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Omega Ingredients’ investment creates 16 new jobs

Omega Ingredients (OI) has doubled the size of its manufacturing facility and secured 16 new jobs by pumping £300,000 into its UK operations, ceo and founder Steve Pearce has said.

EFSA chiefs: 'It is important EFSA understands the context of its scientific opinions'

After NutraIngredients attended EFSA’s one-day transparency debate recently, we sat down with panel heads, and found an agency content with its transparency progress and its broader role as protector of EU food safety.

Taste beyond flavour: How colour, texture and environment influence taste perception

The way we taste foods is actually far more complex than their flavour alone. Neuroscientist Professor Charles Spence discusses how the shape, smell and colour of a food, its packaging, and even the setting in which it is eaten, affect the way it tastes.

Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

Epax chief: ‘We are the last of the big omega-3 independents’

Epax CEO Ola Snove thinks the €2bn BASF and DSM buying frenzy that saw many major suppliers consolidated in their hands is ultimately a good thing for the €20bn+ sector – but its independence remains valued at Epax.

Naturex CEO talks HQ expansion, green credentials and the memory of Jacques Dikansky

Naturex hosted 500 of its employees and guests the weekend just passed as it inaugurated a €12m expansion of its Avignon HQ in southern France. We caught up with CEO Thierry Lambert who said further expansion at its other global sites was very much on the agenda for the €300m business with 15 production units in Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, Morocco and India.

EC’s Mathioudakis: “You cannot build a sustainable food industry on misleading health claims”

With the European Union’s strict health food and supplement marketing laws in place, the European Commission’s food law unit head, Basil Mathioudakis, tells NutraIngredients why it’s generally working out fine… but don’t hold your breath over a hasty resolution of key on-hold issues.

Food shoppers are women, marketers are men: Houston, we have a problem…

It is well known that most food shoppers are women, but does the food industry get that in its marketing? Not really, says female marketing expert, author and CEO of The Female Factor, Bridget Brennan.

BASF nutrition president on high-end omega-3, Equateq and the phood “white space”

BASF is moving en masse into omega-3 - especially if its bid for Norwegian player Pronova is approved - but it is technology gained from its May acquisition of a high-dose omega-3 start-up on a remote Scottish island, that is exciting the German giant.

Fluxome close to developing resveratrol chewing gum for Europe

Ingredients firm Fluxome is months away from developing a resveratrol chewing gum for Europe through a partnership with Danish medical gum manufacturer Fertin.

Solbar ready to power up for growth post acquisition

Solbar is preparing for strong global growth in the wake of its acquisition by farmer agri-cooperative CHS, according to Todd Watson, CHS global protein sales and development manager for food and food ingredients.

Omega-3 suppliers must know their consumers

Omega-3 suppliers must get to grips with their manufacturing customers and with consumers if they are to market their products successfully, according to Virpi Varjonen, executive consultant at commercialisation agents Invenire.

LycoRed aims new products at all-natural trend

LycoRed is facing a wave of consumers demanding natural alternatives to existing colours and is responding with new formulations in addition to broader product development.

Solbar targets UK, Europe for growth

Soy protein firm Solbar has outlined big plans for growth in several fields, including dietary and sports nutrition following the completion of its acquisition by US-based farmer co-operative CHS in February 2012.

Ocean Spray backed research reveals cranberry polyphenols in human urine

New research identifying type-A proanthocyanidins (PACs) from cranberry juice in human urine could help to take future clinical trials to the next level, say researchers.

Introducing nutrikinetics: A new way of performing nutrition research

A new way of performing research in the field of nutrition could one day open a more accurate picture of how the foods and supplements we eat affect our health, and could offer greater insights of how foods are taken in by specific consumer groups – according to a group of Dutch researchers led by Unilever.

UK whey protein market hitting ‘critical mass’ - Volac

Mark Neville, head of lifestyle ingredients at Volac, told BeverageDaily.com that the UK market for whey protein was hitting “critical mass”, since everyone knew someone who used such ingredients, with word spreading as to their benefits.

Beneo: Prebiotic health claim rejections have put prospects “on hold”

The second part of this exclusive interview sees Beneo executive board member, Yves Servotte, explaining the cooling but not crushing effect of EU prebiotic health claim rejections on its inulin-chicory business.

Beneo board: “Let us not forget that functional food responds to a clear demand of the consumer”

In the first part of this exclusive interview, Beneo Group executive board member, Yves Servotte, explains how European Union health claim rules have informed strategic thinking at one of Europe’s biggest and most vocal ingredient vendors.

Chinese market opens up for Naturex for flavour modifier; Burgundy integration underway

Naturex has just received novel foods approval in China for its flavour masking system, Talin. President and chief executive of the botanicals group, Jacques Dikansky, revealed the news and discussed the integration of Burgundy when we caught up with him at Naturex HQ in Avignon.

Departed Danisco CEO: “I am proud of my legacy”

If Tom Knutzen is reading this, he shouldn’t be.

Head of DSM Food Specialties tackles the big food ingredient issues

Hans-Christian Ambjerg, president of DSM Food Specialties, goes head to head with FoodNavigator.com on commodity prices, emerging markets and acquisition strategy.

Accelerated time technology may unlock our long-term nutritional needs

Technology that can speed up biological time may reveal the existence of hundreds of ‘vitamins’, and provide scientific evidence for how long-term nutrient intake affects the risk of chronic disease, says the executive chairman of a Silicon Valley company at the cutting edge of nutrition.

EU must drive “Limited IP” vitamin D research: Bischoff-Ferrari

Vitamin D will fail to deliver on its promise to reduce healthcare spending by billions of euros until further human intervention studies are commissioned, says leading researcher, professor Heike Bischoff-Ferrari.

The opportunities and obstacles for gut health science

It’s been a bad year for good bacteria: A raft of negative health claims opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has left many in the industry predicting trouble ahead for probiotics and prebiotics in Europe. But Professor Tine Rask Licht, the winner of this year’s Danisco Award, believes that gut health still has a bright, but challenging future.

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