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Financial plays

Digging below the bottom lines of ingredients suppliers and brand behemoths. From the impact of the ongoing economic slowdown to the latest in merger and acquisition activity.

Dragons Den event for nutrition industry a "win-win" for all concerned

DSM has dubbed its forthcoming Innovation Partnering Conference a "win-win" for itself and nutrition entrepreneurs as it looks to unearth the rising stars of fermented foods and bio-preservation....

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China’s food and nutrition battleground shifts to functional products and e-commerce platforms

China’s food industry can no longer rely on vast volume growth from mass market items and will increasingly have to focus on innovation around personalised, healthy and functional nutrition products...

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Supplement firms seeking success in China: ‘Think big, trademark brands and don’t be too trusting’

Companies seeking to launch products in China have been told they have to be in it for long haul and make extensive preparations, ‘instead of turning up at Shanghai airport...

Blackmores chairman makes $10m 'no strings' donation to fund supplements research

Vitamin boss Marcus Blackmore has given $10m to the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NCIM) at Western Sydney University in a 'no strings' donation to undertake research into complementary medicine.

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Supplements retailing: Five factors to focus on to drive sales success - Mr Vitamins CEO

The CEO of Australia’s largest independent vitamin retailer has argued the industry is missing too many opportunities to maximise supplement sales and deliver high-quality customer service.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

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Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

Blackmores fined for violating China ad laws as regulators name and shame global firms

Vitamins manufacturer Blackmores was fined AUS$65,000 (US$50,000), and publicly named and shamed by authorities in China for breaching strict advertising laws.

Freedom Foods seals deal for US expansion and snaps up sports nutrition firm

Australian firm Freedom Foods is partnering with US management group AFT Holdings to expand into North America.

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Regulatory consistency lacking for sports supplement use, expert declares

Authorities have not paid enough attention to the issue of supplement contamination, failing to sufficiently investigate this issue, according to Luca Bucchini.

Blackmores Institute to ramp-up research into consumer understanding of supplements in Singapore

Gaining a greater understanding of Singaporeans' understanding of supplements – and the types of services and advice they want pharmacists to provide – has become a key focus for Blackmores...

Herbalife unveils China TCM joint venture as it posts flat full-year sales for 2016

Herbalife has reached an agreement in principle to form a joint venture with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) products and services firm Tasly Holding Group.

China nutraceutical firm unveils plans for European R&D and manufacturing base in Wales

Shanghai-based nutraceutical and functional foods supplier Acerchem International is to establish a European R&D and manufacturing centre in Swansea, South Wales.

Profits slump at Blackmores as 'challenging' China market continues to take its toll

Net profits at supplements manufacturer Blackmores slumped by 42% in the first of half of the financial year, with the firm reporting reduced demand from Chinese ‘daigou’ shoppers who buy...

DSM sees profits soar as innovation drives success

One of the world’s biggest makers of nutritional ingredients, Royal DSM, saw pre-tax profits increase by 17% last year, with a strong performance from its nutrition division.

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NattoPharma research network awarded EU funding grant

Norweigan nutritional supplier NattoPharma has been awarded a sought-after EU Horizon 2020 research grant, which will fund vitamin K2 research.

Glanbia strengthens performance nutrition offering with €181 million double deal

Dairy and nutritional ingredients firm Glanbia has confirmed two strategic acquisitions that will enhance its performance nutrition division by bringing a greater focus on plant-based foods and direct-to-consumer sales.

China private equity firm acquires 80% stake in Kiwi supplement manufacturer

New Zealand supplement firm Better Health Co, which owns the GO Healthy brand, has sold an 80% stake to an Asian private equity fund to help it tap into international markets.

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Gee Lawson merges with Lehvoss UK

Nutritional ingredients specialty distributor, Gee Lawson, has merged with Lehvoss UK allowing it to enlarge its international market reach effectively.

Reckitt Benckiser in $16.7bn takeover bid for Mead Johnson Nutrition

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) has confirmed it is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to acquire all Mead Johnson Nutrition shares for $90 each in cash, valuing Mead Johnson’s entire share capital...

Curcumin can be ‘as big as omega-3’ with correct science and marketing: OmniActive MD

Curcumin can become as big as omega-3, according to the boss of Indian nutraceutical supplier OmniActive, which has recently received a significant funding boost and made a high-level acquisition.  ...

Food Vision Asia returns to Singapore for three-day event on the future of food and nutrition

Following a highly successful inaugural event in 2016, Food Vision Asia announces its return to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore, from April 25-27.

Mead Johnson full-year sales slip, but China and e-commerce performance 'strong'

Infant nutrition company Mead Johnson saw sales in Asia – its largest region – slip 9% year-on-year, 5% on a constant dollar basis, to $1.856bn – although the company recorded...

Asia growth: The main reason Nestle could be keen on Mead Johnson acquisition

The financial press is rife with chatter that Nestle is weighing up a bid for US infant formula firm Mead Johnson.

Brexit nutrition impact survey launched

British PM Teresa May has indicated the nation will pursue a ‘hard Brexit’ – but what does that mean for the world of nutrition and food?