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Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to ‘redress the health balance’

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more holistic therapies such as Tai Chi. Read more >


China, Malaysia and Thailand set healthier food standards

As people pay more attention to a healthy diet, the Government will continue to assist the food industry to develop innovative health food and enter the foreign market. Watch the video >


Food makers acquire taste for healthier products

Five years ago, hawkers doubted that wholegrain noodles would sell, and individual customers barely knew they existed. But Mr Lim Hock Chai, who is managing director of noodle producer Leong Guan Food Manufacturer, decided to go for it anyway. Read more >


Year of the dragon: Wales targets Asia for premium exports

After nearly three decades of exports in the doldrums, one of the smaller nations of the United Kingdom is setting its sights on bolstering trade to Asia. Read more >


Malaysia’s obesity crisis: Time for less talk and more funding for action

“We’re good at publishing obesity plans, but not funding action”: That’s how the president of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia Dr E-Siong Tee has described his country’s efforts at improving health in a nation where one-in-two adults are overweight or obese. Read more >


Infant obesity: Act now over formula protein guidelines, regulators urged

Regulators in Asia should not wait for new CODEX regulations for infant formula and act now to cut the amount of protein required in order to help reduce obesity, a leading expert in the region has argued. Read more >


The war on diabetes: Time to stop pussyfooting and fight to win

One of the key themes at Food Vision Asia, a high-level industry event in Singapore last week organised by the publisher of FoodNavigator-Asia, concerned the rise of lifestyle diseases in Asia, and particularly the ways companies and institutions have been tackling diabetes. Read more >


Getting in the swing: Brands must get to grips with ‘echo chambers’

Food and beverage companies must engage more with “swing-trusters” at a time when confidence in companies and institutions is plummeting. Read more >


FSSAI admits high-handed past, now seeks more industry collaboration

According to a senior official at the FSSAI, the food authority has now cast off its reputation as an impregnable fortress whose top-down approach risked alienating food players across India. Read more >


From functional products to fortification: How the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can boost business outcomes

Tapping in to the UN’s Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) through fortification, functional products and reformulation can offer the food industry substantial growth opportunities – but more needs to be done to secure private sector financial investment. Read more >


Social science: The world’s big ‘metatrands’ define global tastes

Nutritional biochemist and food marketeer Rachel Cheatham looks at five of the biggest global food treans based on her analysis of social media reporting. Read more >


Minister unveils pro-industry plan to fight diabetes in Singapore

Singapore’s minister of state for health has revealed a new business-first approach to encourage healthier food development as part of a three-pronged “war on diabetes”. Read more >


Push for companies to create healthier food products

Singaporean Food manufacturers who want to create healthier products will get extensive Government support, including help with marketing and speedier approval processes. Read more >


Diabetes in Asia: Food and nutrition industry action an economic and social imperative

Asia’s food and nutrition companies risk turning their backs on a vast potential market if they fail to innovate and reformulate to provide products to help fight the war on diabetes. Read more >


Algae and insects: How to feed 9bn people a nutritious diet by 2050

Algae can become the world’s first ‘real superfoood’ and, along with edible insect products, help feed the growing global population in a more sustainable and nutritious fashion. Read more >


How can Asia battle with obesity? Responsible nutrition is key!

With rates of obesity now rising faster in Asia than in other major world economies, the Food Vision Asia agenda will investigate the causes of the epidemic and highlight progress in the search for possible solutions. Read more >


Four fundamental APAC nutrition and food trends shaping 2017…and our Food Vision Asia summit

Diabetes, the double burden of malnutrition, personalised nutrition and sustainability: these are four of the most pressing APAC food and nutrition trends, according to industry experts speaking at our Food Vision Asia 2017 summit. Read more >


Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government ‘need to line up like hunters’

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050 – that’ll be one-sixth of the population – this month’s Nutrition Asia video assesses what is arguably South East Asia’s biggest health crisis.  Watch the video >


One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.  Read more >


First wave of food and nutrition experts confirmed for Food Vision Asia summit

A stellar line-up of speakers has been announced for the second Food Vision Asia summit being held in Singapore – while  food start-ups and entrepreneurs are being urged to enter our Trailblazer’s contest so they can share the stage with Asia’s key food and nutrition decision makers. Read more >

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