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Probiotics on a charge in Asia, but players must get organised

With predicted growth of 15 to 20% imminent, probiotics in China and South Asia are destined for big things. But, according to Russell Ward, research director of food analyst Giract,...

Study uncovers region's strong probiotic potential

As markets for probiotics in Europe and North America come under pressure, a new study from Giract opens the lid on the industry’s prospects for growth in Asia.

Probiotics can battle stressed student colds: Study

A blend of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (BB-12) reduced the duration of common colds among typically stressed out students, US researchers have found....

DSM eyes more buys (probiotics, herbals?) as it seeks complete nutrition portfolio

Growth in DSM’s human and animal nutrition cluster is set to continue after the company this morning indicated an ongoing commitment to broadening its portfolio and did not rule out...

EFSA rejects two new 13.5 claims on ‘transit’ and ‘vaginal moisture’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected two health claims dossiers for food supplements that claim to ‘improve transit’ and ‘reduction of vaginal dryness’.

Gut bacteria play key role in fat absorption: Study

The presence of certain gut microbes is linked with better digestion and absorption of dietary fats, according to new research that suggests modifying gut bacteria could help to battle malnutrition...

Symrise adds probiotics to portfolio with Probi stake

The CEO of Swedish probiotics specialist Probi says the 11.8% stake taken by German flavours, fragrances and nutrients house Symrise will give it, “more marketing and R&D muscle”.

Probiotics in India to grow 11% yearly: Report

India’s nascent probiotic market is expected to grow at 11% till 2016, but only if manufacturers are able to increase the awareness about these products locally.

Special edition: Oral health

Probiotics’ oral health potential gathers pace

Probiotics are not only about gut health. The friendly bugs have also been touted to become the next blockbuster functional ingredients in gum and mints by Euromonitor. But which strains show...

Profits dip 11% at Swedish probiotic firm (sans Nestlé deal)

Pre-tax,half-year profits fell 11% to €4.54m at Swedish probiotics player BioGaia as distribution deals were modified or terminated.

Probiotics ban leads to marketing revolution

Probiotic yogurt brands and supermarket own-label equivalents are leading a revolution in marketing of these products in advance of a ban, which comes into effect in December.

EFSA beats off more Lactobacillus probiotic claims

The most researched group of probiotic strains – Lactobacillus – has been delivered yet another blow by the EU’s central science agency, which rejected digestive and vaginal health claims for...

Probiotics show anti-diarrhea potential in kids: RCT data

Daily supplements of probiotic bacterial strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea for children, says new data from Italy.

Lentils promise growth in probiotic yoghurts

Green lentils have been shown to enhance the growth beneficial bacteria in probiotic yoghurt products, and may even offer added shelf life protection, according to new research.

Yakult ups production in ‘promising’ China

Japanese probiotics hulk Yakult is driving up production of its iconic fermented milk drink at its Tianjin facility in China amid ‘promising’ growth opportunities.

Probiotic sales defeat EFSA's blow

Consumer demand is sustaining probiotics sales, despite the blow of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) health claims rejections, say some of industry's main players.

Global Alliance for Probiotics takes new tack to win first EU health claim

The Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) that includes Chr Hansen, DuPont-Danisco, Yakult, Valio and Danone, is working with academics and experts with a view to producing systematic reviews of “clusters...

Probiotic cheese provides immuno-support after exercise: rat study

Researchers have found probiotic cheese may be a viable alternative to enhance the immune system and prevent infection after physical overexertion.

Do probiotics work in outer space? Yakult launches mission to find out...

How do our gut bacteria handle a prolonged stint in space? And do probiotics work in the same way up there vs down here on earth?

Common dietary fibres may alter gut bacteria composition: Study

Consumption of common dietary fibres may promote beneficial shifts in gut bacteria that may lead to better intestinal health, suggesting the fibres may have prebiotic applications, say researchers.

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...

Probiotics begin to flex their muscle in the sports nutrition market

The potential benefits of probiotic ingredients in sports nutrition products may extend beyond immune support, as emerging evidence suggests a potential to enhance protein utilization.

EFSA will complete final “50+” second-chance claims at next plenary

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel will issue opinions on more than 50 health claim dossiers re-submitted to it in 2011.

UK university backed to locate probiotic mechanisms of action

UK researchers have begun a project investigating probitoic mechanisms in the gut and have been joined by a consortium called Food and Drink iNet.

"will most certainly advance further research into probiotics and prebiotics”

€138m, 5-year Human Microbiome Project completion excites probiotic community

The 5-year, $173m (€138m) Human Microbiome Project has completed with a 14-article publication blitz in journals like Nature that spells out some of its pioneering findings into the make-up and behavior of...