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UK supermarkets failing consumers on healthy eating choices

Several of the UK's leading multiple retailers are failing to help consumers make healthy eating choices, despite increasing action from the government to tackle the rising levels of obesity and...

Moderation to shape dieters' foods in 2005

The food industry will this year revert to one of the oldest principles in healthy eating - balance - as it seeks to respond to a consumer move away from...

Fortitech expansion reflects booming European market

Strong year-on-year sales growth and a major new plant expansion at premix leader Fortitech's Europe base demonstrates the insatiable appetite for fortified foods in the region, writes Dominique Patton.

DSM gains full control of vitamin joint venture in China

DSM has reached an agreement with China's leading pharmaceuticals group to buy out its stake in a vitamins joint venture, strengthening the Dutch group's presence on the Chinese market, reports...

Lonza shows improvement at low end of forecast

Lonza, the maker of L-carnitine and B vitamins, said today that profits for 2004 climbed by more than half, coming in at the low end of analysts' forecasts.

Omega-3s to enter weight loss category?

Emerging research looks set to position omega-3 fatty acids as a new ingredient for weight loss foods and supplements, reports Dominique Patton.

Alltracel reports new findings on mechanism

Irish biotech firm Alltracel has identified a new mechanism for its novel cholesterol-lowering technology backing initial findings of efficacy in animal research.

Enhanced water - American science, European branding

Sales of oxygen-enriched water have almost quadrupled in Germany since 2002 to 30 million litres. But in the US where it has been available for over a decade longer, growth...

US network marketer targeting European supplement sector

Reliv International, a US-based firm using network marketing to distribute its supplement products, is hoping to make significant inroads into the European market, with plans to start business in Germany...

New MCC excipient launched by JRS

Excipient company JRS Pharma, part of the Germany's J Rettenmaier & Sohne Group, has introduced a new gelling agent to stabilise suspensions and emulsions, writes Phil Taylor.

Novogen reinforces position in US, European markets

Shares in Australian isoflavone specialist Novogen climbed more than 3 per cent this week on news that the firm had settled a patent dispute with the leading US supplements retailer...

PeptoPro in US sponsorship deal prior to public launch

DSM Food Specialties has concluded a second sponsorship deal of a major sports event that will coincide with the launch of products containing its new sports nutrition ingredient PeptoPro to...

Cosmeceuticals making small dent in beauty sector

Cosmeceuticals, or supplements that target skin health and beauty, are seeing fast growth in Europe since emerging as a new concept but much of the growth so far has come...

DCC nutraceuticals business boosts contract manufacturing activities

Irish group DCC, owners of UK tabletting firm Thomson and Capper, have acquired a majority stake in Laleham Healthcare, a contract manufacturer of tablets and creams for the health and...

Armor develops additive-free calcium caseinate

French milk proteins supplier Armor Proteines has developed a calcium caseinate for dietetic foods that is free of additives, allowing manufacturers to avoid labelling issues.

Frutarom: fresh capital for 2005 acquisitions?

Israeli flavour firm Frutarom, with clear ambitions to become one of the top ten flavour players, is seeking a listing on the London Stock Exchange to raise funds for imminent...

Palatinit anticipates EU market entry for slow-release carbohydrate

German firm Palatinit has applied for regulatory approval to launch its slow energy release carbohydrate, isomaltulose, on the European market, writes Lindsey Partos.

Tennis players test new 'guaranteed safe' supplements

Tennis players will test a range of sports nutrition products at this week's Australian Open that have been developed in a bid to avoid positive doping tests.

DSM backing plant compounds for future product development

Little-known plant compounds that can help tackle increasing prevalence of chronic disease are set to drive future product development at DSM Nutritional Products, currently better known for its vitamins range...

Raisio starts production of non-dairy range

Finland's Raisio group will start production of oat- and soy-based fresh foods as it moves to expand its functional food business.

Gadot driving into nutraceuticals market

Citrate salts manufacturer Gadot Biochemical is looking to boost its strong growth with a new range of mineral combinations as well as plans to add new ingredients through acquisitions.

Naturex on acquisition trail

French plant extracts firm Naturex is aiming to raise €9.27 million in a new share placement to fund further acquisitions, it said yesterday.

Fortune favors Forbes Medi-Tech for 2005

2005 is barely underway but Canadian Forbes Medi-Tech is already looking forward to a bumper year. The biopharmaceutical company yesterday announced revenue guidance of C$21 to C$22 million for the...

Encap hikes capacity with new premises

Scottish drug delivery and encapsulation specialist Encap has invested approximately £1.2 million (€1.7m)in new premises in order to boost its manufacturing capacity by 50 per cent.

Soft Gel offers more bioavailable CoQ10 softgels

US-based Soft Gel Technologies has developed a completely solubilized form of coenzyme Q10, shown to be more bioavailable than traditional CoQ10 softgels in a small trial, reports Dominique Patton.

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