Brand new: Latest news from Nestle, Danone, award-winning probiotic and start-up firms

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Latest news from Nestle, Danone, award-winning probiotic and start-up firms

Related tags: Nestlé, Danone, G-NiiB, urinary stone

This round-up features the latest news, including new product launches and development strategies from industry big names Nestle, Danone, as well as award-winning probiotics and start-up companies.
Commercial launch decisions: Nestle’s novel infant formula lands in China following Hong Kong debut

Nestle has introduced new infant formulas containing a novel nutrient blend in China, after the product made its global debut in Hong Kong in July.

Launched under the brand WYETH S-26 Ultima, the product contains alpha-lipids, sphingomyelin, vitamin B12, DHA, iron, folic acid, and 2’-Fucosyllactose.

This specific nutrient blend, marketed as Nutrilearn Connect, has been clinically shown to increase myelin volume in the brain. Myelin is a lipid-rich sheath that insulates and protects nerve fibres crucial for cognitive and behavioural development.

Doctors ‘the best advocates’: Our Probiotic Product of the Year winner to replicate medical strategy in new markets​  

Hong Kong-based probiotic specialist G-NiiB Geniebiome, winner of this year’s NutraIngredients-Asia Award Probiotic Product of the Year, said that its commercial success in its home base could be attributed to endorsement from the medical doctors, and it hopes to replicate the strategy elsewhere.

The firm won the award with its product G-NiiB Immunity Plus, a synbiotic formula containing probiotics from the Bifidobacterium ​strains, as well as the prebiotics galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS).

Launched in the thick of the pandemic, the product quickly became popular among medical doctors, especially the general practitioners and gastrointestinal specialists.

Danone China adds low GI milk formula to healthy ageing brand Ganmai​  

Danone China has added two low glycemic index milk formulas to its recently launched healthy ageing brand Ganmai.

The two new milk formulas are Ganmai XinRuiLi senior goat milk powder and Ganmai MianYuLi senior milk powder. Both are targeted at consumers aged 40 and above.

“The new formulations are both designed to have a low glycemic index, for those consumers interested in managing their blood glucose response,”​ said Gregg Ward, Head of the Danone Open Science Research Center. 

The next Manuka honey? NZ winner of NutraIngredients-Asia Start-up Award ready to go overseas with yacon product

The winner of NutraIngredients-Asia Awards 2022 Start-Up prize believes its flagship product – a prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides juice extracted from yacon – could follow in the footsteps of Manuka Honey and become New Zealand’s next big exports success.

Founded in 2016, Yacon New Zealand’s products are built upon over two decades of research on yacon – a tuber plant indigenous to South America.

Yacon is naturally high in sugar content and the firm has sought to maximise the fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) level while minimising the sugar level in its product.

Banana and blue pea flower: Thai researchers develop formula for reducing risk of urinary stone formation

A group of Thai researchers has developed product that reduces the risk of urinary stone formation in animal models and is currently in the progress of conducting phase I and II clinical trials to validate its benefits in humans.

Known as HydroZitLa, the product, which contains banana stem extract, citrate from food grade citric acid that is commercially available, and blue pea flower as the active ingredients, is currently sold in vending machines in the campus of Chulalongkorn University. 

They are also available via Facebook and messaging app LINE.

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