But these were the seven that got the most attention from NutraIngredients-Asia readers in what was a big year for business news across the region.
A joint venture between Blackmores and Bega Cheese to supply infant formula across APAC - and in particular China - has missed its sales targets, hitting Bega’s financial performance.
A combination of a market saturated with Western companies, forthcoming regulations seeking to better control and restrict the number of brands on the shelves, and the resulting heavy discounting by firms wanting to shed stock before the new rules come into place, took their toll.
China provided one of the few positive notes in Mead Johnson’s quarterly results, with bosses hailing “substantial progress” in the country, despite conceding that global growth would be slower than planned.
Gross sales were 2% below the prior year quarter on a reported basis and 1% higher on a constant dollar
DSM sealed a strategic collaboration agreement with Chinese supplement firm By-Health to develop new cardiovascular health products containing tomato extract ingredient Fruitflow.
DSM has commercial responsibility for Fruitflow under an agreement with ingredient-owner Provexis, which said the China link-up would lead to the establishment of evaluation and testing procedures to meet the country’s technical and regulatory standards.
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd and private equity firm Primavera Capital is to buy Australian vitamin manufacturer Vitaco Holdings for US$239m.
Vitaco's chairman, Greg Richards, said ongoing volatile macroeconomic conditions and regulatory uncertainty in China meant the deal was in the best interests of the company.
In the first of a two-part interview with NutraIngredients-Asia, DuPont’s Asia president for health and nutrition Dr Li Yongjing discussed the initial turbulence created by the ongoing merger with Dow, and explained why he believes the new relationship will make the firm better equipped to deal with Asia’s fast-moving emerging markets.
GNC could become the latest vitamin and supplement firm to have Chinese owners, after the company met with several interested parties.
The move would show that Chinese companies remain keen to enter the supplement market, despite several high-profile takeovers in the last year.
US supplement firm Mannatech is entering the China market via e-commerce - a clear change in tack for the Texas company, which usually focuses on multi-level marketing or direct selling.
CEO and president Alfredo Bala said the company was preparing to launch a consumer-facing, cross-border e-commerce site, specifically for China.
Next up: The top regulatory stories from the region thi year.