Replacing biodegradable plastic bags, transitioning Japan’s food labeling law, canned vegetable meat and more in our roundup
Solve to dissolve: Hong Kong’s Invisible Company aims to replace supermarket flat-top plastic bags with a water-soluble solution
A Hong Kong start-up is looking to create an eco-friendly alternative to ‘flat-top’ plastic bags used in supermarkets for fresh produce and baked goods, saying they are one of the biggest contributors to waste plastics.
Currently, Hong Kong has a plastic levy system for shopping bags, but flat-top plastic bags are excluded.
Invisible Company has previously created a water-soluble, plastic-free, and biodegradable solution that is used in various industries, including packaged and dried food brands, but is now working to create a version suitable for fresh produce.
He is working with researchers in Hong Kong and starting discussions with supermarkets to ensure they are food grade compliant, as well as being biodegradable and compostable.
Under the INVISIBLEBAG brand, the bags are made from a combination of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), starch, glycerin and water. PVA is a water-soluble, biodegradable synthetic polymer used in medicine capsules and laundry detergent pods.
‘Systematic switch’: Japan urges food manufacturers to finalize transition of origin labeling of raw materials
Japan has urged all local food and beverage brands to ensure processes are in place to transition to new rules of origin for raw materials, to keep operations running smoothly and avoid “disturbances”.
Japan first announced a revision to its food labeling law in September 2017 to include the geographical origins of the main ingredient used to make a food or drink on product labels. Due to the massive national undertaking for the implementation of these new labeling standards, the government has granted food companies a significantly long grace period for the transition, until March 31, 2022.
With the mandatory application due date fast approaching, the local Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) are urging local food businesses that committed to completing the transition, or at least having the processes in place to complete the transition by March 31 next year, to pick up the pace or face severe penalties if they prevent the passage to unfold smoothly.
“All food and beverage businesses should remember that even though the transition period is until March 31, 2022, there is [logistical] components to this switch such as the command [and printing] packaging materials and labels in accordance with the new labeling standards”,MAFF said via an official statement.
Canned food specialist Ayam Brand believes canned, plant-based meats in ambient format could be the next big thing to meet consumer demands for convenience and affordability.
Ayam Brand is a household brand in Asia, best known for its canned fish products, from sardines to tuna. That said, according to the company’s managing director in Singapore, Roy Teo, internal consumer research undertaken by the company revealed a growing demand for options that would fit into a flexitarian diet and provide more sustainable options, which led the company to create plant-based meat. Scope.
“The company is over a hundred years old, and although we are best known for our canned fish products, we also have expertise in a variety of plant-based, albeit more traditional, items such as fava beans. with bacon and other canned vegetables”,Teo said FoodNavigator-Asia.
Healthier noodle brand Mr Lee’s Noodles has big plans for the Asian market, but has had to redesign its packaging to account for climate and humidity issues, as well as explore a new pricing strategy to meet market needs in the region.
Mr Lee’s Noodles originated in the UK, with an APAC base currently located in Australia. The brand is already well established in Australia and also exports to New Zealand and Hong Kong.
According to Mr. Lee’s Noodles management company, Mr. Lee’s Pure Foods, Australasia, Greg Longhurst, the brand sees Asia as a major target market, but is trying to overcome the challenges it has faced first. in terms of packaging and price.
“We found that it was necessary to redefine our packaging for export, especially to Asia due to the high humidity”,Longhurst said FoodNavigator-Asia.
Fresh soup brand Re:Nourish has set itself the goal of conquering the “fastest growing” soup category in the Middle East, particularly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by playing on the healthy and “to take away” of its bottled products.
Re: Nourish soups are the world’s first in their product format, bring the world’s first fresh soup to be sold in a microwave safe bottle.
The primary concern with consuming products from direct-to-microwave packaging is chemical leaching and food contamination, but company founder and CEO Nicci Clark assured us that the team has already solved this problem.
“It’s a common concern, but we spent nine months designing the bottle specifically to get around this – what we basically did was make the bottle BPA-free and use PP (polypropylene) by opposed to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) as the material,”clark said FoodNavigator-Asia.