Botanical expansion: Sensient Technologies acquires Mazza Innovation

13 Jul 2018 --- Sensient Technologies Corporation, a global supplier of colors, flavors and fragrances, has acquired Canadian botanical extraction company Mazza Innovation. Effective immediately, the acquisition comes just one week after Mazza Innovation announced an exclusive, long-term supply agreement with BASF, under which the Canadian company will use its PhytoClean Method to provide BASF with specific plant extracts to develop new solutions for cosmetic applications. Mazza Innovation CEO Benjamin Lightburn tells NutritionInsight that the terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, adding that the company will continue to support all of its existing customers, including BASF and this partnership.

Bioavailability emerges as a key nutritional driver, says Frutarom Natural Solutions Chief

04 Jul 2018 --- The demand for natural, sustainable and integrated solutions, as well as growing calls for expressing bioavailability are all key drivers for today’s health and nutrition products, Frutarom’s President of Natural Solutions, Yoni Glickman has said. The business unit, which offers Flavor & Color, Food Protection and Health Benefits, accounts for about 25 percent of Frutarom’s turnover. An integrated cognitive health platform will be just one of the target areas for growth for the business, in the run-up to Frutarom’s US$7.1 billion acquisition by International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), which was announced last May.

Plant-based strategy: Dean Foods increases investment in flaxseed dairy alternatives brand

04 Jul 2018 --- Dean Foods Company has increased its ownership percentage and taken a majority stake in Good Karma Foods, a US brand known for its flaxseed-based milk and yogurt alternatives. The investment points to Dean Foods' commitment to plant-based foods and beverages at a time when more and more consumers are looking to minimize their consumption of animal-derived products.

DMK’s “sweeping transformation” in full swing as turnover rises to €5.8bn

22 Jun 2018 --- German dairy cooperative and company, the DMK Group has gone through some significant changes that have given rise to a €5.8 billion turnover, paying above-average milk prices to dairy farmers and becoming Europe’s largest supplier of milk produced without genetic modification.

Probiotic expansion: General Mills leads investment in GoodBelly parent

21 Jun 2018 --- General Mills' venture arm, 301 Inc., is leading a US$12 million round in funding in NextFoods the parent company of GoodBelly Probiotics. Additional capital is coming from existing investors, including Emil Capital Partners. NextFoods was founded in 2007 by Todd Beckman and Steve Demos, who founded WhiteWave Foods, the owner of Silk plant-based milk.

Algaia receives €4 million boost for seaweed extract production unit

22 May 2018 --- French biomarine company Algaia is to install a new specialty seaweed extract production unit in its Lannilis (Brittany-France) manufacturing facility, following an additional €4 million in equity granted by the company’s main shareholder, Maabarot Products Ltd. The boost will also support further expansion of its production facility and innovation center located in Saint-Lo (Normandy-France).

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.

Lonza: Positive start to 2018, driven by expanding healthcare businesses

04 May 2018 --- Lonza has reported a “positive” start to 2018 led by the businesses along the healthcare continuum. The former Capsugel business, now part of Lonza Pharma & Biotech and Lonza Consumer Health, has shown a strong performance following good progress on business and functional integration, the company reports, without giving any details on financial figures. For the coming months, Lonza has announced plans to expand facilities in the US.

Nexira enters strategic partnership for nutritionals, not giving up its acquisition plans

02 May 2018 --- Nexira, a global leader in natural and organic ingredients for the food, health and nutrition industries, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Omega Pharma NV, one of the largest OTC healthcare companies in Europe and Inqpharm Group (a Zaluvida company), a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Fermentalg reports on Q1 revenue as US expansion begins

20 Apr 2018 --- Fermentalg, a French supplier of microalgae for nutrition and health, has reported first-quarter revenue of €232k whereas no income was recorded in Q1 2017. As of 31 March 2018, Fermentalg held gross cash and cash equivalents of €19.5 million compared to €21.8 million at 31 December 2017. Cash burn amounted to a €2.5 million outflow, stable compared to the previous quarter (excluding financing activities) and down €0.5 million from Q1 2017. Q1 was marked by progress achieved in bringing to market its DHA ORIGINS range of algal oils naturally rich in omega 3, as well as a US distribution agreement with Stauber, a leading North American supplier of specialty ingredients, the company reports. 

CJ CheilJedang to expand L-Arginine and L-Citrulline production in Indonesia

13 Apr 2018 --- CJ CheilJedang is making plans to build a production line, dedicated to the creation of L-Arginine and L-Citrulline at its Jombang plant, in Indonesia, which will start operating in 2019. The company currently produces nucleic acid, MSG, arginine and histidine at the Jombang plant. Meanwhile, the company is also planning to improve the productivity of L-Citrulline at its outpost, Ningbo production plant in China.

DSM benefits from high vitamin prices in Q1, raises outlook

12 Apr 2018 --- DSM has pre-announced better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter and raised its 2018 outlook on upbeat sales, with an additional boost from high prices in vitamins. The first quarter benefited from an additional Adjusted EBITDA contribution estimated at €165 million from an exceptional vitamin pricing environment. DSM raised its 2018 adjusted EBITDA forecast to "toward" 25 percent from earlier guidance for a rise of at least high single-digit growth.

Clinical merger: Novartis acquires AveXis for US$8.7bn, expands in gene therapy

09 Apr 2018 --- Novartis has entered into an agreement and plan of merger with AveXis, Inc. to acquire the US-based Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage gene therapy company for US$8.7 billion in cash (US$218 per share). The transaction was unanimously approved by the Boards of both companies. The move comes just days after Novartis agreed to sell its stake in a consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion to GlaxoSmithKline.

GSK to take full ownership of Novartis stake in Consumer Healthcare Business for US$13bn

27 Mar 2018 --- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached an agreement with Novartis for the acquisition of Novartis’ 36.5 percent stake in its Consumer Healthcare Joint Venture for US$13 billion, just days after GSK exited the race to buy Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare Business. GSK reports that the Consumer Healthcare Business is well positioned to drive sales and earnings growth, powered by “category-leading Power Brands, science-based innovation and improved efficiencies.” Novartis reports that the sale will enable it to further focus on the development and growth of its core businesses.

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.

"Aggressive transformation": Nellson announces US$70m investment in new facility

16 Mar 2018 --- A US$70 million investment in a new nutrition bar manufacturing plant in Ontario, California has been announced by Nellson Nutraceutical (Nellson), a North American formulator and manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bars and functional powders. 

Health claim victory: EFSA confirms physical performance benefits of carbohydrate solutions

14 Mar 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific assessment confirming the beneficial health effects of glycemic carbohydrates on the improvement of physical performance during high-intensity and long-lasting physical exercise. As a result, sports nutrition companies will be able to include on-pack claims regarding the performance boosting capacity of products containing carbohydrate solutions (CHO). 

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.

Ancient becomes modern: US$103 million investment for bone broth innovator

12 Mar 2018 --- Ancient Nutrition, a bone broth protein and collagen supplement maker, has secured $103 million in funding through strategic minority investment led by VMG Partners. The company, which is the breakthrough pioneer in Bone Broth Protein supplementation that delivers the benefits of “homemade bone broth in a convenient, easy-to-mix form,” revealed a minority investment from VMG Partners, Hillhouse Capital, ICONIQ Capital, and over 100 members of a co-investor network.

Gelita develops controlled soft gelatin capsule fill release

12 Mar 2018 --- Gelita is offering manufacturers of soft gelatin capsules the opportunity to see first hand the complete spectrum of capsule fill release profiles – including the latest addition to Gelita’s pharmaceutical gelatin portfolio: Gelita EC for enteric performance.

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