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Whether fish-derived or vegetarian, omega-3 has become a household term. Supplement sales continue to grow, and more and more foods are being fortified with the healthy fatty acids. But getting omega-3 foods into the mainstream remains a challenge.

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BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant...

Can chlorella crunch into food? Allma launches microalgae crispy snacks

Portuguese microalgae supplier Allma has debuted cereal-based chlorella pieces as it drives the ingredient beyond food supplement aisles.

Fish oil group warns of lower omega-3 levels in salmon

Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon - one of the major contributors of dietary fatty acids – are dropping due to changes in fish feed, a global industry group has warned.

Nutrition sector challenges hurt DSM Q3 results; profits down 7%

Q3 net profits dropped about 20% at DSM with the Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant citing vitamin E market issues and, “challenges in some human nutrition end-markets” as key contributing factors.

Nutrition sector challenges hurt DSM Q3 results; profits down 7%

Q3 net profits dropped about 20% at DSM with the Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant citing vitamin E market issues and, “challenges in some human nutrition end-markets” as key contributing factors.

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

Supply problems with Peruvian anchovy could create opportunity for alternative marine omega-3 sources

The closure of the upcoming fishing season in Peru will have a generally positive effect on the suppliers of other niche omega-3 marine ingredients, sources say.  But it is more...

Report warns of growing gap between healthy eating advice and fish stocks

While the health benefits of eating fish have become better appreciated in recent years, many wild fish stocks continue to be overfished, according to a new report that highlights the...

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,...

With a strong El Nino decimating stocks, Peru shuts down omega-3 anchovy fishery

Authorities have closed the upcoming three-month anchovy fishing season in Peru because insufficient numbers of fish were found in a recent acoustic survey. Fishing quotas have been sharply reduced during...

RCT data backs EPA omega-3 to prevent depression

Just two weeks of supplementation with the long chain omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is associated with the prevention of inflammation-induced depression, according to new data.

science short

Plenty more fish in the sea: Omega-3 may boost sperm competitiveness

An omega-3 enriched diet may improve ejaculate performance in sperm competition, according to research on guppy fish.

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Ingredients giant Glanbia invests in gluten-free

Global food ingredients giant Glanbia Nutritionals has pumped millions of pounds into a new modern oat milling facility to boost its presence in the gluten-free (GF) ancient grain market.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).

Algal futures

VALORIE: TNO invests in high-value algae refining

Dutch research organisation TNO is working with industry partners on a pilot scale algae refining plant with potential in omega-3s, proteins and antioxidants.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

UK researcher backs supplements for boosting omega-3 intakes

Omega-3 supplements are key to boosting intakes, a UK researcher says, and marine omega-3 fatty acids are more beneficial than their plant-based counterparts.

Sensient unveils next-generation technology to tackle off notes from stevia, caffeine, nutraceuticals...

Chicago-based Sensient Flavors has unveiled a new toolbox of natural flavor masking ingredients that can tackle bitterness associated with everything from stevia to caffeine by selectively targeting multiple taste receptors.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. ...

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Omega Ingredients’ investment creates 16 new jobs

Omega Ingredients (OI) has doubled the size of its manufacturing facility and secured 16 new jobs by pumping £300,000 into its UK operations, ceo and founder Steve Pearce has said.

Cognition & colours among DSM targets at 2-day Swiss open innovation event

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) wants to engage with commercial, government and academic entities at a 2-day open innovation (OI) summit with selected participants in December.

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

A new group called the Global  Nutrition & Health Alliance has formed with the mission to clarify the role of food fortification and nutritional supplementation. The issue of the role...

Wasted potential? FAO review highlights food and feed uses for fish and shellfish by-products

The huge amounts of waste produced from fish and shellfish processing have potential for use in food production and as animal feed, say researchers.

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Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Omega-3 may reduce epilepsy seizures

Low doses of omega-3 rich fish oil may reduce epilepsy seizure frequency by around a third, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

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