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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.

Unilever revamps margarine packaging to promote active plant ingredients

Unilever has partnered with Design Bridge design agency to change its Flora ProActiv spread packaging to promote a premium, healthy lifestyle message.

dispatches from HiE 2016

Teff: The next ‘ancient grain’ to make nutrition ripples?

The success of chia and quinoa has opened the door for other less-known ancient grains, but one South African company exporting teff is wary of a boom and bust effect.

Mixed anti-doping messages: Call to address hypocritical sports supplement sponsorship

There is a huge hypocritical disconnect between the advice given by some sports clubs against supplement use and the sponsorship deals they sign, says certification body Informed-Sport.

Top tweets from HiE 2016: Day 3

There might be some sore heads after last night's show floor shenanigans, but Health ingredients Europe (HiE) isn't over yet with debates on category blurring and personalised nutrition. Here are our...

News in brief

Upsurge in demand for RUTF products amid global insecurity

The market for Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is expected to grow yearly by over 10% up to 2024 as global political insecurities rumble on. 

LGC seals third deal in a month with BRC Global Standards acquisition

Private equity backed LGC has splashed the cash for the third time in a month to acquire BRC Global Standards.

Where there’s a will…iced coffee concept makes whey protein cool

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed an on-trend whey protein iced coffee concept that it is confident will be “on the market and available to consumers very soon”, but can it dispel...

The photo-fermented combination: Allmicroalgae scales-up microalgae production

Portuguese supplier Allmicroalgae has taken calls to scale up production of microalgae to heart, with a project to combine big-volume fermentation with high-value photosynthesis methods now in swing.

News in brief

Finnish herbal extracts supplier signs Gee Lawson for expansion plans

Finnish organic botanical supplier Eevia has penned a deal with UK distributor Gee Lawson, which sees opportunities open up in the UK and Ireland, the Benelux region, France, Italy and...

'In five years this will be routine': Map My Gut start-up offers personalised microbiome advice

Giving personalised gut health advice will be routine medical practice in five years, predicts the researcher behind the new start-up Map My Gut and big gut data projects British Gut...

UK law seeks to close infant & follow-on formula ‘loopholes’

A UK bill seeking to close infant and follow-on formula regulation ‘loopholes’ has been unanimously endorsed by Parliament’s House of Commons.

Report urges UK to improve poor breastfeeding support

Scotland and Northern Ireland have made improvements in policies that encourage women to continue breastfeeding but England and Wales still lag behind, according to scorecards in a report from the...

P-Fit: Protein market game changer or nice little niche?

Does P-Fit, the personalised protein service launched last month, have the potential to 'disrupt' the category, as one protein expert suggests, or will it settle quietly into a humble but...

Censoring choice? SNE concerned about Romanian infant formula plans

Restricting mothers’ access to information about infant formula may have negative public health consequences, trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) has said following a draft Romanian law banning the marketing...

Botanicals progress: EU Health Commissioner promises solution in his time

The European Commissioner for health and food safety has said a public consultation on how best to deal with botanical health claims will be launched by the end of this...

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International...

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

Arbonne to make Asia debut in Taiwan with 10 nutrition products

Direct sales firm Arbonne is to officially launch in Taiwan this week, initially with a range of 10 nutrition products alongside its skincare offering.

Romania goes beyond EU minimum with infant formula restrictions

Romania wants to ban the promotion of infant formula products for children up to the age of two years, but it remains to be seen whether this draft law will...

Infant nutrition firm Ausnutria eyes record profits on back of sales boom

Hong Kong-listed infant nutrition company Ausnutria Dairy Corporation is forecasting record profits of around RMB135m (USD $19.8m).

Whey appetite quenched thanks to amino mix: Research

The satiating effect of whey protein may be because of its specific amino acid composition, New Zealand researchers have said.

‘Socially irresponsible’: UK agency bans Diet Chef advert

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned an advert from diet plan company Diet Chef after 26 viewers complained the advert exploited women’s insecurities about their bodies.

Authorities probing alleged insider trading in lead up to Vitaco takeover

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is investigating alleged suspicious trading in the run-up to the announcement of a takeover at Australian supplement firm Vitaco.

Krill fishery unaffected (for now)

Fishing banned in world’s largest Marine Protected Area in Antarctica

Fishing will be banned in a newly protected area of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica the size of the UK and France combined following an agreement at a Commission for the Conservation...

Can Mead Johnson sustain China growth to offset emerging troubles?

China has provided one of the few positive notes in Mead Johnson’s quarterly results, with bosses hailing “substantial progress” in the country, despite conceding that global growth would be slower...

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