Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Regional partnerships are key to tackling Asia, says Vésale Pharma president

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

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"We have just started to explore Asia's functional food application sector," says Johan Quintens.
"We have just started to explore Asia's functional food application sector," says Johan Quintens.

Related tags: Southeast asia

Asia’s functional food market is still a new target area for pharmaceutical firm Vésale Pharma and working with regional agents will prove essential in gaining traction in the market, according to president.

FoodNavigator-Asia spoke to Johan Quintens, vice president of Vésale Pharma, at Vitafoods Europe 2012 in Geneva, about the firm’s strategy in taking its probiotic encapsulation technology, InteliCaps, to Asia.

In October last year the firm launched its technology in Australia and New Zealand and it is now focused on China and Southeast Asia – but Quintens said that the functional food application area is still ‘new’ for the pharmaceutical company and an area still being ‘explored’.

He also noted that typical Asian functional food, fortified with probiotics, is also a relatively young sector.

The firm has teamed up with agents in China and Southeast Asia to ensure stronger market and regulation knowledge – a strategy essential in succeeding, Quintens said.

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