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Firm champions sports nutrition on another (genetic) level

Beverly Hills-based FitnessGenes is bringing its DNA-driven personalised nutrition concept to sportspeople at all levels – and has moved across the pond to the UK and Europe. Is the sports world...


Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this...

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Nestlé lowers full-year sales outlook

Nestlé has lowered its full year outlook from 4.2% to 3.5% as it feels the effect of a deflationary market.

Taurine supplementation improves symptoms for young people suffering first episode psychosis

Research appears to show that supplementation with taurine - an additive commonly found in energy drinks - improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).

UPDATE: BASF explosion death toll rises to three

The search for the final missing person following the explosion at BASF’s plant this week has come to an end after divers found a body in the nearby harbour.

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Top 10 nutrition start-ups

Venture Scanner says 2016 is on pace to be one of the best years ever for health and nutrition start-up investment. We scan the most promising Venture Scanner ventures...

Antioxidant vitamin health claim authorised

EFSA backs E for infants

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has extended its approval of a health claim for vitamin E and protection from oxidative damage for adults to include young children.

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood. 

A winning formula? Free-from snacks are safest bet for food start-ups

Food and beverage start-ups that bring to market on-the-go snacks or beverages with a ‘free-from’ positioning have the best chance of success, whilst dairy concepts face the greatest risk of...

Alpro: 'we made a mistake and we’re really sorry'

Twitter storm blows up Alpro's dairy problem

Belgian manufacturer of plant-based dairy alternatives Alpro has been caught in a Twitter storm after it tweeted that a healthy diet consists of one third animal-based products. Disgruntled vegan followers referenced the company’s...

Seeing the pills for the packets: Specialist website offers price clarity to supplement consumers

A dedicated supplement and health food price comparison site is seeking to give UK consumers clarity in a busy, specialist market place.

'Confusion' best describes global regulation of aloe, expert says

After years on the market, aloe as an ingredient is still poorly understood by most regulators around the world, attendees at a recent ingredient-specific session were told.

Caffeine exhibits role in warding off dementia, study shows

Daily consumption of drinks containing caffeine could help in the fight against dementia, a new study has claimed.

Wake up to breakfast drinks: Where innovation could take the category next

Australia is the largest market for breakfast drinks, with a current retail value of around A$200m (USD $153m). But when it comes to innovation, the UK can give the Aussies...

2-5 coffees per day shows CVD benefits

Coffee's antioxidant properties can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates, a report has suggested.

Acai boosts vascular function, improves heart health: RCT

Adding acai pulp to your smoothies may improve vascular function, and support heart health, says a new study.

Root 66? Spearmint’s phenolic matrix mapped

Mass spectrometry techniques have shed light on spearmint’s complex phenolic matrix, according to ‘tentative’ findings from Italy.

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Nestlé Health Science founding chief retires after 40 years

Luis Cantarell, who headed up €500m+ food-pharma crossover research centre Nestlé Health Science when it launched in 2010, is retiring after 40 years at the Swiss food giant.

Tate & Lyle opens oat ingredients facility expansion

UK-based Tate & Lyle PLC, a global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has officially opened its expanded capacity at its manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

Could a shot of orange juice boost brain power for men?

Scientists from PepsiCo and the University of Reading (UK) report that a single glass of flavonoid-rich orange juice may boost cognitive function, compared to placebo.

Entrepreneurs spy ‘root’ into sports & energy drink space

The first production of a new ginger-based sports energy drink is currently underway, after raising over £6,500 (€7515) in pre-orders through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

French herbal firm seeks global sports nutrition win

Sporting performance enhancement; endurance; recovery and mind-body harmony are the four platforms of Fytexia’s entry into botanicals-based sports nutrition.

Chokeberries have ‘minor beneficial effects’ on heart health, says study

Juice or powder products made from chokeberries (Aronia mitschurinii) may improve blood pressure, and reduce some markers of inflammation, says a new study.

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100% juice products to expand beyond fruit base drinks to vegetables, exotic plants and coconut

100% juice products are capturing the imagination of consumers and driving growth, which will see expansion beyond traditional fruit base drinks to include vegetables, exotic plants and coconut, according to...