COVID-19 protease inhibitor search: Chinese researchers to screen one million functional foods ligands
A group of Chinese researchers are screening one million functional foods ligands (or molecules) in their search for the ones that could potentially inhibit the main protease of COVID-19.
Flavettes, immunity, beauty and energy: Malaysia Duopharma’s Consumer Healthcare CEO unveils growth strategies
Duopharma, the Malaysia pharma company behind the vitamin brand Flavettes, has outlined its strategies in growing the consumer healthcare business - including expanding the flagship brand across South East Asia and developing new immunity and energy products.
Moving fast and quick is crucial to tap on the “tremendous opportunities” that the South East Asia (SEA) market presents, according to Bayer’s ASEAN head who also spoke about the firm’s recent partnership with an airline and its promotional Tiktok dance.
MGC Pharma is registering a botanical and vitamin supplement that is currently being trialled on COVID-19 patients for sale in Slovenia, while the long-term goal is to launch it as a pharmaceutical product.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led a number of ASEAN countries in “fully recognising the importance of health supplements” in optimising or maintaining the public health, according to a regional trade association.
Half-year report: ASEAN is China’s biggest dietary supplements export destination, with good growth in Middle East
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was China’s biggest export destination for dietary supplement ingredients and products in the first half of this year, while the Middle East is likely to offer further growth potential, says a report by China’s industry body.
Malaysia’s edible bird’s nest cooperative EBN Kowalit has reported a rebound in sales with Chinese consumers identifying the beauty food with immune health benefits.
Korean botanical boost: Agencies join forces to promotes use of homegrown ingredients for functional foods
South Korea is promoting the cultivation and use of homegrown botanicals – including liquorice, radish and astragalus – to create new functional foods, with officials believing COVID-19 will increase demand for these products.
There is a revival in consumers’ trust of ayurvedic herbs, as well as a spike in the sales of apple cider vinegar in India, as interest in products with purported immunity benefits gather pace amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agility amid COVID-19: Firms in Philippines adopt e-commerce, consider shifting manufacturing facilities
Some dietary supplement brands have adopted e-commerce or are planning to shift their manufacturing facilities in response to COVID-19, said the Philippines’ dietary supplement association.
E-commerce struggle: Brands with strong pharmacy presence reluctant to make digital shift in Malaysia
Dietary supplement brands which sell through pharmacies are reluctant or finding it difficult to establish their own e-commerce operations, despite the importance of a digital presence in the COVID-19 era, according to the country’s health supplement association.
Piling on the pounds during pandemic: Weight loss driving sales of meal replacements amid India's lockdown
More Indian consumers are turning to meal replacement powder to shed unwanted pounds that piled on after gyms were closed and outdoor movement restricted in the midst of COVID-19, according to a local brand.
Infant nutrition brand Nuchev says that COVID-19 has increased China consumers’ reliance on online and social commerce for Australian goods and further slowed down daigou sales.
COVID-19 e-commerce effect: Revenue from online supplement sales up 46.83% for China giant BY-HEALTH
E-commerce business has been brisk for BY-HEALTH in the first half of 2020, with revenue from the channel up 46.83% compared to the same period last year.
India is leading the APAC market with the highest number of new food, drinks and supplements that bear immune system-boosting claims launched in the last five months. Australia and Indonesia ranked second and third.
There has been several new immune health products and ingredients entering the market or are undergoing clinical trials since the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. The following gallery shows the new products that have been launched and the list will be updated accordingly.
Singapore-based personalised nutrition firm Imagene Labs has forayed into the immune health space with a number of new launches, including a ginseng vitamin blend plus a DNA test which looks at one's genetic tendencies for nutritional deficiencies.
Anagenix has seen a higher uptake of its lung health boysenberry ingredient BerriQi, which is now also available in powder form, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Probiotics and COVID-19: Hong Kong researchers trialling formula in COVID-19 patients, high-risk and general population
Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are conducting three clinical studies to assess the effects of a probiotic formula on COVID-19 patients, people at higher-risk of contracting the virus, and the general population.
India’s nutraceutical ingredient suppliers have reported a higher demand for native ayurvedic herbs, such as turmeric and andrographis, especially from the US and Europe, partly due to COVID-19.
Grocery store sales have helped support the strong growth of natural health products sales in New Zealand, as footfall to pharmacies declined during the nation’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Nearly four in 10 consumers in China consumed supplements and TCM when the country was under the COVID-19 lockdown in March.
Singapore COVID-19 study: Vitamin B12, D and magnesium supplementation reduces severity in older patients
A cohort study in Singapore has found that the combination of vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin B12 (DMB) could reduce the rate of progression in older patients with Covid-19.
India’s raw turmeric price this year is about 10% lower than last year partly because COVID-19 lockdowns and market closures have led to a surplus, said a major merchant association in India.
Amway India’s CEO Anshu Budhraja says the firm is hopeful of achieving 80% to 90% of its pre-lockdown business by next month, as the country’s economy seeks to bounce back from COVID-19 pandemic.
Health authorities and researchers in India and Philippines are testing the efficacy of ayurvedic formulations and melatonin as adjunctives to COVID-19 treatment.
Vitamin D was Japan brand FANCL’s best-selling supplement in April 2020, with sales growing 218% compared to the corresponding period last year.
More bioavailable zinc: India’s national research institute product to be trialled on COVID-19 patients
India’s national research institute, the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), will conduct a clinical trial on a zinc supplement that it claims has a higher bioavailability to support recovery in COVID-19 patients.
Convenience and simplicity: Sales boost for Singapore supplement subscription service amid Covid-19
A Singapore-based online customised supplement firm says the COVID-19 pandemic has helped consumers overcome scepticism to subscription services in the nutra space, after recording 60% year-on-year boost in sales over the last 30 days.
FoodNavigator Unlocking Innovation Series: New webinar series to focus on post-Covid-19 insights and opportunities
FoodNavigator-Asia will be hosting five webinars as part of a groundbreaking new global series of online events brought to you by the FoodNavigator teams in the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
More companies in APAC are seeking to increase the amount of micronutrient fortification in their food and beverages products on the back of COVID-19, says DSM.
Plant extract companies in China are seeing more demand for immune-related raw materials, but most are adopting a cautious stance when it comes to capacity building due to trade uncertainties brought on by COVID-19.
COVID-19: TCM Lianhua Qingwen speeds up recovery but no effect in preventing conversion to severe cases – two-week RCT
A two-week clinical trial led by renowned Chinese virologist Zhong Nanshan has shown that consuming the botanical TCM product Lianhua Qingwen (LH) capsules and undergoing the standard therapy can speed up recovery in COVID-19 patients.
Ayurvedic supplement and FMCG giant Dabur India is conducting a three-month clinical trial to test if its chyawanprash formula could help prevent healthy individuals from contracting COVID-19.
New in immunity: Renovatio touts benefits of apple phenolics, quercetin, and sunflower extract combo
Australia’s Renovatio Bioscience has developed a new product that claims to strengthen the immune system using a combination of activated phenolics, quercetin, and sunflower extract.
An Indian research institute has developed a range of high protein and fibre foods, including cookies, bread, and rusks specially for COVID-19 patients.
Indonesia’s gummy supplement start-up, YOU, said sales of its adults’ and kids’ multivitamins have nearly tripled amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as more recognise vitamins as a means of preventive healthcare.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a greater willingness to try out traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in regions outside of China, some of the sector’s major players have told us.
300% growth: Toplife and Springleaf introduce new vitamin C products as COVID-19 immunity boost continues
Australian-based Homart Pharmaceuticals is launching three vitamin C products under the Toplife and Springleaf brands to tap on rising demand for immune-related products during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NutraIngredients Immunity Online Series: Check out the speakers at first APAC event focusing on clinical research
Last week we revealed that the NutraIngredients’ teams worldwide were to host the first ever co-ordinated series of webinars looking at immunity, and now we can reveal the stellar line-up for the first APAC event which will focus on clinical research.
Australian-listed Jatenergy has revealed record-breaking sales as demand for its lactoferrin dairy products surged in China.
Australia’s e-commerce platform BuyNatural is working with local olive leaf specialist Wellgrove Health on a range of immunity-boosting supplements for the domestic and China markets to meet increased demand.
The Q1 financial reports of China’s nutraceutical and TCM firms have shown mixed results due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with TCM firm Yiling Pharma reaping more than 50% growth in profits, while that of BY-HEALTH had shrunk due to disruptions in retail and logistics.
Health authorities should reassess the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of key micronutrients such as vitamin C and D to support the immune system, said a group of researchers.
Trials tribulations due to COVID-19: Movement restrictions and focus on pandemic hit clinical studies
Companies and research institutes are having to put on hold or postpone their non-COVID-19 clinical trials due to movement control orders and public health resources prioritising the fight against COVID-19.
NutraIngredients’ teams worldwide are to host the first ever co-ordinated series of webinars looking at immunity, with a focus on the microbiome, active nutrition, clinical research and botanicals.
Cenovis, a vitamin brand under Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, has revealed vitamins B, C, and E as its bestsellers in China.
In this round-up, we shine the spotlight on China's new cross-border e-commerce pilot zones and its implications for the supplement industry, India's task force to stem unsupported product claims against COVID-19, and more.
Singapore dietary supplement firm Avida Health will be launching a chocolate ball functional food targeted at improving kids’ immunity amid the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Supplement firms need to re-evaluate their attitude towards risk to tap into rising demand, and offset some of the challenges, provided by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thailand and Laos are following China’s footstep in embracing a TCM formula in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Zealand-based Vitality Wellness has expediated the launch of its immune health supplement made from blackcurrants to meet health demands arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Philippines consumers and pharmacies have been hoarding vitamins, with sales of such items skyrocketing by 10 times since Luzon – the country’s most populous island and where the capital Manila sits went into a lockdown – a local industry body has said.
The Chinese government has officially recognised three TCM formulas as part of itsstandard therapy for COVID-19.
In this round-up, we look at the latest human clinical trials related to COVID-19, Gencor's findings on fenugreek and body strength and more.
Stabilising trade amid COVID-19: Supplements competition to intensify in China with 46 new CBEC zones
China’s addition of 46 cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) pilot zones will lead to the further influx of imported dietary supplements, with the healthy competition between local and imported goods helping to raise the bar for China’s domestic industry, according to a leading industry body.
A curcumin and artemisinin-based oral spray has been proposed as a treatment for COVID-19 patients and a clinical trial will be conducted, ASX-listed phytocannabinoid firm MGC Pharmaceuticals has revealed.
Japanese firms such as Nippn, Kirin, Morinaga Milk Industry, Kewpie, Yakult, Eminet, and FANCL have been sharing their experiences of operating in Japan despite the state of emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can honey, omega-3, resistant potato starch help fight COVID-19? Researchers to examine via clinical trials
Researchers from Asia, the Middle East, and the West are now trialling omega-3, honey, and even potato resistant starch, on top of vitamins and zinc, as they race to find products that could contribute to the fight against COVID-19 and its symptoms.
In this round-up, we look at how Yakult’s sales in China have dipped due to the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as Morinaga milk’s plans to enter new infant formula markets, such as Pakistan.
Australia-based The Lupin Co has seen a five to six times increase in demand for products such as its prebiotic-rich lupin flakes, flours, protein bars and cereals over the past 12 weeks.
COVID-19 in India: AYUSH Ministry seeks scientific validation of traditional medicines after initial backlash
India’s Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) is aiming to put a stop to false claims for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 by setting up a task force to evaluate products and practices.
Yakult has reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused its business in China to experience a drop in sales in the first two months of the year.
Indonesia’s traditional herbal and pharma giant Sido Muncul's market expansion plans will continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the firm revealing that its factory production is running at full force.
Nutrition businesses such as Fonterra and Danone are devoting resources into making hygiene products, such as ethanol and face masks, to help meet the exceptionally high demand in light of COVID-19 spread.
Meluka Australia, the subsidiary of ASX listed Eve Investment, has launched a new product – a Meluka honey and probiotic tonic – said to be the first-of-its-kind in the domestic market.
Several Indian nutra firms and organisations – including trade body ENAC – have thrown their weight behind a new wellness initiative for students backed by Bollywood icon Suniel Shetty.
Depleting stocks, longer delivery time: Companies on meeting vitamin C supply amid COVID-19 disruption
The huge demand for vitamin C has sent stocks running low for retailers and the situation is further complicated by longer delivery times and more expensive freight costs.
TCM and COVID-19: China conducting trials to test efficacy and safety of traditional herbal interventions
China is conducting clinical trials to assess the effectiveness and safety of combining traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and conventional Western antiviral medicine in the treatment of patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Unproven COVID-19 health claims: China’s crackdown on ads for oral sprays, probiotics and anti-hangover tea
The Chinese authorities have named and shamed a string of fake advertisement, mostly surrounding unproven COVID-19 health claims.
Herbalife China has been using WeChat and live broadcasting to engage its customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Transform to survive: MLM firms LifeVantage, Herbalife, Amway reveal strategies for success amid COVID-19 disruptions
The COVID-19 outbreak is calling for MLM businesses, which traditionally rely heavily on face-to-face interaction, to transform its business by adopting new sales channels as social interaction needs to be kept to a minimum.
China’s import and exports of health foods for this year will remain the same as last year or even see a slight growth despite trade disruptions caused by COVID-19, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products (CCCMPHIE) has forecasted.
The company has seven AuMake stores and another eight Broadway stores along Australia’s East Coast.
Industry and scientific developments related to COVID-19 were our top-most read stories on the social media over the past month. Some of them include Filippino scientists’ research on antiviral properties of virgin coconut oil and the surge in vitamin C sales.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a spike in demand for immunity-boosting products, but what scope is there for new and credible research to examine if nutra products have a role to play in helping tackle the crisis?
India’s three-week lockdown has affected the nutrition and health businesses on multiple fronts, most directly on the production, supply chain, and e-commerce delivery, companies including FMCG giant and ayurvedic medicine specialist Dabur has told us.
The Philippines health department in the Central Visayas region is buying vitamin C supplements for school children in a bid to boost their immunity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s COVID-19 lockdown: Coca-Cola, Nestle and more MNCs call for F&B manufacturing to be made ‘essential service’
In the wake of India’s nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, Coca-Cola India, Nestle India and various other big MNCs in the country have called for F&B manufacturing to be made an ‘essential service’ in order to keep shelves stocked and avoid further panic.
The Indonesian National Police and Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have both issued orders to limit the purchases of noodles, rice and other staple food items nationwide in hopes of curbing the hoarding and panic-buying induced by the COVID-19 outbreak.
H&H CEO interview: Baby nutrition boom, Swisse’s expansion surge and COVID-19 contingency planning revealed
The CEO of Health and Happiness (H&H) Group has revealed how its baby nutrition products are booming in China and further afield, underlined Swisse’s ambitious international expansion plans, but acknowledged there were some supply chain risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Zealand supplement firms will be allowed to continue operations so long as they supply to 'essential' businesses, such as pharmacies and supermarkets.
Regulatory round-up: S'pore COVID-19 health claims clampdown, South Korea's new rules for functional ingredients and more
In this round-up, we shine the spotlight on Singapore's clampdown on products that claim to have COVID-19 health claims, South Korea's new rules for functional ingredients use, and how the Indian state of Odisha is the first to exercise nutrition budgeting within the country.
An Indian start-up specialising in making protein bread and cookies saw online sales go up by 15% in mid March, with the firm believing consumers are increasingly making more healthy food choices as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Singapore’s national regulator for health products, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), has removed a significant number of product listings claiming to prevent or treat COVID-19 from local e-commerce platforms.
Travel restriction put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 has led to more than 30 overseas GMP inspections postponed, Australian regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has revealed.
COVID-19 and industry shutdown: ANZ supplement firms seek clarification on ‘essential services’ status
The dietary supplement industry bodies in both Australia and New Zealand are seeking clarification that the sector is classed as an ‘essential service’, with both countries imposing movement restriction to curb the spread of COVID-19.
There is widespread confusion among Malaysia’s dietary supplement industry as to whether it is considered an essential service and production can continue under the country’s coronavirus lockdown
Gencor Pacific is embarking on a human trial in Australia to validate the immunity boosting ability of Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) against the backdrop of the rising demand for immunity supplements amid the worldwide spread of COVID-19.
China Focus: COVID-19 and vitamin C sales boost, Sirio Pharma's 'blue-hat' probiotics, and Danone's traceable infant formula
This round-up focuses on the vitamin C sales surge in China due to COVID-19, the addition of three 'blue-hat' probiotics formulation to Sirio Pharma and more.
COVID-19: Opportunities for health supplement firms to communicate immune-boosting role of micronutrients
A panel of science researchers has put up a list of key findings on the role of micronutrients in supporting the immune system, which firms can tap on to educate the consumers in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Export challenge: China’s botanical firms in supply chain battle as global orders rebound for immunity ingredients
The COVID-19 epidemic has led to a rebound in demand for plant extracts with immune-boosting effects, but a China industry expert has warned there are difficulties in exporting the goods due to logistic supply chain problems.
Australia and New Zealand health foods companies are seeing strong online sales of immune boosting supplements from the China market
PODCAST: The power of Vitamin C - Dr Anitra Carr on intriguing findings and striking the work-family balance
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a new wave of interest in vitamin C and other immunity-boosting ingredients. In our latest NutraChampion podcast we speak to leading specialist Assoc Prof Anitra Carr to separate the fact from fiction.
Coconut and COVID-19: Philippines studying antiviral properties of coconut oil as potential treatment
The Philippines is looking to study virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has since infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800 worldwide.
Chinese e-commerce giant, JD has reported that sales of vitamin C dietary supplements on its platform were up five-fold, after the announcement of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Authorities from a raft of countries have stepped out to caution against the advertising of health supplements that claim to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus.
Trend tracker: Infant formula traceability, COVID-19's vitamin frenzy, and functional foods in India
In this round up of industry trends, we look at how Danone has incorporated its infant formula products with a dual-QR code for traceability purpose, how COVID-19 spread has led to a spike in demand for vitamins in Singapore, as well as the trends and...
The a2 Milk Company said revenue from China was “above expectations” in Jan and Feb, but the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak had brought uncertainty to consumer demand and supply chain.
The coronavirus COVID-19 has sparked a sudden spike in demand for vitamin C and multivitamins in Singapore, according to a major retailer in the city state.
Double threat: Negative outlook for food retail scene as Hong Kong battles coronavirus and protests
Hong Kong’s sales of food retail outlets have dropped 3% to HK$42.8 billion (US$5.5bn) in 2019, compared to HK$44.3 billion (US%5.7bn) in 2018.
Provo, UT-based MLM NuSkin saw year-over-year revenues fall by 10% as a result of the continued regulatory pressure in China. The COVID-19 disease outbreak is expected to depress results even further in the coming year.
This round up provides a glimpse on how direct-selling firms in China are adopting new retail models, how H&H plans to expand its kids nutrition portfolio, the impact of the Covid-19 on businesses, and GNC’s blue-hat products.
‘Completely unsatisfactory results’: Blackmores boss cites unexpected costs and coronavirus for poor performance
Rising costs, unexpected operational challenges and the coronavirus impact has led to Blackmores halving its profits forecast and scrapping its dividend.
Coronavirus problems: Nutrition businesses in China seek return to normality as extended holiday ends
Supplement manufacturers and suppliers in China sought return to normalcy as they resume operations as the extended Chinese New Year holiday – lengthened by the novel coronavirus outbreak – comes to an end.
‘Totally catastrophic’: China’s coronavirus crisis sees global F&B authorities react with varying degrees of caution
The recent coronavirus outbreak originating from animals in China has seen food and beverage authorities and industries worldwide taking steps to prevent spreading or ‘importing’ the virus into their countries – some more aggressively than others.
A number of Chinese health food firms have seen an increase in demand for products related to immunity boosting and respiratory health amid the Wuhan virus outbreak.
Ayurvedic protection? India’s AYUSH ministry draws flak for advocating alternative medicine against Coronavirus
India’s Ministry of AYUSH has attracted criticism from medical experts for suggesting alternative medicines, such as Ayurveda, homoeopathy, and unani practices, could act as immunity booster against the deadly novel coronavirus.
The ongoing China Coronavirus outbreak has affected a number of nutrition retailers which rely on Chinese tourists as a key revenue stream, with some putting on hold new plans and adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach.
Several health and nutrition firms are showing their support for China’s fight against the deadly novel coronavirus in the form of cash, protective outfits, and nutrition products.