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Why antioxidant claims have been killed off in the EU

European regulatory restraints have killed off antioxidant health claims as lawyers advise firms to play it safe despite leniency in some EU member states. We round up the legal status...

Perrigo unloads US supplements business to contract manufacturer

Perrigo has unloaded its US supplements business, with International Vitamin Corporation stepping up as buyer. The deal was seen by one observer as another step in the concentration of US-based...

opinion poll

Brexit vs Bremain: How would you vote?

The moment has come. After much debate the UK will have its EU referendum this Thursday. The question: 'Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'...

‘A watershed moment for the industry’: ESSNA welcomes Commission sports nutrition report

The European Commission’s report on sports nutrition is a welcome ‘milestone’ which puts an end to more than a decade of regulatory uncertainty, the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA)...

Is melatonin a lost cause? Czech Republic lists banned ingredients

The Czech Republic has banned melatonin as a food supplement ingredient as part of a decree laying out prohibitions and restrictions for over 100 substances.

Why Holland & Barrett has seen 27.5% online sales growth in a year

Online sales for Holland & Barrett grew by 27.5% last year, which the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says is thanks to its omni-channel strategy during exponential global expansion.

ASA puts maca claims to bed following Facebook fallout

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned a Facebook user not to repost claims that a Multi-Maca supplement could up sperm count for men and enhance fertility for women....

Veto motion tabled

MEPs brew final caffeine claims battle as approval beckons

A European Parliament motion to veto the Commission’s approval of four caffeine health claims could prove the final stumbling block on their long road to EU law books.

INTERPOL crack down: DNP & nutrition products among 12.2m products seized

The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) has seized 12.2 million products as part of its 103-country Operation Pangea IX to crack down on the black health market.

IRONMAN: Mineral tough enough to help heart failure sufferers?

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is investing £1.7m (€2.16m) in a multi-centre intervention study to determine whether iron supplement injections could ease the disabling symptoms of heart failure. 

Probiotic pick up: Probi to double sales with Nutraceutix acquisition

Probi has acquired US probiotic player Nutraceutix for a preliminary cash price of $105m (€92.41m), a move which takes the Swedish supplier’s US client base from just a handful of...

Second krill player moves in on EU high dose opportunity

Rimfrost AS is the latest krill player to capitalise on a recent EU approval of high doses of the omega-3 ingredient, a move it hopes will inject life into an otherwise...

‘Fish oil is not an animal by-product’: Nordic firms challenge food-feed divide

Norwegian omega-3 firms are facing big challenges following a national alignment with EU requirements to separate food and feed fish oil production.

RCT backs monthly vitamin D supplements for mums

A once-per-month high dose supplement of vitamin D for mothers after giving birth could help improve the health of both mum and baby, according to an Indian trial. 

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

How to make supplement packaging sexier

Supplement players need to make their packaging sexier if they are to bat off competition from encroaching healthy food and drink products, says marketing expert.

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...