Probiotics: Scientists investigate how seaweed can give a dietary boost to gut bacteria

11 May 2018 --- US researchers examining how to manipulate gut bacteria to boost essential nutrients for better health have been “blown away” by the results they got when using dietary seaweed in mice.

Probi signs agreement with pharma company Cilag on probiotic OTC product

23 Mar 2018 --- Probi has signed a long-term agreement with Cilag, a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, for the development of a probiotic product. The rapid growth of the probiotic segment and new exciting research on the importance of human microbiota have increased interest from pharma companies, and their consumer healthcare divisions, in probiotic product development, Probi notes.

Second DuPont Microbiome partnership to focus on “next-generation” probiotics

14 Mar 2018 --- 14 March 2018 A newly forged partnership between DuPont Nutrition & Health Microbiome Venture and the Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (TFTAK) will aid strategic research and development of “next-generation” probiotics. This will mark DuPont Nutrition & Healthy Microbiome Venture’s second partnership in three months.

Probiotic boost: Researchers develop novel method of fortifying snacks with probiotics

02 Mar 2018 --- A research team has laid the foundation for a new method that could create probiotic fortified fruit snacks. The technique – developed by researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Universidade Federal do Ceará – doses apple chunks with probiotic Lactobacillus casei and dries them at high temperatures.

Probi signs agreement with “global FMCG company” on gut health launch, enjoys Asia-Pacific growth

26 Jan 2018 --- Probi is seeking to further expand into the functional food space with a newly signed agreement with an as-of-yet unnamed global FMCG company. The partnership relates to the launch of a product containing Probi’s bacteria for gut health in North America. In its year-end report, Probi [which is majority owned by Symrise] notes that a launch in the North American market is planned for the second half of 2019, potentially followed by launches in other territories. The agreement is expected to have a significant impact on future sales and earnings in Probi’s Functional Food business area. 

Lakeview Equity invests in nutritional solutions provider NutriScience Innovations

11 Dec 2017 --- Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC, a US$40 million Milwaukee, US-based private equity fund, has invested in NutriScience Innovations, LLC, based in Trumbull, Connecticut, US. NutriScience is a cGMP-certified global supplier of nutritional and functional ingredients to companies that manufacture nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and dietary products.

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.

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