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EU regulations top list of major concerns for nutrition industry

Forget Brexit, the current state of the global economy or rising raw material costs. EU regulation is a bigger challenge for European nutrition companies than them all, new data suggests.

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Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

Italy sets up fine system for non-compliant health claims

In an effort to reduce misleading uses of health claims on advertising for nutritional products, the Italian government has published a decree detailing financial penalties.

If it’s natural, it’s good…but what's natural? A case study in cultured meat, E numbers and plant extracts

If in-vitro meat is to be successful it must be marketed as a natural meat substitute, because the negative perception of synthetic foods are too great to overcome the potential...

Cannabinoid nutraceuticals set for European take off?

Europe will become a key market for a number of new cannabinoid-infused nutraceutical products targeting the multi-billion European nutrition industry, said Swiss firm Domaco as it strikes a deal with...

Your Voice Matters

Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

OPINION: Why vitamin D is vital for women, especially in Asia

The recent occasion of the International Women’s Day provided a good opportunity to reflect on both gender equality, but also on differences between the genders, writes DSM senior scientist Barbara Troesch....

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study showed.

Special Edition: Functional Foods

What are functional foods, and what do consumers really think about them?

Functional foods and drinks are becoming more widely accepted as a part of every day life – but how do we actually define the category, what drives consumer engagement, and...

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Millennials driving next generation of functional foods

The demands on brands and suppliers to fulfil consumer’s desire to eat healthy foods has never been higher with switched-on millennials becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of functional foods...

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Storming growth for energy, water and tea in functional beverages

Functional beverages are set to boom with projected 8% annual growth, with energy drinks, waters and teas strong performers – but are consumers growing weary of gimmicks.

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Naturally functional: Are consumers turned off by 'added' functionality

A huge 70% of Europeans prefer health benefits from natural foods, rather than added benefits, according to Mintel - so could the perception that functional foods are unnatural be a barrier to...

Study shows Ahiflower oil’s anti-inflammatory and immune potential

A daily dose of Ahiflower oil from Buglossoides arvensis may increase production of the cytokine IL-10,  which plays a role in immunoregulation and inflammation, says a new study....

Differences in gut bacteria could account for altered nutrient absorption

Variable absorption: Study warns of vast differences in the way plant extracts get into the body

Polyphenols from plant extracts are absorbed into the body at widely different times, with the microbiota playing an important role in significant variation in bioavailability and absorption patterns, warns a...

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First steps: Winclove set for 'probiotic claim' with B12 producing bacteria

A probiotic strain that itself produces high enough levels of natural vitamin B12 to enable EFSA approved health claims is a ‘first step’ towards the category gaining its own claims, says...

Superchocolate: Can chocolate really be a functional food?

A chocolate bar containing 33% pure refined turmeric has been launched into the global functional foods market, as a convenient and enjoyable way to increase daily dosage of curcumin, the...

Could probiotic ease depression? Mouse study suggests so…

Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-culture yogurt and sauerkraut, could reverse depressive symptoms, according to a new mouse study that researchers think could hold true in humans.

Sports Nutrition Online Event

Ageing consumers have potential to lead the sports nutrition market, say experts

Ageing consumers, more feminine products and ‘natural’ functional foods will lead the market in the coming years, analysts from Euromonitor International told attendees of our recent online event on Sports Nutrition....

EU Commission revises “outdated” medical device regulation

The EU Commission has released the revised regulations for the marketing of medical devices, simplifying the confusing between food and medical device, after outlining the changes - including post-market surveillance...

Lion Capital take majority stake in UK sports nutrition firm Grenade

Private equity firm Lion Capital has acquired a majority stake in UK-based active nutrition firm Grenade Holdings in a deal that sees the business valued at £72 million (€83m).

Low omega-3 intakes a ‘concern’ for pregnant women: US data

Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations. 

Wasted value: Tomato waste backed for development of ‘nutrient rich’ ingredients

Agricultural tomato wastes could be used to produce valuable functional ingredients as part of a sustainable strategy that uses sustainable extraction methods and contributes to a bio-economy, say researchers.

Brexit could impact UK nutrition research funding

Brexit could severely hinder the ability of UK firms and research bodies to participate in big EU-funded food science projects, a leading nutrition scientist has warned.

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Pear pomace fibre aids weight loss by boosting gut microbiota: China study

A new study showed insoluble dietary fibre (IDF) from pear pomace can prevent obesity and reduce damage caused by a high-fat diet, with researchers believing it does so by improving...