How Speciality Ingredients are used in the Beverage, Dairy & Nutrition segment?
Markaids provides speciality ingredients to assist manufacturers to fulfil their customer preferences. We always take into account the cost and quality of the final product, as well as product properties such as viscosity, mouthfeel, stability, particle suspension, nutritional value and other specific characteristics.
Some of the most common speciality food ingredients used in the beverage industry are thickeners and hydrocolloids which give a certain viscosity and nice mouthfeel. Dairy products commonly use stabilizers for stability and also particle suspensions, for example – to suspense the cocoa powder in chocolate drinks to give a homogenized appearance.
Sweetened Sugar Beverages Tax
Food producers must always move align with consumers. Whenever there’s a shift of tastes and preferences, food producers are expected to keep up with the market by responding to the demands.
In July 2019, Malaysia government had started to impose excise duty on all ready-to-drink sweetened sugar beverages, whether imported or locally manufactured.
This new regulation had pushed local beverage manufacturers to reformulate their drinks, keeping them below the threshold. However, reformulations are not as simple as reducing the sugar content as sugar not only provides sweetness but also mouthfeel. Thus, manufacturers have to put all these factors into the equation and get the right balance to maintain their drinks cost effective without compromising the taste.