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Heat halts French walnut boom

After a recent boost in French walnut production, combined with the growing popularity of the nut among consumers, producers should be celebrating - but bad news came this week in...

Fruit and veg juice may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Drinking three glasses of fruit or vegetable juice a week could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by a whopping 75 per cent, according to a population based study from...

Vitamin D supplements for Asian kids, say researchers

British kids of Asian origin are eight times more likely than their white counterparts to be vitamin D deficient, says a new study that is leading calls for vitamin D...

Raisio to cut staff after 'unsatisfactory' performance

Raisio is set to implement further cost-saving measures following the Finnish group's 'unsatisfactory' performance last year.

Curry favour with colorectal cancer

Dietary intake of salicylic acid from spices, herbs, vegetables and fruit, could reduce the pain of headaches and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, says a review from Scotland.

Leatherhead launches new services for prebiotic ingredients

Leatherhead Food International (LFI) is launching a new service for industry to study in vitro the activity of potential and established prebiotics.

Compound Sol. doles out Chinese CoQ10

Compound Solutions has entered into an exclusive agreement for distribution of Chinese-sourced CoQ10 - potentially further relieving tight supply of while generating more competition between Chinese and Japanese sources.

Soy's heart health benefits linked to blood clotting

The heart health benefits associated with soy isoflavones may be due to an affect on platelet aggregation, rather than improving classical cardiovascular risk factors, says a new study from Chile.

'Sexy' chilli chocolate hits market

A UK food company has found a unique way to target the growing functional confectionery market, mixing aromatherapy with chocolate.

Booming enteral nutrition market offers ingredient opportunities

Aging populations and a growing demand for homecare are driving opportunities for the European enteral nutrition market, ranging from functional foods to microencapsulation.

Vitamin K1-rich diet linked to better heart health

A high daily intake of vitamin K1, found in green leafy vegetables, could reduce the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 19 per cent, says a new study.

Obesity Forecast 2010: who is to blame?

A new UK government report into obesity has reignited the debate over who should take responsibility for the growing epidemic.

More omega-3 in organic milk, say scientists

Scientists have called on Britain's food safety authorities to recognise the superior health qualities of organic milk, after a new study showed it contained higher levels of omega-3 than conventional...

Timing is key for muscle mass supplements, suggests study

Taking creatine monohydrate and whey protein supplements just before load-bearing exercise improves muscle gain and strength than taking at other times of the day, says Australian research that has implications...

Weekly Comment

Some home-eating truths

As food manufacturers inch closer to the holy grail of low-calorie, trans-fat free flavor-fantastic products one has to ask how we veered so far from the common sense of fresh...

Antioxidant-rich cider under the microscope

British researchers are starting a small trial to investigate if the antioxidant benefits of apples are passed on to cider drinkers, and could possibly lead to "functional" ciders.

Pomegranate juice shows possible diabetes benefits

A new Israeli study suggests that pomegranate juice could offer health benefits for diabetics, despite the juice containing significant sugar concentrations.

Wassen's acquisition of Efamol expands omega-3 presence

Leatherhead-based British supplement manufactuer, Wassen International, is reported to have acquired Yorkshire-based omega-3 company Efamol, in a move that will boost Wassen's presence in the UK's omega-3 market.

Do antioxidants make tea healthier than water?

The antioxidant content of tea could mean that drinking three or more cups a day could reduce the risk of a wide range of health problems, ranging from cancer to...

Epax to take approved high concentrate omega-3 Down Under

Norway's Epax has announced it has gained approval from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to provide high concentration omega-3 to the Australian market.

Wrigley patents metallic gum

The world's foremost chewing gum producer, the Wm Wrigley Jr Company, is set to make inroads into the growing functional confectionery market with a new gum to combat bad breath.

Vitamin D could cut falls in the elderly, suggests study

Increasing the vitamin D intake, from supplements, diet or sun exposure, could cut the risk of falls in the elderly, says a cohort study from the Netherlands.

Functional drinks driving UK yoghurt boom

Sales of yoghurt in the UK are set to increase by 40 per cent over the next five years, and smash the £2bn barrier by 2011, with surging functional yoghurt...

Toxic weed could boost omega-3 from fish

Researchers in Australia have reported that salmon fed oil made from one of the country's most damaging noxious weeds could produce more omega-3 for human consumption.

Product development seen in Clover result

Australian health ingredients business Clover said sales of its omega-3 oil and powders increased 21 per cent during the year on higher demand from the supplement and infant nutrition sectors.

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