Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has provided clearer guidelines on the classification of health supplements and quasi-medicines – two product categories which could similarly contain vitamins and minerals, but differ in the number of active...
Here we focus on the latest developments in South East Asia’s health and nutrition market, including Flavettes’ beauty-from-within new product development pipelines, Xndo’s new sugar-free weight management powder and more.
Policy chiefs in the Philippines have circulated guidelines for food firms to eliminate the use of Trans-Fatty Acids (TFA) in pre-packaged processed foods by next year, including prohibiting the use of on-pack claims such as ‘TFA-free’.
Flavettes, a brand by Malaysia-headquartered Duopharma Biotech, is moving a step further into the health and beauty segment by incorporating well-known beauty ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and collagen peptide into effervescent tablets.
Major brands such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, F&N and Unilever are joining forces to drive the sustainability agenda in Malaysia, via a new alliance that will tackle plastic food and beverage packaging concerns.
Nearly two in three pregnant women in Vietnam have consumed special milk formulas as they believe that doing so would benefit their unborn children, according to a new study, which questioned ‘aggressive marketing tactics’.
Vietnamese consumers preferred vitamins and minerals supplements (VMS) rather than traditional Vietnamese herbal products, when asked what they would use to aid COVID-19 prevention or treatment, a new survey has found.
Thailand health and nutrition company Amado Group has launched what is said to be the country’s first hemp seed oil capsule product since the Thai FDA had relaxed the use of hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) earlier this year.
Retail pharmacy chain Watson’s has conducted a beta-testing of an online probiotics database among in-house pharmacists in Singapore, which it hopes will boost awareness among healthcare professionals.
Bayer, which owns vitamin brands Redoxon, Berocca, and CDR, has reported “high double digit” online growth in a number of Southeast Asian markets, spurring it to reinforce its digital first strategy in the region.
Holista Colltech has launched a water-soluble vitamin D drop product in Malaysia and plans to launch it in the US soon. The product is said to be more than five times bioavailable than fat-soluble vitamin D.
A trial funded by Nestle has found that infant formula enriched with milk-derived oligosaccharides (MOS), a prebiotic, has helped to improve gut microbiota in babies, such as increasing the abundance of Bifidobacterium.
The Malaysian palm oil industry has highlighted artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite imaging as crucial technologies to be integrated into the sector to aid sustainability and secure the industry’s future.
Malaysia headquartered biotech company Holista Colltech has outlined the new product development plans for the country’s bestselling probiotic brand Lacto-5, including a new product for immune health and the plan to combine probiotics with other functional...
Malaysian multigrain drink specialist firm Happy Grains is looking to become the nation’s top breakfast drink as it seeks to rival the big three of tea, coffee and malted chocolate with healthier alternatives.
Newly established Australian firm Openway Food, which owns health food brands such as Red Tractor and Raise the Bar, is aiming for further distribution in Asia after gaining traction in China and the US.
Food and beverage brands with plans to expand or export into South East Asia should not be deterred by the region's current COVID-19 woes, as the rewards to be reaped for persistence will be worth the wait, according to experts.
Kirin Holdings and the University of Malaya will work together on a joint research programme to verify the effects of a lactic acid bacteria in other tropical infectious diseases following their latest human clinical study on dengue.
Malaysian bakery company Fresco Grano has observed a rise in demand for gluten-free products among consumers who want to cut down on carbs, as well as those with special dietary needs such as gluten intolerance.
Breastmilk substitute (BMS) companies in Vietnam have been accused of circumventing the restrictions of infant formula marketing by using products for pregnant and lactating women as an “entry point” to influence the purchase of infant formulas, according...