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Mead Johnson full-year sales slip, but China and e-commerce performance 'strong'

Infant nutrition company Mead Johnson saw sales in Asia – its largest region – slip 9% year-on-year, 5% on a constant dollar basis, to $1.856bn – although the company recorded...

Asia growth: The main reason Nestle could be keen on Mead Johnson acquisition

The financial press is rife with chatter that Nestle is weighing up a bid for US infant formula firm Mead Johnson.

Brexit nutrition impact survey launched

British PM Teresa May has indicated the nation will pursue a ‘hard Brexit’ – but what does that mean for the world of nutrition and food?

Sell-up: Analysts predict more gloom for infant formula firm Bellamy’s as shares slump continues

Replacing CEO Laura McBain hasn’t seen the end of financial turmoil at Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s with shares continuing to slide amid gloomy forecasts from analysts.

BASF opens 'Newtrition Lab' in Singapore to boost regional R&D capabilities

BASF’s Nutrition & Health Division has opened a new technical application lab in Singapore to provide analytical services and product development support to customers across the region.

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

'20 to 30 elite sportspeople/teams' involved in ketone research

Oxford researchers behind a novel performance-enhancing ketone drink get around an email a day from sports teams hoping to buy the product – and another 20-30 unnamed professional teams have...

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

How the fall of the Soviet Union changed the face of Antarctica's krill fishing

Antarctica is the southernmost continent on Earth. But while it may be isolated, it is far from insulated and use of its resources like krill has mirrored global political flares from...

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Swisse Wellness boss Sali to step down as Biostime takes full ownership

Swisse Wellness chief executive Radek Sali will step down on December 31 as Hong Kong-listed Biostime International takes full ownership of the Australian firm.

‘We want to enable countries to look after their own children’

UNICEF goes local with RUTF products in war against malnutrition

Gone are the days when the supply of humanitarian nutrition products relied on just a handful of western companies. UNICEF is pushing its supply of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)...

The €3.3 trillion cost of malnutrition inaction

Economic impact assessments for malnutrition are helping present a “convincing argument” for nutrition investment, says a top economist from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)....

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Distribution deals make Baltex ‘solid player’ in Norway

Baltex Health & Beauty Group has won the Nordic distribution rights for Bringwell’s Bio-Life range, which it says makes it a “solid player” Norway.

Nutrient nationalism: Belgium latest to set its own maximum levels

The Belgian government has set its own maximum levels for added nutrients in foods and supplements in a draft decree that sees yet more national divergence from the road to...

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Algae and alternative protein players in €1.2bn EU food project

A pan-EU sustainable food project sees Israeli astaxanthin supplier Algatechnologies, champion of pea protein Roquette and Dutch nutrition giant DSM among its 50 partners that will invest close to €1.2bn over the next seven...

Lonza confirms interest in Capsugel takeover

Lonza has confirmed it is interested in buying Capsugel. 

Dispatches from HiE 2016 in Frankfurt

Is the term omega-3 specific enough?

The term omega-3 doesn’t really mean anything, says chief scientist for supplier Aker Biomarine. 

Alt-protein: Movement answers the call for more protein choice

With worldwide demand for protein set to reach new heights, what protein alternatives are robust and innovative enough to satisfy consumer appetite?  

U2 band members named as major investors

Bono and The Edge find what they're looking for in biotech start-up Nuritas

U2 band members Bono and The Edge have been named as major investors in Nuritas, the much-hyped Irish biotech start-up planning to triple its workforce in 2017. 

New supplier set to make waves on the bio-marine scene

Start-up Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) hopes to become a major new supplier of lipids, protein and calcium powders following an initial €15m investment in its plant.

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...

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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. 

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