Being Health-Conscious: A Shift in Indonesian Consumer Behaviors

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Sneaking a Peek at Business Digital Transformation in 2023

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The Ingredients of the Best Pesticide Formulation

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Green Solvent: An Agricultural Shift Toward Sustainability

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Keep the Baking Going: Exploring Soft Cookies Business Potential in 2023

December 27

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Dosing the Safe Amount of Paracetamol for Children

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A Difference between Life and Death: Practicing Medicine Safety

December 7

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Maximizing the Potential of Custard Cream Filling Pastry Trend

November 28

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The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

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Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

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Being Health-Conscious: A Shift in Indonesian Consumer Behaviors

Since its first case announcement in Indonesia back in March 2020, COVID-19 has significantly changed the trajectory of our lives. It has not only altered our ways of living but also reshaped our lifestyle toward a more health-conscious one. A survey reports that Indonesians consider health and hygiene as important factors in purchasing household items such as food and toiletries.

Before the pandemic, only 49.8% of Indonesians practice proper handwashing with soap habits despite the high knowledge of the proper techniques. This lack of appropriate facilities both in public and households contributed to the low number of handwashing habits.

During the beginning of the pandemic, hygiene products experienced a sales surge due to the ‘panic buying’ phenomenon. One month into the pandemic, hand sanitizers undergo the highest sales among hygiene products with a 531% increment. Handwash follows by a 304% record of increase, and wet wipes with a 227% increment. This leads to hygiene product scarcity and price surges.

Aside from hygiene products, the sales of wellness products like vitamins also skyrocketed by 210%. By the end of 2020, the market value of hygiene products in Indonesia was worth USD 800 million.

Post-Pandemic Health-Conscious Level in Indonesia

Even after the pandemic was declared endemic in December 2022, health and hygiene products remain in the top five spending of Indonesian consumers. 51% of consumers in urban areas now are more health-conscious; they pay more concern to their quality of life. Some of the important factors they focus on are mental health, well-being, physical health, and diet. 

This is apparent in the market value of hygiene products, especially hand hygiene, and is projected to grow by an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2025. However, the shift in the priorities of the consumers toward necessities also increased price sensitivity. This becomes a challenge to manufacturers in acquiring and retaining their consumers. The only way to counter this situation is by adapting to it.

With the looming price increase and inflation, consumers are more willing to pay a premium additional products for personal care products. Meanwhile, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines consumers are responding to the increment by switching to a different brand.

Therefore, ensuring that your product only contains the best formulation in the field is vital. For hygiene products like soap, adding Preventol CMK can help boosting bacteria control in the product. Moreover, it is resistant to water hardness and is an anionic surfactant. Whether the formulation is soap-based or water-based, it does not lessen the effectiveness of Preventol CMK in controlling bacteria.

After a challenging two years of adjusting to the pandemic, now it is about time to recalibrate our lives to the post-pandemic era. At Bahtera, we embrace this transformation with open arms by formulating the best experiences for our stakeholders. Click here to find your solution.

Sneaking a Peek at Business Digital Transformation in 2023

During the pandemic, it was a war of resilience for businesses to survive by making a huge transformation to absorb shock and rebound. Businesses, of any size, are relying heavily on their willingness to give in and adapt to digital disruption. Therefore, it is no wonder that there has been a huge leap of growth in business digital transformation.

The investment for digital transformation has grown by 17.5% CAGR from 2020 to 2023 with an estimated $1.5 trillion spent in 2021 alone. There is a prediction that the investment amount will double between 2020 and 2024, with market pressure being the leading driver of this transformation.

However, the chance of failing looms over businesses. There is approximately 70% of failures happen in attempts at digital transformation, even when done right. The ruling cause of these failures is the people; whether the management is unsupportive of the idea of change or the employees are resisting change.

Resilience is the Key to Digital Transformation

Nonetheless, dwelling on bleak statistics in no way will help businesses move forward. With digital transformation failure caused by the people, there is a dire need for good leadership to address the problems. Understanding their reluctance to change and giving them clarity about why the change needs to happen is important. Because at the end of the day, people will always remain the heart of the business.

Meanwhile, the main thing that businesses should pay attention to is giving consumers the best user experience. One way to do it is by accommodating the personalized needs of consumers in the most efficient way possible. To provide that, businesses must innovate and modify their pre-existing strategies. Especially because sticking to things that are familiar may not be the best approach to getting through a crisis.

Though the pandemic had turned into an endemic, 2023 will not be a smooth-sailing journey with its looming potential of global economic slowdown. It may be a huge threat to business; but it also might open up a new opportunity to gear up for digital transformation.

Bahtera’s own journey of transformation had begun back in 2020, right before the pandemic hit. There are definitely challenges that both disrupt and motivate our journey. It still is a long journey ahead, but with the help of our experts and employees, we will face those challenges heads on.

The Ingredients of the Best Pesticide Formulation

Pesticide remains a winning solution to prevent crop losses, which undeniably makes improved quality food available at affordable rates. In spite of that, using pesticides ineffectively may compromise food safety and environmental problems.

Pesticide consists of two main ingredients: active and inert. Active ingredients play the main role in controlling pests. The product’s label must identify the name and weight percentage of the active ingredients. However, active ingredients, in their unformulated state, are ineffective in controlling pests as they may be chemically unstable. This is where inert ingredients play their role to improve effectiveness, storage, and handling safety.

Primarily, inert ingredients are solvents and carriers that aid the delivery of active ingredients to the target pest. Inert ingredients can help active ingredients enter the leaf surface by acting as a solvent and protecting pesticides from sunlight exposure that may lead to degradation.

Get to Know Pesticide Formulation and Its Advantages

As technology advances, more pesticide formulation rose to prominence, including dry, liquid, dual-character, and household formulations. One of the most popular conventional pesticide formulation is Emulsifiable Concentrate (EC), which is a blend of pesticides with emulsifiers and adjuvants dispersed in the volatile oil. There are several advantages of using Emulsifiable Concentrate: easy handling, improved bio-efficacy, inflammability, and little visible residue on plants.

Meanwhile, in the newer trend pesticide formulation, Suspension Concentrate (SC) or known as flowable is considered a formulation that is low in cost as it uses water as a filler. Suspension Concentrate is easy to handle, suitable for many active ingredients, seldom burns plant foliage, and leaves no dust.

While Suspension Concentrate suspends the active ingredients in water, Oil Dispersant (OD) formulation suspends them in oil. Oil Dispersant is an “adjuvanted” formulation, as it does not require additional adjuvants prior to application. Its composition already contains mineral or vegetable oil and emulsifiers. Therefore, Oil Dispersant is more environmentally friendly, safe, effective, and has long-term stability.

Finding Your Best Formulation

Before selecting the right formulation, manufacturers need to do a thorough analysis of the habits of the pests, type of surface, equipment eligibility, runoff or drift potential, applicator training, and safety. Manufacturers should also recognize that environmental factors such as temperature, moisture, pH, light, and bacteria may impact the active ingredients.

Aside from pesticide formulation, there are also several principles to consider prior to using pesticides. The first one is complying with the usage recommendation, getting a permit from the government, and ensuring the usage has minimum effects on the farmers, consumers, and the environment.

If Oil Dispersant is the desired formulation, using a biodegradable filler made from renewable sources like green solvent can be a sustainable and non-hazardous alternative compared to conventional solvents. It acts as both a solvent and adjuvant, making cost-saving possible for manufacturers.

Choosing the right formulation for pesticides is a crucial management decision that may impact profitability, safety, environmental quality, and customer satisfaction. Click here to find your solution.

Green Solvent: An Agricultural Shift Toward Sustainability

The fast-growing world’s population requires an increment in global food production, especially with the estimated rise of over 30% of the population from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. This demand requires a 70% increment of food production over the same period.

Conversely, there is a food shortage which results in spiking malnutrition cases in one-seventh of the world’s population. One of the threatening causes is the 25-40% crop output loss to pests, weeds, and disease attacks.

Solvents are one of the major players in the pesticide formulation. Therefore, using pesticides can be one of the most effective ways in combatting pest problems. The role of solvents in pesticides is to transport chemicals, nutrients, and minerals essential to life.

However, using solvents is concerning not only during the usage, but also the source and synthesis of the solvents and the disposal of the waste. The most common solvents present in the formulas are flammable, contributing to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, and can be toxic to users, farmers, and even crops. Industries should also consider the release of solvent waste into the environment by tank leaks, industrial waste, and air emissions. 

Using Green Solvent to Reduce the Harms

In recent years, the green chemistry movement has initiated the use of green solvent. Known to have milder effects on crops and humans, green solvent might just be the answer to sustainability problems. It is about time that a big shift toward sustainability in the agriculture industry is happening. Though considered slower than other chemical-reliant industries, notable progress has already begun.

Green solvents are obtained from renewable feedstock that does not remain in the environment for long. The solvent also has to be biodegradable, recyclable, non-carcinogenic, and non-corrosive. This can reduce harmful emissions to be “green”. There are several chemicals that can be classified into green solvent: water, liquid polymers, gas-expanded liquids, supercritical fluids, and biomass-derived solvents.

Over the years, the demand for green solvents has shown significant positive growth. The global market size for green solvents was valued at 1.80 billion USD in 2022 alone. It is projected to grow by an 8.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2023 to 2030.

As a maritime country, Indonesia has also started its shift toward eliminating harmful pesticides. The Ministry of Agriculture released Sustainable Farming Regulation in 2019 which bans the use of illegal and unregistered pesticides following cases of the distribution of illegal pesticides.

In 2022, Indonesian National Food Agency (NFA) did random sampling tests on traditional markets in Jakarta to test whether the pesticide residue level in fresh vegetables is within a safe limit. Results show that there was no trace of harmful feedstock. However, there is still a long way to go to reach national food security and agriculture sustainability.

A big leap toward sustainability is not only inevitable but also necessary. As an Industry player, we must leverage this opportunity to push the shift to secure a sustainable agriculture industry. Click here to find your solution.

Keep the Baking Going: Exploring Soft Cookies Business Potential in 2023

Known as a country with rich cuisine culture, keeping snacks in stock is one of the most common traits for Indonesian people. It does not matter whether it is a holiday or working day, snacking has became a daily activity for 42.6% Indonesians.

A survey found that the most purchased sweet snacks are biscuits and cakes. A lot of artisan businesses to big companies are starting to offer more of these products each year. One of the most popular snacks to name is soft cookies. In the last few years, the gooey cookie with various flavors that was first popular in the United States has successfully penetrated Indonesian market.

Artisan baked goods business is on the rise as of late. The existence of food delivery services and users generated content platforms helped in trending the topic. Therefore, the expected growth of the Indonesian confectionary and snacks market by 8.42% annually seemed possible.

The Blissful Soft Cookies in the Making

Making soft cookies may sound simple, but in reality, ensuring great taste while being creative is difficult. Experimenting with various flavors to create something authentic and unique can end up a big success or nightmare. Even small differences in the ingredients may affect the dough, end product, and customer’s satisfaction.

The ideal cookies should have layering texture; slightly crispy outer shell with the ability to hold up to some heat with soft and chewy inner core. They should taste good at any temperature, whether it is slightly heated or straight out of the fridge.

Adding DATEM to the soft cookies recipe does not merely emulsifying the dough. It can also significantly alter the quality of the cookies during manufacturing, storage, and consumption. DATEM helps to condition the dough consistency, reduce and uniformly distribute the baking fat. It also helps refine the shape constancy, and improve the volume and softness after the baking process.

An experiment conducted by Bahtera’s Food and Beverages Experts showed that adding a 0.5% dose of BASF’s Lametop® as a DATEM to the soft cookies recipe produced evenly-shaped and perfectly soft-textured cookies after 15 minutes of baking. In comparison, adding 0.25% dose with the same baking time created crunchy cookies, and skipping Lametop® altogether made even crunchier cookies, which is far from the desired result of soft cookies.

While experimenting is the key to the perfect products, the effectiveness and efficiency of production time should also be taken into consideration. Click here to find your solution.

Dosing the Safe Amount of Paracetamol for Children

Prescribing medication sounds as simple as giving the right dose to the patient, but it turns out to be an integrated process that includes: patient assessment, medication choice, prescription writing, provisioning information, and monitoring.

For children, it is an entirely different case because they require particular attention due to their inability to give consent. Thus, children have a high risk of medication errors, with the primary cause of incorrect dosages.

A study found that prescribing errors affect around 13% of total pediatric prescriptions. Not only does it cause the loss of trust in healthcare providers, but also psychological effects on patients and families. In light of the recent events of children’s death from syrup medicine consumption, practicing medicine safety for children proves to be vital. Children are especially prone to common diseases like cough and fever. 

To Prescribe the Correct Dose is to Save Children’s Lives

Paracetamol is the most common painkiller used for children to ease stomachache, headache, and fever. It is available without a prescription and comes in a form of tablets and syrup with various strengths tailored to the age of the patient.

Paracetamol has a pain-relieving effect that depends on the concentration of the medicine, so proper dosing is crucial. Parents should be cautious and read the instructions carefully when giving Paracetamol, because children aged under five years old are prone to the risk of Paracetamol toxicity. The incorrect dosing and giving Paracetamol too often may also damage children’s livers.

The correct way to dose Paracetamol is by considering body weight instead of age due to the wide range of body weights of children. However, the dose should not exceed the adult dose. Both children and adults should not take more than four doses of Paracetamol within 24 hours. If the Paracetamol comes in syrup form, always use the spoon that comes with the medicine and avoid using a kitchen spoon to measure the right amount.

Some children may need a lower dose of Paracetamol, especially those who are born premature, underweight, or have liver problems. Paracetamol is also not meant to be taken with other pain medicines. It is advisable to consult a doctor before giving children Paracetamol to prevent incorrect dosing.

Aside from that, the storage of medications also plays an important part in practicing medicine safety. Store medicines in a dry and cool place with the recommended temperature listed in the instructions. Always ensure the expiry date of the medicines before taking them.

There is no such thing as being over-attentive when taking care of loved ones. Taking extra cautious steps before giving medicines, whether they are over the counter or prescribed, is necessary.

A Difference between Life and Death: Practicing Medicine Safety

At some point, every person will turn to medicine to either prevent or cure illness. Two of the most crucial processes in the medical sector are prescribing and administering medications. Even the smallest error may cause the patient a difference between life and death.

Approximately, 3-16% of adverse events occurred during inpatient care in hospitals, mostly coming from the wrong medication or the wrong process of drug administration. It is hard to predict the exact number of medical errors, because many cases went undocumented and unreported. These statistics led the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch an initiative called Medication Without Harm. The WHO program aims to reduce the level of avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over 5 years globally.

Generally, potential for medication errors are avoidable. Practicing medicine safety can further lessen the number, and even prevent more errors from happening. Being an active patient by maintaining and updating the current medicine list is one way to help.

The Importance of Practicing Medicine Safety for Children

Taking extra caution when giving any kind of medication to children is crucial because many medications are contraindicated for a specific age group.

The recent cases of child death due to syrup medicine consumption is a wake-up call for people, especially parents. Medicine safety practices is crucial and parents need to be more cautious, knowing that children’s vital organs are not yet mature. Wrong practices may cause toxic side effects, as certain medications are difficult for a child’s body to metabolize. 

There is a high risk of error in dosing medication for children because children prescriptions is far more complex compared to adults. Doses calculation need to consider many factors such as weight, age, body surface area, and different dosing devices. If not done carefully, this may lead to confusion, causing errors in measurement. 

Thus, it is good measure to consult with a doctor or pharmacist prior to giving children medicine, as both over-the-counter and prescribed medicines can be dangerous if used incorrectly. For over-the-counter medicines, always check the package for the recommended dosage based on the children’s age. While for prescribed medicines, be sure to know the medication purposes and properly schedule the medication consumption. 

Aside from that, paying attention to storage is also crucial in practicing medicine safety. Place medicines within the recommended storage temperature, and take note of the expiration date. Most importantly, keep the medicines out of children’s reach to prevent fatal incidental ingestion.

Maximizing the Potential of Custard Cream Filling Pastry Trend

The Food & Beverages Industry never ceases to amaze us with its latest innovation and trends.

Previously, croffle was the most significant trend in the Indonesian market. It innovates two types of desserts as one, combining croissant and waffle altogether. Croffle retains the flaky, rich and buttery taste of a croissant, while giving the fun shape of a waffle. 

Today, a lot of people are more drawn to the fillings rather than the dessert itself. Desserts like mille crepes, eclairs, donuts, pies, tarts, and macarons are some examples.

The rising demand for fillings and toppings began shortly after this dessert trend. In 2022, the market size of fillings and toppings is estimated to be valued at USD 11.9 billion, with a projection to reach USD 15.9 billion by 2027. More small bakery businesses and franchises have started using custard cream. Some of the examples are various pastries and desserts, the most common ones being choux and donuts.

Bombolone or bomboloni, a donut originating from Italy caught Indonesian consumers’ attention back in 2019. The sensation of a tender donut mixed with unique cream or custard filling that immediately melts in the mouth enticed consumers more than ever. Even in the middle of the pandemic, the market demand for bombolone was still high and more small businesses answered the demand with open arms.

Complex, But Not Impossible: Crafting the Perfect Custard Cream

Making desserts in small batches for individuals is one thing, but making a big batch for business is an entirely different case. Making any type of creams, such as whipped cream and custard cream is no exception. Not enough whipping may cause runny texture, but overwhipping may ruin the overall result. 

Even though making the perfect custard cream in bulk can be tricky, Lamequick® CE 7279 is tailored to perfect your fluffy and light custard cream with high volumes and stability that instantly melts on the tongue. Alternatively, you can use any type of Lamequick® that might produce differing results that are no less tempting.

Seeing as vegan diners also crave sweet desserts, Lamequick® also has a vegan-friendly solution to make your custard cream-filled pastry more inclusive to consumers.

Click here to find your solution to making the best custard cream for your bakeries.

The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

Farmers are always aiming to provide high-quality and safe food for the consumers. However, there are a number of obstacles they face, one of them being pests. To protect their crops from pests, one of the most effective ways is by using pesticides.

Not only protecting crops from pests, the benefits of using pesticide also varied from improving farm productivity on less land, protecting farm from crop loss, controlling vector disease, to maintaining the quality of food. Moreover, there are more than 30,000 plant-eating species that prey on crops. Without the use of pesticides, pests can affect the amount of crops production up to more than half. 

Adding More Pesticides is Not the Answer to the Challenges

However, there are several problems farmers are facing when using pesticides. According to research, agricultural extension services largely influence the amount of pesticides used by farmers. This affects the usage and storage safety of the pesticides. 

Moreover, farmers who took advice from private extension services use more preventive measures. On the contrary, farmers advised by public extension services use more pesticide.

Aside from that, maintaining the effectiveness of the pesticide also proved tricky for farmers. Dissolving pesticides with different purposes wrongly can affect the performance, making absorption difficult for the crops. When this happens, usually farmers use more pesticide, which does not help with the situation. 

Using pesticide adjuvant like Bombastick 860 L that can help to maximize the effectiveness of the pesticide can solve this problem. Bombastick 860 L enhances the dissolving process of the active agents contained by the pesticide, making the the application process easier while ensuring the pesticide to be completely absorbed by the plants down to its tissue with a stabilized performance. As a result, farmers can easily use less pesticide in maintaining the productivity of the crops. 

Contrary to the belief, sustainable farming can be possible if we are willing to utilize the right equipments. Click here to find your solution.

Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has Indonesia in the international spotlight after its first case discovery last May. Breaking its declaration of being disease-free in 1986, the Foot and Mouth disease has spread in 26 provinces of Indonesia. So far, it has affected 575,123 livestock, in which 10,000 were killed and 12,760 slaughtered. 

Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious disease with 90-100% transmission rate. It affects cloven-hoof livestock, such as cattle, goats, camels, deers, swine, and sheep. The disease causes livestock to develop fever, excessive drool, and got blisters in certain body area. The clinical signs range from mild to severe depending on the livestock type.

The disease generally has a low effect on mortality and not transmittable to humans. However, animals are not the only carrier. The disease can also transmit through meat and dairy products, agricultural products, machinery, and transportation.

How Indonesia Mitigates the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Even though Foot and Mouth Disease is curable, it often leads to reduced feed intake, weakened animals, and a milk production drop in dairy cows. The animals that have recovered from the disease may also initiate new outbreaks due to the insistent virus. The disease also cause farmers to having trouble exporting non-livestock products and resulting economic losses.

To handle the outbreak, Indonesia may require around 9.9 trillion Indonesian Rupiah per year. The Government of Indonesia initiates an international collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Australia to import 10 thousand doses of vaccines to prevent more livestock from getting infected.

So far, the amount of vaccinated animals has reached more than 5.8 millions livestock, mainly from small-holder farm sector which dominates the cattle industry in Indonesia. Aside from vaccination, the Government of Indonesia implements four more strategies to suppress the disease transmission, including Biosecurity, testing, treatment, and conditional slaughter.

By the end of October, a total of 11 provinces are already free from Foot and Mouth Disease: Lampung, West Sulawesi, Bali, Riau Islands, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jakarta, Banten, South Sumatra, and Aceh. The Government of Indonesia targeted to be completely disease free by the end of the year.

There is no better time to implement Biosecurity than the time an outbreak has already occured. Click here to find your Biosecurity solution with Bahtera.

Being Health-Conscious: A Shift in Indonesian Consumer Behaviors

Since its first case announcement in Indonesia back in March 2020, COVID-19 has significantly changed the trajectory of our lives. It has not only altered our ways of living but also reshaped our lifestyle toward a more health-conscious one. A survey reports that Indonesians consider health and hygiene as important factors in purchasing household items such as food and toiletries.

Before the pandemic, only 49.8% of Indonesians practice proper handwashing with soap habits despite the high knowledge of the proper techniques. This lack of appropriate facilities both in public and households contributed to the low number of handwashing habits.

During the beginning of the pandemic, hygiene products experienced a sales surge due to the ‘panic buying’ phenomenon. One month into the pandemic, hand sanitizers undergo the highest sales among hygiene products with a 531% increment. Handwash follows by a 304% record of increase, and wet wipes with a 227% increment. This leads to hygiene product scarcity and price surges.

Aside from hygiene products, the sales of wellness products like vitamins also skyrocketed by 210%. By the end of 2020, the market value of hygiene products in Indonesia was worth USD 800 million.

Post-Pandemic Health-Conscious Level in Indonesia

Even after the pandemic was declared endemic in December 2022, health and hygiene products remain in the top five spending of Indonesian consumers. 51% of consumers in urban areas now are more health-conscious; they pay more concern to their quality of life. Some of the important factors they focus on are mental health, well-being, physical health, and diet. 

This is apparent in the market value of hygiene products, especially hand hygiene, and is projected to grow by an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2025. However, the shift in the priorities of the consumers toward necessities also increased price sensitivity. This becomes a challenge to manufacturers in acquiring and retaining their consumers. The only way to counter this situation is by adapting to it.

With the looming price increase and inflation, consumers are more willing to pay a premium additional products for personal care products. Meanwhile, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines consumers are responding to the increment by switching to a different brand.

Therefore, ensuring that your product only contains the best formulation in the field is vital. For hygiene products like soap, adding Preventol CMK can help boosting bacteria control in the product. Moreover, it is resistant to water hardness and is an anionic surfactant. Whether the formulation is soap-based or water-based, it does not lessen the effectiveness of Preventol CMK in controlling bacteria.

After a challenging two years of adjusting to the pandemic, now it is about time to recalibrate our lives to the post-pandemic era. At Bahtera, we embrace this transformation with open arms by formulating the best experiences for our stakeholders. Click here to find your solution.

Sneaking a Peek at Business Digital Transformation in 2023

During the pandemic, it was a war of resilience for businesses to survive by making a huge transformation to absorb shock and rebound. Businesses, of any size, are relying heavily on their willingness to give in and adapt to digital disruption. Therefore, it is no wonder that there has been a huge leap of growth in business digital transformation.

The investment for digital transformation has grown by 17.5% CAGR from 2020 to 2023 with an estimated $1.5 trillion spent in 2021 alone. There is a prediction that the investment amount will double between 2020 and 2024, with market pressure being the leading driver of this transformation.

However, the chance of failing looms over businesses. There is approximately 70% of failures happen in attempts at digital transformation, even when done right. The ruling cause of these failures is the people; whether the management is unsupportive of the idea of change or the employees are resisting change.

Resilience is the Key to Digital Transformation

Nonetheless, dwelling on bleak statistics in no way will help businesses move forward. With digital transformation failure caused by the people, there is a dire need for good leadership to address the problems. Understanding their reluctance to change and giving them clarity about why the change needs to happen is important. Because at the end of the day, people will always remain the heart of the business.

Meanwhile, the main thing that businesses should pay attention to is giving consumers the best user experience. One way to do it is by accommodating the personalized needs of consumers in the most efficient way possible. To provide that, businesses must innovate and modify their pre-existing strategies. Especially because sticking to things that are familiar may not be the best approach to getting through a crisis.

Though the pandemic had turned into an endemic, 2023 will not be a smooth-sailing journey with its looming potential of global economic slowdown. It may be a huge threat to business; but it also might open up a new opportunity to gear up for digital transformation.

Bahtera’s own journey of transformation had begun back in 2020, right before the pandemic hit. There are definitely challenges that both disrupt and motivate our journey. It still is a long journey ahead, but with the help of our experts and employees, we will face those challenges heads on.

The Ingredients of the Best Pesticide Formulation

Pesticide remains a winning solution to prevent crop losses, which undeniably makes improved quality food available at affordable rates. In spite of that, using pesticides ineffectively may compromise food safety and environmental problems.

Pesticide consists of two main ingredients: active and inert. Active ingredients play the main role in controlling pests. The product’s label must identify the name and weight percentage of the active ingredients. However, active ingredients, in their unformulated state, are ineffective in controlling pests as they may be chemically unstable. This is where inert ingredients play their role to improve effectiveness, storage, and handling safety.

Primarily, inert ingredients are solvents and carriers that aid the delivery of active ingredients to the target pest. Inert ingredients can help active ingredients enter the leaf surface by acting as a solvent and protecting pesticides from sunlight exposure that may lead to degradation.

Get to Know Pesticide Formulation and Its Advantages

As technology advances, more pesticide formulation rose to prominence, including dry, liquid, dual-character, and household formulations. One of the most popular conventional pesticide formulation is Emulsifiable Concentrate (EC), which is a blend of pesticides with emulsifiers and adjuvants dispersed in the volatile oil. There are several advantages of using Emulsifiable Concentrate: easy handling, improved bio-efficacy, inflammability, and little visible residue on plants.

Meanwhile, in the newer trend pesticide formulation, Suspension Concentrate (SC) or known as flowable is considered a formulation that is low in cost as it uses water as a filler. Suspension Concentrate is easy to handle, suitable for many active ingredients, seldom burns plant foliage, and leaves no dust.

While Suspension Concentrate suspends the active ingredients in water, Oil Dispersant (OD) formulation suspends them in oil. Oil Dispersant is an “adjuvanted” formulation, as it does not require additional adjuvants prior to application. Its composition already contains mineral or vegetable oil and emulsifiers. Therefore, Oil Dispersant is more environmentally friendly, safe, effective, and has long-term stability.

Finding Your Best Formulation

Before selecting the right formulation, manufacturers need to do a thorough analysis of the habits of the pests, type of surface, equipment eligibility, runoff or drift potential, applicator training, and safety. Manufacturers should also recognize that environmental factors such as temperature, moisture, pH, light, and bacteria may impact the active ingredients.

Aside from pesticide formulation, there are also several principles to consider prior to using pesticides. The first one is complying with the usage recommendation, getting a permit from the government, and ensuring the usage has minimum effects on the farmers, consumers, and the environment.

If Oil Dispersant is the desired formulation, using a biodegradable filler made from renewable sources like green solvent can be a sustainable and non-hazardous alternative compared to conventional solvents. It acts as both a solvent and adjuvant, making cost-saving possible for manufacturers.

Choosing the right formulation for pesticides is a crucial management decision that may impact profitability, safety, environmental quality, and customer satisfaction. Click here to find your solution.

Green Solvent: An Agricultural Shift Toward Sustainability

The fast-growing world’s population requires an increment in global food production, especially with the estimated rise of over 30% of the population from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. This demand requires a 70% increment of food production over the same period.

Conversely, there is a food shortage which results in spiking malnutrition cases in one-seventh of the world’s population. One of the threatening causes is the 25-40% crop output loss to pests, weeds, and disease attacks.

Solvents are one of the major players in the pesticide formulation. Therefore, using pesticides can be one of the most effective ways in combatting pest problems. The role of solvents in pesticides is to transport chemicals, nutrients, and minerals essential to life.

However, using solvents is concerning not only during the usage, but also the source and synthesis of the solvents and the disposal of the waste. The most common solvents present in the formulas are flammable, contributing to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, and can be toxic to users, farmers, and even crops. Industries should also consider the release of solvent waste into the environment by tank leaks, industrial waste, and air emissions. 

Using Green Solvent to Reduce the Harms

In recent years, the green chemistry movement has initiated the use of green solvent. Known to have milder effects on crops and humans, green solvent might just be the answer to sustainability problems. It is about time that a big shift toward sustainability in the agriculture industry is happening. Though considered slower than other chemical-reliant industries, notable progress has already begun.

Green solvents are obtained from renewable feedstock that does not remain in the environment for long. The solvent also has to be biodegradable, recyclable, non-carcinogenic, and non-corrosive. This can reduce harmful emissions to be “green”. There are several chemicals that can be classified into green solvent: water, liquid polymers, gas-expanded liquids, supercritical fluids, and biomass-derived solvents.

Over the years, the demand for green solvents has shown significant positive growth. The global market size for green solvents was valued at 1.80 billion USD in 2022 alone. It is projected to grow by an 8.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2023 to 2030.

As a maritime country, Indonesia has also started its shift toward eliminating harmful pesticides. The Ministry of Agriculture released Sustainable Farming Regulation in 2019 which bans the use of illegal and unregistered pesticides following cases of the distribution of illegal pesticides.

In 2022, Indonesian National Food Agency (NFA) did random sampling tests on traditional markets in Jakarta to test whether the pesticide residue level in fresh vegetables is within a safe limit. Results show that there was no trace of harmful feedstock. However, there is still a long way to go to reach national food security and agriculture sustainability.

A big leap toward sustainability is not only inevitable but also necessary. As an Industry player, we must leverage this opportunity to push the shift to secure a sustainable agriculture industry. Click here to find your solution.

Keep the Baking Going: Exploring Soft Cookies Business Potential in 2023

Known as a country with rich cuisine culture, keeping snacks in stock is one of the most common traits for Indonesian people. It does not matter whether it is a holiday or working day, snacking has became a daily activity for 42.6% Indonesians.

A survey found that the most purchased sweet snacks are biscuits and cakes. A lot of artisan businesses to big companies are starting to offer more of these products each year. One of the most popular snacks to name is soft cookies. In the last few years, the gooey cookie with various flavors that was first popular in the United States has successfully penetrated Indonesian market.

Artisan baked goods business is on the rise as of late. The existence of food delivery services and users generated content platforms helped in trending the topic. Therefore, the expected growth of the Indonesian confectionary and snacks market by 8.42% annually seemed possible.

The Blissful Soft Cookies in the Making

Making soft cookies may sound simple, but in reality, ensuring great taste while being creative is difficult. Experimenting with various flavors to create something authentic and unique can end up a big success or nightmare. Even small differences in the ingredients may affect the dough, end product, and customer’s satisfaction.

The ideal cookies should have layering texture; slightly crispy outer shell with the ability to hold up to some heat with soft and chewy inner core. They should taste good at any temperature, whether it is slightly heated or straight out of the fridge.

Adding DATEM to the soft cookies recipe does not merely emulsifying the dough. It can also significantly alter the quality of the cookies during manufacturing, storage, and consumption. DATEM helps to condition the dough consistency, reduce and uniformly distribute the baking fat. It also helps refine the shape constancy, and improve the volume and softness after the baking process.

An experiment conducted by Bahtera’s Food and Beverages Experts showed that adding a 0.5% dose of BASF’s Lametop® as a DATEM to the soft cookies recipe produced evenly-shaped and perfectly soft-textured cookies after 15 minutes of baking. In comparison, adding 0.25% dose with the same baking time created crunchy cookies, and skipping Lametop® altogether made even crunchier cookies, which is far from the desired result of soft cookies.

While experimenting is the key to the perfect products, the effectiveness and efficiency of production time should also be taken into consideration. Click here to find your solution.

Dosing the Safe Amount of Paracetamol for Children

Prescribing medication sounds as simple as giving the right dose to the patient, but it turns out to be an integrated process that includes: patient assessment, medication choice, prescription writing, provisioning information, and monitoring.

For children, it is an entirely different case because they require particular attention due to their inability to give consent. Thus, children have a high risk of medication errors, with the primary cause of incorrect dosages.

A study found that prescribing errors affect around 13% of total pediatric prescriptions. Not only does it cause the loss of trust in healthcare providers, but also psychological effects on patients and families. In light of the recent events of children’s death from syrup medicine consumption, practicing medicine safety for children proves to be vital. Children are especially prone to common diseases like cough and fever. 

To Prescribe the Correct Dose is to Save Children’s Lives

Paracetamol is the most common painkiller used for children to ease stomachache, headache, and fever. It is available without a prescription and comes in a form of tablets and syrup with various strengths tailored to the age of the patient.

Paracetamol has a pain-relieving effect that depends on the concentration of the medicine, so proper dosing is crucial. Parents should be cautious and read the instructions carefully when giving Paracetamol, because children aged under five years old are prone to the risk of Paracetamol toxicity. The incorrect dosing and giving Paracetamol too often may also damage children’s livers.

The correct way to dose Paracetamol is by considering body weight instead of age due to the wide range of body weights of children. However, the dose should not exceed the adult dose. Both children and adults should not take more than four doses of Paracetamol within 24 hours. If the Paracetamol comes in syrup form, always use the spoon that comes with the medicine and avoid using a kitchen spoon to measure the right amount.

Some children may need a lower dose of Paracetamol, especially those who are born premature, underweight, or have liver problems. Paracetamol is also not meant to be taken with other pain medicines. It is advisable to consult a doctor before giving children Paracetamol to prevent incorrect dosing.

Aside from that, the storage of medications also plays an important part in practicing medicine safety. Store medicines in a dry and cool place with the recommended temperature listed in the instructions. Always ensure the expiry date of the medicines before taking them.

There is no such thing as being over-attentive when taking care of loved ones. Taking extra cautious steps before giving medicines, whether they are over the counter or prescribed, is necessary.

A Difference between Life and Death: Practicing Medicine Safety

At some point, every person will turn to medicine to either prevent or cure illness. Two of the most crucial processes in the medical sector are prescribing and administering medications. Even the smallest error may cause the patient a difference between life and death.

Approximately, 3-16% of adverse events occurred during inpatient care in hospitals, mostly coming from the wrong medication or the wrong process of drug administration. It is hard to predict the exact number of medical errors, because many cases went undocumented and unreported. These statistics led the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch an initiative called Medication Without Harm. The WHO program aims to reduce the level of avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over 5 years globally.

Generally, potential for medication errors are avoidable. Practicing medicine safety can further lessen the number, and even prevent more errors from happening. Being an active patient by maintaining and updating the current medicine list is one way to help.

The Importance of Practicing Medicine Safety for Children

Taking extra caution when giving any kind of medication to children is crucial because many medications are contraindicated for a specific age group.

The recent cases of child death due to syrup medicine consumption is a wake-up call for people, especially parents. Medicine safety practices is crucial and parents need to be more cautious, knowing that children’s vital organs are not yet mature. Wrong practices may cause toxic side effects, as certain medications are difficult for a child’s body to metabolize. 

There is a high risk of error in dosing medication for children because children prescriptions is far more complex compared to adults. Doses calculation need to consider many factors such as weight, age, body surface area, and different dosing devices. If not done carefully, this may lead to confusion, causing errors in measurement. 

Thus, it is good measure to consult with a doctor or pharmacist prior to giving children medicine, as both over-the-counter and prescribed medicines can be dangerous if used incorrectly. For over-the-counter medicines, always check the package for the recommended dosage based on the children’s age. While for prescribed medicines, be sure to know the medication purposes and properly schedule the medication consumption. 

Aside from that, paying attention to storage is also crucial in practicing medicine safety. Place medicines within the recommended storage temperature, and take note of the expiration date. Most importantly, keep the medicines out of children’s reach to prevent fatal incidental ingestion.

Maximizing the Potential of Custard Cream Filling Pastry Trend

The Food & Beverages Industry never ceases to amaze us with its latest innovation and trends.

Previously, croffle was the most significant trend in the Indonesian market. It innovates two types of desserts as one, combining croissant and waffle altogether. Croffle retains the flaky, rich and buttery taste of a croissant, while giving the fun shape of a waffle. 

Today, a lot of people are more drawn to the fillings rather than the dessert itself. Desserts like mille crepes, eclairs, donuts, pies, tarts, and macarons are some examples.

The rising demand for fillings and toppings began shortly after this dessert trend. In 2022, the market size of fillings and toppings is estimated to be valued at USD 11.9 billion, with a projection to reach USD 15.9 billion by 2027. More small bakery businesses and franchises have started using custard cream. Some of the examples are various pastries and desserts, the most common ones being choux and donuts.

Bombolone or bomboloni, a donut originating from Italy caught Indonesian consumers’ attention back in 2019. The sensation of a tender donut mixed with unique cream or custard filling that immediately melts in the mouth enticed consumers more than ever. Even in the middle of the pandemic, the market demand for bombolone was still high and more small businesses answered the demand with open arms.

Complex, But Not Impossible: Crafting the Perfect Custard Cream

Making desserts in small batches for individuals is one thing, but making a big batch for business is an entirely different case. Making any type of creams, such as whipped cream and custard cream is no exception. Not enough whipping may cause runny texture, but overwhipping may ruin the overall result. 

Even though making the perfect custard cream in bulk can be tricky, Lamequick® CE 7279 is tailored to perfect your fluffy and light custard cream with high volumes and stability that instantly melts on the tongue. Alternatively, you can use any type of Lamequick® that might produce differing results that are no less tempting.

Seeing as vegan diners also crave sweet desserts, Lamequick® also has a vegan-friendly solution to make your custard cream-filled pastry more inclusive to consumers.

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The Challenges Farmers Are Facing in Using Pesticides

Farmers are always aiming to provide high-quality and safe food for the consumers. However, there are a number of obstacles they face, one of them being pests. To protect their crops from pests, one of the most effective ways is by using pesticides.

Not only protecting crops from pests, the benefits of using pesticide also varied from improving farm productivity on less land, protecting farm from crop loss, controlling vector disease, to maintaining the quality of food. Moreover, there are more than 30,000 plant-eating species that prey on crops. Without the use of pesticides, pests can affect the amount of crops production up to more than half. 

Adding More Pesticides is Not the Answer to the Challenges

However, there are several problems farmers are facing when using pesticides. According to research, agricultural extension services largely influence the amount of pesticides used by farmers. This affects the usage and storage safety of the pesticides. 

Moreover, farmers who took advice from private extension services use more preventive measures. On the contrary, farmers advised by public extension services use more pesticide.

Aside from that, maintaining the effectiveness of the pesticide also proved tricky for farmers. Dissolving pesticides with different purposes wrongly can affect the performance, making absorption difficult for the crops. When this happens, usually farmers use more pesticide, which does not help with the situation. 

Using pesticide adjuvant like Bombastick 860 L that can help to maximize the effectiveness of the pesticide can solve this problem. Bombastick 860 L enhances the dissolving process of the active agents contained by the pesticide, making the the application process easier while ensuring the pesticide to be completely absorbed by the plants down to its tissue with a stabilized performance. As a result, farmers can easily use less pesticide in maintaining the productivity of the crops. 

Contrary to the belief, sustainable farming can be possible if we are willing to utilize the right equipments. Click here to find your solution.

Staying Alert on the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has Indonesia in the international spotlight after its first case discovery last May. Breaking its declaration of being disease-free in 1986, the Foot and Mouth disease has spread in 26 provinces of Indonesia. So far, it has affected 575,123 livestock, in which 10,000 were killed and 12,760 slaughtered. 

Foot and Mouth Disease is a highly contagious disease with 90-100% transmission rate. It affects cloven-hoof livestock, such as cattle, goats, camels, deers, swine, and sheep. The disease causes livestock to develop fever, excessive drool, and got blisters in certain body area. The clinical signs range from mild to severe depending on the livestock type.

The disease generally has a low effect on mortality and not transmittable to humans. However, animals are not the only carrier. The disease can also transmit through meat and dairy products, agricultural products, machinery, and transportation.

How Indonesia Mitigates the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Even though Foot and Mouth Disease is curable, it often leads to reduced feed intake, weakened animals, and a milk production drop in dairy cows. The animals that have recovered from the disease may also initiate new outbreaks due to the insistent virus. The disease also cause farmers to having trouble exporting non-livestock products and resulting economic losses.

To handle the outbreak, Indonesia may require around 9.9 trillion Indonesian Rupiah per year. The Government of Indonesia initiates an international collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Australia to import 10 thousand doses of vaccines to prevent more livestock from getting infected.

So far, the amount of vaccinated animals has reached more than 5.8 millions livestock, mainly from small-holder farm sector which dominates the cattle industry in Indonesia. Aside from vaccination, the Government of Indonesia implements four more strategies to suppress the disease transmission, including Biosecurity, testing, treatment, and conditional slaughter.

By the end of October, a total of 11 provinces are already free from Foot and Mouth Disease: Lampung, West Sulawesi, Bali, Riau Islands, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jakarta, Banten, South Sumatra, and Aceh. The Government of Indonesia targeted to be completely disease free by the end of the year.

There is no better time to implement Biosecurity than the time an outbreak has already occured. Click here to find your Biosecurity solution with Bahtera.