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The report called for policies to improve UK breastfeeding rates including tighter regulation of the infant formula market and paid breastfeeding breaks for women in the workplace. ©iStock/Viktorcvetkovic

Report urges UK to improve poor breastfeeding support

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Scotland and Northern Ireland have made improvements in policies that encourage women to continue breastfeeding but England and Wales still lag behind, according to scorecards in a report from the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi).

'We actually don't have a main competitor in this space' ©iStock/kagenmi

Firm champions sports nutrition on another (genetic) level

By Shane STARLING

Beverly Hills-based FitnessGenes is bringing its DNA-driven personalised nutrition concept to sportspeople at all levels – and has moved across the pond to the UK and Europe. Is the sports world ready for personalised nutrition?

'The way protein is currently defined in labelling regulation needs to change because this is precisely the root of the protein spiking problem,' says ESSNA vice-chair. ©iStock/ogichobanov

Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this lapse threatens to knock the nutrition staple from the top step of the sports nutrition...

©iStock/BrianAJackson

Nutra futures

Top 10 nutrition start-ups

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Venture Scanner says 2016 is on pace to be one of the best years ever for health and nutrition start-up investment. We scan the most promising Venture Scanner ventures...

The body marks the third person to have died in the explosion.

UPDATE: BASF explosion death toll rises to three

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The search for the final missing person following the explosion at BASF’s plant this week has come to an end after divers found a body in the nearby harbour.

EFSA says 'the role of vitamin E in protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage applies to all ages, including infants and young children up to three years of age'. ©iStock/Halfpoint

Antioxidant vitamin health claim authorised

EFSA backs E for infants

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has extended its approval of a health claim for vitamin E and protection from oxidative damage for adults to include young children.

Alpro says it 'remains steadfast' in its plant-based mission following criticism of its acquisition by dairy giant Danone.

Alpro: 'we made a mistake and we’re really sorry'

Twitter storm blows up Alpro's dairy problem

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Belgian manufacturer of plant-based dairy alternatives Alpro has been caught in a Twitter storm after it tweeted that a healthy diet consists of one third animal-based products. Disgruntled vegan followers referenced the company’s recent acquisition by...

Kimstad, in Sweden, is the home of Tate & Lyle's oat processing facility, which has just undergone an expansion. Pic: Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle opens oat ingredients facility expansion

By Jim Cornall

UK-based Tate & Lyle PLC, a global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has officially opened its expanded capacity at its manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

'Only 40% of us have a healthy weight,' said health minister Simon Harris in a foreword to the report. 'In terms of scale, this represents one of the biggest public health challenges Ireland is facing today.'  © World Obesity Federation

Ireland launches national obesity plan

By Niamh Michail

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding to implement the policy has led to criticism from...

Irish beverage innovator VitHit has launched a stevia-sweetened range of carbonated, vitamin-rich juices

Vitamin drink slugs double digit growth (without claims)

By Lynda Searby

The EU should “quicken its step” and raise the upper limit of stevia that is permitted in soft drinks, says VitHit’s founder, Gary Lavin, whilst dismissing health claims as “unnecessary” when marketing a vitamin drink. 

'In an Olympic year that celebrates sport at a time of heightened cynicism due to a series of doping scandals, the spotlight has never shone brighter on sports nutrition.' ©iStock/kentoh

Frankfurt, 28 November, 2016

NutraIngredients picks final sports nutrition congress line-up

A controversial Oxford University ketones spin-off; GSK Nutrition on new EU caffeine regulations; and a sports nutrition veteran on what the ‘mainstreaming’ of sports nutrition really means are highlights of a 1-day event in Frankfurt in November.

'We want to make Sirco available to everybody...'

Sirco seeks fresh blood with EU claim-backed juice

By Lynda Searby

Whether “ahead of its time” or just very niche, blood flow beverage brand Sirco is seeking to attract a broader consumer base, with the launch of of two new ‘easy to drink’ products.

esearchers from the Yakult Central Institute in Japan found mice fed on fermented soymilk showed less skin reddening and skin thickening compared to those fed on regular soymilk. ©iStock

Fermented soymilk isoflavones could cut UV damage

By Eliot Beer

Consuming fermented soymilk products may help protect against ultraviolet radiation damage by increasing the number of isoflavone compounds in the body, according to a study on mice.

In 2015 global volumes of energy drinks reached 8.8 billion litres – up 10% from the previous year despite political turmoil around the sector. ©iStock/Elisanth_

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

'We have spent a while on it - but it’s important to get this right.' ©iStock/Brian Balster

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

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