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DuPont: Ageing Asia creating vast potential but infant formula 'challenging for manufacturers'

DuPont is targeting innovation at both ends of the age spectrum as it seeks to meet the vast needs of Asia's ageing societies, while also helping infant formula firms overcome...

UK's OptiBiotix and Taiwan's Bened Biomedical unite for ‘psychobiotic’ expansion

UK firm OptiBiotix has signed a deal with Taiwan-based probiotic research company Bened Biomedical, marking the former’s foray into the gut-brain axis area of microbiome research.

Singapore’s war on diabetes: $5 screening test latest weapon in the armoury

After calling on soft drink firms to slash sugar content, and encouraging the development of more functional ingredients, the latest addition to Singapore’s so-called 'war on diabetes' is S$5 screening...

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...

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.

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...

Fermented functional food, Xeniji, increases immunity: Malaysian mouse study

Xeniji, a functional food comprising a variety of fermented ingredients, can boost antioxidant levels and immunity, according to a Malaysian mouse study.

No proven link between vitamin D deficiency and latent TB in young children: Indonesian study

A recent Indonesian study has found no significant association between vitamin D deficiency and latent tuberculosis (TB) in children aged one to five, despite previous assertions to the contrary.

Vitafoods Asia 2017: Over 250 exhibitors, 3,000 delegates expected

The seventh edition of Vitafoods Asia, which will be held in Singapore for the first time, will see more than 250 exhibitors and 3,000 delegates at the Sands Expo and...

DSM reveals new APAC leadership team

Dutch multinational firm Royal DSM has announced two new appointments to its APAC team: effective 1 September, Pieter Nuboer will be the Asia-Pacific VP of Animal Nutrition & Health, while...

Heart disease, stroke present highest mortality risk for elderly with high BMI: Singapore study

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two main causes of mortality in overweight and obese individuals aged 65 and above, according to a study led by the National University of...

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.

Optimal nutrition vital to stopping progress of chronic liver disease in children

Maintaining optimal nutrition in children suffering from chronic liver disease (CLD) is imperative in halting its progress, according to an Indonesian study.

Singapore PM declares ‘war on diabetes’ in National Day message

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has said the city state needs to "go all out" to fight the soaring number of diabetes cases.

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VIDEO: Why understanding young Singaporeans’ diets should be a public health and research priority

Academics are striving to increase the volume of quality data about the dietary patterns of young Singaporeans, in order to boost the nutritional health of future generations.

Singapore personalised health and nutrition outfit reveals $150m IPO plan

Singapore-based personalised and preventative health firm Novena Global Lifecare Group is seeking to raise US$150m through an IPO in Taiwan.

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.

Edible insects can help solve hunger and improve nutrition in Sumatra: Study

Edible insects from Sumatra can provide a strategic solution for hunger problems and subsequent undernourishment due to their high essential fatty contents, researchers have concluded.

Vitamin D supplementation 'essential' for Chinese osteoporosis patients in South East Asia: Study

One in four Chinese women with post-menopausal osteoporosis (PMO) living in the tropics are vitamin D-deficient, a Malaysian study has reported.

Amway rolls-out e-commerce and artificial intelligence platforms in the Philippines

A new e-commerce platform and artificial intelligence (AI) have been identified as two of the key factors behind Amway’s hopes of achieving 15% of its sales online in the Philippines...

Let them eat salmon: Fish better than formula for infants, suggests Singapore minister

The Singapore minister leading a government task force reviewing infant formula prices has told parents to give their children a spoon-and-a-half of salmon because it 'provides as much DHA as...

Amway unveils new distribution centre in major Thai market

Amway has opened a new distribution centre in Thailand – one the direct selling giant’s top 10 global markets.

Functional foods for the elderly could be the next big growth opportunity for Singapore firms

Functional foods for Asia’s ageing population have been identified as a core growth opportunity for firms in Singapore, with multinational outfit DSM, the government, market analysts and SMEs joining forces...

Supplements in Singapore: What’s hot and what’s not as sales rise in the City State

Supplements sales in Singapore rose 4% to $574m by the end of last year, amid growing health concerns and increasing consumer spending.

Morinaga eyes South East Asia growth with probiotics and blood pressure product

Morinaga has revealed plans to target the South East Asia market to boost sales of its functional ingredients such as its Bifidus BB536 probiotic strain.