Sirio Pharma receives sports nutrition production licence approval

18 Feb 2019

The approval enables Sirio to add special sports nutrition ingredients into products and covers six functional classes for ‘protein supplementary’, ‘speed & power’, ‘endurance’, ‘energy control’, ‘energy supplementary’, and ‘post-exercise recovery’.

Sirio Pharma – a global nutraceutical CDMO – has been granted SC (production licence) of sports nutrition food in China.

Sirio Pharma receives sports nutrition production licence approval

The approval enables Sirio to add special sports nutrition ingredients into products and covers six functional classes for ‘protein supplementary’, ‘speed & power’, ‘endurance’, ‘energy control’, ‘energy supplementary’, and ‘post-exercise recovery’. Due to the stringency of regulations and complexity of achieving approval, Sirio is now one of just seven approved licence holders in the country.

“In the last few years, sports nutrition in China has grown extremely quickly – at a CAGR of 37% between 2013 and 2017 – and is forecast to continue to expand at up to 50% per year, easily outstripping growth in the US and other global markets. So it is a huge opportunity not only for domestic companies, but also international brands,” commented Rui Yang, CSO of SIRIO Pharma.

Until recently, the barriers to entry for international brands in China were high, and the majority entered the market using cross-border e-commerce. However, Sirio’s new sports licence – coupled with its strong formulation capabilities and capacity – now provide the possibility of contract manufacturing these products in China and selling through all distribution channels across the country. Potentially opening-up a far larger customer base. It also enables international brands to start developing customized sports nutrition products that are tailored to local consumer preferences in China.

Significantly, the licence allows nutra brands to make specific functional claims on sports nutrition product labeling, and will cover popular ingredients including concentrated whey protein, whey protein isolate, soy protein isolate: BCAA, CaHMB, creatine, and many vitamin & minerals.

Yang added: “The consumer demand for sports products in China has exploded in the last few years, in part thanks to the national fitness policy, yet the production and regulatory environment is still maturing. As a result, only a very small number of companies have licences and, through Sirio, we foresee tremendous opportunities for brand companies to access one of the fastest growing segments of the nutrition industry globally. In fact, we have already had a number of enquiries and we are able to start production immediately. What is more, for established brands who want to build their name in the China, by partnering with Sirio, they are now even able to develop completely unique products tailored to the Chinese sports consumer.”

The new sports production licence has been introduced to better regulate manufacturers and combat counterfeit products in China, and involves a rigorous onsite audit covering environmental control, equipment, warehousing and documentation.

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