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Amino acid promotes sleep, finds Ajinomoto

Japanese amino acids supplier Ajinomoto is considering commercializing food supplements containing glycine, based on studies showing the amino acid could help people sleep better.

Atkins UK denies waning interest in low-carbs

Atkins Nutritionals, the US-based company behind the trendy low-carb diet, has hired a turnaround specialist to shake up its business in the wake of increasing competition and waning consumer interest...

Film specialist patents new dissolving capsule

UK-based films developer BioProgress has been granted a patent on a new type of capsule that dissolves rapidly in the mouth and is said to be more pleasant than gelatine...

Fazer begins three-year rye health drive

Finnish bakery group Fazer has begun a three-year programme promoting the health benefits of rye-based products - everything from cancer prevention to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. And...

DSM cuts production costs with new vitamin E plant

DSM Nutritional Products has lifted its vitamin E capacity to 25,000 tons - the world's largest - at a new plant that is being hailed for its production efficiencies, reports...

Plant sterol expansion for Forbes

Canadian company Forbes Medi-Tech said yesterday that it had secured a sterols sales agreement for US$24.4 million (€20.01 million) over a three-year period beginning in January 2005.

Fonterra taps into low-carb diet fad

Fonterra, New Zealand's multinational dairy co-operative, has jumped on the low-carb bandwagon by launching a strain of milk protein designed to produce new low-carb yoghurt. But is all this hype...

So Natural raises funds for functional food venture

Australian soyfoods maker So Natural Foods Australia said yesterday that it will raise A$5 million (€2.87m) through the issue of unlisted convertible notes to fund expansion of its new joint...

Nutrinova sale on backburner?

German chemicals company Celanese has been unable to find a buyer for its food ingredients division Nutrinova, according to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland.

Allicin research benefits new ingredient

UK firm Allimax, which has developed a patented form of the garlic antioxidant compound allicin, will use ongoing research to help it move out of the crowded garlic supplements segment...

Chr Hansen developing blood pressure lowering bacteria

Scientists from Danish company Chr Hansen say they have developed a lactic acid bacteria that may lower blood pressure when added to yoghurt and other foods.

Rosenroot moves into energy-boosting segment

The herbal rosenroot, launched on Norway's supplements market this year, may be set to rival sales of ginseng in the Nordic markets, according to the producer Rosenrot.

Danish start-up brings novel herbal products to Europe

A range of new herbal products, based on traditional Arabic medicine, will reach the European market at the end of the year, aiming to bring both novelty and increased efficacy...

Encouraging signs for Glanbia's nutritional business

Food ingredients sales at Irish dairy firm Glanbia jumped 20 per cent during the first half and lifted profits 49 per cent higher than the previous year, reported the company,...

Cargill to market ARA in China joint venture

US agri-food giant Cargill is to begin marketing the fatty acid ARA through a joint venture with China's Wuhan Alking, China's leading ARA producer.

Omega-3 demand brings profits for Clover

Growing demand for omega-3 fatty acids significantly boosted profits at Australian health ingredients firm Clover Corporation last year but lower-than-expected sales in Europe and restricted supply of ARA oil for...

BioProducts embarks on expansion

New Zealand deer velvet extract maker BioProducts has been sold to a group of employees and directors in a management buy-out, giving it increased flexibility in its plans for growth.

Natural feels effects of CLA handover

Norwegian CLA company Natural has seen profits fall considerably in this year's second quarter after a major boost to revenue from new licensing agreements last year.

Novel peptides herald next generation foods

Dutch ingredients company DSM revealed yesterday that its muscle recovery ingredient PeptoPro will be marketed in a new range of products worldwide by Europe's biggest sports nutrition company Haleko.

Better ingredient offering to lift nutraceutical sales

World demand for nutraceutical chemicals will advance by 6.1 per centannually to reach $9.6 billion in 2008, serving a $173 billion nutritional products industry, according to a new report from the Freedonia group.

BASF opens new plant for vitamin production

The world's number two vitamin maker BASF opened a new production plant for the chemical citral yesterday, the key building block for vitamins A and E, as well as the...

BioGaia counting on new products to boost sales

Probiotics company BioGaia saw sales fall and further losses in the first half compared to last year's six month period but says new contracts could help it return to the...

Lipid Nutrition launches 95 per cent CLA

Netherlands-based Lipid Nutrition has introduced a 95 per cent concentration of its Clarinol brand conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), said to be the highest form of CLA available to the nutraceutical market.

Tetra Pak to build worldwide sales for Valio lactose free milk

Finnish dairy firm Valio has joined up with Tetra Pak to market its production technology for lactose-free milk outside its home market.

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...

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