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Singaporean Institute Promotes Innovation in Food Technology

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A Singaporean Institute announced new measures that will bolster its offerings for professionals and companies looking to level up and create a bigger impact in the food technology sector. The initiatives will help equip the local workforce and companies with added capabilities to leverage the global momentum in sustainable food production and develop new innovative food products to meet evolving consumer demand.

The initiatives include a new small-batch food production facility that will enable local food players to trial new products on a smaller and more cost-effective scale and the introduction of a new Continuing Education Training (CET) course in High Moisture Extrusion Technology (HMET).

Designed to help food companies reduce capital and operating costs through shared facilities and services, the new solutions will fill a gap in the market for small batch production. By partnering with Enterprise Singapore and JTC, the institute will launch a facility that provides a space for a range of food companies, from startups, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Multinational Corporation (MNCs) to test the viability of their new products via small batch production.

The new facility will provide a necessary boost to food manufacturers looking to develop and scale the rollout of new products, post-R&D. This is to address the challenges such as a lack of quality facilities, expensive equipment, large opportunity costs and high minimum order requirements from outsourced manufacturers.

Enterprise Singapore stated that the changing environment and consumer preferences make it more critical now to have differentiated products that address market needs. The new facility can help food manufacturing companies kickstart their tech innovation efforts while mitigating some of the cost and equipment challenges they may face in the current climate.

Companies need to tap the facility’s services to test-bed new technologies such as high-moisture extrusion technology and accelerate their new product commercialisation. JTC added that the new facility will plug into the large ecosystem of food companies and food startups in Singapore, and help them to accelerate the development, adoption and commercialisation of new food technologies.

Furthermore, the institute has launched a new food technology course on high moisture extrusion technology (HMET) for meat analogues. Through the course, food technology professionals will be trained HMET – a process that texturises plant-based protein into viable meat alternatives – which has also become increasingly popular due to the global meat-free movement gaining pace

With the increased availability and consumption of novel plant-based foods gaining ground in recent years, this course will benefit local companies that want to learn more about this unique food production process and include it as part of their manufacturing repertoire. Aligned with Singapore’s renewed focus on seizing growth opportunities in sustainability, the institute aims to provide a boost for the food technology sector in Singapore.

As technology in the finance industry has seen extraordinary growth in recent years, Singapore is positioning itself to take full advantage of this emerging new market, as reported by OpenGov Asia. However, the total number of online crime cases reported for the top four types (e-commerce scams, loan scams, credit-for-sex scams, and internet love scams) increased by almost 60%. To augment its scam-fighting efforts, the Singapore Police Force set up the Anti-Scam Centre (ASC), a dedicated unit within the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) to tackle scam-related crimes.

To further its anti-scam outreach efforts, the ASC continue to engage and work closely with online marketplaces to introduce anti-scam measures. E-commerce scams have seen a significant increase in the number of victims falling prey to bogus transactions as well. Online marketplaces worked closely with the Police and introduced their anti-scam measures such as publishing scam advisories on their platform, via a form of escrow payment that will only release the money to the seller when the buyer acknowledges through the platform, that the item has been received in good order.

With the strong support and commitment from these strategic partners, the ASC will continue to strategise and leverage technology to implement more measures and work towards realising the CAD’s vision of making Singapore the safest and most trusted place for business and finance.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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