• 25 MAY 18

    Meeting Baby Food & Infant Formula Market Demands

    The demand from consumers for specific baby food and infant formula products directly correlate to how the home and work environment is changing. The global workforce is increasing, becoming more active out of the home with a larger disposable income. As such, consumers require infant products which better reflect their lifestyles and still meet nutrition demands. Here, is a snap shot of the current baby food and infant formula global marketplace and how product inspection technologies future proof these trends:

    Baby Food & Infant Formula Global Market Trends

    • Increased popularity of organic baby food products
    • New packaging materials that are affordable, durable, lightweight and recyclable
    • Demand for ethically-sourced, environmentally-friendly products and packaging
    • Evolving demographics and varying food tastes

     

    Drivers Behind the Trends

    • Growing numbers of working women who need nutritious infant formula options as an alternative to breastfeeding
    • Rising urbanization means consumers look for healthy, convenient food which equal home cooked food values
    • Increase in population

    Market Challenges

    • Rising health concerns about processed baby food and infant formula
    • Demand for full product transparency
    • Decline in birth rate in developing countries

    Baby Food & Infant Formula Manufacturing Pressures

    1. Compliance with existing and new food safety and labelling regulations.
      New Labelling Regulation – Nutrition Facts Label: From July 2018, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires all packaged food to clearly display full nutritional information. Dairy products, which are labelled as milk, must contain dairy milk and must not be derived from heavily processed or unrecognised plant sources
      New Infant Formula Registration – China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA): All domestic and foreign manufacturers must register their infant formula. The ingredients, food additives, formula and labels of baby formula must be recorded at provincial level. Baby milk formulas that are manufactured overseas and imported to China must not be repackaged for import purposes. For manufacturers of baby milk powder, the same formula cannot be used under different brand names
    2. Avoiding product recalls and associated costs
    3. Safeguarding infants from sub-standard products
    4. Ensuring products are secure and cannot be tampered with

    How Product Inspection Technologies Future-Proof Baby Food Manufacturing

    Innovative inspection solutions, from contaminant detection and checkweighing to label inspection and data monitoring, are designed to be flexible. This ensures that the technologies complete all the integrity checks needed to comply with current and, anticipated, future food safety and labelling regulations. It also means adaptability to new product and packaging types by easy programming of the system. Baby food manufacturers benefit from decreased total cost of ownership (TCO) in their investment with the confidence that all product and packaging integrity checks are upheld.

    To learn how product inspection technologies fully protect baby food and infant formula products, download our free white paper: Food Safety: Baby Food & Infant Formula.

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