Supplements

Faking it: Superfruit market 'ripe' for adulteration

Special edition: Superfruits - old news or still super?

Faking it: Superfruit market 'ripe' for adulteration

By Nathan Gray

Increasing raw material costs coupled with growing demand for natural health solutions has seen the market for superfruits boom in recent years, but has it may have also left the market ripe for adulteration.

Food Supplements Europe: A small industry needs to be united

Food Supplements Europe: A small industry needs to be united

By Shane Starling

Europe’s new multilateral food supplements group says there is no inherent conflict between its big player-small player membership as all share the same goal of amending scientific requirements under the EU’s strict new health claim rules.

CRN, Merck, DSM, BASF spark new EU food supplements group

CRN, Merck, DSM, BASF spark new EU food supplements group

By Shane STARLING

Better dialogue with regulators and scientists is the main purpose of a new European food supplements group formed today by a diverse alliance of national groups and ingredients and supplement players – both small and large.

Forté Pharma sales up 1.5% in 2012

Forté Pharma sales up 1.5% in 2012

By Shane Starling

2012 sales have risen 1.5% at Forté Pharma, the food supplements arm of Spanish player Natraceutical, with weight management products dominating.

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

GOED: Pharma is important for omega-3 but growing slowly

By Shane Starling

Pharmaceutical omega-3 products are important but will grow more slowly than some expect because of the long timeframe for drug approval, says the chief of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

Special edition: Omega-3 (Editor's blog)

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

By Shane STARLING

Just got off the phone to Ola Snove, the new(ish) CEO of Aker part-owned Norwegian omega-3 specialist Epax. Wanted to know his view on high-end omega-3 prospects that have attracted BASF and DSM to the sector. His word: “Stellar”.

Cross-Atlantic choline team banks on EU health claim conversion

EU health claim winner

Cross-Atlantic choline team banks on EU health claim conversion

By Shane Starling

US supplier Balchem has joined with Dutch firm Van Eeghen Functional Ingredients (VEFI) to develop the European choline foods and food supplements market, after the nutrient won three EU health claims in 2012.

Isoflavone supplements may reduce breast cancer risk

Isoflavone supplements may reduce breast cancer risk

By Stephen DANIELLS

Women taking supplements containing isoflavones may have a lower risk of breast cancer, with high content supplements consistently linked with reduced risk, says a new analysis from Canada.

Zinc to benefit from health claims game

Special edition: Innovations in minerals

Zinc benefitting from EU health claims game

By Shane Starling

Used in cigarette filters, as a corrosive, pigment and in the manufacture of rubber and concrete, zinc forms like zinc oxide and zinc suphate are also important nutrients for physiological wellbeing. And 18 new European Union health claims – the most...

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.

Peruvian omega-3 oil wins EU approval

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.

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