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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.

Feature

FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Trade group considers action against ‘discriminatory’ energy drink bans

Trade association Energy Drinks Europe (EDE) has joined calls against bans on energy drink sales to under 18s in Lithuania and more recently Latvia, which it says might be contrary...

Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Probiotic firms must refresh ‘mumsy’ marketing

Probiotic players must engage the so-called millennial generation if they are to avoid being jostled out of the health yoghurt aisle, says Euromonitor International.  

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...

New kid on EU sports nutrition block?

Finish line in sight for D-ribose novel food application

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has called for feedback on its positive draft novel food opinion for sports nutrition ingredient D-ribose.

Health claim watch

French firm files claim for omega-3 & age-related cognitive decline

French pharmaceutical firm Pierre Fabre Medicament has filed a health claim for a omega-3 product and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Smart policy? If UK breastfeeding rates rose by 1%, kids would earn £33m more collectively

Even marginal increases in breast feeding rates could be worth millions to society when considering the benefit to cognitive development, UK and German researchers have calculated using over 10,000 school...

Oral supplement associated with 50% lower deaths in older malnourished patients: Study

Giving oral nutritional supplements for 90 days after leaving hospital could reduce death rates for older malnourished patients with a heart or lung disease by 50%, according to a study published in Clinical Nutrition.  ...

Chr. Hansen targets diabetes with next-generation probiotic deal

A collaboration between Chr. Hansen and Caelus Health will focus on the development of Eubacterium hallii as a next generation probiotic for prevention and treatment of metabolic disease. ...

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical...

Frutarom invests €2.25m in algae start-up

Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom Industries has invested 10 million Israeli Shekel (€2.25m) for a 50% stake in the biotech start-up Algalo.

Dear Santa…Nutrition industry writes its wish list for 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bloc not a firm was stirring, not even the Brussels flock. Nutrition industry stakeholders have hung up their stockings by the...

Game changers: Biggest health claim happenings of 2015

As the year draws to an end, we look back at the most significant health claim happenings of 2015 – what stood out to you? 

Holland & Barrett profits up: We’ll be a £1bn business by 2020

UK-based but expanding supplements and healthy foods retailer Holland & Barrett International has posted an annual sales increase of 11.7% and profit growth of 12.2% in its full year results...

dispatches from fie 2015

The 4 biggest mistakes in healthy marketing

The Healthy Marketing Team tells us what NOT to do when marketing a healthy food product, based on work by their colleagues at New Nutrition Business.   

Sports food expected to outpace sports drinks in 2015 – 2020

Sports drinks may have accounted for the largest share of the sports nutrition market in 2014, but sports food is expected to witness the highest growth for 2015 – 2020,...

Real Good Food buys ISO2 Nutrition from Cre-8tive Health administrators

UK bakery and ingredients firm Real Good Food has acquired sports supplements brand ISO2 Nutrition from the administrators of Cre-8tive Health Ltd for a “nominal” sum.

EFSA's claim agenda: Joint health, blood sugar, indigestion & stomach ulcers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering four health claim applications on joint function, blood sugar, indigestion and stomach ulcers.

Supplier puts lactoferrin in spotlight as ‘iron activator’

It’s been two and half years since lactoferrin from cow’s milk was authorised as a novel food ingredient in Europe – but with no health claim for its iron boosting...

Largest European investment to date

Danone doubles Dutch baby milk production capacity

Danone-Nutricia has invested €240m in a new production plant in the Netherlands on the back of double-digit sales growth of infant formula products such as Aptamil and Nutrilon.

UBM says security and comfort of attendees is ‘paramount’; registrations up 6%

32 firms pull out of FiE in wake of Paris attacks

Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from...

‘Think outside the shake’: Protein Pow takes protein home baking to supermarket shelves

UK start-up Protein Pow has secured a host of retail listings including Tesco for its home-baking nutrition powders.

First ever micronutrient group to push supplement issues in UK parliament

The UK has launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on micronutrients and health, something the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) said would help bring nutrition to the forefront of discussions...

Holland & Barrett results a bright spot for NBTY as it posts razor-thin overall sales gain in 2015

NBTY recorded $3.23 billion in net sales in its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015. That total represented a razor-thin gain from the previous, disappointing year but nevertheless was a...