Predominantly a low-margin, high-volume business, Sweet & Snacks has experienced changes in its industry landscape over the past year due to COVID, changing consumer habits, a sustainability drive, and government initiatives in health awareness.

Overall, the Asia Pacific region which overtook North America in 2018 to become the global snack leader continues to grow as retail sales for nibbles reached US$135.2 billion last year (Euromonitor). Between 2020 to 2025, the confectionery ingredients market is projected to grow even more by 7.94% (CAGR).

Join us from 23 – 24 June as FHA Match: Sweets & Snacks Content Sessions examine different market trends that play pivotal roles in driving future growth in the region.

Market Opportunities Asia Pacific

  • Trade Policies for Confectionery in APAC
  • Chocolate in Asia Pacific
  • Influencer & Omnichannel Marketing

Nutrition & Consumer Trends

  • Confectionery & Comfort Foods
  • Taste & Health: Wellness Nibbles & Functional Treats
  • Vegan & Plant-based Products

Innovation & Technology

  • Nano-Technology for Functional Foods
  • Sustainability, Supply Chains & Ethical Sourcing
  • Data, Traceability & Transparency

Product Discovery & Specialty Foods

  • Japanese Snacks
  • Cocoa & Chocolate
  • Retail, Specialty & New Niche Brands

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*Singapore time (UTC+8)

Note: The programme is accurate at time of update and may be subject to change.

10:30 Welcome to FHA Match: Sweets & Snacks

  • What are the highlights?
  • How to get the most out of FHA Match?
  • How to connect with other delegates?
10:40 – 11:00
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Tracking Treats & Sweets in Asia Pacific – Confectionery in Covid Times

While economic turmoil and hard times have shown strong sales of comfort foods in the past, the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns may have influenced actual long-lasting shifts in our snacking behavior. Stress, anxiety or boredom led to shoppers prioritizing their health and buying more nutritious foods and drinks with long-term benefits for themselves and their families.

Drawing on GlobalData’s unique country scoring system, Tim Hill will reveal major consumption patterns by value, volume and main confectionery brands in Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing countries. As demographics are shifting the data suggests key challenges for an industry that has enjoyed steady growth over the last years.

Speaker: Tim Hill

Key Accounts Director, GlobalData

11:00 – 11:45
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Tracing the State of Chocolate & Cocoa in Asia – The Now & Next

Co-organised by the Cocoa Association of Asia (CAA), this webinar will look at the latest developments that drive the industry and focus on still untapped potential in Asia. As the global cocoa and chocolate market are projected to reach $67.22 billion by 2025 – up from $43.13 billion in 2017 – the industry is urged to innovate in different fields including supply chain transparency, sustainability procedures and overall improved value for producers and consumers alike. The panel will discuss how improved traceability can advance ethical sourcing whilst improving trust in product quality and industry standards. Meanwhile, the ‘single-origin’ model, ’20 degrees’ or ‘bean-to-bar’ approach is pivoting to drive value, confidence and premiumization for craft chocolate. Join us for a stimulating exchange on:

  • What role do technologies such as Blockchain with smart contracts, tokenization or crypto coins play in improving supply chains?
  • Can ethical chocolate and profits co-exist?
  • Where and how is new value in the industry created?
  • What producers and distributors should expect for Asian markets in the upcoming years?
  • Is the rise of dairy-free chocolates and milk alternatives a risk or opportunity?
Speaker: Gerald Abwerzger

CEO, Von Alm

Speaker: Avinash Desamangalam

Research Manager, Food & Agriculture, Mordor Intelligence

Speaker: Vincent Mourou

Co-Founder, Marou Chocolate

Moderated by: Alvin Lee

Chairman, Cocoa Association of Asia (CAA) & Commercial Director Cocoa & Chocolate, Asia-Pacific, Cargill

12:00 – 14:30 Networking Break

Take a breather and reach out to the other delegates via 1-on-1 video calls or chats on the platform. Equally, discover products and meet new suppliers in the exhibition area.

14:30 – 15:15
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Let’s Talk Trade – Reviewing the Advantages of FTAs for Sweets, Treats & Confectionery in Asia Pacific

Join us for this expert panel discussing the existing FTA structures including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) opportunities that connects APEC countries and reviewing how to take advantage of particular tariff removals. The distinguished speakers will outline how to strengthen and leverage manufacturers and distributors long-term positions whilst addressing key questions including:

  • How do ingredients for the sweet, snacks and confectionery industry fare when it comes to market access, tariffs and trade regulations in Asia Pacific?
  • Which hurdles do snacks face when dealing in certain markets?
  • Do FTAs provide a way to overcome these hurdles and facilitate market entry and business matching so that there can be enhanced global appreciation of local snacks?

The CPTPP has been in place since 2018 and now, maybe more so than before it could offer a vital framework for the sweet & snacks industry to recuperate from the impact of Covid. The 7 APEC countries covered under CPTPP include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. As those countries combine a GDP of almost S$13 trillion and constitute 14% of the global economy, significant market benefits remain untapped in particular for SME’s.

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Elms

Founder & Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre

Speaker: Connie Kwan

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Aalst Chocolate

Moderated by: Mary Elizabeth Chelliah

Principal Trade Specialist, Ministry of Trade & Industry Singapore

15:20 – 15:40
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Taylor & Francis Food Tech Series:
Building Blocks for New Nutrition – Pairing Indulgence with Sustenance for Industrial Production

A paradox exists as consumers seek both healthier nosh through lighter enjoyment, yet also pure indulgence through elevated sensory experiences. 2nd generation snacks are often considered products of poor nutritional value due to the use of lower quality basic ingredients such as corn starch. Next generation snacks do address this by optimized extrusion process from corn or common bean flours mixtures, integrating high dietary and antioxidant qualities into new foods.

Dr. Serna will explore the transformation of empty foods into healthy ones through phytochemistry that is aimed to prevent oxidative stress, chronic diseases and cancer. This webinar serves professionals involved in nutraceutical formulations and marketing as it focuses on successful industrial production of new 2nd and 3rd generation foods.

Speaker : Dr. Sergio Román Othón Serna Saldívar

Professor, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico, & Head of CIDPRO

*Singapore time (UTC+8)

Note: The programme is accurate at time of update and may be subject to change.

10:30 Welcome to FHA Match: Sweets & Snacks

  • What are the highlights?
  • How to get the most out of FHA Match?
  • How to connect with other delegates?
10:35 – 10:55
Watch Video
Convenience Foods from Japan – How Covid Transformed Snacking

Join this webinar to learn more about Japans latest trends in the convenience food space including snacks, functional foods and packaging innovation. Covid’s triggered a large shift in consumer behavior which fueled innovation in convenient, eating-at-home food concepts. Japanese snacks are focused around healthy and flavorful foods that bring something special to recreate the restaurant experience at home. To understand new opportunities for Nippon’s products, join Innova Markets webinar to uncover the change in consumption patterns and steady rise of particular foods from Japan.

Speaker : Irene Kersbergen

Insights & Innovation Manager APAC, Innova Market Insights

11:00 – 11:25
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Taylor & Francis Food Tech Series:
Harvesting Nano-Technology for Next-Gen Functional Treats – Commercial Application of Phytosterols, Antioxidants and Multivitamins
Balancing taste and functionality is an integral part of any processed food with nano-technology becoming a key driver for innovation in the hyper competitive nutraceutical market. As functional foods play a major role in combating various lifestyle-related disorders, nano-structured ingredients, nano-particles and nano-emulsion are key for the formulation of novel phytosterol, antioxidant and multivitamin enriched confectionery products.

This educational session serves professionals involved in nutraceutical formulations and marketing as it explores the commercial application of incorporating nano-tech into developing confectionery-based functional food products. Dr. Selva explores the health benefits of incorporating nanostructured functional ingredients like phytosterols, antioxidants, and multivitamins while processing confectionery products. The webinar which is part of the Taylor & Francis series will look at products that are likely to be commercialized in the next five years due to new nano-technologies.

Speaker: Dr Selva Muthukumaran

Associate Professor, School of Food Science & Post harvest Technology, Institute of Technology, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

11:30 – 14:30 Networking Break

Take a breather and reach out to the other delegates via 1-on-1 video calls or chats on the platform. Equally, discover products and meet new suppliers in the exhibition area.

14:30 – 15:00
Watch Video
Sugar Shifts, Plant Proteins & Transparency – The Long-term Appeal of Treats

Join Innova Markets webinar to uncover the latest trends in sweets & snacks in 2021 and discover new opportunities in the category, Learn about the latest developments in formulation, on-pack claims and transparency including key areas for growth including plant-based foods. Other topics that would be covered include how snacks and sweet treats are now tailored to fit in to consumers specific lifestyles and the recent rise in popularity in hybrid products where very interesting product mashups experiment with flavors, textures and concepts.

Speaker: Lakshitha Amin

Research Analyst, Innova Market Insights

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