Vitafoods Asia 2019 Conference Summits

Sports and fitness nutrition: Tailoring diets for improved performance

Thursday 26 September, 10:00 – 12:30

Asia Pacific is projected as the fastest growing sports nutrition region, with a 10% compound annual growth rate over 2017-2022. Review the trends, regulation and drivers in this market as well as the latest ingredients of the rising fitness industry in the Asia Pacific region and across the core Asian markets.

Chair: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Vitafoods Insights (UK)

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10:00 - 10:30

Outlining strategies to capitalise on the growing sports and fitness nutrition market

  • Highlighting the need for specialised sports nutrition
  • Reviewing the global as well as regional trends in Asia
  • Understanding the sports nutrition area and determining how to win in this growing market

Speaker: Deepak Gunvante, Expert Consultant, Healthy Marketing Team (Singapore)


10:30 - 11:00

Ingredient update: reviewing the potential of fenugreek seed as a promising nutritional ingredient for fitness supplement 

  • Outlining the long history of fenugreek seeds in various health and wellness applications
  • Highlighting the clinical evidence, demonstrated efficacy, and safety of fenugreek extracts for testosterone boosting, body composition and post-exercise recovery
  • Reviewing the seed’s potential for the development of evidence-based performance and fitness nutrition products  

Speaker: Dilip Ghosh, Director, Nutriconnect (Singapore)

11:00 - 11:30

Innovation brings new opportunities to Sports/Active Nutrition market

  • Innovation delivers key new feature which consumers desire: convenience
  • New formats give brand customers differentiation that retailers demand
  • Nutrient delivery systems provide growth opportunities through new customer benefits and experiences

Speaker: Eric Meppem, Co-founder/ Commercial Director, Pharmako Biotechnologies Pty Ltd (Australia)


11:30 - 12:00

A practitioner’s perspective: Hearing the voice of the consumer

  • Defining the market: Who is the fitness-minded consumer?
  • Highlighting trends in this fast-growing industry & identifying how we as professionals can help shape them
  • Identifying consumers’ top 3 needs in sports nutrition products

Speaker: Rebecca Lwin, Private Practice Dietitian, The Expat Dietitian (Phillipines)


12:00 - 12:30

Examining evidence supporting the use of ketogenic diets for training and performance in athletes, and considering potential downsides for performance and health

  • Contrasting the success of long-term ketogenic diets with periodising their use for endurance performance
  • Examine the evidence for the use of ketogenic diets for improving body composition        
  • Introducing the emerging areas for the application of ketogenic diets

Speaker: Dr Stephen Burns, Associate Professor, Physical Education & Sports Science, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 

Download a preview of Dr Stephen Burns session here.

New - Download the white paper: Ketogenic Diets - Evidence for use in Athletes from conference speaker Dr Stephen Burns

Dr Stephen Burns, provides a preview to his session and tells us why he is looking forward to the Vitafoods Asia Conference 2019.

"I am excited to be able to present on the applications of low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets at this year’s Vitafoods Asia Conference and let delegates know how these diets can be best applied for athletic performance."