May 17, 2020

[INFOGRAPHIC] New Report Illustrates Top 14 Upcoming Trends in Dairy

global food manufacturing
food trends
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Frazer Jones
2 min
[INFOGRAPHIC] New Report Illustrates Top 14 Upcoming Trends in Dairy
The dairy industry is a business that has been rapidly changing, and is likely to have further significant change in store over the next several years...

The dairy industry is a business that has been rapidly changing, and is likely to have further significant change in store over the next several years. Earlier this month, Tetra Pak’s 7th annual dairy index took a look at some of the challenges and opportunities that the industry will have to navigate over the next decade. In a similar vein, New Nutrition Business has released a report and infographic detailing upcoming trends that should come into fashion as the overall demand for milk products continues to rise.

According to FoodMagazine, the key concept to describe upcoming trends is “Dairy 2.0,” a sort of shorthand for a fundamental shift in the dairy industry away from added ingredients and toward healthier and more creative products:

“Dairy, more than any other category, is perfectly positioned to profit from the most important consumer trends shaping the food industry,” says [Julian Mellentin, Director of New Nutrition Business]. “…Science shows that dairy is nature’s whole food, with more benefits that are bringing new opportunities,” says Mellentin. “It’s too early for companies to use these benefits for marketing purposes, but over the next decade they will support dairy’s ‘naturally healthy’ identity.”


From creative innovations like savory yogurts to functional innovations like dairy products better targeted toward improving digestive health and protein needs, the industry is moving toward change. For a better idea of the trends that are coming and how to meet them, check out the infographic below:



[SOURCE: FoodMagazine]

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Jun 21, 2021

Tech firm BestBees helps honey bees with remote monitoring

Helen Adams
3 min
Honey bees are struggling. Tech firm like Best Bees and ApisProtect are using remote monitoring to help them rise again

The global honey industry was worth an estimated $9.2b in 2020. Out of the 100 crop species which feed 90% of the world's population, 70 of them are pollinated by bees. In addition, 1.4b farming jobs, depend on the pollination of crops carried out by bees. 

Bees are vitally important to planet earth and everyone on it - but they are in danger. Between April 2019 and 2020, 43% of US hives were lost. Bee hives have been devastated by:

  • Parasites
  • Pesticides
  • Climate change

Tech firms have taken on one of the world’s oldest occupations, beekeeping, in order to maintain the welfare of the the mighty bumblebee. 


Best Bees Company bumbles forward

US business, Best Bees Company, was shocked at the plight of the American bee colonies.

Best Bees install hives and then use an advanced software system to monitor and record the health of each bee hive.

"We are looking at why thriving beehives live", said Wilson-Rich, chief scientific officer at Best Bees. "We need to understand why they're doing better. With that research data we can get wonderful benefits... it is telling us how the bees are actually doing."

Best Bees also harvests and bottles the honey for the property owners, of where the hives sit, to enjoy.

The data is being shared with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where researchers are trying to understand and assist the bees in their duty.


Tech saves beekeepers time and labour 

The Irish business ApisProtect is also utilising technology to help the bees, through their wireless in-hive sensors, which transmit data.

"We collect temperature, humidity, sound and acceleration [of the bees flying out of the hive] data," said  Fiona Edwards Murphy, chief executive "What we do is extract those raw data points and then use machine learning to convert that into useful information. We tell the beekeeper, for example, which hives are growing and which hives are shrinking, or which hives are alive and which hives are dead."

The technology means beekeepers no longer have to manually inspect hives, which saves time and effort and allows the bees to go about their business uninterrupted. 

"In a commercial operation only about 20% of hives at any given time need intervention," concludes Edwards Murphy. "The problem is that beekeepers don't know which 20%. They literally go out and pick around a hive to see if it's the one they should be looking at. What we do is enable them to get a picture of what's happening in all their hives, spread across a large area, before they even leave their office in the morning. For commercial beekeepers, we see a 50% reduction in labour costs. That obviously has a huge impact on the business of beekeeping."

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