Nestlé to reveal how to meet the needs of China's rapidly ageing population at Healthy Ageing APAC Summit

By Gary Scattergood contact

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The event will assess how industry can meet the needs of Asia's ageing population. ©iStock
The event will assess how industry can meet the needs of Asia's ageing population. ©iStock
Nestlé will assess how the food and nutrition industry can best meet the needs of China's rapidly ageing population at our Healthy Ageing APAC Summit in Singapore in June.

Yu Kai from the company's research centre in Beijing will deliver a presentation entitled China's nutritional challenge: How to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population​.

According to the UN, China is ageing more rapidly than almost any other country in recent history, and malnutrition and sub-optimal diet are the leading risk factors for ill health across the nation.

In this presentation, he will discuss the role that can be played by research and product development in major multinational firms such as Nestlé to create credible solutions. The presentation will cover:

- why a recent nutrition landscape study on China's unmet nutritional needs and the prevalence of malnutrition among the ageing population provides important knowledge to guide the development of new strategies

- how an evolving model for nutrition challenges should be developed, including efforts from both public and private sectors, to produce creative and holistic solutions to support healthy dietary habits and lifestyles

- how Nestlé will seek to be part of the solution for supporting the healthy ageing of Chinese consumers, through scientific research and nutritional product solutions

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The Asia-Pacific region is currently home to about 60% of the world's population of older people, defined as those aged 60 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.

The summit, to be held in Singapore on 12 and 13 June, will assess the opportunities these dramatic demographic shifts can offer the industry in terms of creating innovative and nutritious products for both the older consumers of today and tomorrow.

Other confirmed speakers include the head of the Blackmores Insititute, Dr Lesley Braun, Swisse's head of government relations Justin Howden, and Naomi Suzuki from Japanese Engay food pioneers Nutri. 

Gary Scattergood, editor-in-chief of NutraIngredients-Asia​ and FoodNavigator-Asia​, said: "Asia-Pacific's ageing population and longer overall life expectancy 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."

The event will take place at the Hilton Singapore, and will be accompanied by a host of networking opportunities, including round-table lunches and an evening cocktail reception.

To find out more about the event, visit https://www.healthyageingsummit-asiapacific.com/​.

To register, go to https://www.healthyageingsummit-asiapacific.com/register/​.

To learn more about the comprehensive commercial and sponsorship opportunities at the event, please contact junia.tan@wrbm.com​.

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