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‘Shrink it and pink it’? Women deserve better, says UK sports nutrition firm

By Shane Starling+

03-Dec-2013

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Putting a male-oriented sports nutrition product into a petite, pink package is a lazy way to meet female needs, says a leading UK firm which is going about things a little differently.

The female physiology and its response to physical activity requires tailor-made formulations far removed from the ‘shrink it and pink it’ approach, according to Daniel Herman, the director and founder of UK sports nutrition firm Bio-Synergy.

Speaking to NutraIngredients after giving a presentation at Food Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, recently, Herman said his company had built a female sports nutrition range based on those needs after conducting extensive market research. That research showed while 50% of sports club members were women, 98% of them did not buy sports nutrition products.

“A lot of the big brands out there have literally taken the equivalent male product, put it in a smaller tub and applied a pink label without any thought of the female end-user and their specific micro- and macronutrient requirements,” Herman said.

He said women sought portable formats with nutrients like folic acid, vitamin D and calcium to battle problems like osteoporosis.

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