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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.

Supplementation and acute pancreatitis: Review reveals potential for 'promising treatment outcomes'

Well-timed and appropriate supplementation with glutamine, omega-3, prebiotics and probiotics could help prevent or manage acute pancreatitis, especially if it is personalised to the individual, reveals a review led by Jiangnan University....

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.

FI Asia 2017

APAC's on trend infant formula ingredients revealed as manufacturers drive digestive health benefits

Digestive health and protein content are the top two priorities for infant formula manufacturers in APAC, leading to a surge in interest in prebiotics, probiotics and oligosaccharides.

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

Halal status raises Morinaga's sales hopes for immunity-boosting Lactobacillus strain

Japanese ingredient giant Morinaga is hoping for a South East Asia sales boom for its 'immunogenics' probiotic LAC-Shield product after recently receiving halal accreditation.

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.

Probiotic supplementation heightens breast milk antioxidant levels: RCT

Lactobacillus supplementation increases antioxidant levels in human breast milk, a new RCT has concluded.

Probiota Asia: World-class full agenda for inaugural Singapore summit revealed

The world-class agenda for the inaugural Probiota Asia has been confirmed, with speakers from major probiotics firms and renowned academics to present at the three-day summit, to be held at...

Avocados could be good for gut health: New Zealand research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health — a previously unknown benefit — by increasing short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.

Probiotics have limited effects on anaemia in kidney failure patients: Iranian study

Probiotic supplementation did not increase haemoglobin levels in kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis, but it did help to decrease haemoglobin fluctuations.

Cure for peanut allergy imminent thanks to Australian scientists

A treatment that offers a long-term cure for children with a fatal peanut allergy could soon be commercially available, thanks to scientists in Melbourne.

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...

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

Fruit flies foraging for beneficial gut bacteria 'opens up a whole new dimension for future research'

Two new studies from Australia reveal how the gut bacteria composition of the common fruit fly affects consumption as well as reproductive behaviour – with potential implications for human health.

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.

Probiotics' positive effect on infant diarrhoea risk may be due to SCFA response: Indian study

The beneficial effects of probiotics in reducing the risk of diarrhoea in children may in part be due to their impact on faecal short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and branched chain...

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.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

WATCH: Probiotics in China — ‘The market is set to explode’

The probiotics sector is forecast to soar by 23% in China to 2020 and even greater long-term growth beckons if the industry unites to better educate consumers and regulators.

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....

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

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.

Blackmores Asia MD appointed first international member of China Association for Quality Inspection

Blackmores’ standing in China has received a boost after its Asia MD, Peter Osborne, was appointed vice chairman of the China Association for Quality Inspection’s (CAQI) advisory committee.

Probiotic from Tibetan kefir grains can provide antioxidant boost to functional foods: Study

The probiotic strain L. plantarum MA2 from traditional Tibetan kefir grains has significant antioxidant properties, in addition to its previously reported cholesterol lowering credentials.