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Consumption Upgrading And Innovation Drive Food Additives Industry To Go Ahead
Jun 07, 2018

Food additive is an important part of the food industry. It can improve the color, aroma and taste of food, improve the nutritional value, prolong the shelf life, and play an indispensable role in promoting the function, nutrition and diversification of food. In recent years, the development of food additives and ingredients industry is becoming more and more flourishing. It is one of the industries in the food industry system with frequent scientific and technological innovation, legal standards and international standards, and more stringent production and management supervision.


On March 22nd, the twenty-second China International Food additives and Ingredients Exhibition (FIC2018) opened in Shanghai. The 3 day exhibition has gathered more than 1400 exhibitors from more than 70 countries and regions and tens of thousands of professional audiences. The exhibition is full of new materials, new technologies and new equipment, and natural preparations, functional ingredients, and nutritious products are full of dazzling products. In the new era, the development of food additives industry has become a hot topic in this exhibition.


Continue to move steadily forward


In 2017, food additives and ingredients industry conforms to the steady development trend of China's economy, and is basically consistent with the operation of the food industry, and the overall production and operation trend is steady and steady. During the exhibition, Xue Yi, deputy director and Secretary General of the Chinese food additives and Ingredients Association (CFAA) and secretary general, published data on the operation of the food additives and ingredients industry in China in 2017. In 2017, the total output of the main food additives reached 11 million 250 thousand tons, up about 6.5% compared to 2016; the sales volume reached 109 billion 800 million yuan, up about 6.1%, the export of the main products was 3 billion 630 million US dollars, and it was down by about 3% in 2016.


In the six major categories of food additives and ingredients industry (sweeteners, colorants, flavors, flavors, preservatives and antioxidants, thickeners, emulsifiers and quality improvers, as well as nutritional enhancers and functional food ingredients), China's high power sweetener (cyclamate, Amy), Xue Yi, in the food additives and ingredients industry, 2017 Sales amounted to 110 thousand tons (excluding compound products), which was basically equal to the same period in 2016; the export of stevioside and arbutin has risen steadily, and the export of other products declined as a whole.


In the aspect of colorant products, the sales volume of our country in 2017 was 420 thousand tons, the sales volume reached 3 billion 770 million yuan, the export volume was 9613 tons, the year-on-year increase of 1.2%, the total amount of export earnings of 240 million US dollars, up 9% from the same period.


In 2017, the production and sales volume of food flavors and fragrances in China increased by 8%. The domestic market competition is still fierce. The backbone enterprises are committed to developing new products with high scientific and technological content, and continue to increase their investment in the application of product technology services, enhance the competitiveness of the brand and broaden the domestic and international markets.


The production and sales of preservative and antioxidant products in China in 2017 have increased by 10% compared with 2016, and the formula for personalized compound products of various kinds of food is more abundant and more widely used. In particular, the small and medium-sized food enterprises with low technical strength have a high dependence on the compound products, and the prospects for the development and application of the compound antiseptic products are good.


With the gradual implementation of the "healthy China 2030" program, the residents of our country pay more and more attention to health nutrition. The demand of the market and the implementation of the policy have greatly promoted the development of the nutrition and health industry. In 2017, the production and marketing of nutritional fortifier and compound nutriment products showed a steady growth trend, especially vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D3 and so on, which continued to take the lead in the world. In addition, functional food ingredients (including functional extracts) have also made considerable progress. "Functional extract" has been the main product category of domestic enterprises, and it has strong market competitiveness in the international market for many years. With the coming of the era of national nutrition and health, functional extract products also have broad application prospects in China. Xue Yi said.


Not fear the challenge of the former's disadvantages


At the same time, the new situation has also raised higher requirements for the environmental protection and food safety of the food additive industry.


Since 2017, the state and local government departments have gradually strengthened the supervision of the environmental protection standards and emission of enterprises, and some special areas have taken measures to stop production or limit production for enterprises that do not meet the standards of environmental protection. The environmental storm has also brought pressure and challenges to the food additives and ingredients industry. "Many production methods use chemical methods of food additives, such as high power sweeteners, edible spices, synthetic pigments, preservatives and other production enterprises, some have to increase the environmental requirements and have to limit production or stop production improvement." Xue Yi said that the country's environmental supervision will be greater in the future. The protection of the environment is not only the responsibility of the enterprise, but also the necessary condition for the survival and sustainable development of the enterprises. Therefore, the food additives and ingredients production enterprises should actively increase the investment in environmental protection and make breakthrough in the key technologies of reducing all kinds of emissions. Effectively improve the environmental protection level of all kinds of products in the industry.


The food additive has been listed as a high risk product in the food industry. The risk grade is second only to infant formula milk powder. It is the key test variety with dairy products and special food food. Professor Zhang Shouwen, a researcher at the Heilongjiang provincial government and the vice president of Harbin University of Commerce, said that at present, the problem of using food additives and other problems is still a major disease in the food safety field. Such as benzoic acid, sodium diacetate, lemon yellow and saccharin sodium are all food additives which are often used illegally.