Fermentalg announces signing of distribution agreement for DHA-rich oils and Q3 2017 successes

21 Nov 2017 --- French microalgae specialist Fermentalg has signed a first distribution agreement for algal oils with specialty chemicals and food ingredients company IMCD Group. The news comes as Fermentalg publishes its business review for the third quarter of 2017, with highlights including its strategic partnership with DIC Corporation in pigments and successfully raising €12.6 million (US$14.8 million) in funds as part of a capital increase.

Gelita symposium paves a creative pathway to the future of food

21 Nov 2017 --- Nearly 80 delegates from a host of leading Food and Health & Nutrition companies last month made their way to Heidelberg (Germany) to attend Gelita’s latest International Food Symposium, “Off The Beaten Track, Inspiration for better food, nutrition and health,” where internationally renowned thought leaders from a variety of disciplines shared with attendees their insights into consumer behavior, ideas for digitizing food and knowledge of molecular developments in flavor perception and manipulation. 

Aker BioMarine receives third straight “A” rating from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

20 Nov 2017 --- Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery in the Antarctic has received an “A” rating from The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) for the third year in a row. The Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2017 analyzed 20 of the most significant fisheries used for the production of fishmeal or fish oil and assessed the sustainability of the current management regimes.

Glanbia seals US convenience store expansion with major Kum & Go deal

10 Nov 2017 --- Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) has announced that beginning this week, 344 locations of the family-owned US convenience store Kum & Go will offer GNP's Cake Bites in the Chocolate Frosted Donut and Berry Cheesecake flavors. GPN’s Optimum Nutrition Cake Bites, described as “whipped, bite-sized cakes that satisfy snack cravings with high-quality dairy protein and much less sugar than most candy options.” 

Ajinomoto enters US medical foods market with Cambrooke Therapeutics acquisition

09 Nov 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co. Inc has acquired an equity position in US medical foods company Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc through Ajinomoto North America, Inc. (Ajina) for approximately US$64 million and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. Founded in 2000, Cambrooke develops and manufactures medical foods for patients with amino acid metabolism disorders and other customers. 

Frutarom fortifies portfolio with acquisition of AB-Fortis activity

08 Nov 2017 --- Frutarom has signed an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis. The patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption while avoiding the side effects of metallic taste and digestive problems in the applications of functional foods and dietary supplements.

Microbiome Therapeutics prepares to launch first microbiome modulator after completing Series B financing

08 Nov 2017 --- MicroBiome Therapeutics, LLC (MBT), a company that applies the science of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome to promote health and wellness, has announced the completion of a Series B financing that raised approximately US$1 million. MBT intends to use the proceeds to launch its clinically-tested microbiome modulator product in 2018.

New MenaQ7 patents granted to NattoPharma in US, Israel and Australia

08 Nov 2017 --- NattoPharma ASA has successfully secured patents in Israel, the US and Australia for its “nature-identical synthesis” creating MenaQ7 PharmaPure Vitamin K2 as MK-7, adding further to the company’s patent portfolio.

Innophos acquires NutraGenesis to boost its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio

07 Nov 2017 --- Innophos Holdings has acquired NutraGenesis, a Vermont, US-based marketer of proprietary, branded and science-backed nutraceutical ingredients. This transaction builds on the momentum from its recent acquisition of Novel Ingredients and further advances Innophos’ Vision 2022 strategic priorities to grow its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio, increase its presence in attractive nutrition end-markets and develop innovative solutions that better serve its customers.

BASF to enter US medical foods market with product to manage NAFLD

06 Nov 2017 --- BASF and DIEM Labs have entered into a distribution agreement to commercialize BASF’s first US medical food product for the dietary management of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As part of this agreement, BASF has announced that it will use its scientific expertise and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to provide a first-to-the-market medical food product to patients with NAFLD. 

Omega 3 fatty acids linked to more positive lupus outcomes by study

06 Nov 2017 --- Higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids was associated with better sleep quality and a decrease in depressive symptoms in lupus patients, among other patient-reported outcomes, according to new research findings presented at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, US.

 

Oils and more: Neptune explores new frontiers in cannabis space

06 Nov 2017 --- Thanks to the complex regulatory situations surrounding the ingredient in various countries around the world, cannabis products currently do not have a clear roadmap for success. However, this doesn’t mean that there are not opportunities in the space. One company currently making a mark in the industry is Neptune Wellness Solutions.

Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop in future

03 Nov 2017 --- New research from Cornell University, US, has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to an improvement in the nutritional profile of the staple crop.

DSM’s Nutrition segment contributes strongly to “very good” Q3 performance

02 Nov 2017 --- DSM’s results for the first nine months of 2017 show strong outcomes in the company’s nutrition sector. Overall highlights of the results, buoyed by an especially impressive Q3 performance, include a 9 percent increase in sales to €6.46 billion (US$7.51 billion), with 8 percent organic growth. The adjusted EBITDA is up 15 percent to €1.08 billion, driven by both Nutrition and Materials, and the company’s outlook for 2017 is unchanged.

QHT short-chain inulin and galactooligosaccharide meet Chinese national standards

01 Nov 2017 --- Quantum Hi-Tech Biological Co., Ltd. (QHT) has announced that it is leading a “national standard sample era” of short-chain inulin and galactooligosaccharide (GOS). The company’s research into inulin and GOS national standard samples has achieved great success, the company says.

DSM, UNICEF and Sight and Life partner up to deliver improved nutrition to Nigerian children and mothers

31 Oct 2017 --- Royal DSM, UN children’s agency UNICEF and Swiss-based humanitarian nutrition think tank Sight and Life have partnered to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for micronutrient supplementation. As part of the project, DSM is to offer essential vitamins, nutrients and fortification solutions as well as expertise that complements the research, programs, and global reach of UNICEF and Sight and Life.

Some infant rice cereals contain elevated methylmercury levels, study finds

26 Oct 2017 --- Eating large amounts of certain fish can expose consumers to methylmercury, which can potentially cause health problems. But recent research has shown that rice grown in polluted conditions can also have raised levels. A study appearing in the Americal Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that some types of infant rice cereal could also contain amounts of methylmercury that could potentially pose a health risk.

Arla develops natural concept for blood sugar control

26 Oct 2017 --- Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a high-protein Pre-Meal Shot concept that the company believes “highlights the potential for launching innovative products that deliver improved blood sugar control in a natural, tasty and convenient way.”

Chr. Hansen: 10 percent organic growth for 2016/2017

25 Oct 2017 --- Chr. Hansen has announced its 2016/2017 Q4 results, with revenue reaching €283 million (US$333 million), compared to €256 million in Q4 2015/2016, corresponding to organic growth of 12 percent. Organic growth for the year as a whole reached 10 percent, and the EBIT margin before special items ended at 28.9 percent, up from 28.2 percent the year before.

Bayn Europe rolls out natural sugar reducing EUREBA after securing external financing

25 Oct 2017 --- Swiss developer of cutting-edge, healthy sugar reduction solutions, Bayn Europe has signed an agreement relating to an investment of up to SEK 20 million (US$2.4 million). The capital will be used for the production and the roll-out of EUREBA, a natural solution for sugar and calorie reduction, with a consistent quality and taste profile. The transaction is carried out through a private placement of convertible notes with warrants attached in several tranches spread over 24 months.

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