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FI ASIA 2017

APAC consumer understanding of how probiotics aid sports nutrition on the rise

There is growing consumer awareness in APAC that Kefir can help to enhance sports performance through its gastrointestinal benefits, according to Taiwan supplier Synbio Tech.

How can firms enhance and improve omega-3 fish oil extraction?

There is much room to improve omega-3 fish oil’s green credentials for environmental, health and economic reasons as firms seek to shift from energy intensive extraction methods and organic solvent...

WATCH: Can saffron star in Japan? Supplement firm’s CEO on his personal mission to promote cognitive health benefits

Japanese consumers have little knowledge of saffron - either as a food ingredient or a supplement - let alone its potential cognitive health benefits. But one man is on a...

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.

Tata and OptiBiotix seal deal for India prebiotic expansion

OptiBiotix Health has signed a scale-up and manufacturing deal with Tata Chemicals' Food and Nutrition division in India for its cholesterol-reducing prebiotic, LPGOS.

Astaxanthin supplementation offers anti-ageing skincare potential: AstaReal study

A trial conducted by Japanese nutraceutical firm AstaReal has concluded that the company’s natural astaxanthin possess anti-ageing skincare benefits.

Canadian vitamin firm Jamieson Wellness targets Asia expansion after $300m IPO

Canadian supplement firm Jamieson Wellness is targeting expansion in Asia on the back of a successful IPO, with its CEO identifying Asia's rising affluence and ageing population as two reasons...

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

VIDEO - There’s more mileage in mānuka: Major brand launches b2b ingredient firm

New Zealand mānuka honey brand Manukora has launched a new firm to target b2b sales in the functional food and supplement space.

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.

Cognitive health supplement firm strikes deal with GP clinics

Sinagpore-based supplement firm Senenscence has struck a deal with four GP clinics to stock its cognitive health products.

GNC seals deal with Alipay to drive China e-commerce sales

Supplement retailer GNC has linked up with Alipay to make its products available to millions of Chinese consumers across the digital payment platform.

Blackmores' full-year profits slump by 42%, but firm bullish over China recovery

Blackmores' net profits fell by 42% to A$58m for the last financial year and sales slipped by 3% to A$693m, amid a significant decline in sales to Chinese consumers through Australian...

SupplySide West 2017 in Las Vegas, Sept. 25-29

Probiotic maker Lallemand highlights strains, formulations for children and teenagers

Quebec-based probiotic maker Lallemand will announce a new range of probiotics designed for children and teenagers at the upcoming SupplySide West show in Las Vegas, September 26 to 29.

TSI receives first ever exclusive CFDA licence to produce HMB in China

Health product manufacturer TSI Group has announced the approval of the first ever China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) Manufacturing Licence for β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) production in China.

Blackmores announces appointment of Richard Henfrey as new CEO

Blackmores chairman Stephen Chapman announced today the appointment of Richard Henfrey as the company’s new CEO, following the resignation of former CEO Christine Holgate .

Move over, mānuka? Firm claims stingless bee honey 'better for health and environment'

Honey from a stingless bee species native to the Philippines is being touted as superior to mānuka honey, with a Singapore firm marketing products made from the former.

Bungled software implementation hurts Nature’s Sunshine

Network marketing company Nature’s Sunshine reported disappointing earnings yesterday, driven mostly by a protracted and difficult software switchover, according to management.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

News in brief

Blackmores appoints former PepsiCo exec to new marketing and digital role

Vitamin firm Blackmores has appointed former PepsiCo exec Tami Cunningham as its marketing director.

Yakult begins work on sixth China factory

Yakult is to begin construction of its sixth plant in China to increase production of its probiotic milk drinks.

China market remains a challenge for Abbott as nutrition sales slip in Q2

Abbott says market conditions in China "remain challenging", following its report that its global nutrition sales decreased 0.6 per cent to $1.73bn in the second quarter.

KKR signs deal to acquire majority stake in Nature's Bounty

Investment interest in the dietary supplement industry remains high, with the latest news being the sale of majority control of The Nature’s Bounty Co. to private equity firm KKR.

Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

Mannatech launches supplement-infused coffee in Korea

Mannatech has launched its GlycoCafé coffee product in Korea, with the firm claiming it can improve cognitive function, provide antioxidant support and aid cardiovascular health.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.