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APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs: This is your time to shine

APAC’s food and nutrition entrepreneurs and new start-ups are driving innovation in the region, and we want to shine the spotlight on their achievements.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

Cannabinoid nutraceuticals set for European take off?

Europe will become a key market for a number of new cannabinoid-infused nutraceutical products targeting the multi-billion European nutrition industry, said Swiss firm Domaco as it strikes a deal with...

Blackmores fined for violating China ad laws as regulators name and shame global firms

Vitamins manufacturer Blackmores was fined AUS$65,000 (US$50,000), and publicly named and shamed by authorities in China for breaching strict advertising laws.

Freedom Foods seals deal for US expansion and snaps up sports nutrition firm

Australian firm Freedom Foods is partnering with US management group AFT Holdings to expand into North America.

NutraIngredients-Asia's state of the industry survey: Have your say today

NutraIngredients-Asia is running its inaugural state of the industry survey  to gauge your views about the current state of the nutrition and supplements sector, and to discover the issues that are of most...

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.

Indian wellness firm to enter nutraceutical space via new acquisition

Indian wellness and beauty company VLCC plans to acquire three new companies, including a nutraceutical firm.

Six stand-out functional food and supplement trends from Indonesia

From consumer spending to retailer awareness, we pinpoint six of the most pressing functional food and supplement trends ahead of next week’s HI South East Asia exhibition and conference in...

Hong Kong herbal giant teams up with Nobel Laureate for immunity investigations

Hong Kong Chinese herbal products manufacturer Infinitus China is teaming up with Nobel Laureate Jules Hoffman to explore Traditional Chinese Medicine’s role in immunity. 

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CBD manufacturer Naturally Splendid targets Japan expansion with double sales deal

Canadian CBD firm Naturally Splendid has signed two exclusive sales agreements to launch a suite of products in Japan.

China the top target for tocotrienol sales growth, says supplier ExcelVite

China is the next top target for tocotrienol, according to supplier ExcelVite, which wants to boost sales of its ‘super vitamin E’ products in the country after establishing strong markets...

‘Weak policies and slow progress’: Why Bangladesh’s nutrition programmes are failing to step up to the plate

Bangladesh’s considerable nutritional improvements in recent years can be attributed to wider economic and social progress, not specific nutrition-focused policies which have been branded ‘weak’ and ‘sporadic’.

Herbalife partners with Indian pharma firm for new R&D lab

Herbalife has launched its first R&D lab in India, in partnership with pharma research and manufacturing firm Syngene.

Thailand’s top three supplement and functional food trends as beauty bubble begins to burst: Infographic

Healthy ageing, natural supplements and personalised nutrition: these are three emerging trends in Thailand offering ample opportunities for industry growth.

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...

Blackmores Institute to ramp-up research into consumer understanding of supplements in Singapore

Gaining a greater understanding of Singaporeans' understanding of supplements – and the types of services and advice they want pharmacists to provide – has become a key focus for Blackmores...

Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

News in brief

Herbalife announces two-year deal to sponsor Indian Special Olympics organisation

Herbalife has announced a two-year partnership with Special Olympics Bharat, which manages the Special Olympics programmes in India.

The five market trends making APAC the world’s growth hotspot for nutraceuticals

The global nutraceuticals market is expected to reach a value of $302,306m by the year 2022, on the back of CAGR of 7.04%. But, according to new research, APAC is...

Herbalife unveils China TCM joint venture as it posts flat full-year sales for 2016

Herbalife has reached an agreement in principle to form a joint venture with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) products and services firm Tasly Holding Group.

China nutraceutical firm unveils plans for European R&D and manufacturing base in Wales

Shanghai-based nutraceutical and functional foods supplier Acerchem International is to establish a European R&D and manufacturing centre in Swansea, South Wales.

Profits slump at Blackmores as 'challenging' China market continues to take its toll

Net profits at supplements manufacturer Blackmores slumped by 42% in the first of half of the financial year, with the firm reporting reduced demand from Chinese ‘daigou’ shoppers who buy...

Chinese investment in supplements expected to continue: NCN

The US investment community has only a limited interest in investing in or acquiring dietary supplement brands, but interest in the sector from Chinese investors is expected to continue, says...

One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.

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