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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

Exclusive documentary preview: MicroWarriors Special edition

MicroWarriors: Exploring probiotic power (and the powers that be)

NutraIngredients went to LA recently to question two leading probiotic academics about probiotics and the microbiome and which we present exclusively here. The interviews form part of a new documentary...

Study links microbial imbalance with breast cancer

The microbiota could play a role in the development of breast cancer, according to new research.

Frutarom becomes a bigger botanicals player with THMPD range

Swiss-Israeli supplier Frutarom has beefed up its botanical extracts in response to changing European Union laws for herbal products and medicines.

Cry baby blues: L reuteri probiotic not backed for Colic

A study involving 167 breastfed and probiotic formula fed ‘excessive crying’ infants has found no benefits for the formula-fed ones, even though other studies showed probiotics could reduce the malady.

Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation?

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

Gravity-free probiotics

Space…The final frontier for Yakult probiotics? 6-year study confirmed

Probiotic pioneer Yakult’s little bottles are to feature in a 6-year, gravity-free study at the International Space Station (ISS).

Finns and Norwegians partner on probiotic juice

Finnish dairy and ingredients giant Valio has inked a deal with major Norwegian food and drink maker Tine to license its LGG probiotic strain in Tine’s Biola juice range.

Back on track: Strong Q2 balances out natural colours loss for Chr. Hansen

Ingredients giant Chr. Hansen has an unchanged outlook for full year, after a strong second quarter eased the woes created by the firm losing its biggest colours customer in Q4...

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.

DuPont: It seems like the whole world except Europe understands probiotics are backed by solid science

Americans are often described as lagging behind their European counterparts when it comes to awareness of probiotics, but the growth potential in the US market is “huge”, says leading supplier...

IPA World Congress, May 9-11 2014, Athens, Greece

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

Companies that manufacture probiotic products can learn much from other fast-moving-consumer-good (FMCG) firms like shower gel, pharmaceutical and smoothie makers in NPD, an expert says.

External advisory board to help Chr. Hansen capitalise on microbiome science

An explosion in microbiome science has prompted Chr. Hansen to appoint a scientific advisory board of “internationally recognised thought leaders in the field” to explore new opportunities for using bacteria to improve...

Battle of the bugs: Beneficial bacteria vital to immune response against infection

Our microbiome may play a central role in immune responses to infections, according to new research revealing how beneficial bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells.

Gut microbiota ‘networks’ may play a role in autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes risk

The way in which our gut bacteria interact with each other may have vital implications for the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to new research.

Gut bacteria to battle vitamin A deficiency: Could probiotics be modified to produce beta-carotene?

Research backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could offer a new solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency by creating modified gut bacteria, researchers told NutraIngredients.

BioGaia confirms extended agreement with Nestlé for clinical research and NPD

Swedish probiotic player BioGaia has broadened and strengthened its ties with food manufacturing giant Nestlé by agreeing a deal for clinical research and new product development (NPD), according to the...

Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery: Population data

A healthy diet packed with fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish could help to reduce the risk of pre-term babies, according to new research.

Functional bakery: Could ‘edible films’ be a new strategy for probiotic delivery?

The use of edible films could be a new approach to the production of functional cereals and bakery products with added probiotics, according to new research.

News in brief

Study supports probiotic label claims for bacteria levels: Study

A study of five commercially available probiotic products has found that the bacterial levels in the products were similar to those stated on the package, results that support the QA/QC...

Pooperoni? Spanish researchers produce low sodium and fat probiotic stool sausage

A fermented sausage product that is made with probiotic lactobacilli bacteria isolated from infant faeces could transform the meat product in to a health food, according to new research.

Microbiota makeup linked to intestinal cancer risk

The makeup of microbes living in our gut may be a risk factor for colorectal cancer and could drive the development of intestinal tumours, say researchers.

Bitter PIL: UK firm ditches ‘probiotics’ for ‘live bacteria’ after regulator slap

UK-based Probiotics International Ltd (PIL) is replacing all references to ‘probiotics’ with ‘live bacteria’ in its marketing materials after the UK advertising watchdog ruled ‘probiotic’ to be an unauthorised implied...

UK research takes aim at beneficial bacteria's ability to break down carbs

New funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) could help researchers to better understand how beneficial bacteria break down non-digestible carbohydrate.

Special edition: Pre and Probiotics

Probiotic call: Forget health claims (consumers have)

Probiotic players obsessed with winning health claims needn’t bother as consumers don’t value them anyway, a leading consultant says.

Special edition: Pre & Probiotics

Know what you are putting in your products, urges probiotic Prof

Industry must do more to understand the inter-species interactions of multi-strain probiotic products rather than assuming that 'more is better', warns Professor Gregor Reid.

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