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Chinese demand supercharges Australian vitamin makers

BANGKOK -- The star of the Australian Stock Exchange's benchmark ASX200 index last year was not a mining company, a financial services group or the hottest tech startup, but a health supplement supplier, Blackmore's, which has been listed for 30 years.

     In 2015, the share price of the family-controlled company soared 620% on the back of accelerating growth in sales and profit as Chinese and other Asian middle-class consumers displayed an apparently insatiable demand for health products.

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