Functional foods

The year ahead: 2013 European nutra futures

The year ahead: 2013 European nutra futures

By Shane STARLING

The economic crisis has hit the EU hard, and coupled with a severe health and nutrition claim clamp down, the past years have been challenging for the European nutra industry.

Plukenetia volubilis - source of Inca Inchi virgin oil

Amazonian omega-3 Inca oil wins EU approval

By Shane Starling

An omega-3 rich oil from the Peruvian Amazon has won EU Novel Foods approval in all foods and food supplements and is being distributed in the European Union by French firm Perles de Gascogne (PdG).

Belgians form healthy ingredients collective

Belgians form healthy ingredients collective

By Shane Starling

The Belgian ingredient firms including Kitozyme, Cosucra and Galactic that united under one banner in June last year say their quality seal will be ready for use by its 11 members by the time Vitafoods Europe is held in May in Geneva.

2012: Takeovers, health claim make overs and botanical endgames

The big industry and regulation stories of 2012

2012: Takeovers, health claim make overs and botanical endgames

By Shane Starling

Business consolidation, battling stalling economies and the belated activation of the dreaded (by most) EU health claims register – these are just a few issues that have defined the 2012 EU nutra space.

Chr Hansen claims long-life probiotic beverage breakthrough

NI exclusive

Chr Hansen claims long-life probiotic beverage breakthrough

By Shane Starling

After 20 failed starts, probiotics leader Chr Hansen says it has finally found an ingredient dispensing cap partner that can handle the demands of high speed filling utilised by the world’s biggest beverage manufacturers.

Schiff MegaRed krill supplement marketing

Reckitt Benckiser-Schiff: Another giant jumps into nutra space

By Shane STARLING

UK-based consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser told NutraIngredients today, “nutrition had been on its radar for awhile”, as it plunged $1.4bn (€1.09bn) to outbid German pharma firm Bayer for the US’s second biggest dietary supplements firm, Schiff Nutrition...

Arla says UHT-friendly whey can tackle elderly malnutrition

Arla says UHT-friendly whey can tackle elderly malnutrition

By Shane Starling

About 60% of elderly hospital patients in the UK are malnourished according to recent data from the British Dietetic Association, a problem companies like Danish firm Arla Food Ingredients are trying to tackle with a new whey form.

UK watchdog ‘O-Kays’ Unilever healthy oil campaign

UK watchdog ‘O-Kays’ Unilever healthy oil campaign

By Shane Starling

The voluntary UK watchdog has backed a TV campaign for Unilever Flora Cuisine that was challenged over claims the omega-3 imbued cooking oil contained, “45% less saturated fat than olive oil".

Lucozade Sport: Body fuel. But where is the body of evidence? the BMJ and BBC have asked.

BMJ slams sports nutrition & EFSA; Glaxo defends 40 years of science

By Shane Starling and Ben Bouckley

On the eve of the Olympics, Oxford University academics writing in the British Medical Journal – in conjunction with the BBC Panorama documentary team – have damned sports nutrition products like GlaxoSmithKline’s Lucozade Sport for lacking scientific...

Nutraceutical industry needs new trial design culture

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Nutraceutical industry needs new trial design culture: Research veteran

By Shane Starling

The multi-billion euro global nutraceutical industry will never achieve its potential until it better adapts pharma protocols – and this can be done with food nutrients, says Dr Stephen de Felice, who was the keynote speaker at the recent Vitafoods expo...

Werner Bauer says good scientific data is 'essential' for communication ... and to substantiate health claims.

Nestlé Clinical Development Unit inauguration

Nestlé centralises clinical research in new centre

By Nathan Gray in Lausanne, Switzerland

Nestlé will centralise the development and management of all of its clinical trials, after the inauguration of its new clinical development unit and metabolic research centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

'General' appeal for consumers strong within functional food market: Leatherhead

Article 13 appeal in the global functional food market: Leatherhead

By Kacey Culliney

Growth rates across the global functional food market have contracted but product development remains high and companies are increasingly focused on general health claims, covered under article 13 of the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR),...

Dr de Felice:

The father of nutraceuticals: “The placebo effect is real”

By Shane Starling

Veteran researcher Dr Stephen de Felice invented the term ‘nutraceutical’ in 1989 and ever since he has been imploring the sector to design and conduct better human clinical trials to back the medicinal potential of bodily nutritional interventions.

Do consumers really weigh-up on-pack claims?

Danone blasts no claim no gain theory

By Lynda Searby

Dropping hard health claims in favour of softer claims or no claims at all has not had any detrimental impact on sales of Danone’s probiotic yogurt Activia, begging the question of how much weight consumers actually give to on-pack claims.

Picture Copyright: Volac

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.

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