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Learning from our current state of affairsSome analysts and companies say that business as usual after COVID-19 won’t mean the same. That’s because facets of life – and priorities – are changing. These are times when resistance to change will be overcome by the necessity to adopt, for survival. And for business to see its recovery now or after the crisis has lost its grip on the world, many changes are to take place on differentlevels. One example is how virtual conferences are now taking over as trade shows and face-to-face meetings are canceled. Recently, Romaco said its Noack blister machine passed its factory acceptance test (FAT) which was carried out via live stream for a customer in China. So, we are seeing how transactions can be done differentl. Many companies can learn a thing or two about how to conduct themselves during and after COVID-19, from our interview with Shane Bracken, Regional COO APMEA (Asia Pacific,Middle East & Africa) at Kerry. Read this report on p10.The global crisis has indeed exposed the vulnerabilities of the F&B industry. In the Philippines, the lockdown imposed since March 2020 revealed the strong and weak points of the supply chain. For instance, fresh produce suppliers from the provinces could not immediately distribute their goods to their destinations, and problems such as these translate to lost revenue and food waste. At one point, government has encouraged city dwellers to grow their own garden patch. This is one of the reasons Singapore has been open to developing urban farms.There is freedom in self-reliance. Read the report on p14.It is also worth reiterating the importance of good health. Hence, we feature another company that does cold-press juices, Antidote. Read the report on p8.

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