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"They are scientists performing a very difficult task, as instructed by EU law makers."

I observed the EFSA health claims panel in action; conspiracy theorists will be disappointed

Last week NutraIngredients was one of 10 organisations invited to observe the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel in action for a day at its Parma, Italy, base.

Awareness of probiotics growing worldwide, expert says

Probiotics and their benefits have wide recognition in Europe and Asia, and awareness is growing.  This situation bodes well for growth in the US, while it will serve to buoy...

Low-cost functional gum opportunity in the Netherlands

Chewing gums backed by approved health claims and with low price points are a rare growth opportunity in the mature Dutch confectionery market, according to market analysts Canadean.

Chewing gum fails to suppress hunger and puts people off fruit: Study

Chewing gum has long been considered a potential appetite suppressant, but new research says there is no evidence it can control hunger and mint-flavored varieties may even deter people from...

UK watchdog: 95% of online advertising is compliant

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found 95% of 120 websites assessed in various sectors including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are compliant with its code of practice.

Fish oil supplements show heart rate benefits: Meta-analysis

The heart health benefits of omega-3-rich fish oil may be linked to its ability to favorably influence the variability in heart rates, says a meta-analysis of 15 studies.

GSK jolts Lucozade with Champions' Choice caffeine variant

GlaxoSmithKline has debuted a caffeine-boosted version of its isotonic Lucozade Sports range with mental focus the central selling point.

Prebiotic prevention: Cochrane backs infant formula prebiotics for eczema - but not allergies

Prebiotis supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, but there is lack of evidence that the same is true for allergies, according to a new Cochrane review.

in-cosmetics Innovation preview: Beauty drinks focus

As with years gone by, in-cosmetics is pleased to announce its Innovation Zone, showcasing the latest in creative inspiration, providing an area to catch up on all the latest products...

Vitamin K2 shows ‘extremely important improvements in clinical outcomes’ for bone health

Supplements containing vitamin K2 may reduce bone loss and improve bone impact strength in postmenopausal women, according to a new ‘ground-breaking’ study sponsored by NattoPharma.

Inaugural Food Vision heralded as success by global food industry – organisers commit to return in 2014

Following a highly successful inaugural summit last week, organisers William Reed Business Media have confirmed that Food Vision will become an annual event, returning to Cannes, France, in March 2014. 


ASA-OK with us! Nestlé escapes Nesquik rap on ‘poor nutritional habits’ claim

Nestlé milkshake brand Nesquik has escaped UK Advertising Standards Authority censure after viewers of a TV ad alleged that it encouraged ‘poor nutritional habits’ among children, but the Children's Food...

Research first: Soy-rich diet may help women's lung cancer survival

Women who have a diet that is packed with soy prior to diagnosis with certain cancers may have longer survival rates, according to new research.

Lutein, zeaxanthin plus omega-3 shows benefits for AMD sufferers

A combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may boost the pigment in the retina and help people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says new data from...

Breast milk substitute wins 17 process patents

Dutch supplier IOI-Loders Croklaan has won 17 process patents for its breast milk alternative Betapol and has another four pending.

Case study: Firmenich

An unconventional approach to capture the flavour of China

According to Pierre-Alain Ceralli, Firmenich’s vice-president for flavours in China, the country now represents 20% of the total flavour industry’s potential. Furthermore, as China transforms its economy from export-led GDP...

LycoRed expands China sales team as Changzhou operation beds in

With its China business approaching its first half-anniversary, global premix supplier LycoRed has been recruiting senior business development staff for its food and beverage fortification business in the country. ...


Global obesity: ‘We want to be part of the solution, not the problem’, says SFA president

The president of the Snack Food Association (SFA) acknowledged that there are concerns about the snack industry’s role in global obesity but said healthy product development and clear communication on...

Polish €583m VMS market gunning for specific claims

Poland’s €583m vitamins and minerals food supplements market is evolving toward ever-more sophisticated and specific claims according to a market analyst.

European Food Visions

Fragmentation, regulation, recession: Breaking Europe’s innovation breakdown

The Swedish government is backing a project to tackle what the partners say is a European food industry innovation blockade that has infiltrated the biggest companies at the very highest...

New technology supports heat-sensitive nutrients in snacks and biscuits

Biosciences firm Carritech Research has developed a processing and formulation technology to manufacture snacks and biscuits with heat-sensitive nutrients and vitamins.

News in brief

Carnitine researcher recognized with award

Supplement industry pioneer Dr Stephen L. DeFelice has been honored with the 2013 Marconi Science award by UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization at a recent meeting of the organization...

Vitamin D supplements may yield immune benefits in healthy people: Study

Improving levels of vitamin D in the blood via supplementation could help to fight of disease by affecting gene expression and boosting the immune system, say researchers.

Diana Plant Sciences debuts cocoa ingredient derived from plant stem cells

Diana Plant Sciences, based in Portland, OR, has brought to market what it says is the first nutraceutical ingredient produced completely in a bioreactor via plant stem cell technology.

Sirco sales up 300% as claims and taste receive makeover

Sales of Sirco – the UK juice containing an EFSA-approved, blood flow-benefitting tomato extract – have surged 300% in the past 12 months amid a formula, claims and distribution revamp.

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