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Wellness Foods + Supplements 3/2021

Wellness Foods & Supplements is the first European magazine devoted exclusively to health ingredients, nutraceutical foods and beverages. Questions about the trade magazine Wellness Foods & Supplements? Interested in subscribing or advertising? The board of editors at Wellness Foods & Supplements kindly remains at your disposal.


Editorial SILKE WATKINS, Editor-in-Chief There is no improvement in sight for the time being Who has not already had this experience: you want to beautify your home and discover that not everything is in stock and sometimes even not available for an indefinite period of time? Raw materials have been in short supply in many areas of the manufacturing economy for months, and almost all areas are now affected, including the food and beverage industry. The supply situation is already tense, especially in the packaging industry. The costs of tinplate, glass and corrugated cardboard have increased, fuelled by the consumer trend away from plastic and back to glass and paper packaging. But the prices for plastics have also increased significantly. A switch to renewable raw materials and their ability to recycle as well as avoiding plastic have long been identified as advantages. The use of new technologies and the application of new designs can reduce the use of packaging material. In the meantime, companies can fall back on an ever-increasing range of alternative materials, such as fibre-based packaging materials. But here too, there are a few things to consider and cellulose fibres cannot be recycled endlessly. Packaging and labels made of grass paper were already presented at Fachpack 2019. A research project at the Munich University of Applied Sciences dealt with asparagus waste and how it can be used for paper and packaging production. The Finnish company Fazer Bakery had an obvious idea, which has developed bread bags from oat husks, a by-product of their own oat milling process. On the one hand, price increases can lead to more innovations; on the other hand, one should take a closer look at global supply chains and find solutions to shorten supply chains in the long term and thus reduce dependencies. Unfortunately, there are also other cost factors such as rising energy and fuel prices. And if that wasn't enough, bad harvest results this year due to the weather have already led to higher retail prices in a number of areas. Unfortunately, there is no improvement in sight in the foreseeable future. One or the other topic will certainly be the subject of discussion at the FiE + HiE in Frankfurt at the end of November. I wish you an interesting read in this issue and good health at all times. Kind regards Silke Watkins No. 3 November/December 2021 3

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