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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...

BioGaia probiotic cuts sick days

A daily probiotic supplement reduced the number of sick days caused by gastrointestinal illnesses or colds by almost 70 per cent, according to a new study done by Swedish firm BioGaia.

BioGaia hit by delayed product launches

Delayed product launches will see losses at Swedish probiotics company BioGaia continue into next year, warned the firm yesterday. It had been counting on two major contracts to help it...

Low-carb offering expands in UK

The first wave of low-carb foods to compete with the Atkins brand reached the UK market last month but not all global food makers are confident of the trend's longevity...

Kellogg in trouble over Frosties advert

A public complaint and a rap on the knuckles from the UK Advertising Standards Authority has left the Kellogg company red-faced over its recent Frosties cereal advert, and again thrust...

Quercetin drink launched to boost health

Richard Lamb, co-founder of the well-known Balance Bar, has come out of retirement to help launch an antioxidant health drink that claims to reduce fatigue and boost overall performance by...

Novel products in Japan give flavour of future trends

New products from Japanese food maker Nissin offer an insight into the latest trends in what is considered the oldest and one of the best established markets for functional foods.

Sandwiches contain high fat levels

The UK's booming sandwich industry has come in for criticism after a survey found that some of their products contain around two-thirds of the whole day's recommended fat intake for...

Cognis extends Tonalin brand

Health ingredients firm Cognis launched a new form of CLA suitable for use in beverages, nutritional bars and dietary supplements, at last week's Supply Side West show in Las Vegas,...

Danisco pectin targets soy beverages and drinking yoghurts

Number two pectin player Danisco rolls out a line extension for new gains from its Grinsted pectin range that targets food and beverage makers looking to spear the growing sports...

Numico sees future in clinical nutrition

Royal Numico, the Dutch baby food group, has announced it will streamline its manufacturing process in an effort to generate cost savings and focus its energies on clinical nutrition.

Valio extends presence in Estonia

Finnish dairy products company Valio is to acquire Norwegian firm Synnöve Finden's 42 per cent holding in Estonian cheese producer Võru Juust, leaving Valio with a 99 per cent stake...