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BioGaia signs 5 probiotic oral health deals

Swedish probiotic supplier BioGaia has inked distribution deals in five countries for its probiotic oral health products.

Chr Hansen CEO on ‘solid’ 2013 profit: ‘We are very proud of our European performance’

Chr Hansen CEO Cees de Jong today praised the Danish enzymes, cultures and colours specialist’s 2012-2013 performance that saw revenues grow 6% to €738m for the year, and highlighted 5%...

Chr. Hansen takes first shot at liquid probiotics

Chr. Hansen has announced the launch of its first liquid form probiotic with a broad target audience, available in a shot dosage which has already proved popular in Italy.

Debut probiotic shot comes with alu-blister packaging

A drinkable probiotic shot will be launched at CPhI 2013 in a mini bottle using Drycap technology, which lets probiotics live in a dry environment.

EpiCor shows prebiotic activity – new study unlocks ingredient’s immunity mechanisms

The immune benefits of EpiCor, the yeast fermentate from Embria, may be related to its prebiotic potential to boost levels of beneficial bacteria, says a new study.

Prebiotic fibre could induce 'profound metabolic changes'

Prebiotic short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) could modify metabolism through their effect on intestinal microbiota, which could prove helpful for type 2 diabetics, research has claimed. 

Russia restricts food supplement marketing

Russia has placed restrictions on food supplement marketing by forcing radio, TV and video adverts to carry medical disclaimers.

Study backs milk protein micro-particles for probiotic survival

A mixture of casein and whey protein may offer the best encapsulation and survival possibilities for the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, according to new research.

Gut bacteria are closely linked to immune functions, review suggests

A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system could hold the key to battling significant and global public health issues, researchers have suggested.


'Dairy pro- and prebiotics can boost brain, liver and infant health'

Irish scientists working with gut bacteria – microbiota – have found 'exciting opportunities' for value-added dairy products, according to the head of biotechnology at Ireland’s largest food research center.

Spanish firm wins cholesterol-lowering probiotic patent

Spanish start-up AB-Biotics has been granted a composition patent linking its Lactobacillus plantarum blend with cholesterol reduction in Europe.

Probiotics can benefit colitis sufferers with ‘anal pouch’ issues: Study

Ulcerative colitis (UC) sufferers who are surgically fitted with an artificial anus (‘ileoanal pouch’) can benefit from probiotics, Swedish and Dutch researchers have found.

Meta-analysis: Probiotic reduces infant skin disorders (but not asthma/wheezing)

The probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus decreases skin sensitivity in children that can reduce disorders like eczema, researchers have found after a scan of published studies – but other allergic ailments like asthma...

What is a health benefit? Researchers issue probiotic guidance for EFSA applications

An evaluation of all EFSA opinions relating to probiotics will help industry players better understand what sort of claims are accepted as a health benefit and which claims are not,...

Fi Asia-Thailand

Doing business in Asia: distributor helps Ganeden gauge local tastes

During the course of Fi Asia-Thailand, we will be looking at the logistics behind how international companies are tapping into their new Asian markets.

Probiotic yoghurt does not alter overall microbiota makeup: Study

Probiotic yoghurt increases the presence of certain probiotic strains, but does not change the overall microbiota makeup, according to research by Laval University.

European probiotics start-up making waves in China

Belgian probiotics player Vésale Pharma has made its first steps into the Chinese market with inking a distribution deal in pharma channels.

L. rhamnosus probiotic shows long-lasting anti-eczema benefits for kids: RCT

Daily supplements containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 strain may reduce the incidence of eczema and skin sensitivity in children, according to data from a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial....

Benecol yoghurt’s Hong Kong launch is first step into coveted China

Raisio has just launched its Benecol yogurt drinks line in Hong Kong, its latest push to broaden its reach in the emerging Bric markets. Wing Kee Produce will act as...

Big changes at Chr Hansen

Nature lover: Chr Hansen plays natural card in 6-platform reinvention

Danish ingredients giant Chr Hansen has today rebranded itself ‘Nature’s Number 1’ as it announced a 6-platform strategic overhaul of its colours, enzymes and cultures businesses.

Vitafoods Asia

Chr Hansen: While EU regulations are tough, Asia's are a minefield

On a day when its headquarters in Copenhagen announced a significant overhaul of a number of its core businesses, Chr Hansen’s vice-president of health and nutrition sales highlighted the regulatory...

Prebiotic potential: Mushroom ‘waste’ could enhance probiotic survival

By-products from mushroom processing could be a cheap and unexplored source of prebiotics that may enhance the survival of probiotics in storage and digestion, according to new research.

"An amazing result with possibly enormous implications for the treatment and even prevention of the greatest public health issue of our time"

Microbiome breakthrough: Gut flora implicated in metabolic disorders

There is a distinct link between the composition of our gut bacteria and incidence of obesity related conditions including heart disease and diabetes, according to new data from the MetaHIT...

Probiotics may not prevent Crohn's disease relapse: RCT data

Supplementation with the probiotic Saccharomuces boulardii (S. boulardii) may not prevent clinical relapse in patients with Crohn's disease, according to the findings of a clinical trial.

Breastmilk gut bacteria discovery could boost infant formula development

‘Good’ gut bacteria may arrive in a baby’s digestive system direct from its mother’s gut via breast milk, Swiss researchers have found – a discovery they claim could lead to...