Digestive Health

Prebiotic, aloe-infused water targets electronic music festival marketing boost

09 Aug 2018 ---Detoxwater, the prebiotic, aloe-infused water brand has announced its partnership as the exclusive enhanced bottled water for the 10th Annual Electric Zoo electronic music festival to be held in Randall’s Island Park this upcoming Labor Day in New York. 

First-time finding: Risk of BPA on intestinal health found amid rising bowel disease cases

11 Jul 2018 --- Dietary exposure to BPA – found in polycarbonate plastics often used in making containers to store food and beverages – can worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), a study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine has found. IBD can be further exacerbated by the hormone estrogen, and BPA is a known synthetic estrogen.

Probiotic expansion: General Mills leads investment in GoodBelly parent

21 Jun 2018 --- General Mills' venture arm, 301 Inc., is leading a US$12 million round in funding in NextFoods the parent company of GoodBelly Probiotics. Additional capital is coming from existing investors, including Emil Capital Partners. NextFoods was founded in 2007 by Todd Beckman and Steve Demos, who founded WhiteWave Foods, the owner of Silk plant-based milk.

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.

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.

Probiotic boost: Researchers develop novel method of fortifying snacks with probiotics

02 Mar 2018 --- A research team has laid the foundation for a new method that could create probiotic fortified fruit snacks. The technique – developed by researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Universidade Federal do Ceará – doses apple chunks with probiotic Lactobacillus casei and dries them at high temperatures.

Probi signs agreement with “global FMCG company” on gut health launch, enjoys Asia-Pacific growth

26 Jan 2018 --- Probi is seeking to further expand into the functional food space with a newly signed agreement with an as-of-yet unnamed global FMCG company. The partnership relates to the launch of a product containing Probi’s bacteria for gut health in North America. In its year-end report, Probi [which is majority owned by Symrise] notes that a launch in the North American market is planned for the second half of 2019, potentially followed by launches in other territories. The agreement is expected to have a significant impact on future sales and earnings in Probi’s Functional Food business area. 

Microbiome Therapeutics prepares to launch first microbiome modulator after completing Series B financing

08 Nov 2017 --- MicroBiome Therapeutics, LLC (MBT), a company that applies the science of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome to promote health and wellness, has announced the completion of a Series B financing that raised approximately US$1 million. MBT intends to use the proceeds to launch its clinically-tested microbiome modulator product in 2018.

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.

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.

Taiyo’s Sunfiber earns Monash University’s Low FODMAP Certification

20 Oct 2017 --- Nutritional ingredient company Taiyo's premium branded ingredient Sunfiber is now the first fiber and first standalone ingredient to become a Monash University Low FODMAP Certified product. Sunfiber, made from guar bean, is also one of the only soluble fiber ingredients approved by the FDA in 2016 to be listed as a dietary fiber.

LNC Therapeutics raises €6.5m to reinforce its R&D in the microbiota field

29 Sep 2017 --- LNC Therapeutics, a company specialized in the research and development of gut microbiota directed drugs for the treatment of obesity and associated cardiometabolic diseases, has raised a €6.5 million (US$7.67 million) Series C funding round. This new round, co-led by Seventure Partners, brings together a consortium of investors and a family office. Additionally, the company has appointed a new chief scientific officer, Dr. Sandrine Claus, to lead the gut microbiota project.

Nexira Fibregum receives FODMAP friendly certification

23 Aug 2017 --- Natural and organic ingredients company Nexira has announced that its Fibregum product has been certified FODMAP friendly in Australia. The company describes Fibregum as an “all-natural range, with a guaranteed minimum content of 90 percent dietary fibers.” Nexira notes that the FODMAP Friendly program is the only registered certification trademark in the world, making Fibregum’s certification big news for the company. The program’s laboratory tests the FODMAP levels in food and gives the certification to the ones low in FODMAP.

Personalized Nutrition Provider DayTwo Secures US$12m Series A Financing Round

04 Jul 2017 --- DayTwo, a company specialized in microbiome-health management, has completed a US$12 million Series A round of financing through Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC), Seventure Partners’ Health for Life Capital fund, Mayo Clinic, co-founder Marius Nacht and other private investors.

Cheers to That: Researchers Create Gut-Friendly Probiotic Beer

29 Jun 2017 --- Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). This new specialty beer incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and can neutralize toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.

Key Interview: Ganeden Looks for Probiotic Opportunities Beyond Digestive Health

09 Jun 2017 --- Consumers increasingly self-diagnose and experiment with diets that they believe will improve gut health. These personalized diets are creating new opportunities for free from and fortification. Innova Market Insights has reported +25% CAGR from 2012 to 2016 for food & beverage launches with a digestive health positioning, with probiotics benefiting. In fact there was a +30% CAGR in new products featuring the word “probiotic” during this period, despite the term currently not being allowed in EU markets.

Arjuna’s Gut Health Herbal Blend Approved in Belgium

06 Apr 2017 --- The Belgian government has granted Arjuna Natural Extracts official recognition to market its proprietary herbal blend for overall wellness in Belgium, which would make registration and notification in all other European countries possible. The blend, branded “Herbagut,” consists of 14 herbal extracts, all approved as non-Novel Food by the European Commission and accepted for use in food supplements.

AIDP Expands Digestive Health and “Healthy Aging” Ingredient Portfolios

03 Apr 2017 --- Functional ingredients manufacturer AIDP has signed an exclusive license and distribution agreement with agrotechnology company Anagenix to market its kiwifruit-based ingredients, Actazin and Livaux. Anagenix is a New Zealand-based company specializing in the discovery of natural bioactives. Actazin is a cold-pressed powdered kiwi fruit concentrate that is a natural source of prebiotics, fiber, enzymes and polyphenols and may support bowel function.  

BioGaia makes Further Investment in MetaboGen

01 Dec 2016 --- BioGaia has today made a further investment in MetaboGen AB after the company first reported its decision to invest SEK 12 million into MetaboGen AB in 2014. 

MGP Files Citizen Petition with FDA Under New Dietary Fiber Labeling Rules

15 Nov 2016 --- MGP has filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to further confirm the status of the company’s patented Fibersym RW and FiberRite RW resistant wheat starches as dietary fiber. 

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