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 --- 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.
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.
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 --- 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 --- Omega 3 fatty acid supplements yield no more beneficial results for dry eye symptoms than a placebo – olive oil – a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has found.
13 Apr 2018 --- Following a Mediterranean-style diet, boosted with a good amount of vegetables and fermented milk products such as yogurt, along with coffee and tea, is linked to greater gut microbial diversity and a lower risk of hospitalization in patients with liver cirrhosis, according to a study presented at The International Liver Congress 2018 in Paris, France.
13 Apr 2018 --- Research conducted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) has found that running smoke through an auto industry zeolite filter can remove harmful carcinogen while improving the smoky flavor of foods. Never before applied to foods, zeolite filters have been used in the car industry to reduce environmental pollutants for some time. The research team presented their work at the 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the ACS.
13 Apr 2018 --- 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.
12 Apr 2018 --- Research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has found that two commonly used iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer. The two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the US and the EU.
12 Apr 2018 --- DSM has pre-announced better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter and raised its 2018 outlook on upbeat sales, with an additional boost from high prices in vitamins. The first quarter benefited from an additional Adjusted EBITDA contribution estimated at €165 million from an exceptional vitamin pricing environment. DSM raised its 2018 adjusted EBITDA forecast to "toward" 25 percent from earlier guidance for a rise of at least high single-digit growth.
12 Apr 2018 --- Researchers have called for the end to the term “healthy obesity” has been voiced, due to its apparent misleading and flawed meaning. Dr. William Johnson, from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, has emphasized that further research must be conducted to understand the differences between individuals who hold the same BMI, but suffer from different health afflictions. Essentially, this could lead to the development of more stratified disease prevention and intervention efforts that are targeted at individuals.