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.
20 Apr 2018 --- Procter & Gamble (P&G) has acquired Merck KGaA’s, Darmstadt, Germany, consumer health unit in a US$4.2 billion acquisition that hopes to boost P&G’s health care capabilities, such as with vitamins and supplements, and give them a stronger foothold in global markets.
20 Apr 2018 --- Based on a global state of vitamin K2 deficiency and the strong evidence showing it is a cardio-protective nutrient, researchers recommend cheese as a component of a heart-healthy diet due to its vitamin K2 content. However, for those unable to consume enough cheese daily, NattoPharma has introduced its MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2, which aims to deliver the range of menaquinones found in foods.
20 Apr 2018 --- The past seven days in the Nutrition world has seen research findings suggesting that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation could protect against the potential negative outcomes of smoking during pregnancy, such a preterm birth. Regarding new product launches, Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals corp (NP Nutra) has added two new powders to their sustainable, organic, green ingredients line in honor of world Earth day; Cambridge Commodities has released a customizable range of vitamin and mineral blends, coined Blendev, and off the back of successful product launches this year, Rousselot and Peptan commit to future innovations through customer engagement days. Lastly, Lycored has released its innovative plans for engaging customers at Vitafoods: with an interactive installation which tells the story of lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes.
19 Apr 2018 --- Mobility, which incorporates bone and joint health, is becoming a key concern for a range of demographics. NutritionInsight spoke with a number of key suppliers in the bone and joint health space about the key ingredients to look out for, as well as some key consumer demands driving innovation in this space.
19 Apr 2018 --- Food allergy is triggered by perfect storm of genetics and skin exposure to infant wipes, dust and food, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy. The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. Food allergy is triggered when these factors occur together.
19 Apr 2018 --- PreScouter, a Chicago based technology scouting company, details novel replacements for sugars in a new analysis, that are from natural sources, safe, technologically viable and environmentally stable, for use in beverages. The company hopes that the report answers consumer calls for sweeteners that are both natural and healthy, in light of diabetes and obesity epidemics, and that it may aid informing beverage providers on how to best respond to calls for lowering sugar levels in drinks.
19 Apr 2018 --- When taken as food supplements, green tea catechin doses at or above 800mg/day may pose health concerns, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which assessed the safety of green tea catechins from dietary sources, following concerns regarding their possible harmful effects on the liver. Catechins from green tea infusions and similar drinks are generally safe, the authority found, but certain supplements may be best avoided.
19 Apr 2018 --- PB Gelatins/PB Leiner is marketing innovative solugel collagen products, that they say, make it even easier for their customers to grasp the opportunity collagen can bring to their health. The collagen industry is active and its growth is exemplified by Innova Market Insights figures, which show that there was a +34 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new product launches for collagen peptides from 2010 to 2016.
18 Apr 2018 --- People who avoid gluten in their diets, often avoid other food types – such as dairy and eggs – and are more likely to experience frequent adverse physiological symptoms after food consumption. The research sought to uncover why the popularity of gluten-free diets has risen so much amongst those who do not have medical gluten sensitivities.
18 Apr 2018 --- Probiotic strain, LGG, can potentially play a part in peanut allergy treatment. Prota Therapeutics, developer of oral immunotherapies to treat food allergies, has partnered with Chr. Hansen, Danish food ingredients producer, to assess LGG in a clinical trial to develop a treatment for the allergy. Chr. Hansen tells NutritionInsight that the partnership is in effect as from today, and strengthens the position of Chr. Hansen in a market expected to “grow to €10billion by 2025.”
18 Apr 2018 --- Confidence in cooking ability leads to fewer fast food meals, higher levels of family meals, and increased consumption of vegetables in adulthood, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education has found. This comes at a time when the practice of home cooking is in decline, as is the teaching of cooking as a subject within schools.
18 Apr 2018 --- Producers of high-quality children’s dietary supplements, Anlit, have launched "tasty", high-DHA omega 3 chewable supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
17 Apr 2018 --- Results of a new human study show that Herbagut, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. The study discovered that the product can relieve digestive stress while improving overall well-being, the company reports. Herbalife is rooted in traditional Ayurvedic botanical ingredients that have been used for centuries for gut health and general well-being.
17 Apr 2018 --- UK pharmacy-led health and beauty chain Boots has come under fire for selling krill products which threaten Antarctic wildlife with Greenpeace claiming stocks are being plundered for krill oil and omega 3 tablets.
17 Apr 2018 --- US watchdog The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is stepping up its campaign urging the inclusion of sesame seeds in food to be clearly marked on the label as a potential allergen. In its latest report – Seeds of Change – the CSPI say that while some companies lead the way in sesame allergen labeling, large gaps remain.
17 Apr 2018 --- Luzixeen, developed by L-RD (Luzerne (Alfalfa – Research & Development) have integrated an innovative technical approach to their biorefinery process, which enables the entire alfalfa crop to be used. The process of valirsation makes it possible to take advantage of the total plant, which is local to France. Luzixeen is based on sustainable farming of the local alfalfa, and they tout the environmental benefits of the eco-compatible culture which they also hail as a “new superfood.”
16 Apr 2018 --- A new US study focused on the difficulties of convincing infants to eat their greens concludes that the lack of commercially prepared vegetable products specifically targeting this age group is doing little to solve the problem.
16 Apr 2018 --- Beneo’s Palatinose functional carbohydrate (isomaltulose) has been approved for use in all food and drink categories in Argentina, the company has reported. Palatinose is naturally-sourced and delivers full carbohydrate energy (4kcal/g) in a more balanced way, due to a slower and more sustained uptake. This results in higher fat oxidation and a low glycemic effect which can aid diet-related problems such as obesity and diabetes.
16 Apr 2018 --- 16 April 2018 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance declaring that dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, in powder or liquid forms, are unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers. The agency notes that it is prepared to take immediate steps to begin removing such “dangerous bulk products.”