Japan focus: Supplement consumption data, Meiji’s latest FFC launch and more

By Tingmin Koe

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The flag of Japan. © Getty Images

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In this round-up of the latest developments in Japan, we will shine the spotlight on supplement consumption data among healthcare workers, Meiji’s latest Food with Function Claims (FFC) launch, and more.
Leading probiotics pioneer to unwrap innovation opportunities across microbiome nutrition – Growth Asia Summit

Our upcoming Growth Asia Summit in Singapore will be featuring innovation opportunities on microbiome nutrition, with speakers from Factors Group – the owner of brands such as Natural Factors and Bioclinic Naturals.

The three day event will take place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands venue from 11-13 October​.

It will feature extensive expert insights from a raft of big-name brands, leading academics, policy experts, and the most innovative suppliers, and will focus on the topics of 1) Healthy Ageing, 2) Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Microbiome, and 3) Protein.

Health-conscious: 34.4% Japanese female nurses consume supplements – new data

A total of 34.4 per cent of Japanese female nursing professionals regularly consume supplements, especially those who are older, non-obese or pregnant, new data has shown.

The nurses who took supplements were also already health-conscious, with the prevalence of supplement consumption detected among those who drank black tea, soy milk and probiotic Lactobacillus​ beverages.

The survey was part of the Japan Nurses’ Health Study.

Not just the data: Amway, BYHEALTH, Danone on bringing product traceability to life for consumers​ 

Food and nutrition companies, as well as government agencies, are increasingly invested in product traceability. In this edition of VitamINSIGHTS, we shine the spotlight on supplement and infant formula brands that have made strides in this area, including Amway, Danone, and BYHEALTH.

Amway, for example, launched its Nutrilite Traceability program four years ago, tapping on digital technologies such as web-based augmented reality and livestreaming to “bring product traceability to life” ​for consumers.

Danone, on the other hand, has developed a dual-QR code packaging for its infant formulas sold in countries such as China.

Finalists revealed: See who made the shortlist for the NutraIngredients-Asia Awards 2022

The ingredient companies, finished product brands, start-ups, and research projects that have made the shortlist for the 2022 NutraIngredients-Asia awards have been revealed.

There is a total of 16 award categories and the winners will be announced via an online broadcast on September 6.

‘Congratulations to all those that made the shortlist, and we look forward to announcing the winners on September 6,” ​said NutraIngredients-Asia Editor-in-Chief Gary Scattergood.

Doorstep delivery: Meiji launches latest FFC containing GABA via home-delivery only

Meiji has launched its latest Food with Function Claims (FFC) milk beverage via home-delivery only, amid increased market competition in Japan.

The healthy ageing product, known as Meiji 5-Star Custom, makes five functional claims relating to stress relief, improving memory, supporting blood pressure, suppressing triglyceride levels and rise in blood sugar level.

It is designed for adults who are in their 40s and above.

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