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Pycnogenol lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics

Further research shows that the pine bark supplement Pycnogenol lowers blood sugar levels in diabetes patients and improves blood vessel function.

New blood pressure lowering ingredient

Japanese firm Riken Vitamin has developed a seaweed jelly with an ingredient that helps to control high blood pressure, according to an Asia Pulse report.

Four-year-old Novis beats media old guard for publishing awards

Novis, now with almost half a million readers, yesterday earned broad industry recognition with two further publishing awards, following on from its best publication prize earlier this year.

Health to drive honey choice for food formulations?

Health-promoting compounds found in honey could make this ingredient a more attractive option for food makers currently using bulk sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup and looking to jump on...

Future profits rest with functional foods

The most successful health foods of the future are likely to be functional, and particularly those targeted at children and seniors, predicts a new report.

BioProgress signs deal for China

BioProgress, the developer of film strips for vitamin delivery, is increasing its international presence, signing its first agreement for a line of products for the Chinese market.

Healthier than olive oil - a new blend

Spanish nutritional oils company Genosa I+D has launched an olive oil-based product, enriched with fish oil and antioxidants, to give it an ideal balance of fatty acids.

Inulin prices going up

Inulin suppliers are set to increase prices next year to combat higher production and raw material costs.

Iodine-rich ice cream to hit Russian shelves

A new ice cream product enriched with iodine is to be launched in the New Year by Russian dairy group MiasoMolTorg JSC, the first product of its kind on the...

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...

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