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Earlier this month at Probiota, Yolanda Sanz stated that microbiota changes should be linked to physiological or clinical outcomes of which a direct effect on human health can be attributed to a specific mechanism of action.

Dispatches from Probiota 2016

Recent risk-reduction claims ‘have not been positive,’ say EFSA.

By Will Chu

Earlier this month at Probiota in Amsterdam, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stated that microbiota changes should be linked to physiological or clinical outcomes of which a direct effect on human health can be attributed to a specific mechanism...

The ASA counts up which adverts recieved the most complaints in 2015 - with issues of harm and offence dominating the top ten list.© iStock.com / BrianAJackson

Top 10 most complained about ads of 2015

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Protein World and Omega Pharma were among the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ten most complained about adverts of 2015 – both of which faced accusations of promoting poor body image in women.

Photo credit: iStock.com / Halfpoint

Dear Santa…Nutrition industry writes its wish list for 2016

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bloc not a firm was stirring, not even the Brussels flock. Nutrition industry stakeholders have hung up their stockings by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there… but...

This Nestlé campaign helped raise awareness of the consequences of iron deficiency (like anaemia) in the Philippines from 19% to 65% in one year

Special edition: Battling malnutrition. Exclusive with Nestlé head of public health nutrition

Nestlé: Profit is not a dirty word in the race against global malnutrition

By Shane STARLING

Commercial and public health gain needn’t be opposed bedfellows in the battle against malnutrition among the world’s poorest people, says the chief of public health nutrition at the world’s biggest food firm.

The UK could save up to €315.16 million per year with improved nutritional care for various groups of malnourished adults, says BAPEN. Photo credit: iStock.com / Dutko

Special edition: Battling malnutrition

Too ill to eat: The hidden face of malnutrition in Europe

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

There have been huge changes in the way malnutrition is seen and managed in European hospitals in the last 30 years – but a more preventative, community-based approach is needed to cut public health costs, according to a British Association for Parenteral...

Danone-Nutricia invests in infant nutrition at new Dutch centre in response to growing demand

Largest European investment to date

Danone doubles Dutch baby milk production capacity

By Lynda Searby

Danone-Nutricia has invested €240m in a new production plant in the Netherlands on the back of double-digit sales growth of infant formula products such as Aptamil and Nutrilon.

This year's winners. In 2016 our judging panel will select 12 more 'game-changing' success stories

Independent & prestigious. 12 awards, 5 new categories

NutraIngredients Awards deadline is January 15, 2016

By Shane STARLING

Large and small ingredient suppliers, supplements and functional food manufacturers, outsourcers and researchers – there are just six weeks to submit your entries to the NutraIngredients Awards 2016. January 15 is the deadline.

Biotechs do deal: Eviagenics divests flavonoid technology

Biotechs do deal: Eviagenics divests flavonoid technology

By Lynda Searby

French biotech firm Alderys has bought Eviagenics’ micro-organism based flavonoid production platform for an undisclosed sum. The deal will allow Alderys to commercialise the technology and Eviagenics to focus on its seaweed extracts venture.

Frequently Syndrome X is considered a medical issue and left to the medical world to ‘treat’, even as the science builds around probiotics, vitamins, minerals, omega-3s...Image: iStock.com/HYWARDS

Special edition: Inflammation

Is ‘Syndrome X’ treatable with food?

By Shane STARLING

Inflammation is an immune system response to counter injured or stressed body parts and zones – a good and necessary thing – but contemporary diets and lifestyles have overheated the mechanism resulting in a host of chronic health issues. So goes our...

IPSSA: “It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres.”

“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."

Sterol & stanol giants join to boost cholesterol-lowering category

By Shane STARLING

Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to raise awareness of the multi-billion global euro category.

Will you join the likes of Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Pepsi, Seven Seas, Solgar and Nestlé on Tuesday morning?

#PreProbiotics15

Invested in prebiotics & probiotics? This is your event

By Shane STARLING

NutraIngredients’ Prebiotics and Probiotics free online event is tomorrow and will feature formulation progressions, microbiota insights and regional market breakdowns with the likes of Yakult, Capsugel and the University of Reading.

Will you join your peers at the marquee probiotic and prebiotic event in Amsterdam in 2016?

#Probiota16 programme leaked; Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is open for business!...and science!...and more…

By Shane STARLING

Digest the latest game-changing prebiotic and probiotic science; engage with 200 of your industry peers; debate with regulators and experts; assess start-up and major firm marketing and NPD moves; metabolise global markets; enjoy the best Amsterdam has...

The better for you (BFY) category has been a victim of the clean label and reformulation trends, says Euromonitor

exclusive guest article

The state of the health and wellness market in 2015

By Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness research at Euromonitor International

Is organic still selling? Does the 'natural' trend mean fortified/functional food is now passé? And why are consumers turning their noses up at better for you (BFY) offerings? Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness research at Euromonitor International,...

EU project pursuing

EU project seeks algae omega-3s

By Shane STARLING

Extracting omega-3 from novel algae sources is the mission of a European Union-funded project with multiple partners including the famed nutrition research arm at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Adverts for fast-moving consumer goods is not hitting the mark - over half of the 30,000 senior consumers surveyed by Nielsen said adverts did not reflect them or their needs

Older consumers need tailored food products, say researchers

By Niamh Michail

It's not just taste and texture perceptions that change for older consumers but their social experience of food too - yet research is lacking and food manufacturers are missing out as a result, say Dutch scientists.

'It was confrontational to say the least,' EMA senior medical officer says of making big pharma reveal its big clinical data

live from EFSA's 2nd scientific conference, Milan Expo

Could EFSA follow EMA in its open trial data policy?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

There is increasing pressure for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to echo the policy of its pharmaceutical cousin the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to publish clinical trials from industry dossiers.  

Walmark takes Valosun for undisclosed sum as its Eastern European expansion continues

Walmark buys Czech food supplements major

By Shane STARLING

Czech-based Eastern European supplements giant Walmark has completed its second regional acquisition of the year with the purchase of fellow Czech supplements firm Valosun for an undisclosed sum.

EFSA: “The fact we are here is an indication we are willing to commit to dialogue.”

Open book: The future of probiotic marketing in Europe

By Shane Starling in Brussels

‘Openness’ and ‘better dialogue’ between industry, scientists and regulators were themes of the day as the newly minted European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA-Europe) launched itself with a mini-congress in Brussels yesterday.

Medicinal probiotics need their own legal framework

By Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD

Probiotic medical products are proliferating but are regulations keeping up, asks by Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD, executive scientist at Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI) in this guest article.

Expanded Vitafoods gets a content makeover

2016 event to fill 4 halls

Expanded Vitafoods gets a content makeover

Refined sector content will define Vitafoods Europe in Geneva next year as the continent’s premier healthy ingredients and nutraceuticals show approaches its 20th birthday.

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

By Shane STARLING

European food supplement groups share insights from the law to distribution to marketing and science in this Q&A on the €7bn European supplements sector, according to Euromonitor International.

Raisio CEO Matti Rihko: “All in all a good performance...

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

By Shane STARLING

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

“We see opportunities for scientifically justified nutritional products…”

EFSA issues medical foods guidance

By Shane STARLING

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued guidance on how firms can compile “well-structured dossiers” for medical foods that may be permitted in the EU’s 28 nations as momentum to update archaic laws grows.

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