With the growing policy pressures to address the overconsumption of sugar, rising epidemic of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); the food industry has been working to deliver solutions through healthier product innovation and reformulation particularly around reducing sugar in food and beverage products. 

However, the reputation of Low/Non-Calorie Sweeteners (LNCS) has been constantly challenged with alleged associations of causing weight gain and some cancers, in spite of current scientific findings suggesting otherwise.

Join us at the FIA Lunch Series on 28th May, Monday, where we will address the challenges of reformulating with sweeteners, the negative narrative on LNCS influenced by misinformation and how sugar reduction can be done in a meaningful way that benefits consumers; tackling the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in Asia such as diabetes.

Below is the draft programme for the session. 




Registration & Light Lunch


Overview of Policy and Regulatory Pressures Challenging the Food Industry in Asia
Steven Bartholomeusz, Policy Director, FIA


An Industry’s Perspective on Tackling Diabetes in Asia
Caroline Bustandi, Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Beneo Asia Pacific


Reformulating with Low/Non- Calorie Sweeteners – Debunking the Bad Science
Sabeera Ali, Nutrition Officer, FIA




Closing and Next Steps
Steven Bartholomeusz, Policy Director, FIA

To register, please contact Ms Fateha Noraznee at fateha.noraznee@foodindustry.asia.