Growth Asia 2021 keynotes revealed: Mars, Danone, Thai Union, Suntory and CSIRO confirmed for our interactive and FREE series

By Gary Scattergood

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Growth Asia 2021 keynotes revealed: Mars, Danone, Thai Union, Suntory and CSIRO confirmed for our interactive and FREE series

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Today we can announce a stellar line-up of keynote speakers for our Growth Asia 2021 Interactive Broadcast Series, which will feature insights from senior industry experts from Mars, Danone, Thai Union, Suntory and CSIRO.

The event returns for 2021 to build on the huge success of its inaugural edition, where more than 3,200 industry delegates registered to hear expert insights from a raft of big-name brands, leading academics, policy experts, and the most innovative suppliers.

The series​ will run from the 29th June to 15th July, and viewed through the prism of five core categories - Healthy Ageing: Mobility & Cognitive Health, Healthy Ageing: Metabolic & Digestive Health, Plant-based Innovation, Healthy Snacking and Infant & Maternal Health.

It will feature a mixture of keynote conversations, presentations, and a live and interactive panel debate.

Registration for the event is free.

Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief of both titles and Regional Head: APAC at publisher William Reed, said: “Across the region, the future growth potential is huge, as incomes continue to rise, urbanisation gathers pace, and consumer demands rapidly evolve, not least due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In fact, Asia is tipped to be the global driving force for growth across not only mainstream food and beverage products, but also functional foods and supplements. That’s why NutraIngredients-Asia and FoodNavigator-Asia will once again be shining the spotlight on how the industry can best navigate the region’s highly diverse consumer, regulatory, cultural and economic landscape in order to reap these substantial rewards.”

The full line-up of events, including they keynote guest, is:

Healthy Ageing: Mobility & Cognitive Health

29 JUNE  ●  3PM SGT (GMT+8)

Keynote guest: Dr Yong Shan May, Principal Scientist, Brands Suntory

In recognition of the huge public health challenges, and immense business opportunities, posed by Asia’s rapidly ageing population, this year we will stage two editions on Healthy Ageing in order to give the topic the level of attention it requires. The event will drill down into the latest research, trends and products for conditions associated with mobility, including bone, joint and muscle health. Also, with cognitive health top of mind for consumers of all ages, we’ll also be debating the latest nutritional solutions to aid memory, mood, alertness, sleep and relaxation.

Healthy Ageing: Metabolic & Digestive Health

1 JULY  ●  3PM SGT (GMT+8)

Keynote guest: Prof Grant Brinkworth, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Many Asian nations are still struggling to fight battles against obesity, diabetes and heart disease, so we’ll be shining the spotlight on the role the food, beverage and nutrition sector has to play in helping alleviate the various metabolic health conditions. We’ll also be assessing the latest developments in gut health, with a particular focus on how Asia’s flourishing probiotics and prebiotics sectors can confer benefits to digestive health and beyond.

Plant-based Innovation

6 JULY  ●  3PM SGT (GMT+8)

Keynote guest: Dr Tunyawat Kasemsuwan, Director of Global Innovation, Thai Union

Interest in plant-based alternatives across Asia shows no signs of slowing, as evidenced by the growing number of major brands, suppliers and trend-setting foodservice outlets continuing to ramp-up investment. With Asia tipped to be the largest region for plant-based food consumption in the $21bn global finished product market by 2025 on the back of consumers’ ethical, health and environmental concerns, plus extensive product innovation, we’ll be looking at how the sector can establish itself as a mainstream, as well as trending, category.

Healthy Snacking

13 JULY  ●  3PM SGT (GMT+8)

Keynote guest: Patrick Gantier, Asia General Manager, Mars Wrigley

Asian consumers are increasingly opting to eat several smaller meals across the day, instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. This has led to a boom in the region’s snacking market, but many consumers are not satisfied with simple indulgence or convenience. Increasingly, they are demanding healthier options, opening up huge opportunities for value-added ingredients that can play a role in assisting with reformulation or fortification, as well that those that can foster claims to be natural, or clean label. We’ll be assessing the latest developments in all of the above as brands strive to meet these emerging snacking trends.

Infant & Maternal Health

15 JULY  ●  3PM SGT (GMT+8)

Keynote guest: Gregg Ward, Head of Open Science Innovation Centre, Danone.

The Asia-Pacific infant formula market is due to double by 2026, to reach $26.8 billion, with brands continually striving to find a competitive edge with scientifically backed and high-value ingredients. We’ll also be looking at the booming market for children’s supplements, particularly in China, as well as debating the latest understanding and opportunities around maternal health, in a region where many mums-to-be still experience key micronutrient deficiencies.

Register for free here

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