Blogged by @Lan
For Channel NewsAsia and Mediacorp
Premieres 25 November 2017
Saturdays, 8.30pm (SIN/KL/MNL) / 7.30pm (BKK/JKT) / 6:00pm (DEL)
Watch it first online : www.channelnewsasia.com/savouring-the-future
Watch the trailer https://youtu.be/v3vh58NzvbQ
Savouring the Future is an eight part series about the future of Singapore food SMEs. The success of SMEs is vital in generating jobs and economic growth. In Singapore’s case, it is particularly pressing as the city state seeks to add depth to its economy. This then, is the focus in the series: Singapore food SMEs that are innovating to cope with the challenges posed by the local market and from there, to become globally competitive.
Beyond automation and new products, this series discovers how innovation is very much a human enterprise. Consistently, it is the dreams and visions, the determination and the difficult decisions, that drive the innovators and which spurs progress.
Episode One: VENDING MACHINE MEALS
Serving fresh, hot piping food in vending machines sounds like it should already exist in bustling Singapore. And yet, it’s a relatively new innovation here. But not for long. In this episode, Bjorn meets with House of Seafood and QQ Rice to find out more about their vending machine plans.
Episode Two: INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCTS
Food wastage carries both ethical and economic dimensions but there is one company that aims to minimize it. In this episode, Bjorn discovers how local food SME – Mr Bean, turns its soy pulp – which was previously discarded – into innovative and healthy food products.
Episode Three: FINDING AND FILLING A NICHE
Finding a niche and meeting that demand in the food business is easier said than done. In this episode, Bjorn meets the driving forces behind Mr Popiah and Health Food Matters – people who are innovating their food products, for a specific but growing group of consumers.
Episode Four: AUTOMATION: A QUESTION OF VOLUME, VELOCITY AND QUALITY
Increasing productivity with automation while maintaining quality has always been a difficult balance for food manufacturers. Bjorn visits local food SMEs – Lim Kee and Bakers Heaven, which are both adamant that quality should not be compromised but instead, improved with automation.
Episode Five: AUTOMATION: BUILDING THEIR OWN MACHINES
You can buy machines to automate but what happens when these machines do not even exist? Bjorn meets Alson Teo of Stamfles and Cheng Yew Heng, both of whom have spent years and a fortune in building and perfecting machines to automate their products to scale up their food production.
Episode Six: EXTENDING SHELF-LIFE
The idea of exporting food is always met with the first and toughest hurdle: shelf-life extension. In this episode, Bjorn checks out the methods employed by two local food SMEs – The Soup Spoon and Tan Seng Kee – to prolong the lifespan of their food products in order to expand globally.
Episode Seven: GOING GLOBAL (PART 1)
In this episode, Bjorn goes a-visiting to two local SMEs – Jumain Sataysfaction and Bee Cheng Hiang – that are packaging and exporting their food to countries as far as the Middle East. Bjorn also reunites with two previous profiles and checks in on their export progress since they last met.
Episode Eight: GOING GLOBAL (PART 2)
Dian Xiao Er and Pu Tien are well known amongst Singaporeans but how well do they fare outside of our shores? In this episode, Bjorn travels to Shanghai to see if these two local popular restaurant chains can survive and thrive in the huge China market.
About Bjorn Shen
A chef, restaurant-owner and food guru, Bjorn is a celebrity in his own right. Amongst his many food ventures is the popular Middle Eastern restaurant Artichoke.
So, armed with sceptical candour, humour and a personality befitting his generous girth, Bjorn brings the viewer into the world of food innovations and breaks it all down to palatable bitesized information. His task will be to turn the spotlight on the innovators who have doggedly pursued their dreams and developed creative ways to thrive in manpower-lean, overheads-high Singapore.
And he will do more than that in “Savouring the Future” for Bjorn, the seasoned chef will not resist putting his culinary skills and experience to the test as he peers into the challenges and promises that lie ahead for Singapore’s dynamic food industry.”
Bjorn recently made his reality TV debut with Mediacorp’s Eat List Star, and The Ultimate Brocation on cable.
About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by Mediacorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to “Understand Asia”, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C., London and Brussels.
The channel is complemented by an online presence at channelnewsasia.com, and social media services like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000. It is now viewed in 28 territories across Asia with its satellite footprint stretching across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.
Mediacorp is a Singapore-based media company with a complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital and out-of-home media.
For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at channelnewsasia.com.
Mediacorp has the widest range of media platforms in Singapore spanning digital, television, radio, print and out-of-home media. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.
Mediacorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, the company has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to virtually all adults in Singapore weekly.
Mediacorp is an active regional player through Channel NewsAsia International, drama co-productions and collaborations in magazine publishing and online media. Its investments include majority share in Kapanlagi Network, Indonesia’s largest
independent digital media and in Malaysia’s digital games publisher Cubinet Interactive. It also has stakes in Reebonz, one of the region’s fastest growing luxury online retailers, and Vietnam television’s International Media Corporation.
Mediacorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the 12th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2015.
For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.