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6-year EU obesity platform nears completion: But has it worked?

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

6-year EU obesity platform nears completion: But has it worked?

By Shane Starling

A 6-year project tackling obesity and other diet and physical activity-related health issues across the European Union has spawned 300 individual positive actions by government, commercial and other actors – and is not set to wind up until next year.

Tough? Not tough enough, says UK watchdog on EU health claim rules

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

Tough? Not tough enough, says UK watchdog on EU health claim rules

By Shane Starling

Industry has become accustomed to feeling annoyed and hamstrung by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, but UK consumer watchdog Which? told a conference today that the rules should be even more closely enforced to help baffled consumers.

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UK whey protein market hitting ‘critical mass’ - Volac

By Ben Bouckley

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.

GAIN ups micronutrient fight against global malnutrition

Dispatches from Feeding the World

GAIN ups micronutrient fight against global malnutrition

By Shane Starling in Geneva

Ten years ago the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) was established to fight rampant malnutrition in the developing world via micronutrient fortification programmes. But for a long time, it struggled to effect change in the face of logistical,...

How to feed the world by 2050?

Dispatches from Feeding the World conference in Geneva

'It shouldn't all boil down to yield,' says food systems activist in call to action

By Shane Starling

How to tackle obesity and hunger remains a two-pronged challenge for the agri-food industry, but increasing crop yield is not the answer - instead the focus should be on boosting the nutritional value of crops, claims a sustainable food systems activist.

Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights

Dispatches from Microbiota 2011

Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights

By Shane Starling in Paris

Mapping the microbiome and the increasing sophistication of gene sequencing and analysis have in just a few years completely changed the research landscape for microbiota, and looks set to answer many to-date unresolved ‘mechanism of action’ questions.

Will fruit inclusions stimulate innovation in EU market?

Taura targets Asian and US markets with fruit and veg inclusions

By Jane Byrne

Taura Natural Ingredients, which was launching is URC Inclusions range at FIE in Paris last week, is aiming to enter both the US and Asian confectionery, snack, breakfast cereal and bakery markets with fruit and vegetable pieces produced by rapid concentration.

Beneo: “We need to have a new future now”

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Beneo: “We need to have a new future now”

By Shane Starling from Paris

Today the European Commission meets to decide whether or not to send the controversial European Union health claims register to the European Parliament – now is no time to abort the process says European ingredients giant, Beneo.

Milk protein

Cold chain challenges and infant formula drive Asian dairy demand

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A growing middle class with rising disposable income is fuelling a rapid increase in demand for dairy ingredients in China and Southeast Asia, and North American dairy cooperative Agropur is finding opportunities in some specific market sectors.

Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)

Dispatches from Vitafoods Asia 2011

Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)

By Shane Starling

Campaigns against vitamin D deficiency have gained prominence in the western world but the dietary issue is just as relevant in Asia, according to supplier DSM, even if sunlight hours are greater than most regions.

Vitafoods Asia counts 2000+ quality visitors among successes

Dispatches from Vitafoods Asia 2011

Vitafoods Asia counts 2000+ quality visitors among successes

By Shane Starling

As Vitafoods Asia closes its doors on a successful three-day debut edition in Hong Kong today, event director Chris Lee shares impressions of the show with Shane Starling, and ponders refinements to the event in 2012.

Western diets drive Asian functional foods development

Vitafoods Asia 2011 preview

Western diets drive Asian functional foods development

By Shane Starling

Asia Pacific markets are ripe for functional foods development as a response to the increasing prevalence of western diets, says Katrina Diamonon, consumer analyst at market researcher, Datamonitor.

Three gut types may have functional differences, says researcher

Three gut types may have functional differences, says researcher

By Nathan Gray

Earlier this year, an international team of scientists identified three distinct varieties of gut microflora. NutraIngredients caught up with the lead researcher of the project to find out more about the research and its possible implications.

Metagenomic data evolves vitamin E science

Metagenomic data evolves vitamin E science

By Shane Starling from Interlaken, Switzerland

Information about the human genome is providing new insights into the way vitamin E – a nutrient that has very much ridden the scientific roller coaster in recent years in the face of questioning meta reviews – functions in the body.

Mapping the human genome is heralding a

DSM Science & Technology Awards

DSM: “There is a renaissance in nutrition”

By Shane Starling

In advance of the presentation of the southern edition of the DSM Science and Technology Awards yesterday, DSM senior VP in nutritional science and nutrition and health advocacy, Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, explained how it is that nutrition science is entering...

Probiotics could boost immune functions in athletes, says Prof

Probiotics could boost immune functions in athletes, says Prof

By Nathan Gray

Probiotics are best used for their potentially beneficial effects on gut health, but they may also help to boost immune functions – an effect that could benefit sports stars in the future, according to a leading sports scientist.

Sweeteners have key role in sports drinks formulation

Sweeteners have key role in sports drinks formulation

By Nathan Gray

The use of low and no calorie sweeteners in the food industry is rising rapidly. However one product area that has always relied on the use of sweeteners is in the formulation of sports drinks, says Professor John Brewer.

Building strong evidence for elite sports nutrition: Vitafoods preview

Building strong evidence for elite sports nutrition: Vitafoods preview

By Nathan Gray

A lot of talk has focussed on how non-sporty consumers are driving the market, but what about the potential for industry by targeting elite athletes? First, industry must understand the unique demands of top level performance, says Jeni Pearce from the...

Nitrite milk scandal exposes gaps in Chinese food safety reforms

Nitrite milk scandal exposes gaps in Chinese food safety reforms

By Guy Montague-Jones

Three deaths from nitrite tainted milk in China show that the country still has some way to go to clean up its dairy industry. One of the authors of a new study1 on the 2008 China melamine milk scandal explains what has gone wrong and what reforms are...

From blood to eye lutein bioavailibility differs due to its form and in transit, says professor Norkus

Lutein: The eyes have it - or do they?

By Shane Starling

It is well known that free lutein has greater bioavailability than its esterified cousins. Here professor Edward Norkus, PhD, from the Montefiore Medical Center, New York City explains just why that is the case for the eye health nutrient.

Naturex set for “one or two” acquisitions in 2011: President

Naturex set for “one or two” acquisitions in 2011: President

By Shane Starling

Naturex will expand again in 2011 with several “€5-20m” targets, 1.5 years after completing the €110m integration of Spanish supplier Natraceutical that made the French botanical extracts supplier the biggest in the world.

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