Next Gen Utensils

In summary Single use plastic utensils have become an environmental menace. Sustainable alternatives are growing in number as foodservice businesses look to resolve this issue.

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Beerly Different

New beer flavours add experimental taste profiles to update the category. There was a time when beer was typically described as possessing a malty, hoppy or crisp taste. IPAs (India Pale Ales) were usually characterised as fruity or floral while porter and stouts were often associated with terms such as nutty or with chocolate and coffee profiles. Meanwhile, wheat beers were described as tasting like bread while pilsners typically featured herbaceous notes.

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Modern Folkloric Cocktails

The Philippines may be home to Asia’s largest Christian population yet its culture is steeped in beliefs with roots in ancient stories of mythological creatures, animist spirits and elemental deities. Paying homage to this ancient past are contemporary bars using cocktails to bring storytelling to life and create a cultural experience that transcends tradition, religion and modernity.

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Reformatting Coconut

On the go formats update Southeast Asian flavour. As the number of products launched with coconut as the star ingredient continues to rise, industry players are driven to find new ways to leverage on this multi-tasking component with a health halo.

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Go With The Grain

The demand for plant-based milk products has been growing globally. In Asia, the long-standing dairy alternative soymilk has seen recent competition from grain, nut and pulse milks made from almond, cashew, macadamia, rice, pea and hemp compete for aisle space.

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Orally Solid

Microbiome-positioned cosmetics that claim to uphold the skin’s protective barrier by maintaining the delicate ecosystem of microorganisms naturally present in it rather than working against the skin’s natural defenses are a nascent category globally. In Asia, the term is relatively unknown within the beauty category but signs do suggest this could change over the next few years.

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