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Oxford study links DASH diet to lower blood pressure

A diet consisting of low fat dairy foods, wholegrains, and fruit and vegetables has been linked to lower blood pressure in the first British study of the DASH diet.

Diet rich in polypenols might delay onset of Alzheimer’s

A diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease through the production of new brain cells and the strenghtening of neural networks, according...

Chia EU novel foods approval beckons bread deals

The omega-3 and omega-6 laden ancient grain, chia, has had its European Union novel foods status confirmed for use in bread products.

Irish dairy and academia unite over functional ingredients

Four major Irish dairy ingredient players and four academic institutions form the nexus of a new Irish initiative to develop functional food ingredients – Food for Health Ireland.

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DSM ‘process efficiencies’ reduce resveratrol cost

DSM Nutritional Products says ‘process efficiencies and technology optimisation’ are allowing cost reductions in its resVida resveratrol ingredients, along with economies of scale.

Inside the Beneo Institute

The Sudzucker-owned Beneo Group established the Beneo Institute in late 2009 to give “new oxygen to a squeezed industry”, as Executive Board member, Yves Servotte, puts it, to a functional...

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Cargill Chinese ARA JV near completion

The ARA production facility owned by Cargill Alking Bioengineering, the joint venture between Cargill and Chinese company, Alking Bioengineering, will begin production in 2010.

UK HFMA addresses regulatory threats

A UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) workshop held this week in London has highlighted innovation challenges facing a health products industry that is “under considerable threat” from regulatory changes.

Food beats cosmetics and pharma to nutra frontiers

Food companies are showing far more interest in nutricosmetics and nutraceuticals than pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies, according to Bernstein Research.

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Developing a sustainability strategy makes sense for food ingredients companies to ensure security of supply, to leverage brand opportunity in innovations, and to realise returns on investment in agriculture, says...

Gut study may aid more effective probiotic selection

A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria bind to the mucus layer protecting the gut lining could result in more effective probiotic design and selection.

EU grants second krill novel foods approval

Norwegian omega-3 supplier, JFM Sunile AS, has won European Union approval for its krill ingredient under novel foods substantial equivalence rules.

Supplement weakness dampens Cognis nutrition sales

Cognis has reported a 6.8 per cent decline in nutritional and health product revenue for the first 9 months of 2009 as the European market weakens and supplement sales slump.

Herbal mint 'tea' could be effective pain reliever

An herbal mint tea is as effective at relieving pain as an aspirin-style drug, claims new research.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA issues positive iodine and iron health claim opinions

Iodine and iron have both been shown to benefit children’s development by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists under article 14 of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation.

DSM launches new health drink premixes

DSM has unveiled a range of instant beverage premixes packed with nutrients to allow formulators to easily turn ordinary soft drinks into specific health products.

Frutarom results herald more acquisitions next year

Frutarom has reported a rise in net profit of 6.3 per cent to US$10m in the third quarter of this year and pledged to continue its acquisition strategy.

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Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

Naturex president and chief executive officer, Jacques Dikansky, tells Shane Starling why in August the French botanicals giant bought Spanish supplier, Natraceutical Group, to double its size for the third...

Flaxseed oil cuts osteoporosis risk in diabetic, older women - study

Flaxseed oil may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women with diabetes and those who are post-menopausal, according to a new study.

Chr Hansen adds Australian probiotic to portfolio

Leading probiotics supplier, Chr Hansen, has inked a deal with Australian start-up, Probiomics, that will see it distribute a strain initial trials indicate has immunity benefits.


Food prices face a welcome perfect storm

There’s a perfect storm building for food prices. You don’t have to scan the horizon to see the signs; the clouds are developing all around us - at a faster...

Resveratrol could prove HRT alternative, study

Treatment based on resveratrol could be a safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women and could help prevent breast cancer, according to a new study.

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UK FSA announces post-merger reshuffle

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a reshuffle of personnel following its merger with the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), creating two senior job opportunities.

Ocean Spray launches whole cranberries

Ocean Spray is now offering whole dried cranberries as ingredients, to help raise confectionery and snack products into the premium category.

EFSA expands on article 13.1 health claim methods

Health claims backed by studies carried out on non-healthy populations are capable of winning positive opinions according to an EFSA assessment of its own methods sent to the European Commission...