With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have been putting increasing pressure on the omega-3 sector to improve stock management. The incentive? Brand value and appealing eco-labels. Yet with the majority of omega-3 still non-certified, some have asked whether this soft incentivisation approach is enough to secure real market change.
OmniActive Health Technologies has been granted a European patent for its meso-zeaxanthin-containing Lutemax 2020 carotenoid complex, a coup it hopes will bolster growth in Europe for the eye health ingredient.
The South Korean company Daesang Corp has applied for novel food approval for its DHA-rich algal oil, claiming ‘substantial equivalence’ to an already-approved oil produced by DSM-owned Martek Biosciences.
The future of lighting is LED but what impact does this have on eyesight? US-Indian firm OmniActive has launched a European version of its What’s Your B.L.U.E.? campaign to shed light on the burgeoning health risk, which it says carotenoid supplements can help combat.
Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the Healthy Marketing Team.
Insights into how bananas make and store carotenoids could help in the future development of banana varieties to combat vitamin A deficiency and blindness, say researchers.
A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.
The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 12-member novel food working group needs more botanical specialists, a stakeholder meeting has heard.
Increasing vitamin C intake may have a protective effect against the progression of cataracts, a British study has revealed.
Omega-3 content is a neglected issue when formulating products to combat severe acute malnutrition in children, say international researchers.
Supplement manufacturers should not be offering 100% of recommended dietary allowances (RDA) in vitamin and mineral supplements, Danish research highlighting the risk of overdose has warned.
The biofortification movement has succeeded in bringing the nutrition and agriculture communities under one roof – but there is more to be done to democratise the results of these efforts, says the director of international NGO HarvestPlus.
A new player has entered the astaxanthin market as Chinese ingredient supplier BGG has formed a subsidiary named Algae Life Sciences to market the carotenoid produced from a facility in Yunnan province.
The European fish oil market accounted for $0.69bn (€0.63bn) of the global $2.25bn (€2.04bn) market in 2014, according to a market report from Grand View Research.
The sky is the limit for astaxanthin now that secure levels of supply are in the market, a group of journalists touring Israeli companies were told recently.
There is a need for public health strategies and products to address Europe's rapidly ageing population – but how easy is it to market such products when nobody wants to admit that they’re getting old?
Algatechnologies is targeting the food supplements sector with a new grade of natural astaxanthin oleoresin, as interest in the carotenoid as a skin, eye and heart health ingredient builds.
A new solid-lipid particle (SLP) complex of lutein and phospholipids may increase plasma lutein levels by a whopping 563%, says a new study.
Commercial lutein and zeaxanthin supplements for eye health may contain undeclared meso-zeaxathin, say researchers from Ireland, which may challenge a long-held hypothesis in the eye health sector.
Increased levels of lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with a whopping 40% reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to researchers from Harvard and Brown.
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