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HI SOUTH EAST ASIA

Colombia’s gummy gains: Big opportunities in South East Asia says Bogotá business

Nutrient gummies drew the most visitors to Softigel’s booth at the recent HI SEA 2017 show in Jakarta – with the company identifying several markets for business growth.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

NZ government backs natural products innovation as exports help offset dairy slump

The New Zealand government is committed to helping natural products and supplements firms meet their export potential by removing barriers to innovation, according to the country’s environment minister.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

VIDEO: Why New Zealand’s long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is needed now more than ever

Trade body Natural Products New Zealand is hoping new industry regulations – which it believes will help boost exports – can finally be passed before the nation’s elections in September.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

‘Clean and green’: Australian and New Zealand functional honey products continue to buzz in China

Natural products with functional claims such as honey continue to face a bright future as both a food and a therapeutic product, not least in China where demand is expected...

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA

Functional fruits focus: Taiwan contract manufacturer opens Indonesia office to tap into local ingredients

It was the lure of Indonesia’s exotic fruits and their potential as functional ingredients that has convinced Taiwan-based TCI Co to set up an office in Jakarta.

More nutrients, less harmful fats could help in colorectal cancer patients’ recovery

Greater vitamin and fibre intake are crucial factors in avoiding metabolic syndrome in colorectal cancer patients, a new Korean study revealed.

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.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

HI South East Asia 2017

Halal certification key to South East Asia market entry for Chinese ingredient firm

China-based Jiangsu Aoxin Biotechnology wants to make sure all its ingredients, such as D-Glucosamine, chitosan and marine chitosan, are halal certified to boost its chances of success in South East...

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Fish oil helped protect liver from injury caused by anti-TB drugs: Study

Cod liver fish oil showed considerable protective properties for livers damaged by anti-tuberculosis (TB) medication, a new study discovered.

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Mannatech targets cognitive health supplement growth among Chinese students as key exams loom

Supplements firm Mannatech aims to boost sales growth for its cognitive support product by targetting Chinese students studying for two of the country’s major academic examinations – Zhongkao and Gaokao.

Omega-3 canola oil supplier filing for regulatory approval in Australia, US and Canada

Omega-3 canola firm Nuseed has filed for regulatory approval in Australia, with submissions for Canada and the US set to be lodged later this month.

Four fundamental APAC nutrition and food trends shaping 2017…and our Food Vision Asia summit

Diabetes, the double burden of malnutrition, personalised nutrition and sustainability: these are four of the most pressing APAC food and nutrition trends, according to industry experts speaking at our Food...

Regulators pave the way for use of hemp as a food in Australia and New Zealand

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a circular paving the way for the sale of low-THC hemp seed products as a food.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

South East Asia supplement regulations: Indonesian trade boss hopeful of harmonisation progress

Indonesia’s supplements association hopes the harmonisation of regulations across South East Asia will take a significant step forward this year, providing a much-needed boost to exports and consumer awareness.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

Probiotics/prebiotics: Large-scale trials needed to asses Crohn’s disease potential

Large trials are desperately needed to understand if supplements and dietary interventions can play a positive role in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, according to academics in Japan.

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. ...

Citrus compound protects against effects of high-fat diet, study from Korea and Japan reports

Long-term supplementation with low-dose nobiletin can protect against high-fat diet induced inflammation, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia and liver disease, despite not contributing to weight loss, a study by Korean and Japanese...

Time running out for Australian supplement firms to respond to raft of regulatory changes

Complementary medicine firms in Australia have just one week more to respond to a raft of proposed regulatory changes being considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

‘No valid conclusions’: Omega-3 trade body fires back over prenatal DHA supplementation findings

A randomised trial follow-up found little benefit of prenatal DHA supplementation on the IQ of children at age seven, academics in Australia have reported.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050 – that’ll be one-sixth of the population – this month’s Nutrition Asia video assesses what is...

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