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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.

Danone jumps further into healthy juice

Danone has paid an undisclosed sum for fellow French smoothie maker Immedia in a move that bolsters its presence in the European juice market.

Tooth-friendly probiotic products are on horizon, BASF

Consumer products containing a patented ingredient that binds bacteria in the mouth responsible for tooth caries and stops them sticking to teeth could reach the market this year, according to...

Probiotics group to target consumers in 2011

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is set to launch a new website early next year that will aim to deliver information about the microorganisms to consumers.

Probiotics show IBS benefits for children: Study

A ‘high-potency’ lactic acid bacteria supplement may ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in children, says a new study that echoes results from adult studies.

Exclusive interview

Time for a ‘Probiotics for Life’ industry website?

In the third excerpt from a NutraIngredients health claims roundtable, our experts wonder whether industry is being creative enough with the new European Union regulations.

Synbiotics may reduce childhood illness: Study

Daily consumption of milk fortified with probiotics and prebiotics may reduce the incidence of childhood illness, according to a community-based, double-blind, randomized controlled trial.

EFSA sets health claim workshop timetable

The European Food Safety Authority has published dates for a series of area-specific health claim workshops beginning with gut health and immunity in Amsterdam on December 2.

Yakult confident about probiotic dossier

Probiotics player Yakult is confident the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will hand its probiotic-immunity health claim dossier a positive opinion, despite the agency contacting it with further questions.

Danone: Health claim uncertainty not to blame for share price shake

As Danone’s share price continues to fall three days after its half year results were released, the company cites several potential reasons for the dip but insists that health claims...

Danone backs probiotic juice with ProViva investment

Global probiotics leader Danone has paid an undisclosed sum to Swedish dairy Skånemejerier for a 51 per cent stake in its probiotic juice brand, ProViva.

Study finds 'no overall benefits' of probiotic strains for eczema

A new study conducted with Danisco probiotics has yielded mixed results over their benefits for eczema in children, although researchers suggest that larger studies could help identify more definitive benefits.

Opinion

Functional foods at a crossroads

Do functional foods work?

Inulin plus resistant starch could be super-prebiotic

Combining fructooligosaccharides with resistant starch could produce gut health benefits beyond the mere sum of the parts, suggests a new study from Spain.

Gene profile breakthrough could unravel probiotic benefits

Dutch researchers have shown that probiotic bacteria adapt to our intestines, results that will deepen our understanding of how probiotics impact health.

Probiotics players seek health claims strategy

Stakeholders in the probiotics industry came together for a regulatory workshop in Slovakia last week to discuss how to deal with the challenges the sector faces from the new European...

Mathioudakis: Only member states can withdraw art 13.1 health claims

Generic, article 13.1 health claims can be withdrawn from the European Union nutrition and health claims system, but only via member state authorities and not individual companies or parties that...

Probiotics again linked to dermatitis benefits in kids

A study from Ukraine has found that supplementation with probiotics for two months had significant benefits for children with atopic dermatitis, adding to the growing body of evidence for the...

Danisco supports science of probiotic juices

Antioxidant-rich fruit juices can support probiotics, say new findings from Danisco that support the potential of juices to offer an interesting alternative to dairy-based products.

Probiotics may help fat and weight loss: Study

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, says new science from Japan.

EFSA gut health workshop will decide Danone’s next claims move

Global probiotics leader Danone says its withdrawn probiotic health claim dossiers will remain untouched on its shelves at least until it attends a gut and immune health claim workshop to...

EFSA health claims summit

“Dialogue is key” says EFSA, but industry not satisfied

The European Food Safety Authority yesterday committed to increased applicant dialogue and a series of health claim workshops at the stakeholders meeting it hosted yesterday at its Parma headquarters, but...

IPA president outlines probiotic challenges

Scott Bush, the VP of marketing, health and nutrition in Bioactives at Danisco USA, talks to Stephen Daniells about the challenges the probiotics industry faces in the form of new...

Danone defeats Glanbia in yoghurt trademark case

Danone has won a Supreme Court battle in Ireland against Glanbia over the introduction several years ago of Yoplait Essence.

Probiotics again show potential for IBS relief

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v may reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like abdominal pain and bloating, says new research from Institut Rosell.

Health claim creativity called for at Vitafoods

With little change in sight in the European Union’s new stringent health claims system, industry is being urged to get creative to promote healthy foods and supplements, at a packed...

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