Mimicking mother’s milk: Morinaga Milk Industry to focus NPD on probiotic applications in infant formula
Japanese dairy giant Morinaga Milk Industry has plans to centre its NPD in the upcoming year around the incorporation of its proprietary probiotic strain into infant formula, to aid with gut health and immune protection.
Morinaga’s Bifidobacterium longumBB536 strain was first isolated from the gut of a healthy breastfed infant in 1969 and commercialised in 1977.
BB536 is a clinically proven multifunctional probiotic strain and is based on more than 180 scientific studies done over the years.
Super antioxidant for skin health: Singaporean start-up launches beauty food with SOD-rich lemons
Singaporean start-up Innoso has developed a superoxide dismutase (SOD)-rich beauty food aimed at producing anti-ageing, skin whitening and brightening effects.
SOD is categorised as a primary antioxidant which produces superior antioxidant effect as compared to secondary antioxidants such as vitamin C and CoQ10.
Selling under the brand name Lumina, the firm spent one year fine-tuning the formula consisting of emerald lemon extract – the source of SOD, golden yeast, and beta-glucan, Nutraingredients-Asia learnt from senior product manager Cecilia Ng.
WATCH: Maternal and infant health – what can probiotics offer?
Asia-Pacific is driving the growth of the global probiotics market, and two of the most in-demand areas are for infant and maternal health.
That is why we are focusing on these two topics for our latest Nutrition Asia video.
In this video, we speak to two companies - Swedish probiotics firm BioGaia and Chinese dairy firm Ausnutria, both of which have conducted extensive clinical studies and manufactured probiotics for maternal and infant health.
WATCH – Why personalisation, not purely new products, is the future for nutrition in China
Providing a set of customised nutrition solutions will be key for dietary supplement firms to staying ahead of market competition in the years to come, according to Chinese firm Seven Twenty-Four Science and Technology.
The Shanghai-based health and nutrition platform had recently launched a line of meal replacement powders as part of its personalised weight management solutions at the HI / FI China exhibition.
The nutrition solution starts with a genetic test, followed by a set of questionnaires to understand the users’ lifestyle habits before prescribing the meal replacement powder and a set of diet plans.
Success via sleep: Thai brand Healthful Co sees beverage sales soar after Korea recognition
Thai manufacturer Healthful Co has seen domestic sales spike for its functional drink, which claims to aid sleep, after gaining recognition in the South Korean market.
The company saw a 35% month-on-month growth for Nice Dream – a functional beverage to improve sleep quality and insomnia – in the domestic market after it was awarded number one in Korea Satisfaction Consumer Index.
The firm first introduced the relaxation drink in Thailand two years ago and went into the South Korean market via e-commerce in Q3 last year – bringing in sales of KRW$2m (US$1,693) in only 10 minutes after its launch on local e-commerce site Wadiz.