Glanbia seals US convenience store expansion with major Kum & Go deal

10 Nov 2017 --- Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) has announced that beginning this week, 344 locations of the family-owned US convenience store Kum & Go will offer GNP's Cake Bites in the Chocolate Frosted Donut and Berry Cheesecake flavors. GPN’s Optimum Nutrition Cake Bites, described as “whipped, bite-sized cakes that satisfy snack cravings with high-quality dairy protein and much less sugar than most candy options.” 

Ajinomoto enters US medical foods market with Cambrooke Therapeutics acquisition

09 Nov 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co. Inc has acquired an equity position in US medical foods company Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc through Ajinomoto North America, Inc. (Ajina) for approximately US$64 million and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. Founded in 2000, Cambrooke develops and manufactures medical foods for patients with amino acid metabolism disorders and other customers. 

Frutarom fortifies portfolio with acquisition of AB-Fortis activity

08 Nov 2017 --- Frutarom has signed an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis. The patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption while avoiding the side effects of metallic taste and digestive problems in the applications of functional foods and dietary supplements.

Innophos acquires NutraGenesis to boost its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio

07 Nov 2017 --- Innophos Holdings has acquired NutraGenesis, a Vermont, US-based marketer of proprietary, branded and science-backed nutraceutical ingredients. This transaction builds on the momentum from its recent acquisition of Novel Ingredients and further advances Innophos’ Vision 2022 strategic priorities to grow its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio, increase its presence in attractive nutrition end-markets and develop innovative solutions that better serve its customers.

Oils and more: Neptune explores new frontiers in cannabis space

06 Nov 2017 --- Thanks to the complex regulatory situations surrounding the ingredient in various countries around the world, cannabis products currently do not have a clear roadmap for success. However, this doesn’t mean that there are not opportunities in the space. One company currently making a mark in the industry is Neptune Wellness Solutions.

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.

Glanbia Performance Nutrition “main driver” of company’s revenue growth in first nine months of 2017

01 Nov 2017 --- Global nutrition group Glanbia plc. has highlighted strong performances from Glanbia Performance Nutrition and Glanbia Nutritionals in its Interim Management Statement for the nine-month period ending on September 30 2017. The highlights include a 9 percent increase in revenues for Glanbia Performance Nutrition and a 4.6 percent revenue growth for Glanbia Nutritionals.
 

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.

Roquette focuses on “patient-friendly” dosage forms

31 Oct 2017 --- Following the launch of its new market segment focusing on nutritional and dietary supplements, Roquette is seeking to respond to consumer preferences for nutritional supplements by targeting patient-friendly dosage forms based on natural ingredients. This is according to Kelsey Achenbach, Head of Marketing – Pharma at Roquette, who spoke to NutritionInsight at CPhI in Frankfurt. 

DSM, UNICEF and Sight and Life partner up to deliver improved nutrition to Nigerian children and mothers

31 Oct 2017 --- Royal DSM, UN children’s agency UNICEF and Swiss-based humanitarian nutrition think tank Sight and Life have partnered to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for micronutrient supplementation. As part of the project, DSM is to offer essential vitamins, nutrients and fortification solutions as well as expertise that complements the research, programs, and global reach of UNICEF and Sight and Life.

Digestive health: Naturex and Olene partner on ginger extract powder

30 Oct 2017 --- Naturex and India-based Olene have partnered through Ingenium, Naturex’s Open Innovation Program, to bring Gingest to the global market. Gingest is a new, highly standardized ginger extract powder for natural digestive health applications.

On track: Lonza's Capsugel integration going smoothly, reports strong Q3

26 Oct 2017 --- Lonza has reported that business and functional integration with Capsugel, acquired on July 5, is on track, with key managers from both Lonza and Capsugel leading the integration activities. The news comes as Lonza shares its continued strong performance in the third quarter of 2017 and therefore confirms its full-year 2017 guidance on a standalone basis, which was already upgraded with Q1 2017 Qualitative Business Update in April 2017.

Arla develops natural concept for blood sugar control

26 Oct 2017 --- Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a high-protein Pre-Meal Shot concept that the company believes “highlights the potential for launching innovative products that deliver improved blood sugar control in a natural, tasty and convenient way.”

DIC Corporation invests nearly US$6 million in Fermentalg in convertible bonds

26 Oct 2017 --- French microalgae specialist Fermentalg has announced the issuance of bonds convertible into shares reserved for Japanese global chemicals industry leader DIC Corporation as part of a global partnership signed on September 11, 2017.

Chr. Hansen: 10 percent organic growth for 2016/2017

25 Oct 2017 --- Chr. Hansen has announced its 2016/2017 Q4 results, with revenue reaching €283 million (US$333 million), compared to €256 million in Q4 2015/2016, corresponding to organic growth of 12 percent. Organic growth for the year as a whole reached 10 percent, and the EBIT margin before special items ended at 28.9 percent, up from 28.2 percent the year before.

Bayn Europe rolls out natural sugar reducing EUREBA after securing external financing

25 Oct 2017 --- Swiss developer of cutting-edge, healthy sugar reduction solutions, Bayn Europe has signed an agreement relating to an investment of up to SEK 20 million (US$2.4 million). The capital will be used for the production and the roll-out of EUREBA, a natural solution for sugar and calorie reduction, with a consistent quality and taste profile. The transaction is carried out through a private placement of convertible notes with warrants attached in several tranches spread over 24 months.

CoffeeFruit Pure and Ingredients By Nature sign supplier agreement

18 Oct 2017 --- CoffeeFruit Pure, maker of “pure and sustainable” antioxidant ingredients, has announced its partnership with Ingredients By Nature, which it describes as “a leading manufacturer of innovative, science-based ingredients and ingredient solutions.” The partnership makes CoffeeFruit Pure the exclusive supply source of premium coffee fruit for Ingredients By Nature.

Naturex and Milne partner on Concord grape extract research and commercialization

16 Oct 2017 --- Naturex’s Open Innovation Program Ingenium has led to the signing of a collaboration agreement with Milne Fruit Products, Inc. to jointly fund human clinical research utilizing Milne’s Concord grape aqueous extract. Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) is a North American fruit, whose unique grapes are rich in health-promoting polyphenols. The natural specialty ingredients supplier launched the open innovation program in March 2016 with the aim of advancing technological breakthroughs and accelerating the introduction of new products through external collaborations. 

Cooke to acquire Omega Protein Corp amid diversification strategy

10 Oct 2017 --- Cooke Inc., a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., and Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cooke will acquire all outstanding shares of Omega Protein for US$22 per share in cash.

Kellogg to acquire up-and-coming US clean-label protein bar brand

09 Oct 2017 --- Kellogg Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Chicago Bar Company LLC, maker of RXBAR, a line of clean-label protein bars made with whole food ingredients. Kellogg refers to the company as “the fastest-growing nutrition bar brand in the US.”

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