The NutraIngredients Omega-3 Summit will tackle the biggest issues affecting the omega-3 industry globally, from the latest regulatory developments, product innovation, scientific research and consumer insights.

Day 1 – Wednesday 20 February 2019

Evening registration and networking reception 

 Day 2 – Thursday 21 February 2019

Morning session – speakers include:

Omega-3 market data under the microscope: GOED and NutraIngredients in conversation
GOED executive director Ellen Schutt and NutraIngredients’ Gary Scattergood take part in a state-of-the-industry discussion to drill down into some of the latest omega-3 industry data spanning crude oil, ingredients and finished products, both regionally and globally

Omega 3 Supplements in Australia: A look back at the last decade
Peter Barraket, Managing Director, Designs For Health Australia

World first study:  Conclusive evidence that fish consumption helps alleviates depression
Yutaka Matsuoka, Division Chief of Healthcare Research, Centre for Public Health Sciences, National Cancer Centre Japan

It has long been thought that fish-sourced omega-3 can help not only to prevent depression, but also to alleviate its symptoms. This has now been confirmed by a major research project under taken in Japan.  This is the first time a study has used standard psychiatrist-diagnosed major depressive disorder as its foundation and targeted a population that traditionally eats a high fish diet. As a result, its findings are both conclusive and of global significance. Professor Matsuoka, who undertook the research, explains the study’s conclusions, their implications and recommended next steps.

Extended networking

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

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.

Afternoon session – speakers include: 

Omega-3 and the Asian consumer: Insights from a home-grown retailer
Jennifer Wang, COO, Nature’s Way 

Awareness and demand are growing when it comes to omega-3 products across different health categories and applications in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, a greater environmental consciousness has led more consumers to want to know where their supplements come from and how they are sourced. However, there remain knowledge gaps in the understanding of EPA and DHA and their functions, as well as how best to determine one’s level of omega-3 sufficiency or lack thereof. There are also concerns regarding sustainability in the industry, where overfishing is a concern and alternative sources of omega-3 have slowly begun to emerge.

Good news for fish:  The metabolic engineering programme that’s created a plant-based source of long chain omega-3
Dr Surinder Singh, Chief Research Scientist and Group Leader, Plant Oil Engineering, CSIRO Agriculture & Food

 Consumer demand for long chain omega-3 oils is growing faster than can be sustainably supplied from wild fish stocks. The race is on to find potential new sources, and the creation of land based plants that can yield omega-3 in the necessary quantities has been a long standing goal of bio-engineers.  CSIRO’s Plant Oil Engineering Team and their commercial partner, Nuseed have finally achieved it.  Using gene technology, they’ve created canola oil that yields the long chain omega-3 previously only available from fish.  CSIRO’s canola oil has already achieved regulatory approval in Australia and USA and is now undergoing regulatory assessment in Canada.  It’s good news for worldwide fish stocks, and for human nutrition.  Describing CSIRO’s voyage of discovery, Surinder will reveal the science that’s led to success in one of the most complex plant-based metabolic engineering project ever undertaken.

Algae sources of Omega-3
Lalen Dogan, Chair, Omega-3 Centre Australia

EPA/DHA Dietary Supplement Compliance:  Content Claims and Quality
Dr Gerard Bannenberg, Director of Compliance and Scientific Outreach, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED)

The omega-3 sector hasn’t always received a positive press in the mainstream media, for example when it comes to the reporting of quality issues like oxidation of and claims on the content of omega-3 ingredients. Here we will take a close up look into several aspects of the testing and reporting of these technical topics. Examples will be provided to illustrate what methodological and regulatory aspects need to be considered when reporting on oxidation and label claims of EPA and DHA, the main omega-3 fatty acids of interest. Recent assessments show that the quality of products available to consumers on the market is respectable, although there is still room for improvement.

Evening drinks reception

Day 3 – Friday 22 February 2019

Morning session – speakers include:

Alternative approaches to educating consumers
Ellen Schutt, Executive Director, GOED

Case study: How a smaller company is targeting expansion with a lesser known ingredient
Ron Park, Founder, Kōrure

The role of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in optimising early life development
Mary Chong, Assistant Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Closing remarks 

Networking lunch