Nestlé had worked across multiple sites to develop Yiyang Active, built on an understanding of local consumers, and regulations surrounding functional foods and their associated health claims.
“This approval is a recognition of the outstanding scientific work done by our teams over a long period of time,” Catherine Macé, deputy head of Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, said.
Nestlé reports that the beverage’s multiple health benefits were substantiated in a clinical study conducted in collaboration between researchers from Nestlé and Peking University Third Hospital.
“The results of the clinical study showed that the product in combination with tailored physical activity led to a significant increase in mobility of Chinese seniors with joint discomfort and thus improved their quality of life,” Marie Noelle Horcajada, the Nestlé scientist who led the study, said.
“We are very proud to launch our first product in the functional food category,” Mayank Trivedi, head of Nestlé’s Dairy Strategic Business Unit, said. “Leveraging our science and expertise, we are looking to expand our offering across our portfolio in China and beyond to provide nutritious great-tasting products with targeted health benefits.”