New Biopolis probiotic mix helps reduce topical steroid use by atopic dermatitis patients

07 Dec 2017 --- Biopolis, majority owned by agricultural processor and food ingredient provider Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), has introduced a new probiotic mix designed to reduce the need for topical steroid use by Atopic Dermatitis (AD) patients. The clinical research recently published in JAMA Dermatology, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, shows the benefits of consuming a mix of probiotics in reducing the need for topical steroids by AD patients.

Nestle acquires Atrium for US$2.3 billion, extends consumer healthcare portfolio

06 Dec 2017 --- Nestle has agreed to acquire Canadian nutritional health products manufacturer Atrium Innovations from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for US$2.3 billion in cash. Nestle notes that the move for the company, whose 2017 sales are expected to reach almost US$700 million, supports Nestle’s pursuit of growth opportunities in consumer healthcare to complement the company's focus on its high-growth food and beverage categories.

A&B achieves probiotic patent for treatment of chronic digestive diseases

22 Nov 2017 --- A&B Ingredients’ probiotic PA5051 has been issued a new patent as a method for treatment of chronic digestive diseases. The new patent covers both inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) and nonspecific enteropathy (NEP), and can be used as a treatment for both humans and animals.

Bifodan expands global presence with new office in Milan

03 Nov 2017 --- Danish probiotics company Bifodan has established a regional sales office in Milan, Italy. The move increases its global presence to four offices on the European continent and three offices in the US, from which it intends to serve the global market.

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.

Sabinsa to launch almond-based protein powder ingredient

27 Sep 2017 --- Sabinsa Corporation has announced the launch of Promond, the company’s first protein powder ingredient, based on almond. The US-headquartered manufacturer, supplier and marketer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals, dietary supplements and specialty fine chemicals is launching the ingredient at SupplySide West in Las Vegas in the US.

ADM to explore personalized nutrition with Mayo Clinic

20 Sep 2017 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic in the field of personalized nutrition. The company will work with Mayo’s Microbiome Program, led by Dr. Heidi Nelson, to investigate microbial solutions to improve health and wellness, initially focusing on the maintenance of healthy body weight.

Lallemand Health Solutions’ probiotic production facilities receive GMP certification

08 Sep 2017 --- Lallemand Health Solutions in Canada is breaking new ground in probiotic production quality standards as both of its plants in Montreal and Mirabel have successfully passed the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Quality Systems Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) audit, becoming the first probiotic production facilities to receive this quality certificate.

Vitafoods Asia 2017: Healthy aging, digestive health and personalized nutrition top of mind

28 Aug 2017 --- Healthy aging, digestive health and personalized nutrition will be key areas of focus at this year’s Vitafoods Asia, the event’s organizer, Informa Exhibitions, has announced. During Asia’s only dedicated event for the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages and dietary supplement industries, held on 5 and 6 September, industry experts will uncover the latest innovations and key developments that will impact industry and product development at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

DuPont expands US probiotics pilot facility to improve NPD, delivery times

18 Aug 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has announced a “substantial upgrade” to its probiotics pilot facility in Madison, Wisconsin, US. The new enhancements will increase its capability for rapidly developing and commercializing new probiotics with decreased time to market. The US$10 million investment allows for increased pace of new product development and significantly improved delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations, according to DuPont.

Ganeden’s Health Canada approvals assist company’s expansion in Canada

17 Aug 2017 --- Ganeden has made advancements for the usage of its probiotic strain GanedenBC30 in Canada. The probiotic ingredient company has received a no objection letter from national public health department Health Canada, which provides further support for approved probiotic wording and allows Canadian companies fortifying with GanedenBC30 to make additional health claims.

Human and pet supplements consolidated under Stratum Nutrition brand

02 Aug 2017 --- ESM Technologies, LLC (ESM) has announced that it has consolidated its human and pet supplement ingredients business under the Stratum Nutrition brand. The news comes as ESM acquires the Stratum Nutrition brand and related assets from Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC (NNB), ESM’s majority member. This transition commenced on April 1, 2017.

Lallemand explores the possibilities for probiotics in sports nutrition

31 Jul 2017 --- Active in the probiotic industry since 1934, Lallemand Health Solutions (LHS) offers a full line of ready-to-market probiotic formulas and helps its partners design custom and complex formulations using Harmonium, Lafti or Rosell Probiotic strains together with its proprietary protective technologies. One of the company’s most recent areas of interest is the sports nutrition market. “Sports nutrition is a booming market and a very significant area for innovation. The range of products can be aimed at pre- and post-workout purposes, to support overall well-being as well as boost immunity,” says Lucie Lingrand, Product Manager at LHS, in an interview with NutritionInsight. 

Thirst for health – Plant-based waters NPD

31 Jul 2017 --- Water is evolving into something more than just H2O, with an increasing number of consumers viewing it as the perfect vehicle to boost their nutrient intake. Beyond fortification options such as vitamin waters, the category is expanding to include plant-based waters that consumers believe may have a range of health benefits.

Cranberry-based products set to lose "medical device" categorization in EU

28 Jul 2017 --- The formal adoption of the EU Regulatory Committee on Medical Devices’ “cranberry decision” on cranberry products that are intended to prevent or treat cystitis is expected imminently. The decision is expected to come into effect this summer and means that “cranberry products currently sold as medical devices will have to be re-categorized either as dietary supplements or drugs,” Dr. Iris Hardewig, Consulting & Strategic Innovation Senior Consultant at consulting and CRO services company analyze & realize, tells NutritionInsight.

Chr. Hansen “Stronger Than Expected” in Q3 with Nutrition Showing Robust Growth

05 Jul 2017 --- Danish food ingredients giant Chr. Hansen has seen strong organic revenue growth of 10 percent in the first nine months of 2016/17 and thanks to the robust performance has announced the payment of an interim dividend. Based on the company’s strong performance, it has narrowed its organic revenue expectations for 2016/17 to between 9 and 10 percent from previously 8 to 10 percent.

Cheers to That: Researchers Create Gut-Friendly Probiotic Beer

29 Jun 2017 --- Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). This new specialty beer incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and can neutralize toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.

BioGaia Establishes Subsidiary for the Development of Probiotic Drugs

22 Jun 2017 --- BioGaia has established a subsidiary, BioGaia Pharma AB, for the development of drugs identified in the research and development conducted in the company's normal operations. Since the foundation of BioGaia the company has focused its development efforts on the regulatory categories dietary supplements and food for special medical purposes. For certain target segments, the company says these categories are limiting and in some cases it lacks distribution channels for pipeline products. For this reason, the board has decided to also develop probiotic drugs through BioGaia Pharma.

OptiBiotix Signs Major Supply Agreement for its Microbiome Modulating Cholesterol-Reduction Probiotic

19 Jun 2017 --- Life sciences company OptiBiotix has signed a three-year supply agreement with HLH BioPharma Vertriebs GmbH for its cholesterol-reducing LPLDL probiotic supplement. Research into the LPLDL probiotic, presented at Vitafoods Europe in May 2017, demonstrated that it is a safe natural ingredient which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, key determinates of cardiovascular risk. 

Key Interview: Ganeden Looks for Probiotic Opportunities Beyond Digestive Health

09 Jun 2017 --- Consumers increasingly self-diagnose and experiment with diets that they believe will improve gut health. These personalized diets are creating new opportunities for free from and fortification. Innova Market Insights has reported +25% CAGR from 2012 to 2016 for food & beverage launches with a digestive health positioning, with probiotics benefiting. In fact there was a +30% CAGR in new products featuring the word “probiotic” during this period, despite the term currently not being allowed in EU markets.

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