At a Glance Programme

On the agenda this year are engaging sessions and discussions based on the latest research and science, inspiring case studies from across the APAC region and interactive panel discussions with industry leaders. Take a look at the day-by-day agenda or discover more with the buttons below.


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Day 1 – Tuesday 12 June 2018

08.30 – Registration

09.05 – Welcoming address: By Guest of Honour,  Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health

09.20 – Singapore’s Demographic Challenges As The Baby-Boomers Retire
Francis Tan, UOB

Singapore’s economic success is admired and much studied around the world.  The country’s lack of natural resources has meant that investment in human capital has been key to its success.  However, with the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age and the younger generation not replacing itself, the population is ageing at a double-quick rate.  What is the future for Singapore and how will it accommodate an ageing demographic?

09.50 – Healthy Ageing in Asia Pacific
Chin Juen Seow, Euromonitor

The ‘silver generation’ accounts for a growing share of many countries’ populations within Asia Pacific, as improvements in nutrition and healthcare extend life expectancies.  This generation typically has higher than average disposable income and takes a proactive approach to ageing gracefully and healthily.  Healthy ageing is becoming a clear consumer desire, as individuals seek to extend their ‘golden years’ through improved nutrition, targeted exercise and lifestyle routines that stimulate the mind.  We explore the main health trends for the silver generation and the opportunities those trends present for the food and nutrition industry.

10.20 – Supplement solutions for a healthier older age
Dr Lesley Braun, Blackmores Institute

This presentation dives deep into the latest research and the next generation of ingredients for supplement solutions that aid healthy ageing.  Lesley assesses the most up-to-date scientific literature and the best products available to maintain good health in old age.

10.40 – Refreshments

11.10 – Innovation in Healthy Ageing: How research and new product development can fuel growth
Dr Vincent Wood, AstaReal Singapore

Today’s rapidly ageing Asia-Pacific population is radically different to that of our forefathers.  Its nutritional demands have changed dramatically over time, creating a new and rapidly growing healthy ageing marketplace, rich in commercial opportunities. Vincent will show how rigorous innovation and robust new product development can open up those opportunities for companies prepared to invest and commit to excellence.

11.40 – Cognitive health: How age-related diseases require mainstream supplement solution
Shawn Watson, Senescence Life Sciences

The value of the global dietary supplements market is expected to reach $180 billion US by 2020.  Asia Pacific is expected to lead the way, having already generated more than $44 billion in retail sales during 2017.  While the breadth and variety of health supplements continues to expand, brain health has emerged as one of the sector’s fastest growing categories.  Once a niche market, cognitive performance and health has catapulted into the mainstream media as the consequences of serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s become increasingly apparent.

12.10 – Speed networking

Grow your network with a series of four-minute meetings with your fellow attendees. Introduce yourself to a new contact every time you hear the signal and find out if you’ve got mutual interests that would make a subsequent, more in-depth meeting worthwhile.

12.55 – Roundtable lunches

Tables will be hosted by an expert from industry or academia who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best, subject to availability.

14.20 – China’s nutritional challenge: How to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population
Kai Yu, Nestlé Research Center

According to the United Nations, China’s population is ageing more rapidly than that of almost any country in recent history, while suboptimal diets and malnutrition are the leading risk factor for ill health nationwide. In this presentation, Kai Yu discusses the role multi-national firms can play in creating credible solutions through research and product development.


14.50 – 60 is the new 40. Ageing smartly in a super-ageing society
Michelle Lee, DuPont Nutrition & Health  

No region will be more impacted by population ageing than Asia. While everyone is aware that Japan is a fast ageing society and has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the world, countries like China, Singapore and Korea are also catching up with their ageing population. Asia is expected to be home to over 60% of the total population aged 65 years or older worldwide by the 2030s. While this drastic shift in the region’s demographic makeup may pose challenges, it also presents a silver lining, new possibilities and incredible business opportunities.  In this presentation, we look at the concerns that the silver generation may have. Through our consumer survey, we gather insights from the seniors citizens in Japan and translating them into ideas to develop innovative food concepts in a smart way.

15.10 – The Glycemic Index Symbol Programme: Enabling manufacturers to meet consumers’ health needs
Kathy Usic, Glycemic Index Foundation

The Low GI Symbol is a world first font-of-pack labelling programme that helps consumers identify low GI foods when shopping.  Awareness of the GI Symbol, and of GI generally, has increased rapidly since it was introduced in the Australian food environment. The symbol is now ready to be rolled as a global standard for GI labelling among regulatory authorities and as a front-of-pack labelling programme to make ‘healthy choices easy choices’ for consumers.  Kathy will explain the Symbol’s success in Australia, how the Low GI Foundation has helped food firms reformulate and achieve accreditation, and the value the Symbol could bring to Asian food firms.

15.30 – Refreshments

16.00 – Food for thought: How functional ingredients can help tackle metabolic disorders
Sumanto Haldar, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre

Increasing attention is being paid to the potential of functional ingredients – especially those native to Asia – to help tackle a wide range of metabolic disorders. In this talk, Sumanto  discusses the latest research work being undertaken at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, as well as other research across Asia, with particular relevance to an ageing population.

16.30 – Panel discussion – Refocusing on reformulation: What do consumers demand, and can industry deliver?

There is a growing understanding among consumers of all ages that, what they eat today will determine their health status tomorrow. But despite this, obesity and diabetes in Asia Pacific region continues to soar. This panel will look at the latest consumer findings and research developments to ask, is industry doing enough to ensure consumers can eat the products they want, without the associated health risks.

Panellists include:
Sarah Hyland, SHYLAND
Anke Sentko, Beneo
Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, Temasek Polytechnic

17.30 – Drinks reception

Day 2 – Wednesday 13 June 2018

09.30 – Welcome back

09.35 – Plant-based proteins: How to feed Asia’s growing and ageing population healthily and sustainably
Eugene Wang, Sophie’s Kitchen

Interest in alternative sources of protein is growing across Asia Pacific, particularly as consumers become more aware of the health and sustainability benefits. In this presentation, Eugene explains why it’s important to understand the history of plant-based proteins in Asia.  He’ll show how this history sets the region apart from the US and Europe and assess plant protein’s potential to improve the health of the region’s ageing population.

10.05 – Sophisticated “Engay Food”- Easy to swallow food from Japan that looks and tastes like the real thing
Naomi Suzuki, NUTRI Co

Engay is Japanese for ‘swallowing’, something that can become increasingly difficult for people to do as they age.  In fact, more Japanese people die each year from choking than in traffic accidents. NUTRI Co is at the forefront of Engay Food development in Japan, where products can be reformulated and reshaped into their original form, but with the risk of choking eliminated

In her talk, Naomi discusses how Engay Food is created and why it should be used in hospitals and nursing homes across the region.

10.35 – One company’s journey from mainstream food firm to aged-care specialists
Mike Tristram, Trisco Foods

Trisco Foods’ food manufacturing expertise dates back to 1875, across retail, ingredients and food service. Now it’s embarking on a transition to become an aged-care specialist, after enjoying considerable success with its Precise Thick-N INSTANT liquid thickener range its acquisition of dietary supplement brands Enprocal and Prime in 2017.

11.05 – Refreshments

11.30 – The Evolution of Muscle Health – Could this be the most important determinant for healthy ageing?
John Burstow, TSI

Bone health – most particularly osteoporosis – has been on the mainstream health agenda for the past two decades, a fact that has led to much better diagnosis and management of the condition. But what about muscle health? Skeletal muscle mass is responsible for our ability to move and function and is essential to overall health and wellbeing. We now know that muscle mass begins to decline from around the age of 40. This decline, compounded over many years as we age, can have huge health and quality of life implications.

12.00 – How the microbiota make-up of centenarians can lead to new healthy ageing solutions
Dr Bejit Ideas, Japan Anti-Aging Society

Studies on the microbiota of the centenarians of Okinawa and their signalling pathway reveal that they have particular gut bacteria profiles responsible for their longevity.

In this presentation Dr Ideas assesses how these results will lead to the development of new, innovative health food solutions, especially to aid brain plasticity and sarcopenia, to improve energy and healthy ageing.

12.30 – Panel discussion – The future of ageing: Reasons for optimism

Ageing is all too often associated with negative connotations, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism. This panel discussion examines how the latest findings in research, greater scientific understanding of the ageing process, advances in product development and growing consumer awareness of health and well-being can all play a part to ensure that older age is something to look forward to rather than dread.

Panellists include:
Dr Femke Hannes, DSM Nutritional Products APAC
Dr Paul Clayton, Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour, Oxford
Alina Uchida, Imagene Labs

13.00 – Networking lunch

14.00 – Joining the dots: How industry and policymakers can work together to boost healthy ageing
Justin Howden, Swisse Wellness

Collaboration and partnership will be key to ensuring that the preventive health and wellness needs of Asia’s rapidly changing populations are being met. In this talk, Justin discusses how policymakers can aid industry through sensible regulation. He’ll also advocate that responsible companies should work with governments and researchers to help consumers understand that achieving a healthy old age depends on nutritional decisions made many decades before.  Finally, he’ll look at the opportunities that exist for successful public/private partnerships.

14.30 – Bold and Gold : Marketing and Messaging for the 60+ market
Sarah Hyland, Shyland

For millions of people aged between 60-90, life is about new opportunities, new interests and new desires, but all too often the way brands communicate with this demographic is focused on decline and decay. In this session, Sarah will provide a mini-marketing masterclass on how companies can effectively talk to older consumers, by drawing on her extensive food industry experience and highlighting some creative examples from other sectors.

15.00 – Closing remarks