)
 
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