Brand new: Suntory’s foray into personalised nutrition, Amway’s gut microbiome R&D plans and more

By Tingmin Koe

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Nutra news round-up from Amway, Suntory, and Blackmores

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See the latest developments from nutraceutical brands across Asia-Pacific, including Suntory’s foray into personalised nutrition via its partnership with UK start-up Remedy Health, Amway’s product expansion plans for its pre-, probiotics range and more.
‘Transitional time’: Suntory discusses Japan personalised nutrition plan following investment in UK start-up​  

Suntory has shed light on its plans for its personalised nutrition services and products in Japan following a US$3.06m investment in UK start-up Remedy Health.

Using 3D printing, Remedy Health formulates and manufactures a seven-layer personalised chewable sold under the brand Nourish3d.

Through the investment, Suntory will bring in the localised version of Nourish3d personalised nutrition service and products to the Japanese market.

‘Go-to-market innovation’: Amway delves deep into gut microbiome and digital tech with new Singapore hub

Amway is doubling down its innovation around the gut microbiome at its newly launched Singapore Business Innovation Hub. The firm believes that the hub will serve as a springboard for its growth in the South East Asia region.

One of its priorities is to expand its flagship supplement brand Nutrilite’s product lines, particularly those related to gut health such as prebiotics and probiotics.

Elsewhere in South Korea, the firm is already running studies on the gut microbiome to beef up its capabilities in the area of personalised nutrition.

E-commerce expansion: South Korean supplement firm Yuhan Care sets sights on China, South East Asia

South Korean health supplement firm Yuhan Care, a pioneer in the domestic women’s health sector, is on a mission to expand its presence in China and South East Asia.

Yuhan Care is a part of Yuhan Corp – a firm with roots in the pharmaceutical industry. More recently, it has branched into consumer health with presence in the supplements, food, and cosmetics space.

One of the firm’s specialities is in women’s health, where it owns patented probiotic strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus ​GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri ​RC-14 that claim to benefit the reproductive system.

Diversified approach: Blackmores’ new chair on the lookout for directors to broaden expertise – exclusive interview

Blackmores’ new chair said that she has been on the lookout for new directors who could diversify the board’s skill set and expertise, as the firm looked to achieve ‘sustainable, profitable growth’ and improve shareholder returns.

New chairwoman Wendy Stops said in an interview with NutraIngredients-Asia ​that she planned to appoint one to two more new directors to the board, with the intention of diversifying the boards’ expertise.

“We need to increase the diversity, the commercial and operational aspects and importantly, industry perspective as well. And so, we'll continue to seek out directors with the right experience and strengths to add to the board,” ​said Stops.

Purging plastic pains: Suntory APAC on why alternative materials and recycling efforts needed in unison

Beverage giant Suntory said it believed that a simultaneous focus on the development of alternative packaging materials as well as better recycling infrastructure were essential to deliver on its sustainability ambitions.

Sustainability has emerged as an increasingly important trend within the food and beverage industry in APAC over the last few years, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

However, Suntory said it was determined to make a difference by focusing on not only recycling but also on plastic reduction and alternative development.

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