Effective Strategies for Wastewater Management in the Snacks Industry

In the past, wastewater treatment was often viewed as a non-value adding process that only incurred costs to any plant operations. However, with the recent increase in attention over the scarcity of clean water, it became obvious that what a plant discharges to the public sewers or nearby water bodies have a direct impact on […]

The Crunch of Popcorn and Humidity of Southeast Asia

Packaged popcorn does not enjoy the same popularity as a snacking option in Asia as it does in the western countries specially America. This is despite the fact that popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks being a whole grain with low fat and good fiber. And this also does not mean popcorn is not […]

With Urbanisation, Should Snacks Migrate Too?

Majority of the countries in South East Asia are seeing a huge surge in urban population, almost by 2.5-3.0% addition to the urban population year on year. Urbanization, living away from family, rush of city life are all positive indicators for growth of snacks consumption. However one of the key opportunities for snacks producers is […]

Vietnam’s Commitment to Industry 4.0

Vietnam has one of the most elaborate telecommunications system in the world with mobile coverage reaching 99.7 per cent of the population nationwide. 3G and 4G coverage reaching over 98 per cent with low cost, while the 5G network is undergoing testing and expected to be deployed commercially from 2020. The Vietnam government also passed […]

Why Do Snacks Go Rancid?

Ever wondered why some snacks at times taste bitter or smell foul ? Fried snacks are suceptible to going rancid. Rancidity is caused when the oil quality deteriorates in the product. This can happen due to poor processing methods and technology or due to poor product packing and storage. Oil or fat is an ester. […]

The waste water from your chips line has a lot of value!

Slicing is one of the primary processes in the manufacturing of potato chips. During slicing potatoes are cut by sharp knife edges at a very high speed (around 250-300 rpm). V-cuts, Deep ridges, plain cuts are some of the popular shapes in which slices are cut. As the knife edges cut through the potatoes they […]

Slow Automation

The Cambridge dictionary defines automation as “the use of machines or computers instead of people to do a job, especially in a factory or office””. There is an inherent sense of manpower replacement. In a culturally sensitive region like South East Asia with affordable and available manpower, how do you navigate your automation plans? The […]

Scale and Bulk Handling

Scale is a critical factor that defines the way producers look at handling and automation. Many producers in the SEA market are reaching scales that make the case for automating bulk handling processes. It is often common practice to have raw material handling defined and dedicated to each individual process line in the initial phase […]