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.

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.

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). 

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.

US FDA Nutrition Facts label guidance prompts calls for earlier implementation date

02 Mar 2018 --- The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has issued new guidance on the proposed Nutrition Facts label to help food manufacturers to make the necessary changes by the upcoming compliance dates. In addition, Gottlieb unveiled plans to launch “a major educational campaign for consumers” regarding the revised labels. However, the Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has noted that with the guidance, an earlier compliance date for all companies for the updated Nutrition Facts label is both “realistic and achievable.”

Food allergy experiences linked to personality traits, study suggests

02 Mar 2018 --- A new study has observed a link between certain personality traits and the way that the daily challenges that accompany food allergies are experienced by individuals. The personality trait most in conflict with the challenges is “higher openness to experience”. It is hoped that this research may help people who experience allergies – as well as parents and support groups - understand and manage them.

Non-compliant supplements: Majority of online retailers fall foul of EU regulations

26 Feb 2018 --- A majority of online traders recently surveyed by the European Commission are offering novel foods and food supplements that clearly do not comply with EU regulations. This is according to the results of the first coordinated official controls of Internet marketed foods carried out by 25 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway. Nearly 1,100 websites were checked for certain products which are non-compliant with EU food legislation. More specifically, the investigation mainly focused on four non-authorized novel foods and food supplements bearing medicinal claims, namely Agmatine (4 aminobutyl) guanidine sulfate, Acacia rigidula, Epimedium grandiflorum and Hoodia gordonii. 

Consumers want industry to deliver on nutritious food, without compromising on quality: survey

23 Feb 2018 --- Consumers across EMEA want the food and beverage industry to focus on developing healthier, more nutritious food, according to new research commissioned by Ingredion. In fact, 60 percent of respondents said they feel this should be manufacturers’ top priority. However, consumers made it clear that the food industry must ensure that food quality and freshness is not sacrificed as a result. 

Dynamic OTC marketplace: Albertsons and Rite Aid merge, Amazon enters the fray

21 Feb 2018 --- Albertsons Companies, one of the US’ largest grocery retailers, and leading drugstore chain Rite Aid Corporation have announced a definitive merger agreement, creating a retail behemoth with US$83 billion in annual revenue. The move is thought to give the integrated company more weight to compete with bigger chains in an industry anxious about the reported entry of Amazon.com.

Natures Crops, De Wit Speciality Oils enter into European distribution partnership for Ahiflower oil

15 Feb 2018 --- Natures Crops International and De Wit Speciality Oils have entered into a distribution agreement for Ahiflower oil in the European dietary supplement marketplace. This alliance is thought to add strategic value for both companies through each company’s leading position in manufacturing and marketing nutraceutical products.

AI and personalized nutrition: Nestlé and Nuritas partner on bioactive peptide development

09 Feb 2018 --- Nestlé and biotech company Nuritas have entered into a collaboration aiming to uncover bioactive peptide networks within “specific target areas of significant value.” The precise areas of investigation are not yet being shared, with Nuritas Commercial Manager Neil Foster telling NutritionInsight that these details and the expected launch date are “at this early stage understandably confidential.” As part of the collaboration, Nuritas is to deploy its novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock and validate highly efficacious peptides, exclusively from natural food sources. Nestlé will use their considerable scientific know-how and applications expertise to validate the efficacy of these discoveries within the target applications.

Consumer health care: Nestle loses interest in Merck's OTC unit 

05 Feb 2018 --- Nestle has pulled out of the bid for Merck’s consumer health unit, leaving the race to buy the maker of Seven Seas vitamins and various other nutritional supplements without its main contender, Reuters reports. The news came a week after Johnson & Johnson withdrew from the race to buy US drugmaker Pfizer’s consumer health business, leaving Nestlé, GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser among the potential bidders. 

Fermentation focus: Naturex and Cura sign distribution agreement for koji fermented minerals

31 Jan 2018 --- Naturex has signed a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with Ames-based Cura for their Koji Minerals line of fermented minerals for the dietary supplement and functional food markets. This year’s launches based on Koji fermentation are a stand-alone iron with optimal bioavailability and slow release effect (results supported by two clinical studies) and a blend of seven minerals (iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, chromium) particularly suitable for the multi minerals segment, Naturex reports.

Nestlé and GSK among potential bidders for Pfizer's consumer health unit, after J&J pulls out of race

29 Jan 2018 --- Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn from the race to buy US drugmaker Pfizer’s consumer health business, leaving Nestlé, GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser among the potential bidders, according to Reuters. Pfizer wants to sell the business, which makes Advil painkillers, Centrum multivitamins and Chapstick lip balm, for no less than US$20 billion, sources have told Reuters. The deadline to submit non-binding offers for the unit is on Thursday.

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. 

Frutarom takes full ownership of Enzymotec, sells krill oil business to Aker BioMarine

19 Jan 2018 --- Frutarom Industries has completed its acquisition of full ownership of Enzymotec. Upon completion of the transaction on January 11, 2018, Enzymotec shares were delisted from trading on NASDAQ and it ceased to be a public company. Frutarom reports that it is working towards implementing the full merger plan of all Enzymotec activities through the rapid, efficient and comprehensive integration of both companies’ activities in the areas of management, R&D, sales and marketing, production and supply chain. As part of its merger plan, Frutarom has announced the sale of Enzymotec’s krill oil business to Aker BioMarine.

EFSA rejects Unilever black tea health claim

18 Jan 2018 --- The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim regarding black tea’s effects on the maintenance of normal endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults. The application, submitted for authorization of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 by Unilever, pertained to “black tea beverages, either freshly prepared or reconstituted from water extract powders of black tea, characterized by the content of flavanols (expressed as catechins plus theaflavins) of at least 30 mg per 200 ml serving.” 

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