COVID-19 and APAC's nutra industry: All our coronavirus one place

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COVID-19 and APAC's nutra industry: All our coronavirus one place

Related tags: COVID-19, coronavirus, Nutrition

Here's your constantly updated snapshot of NutraIngredients-Asia's comprehensive COVID-19 coverage.

COVID-19 daigou downturn: 70% staff reduction, stores closure, and salary cuts at AuMake


The company has seven AuMake stores and another eight Broadway stores along Australia’s East Coast.

Hot right now: COVID-19 stories most read on our social media


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.

COVID-19 and nutra research: Where does the industry need to focus its scientific endeavours?


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 COVID-19 lockdown: Dabur, Pure Nutrition, and Akay weigh in on economic impacts


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.

Vitamin C and COVID-19: Philippines health authorities to supply supplements to school children


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.

Stop COVID-19 hoarding: Indonesian police and Philippines government order purchase limits


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.

COVID-19 lockdown: NZ supplement firms allowed operation if supplying to 'essential' businesses


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.

Eating right: COVID-19 pumps up sales for India’s protein bread maker


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 clamps down on 1000+ e-commerce listings for false COVID-19 health claims


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.

Over 30 overseas GMP inspections postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions: TGA


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.

Malaysia’s lockdown: Confusion over whether supplement manufacturing is ‘essential service’


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

Immunity innovation: Gencor to study PEA’s immune boosting effects via human trial


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.

COVID-19 brings strong China online sales for ANZ’s Comvita and AuMake


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.

COVID-19: China retailers and suppliers report surge in demand for Vitamin C supplements


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).

COVID-19: China, Vietnam, Australia and Singapore caution against fraudulent health claims


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...

Strong growth in China but COVID-19 brings uncertainty to demand and supply chain: a2 Milk


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.

Coronavirus in Singapore: Vitamin demand jumps five-fold in two weeks for supermarket 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.

China’s direct marketing crackdown hits NuSkin hard; COVID-19 will add insult to injury


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.

China focus: Direct-selling, H&H’s kids nutrition, coronavirus, and GNC in spotlight


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.

Coronavirus crisis: Demand for immunity supplements surge amid China outbreak


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.

Coronavirus impact: Nutrition retailers hit by drastic cut in China tourist numbers


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.

China coronavirus: H&H, Yili, Nestlé donate to support fight against epidemic


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.

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