OptiBiotix Health launches SlimBiome weight management ingredient in Mexico

The UK-headquartered life sciences business explores the human microbiome and leverages the scientific understanding of its capabilities to support and oversee chronic disease management. Using unique microbiome modulation science, as well as a patented formulation of natural ingredients identified and developed by leading specialists in metabolism and nutrition, SlimBiome will now be available in Mexico. Alongside its entry into Mexico, OptiBiotix Health will extend the availability of its Sl

GNC teams up with Banco De Franquias to expand presence in Brazil

Specializing in operating and managing key retailers in the country, BFG Brasil will help GNC Holdings to increase its franchise outside of the United States and boost its connections to reach more customers in the Latin American marketplace. Speaking to NutraIngredients-LATAM, Carl Seletz, Chief Global Officer of GNC explained that the company was first introduced to BFG Brasil through its current franchise partner in Argentina. Banco de Franquias is the management organization supporting BFG

Affordability is Key in Vitamins and Dietary Supplements Market

Throughout Latin America, consumers are increasingly focusing on their diets and health, especially long-term disease prevention. Shoppers are actively prioritizing and embarking on healthy lifestyles, with vitamins and dietary supplements (VDS) proving a vital component of attaining sought-after health benefits and disease prevention. Consumer calls for greater product variety are also helping to evolve the VDS sector, as range diversification, portfolio growth and innovation lead product purc

DSM and Vitamins Angels reach global vitamin A milestone

Emphasizing the critical first 1,000 days of life, together, DSM and Vitamin Angels promote the importance of global nutrition by providing lifesaving vitamins to pregnant women and children around the world who are at risk of malnutrition. Why is Vitamin A so Vital?​ As vitamin A is a necessary nutrient in the growth and development of individuals, especially children, DSM and Vitamin Angels are seeking to overcome the problems relating to cultural taboos, the environment and infrastructure t

Brazil’s sports nutrition market proves ‘difficult to break into’

Between Q3 2018 and March 2019, 5% of Brazil’s sports nutrition products were placed online — a modest figure. Review growth in the country has in fact been negative, with numbers dropping by 15% in those remaining products. While this is in “no way a sign it’s a bad market,” ​Lumina Intelligence’s Senior Market Analyst Tom Morgan reassures, it does indicate that it “is a difficult one to break into”​. Describing the sports nutrition market in Mexico as “do or die” ​​, Morgan reveals that the o

Is Front-of-Pack labeling set for harmonization?

Throughout Latin America, there is a general trend towards adopting and implementing front-of-pack (FOP) labeling systems in processed foods and beverages to specify on the front side of the label or package the quantity of salt, sugar and fat contained in the product. The entry of FOP labeling has been heavily prompted in Latin America by leading influential supporters, namely the World Health Organisation, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Parlatino (The Latin American and the Cari

Skin health, supplements and claims dominate probiotics in Brazil and Mexico

When analyzing probiotic supplements, probiotic juice, probiotic cosmetics and Kombucha in Latin American markets, it is apparent that skin health leads the way for probiotic appeal and uptake in both Brazil and Mexico. “Of all probiotics captured, those positioned to benefit skin health saw the highest average number of reviews per product in Brazil and Mexico in December 2018 (93 reviews), driven by probiotics cosmetics,” ​enthused Emer Mackle, Market Analyst, Lumina Intelligence. Narrowing

Why sports nutrition in Mexico is a "do or die market"

From its preliminary, latest data update, we can see that a “whopping”​ 35% of Mexican ‘best-selling’ sports nutrition products have been taken off the online shelves between Q3 2018 and March 2019, Tom Morgan, Senior Market Analyst at Lumina Intelligence​, reveals. Market data provider Lumina Intelligence analyses available product data on the best-selling sports nutrition products and compares this to the number of product reviews and star ratings. In Mexico, “review growth has been massive,

Deterioration of food security in Venezuela is “palpable”

“The case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is very particular because it was the only country in the region where the prevalence and the number of undernourished increased between the trienniums 2004-2006 and 2016-2018,”​ emphasizes Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. Estimations reveal that “5 out of 6 of the people who joined the undernourished population in the region during that same period live in Venezuela,”​ Rapallo expressed. Describin

'Divergent views' on methods and approaches to tackle malnutrition dominate region

Focusing on the effect of failing to tackle these rates and overcome the impact of nutritional contrasts from both a regulatory and societal perspective is vital. We spoke with David Pineda Ereño, advisor on strategy, policy and regulation at DPE International Consulting about the key challenges the disparity presents. Historically, the degree of undernutrition in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean regions’ population has presented an ongoing problem. Pineda Ereño highlights that th

Reckitt Benckiser proves popular in Argentina following good Q2 growth

Although it anticipates a stronger second half of the year after suffering a flat second quarter globally, the company revised its overall net revenue target for the year. “Our like for like performance in H1 was +1%, somewhat below our expectations,”​ said Rakesh Kapoor, outgoing CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, in a statement​​. “On our journey to be a world leader in consumer health, we have work to do to deliver consistent financial performance,”​ Kapoor expressed. (Starting September 1, Laxman Na

“We definitely can eradicate hunger and push back the rising tide of malnutrition”, FAO Senior Policy Officer says

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 report revealed the true scale of undernourishment and hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The increase in hunger in recent years is strongly associated with the economic slowdown of the region, ​Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained. Key Societal and Economic Factors at Play in Latin America​ South America accounts for the majority of the number of undernourished people with

‘Many people seek supplementation, but they also want to return to natural’: Move Nutrition founder

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and Move Nutrition? ​ Move Nutrition is a registered trademark in Colombia, which offers products and services that carry the motto of body, mind and spirit in motion. We currently carry out face-to-face and virtual nutrition consultations, and have an agreement with sports physicians and personal trainers to support the clients' goals. We also offer talks in academic events, formative institutions and private companies. We want to integrate more pro

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019: LATAM Insights

To overcome the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition amid economic slowdowns and downturns, the industry needs to address the “root causes of hunger and malnutrition: poverty, inequality and marginalisation”​. Following three years of divergence, the disparity between world hunger and obesity continues to grow. In 2018, over 820 million people around the world were hungry, which is up from 811 million in 2017, representing an increase for the third year in a row. “FAO has been warnin

New health and wellness expo comes to Hong Kong

The inaugural Green Queen Expo 2018 will take place at the award-winning AsiaWorld-Expo venue on 27th and 28th January 2018. Health-focused consumers from all over Asia will gather to explore natural beauty & cosmetics, organic and healthy food, fitness & yoga, eco-lifestyle, holistic health and sustainable fashion. Wellness media startup, Green Queen, has served health-focused consumers since 2011 through utilising digital content. "Since Green Queen began in 2011, our mission is to make it