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Private label nutrition equal to national brands

There are no major differences in nutritional content between private labels, national brands and hard discount goods – although private labels come out top for nutrition labelling, according to a French...

Soluble fibers may curb hunger and counter inflammation in overweight people: Human data

Prebiotic supplements may reduce appetite, food intake, and inflammation in overweight adults, says a new study from France.

Child’s play: EFSA approves immune and metabolism health claims, rejects colic discomfort

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three children’s health claims for immune health and energy-yielding metabolism but rejected a fourth infant claim for the reduction of gastrointestinal discomfort....

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

News in brief

EFSA considers health claim for creatine and elderly muscle function

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reviewing a health claim application for creatine and muscle function in the elderly following an application from German chemical company AlzChem AG.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

‘Encouraging’: Tart cherries may protect marathon runners from upper respiratory tract symptoms

Juice made from Montmorency cherries may reduce the development of upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTS) after running a marathon, suggests data from a pilot study.

“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent...

June: Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

Salmonella in your infant nutrition, hormones in your supplements and lead in your detox. These were just some of the nasties included in this month’s round up of supplements blocked at...

patent watch

Nestlé files patent for pregnancy probiotic

Nestlé has filed a patent for probiotics to be taken during pregnancy and lactation, which it says help reduce the risk of allergies for the infant. 

Energy drinks ride out tough economic times

Different flavours, artificial caffeine alternatives and a place in everyday life give energy drinks the staying power to survive the recession, says a Canadean report.

Academics seek industry partners for electrospun nanofiber delivery

UK-based researchers are seeking industry collaboration and inspiration for work creating electrospun nanofibres that could provide improved products and ingredient delivery systems for foods.

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

Clear Coffee targets health conscious consumers – and their teeth

A Slovakian entrepreneur has developed Clear Coffee, a transparent coffee designed to appeal to health conscious consumers – in particular those who want to keep their teeth white. 

Patent watch

Abbott Labs files patent for ‘better tasting’ nutritional powders

Abbott Laboratories has filed an international patent for a process it says allows it to produce better-tasting powders with improved nutrient content.

EU nutrient profiles: The 9-year saga

EU Parliament could ask Commission to ditch nutrient profiles for health claims

Key European Parliament committee votes could push the European Commission to “eliminate” nutrient profiles from the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Whiter than white? EU rejecting ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac

Europe needs to be educated on ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac, says Indonesian supplier with sulphur safety concerns.

Nestlé files casein infant formula patent for better insulin sensitivity

Nestlé has filed an international patent for an infant nutrition product with casein protein, which it said could be used to prevent metabolic syndrome disorders later in life.

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

Forget extreme sports – it’s about extreme parenting! Energy drinks may market to millennials but parents’ consumption is on the rise

The pressures of raising children, juggling work and home life, and other daily responsibilities mean older millennials are increasingly turning to energy drinks, according to a report from Mintel. 

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe, Geneva

Offering consumers information is essential for hemp juice success, says Sana

Telling a story is important for any brand – even more so when trying to market hemp juice and overcome pre-conceptions about cannabis, according to Sana Hemp Juice. 

BEUC: Health claim ‘adjustments’ need caution and nutrient profiles

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has urged the European commissioner for health and food safety to practice caution when making ‘adjustments’ to health claim and botanical rules.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe, Geneva

Europe’s energy drink market needs a shot of energy: Nergia

Energy shots are a big market in the US, but the potential in Europe is yet to be realized, says America’s Naturals.

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