Natural and organic industry gathers in Hong Kong 

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Thousands of international buyers and distributors are congregating in Hong Kong for the fourth edition of Natural & Organic Products Asia trade show, which opens tomorrow (30 August) at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Protein awareness driving Asia Pacific wellness boom – report 

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The growing appeal of healthy lifestyles has made its way to consumers in Southeast Asia, with increasing knowledge about dietary protein helping to drive strong growth in the wellness products category across the region

Australia “well placed” to target China’s $30bn wellbeing market – report

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Australia’s natural products industry is well placed to compete for emerging market opportunities in China’s fast growing wellbeing market, according to a new report from government trade body Austrade.

Single regulatory agency and label would boost India’s organic sector, say economists  

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The absence of a single central regulatory agency has been holding back India’s organic food and farming industry, say a group of experts and the Indian Council for Applied Economic Research.

Singapore researchers develop immunity-boosting probiotic beer 

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Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS)

‘Achieving a healthy lifestyle’ is Chinese consumers’ top priority 

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Achieving a healthy lifestyle continues to be Chinese consumers’ top priority, according to new research published by Mintel.

Sustainable Foods Summit heads for Asia

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Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor) its Sustainable Foods Summit format to Asia.

India’s TV watchdog launches crackdown on false ayurveda claims

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India’s TV and watchdog has launched a crackdown on advertisers and broadcasters who make misleading claims about traditional health remedies and systems, reports Business Standard.

‘Consumption with a purpose’ message boosts TCM and Ayurveda prospects in Western markets

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Traditional and alternative medicine approaches originating in Asia are increasingly popular among Western consumers, creating a major opportunity for Asian ingredients suppliers and enterprising brands on both sides of the world.

Five growing health and wellness market trends In Asia

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Health and wellness is the new lifestyle status symbol for millennial Asians, says Hong Kong-based editor and green entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras. Here, she identifies five of the fastest growing health trends in the region.

India signs cooperation deal with Germany on alternative medicine

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India and Germany have agreed to enter formal cooperation in the area of alternative medicine.

Slow Food movement gathers momentum in Russia

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The international Slow Food movement is gathering momentum in Russia, as growing numbers of products from Russia are added to the Slow Food Ark of Taste initiative and more Russian chefs sign up to the Slow Food Chefs' Alliance.

Arjuna completes state-of-the-art turmeric plant, tripling curcumin capacity

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Leading Indian botanical extracts operator Arjuna has just completed new, state-of-the-art facility in Coimbatore, India, for making its BCM-95 branded turmeric extract.

India’s veteran anti-GM campaigner calls for intensified fight against biotech “hijack”

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Veteran anti-GM protester and scientist, Dr Vandana Shiva, is calling for intensified resistance in India against the global biotech industry and its political backers.

Pai Skincare secures £3.45m investment, opens first Asia online store

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Pai Skincare, the London-based sensitive skin care brand, has closed a £3.45m (€4m/USD4.5m) Series A investment led by Luxembourg based CAP Invest.