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New GOED report summarizes global market for EPA and DHA finished products

The Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) noted that the finished products market size for 2015 was $31.4 billion.

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Walnut properties cracked as nut linked to healthy ageing

The nutritional properties of walnuts are again under the spotlight as a review points to the nut’s omega-3 content as a factor in reducing the risk of developing physical impairments...

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

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Omega-3 may reduce heart patients’ hospital stay, study finds

Cardiac surgery patients given omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) beforehand found their hospital stay reduced by up to 2.4 days, an analysis has suggested. 

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Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

Dementia fear is creating an industry of products we don’t need: Which? report

Supplement and app companies are preying on the public’s fears about dementia and making claims they cannot back up, according to a scathing report from UK consumer watchdog Which?.

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.

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.

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.

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GOED on doubling EFSA’s omega-3 recommendation

In April this year the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) published its first recommendation for EPA and DHA, as an attempt to wade in and bring unity...

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Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

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Omega-3: Latest research developments

Omega-3s have long been touted as beneficial for a range of areas such as brain, heart and eye health and dry eyes. What's new for these friendly fats? 

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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.

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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...

Krill players battle counterfeit material

New kid on the krill block OmegaVeritas has launched a verification method after tests showed mislabelled material on-market.

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Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.

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Does the recent approval for high-dose krill leave EU door ajar?

The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) authorisation of the use of a lipid extract derived from krill oil at a higher dose is set to "drive a big change for...

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The heart health market: All in the same vein?

Those that visited this year’s Vitafoods conference in Geneva would not have failed to notice the growing range of products claiming to support cardiovascular health, in one shape or another....

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Spanish omega-3 firm gets Friend of the Sea certification

Spanish biotech firm Biosearch has been granted Friend of the Sea (FOS) certification for its omega-3 products from European sardine, Peruvian anchovy and Yellowfin tuna.

Microbes and methane combine to form sustainable omega-3 source

A new method using microbes and methane could provide a high-quality, sustainable supply of omega-3 fatty acids and ease pressure on vulnerable fish stocks.

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...

UK thumbs up for novel ‘mini shrimp’ omega-3 oil

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said miniature shrimp Calanus finmarchicus is safe as a novel source of omega-3 oil and is now seeking feedback on its draft opinion....

Omega-3 supplementation could save EU €12.9bn a year in heart disease spending

If all over 55s in Europe took 1 g of omega-3 EPA-DHA every day the EU could collectively save about €12.9bn in cardiovascular disease health care spending every year, a...

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...