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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

RCTs the only way for probiotic acceptance, says leading professor

The only way probiotics will be accepted into mainstream medicine is to conduct randomised clinical trials that conform to drug standards, a leading gastroenterologist has said.

EFSA update: Fully defining microbiota cause-and-effect

Microbiota changes should be linked to physiological or clinical outcomes of which a direct effect on human health can be attributed to a specific mechanism of action.

Probiota day 1: Tweet by tweet

This year our event Probiota kicked off with the workshop 'Prebiotics – a return to true science'. Experts in the field gathered to cut loose from complex regulation and commercial...

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Negotiating the balance: The host-microbiota relationship

Insights into the gut microbiome in recent years have greatly accelerated our understanding of the role the gastrointestinal tract has in human health, well-being and disease outcomes.

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Beyond microbiota: Prebiotics need hard health endpoints

Hard health endpoints, not just changes to microbiota, are needed to secure EU prebiotic health claims and bring fibre intakes up to recommended levels, according to European researchers.

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Probiotic firms must refresh ‘mumsy’ marketing

Probiotic players must engage the so-called millennial generation if they are to avoid being jostled out of the health yoghurt aisle, says Euromonitor International.  

Probiotic patent for mastitis granted to Biosearch Life

Spanish biotech company Biosearch Life has been granted a European patent for the use of probiotic strains it says could help treat mastitis. 

Chr. Hansen targets diabetes with next-generation probiotic deal

A collaboration between Chr. Hansen and Caelus Health will focus on the development of Eubacterium hallii as a next generation probiotic for prevention and treatment of metabolic disease. ...

Researchers to test faecal pill efficacy in treating obesity

Faecal matter from a healthy, lean person can help obese individuals lose weight by transferring intestinal bacterium via a 'stool transplant,' a study intends to show. 

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical...

DSM offers digestive health advice

A collection of scientific studies, applications expertise, regulatory knowledge and consumer insights concerning digestive health has been launched by DSM Nutritional Products.

Food-based probiotic may inhibit pneumonia-causing bacterial growth

A probiotic found in foods such as yoghurt and miso soup has been found to inhibit the development of a pathogen that causes middle ear infections in children and pneumonia,...

Researchers look at lasting effects of early-life exercise on gut microbes, brain health & metabolism

The immature gut may be more sensitive to environmental influences and provide a 'window of opportunity' for better health, say researchers behind a study in rats. 

Dear Santa…Nutrition industry writes its wish list for 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bloc not a firm was stirring, not even the Brussels flock. Nutrition industry stakeholders have hung up their stockings by the...

Peek inside probiota 2016: Amsterdam, February 2-4

Restoring the damaged baby microbiome: ‘This is the biggest development in infant nutrition in years’

The biochemist instrumental in making DHA omega-3 near-mandatory in infant formula 15 years ago says discoveries about the ‘baby microbiome’ are set to revolutionise our view of infant and embryonic feeding.

Game changers: Biggest health claim happenings of 2015

As the year draws to an end, we look back at the most significant health claim happenings of 2015 – what stood out to you? 

Exclusive interview

DuPont nutrition & health chief: We want to work with start-ups

DuPont’s nutrition & health president, Matthias Heinzel, tells NutraIngredients his multi-billion euro division wants to speed product-to-market time and is “totally open” to working with start-ups in open collaboration....

Chr Hansen wins €75m to 'develop new microbial solutions'

Chr Hansen has secured a €75m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its microbial solutions work as the bioscience company ramps up its R&D spend....

Peek inside Probiota 2016: Amsterdam, February 2-4

What’s fermented food and can it help make probiotics sexy?

When we say ‘fermented’ you say beer? Bread? Sauerkraut? But one start-up is coupling the concept with probiotics for a much needed sector make-over.

Peek inside Probiota 2016: Amsterdam, February 2-4

The microbiome & its potential in cancer prevention

Conflicting results from human epidemiological studies have made it difficult to be sure whether dietary fibre offers genuine protection against colorectal cancer.

Platform launched to push digestive health beyond probiotics

DSM is ramping up its focus on digestive health with the launch of a new ‘platform’ to help manufacturers develop products that target specific gastro-intestinal health concerns.

Dispatches from FiE 2015

Solactis promotes ‘diversified’ infant gut health with prebiotic supplement

French prebiotic nutrition and feed specialist Group Solactis used this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) event in Paris to showcase a galacto-fructose (lactulose)-based blend promoting infant microbiota diversity.

NutraIngredients’ agenda for 2016

Microbiome metrics, the genderfication of health and active nutrition. NutraIngredients’ 2016 agenda is looking pretty fit to us.

News in brief

DuPont to merge with Dow? Divisions to split?

DuPont owner of Danisco’s probiotics, enzymes, sweeteners, colours and flavours business, along with the Solae soy brand - is set to merge with Dow Chemicals to become the world’s second...

EU injects €1m into ‘social cognition’ supplement research

A €1m EU-backed joint project between academia and industry is investigating the potential of probiotics and amino acids to boost brain performance among Europe’s increasingly ageing population.