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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...

Vitafoods Asia 2017

WATCH – Chr. Hansen: 2017 ‘one of our best ever years’ for probiotics in APAC

Chr. Hansen says it has experienced one of its best ever years for APAC probiotics sales, driven by demand from infant nutrition firms and deeper consumer understanding across the region.

FI Asia 2017

Black gold? Rhizome extract said to have anti-ageing and anti-diabetic effects

Black ginger extract could have important implications for healthy ageing and diabetes, as well as athletic performance.

FI Asia 2017

The four key health concerns driving Chinese consumers to spend more on functional foods

Demand for functional food and drink has shot up in APAC, particularly in China, where 80% of the population claims to want to make their diets more healthy. And four...

FI Asia 2017

Healthy ageing NPD in Asia: Can functional foods follow supplements’ lead?

The vast majority of new product launches targetting the main health concerns for seniors remain in the supplement space, with analysts arguing there is vast potential for the region’s food...

Cholesterol dip? Probiotics have no impact on lipid profile, finds study

The Bifidobacterium animalis supsp. lactis probiotic strain does not improve the lipid profile or total faecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in healthy adults, researchers say.

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.

Vitafoods Asia 2017

APAC's fastest growing functional and fortified food markets revealed

Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are tipped to be among the fastest growing functional food and fortified product markets in APAC to 2021, while Japan is witnessing a...

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

Ageing APAC: Onus on nutrition industry to persuade younger consumers to act now

APAC’s nutrition industry needs to do more to educate consumers that preventative approaches leading to healthy ageing must be adopted at a younger age.

Wild mushroom species exhibits functional food, commercial potential: Pakistani study

Extracts from a species of wild mushroom could serve as a safe and nutritious functional food, according to a recent Pakistani study.

VITAFOODS ASIA 2017

Personalised nutrition in Asia Pacific: 'Industry is now at a tipping point'

New players in the market and groundbreaking technology will lead to a wave of personalised nutrition innovation across Asia, according to a panel of experts at Vitafoods Asia.

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.

Chinese authorities to impose stricter labelling laws on health foods imported via e-commerce?

Supplements and functional food products imported into China via cross-border e-commerce could be subjected to the same labelling laws that apply to food items imported the traditional way, according to...

NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 3: E-commerce and online marketing two of the top trends for APAC firms

The ever-growing importance of e-commerce sales for supplements in APAC was underlined in our first state of the industry survey, with almost 70% of respondents believing the channel will ultimately...

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.

Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life...

NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 2: Raft of new regulations broadly welcomed by the sector

The raft of new supplement and functional food regulations introduced in the past two years, or those imminently pending, have been broadly welcomed by the industry in APAC, according to...

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...

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.

NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 1: Optimism high and finances buoyant, but new funding still a challenge

Three out of four respondents in the first NutraIngredients-Asia State of the Supplements, Health & Nutrition Survey believe their firms will post better financial results this year than last....

Vegetarian diet might reduce diabetes risk: South Korean review

Maintaining a vegetarian diet might contribute to a lower risk of diabetes, according to a South Korean review.

Sabinsa takes lead to establish Global Curcumin Association

Major curcuminoids supplier Sabinsa has taken a step it hopes will help protect the entire category by becoming the founding board member of the Global Curcumin Association.

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.

Melanin from cuttlefish ink can positively affect gut microbiota: China study

Melanin in ink from the most commonly consumed cuttlefish in China can become a powerful functional food component and potential therapeutic aid for manipulating the gut microbiota, according to a new...

Obesity and diabetes concerns to spur big growth in APAC's beta-glucan market

The Asia-Pacific beta-glucan market will increase from US$65.21 million to $109.54 million by 2022 due to soaring demand for nutraceuticals and functional foods, according to analysts.