Established in Auckland, New Zealand in June 1984, New Image International has successfully made shining business achievements through its manufacturing and marketing of healthy and nutritional products. The volume of its "colostrum" – its anchor product – has secured a leading position for New Image International in the global colostrum market, making New Image International a world famous leading brand. New Image International has also set up its branch offices in Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since its inception in 2003, the Taiwan Branch of New Image International has continuously cultivated the Taiwan market and is proactively duplicating the successful experiences of Taiwan and integrating the Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China markets. New Image International insists on bringing health, prosperity, and joy to everyone with the best products, and developing its business through a culture of truth, virtue, and beauty. Company address: F5B, No. 51, Kung Yi road, Nantun District, Taichung City.
The Executive Secretary of the DSA attended WFDSA's 15th Secretaries Seminar in Orlando, Florida. This seminar was attended by personnel of 17 direct-selling associations respectively in Taiwan, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Brazil, Belgium. Columbia, Italy, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Kazakhstan. and Ecuador to share the challenges and solutions in different countries. Meanwhile, the WFDSA also reported the business performance of the direct selling industry in various countries in 2016 and exchanged views with representatives from various countries on laws and regulations and the code of ethics with an aim to promoting the positive development of the industry together.
Accompanied by Chairperson Shirley Chen of the DSA and personnel from its secretariat in the afternoon of June 20, Scott Balfour, a Member of the Global Regulatory Affairs Committee, WFDSA and the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel International, Amway, and Cary Justice, Corporate Counsel, Global Government Affairs, International/Core Legal, paid a special visit to the government officials at the Fair Trade Commission (FTC). Scott and Cary shared relevant direct-selling laws and regulations and legislative trends in the world with Commissioner Shu-chen Kuo, Director Kuang-yu Hu of the Fair Competition Department, and Section Chief Mei-hua Lai, and exchanged views with the government officials on the development of the direct-selling industry in Taiwan. Commissioner Kuo recognized the contribution of the direct-selling industry, whose production value is constantly achieving new highs for Taiwan's economic development. Director Hu also expressed his gratitude to the guests who had traveled long distances to bring such rich and practical information about direct-selling legislation, hoping that the FTC could jointly combat illegal pyramid schemes withinthe industry. After the meeting, Scott Balfour personally presented a gift of two large binders of materials about the status and analyses of direct-selling laws and regulations in various countries. Commissioner Kuo expressed her gratitude once again for the precious gift brought all the way from the United States.
According to a 2016 survey on the development status of multi-level marketing enterprises released by the FTC in June, the total net sales of 338 direct-selling companies that engage in actual operation was as high as NT$88. 121 billion, which is a new record. Com-pared with the NT$80.138 billion last year, this translated into 10% growth and also marked the eighth year of continued sales revenue growth. The number of distributors also grew 8% to reach 2.73 million. This means one out of 8.6 people in the total population in Taiwan participate in direct selling. In addition, most domestic companies are optimistic about the outlook of their future operations.
For detailed statistics about the results of the survey on the development status of multi-level marketing enterprises, please visit the FTC's webpage at http://www.ftc.gov.tw/internet/main/doc/docList.aspx?uid=488
The DSA has spared no effort in protecting the rights and interests of consumers and distributors, and has always dedicated itself to elevating the standards of this industry. If disputes between DS companies and distributors can be dealt with in more open, fair, and transparent manners, this obviously can effectively safeguard and protect distributor's rights, reduce disputes in the industry, and contribute to harmonious relations between DS companies and distributors. Currently, the Multi-Level Marketing Protection?Foundation (MMPF) is promoting the sound development of the multi-level marketing industry and facilitating and encouraging the transparent and reasonable dispute resolution mechanisms between DS companies and distributors by focusing its work program for this year on the certification of dispute resolution systems. Therefore, it was resolved during a DSA's Supervisors' Meeting that the Ethics Committee is retained to provide guidance to the members to participate in the MMPF's certification of dispute resolution systems. In addition to ascertaining the potential difficulties that may be encountered in the resolution of all kinds of disputes through questionnaires, the certification standard will also be broken down to help the members understand the highlights of the certification. Through telephone contact or face-to-face visitation, the members will learn about their directions and practices in order to achieve improvements. This measure will immediately and effectively optimize the overall environment of the industry.
In June 2017, the Ministry of Health and Welfare prescribed the Labeling Requirements for Food Products Sold by Vending Machines, which will come into effect on July 1, 2017. Such requirements apply to food products sold by vending machines and stipulate that operators shall specify the designations or names, addresses and telephone numbers of the companies in conspicuous manners on the external surface of the vending machines. With respect to food products sold by vending machines, which consist of packaged, bulk, and machine-prepared foods, the matters that shall be specified, such as the item name, place of production, shelf life, allergens, and genetically modified food materials, as well as the format and font size of such specification are stipulated. For more details, please refer to the announcement of the Ministry of Health and Welfare at http://www.fda.gov.tw/TC/newsContent.aspx?cid=3&id=22166