Key Interviews

Key Interview: Protein with a fizz: Milk Specialties Global on its latest clean label solutions

10 Apr 2018 --- Targeting mindful consumers in a range of demographics, Milk Specialties Global has introduced a number of clean-label solutions “set to revolutionize the protein category.” NutritionInsight spoke with Milk Specialties Global Vice President of Sales Michael Hiron and Suvash Kafley, Senior Director of Innovation, on two new launches, which the company presented at Expo West in March, as well as the consumer trends currently pushing further innovation and R&D.

Key Interview: Taiyo: Soluble fiber, low FODMAP and future innovative combinations

28 Mar 2018 --- Taiyo’s Technical Sales Director Derek Timm Ph.D., RDN, speaks to NutritionInsight about the company’s soluble fiber ingredient; Sunfiber, which it touts as providing all the benefits of a dietary fiber, without the negatives. Although Sunfiber has mainly been featured in medical and beverage applications, Taiyo plans to broaden this scope by combining the ingredient with other bioactives to target health concerns that go beyond digestion, the gut and regularity. For example, Taiyo’s entry into the “mood food” space is signified by its range of products targeting the "gut-brain axis." 

Key Interview: Shaking up the protein scene: Plasma Nutrition on its new technology and research routes

21 Mar 2018 --- Protein remains a hot topic within the world of nutrition, with academic and industry research continuing to highlight its benefits for just about all demographic groups. It’s no wonder then that the protein space offers suppliers ample opportunity for continued innovation and new product development. Within this space, the New York-based start-up Plasma Nutrition is looking to offer a new perspective through its patent-pending Ingredient Optimized technology.

Key Interview: Cognitive health: Cambridge Commodities taps into RTD functional formats 

12 Mar 2018 --- Cognitive functional foods have been growing in popularity among consumers and Cambridge Commodities believes that foods that improve brain function are set for strong growth in the coming years. The company is on a mission to reinvent nootropics, to make them more accessible for consumers to drink on the go and when they most need them. 

Key Interview: Botanically speaking: Indena highlights the link between health and plants species 

27 Feb 2018 --- Indena is leading innovation, development and production of active principles derived from plants, for use in the pharmaceutical and health-food industries. Recently, the company announced that the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has renewed to the company the recognition to act as an organization carrying out R&D activities for the account of private companies. Indena received this recognition for the first time in 2011. Since then, it has always been renewed, but this time for a particularly significant period: five years, up to 2022.

Key Interview: Collagen peptides: Innovation platforms far from exhausted, says Rousselot exec

22 Feb 2018 --- Boosted by a growing body of scientific research, collagen peptides have risen in popularity over the past years. In fact, Innova Market Insights figures show that there was a +34 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new product launches for collagen peptides from 2010 to 2016. However, there is still ample room for further growth and research, according to Lisette van Lith, Global Director of Rousselot's Peptan, who spoke with NutritionInsight about her new role and regional inspiration for the usage of collagen peptides. 

Key Interview: A gold medal for recovery? FrieslandCampina DMV develops innovative casein isolate 

14 Feb 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DMV has introduced their latest innovation in dairy protein ingredients. Micelate Prestige has been launched this week in Europe and is a key addition to the company’s growing portfolio of Performance Nutrition solutions. 

Key Interview: Bioiberica: Convenience in formulation driving innovation in joint health

06 Feb 2018 --- The world’s older population continues to grow at an astounding rate. According to a report by the US’ Census Bureau, nearly 17 percent of the world’s population will be aged 65 and over by 2050, up from the current 8 percent. This aging of the population is reflected in a rising interest in age-related health aspects such as bone and joint health. Unsurprisingly maybe, mobility has also become a key area of focus as the loss of physical mobility that so often accompanies aging is the number one reason why many elderly people end up in nursing homes.

Key Interview: Keto on-the-go: US start-up targets affordable keto diet with single serve sachets

18 Jan 2018 --- Nutrition start-up Ketologie has launched a Kickstarter campaign allowing consumers to pre-order the company's two most popular products (Chocolate and Vanilla) in new, single-serve sachets with collagen as their primary protein source. The company says it is “on a mission to make the ketogenic way of eating easier and more affordable for busy people on-the-go.” NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Tracey King, CEO and co-founder of Ketologie, about the increasingly popular keto diet, the newly launched keto-friendly single-serve sachets, as well as the company’s future projects.

Key Interview: Superfoods: Fermented foods tipped as top 2018 trend by dieticians

08 Jan 2018 --- Fermented foods – such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut – are to be the no. 1 superfood for 2018, underlining that consumers will be “going with their gut” in the coming year by seeking out foods that improve gut health and overall well-being. This is according to the Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian's "What's Trending in Nutrition" national survey which gauges the opinions of 2,050 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) on what consumers are thinking and eating. 

Key Interview: Ingestible skincare: Lycored promotes beauty as a holisitic experience

21 Dec 2017 --- Carotenoid-based wellness products supplier Lycored is coming at the skincare market from an interesting angle thanks to its understanding that beauty goes way beyond skin deep. “The vision and the motivation behind becoming ingestible skincare leaders is the understanding that beauty is a holistic experience,” says Golan Raz, Head of the Global Human Health Division at Lycored.

Key Interview: Kyowa brings Setria Glutathione’s benefits to curious European consumers

05 Dec 2017 --- Following the launch of its flagship Setria Glutathione product, Kyowa Hakko is keenly watching and helping build the European market for immunity, beauty and sports nutrition products at a key time in its development. Earlier this year, the company launched its glutathione product in the European market. Manufactured through a patented fermentation process, the product can help replenish the body’s reserves of glutathione that may be depleted through poor diet, damaging lifestyle habits or aging.

Key Interview: Fibers and proteins among Naturex’s expansion and diversification strategy

24 Nov 2017 --- Over the past months, Naturex has moved to boost its presence in the natural nutrition market with the acquisition of Swedish Oat Fiber, a specialized manufacturer of oat dietary fibers, oils and proteins, as well as the signing of a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with a Colorado-based start-up, MycoTechnology, for their PureTaste, shiitake mushroom plant protein created by patent-pending fungi fermentation technology.

Key Interview: 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.

Key Interview: Spotting the trends: Nexira explores natural ingredients with sought-after health benefits

16 Oct 2017 --- FODMAP friendly, vegan and flexitarian are no longer small niche markets; they are significant trends and their “claims” are being required more and more by end consumers in the US, the EU and the rest of the world. This is according to Julie Imperato, Nexira’s Marketing Manager.

Key Interview: Carbohydrate innovation: Tomorrow’s sweeteners

09 Oct 2017 --- Growing calls for sugar reduction are leading to development and innovation in the carbohydrate space, where new sweeteners are being discovered and marketed at an ever-greater frequency. At the same time, more specialized diets such as low GI and low CARB have been gaining attention in new product marketing. One of the latest trending diets is low FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols), which is suitable for those with an irritable bowel.

Key Interview: Yield and raw material sourcing among Novozymes’ key areas for innovation

04 Oct 2017 --- Enzymes market leader Novozymes has identified four areas for innovation it hopes will bring about lasting change in the future: yield, raw material flexibility, health and naturalness and the sensory attributes of its food and beverage produce.

Key Interview: PB Gelatins/PB Leiner explores collagen’s wide range of potential applications

25 Sep 2017 --- Convenience, health and wellness and protein are buzzwords on the tips of everyone’s tongues, and these trends are currently providing the inspiration for a range of NPD at PB Gelatins/PB Leiner. The company is currently bringing its convenient, indulgent products to a wide audience, with collagen peptides being its star ingredients.

Key Interview: Cambridge Commodities taps into consumer trend toward convenient nutritionals

18 Sep 2017 --- The way in which the markets of sports nutrition and health and wellbeing are merging is presenting a unique challenge for companies in the nutritional space. Clare Baker, Cambridge Commodities’ Head of Product Development, spoke with NutritionInsight about making a product that is popular across several market segments and other opportunities consumer trends in the nutritionals market currently present.

Key Interview: NP Nutra on the challenges and opportunities in supplying organic ingredients

31 Aug 2017 --- With consumer tastes and preferences for nutritional choices having shifted dramatically over the past decade, companies constantly face the challenge of providing products that are innovative and great-tasting, but also meet desired standards when it comes to aspects such as organic, sustainable cultivation methods and ingredient traceability.

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