Ballooning local and expat populations, steady disposable incomes and busy lifestyles which encourage customers to eat out more are skyrocketing demand for bakery products.
Major challenges for bakery manufacturers in the region is to reformulate products to cut sugar without compromising taste.
Busy lifestyles are also demanding smaller package sizes for on-the-go snacking, while more varied customer demands are promoting the need for new, innovative flavours and presentations to attract new customers while retaining customer loyalty.
Advanced processing technology in robotics, extrusion, data analytics and more are helping manufacturers optimise production.
In relation to the use of ingredients in bakery products, whole grain consumption has been linked to better health and in developed markets, there is a high level of acceptance of wholegrain in baked foods.