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Yakult to introduce blood pressure lowering drink

Japanese functional food company Yakult will next month launch a new fermented drink designed to lower blood pressure on its home market, according to a report.

France targets hidden sugars

AFSSA, the French food safety authority, has called for a significant reduction of sugars added to processed foods alongside stronger backing for foods containing wholegrains and high fibre.

Fonterra drives forward value-added dairy sector

Fonterra has built a new processing plant in New Zealand as part of its strategy to move its dairy business away from commodification and towards producing more value-added products.

Old fashioned cod liver oil boosting UK supplements market

Fish oils, and particularly cod liver oil, are proving to be the mainstay of the UK's dietary supplements market, providing growth in a market where profits are continually eroded by...

Raisio announces job cuts

Finland's Raisio group is to cut around 40 jobs as it eliminates costs following the sale of its chemicals division earlier this year.

Solbar launches soluble isoflavone extract for dairy

Israeli soy proteins producer Solbar is launching a new soluble soy isoflavone extract that can be added to functional foods including drinks, soy milks and dairy products like milk and...

Volac ups whey protein capacity with new plant

UK whey proteins firm Volac International has opened a major new plant in the Netherlands, significantly increasing its output of highly concentrated dairy proteins for the health foods market.

DSM introduces Teavigo to first European market

DSM Nutritional Products has launched its purified green tea extract Teavigo in Italy, its first European market. The move is likely to help the roll-out of the product in other...

Solbar invests in sugar analysis technology

Soy products firm Solbar Industries is to set up a new company specialized in sugar analysis, which will market its technology for use by manufacturers of dairy products, protein-rich foods...

Functional soft drinks emerging as strong category

West Europe's functional soft drinks sector has become a force to be reckoned with, shows a new report, with nutraceuticals showing the fastest growth of all categories.

Filling the Vioxx void

Joint health supplements could see an extra growth spurt in coming months, following Merck's recent withdrawal of the leading arthritis drug, Vioxx. It is expected to raise consumer awareness of...

Soft Gel to introduce new immune-boosting product

US-based Soft Gel is to launch a new plant-based product, designed to support the immune system and detoxification, at Health Ingredients Europe next month.

Low-carb diet may have benefits over reducing fat

A low-carbohydrate diet improved cholesterol levels of severely obese people and may also curb markers of inflammation better than a reduced-fat diet, suggests a six-month study.

Degussa to exit from food ingredients business?

Ending months of speculation, the flavours and texturants units at Degussa, Germany's third largest chemicals group, are up for sale as the firm looks at selling the food ingredients arm...

Omega-3s fuel product innovation

Food companies around Europe are adding heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to traditional products as they seek to meet increasing consumer demand for healthy food.

Healthy eating plans come under scrutiny of trade regulator

The UK's competition regulator has moved to calm a potential storm between the government and the food industry, after warning an industry association that new goals for healthier foods could...

UK companies develop easier approach to carb-counting

Products developed by the latest entrant to the UK's low-carb market shows that the regime is being given a less extreme twist than the popular Atkins diet originating from across...

Fruit-derived omega-3 reaches European market

German firm Flavex is bringing to market a new, fruit-derived fatty acid product, designed to offer a vegetarian alternative to fish oils.

Scotland to help preserve Chinese herbals

Scotland moved to limit damage done by the booming demand for herbal remedies under a new agreement signed with China yesterday.

Frutarom investigates slimming effects of mate

Plant extracts company Frutarom Switzerland has carried out new research to support the weight-loss effects of its mate product, a herb becoming increasingly popular in the supplements category.

International strategy drives growth at Naturex

The buoyant US supplements market has helped French plant extracts firm Naturex grow revenue further in the third quarter.

Glanbia develops protein-rich fruit juice drinks

Irish ingredients company Glanbia Nutritionals has formulated a fruit juice beverage with whey protein isolate, thought to be the first of its kind for the Irish market.

Yoghurts lead innovation in functional foods

Probiotic drinking yoghurt has been the fastest growing dairy product in the last five years, thanks to its health benefits and convenient format that even allows it to cross sector...

Buhler develops vitamin-enriching rice extrusion process

Swiss company Buhler has developed a new extrusion process that allows white rice to be enriched with vitamins, writes Anthony Fletcher.

VSP takes on Bioriginal name

Fatty acids supplier Bioriginal Food & Science has fully integrated its European business - the Netherlands-based Vegetable Seed Products - as it moves to profit from the buoyant market for...

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