This concept of the “nutrition industry” as used the by the Public Nutrition and Development Center is necessary for the overall effort to “develop a society that offers a comfortable life for all” and to improve nutrition among the general public. As a new industry, it is not yet generally recognized as a distinct entity and, up to now, no systematic statistics had ever been compiled on the industry. The Center has done a great deal of work carrying out surveys and compiling statistics in order to produce “Indices of the Chinese Nutrition Industry,” which is a guide to the current state of development and development trends of the industry.
The five types of enterprises included in this industry include enterprises producing nutritional compounds/nutritional additives, nutritional supplements, nutritionally fortified foods, health foods used as nutritional supplement/functional foods and high-nutrition foods. The list was generated following recommendations from the Association of Industry, the National Nutrition Improvement Program Office, the Public Nutrition and Development Center, well-known industry experts and the enterprises themselves. Included were over 50 multinational companies and leading domestic enterprises.