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Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Hot Fill Packaging in Food & Beverage Industry
COVID-19 Impact on Hot Fill Packaging in Food and Beverage Industry The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the industrial and commercial progress of most of the regions in the world. The persistence of the COVID-19 for a longer period has adversely affected the most vulnerable groups of the population including adults aged more than 60 years, mothers, and children. Globally, countries are expecting a drastic decline in dietary quality in low- and middle-income countries as a result of loss of income, the shutdown of businesses, human and goods movement restrictions imposed by governments, de-globalization, and breakdown of the supply chain of food markets due to both demand shocks and supply constraints. Healthcare facilities have been consistently giving their best to combat COVID-19 and helping resources to divert from nutritional care including micronutrient supplementation, prevention, and treatment of child malnutrition. In normal times, malnutrition remains a multidimensional problem and during the pandemic situation, it has taken a major hit. Thus, the population will be more focused on building higher immunity levels during the post-crisis situation. Furthermore, due to COVID-19, supply, import-export, and demand have been affected as there was less supply the prices of food products and that impacted the demand of the global hot fill packaging market. However, manufacturers are trying to build new strategies to cope with the situation. Every sector in the food industry has been impacted either positively or negatively due to the COVID-19. The hot fill packaging market has positive as well as negative impacts in some of the aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a change in eating habits, disruption in the supply chain which affected the market adversely. AWARENESS ABOUT CLEAN AND HEALTHY FOOD INCREASED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC According to the health safety evidence coronavirus appear to be stable at low and freezing temperatures on food surfaces for a certain period, however food hygiene and good food safety practices can prevent their transmission through food. The best practice for food business operators and consumers is to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene, food hygiene, and the standard protocol of social distancing and limiting social contact, and detecting /isolating the infected persons from food handling operations. World Health Organization (WHO) has advised social distancing and maintaining high personal hygiene standards and food safety as a means of containing and stopping transmission of this virus. Thus, consumers are demanding healthier and safe food to avoid the disease. The food product is cooked thoroughly and then filled into a container during hot filling processes. Products are heated to temperatures above 85°C (185°F) and filled into a given container to ensure a safe product. Once the container is filled and sealed it can be inverted and held in the air for three minutes before being cooled by water. Inverting of the package is done to pasteurize the headspace and lid, this method has been used in industry for filling into glass jars, plastic trays, cartons, and pouches. Thus the rise in demand for preservative-free products helps in increasing the shelf life of the product and rising awareness regarding the benefits associated with the usage of hot fill packaging. The adoption of economical as well as simpler processes will likely enhance the growth of the hot fill packaging market in the forecast period. Thus, due to the safety, sterilization, and sanitization of food with hot-fill packaging, the demand is increasing worldwide, and manufacturers also trying to launch new techniques and products to fulfill the demands of the consumers. For instance, · The below pie chart shows the consumption of packed beverages in 2020 Thus, it can be concluded that the consumption of packed food has been increased to ensure food safety which is adding to the growth of the global hot fill packaging market. COVID 19 IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN OF HOT FILL PACKAGING The supply chain plays a major role when it comes to the sale of food products and due to the persistence of COVID-19, the supply chain has been disrupted worldwide. With the persistence of COVID-19, there have been restrictions on transportation, import, and export of food products. Furthermore, with the movement restriction on workers as well, the manufacturing of hot fill packaging and its products has been affected due to which the demand for consumers has not been fulfilled. Also, with restriction on import and export, it made difficult for the manufacturers to supply their products to various regions which also has impacted the prices of hot fill packaging. Thus, with ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, the supply chain for the hot fill packaging market has been disrupted which is creating a major challenge for the market. The persistence of COVID-19 and restrictions on movement is disrupting the supply chain worldwide which is posing a major challenge for the global hot fill packaging market. However, manufacturers are trying to sell their products on digital platforms to cope up with the situation and hence getting positive responses from the consumers. For instance, · United States Plastic Corporation has the facility of their latest website technology, product tracking system, and order fulfillment equipment. The company says that “We hold nothing back when it comes to delivering quality products to our customers in an expeditious manner.” INITIATIVES Pipeline Packaging is one of the prominent players in the hot fill packaging industry. The company focuses on expanding its product manufacturing capacities, to cater to the large customer base to develop new products and also has taken initiatives in COVIID -19. CONCLUSION COVID-19 outbreak has affected every sector in the market which includes the hot fill packaging market. Some companies have closed their production facilities to mitigate potential risks from COVID-19. However, the demand for hot fill packaging has increased due to its benefits regarding food safety. Many researchers and manufacturers are urging governments to build awareness about safe and packed food. Manufacturers are introducing new techniques and innovations to increase food safety and thus the business. This is significantly affecting the global hot fill packaging market. Thus, the hot fill packaging market will mark sudden surges in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and is projected to significantly grow over a long period due to permanent changes in consumer buying behavior.
Lupin For Chronic Disease
Why You Need Lupin For Chronic Disease Management Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of disability and death in Australia and many countries all over the world. With modern lifestyles and unhealthy food products, chronic diseases escalated and are now one of the biggest health challenges. About 50% of Australians suffer from chronic diseases and 9 out of 10 deaths associates with them. While chronic diseases are common and deadly, many of them are still preventable. Lifestyle choices altered at any time cause most chronic diseases. By maintaining a healthy diet, becoming more physically active, and avoiding tobacco, you can stay safe from these diseases. And, even if you already have an existing condition, changing your lifestyle and eating habits can help you better manage your disease, avoid complications and extend your life. Since the food you eat has a huge impact on your ability to prevent or manage chronic diseases, you need to pick your meals carefully. It's your best chance at living a long and painless life. One of the foods that can help you successfully deal with long-term and incurable illnesses is the healthy legume called lupin. Below is some background information about lupin and why you need lupin for chronic disease management. What Is Lupin? Lupin is a yellow bean coming from the legume family, closely related to soybeans and peanuts. It contains high amounts of protein, fibre, and a multitude of essential vitamins and minerals. Lupin is also non-GMO, low carb, low GI, and gluten-free, which is an advantage to vegans, celiacs, and keto dieters. Although only recently recognised as one of the best superfoods in the world, lupin has been around for centuries. The earliest known consumption of lupin can be traced back to early Mayan and Egyptian civilizations. Some countries in the Mediterranean regions, Latin America, and North Africa have continued their use through the years. However, because of its bitter and toxic qualities, the popularity of early lupin varieties did not take on. Europe and Australia bred this is a newer and sweeter cultivar. Today, lupin is found across different countries and continents, with most of the sweet lupin crops originating from Australia. Lupin is not only distributed in its raw form but also as processed healthy products such as lupin flour and lupin beans. How Can Lupin Fight Chronic Diseases? A small but powerful legume, lupin can help promote wellness and alleviate health problems. This includes the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and their symptoms. The protein extracts of lupin help relax the blood vessels, which assists in lowering blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol levels. Because of this, the risks of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, paralysis, and diabetes can be reduced. Recent studies also found that the lupin proteins called conglutins could help reverse the harmful effects of inflammatory diseases at several stages. Some studies even claim that lupin proteins can help cure type 2 diabetes, by effectively controlling the level of insulin that the body produces. Besides that, lupin is rich in valuable nutrients that help optimise body processes, prevent infections, and fight other illnesses. Is Lupin Safe For Everyone? Lupin is generally safe to consume, even for those in the late stages of chronic conditions. However, it could cause allergic reactions to a small population. If you are allergic to peanuts, there's a chance you might also be allergic to lupin. But, aside from allergens, lupin contains all-natural non-harmful substances that far outweigh its risks. Nevertheless, if you experience any unusual reactions after eating lupin, call your doctor immediately. With the alarming number of Australians with chronic diseases, knowing lupin and other helpful foods that can help counter them is absolutely important. If you want to learn more about the uses of lupin for chronic disease and how you can add it to your healthy meals, browse through The Lupin Co. website. Here, you can buy lupin and find helpful information that can help you further understand why you should start bringing it into your diet. You can also speak with us directly by calling 08 6263 1140 or emailing at enquiry@thelupinco.com.au.
자취생들을 위한 반려식물 TOP 5
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