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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.

Nexira plots 4-year growth era as it returns to family values

After becoming fully family-owned and independent last week, French botanicals and ingredient player Nexira is chasing sales of €150-€160m by 2020 with acquisition, Asian expansion and boosted health and nutrition...

Supplements slipping the net: Is a self-regulatory registration scheme the solution?

On the back of findings that up to 40% of herbal supplements are mislabelled or contain adulterants, a University of Westminster researcher is calling for an industry regulated scheme to...

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Polish pulse: Firm seeks safety approval of novel circulation-boosting ingredient

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering the safety of a substance similar to nicotinic acid following a novel food application from Polish company Pharmena.

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US firm looks to bring tocotrienol-rich seed extract to EU

A US firm is seeking EU novel food approval for a vitamin E-rich extract from annatto seeds, something it says will not be jeopardised by a recent unflattering safety opinion...

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

‘We want to be the top superfood company in Poland’: Chlorella start-up

Polish start-up Purella Food is on a mission to popularise chlorella and it's arming itself with a vast portfolio of ‘superfood’ products for the battle.

Mimicking human breast milk: Another novel synthetic formula ingredient on the horizon?

Danish biotech firm Glycom has filed another application for a synthetic version of a compound found in breast milk, a development one infant formula expert said was promising.

Could Brexit give a boost to the UK’s supplements industry?

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, supplement industry groups see opportunities for a more liberal UK regime outside the EU, but others question how much practical difference the UK’s split will...

Probiotic problems: Mastitis marketing flawed, say researchers

A paper claiming the marketing of probiotics to treat mastitis is problematic has caused a controversy, but probiotics researchers and manufacturers say the science is sound.

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

Fortification, standards and investment: Three priorities for India’s booming food industry

Implementing stringent safety and quality regulations, tackling micronutrient deficiencies and maximising the opportunities from inward investment need to be three of key priorities for the food industry in India, amid...

Child undernutrition hits Ghana's GDP hard: UN-backed report

The Ghanaian economy is losing 6.4% of its GDP every year because of the effects of child undernutrition, according to a report led by the African Union Commission (AUC). 

Better by-product use could increase EPA-DHA supply by 25%

Mapping the future supply of fish oil

Researchers from the University of Stirling have used FAO data to map the future use of fishery by-products in the production of marine ingredients like omega-3. They found an overall increasing...

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

Filling a €3.4bn deficit: UK research post Brexit

The European Commission has said it is business as usual for UK researcher’s access to EU funding until official Brexit moves are made. Yet concerns persist as reports emerge of...

Pregnancy gingivitis study opens new probiotic area for BioGaia

A new study showing beneficial effects of L. reuteri lozenges against pregnancy gingivitis could open up new markets for probiotic producer BioGaia, says its manager director.

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Seeing is believing: Botanical player launches ‘UV budget’ app

Spanish supplier Monteloeder has launched a mobile application for users of its anti-UV botanical to track the impact on skin health.

Update on ‘illegal’ Belgian tax row following flood of court cases

BASF joins multinationals challenging Commission's 'illegal' tax ruling

German chemical giant BASF has joined the seven companies and the Belgian government taking legal action against the European Commission for its ruling that a generous Belgian tax scheme was...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects fish oil memory claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has thrown out a health claim for a ‘DHA-enriched fish oil’ and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Capsugel, BASF, Omega Pharma among firms to benefit from contested tax scheme

Capsugel takes Commission to EU court over ‘illegal’ tax scheme demands

Capsule manufacturer Capsugel and at least six other companies have taken the European Commission to EU court over the ruling that a Belgian ‘excess profit’ tax scheme was illegal.