The Healthy Ageing APAC Summit, to be held in Singapore on 12 and 13 June, will assess the opportunities these dramatic demographic shifts can offer the industry, both in terms of creating innovative and nutritious products for the older consumers of today, and for those of tomorrow.
The Asia-Pacific region is currently home to about 60% of the world's population of older people, defined as those aged 60 years and above. The number of older people in the region is expected to more than double from 547 million to nearly 1.3 billion by 2050.
Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief of NutraIngredients-Asia and FoodNavigator-Asia, said: "This means the demand for nutrition and food products suitable for the elderly population will soar, while younger people are increasingly aware that the nutrition and health choices they make today will affect their quality of life in older age.
"Therefore, this event will bring together businesses, policymakers and academics to evaluate the role the nutrition and food industry can play to meet these needs across the generations."
Major manufacturer speakers
Top-level speakers from major manufacturers Nestlé, Blackmores, Swisse and Nutri Co have already been confirmed for the event, alongside academic experts from Singapore's Clinical Nutrition Research Centre and the Japan Anti-Ageing Society.
The event will take place at the Hilton Singapore, and will be accompanied by a host of networking opportunities, including roundtable lunches and an evening cocktail reception.
People interested in attending can register here, ahead of delegate sales which will commence mid-February.
Scattergood added: "Over the past 18 months, there has been a noticeable increase in product innovation and research around ingredients and products across that can improve the general health and well-being of the region's population, so it can enjoy a healthier older age.
"This includes everything, from the reformulation of popular products with reduced sugar and salt content, to new functional food creations, and the next generation of supplement solutions.
"The Healthy Ageing APAC summit will bring together the latest wave of innovation, and pinpoint what more can be done to tap into the ever-increasing interest in health and wellness among consumers and governments across the region."
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