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Alcohol and COVID-19 link, Yili’s ASEAN plans, Nestlé Australia’s wind ambitions and more

Alcohol and COVID-19: Good news for red wine drinkers, but a blow for beer drinkers?​

People who drank red wine between one and more than five glasses a week had a 10-17% lower risk of contracting COVID-19, but beer drinkers had an increased risk, a recent study found.

Led by researchers from Shenzhen Kangning Hospital and Southwest Hospital, they analyzed 473,957 subjects from the UK Biobank cohort to study the association between alcohol consumption with COVID-19 risk and mortality.

It was also revealed that white wine and champagne drinkers who consume between one and four glasses a week had a 7-8% lower risk of COVID-19 than non-drinkers. This protective effect was not significant when they consumed five or more drinks per week.

Drinkers of fortified wine between one to two glasses per week were associated with a 12% lower risk of COVID-19 compared to non-drinkers. Similarly, any consumption of three or more drinks per person was not associated with lower COVID-19 risks.

‘Richer and sweeter’: Yili reveals growth strategy to capture SEA dairy market after Indonesia factory launches

Chinese dairy giant Yili has unveiled its growth strategy for the Southeast Asian dairy market, saying products need to have a richer and sweeter taste profile to attract consumers.

Yili has achieved phenomenal success in China with its traditional (fresh milk, milk powders) and modernized (yoghurt drinks, new age ice cream) dairy products, and the dairy heavyweight is now looking to replicate that success in the East Asian region. South East Asia.

Along with its recently launched ice cream factory in Indonesia, the company also bought Thailand’s largest national ice cream maker, Chomthana, for $80.56 million, together establishing what Yili calls its “dual centers” in Asia. from the South East.

“These dual centers are intended to enable us to expand directly into the region and enhance our capabilities to serve and respond to local markets – both plants will develop and produce localized and differentiated products to meet the needs of local consumers, for example Cremo brand ice cream. ice cream in Thailand and Joyday brand ice cream in Indonesia, which is Yili’s first international ice cream brand,”Yili’s deputy chairman, Dr. Yun Zhanyou, said FoodNavigator-Asia​.

Change is in the wind: Nestlé Australia highlights plant-based portfolio and 100% renewable energy shift

Nestlé Australia highlighted its shift to 100% renewable energy for all of its operations as well as its rapidly expanding plant-based product portfolio as key initiatives that will help the company achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

The company recently converted all of its operations – across all of its six Australian factories, two distribution centres, three head offices, 20 retail stores and a laboratory – to run using only renewable energy, and has decided that she would focus solely on wind power for this.

“We have entered into our first Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CWP Renewables, which is for 10 years – CWP Renewables’ Crudine Ridge and Sapphire wind farms in New South Wales will produce enough ‘electricity to cover the electricity consumed at Nestlé sites each year”,Margaret Stuart, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director of Nestlé Oceania, said FoodNavigator-Asia​.

Philippines Trans Fat Ban: Policy Chiefs Issue New Guidelines, Ban Claims on Packages Ahead of 2023 Changes

Policymakers in the Philippines have released guidelines for food companies to phase out the use of trans fatty acids (TFAs) in prepackaged processed foods by next year, including banning the use of claims on the packaging such as “without TFA”.

It comes after the country launched a bill in 2020 and the Ministry of Health issued an administrative order last June under its “National Policy on the Elimination of Industrially Produced Trans Fatty Acids for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases”.

This banned industrially produced TFAs in pre-packaged processed food products, with health officials citing the ‘alarming global and local magnitude of the problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)”.

Suck and see: Vietnamese eco-straw brand EQUO aims for overseas expansion

Vietnam’s EQUO believes that the durability and hygienic credentials of its eco-friendly straws give it a distinct advantage over paper or metal competitors, and is starting the year with a new international launch in Singapore.

EQUO is focused on developing 100% plastic-free and compostable solutions for everyday single-use items, from straws to utensils and even stationery, and aims to solve the single-use plastic problem with its products.

“About 50% of all plastic products are actually used only once, and only for 20 minutes or less, then take hundreds of years to break down,”EQUO founder Marina Tran-Vu said FoodNavigator-Asia​.