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DSM promises “business continuity” as it completes €436m omega-3 buy

Royal DSM has emphasised “business continuity” and “smooth integration” following the completion of its $CAD540m (€436m) buy-out of the world’s largest omega-3 fish oil supplier, Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC), today....

EFSA favours essential nutrients in cognitive health claim guidance

Fresh guidance for cognitive health claims in the European Union has spelled out the preference the bloc’s chief science agency has for health benefits of essential nutrients like vitamins and...

Omega-3s & omega-6s show promise against ADHD: Cochrane review

A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.

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Neptune posts 43% rise in nutraceutical sales in Q1 as krill oil demand grows

Canadian krill oil firm Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has posted a 43% surge in sales in its nutraceutical business in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Algal omega-3s gain momentum as BioProcess Algae strikes deal with KD-Pharma to supply EPA-rich omega-3 oils

US microalgal oils firm BioProcess Algae has struck a deal with KD-Pharma - the German fats and oils division of Swiss firm Bioseutica - to supply it with ultra-concentrated EPA-rich...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Scientific validation in nutraceuticals is invaluable, says Aroma NZ

Investing in clinical trials for our green lipped mussel extract was the best move we’ve ever made, managing director of Aroma NZ said.

Australian research says no conclusive evidence krill harvesting harms predators

Research out of Australia has found “insufficient” evidence that krill harvesting is damaging Antarctic, land-based predator populations like seals and penguins.

On the road in China

Giant Shanghai ingredients show expresses Asia's healthy evolution

For someone more acquainted with ingredients expos in Europe and the US, walking around the vast halls of Food Ingredients Asia-China (FIC) in Shanghai today made me realise what a...

Neptune secures US $25m in new orders for 2013 as Asian krill oil demand takes off

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has secured “new and firm orders amounting to US$25M for calendar year 2013” for its krill oil, driven by strong demand from Asia.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Nutraceutical industry needs new trial design culture: Research veteran

The multi-billion euro global nutraceutical industry will never achieve its potential until it better adapts pharma protocols – and this can be done with food nutrients, says Dr Stephen de...

Omega-3s may lower heart failure risk by 15%: Meta-analysis

Increased intakes of omega-3s and higher blood levels of the fatty acids are associated with a 15% decrease in the risk of heart failure, says a new meta-analysis.

Live from Boston

GOED Exchange 2012 as it happened

Last week's GOED Exchange brought together industry heavyweights, leading academics, industry observers, and assorted experts from the omega-3 world for presentations and discussions of the latest research in this multi-million...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Omega-3 suppliers must know their consumers

Omega-3 suppliers must get to grips with their manufacturing customers and with consumers if they are to market their products successfully, according to Virpi Varjonen, executive consultant at commercialisation agents...

Fish oil association boasts of sustainability improvements

The International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) says 60% of the products made by its members come from well managed fisheries after Chilean and Norwegian facilities met its sustainability standards.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Pure chemistry: BASF Nutrition plots nutrition course with 'Cognis inside'

BASF’s nutrition activities got a lot bigger in 2010 when the chemicals giant paid €3 billion for Cognis Nutrition. With the integration mostly complete, what’s up front for BASF Human...

Friends of the Sea backs old and new krill players

Sustainable seafood NGO Friends of the Sea (FOS) has backed the oldest and biggest krill oil supplier, Canadian krill player Neptune Technologies and Bioressources, along with the newest player in...

Spanish research team look to develop healthy ‘traditional’ breads

Traditional unprocessed breads could be about to get a health kick from Spanish researchers, who are investigating ways to produce bakery products with high levels of omega-3 and fibre.

Neptune posts 31% rise in nutraceutical sales in Q4 as krill oil demand grows

Canadian krill oil firm Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has posted a 31% surge in sales in its nutraceutical business in the final quarter of fiscal 2012, and a 15% rise...

EU article 13 health claim compliance D Day: December 14, 2012

The controversial European Union article 13 health claim list has this morning been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, giving companies until December 14 to get their...

Hazelnuts a new ingredient for infant formula milk

A healthy designer fat for infant formula milk has been developed as the culmination of a global research project involving research bodies in Turkey, Istanbul and Georgia in the US.

Omega-3 chia leader: “We are running out of stock”

The South American-based chia seed leader, Benexia, says it is close to exhausting supplies as demand booms for the plant-sourced omega-3 source.

DHA omega-3 linked to improved literacy for ADHD children: Study

Increased levels of the omega-3 DHA may be associated with improved literacy in children with learning difficulties, according to a new study from Australia.

DSM eyes generic omega-3 drug space with €420m ONC buy

DSM will use its global reach to drive its latest acquisition - fish-sourced omega-3 leader, Ocean Nutrition Canada, beyond its core North American market – but sees opportunities in generic...

MEP backs omega-3

Scottish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Alyn Smith, has backed omega-3’s ability to reduce problems like attention deficit disorder and heart failure.

BASF completes omega-3 portfolio with Equateq buy

BASF has added high-potency, pharma-grade omega-3s to its range by buying Scottish firm Equateq for an undisclosed sum.