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Sports drinks break $1 billion barrier

The Olympic Games have triggered a raft of new sports drink launches and heightened marketing activity that will benefit further growth of Europe's €1 billion sports drink sector. But the...

Phytopharm looks for Nasdaq listing in key market

UK drug developer Phytopharm has taken steps to list on the Nasdaq in the US, a market expected to offer considerable investor interest in its appetite-suppressing compound and other plant-derived...

Number two vit B1 firm to change hands?

Genex Pharmaceutical has unveiled a plan to buy fellow Chinese company Tianjin Zhongjin Pharmaceutical, one of the world's largest producers of vitamin B1.

BioProgress expands film-making capacity

UK-based BioProgress, the manufacturer of 'dissolve in the mouth' films, has bought two soluble film casting lines allowing it to boost its production capacity to meet growing demand for the...

Solbar sets up China base

Soy protein manufacturer Solbar has opened an office in Shanghai to allow it to meet the rapidly growing demand for soy products in China. It launches just ahead of local...

Takeda to sell off vitamins joint venture

Japanese pharmaceutical firm Takeda will sell off its stakes in five non-core joint ventures, including the vitamins business that it operates with Germany's BASF, according to reports.

Dansk Droge sets sights on Polish market

Danish supplement maker Dansk Droge is set to increase its share of the Polish market with the acquisition last week of Poland-based distributor Amis Medica.

Strong growth for store brand vitamin maker

Good growth for supermarket brand vitamin and drug maker Perrigo reflects the growing role of the mass market both in its home market, the US, and the UK.

Film strips set to impact new product development

Edible film strips will explode onto the market in early 2005, predicts one manufacturer that is poised to meet the growing demand from the nutritional products industry.

Taiyo creates green tea manufacturing giant

Japanese functional food ingredients firm Taiyo Kagaku is set to increase its share of global green tea sales with the recent acquisition of Chinese green tea extract manufacturer Wuxi Green...

Volume sales lift Degussa 1H

Building on a stronger start to the year, Germany's third largest chemicals group reports continued growth into the second quarter with an increase in demand pushing up sales and earnings...

Olympics may fuel innovation in European sports drinks

Leading sports drink manufacturers are hoping to increase market shares this year with major marketing campaigns to coincide with the Olympics. But the more specialist sector could also get a...

High bioavailability of calcium from seaweed proved

A natural derived seaweed mineral, produced by the Irish company Marigot, has more bio-availability than industry standard calcium carbonate, according a US study.

ADM taps into low-carb market

The growing popularity of the low-carb diet among US and UK consumers is squeezing supplies for speciality ingredients used by food makers to target this new market and driving ingredients...

Sales at BASF's nutrition unit stagnate

The German chemicals giant BASF has announced a successful second quarter, though the company's nutrition and agricultural products division turned in a poor performance with minimal sales growth and reduced...

New survey confirms L-Carnitine ups fatty acid oxidation

Swiss chemicals firm Lonza has carried out a new study which confirms that supplementation with L-Carnitine can significantly increase fatty acid oxidation in healthy adults in a short period of...

Noviant launches GM-free disintegrant for tablets

Dutch specialty chemicals group Noviant has developed a certified GM-free disintegrant for use in tablets, allowing supplement makers to continue supplying a full range of products without having to add...

US confirms shrimp dumping by four more countries

The US International Trade Administration yesterday announced its preliminary determinations in investigations on shrimp dumping by Brazil, Ecuador, India, and Thailand. These have already had an important impact on glucosamine...

New phytosterol cleared for EU use

A new phytosterol ingredient, said by its Swedish manufacturer to represent the 'second generation' of phytosterol ingredients, has been given the go-ahead for use on the European market.

Profits surge at Raisio on chemicals sale

The sale of Raisio's chemicals business has had a major benefit on the firm's first half profits but new functional food launches and sales of the Finnish company's cholesterol-lowering ingredient...

PepsiCo flags up 'healthy' products

Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo might not spring immediately to mind when thinking about healthy food products, but the US company clearly believes it has a role to play...

Major dairy player joins up with BASF for NPD

Dairy company Fonterra and German vitamin maker BASF are collaborating on research to find new commercial opportunities for value-added, healthy dairy products.

Kaneka further expands CoQ10 production with new plant

The rapid growth in the use of the natural antioxidant CoQ10 in the cosmetics and supplement industry has prompted the Japanese corporation Kaneka to build a new plant in the...

Strong demand lifts sales at Croda

UK chemicals group Croda has seen strong demand for its marine and nutritional oils as well as products for the personal care sector, driving sales to the personal and healthcare...

GM-free marketplace to hamper growth of natural vitamin E

Tough regulations on GM labelling look set to play a pivotal role in the development of the European market for natural vitamin E, writes Dominique Patton. Demand for the soybean-derived...

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