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Financial plays

Digging below the bottom lines of ingredients suppliers and brand behemoths. From the impact of the ongoing economic slowdown to the latest in merger and acquisition activity.

Gates Foundation backs African infant microbiota project

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has signed a $100,000 (€89,485) cheque for academics from the University College Cork in Ireland to study the microbiota of infants in developing countries.

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French omega-3 firm gets Friend of the Sea seal of approval

Marseille-based firm Seafoodexport has received Friend of the Sea (FoS) certification for its omega-3, fish oil and fish meal from European anchovy and sardine.

Special edition: Omega-3s

Carrot vs. stick: What’s the key to securing a sustainable omega-3 supply?

With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council...

'Green Beans M Java Monster' canned

You’ve got fax: Monster mashed in EU trademark battle

Monster Energy Company has lost a trademark battle with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the wording ‘Green Beans’ following a three year argument over a lost fax.

dispatches from vitafoods europe 2016

Spotlight on Serbian supplements following 'trade push'

With Serbia set to become an EU member by 2020, we zoomed in on the region to see what’s hot on Serbian supplement shelves.

NSF brings its DNA supplement testing services to Europe: 'We want to assist EU regulators'

European authorities and food supplement companies now have access to next generation DNA test methods that can establish whether supplements actually contain the botanical ingredients declared on the label, as...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

OmniActive taps into LED concerns with What’s Your B.L.U.E.? campaign

The future of lighting is LED but what impact does this have on eyesight? US-Indian firm OmniActive has launched a European version of its What’s Your B.L.U.E.? campaign to shed light on...

Product strategy expert says palatinose's 'time has come'

As consumer knowledge about blood sugar level management builds, low-glycaemic sweetener Palatinose could be about to enjoy its day in the sun, according to author and marketing guru Julian Mellentin. ...

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure...

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Lallemand takes over surface and ripening cultures business of DSM Food Specialties

Canadian company Lallemand, which develops and produces specialty cultures for food applications, has strengthened its position in dairy cultures with the acquisition of the surface and ripening cultures business from...

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the...

UK paediatrics body may cut all ties with formula funding following vote

Attendees of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) annual meeting have voted to cut its financial ties with infant formula companies.

Spanish company files for mastitis probiotic health claim

The Spanish firm Biosearch Life has filed for a health claim linking a probiotic strain with the reduced risk of painful inflammation of the breast during breastfeeding.

Crowdsourcing control: Don’t make it a free for all, warn researchers

With momentum building for crowdsourcing and funding as a platform for nutrition research, scientists warn that greater control may be needed to safeguard the quality and validity of such studies. ...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product...

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

Youngsters exposed to 'significant misinformation' on sports nutrition: Irish authority

Young people are exposed to a significant amount of misinformation on sports nutrition, which could have negative implications for their health now and in the future, according to a Food...

Probi makes medical moves with its largest distribution deal to date

Swedish probiotic supplier Probi has signed its largest distribution agreement to date in an 18-country deal with French pharmaceutical firm Ipsen.

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

How to shut down the illicit ginkgo trade

Research into the adulteration and poor manufacturing practices of ginkgo products has highlighted the need to reign in unregistered food supplements containing the botanical. 

Over double safe niacin content in recalled MusclePharm supplement

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned against MusclePharm’s pre-workout Assault Hybrid supplements after it was found they contained over double the safe upper limit for niacin.

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

special edition: gender-specific nutrition

How to take the sleaze out of libido supplements

The market for male libido supplements dwarfs that for women – but positioning products as healthy ageing supplements may help shake the sleaze from this niche segment, says one bawdy...

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health...