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.

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.

Fermentalg acquires portfolio of omega 3 production patents in bid to strengthen technological position

06 Feb 2018 --- French microalgae supplier Fermentalg has acquired a portfolio of patents to reinforce its intellectual property and industrial and commercial capabilities in the field of omega 3 production. Fermentalg now owns a portfolio of five patents, some of which have already been issued in several countries, to add to its 21 families of active patents already filed. The company has also acquired a number of microalgae strains to add to its bank of over 2,000 strains which is one of the largest in the world.

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.

Antibiotic innovation: Research group calls for 50 percent investment increase as resistance threats intensify

22 Jan 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed antibiotic resistance to be one of the three greatest threats to human health today, as bacteria become increasingly resistant and too few treatments are being developed to combat them. The research project DRIVE-AB, a consortium managed by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and AstraZeneca, has determined that a market entry reward of $1 billion per antibiotic globally could significantly increase the number of new antibiotics coming to the market in the next 30 years.

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.

Bayn Europe sets up subsidiary in China for sugar reduction

15 Jan 2018 --- Bayn Europe AB has signed a joint venture agreement with real estate development company HuaHe International Asset Management Ltd. to introduce sugar reduction to the China market. Both partners have agreed on a cooperation model and mutual commitments for the set-up of the joint venture. Under the agreement, Bayn is to hold 65 percent of equity and HuaHe 35 percent. 

Nuritas raises €16m in Series A funding

21 Dec 2017 --- Nuritas has announced the close of a circa €16 million (US$19 million) Series A funding round led by Chicago-based Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. This brings the total invested to date to approximately €25 million, the company reports. The latest round of funding will support Nuritas’ global growth to address and solve many of the most pressing health issues of the day, including the diabetes epidemic. 

Cargill launches low saturated fat, high oleic canola oil

20 Dec 2017 --- Cargill has introduced the lowest saturated fat, high oleic canola oil available to commercial food customers worldwide. The oil is made from a canola hybrid that contains 4.5 percent or less saturated fat while maintaining high fry and shelf life performance, freshness and taste. It reduces saturated fat content 35 percent from previous canola oil generations, the company reports.

Nutrition industry “feels positive” about new EU rules for novel foods: survey

19 Dec 2017 --- According to research by the organizers of Vitafoods Europe, many people working in the nutrition industry feel positive about the EU’s new process for the approval of novel foods. However, experts are warning that there could be adverse implications for some companies’ intellectual property portfolios. The new regulations on novel foods, defined as anything without a significant history of consumption in the EU before 15 May 1997, come into force on 1 January 2018. For the first time, the approval system will be centralized, with applications submitted to the European Commission rather than individual member states.

Seventure Partners’ microbiome portfolio nears critical milestones 

18 Dec 2017 --- Seventure Partners, one of Europe’s leaders in financing innovation, and a world-leader in the venture investment in the microbiome sector, is seeing rapid progress from innovation into human trials, with five of its portfolio companies advancing their human microbiome products with varying modalities and therapeutics targets in clinical trials.

Soylent returns to Silicon Valley roots with retail expansion

15 Dec 2017 --- Rosa Foods, the makers of Soylent, has announced that the company will continue its rapid expansion into retail with product launches in 800 7-Eleven locations in Greater Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area. This launch signals the next step in Soylent's mission to provide access to quality nutrition online, in stores and “wherever and whenever it's needed,” the company reports.  

Frutarom finalizes AB-Fortis micro-encapsulation technology acquisition

13 Dec 2017 --- Frutarom has acquired AB-Fortis activities, including a patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology that enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption. Frutarom announced the signing of an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis in November.

Kappa Bioscience moves to expand vitamin K2 presence in US with new appointments

13 Dec 2017 --- Kappa Bioscience AS, maker of K2Vital vitamin K2 MK-7, has appointed Garnet Pigden and New Jersey-based D2C to head-up the continued development of Kappa’s position in the US market. The appointment spans the establishment of strategy, infrastructure, partnerships and key accounts in support of an overall objective of solidifying vitamin K2 in mainstream US markets and channels, according to Kappa.

Enzymotec and Frutarom merger gets shareholder green light

12 Dec 2017 --- The shareholders of Israeli specialty chemicals company Enzymotec Ltd. have approved by large majority the merger transaction between Frutarom and Enzymotec. The transaction was approved at Enzymotec’s General Meeting by 99.9 percent majority of shareholders present at the meeting and entitled to vote, Frutarom Industries Ltd. reports.

Pea stars for Roquette amid alternative protein boom

11 Dec 2017 --- Roquette’s range of pea proteins took a starring role at FiE 2017, and would seem to have a bright future in products promoted by the company. According to the company’s representatives, a key highlight of the company’s newest range of products is around plant-based proteins – many of which are based on pea proteins.

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.

Inflammatory bowel disease rates on the rise outside West, says new study

08 Dec 2017 --- Countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America have seen a rise in incidence of inflammatory bowel disease as they have become increasingly industrialized and Westernized, a new study has found. The research – a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, UK, the University of Calgary, Canada, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong – is described by the University of Birmingham as the most definitive and comprehensive study of the global epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease.

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