Australian food-as-medicine company MediKane has concluded a crowdfunding campaign which raised more than AU$350,000 (US$258,000), to drive the next stage of the company’s growth, including international expansion plans.
Probiotic lozenges could be used as a functional food for promoting oral health, with a recent four-week human clinical study showing how daily intake of could reduce pathogens, promote good bacteria growth and increase the production of antibodies.
Japan Consumer Affairs Agency (CCA) is warning general food and health food manufacturers against labelling their products as being effective in preventing or treating COVID-19, to avoid consumer misunderstanding and harming public health.
Australian ‘health and wellness’ products including functional foods, supplements and personalised nutrition, along with more sustainable products such as alternative protein, will become a AU$25bn billion market by 2030, according to new data.
Guangzhou-based probiotic yoghurt producer Honest Dairy and light protection technology company Noluma have developed what is claimed to be China’s first functional yogurt product contained in a light-protected packaging.
Kirin is seeking to secure new markets for its functional food brand “iMUSE”, which contains the lactic acid bacteria Lactococcus Plasma, with work also underway to include another strain, Lactobacillus KW.
Almost 50 million people in Asia-Pacific are suffering from sarcopenia, and this figure is expected to rise, creating a huge need for supplements and functional food innovation to help alleviate the problem.
Aussie-Kiwi supplement firm Vitaco is looking to increase its public visibility in Asia and the Middle East, with NPD planned for its four core brands targeting heart health, gut health, musculoskeletal health and immune health.
Read about China's ambitious food safety plans, India's proposal on infant food for special medical purposes, Nestlé Australia and NZ's bid to lower protein content in follow-on formula, and functional health claims in Japan and Korea.
Nutraceutical ingredient supplier DolCas BioTech has started a venture with India-based pharmaceutical and biotech company Tenshi Kaizen. The joint venture will focus exclusively on the research, development, and commercialization of nutraceutical products.
The ASEAN market presents a wealth of opportunity for Australian functional food firms, according to a joint report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and auditor KPMG.
From probiotic coffee to online sales strategies and the latest scientific research, check out our latest round-up of the latest developments concerning the supplement and functional food sectors in China.
In the first of our monthly reviews of the latest supplement and functional food regulatory and policy news, we reveal the most recent developments in China, India and Japan, while also shining the spotlight on decisions from the UK and US.