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Cricket bars founder: ‘We launched a product without a supply chain in place to scale it’

Cricket bars founder: ‘We launched a product without a supply chain in place to scale it’

Pat Crowley

Founder - Chapul Inc.

Since it was created in 2012, Chapul Inc. has been on a mission to integrate edible insects into Western diets, using its cricket energy bars as the vehicle. 

Published: 03-Jul-2014

Beauty chocolate: Algatechnologies touts red seaweed for functional confectionery

Beauty chocolate: Astaxanthin in functional confectionery

Efrat Kat

Director of marketing and sales - Algatechnologies

Algatechnologies sees potential for red seaweed derivative astaxanthin in chocolate coins promoting beauty for the US market.

Published: 17-Jun-2014

French supplements market set for return to 10%+ growth after a ‘not very good’ year

French supplements market set for return to 10%+ growth after a ‘not very good’ year

Alban Maggiar

Chairman - Synadiet

The French food supplements market is set for double digit growth this year as the sector adapts to changing EU regulations around health claims, according to the chairman of the country’s biggest trade group.

Published: 10-Jun-2014

How can firms make claim research successes their own, not their competitors’?

How can firms keep health claim research proprietary?

Eric Chappius

Director of consulting - Naturalpha

Companies have to be clever about proprietary research, and plant extracts may hold unique opportunities in this respect, according to a food and nutrition industry consultant.

Published: 06-Jun-2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Antoine Bily, Naturex global R&D director

Christian Artaria, Indena marketing director - Holger Riemensperger, Frutarom general manager, Health Business Unit

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players debate their attacks on the problem.

Published: 03-Jun-2014

Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

Professor Robert Thomas

Consultant oncologist - Addenbrooke's and Bedford, Cambridge University Hospital

A polyphenol-rich supplement containing broccoli, green tea, tumeric, and pomegranete - a combination known  as pomi-t - could have significant clinical benefits for men with prostate cancer, according to new data.

Published: 29-May-2014

Are doctors seeing the preventative eye health potential of carotenoids?

Are doctors seeing the preventative eye health potential of carotenoids?

James Stringham

Research doctor - University of Georgia

Carotenoids like lutein are well-documented to boost eye health yet the approach of the medical fraternity and some regulators lacks vision when it comes to prevention, says a leading professor in the area.

Published: 28-May-2014

Which big player will be first on functional confectionery scene?

Functional confectionery: What does the future hold?

Adrian Sagman

Vice president of international sales and marketing - Carmit Candy

The functional confectionery market is awaiting a big player and private label maker Carmit Candy gives its tip on which it’s likely to be.

Published: 27-May-2014

IFST conference paints ‘multi-coloured’ picture of food industry

Food science and technology conference wrap up

The Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Jubilee conference offered something for everyone involved in food production and research and painted a multi-coloured picture of the industry.

Published: 27-May-2014

You talkin’ to me? The grey zone around health claims in ‘commercial communication’

Grey zone around health claims in ‘commercial communication’

Georgia Taylor

Marketing and claims advisor - Leatherhead

How we define ‘commercial communication’ when it comes to health claims remains somewhat of a grey zone, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Published: 23-May-2014

EU supplements sector presses on for EU botanical acceptance

EU supplements sector presses on for EU botanical acceptance

Alban Maggiar

Chairman - European Health Product manufacturers’ Association (EHPM)

It has been a tumultuous few years for the European food supplements sector as it has had to learn to live under the world’s toughest health claims regime. Marketing strictures may be tighter than ever but the sector is in a good place, says the chairof the European Health Product manufacturers’ Association (EHPM).

Published: 19-May-2014

Mango metabolic promise: Vital Solutions wants to advance human trials

Mango powder metabolic promise: Vital Solutions Swiss

Vital Solutions Swiss will publish in vitro research that shows its mango powder Careless mimics caloric restriction but the company is keen to invest in human trials, its CEO says.

Published: 19-May-2014

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

There is much talk about sustainability in the dietary supplement ingredients marketplace, but what does it mean exactly? Consultant Chris Kilham, known as The Medicine Hunter, makes a strong case for using the term to mean a marketplace in which all prosper, including the indigenous cultures where many ingredients are sourced.

Published: 19-May-2014

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims', say probiotics business experts.

Published: 19-May-2014

DSHEA at 20: Law was a landmark for Europe, too

DSHEA at 20: Law was a landmark for Europe, too

Joerg Gruenwald, a longtime natural products industry consultant, said the advent of DSHEA was a huge event in Europe as well as America.  It helped give European dietary supplement companies secure access to the biggest market in the world.

Published: 16-May-2014

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Daniel H. Rosenbaum

Nutraceuticals general manager - FMC

Mid-last year the chief of Norwegian omega-3 player EPAX told us, “We are the last of the big omega-3 independents.” Soon after US agri-food company FMC had snapped it up for $350m. Here FMC Nutraceuticals general manager Daniel H. Rosenbaum talks through the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of the move…and the ‘where’ it might lead.

Published: 15-May-2014

Clever fiber blends offer weight management hope, says Professor

Fiber for weight management: Blends offer hope

Fiber composite blends used in healthy food matrixes hold weight management promise, according to a professor from the University of Liverpool.

Published: 14-May-2014

Old age and HEALTHY old age, there’s a difference industry should address: Euromonitor

Seven-year gap between old age and HEALTHY old age

Diana Cowland

Health and wellness analyst - Euromonitor International

In 2012 there were over 577 million people aged over 65 globally, but there remains a 7-year gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Published: 13-May-2014

Nutritional snacks? Manufacturers misread consumers, says Datamonitor Consumer

Nutritional snacks? Manufacturers misread consumers, says Datamonitor Consumer

Nutritious snacks have not boomed because manufacturers overwhelmed consumers in a category where indulgence remains more important, says the head of food and drink at Datamonitor Consumer.

Published: 13-May-2014

Safe sports nutrition product use is a reality. So are global sports federation rebuttals increasingly ‘outdated’?

Safe sports nutrition product use is a reality. So are global sports federation rebuttals increasingly ‘outdated’?

Terence O'Rorke

Business sector manager - LGC owned Informed-Sport

Contamination concerns mean most athletic and sporting federations advise against them despite near-ubiquitous use among top athletes and sportspeople. Busted doped athletes continue to finger them. But sports nutrition products are in a better place than ever, says product tester, Informed-Sport.

Published: 13-May-2014

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Growing interest in the potential for insects as a source of healthy and sustainable protein was demonstrated again at Vitafoods Europe, where 4ento CEO Ana Day told us that insect consumption needs to become 'sexy'.

Published: 12-May-2014

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Grant Ferrier

Principal - Nutrition Capital Network (NCN)

Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) chief Grant Ferrier took his capital-connecting nutrition venture to Vitafoods in Geneva this week.

Published: 09-May-2014

Marketing whey protein to the elderly 'challenging': Davisco Foods

Marketing whey protein to the elderly 'challenging': Davisco Foods

Polly Olson

Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Marketing - Davisco Foods International

The role of doctors and dietitians in the education of the elderly on the benefits of protein for healthy ageing is key, US whey protein manufacturer Davisco Foods International told DairyReporter.com.

Published: 08-May-2014

Relaxation chocolate: ‘We’ve got to chill out!’

Relaxation chocolate: ‘We’ve got to chill out!’

Victoria Barmina and Patrick Morris

DSM has developed a stress-reducing chocolate that it says could allow manufacturers to take the relaxation category beyond drinks.

Published: 08-May-2014

Brain Chocolate: Vital Solutions aims to expand minds with cognition chocolate

Brain Chocolate: Vital Solutions aims to expand minds with cognition chocolate

Vital Solutions has developed a concept chocolate bar that it claims can improve cognitive function.

Published: 07-May-2014

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