Retail merger terminated: Rite Aid and Albertsons call off US$24 billion deal

09 Aug 2018 --- Albertsons Companies, one of the US’ largest grocery retailers, and leading drugstore chain Rite Aid Corporation have mutually agreed to terminate their previously announced merger agreement. The US$24 billion deal including debt, announced in February, has faced push-back from a number of retail investors as well as top ten shareholder Highfields Capital Management. The retailers said late Wednesday that they mutually agreed to remain separate. They canceled a shareholder meeting on the deal planned for Thursday.

EFSA greenlights novel foods status for Biova’s egg membrane hydrolysate, amid joint health surge

06 Aug 2018 --- 06 Aug 2018 The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has recognized egg membrane hydrolysate BiovaFlex as novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. According to the applicant, Biova LLC (the supplier of BiovaFlex), the ingredient holds particular market potential due to its natural sourcing credentials as well as the convenience it brings by being water-soluble.

Essential support: Resource center issues guidance for Indian supplement firms as new regulations come into effect

02 Aug 2018 --- Two new guides have been published in India to help the country’s health supplement industry adapt to recently implemented regulatory requirements. Produced by the Resource Centre for Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals (ReCHaN), their publication is significant because they aim to function as a key stepping stone towards ensuring consistency of practice across India’s supplement industry and will assist in the application of relevant legislation governing the sector.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Lonza to expand Florida encapsulation capabilities amid product development acceleration

21 Feb 2018 --- Swiss multinational, chemicals and biotechnology company, the Lonza Group is planning to expand its late-stage clinical and commercial encapsulation capabilities for solid oral and inhaled dosage forms in North America. The company will install a new Harro Hӧfliger Modu-C MS encapsulation unit (Harro unit) at its integrated product development and manufacturing facility in Tampa, Florida, to strengthen production and bring its products to market faster. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.” 

Dutch doctors call for energy drinks ban for under 18s, Negative health effects reported in Canadian youth

16 Jan 2018 --- Calls for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 18s have intensified in the Netherlands. Pediatricians are once again arguing for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to young people under the age of eighteen. The Dutch Society for Pediatrics says it is treating more and more young patients who report with symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue and cardiac arrhythmia. A ban is highly unlikely, however, with the Dutch Ministry of Health responding dismissively to the calls.

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. 

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