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Vitafoods Asia 2017

WATCH – Chr. Hansen: 2017 ‘one of our best ever years’ for probiotics in APAC

Chr. Hansen says it has experienced one of its best ever years for APAC probiotics sales, driven by demand from infant nutrition firms and deeper consumer understanding across the region.

Sunshine or supplements? Cholesterol concerns must be considered with vitamin D, says expert

Clinicians must consider the impact vitamin D supplements may have on cholesterol levels in some consumers, warns an epidemiology expert. 

Vitafoods Asia 2017

WATCH: Kefir's CVD and bone health benefits spur Taiwan manufacturer's first international foray

Taiwanese supplement manufacturer Phermpep, which produces kefir-based finished products and ingredients for improved bone and heart health, will launch in its first international markets later this year.

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

Ageing APAC: Onus on nutrition industry to persuade younger consumers to act now

APAC’s nutrition industry needs to do more to educate consumers that preventative approaches leading to healthy ageing must be adopted at a younger age.

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

Personalised nutrition in Asia Pacific: 'Industry is now at a tipping point'

New players in the market and groundbreaking technology will lead to a wave of personalised nutrition innovation across Asia, according to a panel of experts at Vitafoods Asia.

Kiwi supplement firm secures exclusive boysenberry supply deal ahead of China product launch

New Zealand supplement firm Anagenix has secured an exclusive supply deal with Boysenberries New Zealand Ltd (BNZL), the largest marketer of boysenberries worldwide.

Avocados could be good for gut health: New Zealand research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health — a previously unknown benefit — by increasing short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.

China direct

Consumers now look for healthier and premium products, survey finds

Chinese consumers have become more selective in their spending this year due to pressures at work and tightening household budgets.

Japan’s Food with Function Claims: Limited consumer understanding of regulatory details

Consumers, physicians and pharmacists have a high level of awareness of the existence of Japan’s Food with Function Claims (FFC), but far fewer have a clear understanding of what the regulations mean.

Singapore and South Australia unite to drive functional food innovation among SMEs

Singapore’s government enterprise body SPRING is joining forces with economic development agency Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to collaborate on functional food innovation.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to some “good”, but other “bad and ugly” changes to the rules.

Could malformed mushrooms be the next big sports nutrition ingredient?

Mushrooms have been hailed as the perfect ingredient for new sports drinks, with researchers in Australia claiming they could be key to refuelling after a workout.

Changing consumer demands fuel new innovations in coffee and tea

New varieties of coffee and tea drinks are putting a spin on Asia’s staple beverages, thanks to consumer demand for new flavours and concepts.

Six top processing, packaging and manufacturing trends set to shape foodpro 2017

Australasia's largest-of-it's-kind food processing and manufacturing show foodpro returns next month, so we've been getting the lowdown on six of the top industry trends that are set to star on show floor.

Barentz International and Indian pharma firm unite to drive South Asia fortification opportunities

Ingredient firm Barentz International is seeking to increase its nutrition and fortification opportunities in India by linking up with Noida-based pharma company Jubilant Life Sciences.

Stevia toxicity: New tests support high dose functional food and supplement use beyond sweetness

The ethanolic extract from stevia rebaudiana bertoni has been claimed to be safe for human consumption at 300 times the recommended daily dose, opening up considerable functional food and nutraceutical opportunities beyond its traditional sweetening role, a new study has reported.

Probiota Asia: World-leading probiotics summit comes to Asia and calls for abstracts

NutraIngredients-Asia is delighted to announce that the first Asia edition of the global probiotics and prebiotics summit, Probiota, will be held in Singapore in October.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to respiratory infections in Indian children, new data reveals

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections among Indian children aged six to 30 months, a new trial has found.

Manuka and strawberry tree honey helps decrease colon cancer cell viability: In vitro study

Strawberry tree honey and Manuka honey can induce cell death in colon cancer cells, an in vitro study has found.

Hemp for human food consumption finally gets the green light in Australia and New Zealand

Hemp foods are finally set to hit Australian plates after regulators approved legislation legalising low-THC hemp for human consumption as a food.

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