Want to take your food manufacturing business to the next level, and bring your products overseas? The vibrant food manufacturing industry in Singapore has these programmes and resources to keep your business competitive and thriving.
Use the resources under the FoodInnovate initiative led by Enterprise Singapore to develop and adopt technology in your food manufacturing business.
You can work with multinational corporations, local small and medium-sized enterprises, food science experts, and industry associations to develop and commercialise new products. You can also access shared facilities to test new ideas and get support to venture into emerging areas such as food-tech and agri-tech.
Access advanced technologies to develop your new products with FoodInnovate’s network of shared production facilities. You can test new ideas and commercialise new products faster without having to invest in expensive equipment.
For example, you can use High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology to extend your product shelf-life while preserving its nutritional value and sensorial quality. The HPP Resource Sharing Facility was jointly set up by Enterprise Singapore, Warehouse Logistics Net Asia and Singapore Polytechnic’s Food Innovation Resource Centre. This technology is suitable for products such as juices and paste, as well as ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook items.
Look forward to another shared facility where you can rent equipment to test your new food products in small batches. This shared facility at JTC Food Hub @ Senoko will be ready in end 2019.
Develop new elderly-friendly food products together with elder-care institutions and food technology experts under the Food for Elders programme.
Singapore is one of the most rapidly ageing countries in the world, with one in four Singaporeans expected to be aged 65 and above by 2030. Your business can explore this opportunity to develop food products with the nutritional requirements and food texture suited to the dietary needs of seniors.
Email us to find out more about developing elderly-friendly food products.
Develop solutions to convert food manufacturing by-products into new usable products and gain cost savings. Learn how you can partner Enterprise Singapore and work with research institutes and waste management companies to develop and adopt these solutions. Email us to find out more about the Food Waste Valorisation programme.
Food tech startups can get support to nurture your ideas in food production or experiment with disruptive technology in food manufacturing.
If you are developing an innovative food product or disruptive food processing technology, you can apply for the Startup SG grant.
If you have developed a sustainable food solution, you can vie for the Future Food Asia Award, and be recognised as a “disruptor” in the agri-food value chain.
Don’t miss the Indoor AgCon Asia, an event that showcases the use of technology to grow crops in indoor systems, where you can network with other innovators in your field. Get inspired by the latest food innovation at TechInnovation, where industry players showcase their use of technology to create better and safer food products.
Alternative proteins range from vegetarian meat-substitutes to edible insects. These products come with lower environmental costs compared to conventional food sources like cattle and fish, and do not compromise on nutrition value or taste.
According to Lux Research, the market for alternative proteins is set to grow at 14% yearly till 20241. It predicts that total demand will reach 943.5 million metric tons by 2054.
The United States (US) is a major leader in this alternative proteins trend. Californian firm Impossible Foods has developed a plant-based burger with the same taste and texture as meat. Beyond Meat, another alternative protein company in the US, has recreated the taste of chicken from legumes. Its product has been on sale since 2012. Meanwhile, Memphis Meats, a US startup, is developing meatball substitutes by taking samples of animal cells, and “growing” them in a factory to form the meat.
Back in Singapore, agrifood-tech startups such as Asia Insect Farm Solutions (AIFS), Life3 Biotech, Protenga and Shiok Meats are also innovating and developing proteins derived from plants and insects.
As consumers become more conscious of meat consumption on the environment and human health, you will find an increasingly accepting customer base for alternative-protein products.
Vie for the FIPA to innovate and bring creative food products to market. FIPA is a food innovation competition organised by the Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association (SFMA) to encourage collaborations between the industry and institutes of higher learning.
As a food manufacturer, you can partner students from the food science and technology courses in Institutes of Technical Education, polytechnics and universities to develop innovative food products and market launch strategies.
The team will go through a nine-month innovation process that covers design thinking, food trends, and market insights. Not only will you develop your business capabilities, but you will also gain knowledge on consumer and market insights, and how to facilitate product commercialisation.
Learn how you can participate in FIPA.
Test your new products and understand the present-day retail dynamics to refine your products and boost sales.
This joint food-retail incubator initiative by NTUC FairPrice and Nanyang Polytechnic will run for a year across three cycles. As a participating company, you will go through a three-month learning journey, which includes an initial validation, curated workshops, and a one-to-one consultation. Your selected products will then be showcased for three months at six NTUC FairPrice outlets.
Get more details about the Yum Sing! initiative or drop us an email to get on board.
Retail your food gift products at Changi Airport’s Singapore Food Gifts – aisles that showcase Singapore food in Terminals 1 and 4. This is an opportunity for your business to join the growing global food gift market that is projected to grow to S$96 billion by 2020.
This joint initiative by Singapore Food Manufacturers’ Association (SFMA) and local airport retailer Focus Network Agencies is a chance for you to promote Singapore food in a prime location with high tourist traffic. You can also participate in their marketing campaigns.
Learn more about the opportunities for retail at the Singapore Food Gifts in Changi Airport.
Start Digital is an initiative, in collaboration with IMDA, under the SMEs Go Digital programme to help SMEs adopt digital solutions right from the start.
New companies often prioritise business development and profit generation. As a result, operations management may take a backseat. By digitalising early, you can better focus and capture opportunities for your business without being constrained by day-to-day operations.
With our Start Digital Pack, SMEs can get access to modular digital solutions that will help accelerate their start up process and business growth. For more information, visit www.imda.gov.sg/StartDigital.