Hot right now: Blackmores, AstaReal and personalised nutrition among our top trending social stories

By Gary Scattergood

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Paul Mannion is the new president of CMA.
Paul Mannion is the new president of CMA.
The appointment of a senior Blackmores exec to the chairmanship of the CMA, a raft of innovation releases from AstaReal, and a Singapore firm's personalised nutrition deal with a Premier League football club are among our most popular stories on social media this month.

Blackmores exec named new president for CMA…plus all the winners from its industry awards

Blackmores Director of Product Innovation Paul Mannion has been elected president of the board at trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA).

Past President, Dusko Pejnovic, CEO of Lipa Pharmaceuticals, has been appointed to the role of Vice President.

Carl Gibson, CEO of CMA said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul into his role as President of CMA. Paul’s knowledge of the industry is invaluable, as is his vision for the development of the complementary medicines sector and his deep understanding of the intersection between modern science and traditional medicine.”


Innovation and collaboration: AstaReal's functional beverage prototypes impress at Vitafoods Asia

AstaReal has unveiled two functional beverage prototypes​ — one to aid stress management and the other to boost muscle health in seniors — and picked up a Vitafoods Asia award in the process.

The firm's 'Sooth Me' drink, for stress management, was awarded the Best Functional Beverage prize at the recent Vitafoods Asia show in Singapore.

Meanwhile, its 'Move Me' innovation is designed to boost muscle mass, strength and endurance in seniors.


Premier League appeal: Singapore e-commerce and nutrition outfit scores deal with Burnley FC

Singapore-based e-commerce portal Fitlion has become the official nutrition partner of English Premier League club Burnley FC,​ in a deal that will focus heavily on a personalised approach for each player.

Apart from supplying Burnley players with sports nutrition and health supplements, Fitlion will also provide personalised nutrition services as added health and fitness support for them.

Even as the team is still in the midst of compiling a list of products they would like from the company's existing inventory, the latter has already drawn up a personalised nutrition system with its house brand, BioG.


Introducing the NutraIngredients Omega-3 Summit: GOED-backed event to take place in Singapore

NutraIngredients, backed by trade association Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED), is to hold its inaugural Omega-3 summit in February 2019 in Singapore, with a host of top speakers already on board.

The event comes after William Reed, the publishers of NutraIngredients, and GOED announced a collaboration to expand the number of global touchpoints for the omega-3 community earlier this year​.

Under the terms of the agreement, William Reed will become the “Headline Media Sponsor” for the biennial Omega-3 industry event, the GOED Exchange​.

And in a similar deal to its successful partnership with the International Probiotics Association on the global Probiota​ series, William Reed will stage a NutraIngredients Omega-3 Summit, in association with GOED, during the off-years between GOED Exchanges in one of its global regions.

We can now confirm the first of which will take place in Singapore from February 20 to 22.


Will India's mandatory oil fortification scheme leave producers over a barrel?

The FSSAI's continuous push for mandatory fortification of staple foods has been criticised by several edible oil firms,​ which claim it may be too difficult to implement in their specific industry.

The main contention surrounds potential costs, as well as the practicality of mandatory edible oil fortification.

While it is not mandatory yet, direct pressure from the FSSAI, and indirect pressure market leaders who have begun fortifying their edible oil products have led some firms to express their concerns.


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