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DuPont's Asia nutrition boss: Dow merger will make us faster, flexible and more efficient

In the first of a two-part interview, DuPont’s Asia president for health and nutrition Dr Li Yongjing discusses the initial turbulence created by the ongoing merger with Dow, and explains...

Probiotics to help drive 44% rise in APAC functional foods market by 2026

The functional food ingredients market in Asia Pacific is being tipped to rise from $2.85bn at the end of 2016 to $5.04bn in 2026 with probiotics projected to be the...

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification programme targets women & children

A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

Turkmenistan brewer Berk Group extending into potato chips market

Berk Group, a brewer in former soviet republic Turkmenistan, has secured a loan to expand into the potato chips market.

Calls for Asian sugar tax as Kiwi review awards poor marks to Mexico

The World Health Organisation has asked countries on the west side of the Pacific to consider imposing a tax on all soft drinks in a bid to tackle rising rates...

International Sweeteners Association fights back against highly-critical research review

The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has hit back at what it claims are the “misleading conclusions” of a review into sweetener industry-funded research which alleged widespread bias .

'Sound science' vital to boost faith in Asia's functional foods and supplements

Asia’s functional foods and supplements industry needs to stop making unfounded health claims, while also better educating policy makers about the sound science behind its reputable products.

FI Asia 2016: The key industry trends hitting the show floor

With FI Asia taking place this week in Jakarta with 15,000 visitors, 650 exhibitors and a host of industry experts in one place, we caught up with Olav Masseling, brand...

'Bias at all levels': Scathing review published into sweetener-funded research

University of Sydney and Ramazzini Institute researchers are claiming widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, arguing those financially backed by business are far more likely to have favourable results....

APAC not a ‘universal market’: Asia’s multifaceted taste and texture preferences for chocolate

Market research firm Kadence explores the varying chocolate likability factors in nations across Asia.

‘$2 trillion prize' for meeting global nutrition and sustainability needs

The food industry needs to stop looking at challenges such as obesity, malnutrition and waste as costly challenges and see them as the opportunities for creating “$2 trillion of added...

Korean TV and Asian demand drive freekah sales from Australia

Korean television and a partnership in Singapore have been helping an Australian super grain producer reach new markets.

Asia-Pacific drives world growth in hemp-based foods

Asia-Pacific is due to emerge as the leading market for hemp-based foods and sustain an annualised growth rate of over 23% until 2020.

Vinegar a ‘promising functional food’ to combat Asia’s rising cases of type 2 diabetes

Researchers in Singapore suggest vinegar could be a key functional ingredient to help fight the rising number of type 2 diabetes cases in the region.

False claims risk undermining the Asia market for heart health products

Global and local players in Asia’s heart health sector are adopting radically different strategies – but dubious health claims from some of the latter threaten to undermine the market, according...

Southeast Asia

Industry lauds success of self-regulated nutrition labelling plan

The Southeast Asian food industry’s efforts to transform food labelling have been lauded by a report that analyses a growing movement to post guideline daily nutrition amounts.

News in brief

Ifad awards loan to help raise incomes of 1m poor Bangladeshi farmers

Bangladesh’s government has signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) in a bid to increase the incomes more than 1m poor farming households in the country...

Singapore and Malaysia lead the way with voluntary GDA labelling roll-out

‘Significant progress’ has been made in rolling-out voluntary Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) nutrition labelling in Asia over the past four years, but more work is needed to educate consumers and...

Nestlé expert: Personalised weight management best way to tackle Asia’s obesity timebomb

Asia has a chance to tackle obesity through a more personalised approach to weight management providing it avoids the mistakes made in the West where not enough attention was paid...

Soaring seaweed demand raises environmental concerns for Asia

Asia’s booming seaweed industry – buoyed by demand for nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and antimicrobial products – needs to avoid the ecological and societal pitfalls experienced in agriculture and fish farming, according...

Competition Commission of Pakistan slams meat industry

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended public-private partnership to run the government slaughterhouses following a critical report into the country’s meat industry. 

NutraIngredients-Asia launched to shine the spotlight on industry across the region

Welcome to NutraIngredients-Asia.com, the home of authoritative and independent news and insights about the nutrition, health and dietary supplements industry in Asia Pacific.

Technology plays role in strengthening Asia's food safety and security

Recent advances in information and communication technology have been leading to substantial improvements in agricultural production and food safety in Asia and the Pacific.

ICT making food safety advances possible - FAO

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) are leading to improvements in food security and safety in Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....

Asian food and beverage margins at risk due to rising sugar prices

Asian sugar production is expected to see its first deficit in over five years after a drought last year prompted by El Niño-induced pulled output down to a five-year low,...

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