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Cranberry giant aims to settle debilitating PACs debate in “6-12 months”

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Cranberry giant aims to settle debilitating PACs debate in “6-12 months”

By Shane Starling in Paris

Ocean Spray has waded out of its Massachusetts cranberry bogs and into the fiery and divisive debate about accurately measuring the berry’s health benefit-delivering proanthocyanidins (PACs) – a longstanding tete-a-tete it says it can end once for all...

Scalable new sources of omega-3 key to success for algae oils

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Scalable new sources of omega-3 key to success for algae oils

By Stephen Daniells

The omega-3 market needs the new entrants from algae, but the new sources need to be manageable and scalable to ensure success, says the VP of business development for Aurora Algae.

GOED explains its “big plans” for omega-3 health claims in 2012

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

GOED explains its “big plans” for omega-3 health claims in 2012

By Shane Starling from Las Vegas

With the volume of omega-3 science tripling in 10 years, the world’s leading omega-3 trade group is working with international regulators to have that research reflected in authorised claims – especially in the EU and the US.

US businesses face rude shock as EU health claims laws loom

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

US businesses face rude shock as EU health claims laws loom

By Shane Starling in Las Vegas

US companies need to get up to speed with European Union health claim changes or face big hits on existing trade or missed opportunities, according to the chief of a leading UK supplements group.

BASF 'impressed' with Cognis integration, expecting more M&A

BASF 'impressed' with Cognis integration, expecting more M&A

By Stephen Daniells

One year on from the $3.1 billion acquisition of Cognis, Samy Jandali, VP of nutrition and health North America for BASF, told Stephen Daniells why he is impressed with the progress of the integration and why we can expect more M&A in the nutrition...

WWF on krill:

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

WWF on krill: "World’s largest under-exploited fishery"

By Shane Starling

Krill provides only a small link in the omega-3 supply chain, but the sustainability of the Antarctic fishery is regularly brought under the spotlight, often unfairly says the WWF.

New dosage forms drive supplements growth but is social media helping?

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

New dosage forms drive supplements growth but is social media helping?

By Shane Starling

Traditional food supplement forms are getting a makeover as manufacturing advances permit ever greater possibilities says Jeff Hilton, co-founder of US consultancy the Integrated Marketing Group (IMG). But is your social media strategy helping?

Danisco on probiotic health claims: “We have made great progress”

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Danisco on probiotic health claims: “We have made great progress”

By Jess Halliday

As the world’s biggest probiotic supplier Danisco has a lot at stake when it comes to the European Food Safety Authority’s ongoing refusal to validate the healthy bacteria’s ability to benefit gut health, immunity and more.

Permission to buy: Inside the new healthy consumer paradigm

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Permission to buy: Inside the new healthy consumer paradigm

By Shane Starling

The internet’s freedom of information promise is opening up the value chain behind healthy foods to swathes of transparency-centric consumers armed with a desire to know the back story of the products they buy.

DHA omega-3 may offer sports protection

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

DHA omega-3 may offer sports protection

By Nathan Gray

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the critical omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and research backs its ability to boost brain function. But can it slow the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and help protect sportspeople against concussion?

Oceans may provide ‘new wave’ of natural ingredients

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Oceans may provide ‘new wave’ of natural ingredients

By Nathan Gray

The marine environment may be hiding a bounty of untapped natural ingredients that have potential for use in foods and supplements, says Dr Jon Williams of Aquapharm.

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

By Shane Starling

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government body backed a version of the DMAC...

Vitafoods expansion offers broad regional promise

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Vitafoods expansion offers broad regional promise

By Jess Halliday

At Vitafoods Europe 2011, Jess Halliday caught up with event director Chris Lee to talk about the show’s ambitious expansion plans into Asia and South America.

DSM on Vitatene, Martek and its investment “shortlist”

Disptaches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

DSM on Vitatene, Martek and its investment “shortlist”

By Shane Starling

DSM’s head of global marketing in human nutrition and health, Gareth Barker, explains why it has bought a carotenoid supplier (approval permitting), how the Martek acquisition is progressing, and why the company is not finished spending yet.

How to build an article 13.5 dossier

How to build an article 13.5 dossier

By Shane Starling

The rejection of so many health claim submissions by the European Food Safety Authority is creating a major headache for the EU functional foods and food supplements industries, with many looking at resubmissions under article 13.5 of the regulation.

How health claims could impact marketing ethics

How health claims could impact marketing ethics

The tough health claims environment in Europe could turn manufacturers towards more subtle – and maybe less ethical – marketing approaches, believes Henry Dixon of PR firm BDB.

Innovations in microencapsulation techniques

DISPATCHES FROM HIE

Innovations in microencapsulation techniques

By Nathan Gray

A new microencapsulation technique that produces smaller more uniform particles could replace less accurate microencapsulation techniques, according to researchers at Dutch institute TNO.

A transatlantic view of regulations and health claims

A transatlantic view of regulations and health claims

By Stephen Daniells

Should the FDA work to be more like EFSA? Speaking at the NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference Andrew Shao said the two organisations are already very similar in the way they review scientific claims.

Linguistic flexibility needed when using health claims on packs, Unilever

Dispatches from NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010

Linguistic flexibility needed when using health claims on packs, Unilever

EFSA’s opinions on health claims are couched in scientific language that food and beverage manufacturers would be unlikely to use on product packaging. Unilever’s director of external affairs explains the need for linguistic flexibility.

Improving perceptions of oat beta glucans

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Improving perceptions of oat beta glucans

By Ben Bouckley

David Peters, head of business development at Swedish life sciences firm Biovelop discusses how his firm has worked to overcome poor perceptions of oat-based beta-glucans by improving their aesthetic and technical qualities.

Inside Cargill’s sterols and beta glucan thinking

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Inside Cargill’s sterols and beta glucan thinking

By Shane Starling

Henry Hussell, the head of marketing, Europe at Cargill Health and Nutrition, acknowledges the development of its plant sterols and beta glucan has been slower than many expected – but that doesn’t mean the agrofood giant has lost faith in them.

Omega-3 industry reacts to EFSA opinions

Omega-3 industry reacts to EFSA opinions

By Shane Starling

The quality of research backing omega-3s such as DHA and EPA has had vindicated with the fatty acids receiving more positive health claim opinions than any other nutrient in Europe’s tough new health claims regime. Only vitamins and minerals have performed...

Kurstjens:

Dispatches from HIE 2010

EFSA CLA rejection stalls business development

By Shane Starling

Lipid Nutrition global group manager in marketing, John Kurstjens, is “a little bit disappointed” about the recent EFSA health claim opinion on CLA which included a range of claim dismissals but remained strangely silent about the claim that matters most...

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

By Shane Starling in Madrid

The world’s two biggest herbal extract suppliers respond to the recent European Commission decision to temporarily remove botanicals from the European Union health claims process.

Meeting consumer demands for added fibre

Dispatches from HiE 2010

Meeting consumer demands for added fibre

By Nathan Gray

Research in North America, Europe and Asia shows that consumers understand fibre and the potential health benefits, and there is a strong consumer demand, says Tate & Lyle’s Sandra Einerhand.

The grey area between beauty claims and health claims

The grey area between beauty claims and health claims

Are beauty from within products covered by the health claims regulation? Eversheds lawyer Owen Warnock explains the grey area between beauty and health – and why the lack of clarity may eventually go to court.

Probiotics may send signals from gut to skin

Dispatches from Beauty from Within

Probiotics may send signals from gut to skin

Much more is known about how probiotics work in the gut, than for the skin, but it seems there are signals coming from gut micro-organisms to the skin and mucosa that may allow interaction between probiotics in the gut and effects on the skin.

Who will fund antioxidant biomarker development?

Who will fund antioxidant biomarker development?

By Shane Starling

The controversy surrounding antioxidant science is not being helped by a lack of validated biomarkers, says Professor Wilhem Stahl, an antioxidant researcher at the University of Dusseldorf. Which doesn’t mean they are due any time soon.

Ocean Spray: ‘We need antioxidant biomarker support’

Ocean Spray: ‘We need antioxidant biomarker support’

By Shane Starling

A European Union health claim rejection hasn’t dampened the spirits of global cranberry leader, Ocean Spray, which has continued to invest in science for urinary tract infections and frontier areas.

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