Innovations in iron, beauty, sports nutrition, Australian firms competing to launch the country’s first over the counter cannabidiol (CBD) oral products, as well as infant formula firms’ responses to US shortage are the key trends covered in this round-up.
Glanbia has identified plant-based innovation and new ready-to-consume formats as key areas for sports nutrition product innovation to capture new consumers across its brands, including Optimum Nutrition, Isopure, and Body&Fit.
Plant-based alternative is not only booming in the food and beverage industry, with APAC dietary supplement companies seeing vast opportunities across the omega-3, and vitamins and minerals categories, as consumer demand soars.
Kirin is aiming a 20 per cent growth in the number of regular consumers buying functional foods and drinks containing its immune health ingredient LC-plasma – and it is seeking to do so by working with brands that can incorporate the ingredient into various...
Kirin said sales of its proprietary functional ingredient Lactococcus lactis strain Plasma and functional foods containing the ingredient has doubled as it detailed plans for its use in both protein bars and powders.
Indian nutraceutical company BodyFirst Wellness Nutrition is on a functional foods innovation spree, having added organic herbal powder sprinklers, beaded probiotic straws, protein and fibre bars, and protein-enriched peanut butter into its product range.
Industry experts have expressed support for Marcus Blackmore’s recent criticism of the brand founded by his father, agreeing with him that the firm has not been showing sufficient industry leadership through product innovation.
Health and wellness brands will need to take on “disruptive” innovations to sustain consumers’ increased uptake of vitamins and supplements as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says Swisse, OLLY, and IsoWhey distributor DKSH.
Functional gummies are not only for kids, with Swisse and Power Gummies developing products for adults and emphasising how a twist in formats can evoke a sense of ‘happiness’ and make consumers look forward to their daily dose of nutraceuticals.
Australia's nutraceutical brand Nature’s Way is on track to expand its adult gummy products in China, believing that the category is now well-established due to a slew of new market entrants in the past year.
Consumers in Asia-Pacific are increasing looking for new formats beyond traditional tablets, soft gels and capsules as they increasingly tap into botanicals and herbals for their immune health benefits.
The ingredient arm of Thai Union Group is exploring further new product development (NPD) opportunities from tuna as it seeks to expand its functional protein offering by emulating the success of the dairy industry in moving into high-value ingredients.
The dietary supplement and functional food industries has a huge opportunity to create new products across all life stages in order to tap the full potential of the healthy ageing market in Asia-Pacific.
South Korea is promoting the cultivation and use of homegrown botanicals – including liquorice, radish and astragalus – to create new functional foods, with officials believing COVID-19 will increase demand for these products.
There is a revival in consumers’ trust of ayurvedic herbs, as well as a spike in the sales of apple cider vinegar in India, as interest in products with purported immunity benefits gather pace amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
India is leading the APAC market with the highest number of new food, drinks and supplements that bear immune system-boosting claims launched in the last five months. Australia and Indonesia ranked second and third.
The second webinar from APAC in our FoodNavigator Unlocking Innovation Online Series will focus on NPD and the evolving consumer landscape, featuring expert insights from Ajinomoto, Heineken, JD, Chr. Hansen and Ingredion.
Carob, baklava, fig and rum and raisin are just a few of the potential Mediterranean flavour trends that could enter the sports nutrition market in 2020 and beyond, according to a new report from taste experts Synergy Flavours.
Blackmores wants to strengthen trade relations, improve public health literacy and drive NPD in China, banking on its position in the China International Import Expo Enterprise Alliance to help achieve this goal.
US-based sports nutrition brand Ripper Nutrition has chosen Asia as its first overseas market, with a long-term plan to diversify its range of products to cover overall health and wellness for all life stages.