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At four hours, lactic acid for native Okara was 2.45 fold higher than the control fructo-oligosaccharides. ©iStock/alffoto

Soybean by-product tipped as alternative prebiotic

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

By-product Okara, otherwise known as ‘soy pulp’ or ‘tofu dreg’, is a promising novel prebiotic, according to researchers testing the ingredient in a human gut model. 

'We started out saying we wanted to be the Red Bull of the freezer cabinet. Now we want to go beyond that,' says protein ice cream start-up.

Protein ice cream: The Red Bull of the freezer aisle?

By Lynda Searby

Rising protein ice cream brand WheyHey isn’t stopping at being the 'Red Bull of the freezer aisle'; it wants to provide an alternative to the 'rubbish' food companies are serving up in every category, co-founder Damien Kennedy tells...

Natural is key for high earners - and they are willing to pay the price for it, finds Mintel report of sports nutrition. © iStock.com / Nikola1988

Sports nutrition insights

How to target active high earners

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mintel research has found that high earners are key consumers of sports nutrition products in the UK, so how can manufacturers better cater to these cash-carrying competitors? 

'My personal view is that, unless it is clearly explained as a property of the food, it is a health claim or a reference to general well-being, which needs to be accompanied by an authorised health claim.' © iStock.com

SPECIAL EDITION: ANTIOXIDANTS, POLYPHENOLS & CAROTENOIDS

Why antioxidant claims have been killed off in the EU

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

European regulatory restraints have killed off antioxidant health claims as lawyers advise firms to play it safe despite leniency in some EU member states. We round up the legal status of the term, and the impact this has had on the market.

'There will be the usual suspects of food and feed firms and researchers, but then also input from technology players,' says Finnish researcher behind insect project. © iStock.com / Wittayayut

How to foster a buzzing edible insects industry

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A Finnish project is to investigate the main hurdles and opportunities for the edible insect industry by linking up input from multidisciplinary players from relevant sectors. 

Global omega-3 market set for 5% growth in next years according to GOED. © iStock

Special edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

By Shane Starling

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

Daesang Corp follows in Martek Biosciences and Ocean Nutrition Canada's footsteps with Schizochytrium sp. microalgae oil for the EU. © iStock.com / pichet_w

Korean firm seeks EU access for novel algal DHA oil

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The South Korean company Daesang Corp has applied for novel food approval for its DHA-rich algal oil, claiming ‘substantial equivalence’ to an already-approved oil produced by DSM-owned Martek Biosciences.

'Our technology is fully natural and the label on the consumer product will say ‘strawberry powder’,' says Danish company behind patent-pending solvent-free process.

Scandinavian solvent-free berry player boasts nutrient boost

By Lynda Searby

Danish biotech firm Asiros has launched a range of berry powders produced via a patent-pending solvent-free process that protects the nutrients and polyphenols, overcoming the shortcomings of ethanol and water extraction methods.

The profile of the sweetener has been boosted this month with the launch of STATE, a Danish sports drink fronted by Premier League football player Christian Eriksen.

Product strategy expert says palatinose's 'time has come'

By Lynda Searby

As consumer knowledge about blood sugar level management builds, low-glycaemic sweetener Palatinose could be about to enjoy its day in the sun, according to author and marketing guru Julian Mellentin. 

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

By Niamh Michail

Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise across the globe and although no country has managed to reverse the trend to date, all agree action is required. Join us for a free online event on May 25 where key issues will be up for debate.

Between 2011 and 2015, there was a 202% increase in the number of new food and drink product launches featuring the terms ‘superfood’, ‘superfruit’ or ‘supergrain’. © iStock.com / baibaz

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

By Lynda Searby

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure of the ‘superfoods’ sell is starting to fade. 

Older consumers aren't looking for silver bullet solutions but transparent support, research in Asia and Europe finds. © iStock.com / CharlieAJA

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

By Lynda Searby

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the Healthy Marketing Team.

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Olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol effective in biscuits: Study

By Lynda Searby

Olive oil phenol hydroxytyrosol has been shown to be highly bioavailable and to lower oxidised LDL (low density lipoprotein) levels when incorporated into biscuits, suggesting functional food applications could be on the horizon for this EFSA-backed polyphenol. 

Soups and cereals offer a white space for raw product launches in Germany. © Mintel

Raw foods on the rise as clean-label consumers crave more

By Niamh Michail

From snack bars to spreads, chocolate to cheese, the trend for raw ingredients in processed foods is spreading across Europe, says Mintel, as consumer attention goes beyond the ingredient list to look at clean-label processing methods.

The fortifiers and the non-fortifiers - who is doing what when it comes to folic acid and neural tube defects? © iStock.com / eyegelb

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

By Lynda Searby

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health experts and researchers, the 28 EU member countries...

The deal comes as part of Holland & Barrett’s plans for major international expansion to make its global franchises bigger than its UK and Ireland core.

1000 Holland & Barrett franchise stores to open in India

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Health and nutrition retailer Holland & Barrett has secured a £20m (€25.44m) deal with Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, an agreement which will see 1000 franchise stores open across India over the next five years.

Parabel's water lentil harvesting facility in Florida

Barentz backs water lentils for protein

Dutch ingredients player Barentz International has partnered with Floridian biotech start-up Parabel USA to globally distribute ‘water lentil’-derived protein.

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