This publication carries news, processing updates, retail trends, features, industry updates and more on what makes meat processing a vibrant industry in Asia.
A key focus in each issue is the Sector Report which dives into developments in the Fresh & Chilled, Frozen, Cooked and Cured Meats sectors, developments in Seafood and sausage production and retailing.
Once a year, it also carries a Construction Report that covers new projects, upgrades and expansion of existing facilities throughout Asia.
The content of this magazine is curated to the information and developmental needs of primary and further processors as well as retailers, most of whom are part of integrated operations.
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Cured meat producers innovate to stay relevant
Cured and dried processed meats still have a place in the market, but they fill a segmented category. Asian Agribiz finds that some cured meat producers are innovating their product offerings and marketing to stay relevant and to attract consumers of all ages. In Malaysia, Kinyubi Food developed the signature bakkwa tissue which is healthier, less oily, less sweet and crunchier than traditional bakkwa. The bakkwa tissue contains less than 10% of lard and substantially less sugar per sheet than conventional meat jerky. Meanwhile in Indonesia, Bali Ananda created new taste variants for its pork lapcheong. With the new tastes, the firm wants to target consumers of all ages by giving them more choices.
Vending machines may take over takeaways in Asia
Some countries in Asia have found its answer to manpower woes at eateries in the form of vending machines. Long lines before these machines are testament that this is the way to go for the rapidly growing region. Asian Agribiz speaks to businessmen who have ventured into the vending machine businesses, offering pizzas, chili crabs, native chicken products and fresh & marinated meats.
Asean’s protection racket: How Southeast Asian countries are building barriers in the name of free trade
In theory, Asean is moving towards becoming the world’s second-biggest single market after the European Union (EU) by eliminating tariffs and harmonising standards between member states. In practice, however, tariff barriers to trade are being casually replaced by technical and non-tariff barriers to carry out a similar role. Though the Asean Economic Community process was relatively straightforward, leading to average tariffs of under 1% for meat across the bloc, albeit with exceptions for some processed meat products, the latter has been more challenging in all food-related industries.
TGM counts on German machinery
Thai-German Meat Product (TGM), a leading producer of processed meats in Thailand, has strong trust in German machinery. The company invested around USD 15 million in German-made machinery for its second factory, focusing on automatic production lines, food safety and traceability. TGM is the first company to use robotic systems to collect and store raw material. Less human involvement in food production processes means better food safety. German machines are more expensive, but TGM believes they are high quality machines.
Indonesia ups Indian buffalo meat imports
Frozen Indian buffalo meat is gaining ground in Indonesia, thanks to its cheaper price and acceptable quality and taste. At about USD 4.41/kg, buffalo meat is more affordable than both local and imported beef (USD 8.54/kg), a key selling point of the meat for many Indonesian consumers.