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NZ childcare services fall short of guidelines for child nutrition

A large number of childcare services in New Zealand that provide food to pre-schoolers aged three to four do not meet current nutrition guidelines, a recent study has found.

International probiotics experts and global firms to feature at first Probiota Asia summit

A world-class line up of international probiotics experts will feature at our first Probiota Asia summit, to be held in Singapore in October.

Eye health and vitamins: Supplement intake ‘can increase degeneration’, review reveals

Scientists have cautioned that antioxidant consumption in supplement form is not as effective as a nutrient-rich diet to improve eye diseases, with some evidence suggesting they can actually worsen existing...

Inflammatory bowel disease: Manipulating the gut microbiome a promising future treatment option

There is considerable promise in manipulating the gut microbiome to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a new review....

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...

Probiotics powerhouse: China sales outstripping global average as DuPont reveals 50% surge

DuPont says its probiotics business in China is booming, with sustained growth leading it to double capacity at its specialist Beijing production and packaging site this year.

Lycored sells China and UK premix operations to Prinova

Carotenoid supplier Lycored has sold its premix operations in China and the UK to US firm Prinova Solutions.

Chinese officials considering establishing a bureau for e-commerce as online business increases

China could set up a dedicated bureau for e-commerce as online sales continue to rise and on the back of widespread regulatory uncertainty that has affected many international supplement firms...

Iron fortification: Chitosan encapsulation strengthens stability and boosts bioavailability

Coating iron with chitosan nanostructured lipid carriers is a superior protection method when fortifying milk, with researchers also predicting its suitability for fruit juices, yogurts and traditional drinks.

Nutritional ingredients firm Barentz International expands in Vietnam amid rising APAC sales

Dutch ingredients firm Barentz International recently has opened its first office in Vietnam, on the back of 15% annual Asia Pacific growth.

GALLERY: The top 10 most-read nutrition and health stories from APAC in May

Here's a recap of our top 10 most read nutrition stories from May, featuring the latest on vitamin D, infant nutrition, natural health supplements and more.

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Milking the law? Industry responds to stricter infant formula rules in Singapore

Infant formula milk manufacturers claim stricter regulations planned by the Singapore government could lead to consumers having limited access to important nutritional information.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

Is dairy a hindrance and not a help for probiotics growth?

The vast majority of new product development for functional foods featuring probiotics “remains in the dairy space”, but this may be more of a hindrance than a help for the...

Ausnutria takes over ADP and Ozfarm

Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd., a dairy company with production facilities in China, the Netherlands and Australia, has taken over ADP and Ozfarm.

FOOD VISION ASIA 2017

Infant obesity: Act now over formula protein guidelines, regulators urged

Regulators in Asia should not wait for new CODEX regulations for infant formula and act now to cut the amount of protein required in order to help reduce obesity, a...

Sports nutrition: Singapore’s elite athletes focusing on food first, supplements second

Alternative sources of protein and a greater focus on ‘food before supplements’ is shaping the sports nutrition practices of Singapore’s elite athletes.

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

Ausnutria seemingly unaffected by new China infant formula rules as revenues rocket

Revenues at Hong Kong-listed infant nutrition company AusNutria soared by 30.3% to RMB2,740.3 million (US$396 million) for 2016, despite intense market competition, most notably due to new regulations in China.

Sarcopenia and poor nutrition: Significant association found in elderly Chinese population

Malnutrition is a prime risk factor for older Chinese adults suffering from sarcopenia, an age-related condition of declining skeletal muscle mass and function. 

Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and health needs – are among the top factors driving industry growth in the region.

Phytosterol fortified milk lowers cholesterol and fatty liver build-up: BASF-supported study

Milk fortified with phytosterols not only helped lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in rats with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but also decreased fatty liver build-up, a study found.

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx...

Mead Johnson Nutrition agrees Reckitt Benckiser takeover

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) has signed a merger agreement with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (Mead Johnson) under which Mead Johnson shareholders will receive $90 in cash for each share...