Functional foods

Encapsulation of probiotic bacteria is of great interest since it could allow a wider application of strains in the food market, says the Spanish team.

Probiotic encapsulation backed for better delivery within food matrix

By Nathan Gray

A new review describing a variety of methods for the encapsulation of probiotic bacterial strains highlights the opportunities that better encapsulation technologies could bring for the market, but warns that the efficacy of encapsulated probiotics must...

“Indonesia is very important, our most important Asian market after China.”

Tate & Lyle backs fibre to battle Asian bulge

Tate & Lyle used the recent Food Ingredients-Asia trade event in Jakarta as a springboard for its mounting ambitions in the country of 250 million people as well as other parts of Asia. Fibre and low-calorie sweeteners for weight control were a big...

Herbalife asks Mirror to take down 'baseless' article

Herbalife shakes not responsible for Mexican death, say doctors

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A "previous serious illness" was responsible for the death of a Mexican woman - not Herbalife weight loss shakes - say local doctors following accusations in the Mexican and UK press of lead contamination.

DuPont Nutrition & Health:

Financials

Nutrition profits jump 23% in mixed DuPont Q3 results

By Shane STARLING

DuPont is reaping the benefit of its €5bn 2011 acquisition of Danish probiotics and enzymes giant Danisco, with its nutrition and health division showing 23% profit growth in a “sluggish” world market.

EU health claim laws are curbing commercial speech, but separating botanicals won't work, argues author

Guest article: EU law fritters

Author: EU health claims laws cannot be bent for botanicals

By Bert Schwitters

Nutrition author, blogger and harsh critic of the EU’s health claim laws, Bert Schwitters, says any attempt to create separate rules for more than 1500 on-hold botanical claim applications is doomed to failure in this guest article.  

ANSES has received 1500 adverse event reports since 2010

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

By Shane STARLING

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency has said.

The HealthBread looked at ingredients and processing methods to improve the nutritional profile of breads

Exclusive talk with HealthBread project leader

HealthBread plans association to commercialize concepts

By Kacey Culliney

The EU HealthBread project wants to form an association by the end of the year to drive commercialization of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across Europe.

HFMA:

HFMA awaits EU health claims verdict after court hearing

By By Anna Bonar and Shane Starling

The UK Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA) appeal against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) has been heard in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) more than two years after it was lodged.

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

By Shane STARLING

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

37% of viable probiotic cells are lost when added to chocolate at 40°C, according to a more precise laser detection method

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Probiotic yoghurt shows toxin reducing potential in study but would they be marketed in this way?

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

By Lynda Searby

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect against uptake of toxic metals such as mercury and...

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is unsurprising, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)...

High-fiber sourdough rye bread & reduced glycaemic response: Cause and effect? Yes. Health claim? No...

“almost any carbohydrate-containing food would induce a reduction of post-prandial blood glucose responses"

EFSA rejects Fazer rye bread health claim

By Shane STARLING

EFSA has agreed ‘high-fiber sourdough rye bread’ may significantly reduce post-prandial glycaemic and insulin response compared to glucose, but refused a health claim from Fazer in Finland because all foods would have the same effect in comparison to...

Firms like Nexira promote nutrient-health links at shows like HI-Japan, but they do not always make it onto products as claims

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

By RJ Whitehead & Shane Starling at Health Ingredients-Japan in Tokyo

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will it take and will it meet its deadline?

Innovation deflation: The EU food sector partially blames novel foods laws for an R&D investment level of 1.5% of revenue, compared to 15% for the pharma industry

"As a member of Parliament, I need facts. And I think you, the food industry, have the resources to find those."

MEP defends EU novel foods laws against innovation attacks

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn from the European Parliament in Brussels

The food industry should provide facts if it expects EU decision makers to consider dismantling the controversial novel foods regulation it has long-argued discourages innovation, a UK member of the European Parliament (MEP) said at a workshop in Brussels...

Euromonitor predicts European food supplement markets will swell 28% by 2018

Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplement markets

Insider view: European food supplements market set for €2bn jump

By Shane STARLING

The western and eastern European combined food supplements market will jump from €7bn to €9bn by 2018, according to Euromonitor International, with some markets set to double in value in that time.

The fastest growing consumer group were ‘lifestyle users’, making a transition into a more active life, according to ESSNA.

Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplement markets

Sports nutrition in Europe - market analysis

By Anna Bonar

European sports supplements market is predicted to grow by 2.3% a year to 2018 as product awareness rises, say analysts.

BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

By Shane STARLING

BASF tells us its 20% vitamin B2 (riboflavin) price hike is due to “rising demand” across human and animal nutrition, but gave no further data on the significant jump.

The bottles may be the same but Arsenal Football Club offers bespoke nutrition solutions to all its players

NutraIngredients Sports Nutrition 2014 round-table debate

Pro team nutritionist: We can’t get the sports nutrition products we need

By Shane STARLING

The nutritional needs of professional athletes and the general sports playing population are clearly not the same but does the broad sports nutrition market reflect that diversity of need? The Arsenal FC nutritionist and other experts argued the toss...

“The most important goal of [Turkish] functional food manufacturers should be to teach and educate consumers...

Turkey: Education needed to boost functional food sales

By Shane STARLING

Gender, age, education, class – and taste – all influence functional food consumption say Turkish researchers who recommended the country of 75m people does more to educate its citizens about the potential of fortified foods.

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