Only 29.2% of infants aged six months and below are exclusively breastfed in China, with the heavy marketing of infant formula found to be a key factor, a study conducted by the China Development Research Foundation has found.
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia has levelled serious accusations against infant nutrition firms in 11 APAC countries, claiming unethical marketing practices are rampant in the region.
The Infant Nutrition Council in New Zealand has applied to the NZ Commerce Commission for an extension of the restriction on infant formula advertising, to prevent marketing to parents of children under a year old.
A new case study analysis of advertisements on YouTube videos that are targeted at children in Malaysia has revealed that food and beverage ads appeared the most frequently, with more than half of them promoting non-core or unhealthy foods.
A division of China's state-run investment fund is believed to be among the front runners to snap up Australian vitamin maker Nature's Care, as it embarks on its second sale attempt with a price tag of around $1bn.
A Singapore-based personalised nutrition and cosmetics firm is reporting healthy revenue and customer growth as it expands across the region and prepares to launch its first finished product in Australia.
The ever-growing importance of e-commerce sales for supplements in APAC was underlined in our first state of the industry survey, with almost 70% of respondents believing the channel will ultimately become as important as brick-and-mortar retail.