Children's Nutrition

Danone's baby food brands undergo image and ingredient revamp

22 Jun 2018 --- Danone Early Life Nutrition has revamped both of its baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, the changes will be the “biggest the brand has ever undergone.” Aptamil is also launching a new patented next-generation powder formulation and a complete packaging refresh across its entire range.

Raised Real: Maximizing nutrition and minimizing waste in infant nutrition

19 Jun 2018 --- Tapping into a space opened up by “millennial parents” who want nutritious food for their infants, with an environmentally-friendly seal of appeal, is Raised Real. The California start-up offers an innovative baby food meal-kit delivery solution, touting nutritionally balanced meals and an innovative freeze-cooling packaging system. Speaking to Santiago Merea, CEO and co-founder, Steven Kontz, co-founder and CFO and Benish Shah, VP of Marketing, NutritionInsight looks into how the company is minimizing food waste while maximizing nutrition and protecting the environment through packaging choices. 

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.

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.

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.

SNAP judgment says US nutrition assistance program falls short of providing healthy diet for all

11 Sep 2017 --- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, only covers 43 to 60 percent of what it costs to consume a diet consistent with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate guidelines for what constitutes a healthy diet. This is according to a new study from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the Union of Concerned Scientists, which lays out in stark terms the challenges lower-income households face in trying to eat a healthy diet.

Benefits of early introduction of peanuts to infants recognized as health claim by US FDA

11 Sep 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a statement on a new qualified health claim advising that early introduction of peanuts to certain high-risk infants may reduce the risk of peanut allergy. It has responded to a petition for a new claim that states, “for most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10 months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age.”

Previnex targets childhood malnutrition with new program

10 Aug 2017 --- Supplement manufacturer Previnex has joined the fight against childhood malnutrition with the launch of its Get Health, Give Health Program in partnership with the Children’s Hunger Fund. The company says the program, part of its Previnex Gives Back campaign, was created to bring the world one step closer to eradicating preventable, vitamin deficiency-based childhood malnutrition.

Infant nutrition brand Friso to hit Chinese shelves following official approval

10 Aug 2017 --- FrieslandCampina's infant foods brand Friso has announced that it has become one of the first 22 companies to obtain the Infant Nutrition Registration Certificate in China, and one of only five foreign brands to be approved. Friso is the first import brand to receive the certificate from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), which approved Friso stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3.

Diet quality, not just quantity matters in mid-to-late-adulthood

28 Jul 2017 --- A new study in Obesity investigated the impact of diet quality in mid-to-late-adulthood on visceral and liver fat not solely relying on Body Mass Index (BMI). Four different measures of diet quality were used to evaluate dietary intake of the multiethnic population over a twenty-year span. Maintaining a high-quality diet during mid-to-late adulthood may prevent adverse metabolic consequences related to visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL).

Soda’s popularity on kids’ menus beginning to fizz out

25 Jul 2017 --- 25 July 2017 The percentage of major restaurant chains that offer sugary drinks on their children’s menus has decreased from 93 percent to 74 percent since 2008, according to a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). But the consumer lobby group warns that despite the significant decrease, chains owe it to families to improve their children’s beverages even further.

UK Rules on Junk Food Ads Coming Into Force, Industry Responds Positively

30 Jun 2017 --- A new set of rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in traditional and online children’s media and other sites is set to come into force in the UK tomorrow. The new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) rules pertain to media channels where children make up over 25 percent of the audience. Representatives of the UK Food and Drink Federation and advocacy groups have responded positively to the changes.  

Buhler Awarded Contract to Support Food Fortification Program in Pakistan

26 Jun 2017 --- To support the fortification of staple foods in Pakistan, the UK-based Food Fortification Program has awarded Bühler a multi-million contract to supply more than 1000 micro feeders in 2017 and 2018. The program is funded with US$48 million from the UK’s Department for International Development. By directly supporting local mills and food factories, the program is aiming to have a substantial impact on the well-being of close to 100 million people.

EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Infant Formula from Protein Hydrolysates

12 May 2017 --- New guidance published by EFSA will assist applicants in preparing and presenting dossiers for authorisation of infant and/or follow-on formulae manufactured from protein hydrolysates. It will also help applicants in preparing dossiers to assess a product’s efficacy in reducing the risk of infants becoming allergic to milk proteins. 

Lallemand Probiotic Strains Recognized as Safe in North America For Children

08 May 2017 --- Lallemand Health Solutions has announced that in both of the US and Canada, its ProbioKid is recognized as safe for infants, toddlers and young children, based on extensive safety and efficacy documentation. The panel has recognized that both the ProbioKid formula and individual probiotic strains (Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71) are safe for infants and children, including their use in infant formula, confirming the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for this population category.

Gelatin-Free Tumeric Gummy to Hit Confectionery Market

21 Feb 2017 --- Anlit Ltd, are launching vegetarian curcumin gummies for consumers seeking curcumin supplement alternatives. Anlit will present this supplement and other novel products during Vitafoods Europe-FPE, May 9-11, 2017, in Geneva.

Isomaltulose Can Benefit Memory and Mood in Children

26 Oct 2016 --- New research from the Department of Psychology at Swansea University in Wales, has shown that a breakfast prepared with a BENEO’s Palatinose, beneficially influences children’s memory and mood throughout the morning.

Childhood Obesity Plan Needs Equal Participation From Food Companies

30 Sep 2016 --- The Government's Childhood Obesity Plan will only have the desired impact if it ensures the full and equal participation of all companies across every part of the food industry, the British Food Corporation (BRC) has said. 

Dairy Ingredient Potential Remains Untapped in the Toddler Nutrition Category

27 Jul 2016 --- Products formulated for toddlers with nutrition-rich dairy ingredients represent a major untapped opportunity for food and beverage brands.

Cartoon Characters Can Triple Salad Bar Trips in Elementary Schools, Study Shows

06 Jul 2016 --- Convincing kids to choose vegetables becomes easier when animated characters are used, new research has found.

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