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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.

Senior spotlight: Tetra Pak taps into what beverage makers should know about this key generation

For the latest edition of Tetra Pak’s annual Consumer Generations Whitepaper series, the packaging giant interviewed more than 40,000 people and gathered insights from 27 different developed and developing countries,...

Better omega-3s test will help improve public health outcomes, developer says

A streamlined test for omega-3 levels in the blood will help consumers better understand this crucial risk factor, the test’s developer says.

Omega-3 body GOED signs China partnership with US-CHPA

Omega-3 trade body GOED is entering a partnership with the US-China Health Products Association (US-CHPA) to better serve its member companies in the Chinese market.

Consumers hooked on sustainable fish as global sales pass €4bn mark

A total of $4.6bn (€4.2bn) was spent on 659,399 tonnes of sustainable seafood last year, according the latest data published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

DHA supplement benefits older adults with mild cognitive impairment: China study

A new Chinese study has shown omega-3 supplementation improved IQ among older people with mild cognitive impairment.

Sage extract could offer encapsulation benefits for omega-3: Study

Encapsulating omega-3 supplements with sage polyphenols and gum arabic could be a more healthy and economically viable option than techniques currently used, while also opening up the possibility of boosting...

'We've made big pills a thing of the past.'

Big investment, small pills: DSM invests €27m in omega-3 technology

DSM has invested over €27 million in its ‘3C technology’ which concentrates DHA and EPA up to 85% and helps reduce capsule size by up to three times.

Seeing the pills for the packets: Specialist website offers price clarity to supplement consumers

A dedicated supplement and health food price comparison site is seeking to give UK consumers clarity in a busy, specialist market place.

Nutrition sprays: The modern format for traditional botanicals?

Pills and capsules are old hat, says a young French firm banking on a botanical range of oral nutrition sprays.

Aker files patent suit against new Chinese krill oil competitor

Litigation in the krill sphere continues to proliferate, with a new suit from Aker BioMarine against Chinese firm Luhua BioMarine. 

RCT supports bioavailability of Coromega omega-3 supplements

A single dose of Coromega Big Squeeze or Coromega Omega3 Squeeze produces significant increases in blood levels of the omega-3 EPA, says a new study that supports the bioavailability of...

Aker, Neptune reach landmark krill oil licensing agreement

The Thirty Years War that reshaped Europe featured myriad twists and turns. The Krill Wars have, too, with the latest being a final, formal burying of the hatchet between the...

96% of lupus lung lesions halted with DHA

Omega-3 oil may stop the onset of lupus: Study

Consuming an omega-3 fatty acid could halt an episode of lupus and possibly the trigger of other autoimmune conditions, a mouse study has found.

KD Pharma, Marine Ingredients merge to form world's third-biggest omega-3s supplier

A powerful new omega-3s player will enter the market with the announcement of a merger between KD Pharma and Marine Ingredients.  The combination will form the third-biggest company in the...

News in brief

Look to developing markets for omega-3 NPD: Euromonitor

Europeans are ‘apathetic’ about omega-3 functional foods – if not food supplements – and growth will continue to come out of Asia-Pacific, says market analyst Euromonitor International.

SeaDragon officially opens NZ$10m omega-3 refinery as new investor talks collapse

New Zealand Omega-3 company SeaDragon has officially opened its new refinery in Nelson, which the firm previously said has the potential to generate NZ$50m annual sales.

With NDI in hand and production sorted out, organic algal DHA is ready for prime time

Armed with a successful New Dietary Ingredient notification and good results on production development, Canadian company Solarvest BioEnergy said it is ready to launch its organic algal DHA product into...

Algae omega-3 wins €1m+ Oz research boost

Scientists are using metabolic engineering to scale up omega-3 rich algae production in Australia.

Protein microcapsules could help create ‘ultra high’ DHA content powders

Whey protein stabilised microcapsules could be used to create omega-3 powders with higher content of oil and improved shelf life, say researchers.

Study supports bioavailability of omega-3s from wax ester-rich marine oil

Calanus oil is a highly bioavailable source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, says a new study that supports its potential as a suitable alternative source of omega-3s....

Krill powder stability issues addressed: Study

The long term stability of Rimfrost’s Pristine krill powder at room temperature has been confirmed in two studies, allaying concerns about krill’s viability as a supplement ingredient due to stability...

Danish brown algae could prolong shelf life and improve taste

Danish bladderwrack seaweed contains antioxidants which could prevent fatty acids from becoming “rancid” in food products, a new paper suggests.

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

OMEGAWATER uses encapsulation technology to deliver omega-3s in liquid form

OMEGAWATER, a health water product enhanced with omega 3s and eight vitamins, is planning to launch a line of beverage products across the UK.

DHA beats EPA for stroke-induced brain damage: Mice study

Omega-3s can reduce brain damage that occurs as a result of a stroke, a Columbia University study has found.