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Cholesterol-lowering foods to be refunded under Dutch health insurance

Dutch health insurer VGZ is to reimburse policyholders who buy Unilever's range of cholesterol-lowering margarine, yoghurt and milk products in a bid to reduce medical costs related to heart disease,...

Astaxanthin supplier signs distribution deal for UK, Ireland

New ingredients supplier Valensa, a joint venture between US Nutra and Israel-based Algatechnologies, has appointed Chesham Chemicals as its exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland.

Waitrose follows retailers' healthy eating drive

Waitrose is the next of the UK's leading supermarket chains to launch new labels targeted at improving healthy eating habits.

Europe's herbals on the up again

Europe's herbals market is set to regain some of its momentum over the next year, with strong sales in supermarkets and non-pharmacy channels demonstrating that consumers are regaining confidence in...

Alltracel shores up film development capacity

Irish biopharma firm Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has reinforced its position in the dissolvable film market with a reverse takeover of London firm Westone Products.

Nutrinova to enter Chinese market with DHA

German ingredients firm Nutrinova is expanding its presence in the omega-3 market with new projects underway with Chinese supplement makers and producers of infant nutrition products.

Suppliers identify solutions for new probiotic foods

Probiotic chocolate bars and cereals could emerge on the market next year as strong demand for the gut health ingredient pushes food makers to invest in the complex processes required...

Industry checking GI levels to prepare for emerging trend

A hospital is the latest to launch a glycaemic index testing service in the UK to meet demand from food makers looking to develop low-GI ranges.

Unilever gains exclusive rights to Phytopharm's hoodia extract

SlimFast owner Unilever has gained the exclusive global rights to an appetite-suppressing compound extracted from the hoodia gordonii plant by UK-based Phytopharm, reports Dominique Patton.

Lipid Nutrition clears rights to European CLA patent

A challenge to Lipid Nutrition's patent on the composition of its conjugated linoleic acid has been removed after the European Patent Office ruled that all claims should remain as granted...

Ireland sets ambitious targets for functional foods industry

Ireland's functional foods industry has been slated for major growth under a government-backed development programme announced last week.

Chromium picolinate gets all-clear in UK

The mineral supplement chromium picolinate has been given the all-clear by the UK's food authority. It is a strong sign that the compound could be accepted across Europe under the...

China pulls on soybean stocks

China continues to pull on global commodities with demand for US soybeans rising in 2004/05 by nearly 50 per cent on the previous year, reports Lindsey Partos. China's total contracts...

Swedish group Semper to double its presence in Russia

Swedish manufacturer Semper aims to increase exports of baby food to Russia, as the market there is growing much faster than in many other countries, writes Angela Drujinina.

LycoRed in bid to expand food market

A novel foods approval for the tomato compound lycopene could give it a significant push into the functional foods category in Europe, which currently includes only a handful of lycopene-fortified...

Glucosamine prices on the rise again

Glucosamine prices continue to rise and could go up a further 25 per cent in the first quarter of next year, according to Europe's leading supplier.

FiberGel launches non-GMO fat replacement supplement

Circle Group owned FiberGel Technologies last week launched a non-GMO version of its fat replacement and dietary fiber supplement in order to satisfy European demand.

Commission fines choline chloride cartel

The European Commission yesterday fined Akzo Nobel, BASF and UCB €66.34 million for fixing prices in choline chloride.

Food scientists design new formulations for gluten-free bread

Scientists in Ireland claim to have dramatically improved the quality of gluten-free bread, presenting an opportunity for bakers as the number of people with a known gluten intolerance grows, writes...

DMV and Arla food ingredients to merge?

Dutch lactoferrin supplier DMV International and Arla Food Ingredients could soon be part of the world's largest farmer-owned dairy company as their owners Campina of the Netherlands and Denmark's Arla...

Glanbia acquisition for nutritional business

Dairy ingredients firm Glanbia has bought the German nutrient delivery systems company Kortus for €14.5 ($19.15) million, it said yesterday, strengthening its product range and solution capability.

Chemical companies to face fines for choline price-fixing

The European Commission is set to fine chemicals firms Akzo Nobel, BASF and Belgium's UCB for their role in fixing prices on choline chloride, according to a report.

One in five Scottish kids obese, tools needed to fight

Increased awareness and education are vital to combating rising levels of obesity in children, Scotland's health minister warns today.

Kemin opts for Health image

Kemin Foods yesterday changed its name to Kemin Health in an effort to more accurately portray its business to its customers.

Safflorin supported by two structure function claims in US

Dutch nutritional oils company Lipid Nutrition says customers working in the US can now use two immune-boosting structure/function claims for its Safflorin product after notifying the Food and Drug Administration...