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Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food...

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Chinese omega-3 supplier wins sustainable seal

Chinese omega-3 player KinOmega has won sustainability backing from Friends of the Sea.

Danone slams NZ High Court for 'undue delay' in Fonterra WPC case

Danone has slammed a New Zealand High Court decision to stall its legal battle to recoup money lost as a result of the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare....

UK charity backs ‘food state’ supplements

British charity-run start-up Cytoplan is working to plug nutrient gaps with ‘food state’ vitamin and mineral supplements that seek to mimic whole food nutrient levels.

Works with Water Nutraceuticals revamps business strategy to cash in on supplement demand

After identifying significant growth opportunities across export markets and online, ‘Works with Water Nutraceuticals’ has completely revamped its skin supplement range in an effort to drive sales and brand awareness....

Abbott making 'progress' repairing Fonterra botulism scare damage

Abbott Laboratories' CEO believes the company has “recovered about as well" as it could have in the year since the Fonterra WPC botulism scare that led it to recall infant formula in China,...

Neptune's losses steepen as company nears end of recovery phase

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources absorbed a steep loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year as the company nears the end of its recovery from an explosion and fire...

IAHS: “VAT on health food supplements would be a tax on health.”

Irish 23% health tax hike: Herbals, glucosamine, coQ10, probiotics remain in firing line

Proposals to push VAT (value-added tax) on some health food supplements and teas to the maximum upper bracket of 23% will discriminate against healthful products, according to The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS). ...

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CytoSport launches organic Muscle Milk RTD in US

CytoSport has developed an organic variation of its popular, high-protein Muscle Milk RTD to meet increasing US consumer demand for organically-certified products.

‘We’re targeting anyone with a brain’: Brainwave insists cognitive health drink holds mass appeal

Brainwave Drinks insists it’s targeting anyone with a brain and says the drink will appeal to consumers as keen on maintaining a healthy mind as warding off Alzheimer’s or dementia....

Hormel & Virun help ease omega-3 F&B fortification headaches

Think you need to pop pills to get a decent dose of omega-3? Think again, say Hormel and Virun

While food & beverage manufacturers have been fortifying their wares with omega-3 fatty acids EPA + DHA for years, few have been able to include anywhere close to the efficacious...

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

Vitamin C supply: Aland deal won’t change DSM’s global ranking

The vitamin C landscape ‘will not change materially’ with DSM’s acquisition of China-based vitamin C maker, Aland, said an analyst, as the Dutch group announced the finalization of the deal...

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Vitamin E production at DSM Swiss plant on hold for August

Next month will see DSM's vitamin E manufacturing facility in Switzerland close temporarily to allow a systems check.

THE BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: CHRIS HANNAWAY, OVERLY SPORTS DRINK

Sainsbury's listings at 19, a sports drink launch at 24: Overly entrepreneur on guessing Justin King's email and casting off wide-eyed innocence

Young entrepreneur Chris Hannaway and childhood friend Will Hammersley launched frozen yogurt brand Arctic Farm into Sainsbury’s at the tender age of 19. Now they’re back with sports drink Overly....

Fish, krill win sustainability seal

An Israeli krill oil supplier and a Norwegian fish oil supplier have both had aspects of their omega-3 supply chain verified by fisheries sustainability NGO, Friend of the Sea (FOS).

Drinks to drive off dementia: Canadean sees promise, but says marketers have a hard sell

Canadean says there will be increasing demand for drinks that reduce the risk of dementia with the number of people afflicted by dementia predicted to triple within 40 years.

Germans unite on nutritive compound project

Two German firms are hoping to tap edible and other plants for nutritive compounds, with even staples like bananas and potatoes holding potential for molecular advance.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Cricket bars founder: ‘We launched a product without a supply chain in place to scale it’

Since it was created in 2012, Chapul Inc. has been on a mission to integrate edible insects into Western diets, using its cricket energy bars as the vehicle. 

BioGaia drives niche market for newborns with colic

TwoPac €1.7m packaging plant expansion for baby probiotics

TwoPac, a wholly owned subsidiary of BioGaia healthcare company, will invest €1.7m in a factory expansion in Eslöv, Sweden.

Fonterra and Dairy Crest enter infant formula ingredients partnership

Dairy Crest and Fonterra have entered into a strategic partnership to produce and market infant formula ingredients, demineralized whey powder and galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS).

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The EFSA experience – remits, scientific boxes and frustrated NGOs

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) insistence on keeping well within its scientific box is both a source of frustration and comfort for onlookers.  

Swisse Wellness withdraws from US to focus on global brand building, but vows, ‘we’ll be back bigger and better!’

Swisse Wellness’ global growth is continuing with new office set to open in Europe and Asia soon, but global expansion will require a re-allocation of US resources and a withdrawal...

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Mérieux NutriSciences Acquires Total Quality Food Consultants

Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation has acquired Italy-based Total Quality Food Consultants, expanding its global offer for regulatory, scientific and marketing services.

Fonterra, Dairy Crest quiet on demineralized whey partnership reports

British firm Dairy Crest has confirmed it will be “partnering with someone” to supply demineralized whey powder for infant formula, but declined to confirm reports it is close to sealing...

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