Food Vision Asia 2017 to Highlight Innovation, Education and Responsible Nutrition


The 2017 Food Vision Asia event calls on the food industry to take a stand for responsible nutrition, even as the region’s battle against obesity and related metabolic diseases escalates. With rates of obesity now rising faster in Asia than in other major world economy, the Food Vision Asia agenda will investigate the causes of the epidemic and highlight progress in the search for possible solutions.

Asia’s food industry leaders, including members of Food Industry Asia (FIA), the ASEAN Food & Beverage Alliance (AFBA) and the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN), support Food Vision Asia’s commitment to confront the nutrition challenge head on.

Matt Kovac, Executive Director of FIA, says; “By focusing on Asia’s growing nutritional health issues Food Vision Asia will support our members’ search for viable solutions that can protect consumers’ health and ensure a sustainable future for regional and international food businesses operating in the Asian market.”

FIA will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the first day of Food Vision Asia, and invites all delegates to attend a debate on The Future of Food that evening. On the final day of Food Vision Asia, AroFIIN will host its annual roundtable, where the public-private partnership (PPP) will bring government, academia and industry leaders from across Asia together, to plan initiatives for enhancing the region’s nutritional health.

“Food Vision Asia has become the unifying event for the Asian food industry and is the stage from which its future is being shaped,” says Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief, FoodNavigator-Asia and NutraIngredients-Asia. “Our expert speakers and panellists will deliver regional and global insights to help meet Asia’s nutritional challenges.”

Speakers at Food Vision Asia 2017 include:

Dr Jacques Bindels, Scientific Director of Danone-Nutricia, challenges the industry to address the double burden of malnutrition – undernutrition and over-nutrition – among Asia’s children and infants

Professor Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, Director of Singapore’s Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), describing the unique phenotype that makes Asian populations super-susceptible to metabolic disease, calls for sensitive innovation from the global food industry

Mr Hisaaki Kato, CEO & President of Smooth Link, highlights the Japanese diet in transition as the nation’s traditional food culture and self-sufficiency declines

Ms Julie Meyer, Founding Partner of consumer consultancy Eat Well Global, identifies the new influencers shaping Asian attitudes to food and diet, and how food businesses can engage them

Dr Tan Mei Yi, Medical Officer of Imagene Labs, highlights the potential for personalised nutrition based on DNA testing in Asia

Dr Fraser Thompson, Director of sustainability consultancy AlphaBeta, describes how Asia could be the world’s biggest winner if the United Nation’s (UN) sustainability goals (SDGs) are met

The full Food Vision Asia programme can be downloaded here.

Food Vision Asia was launched in 2016, and was very well-received – attended by over 160 industry leaders from 25 counties within and beyond Asia. Those delegates confirmed that the event met or exceeded their expectations (86 per cent) and added value to their businesses (88 per cent). “Delegates respond well to our combination of a challenging conference agenda with senior level networking,” says Vision Events Director Margarete Baltay.

Food Vision Asia 2017 will be held 25-27 April at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore, where delegates will enjoy an extensive conference programme and day-long networking.

The conference is held annually and complements the Food Vision global event, held annually in Europe, and Food Vision USA. These events are managed and delivered by William Reed, publishers of FoodNavigator and NutraIngedients on three continents. Food Vision Asia 2017 is supported by high profile industry partners including DSM, DuPont, Beneo, Cosucra, Jennewein and Novozymes.

FIA members are entitled to a 35 per cent discount on the Food Vision Asia 2017 delegate fee, and can register with a specified code for this special offer.