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Natural ingredients firm streamlines supply chain

Natural ingredients firm Naturex has streamlined its supply chain by implementing Infor Advanced Planning Software.

Hot New Beverage Concepts for 2013: Episode Two

Adomas Pranevicius, CEO of MyDrink Beverages, gives readers the further lowdown on new non-alcoholic drinks concepts that could set the market alight in 2013.

Nestlé eyes herbal sector with Hong Kong JV; 2013 clinical trials planned

Nestlé has amplified its nutrition presence by forming a joint venture to develop Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM). Orally consumed gastro products will be first off the rank based on an...

MHRA retains herbal case-by-case stance amid black cohosh adulteration case

The UK medicines agency says it continues to monitor the borderline between herbal products classified as medicines as opposed to food supplements on a case-by-case basis, although some categories are...

Fluxome finds a last-minute buyer: But is it resveratrol or omega-3 to be sold?

Swiss biotech firm Evolva has agreed to buy undisclosed assets from Fluxome, as it leaves its pure pharma research past in the dust and throws the embattled Danish supplier a...

December 14, 2012: EU health claims doomsday? Er, not really…

For years, probiotics and other sections of the food industry have supposedly been dreading the implementation of despised EU health claims laws.

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

Royal DSM saw Q3 sales slip 7% to €2.3bn across all divisions with polymer intermediates performing worst, but as has been the case in recent quarters, the Dutch firm’s nutrition...

UK rules against slimming gum TV ads, despite EFSA approvals

The UK advertising watchdog has ruled against a TV campaign for a slimming gum even though some of the claims appeared to have won European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval.

“Cowboy sector” blamed for black cohosh problems

Last week’s warning from the UK medicines regulator that menopausal herb black cohosh must carry warnings about potential liver problems is not a problem of the mainstream food supplements sector,...

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Resveratrol study results don’t tell the whole story on benefits: Expert

A new study that concluded resveratrol does not have metabolic benefits in relatively healthy middle-aged women is "flawed" and "tells us very little about the benefits or non-benefits of resveratrol",...

UK tells black cohosh makers to add warnings and backs THMPD

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned manufacturers of black cohosh products that the herbal supplements must contain warnings about potential liver problems.

German concerns rise over food supplement regulation rethink

A revision of German food supplement laws will strip products from shelves and “could be a disaster” for consumers and practitioners, according a pan-European lobby group.

‘Unique’ mood-boosting South African plant extract set for SSW debut

PL Thomas (PLT) and South African partner HG&H Pharmaceuticals are set to launch the first patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum, a succulent plant known by the...

‘Statin-like’ bergamot extract offers novel approach in fight against ‘diabesity’

A new product containing a patented extract of the citrus fruit bergamot boasting ‘statin-like’ qualities - without the side effects - has been launched in the US claiming to tackle...

Açai reverses age-related cognitive decline in rat study

Açai fruit fed to aged rats reversed age-related cognitive and motor declines, a study conducted through Tufts University has found.

Negative Cochrane cranberry review: Juice makers have themselves to blame

Inappropriate products and trial design caused the Cochrane Collaboration to alter its position about the urinary tract infection (UTI)-reducing benefits of cranberry juice, the owner of a French cranberry supplements...

Cranberry researchers dispute Cochrane review's findings on UTIs

The link between cranberries and urinary tract health is well established, said researchers in the field who disputed the results of a recent Cochrane review that questioned the berry’s benefits...

Seven Seas to outsource manufacturing as volumes decline

Food supplements maker Seven Seas will outsource manufacturing for the first time after initiating moves to shut down its facility in Hull, northern England.

Nexira buys Tournay as it drives expansion plans

French botanicals and ingredients supplier, Nexira, has made good its promise to expand its portfolio and operations by acquiring fellow French firm, Tournay Biotechnologies, for an undisclosed cash sum.

Coffee could aid bowel functions after surgery

Consumption of coffee could be cheap and safe way to help to speed up and improve the bowel functions of people after surgery, according to new data.

UK herb player refutes echinacea allergy ruling

UK-based herbal supplements manufacturer A. Vogel says a recent medicines agency ruling that anti-cold and flu herb echinacea should not be sold to children under the age of 12 was...

"Next generation": Roquette launches vegetable protein research initiative

French ingredients giant Roquette has launched a pea protein research programme dedicated to, “the next generation of plant-based proteins”.

Fluxome US: “Business as usual” despite euro crisis

The US operation of financially stricken resveratrol supplier, Fluxome, says the cash crisis that has forced closure of its Danish research facility, will not halt resveratrol supply through its US...

Fluxome cash crisis caused by “gross mismanagement”

Management at embattled resveratrol supplier Fluxome has come in for severe criticism as the company hovers on the verge of financial collapse unless a fresh investor can be found in...

EFSA rejects lycopene-vitamin E-lutein-selenium skin claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a claim linking a proprietary lycopene, vitamin E, lutein and selenium blend and protection from UV sun rays.