18 Jan 2019 --- Danish-headquartered bioscience company Chr. Hansen has reported solid organic revenue growth of 10 percent in the first three months of the financial year 2018/19. It corresponds to 6 percent reported growth due to adverse currency impacts.
10 Jan 2019 --- Valio’s consumer-packaged infant formulas have received an export permit from the Chinese authorities, which will allow the company to export its powdered infant formulas into China. The infant formulas are manufactured at the Lapinlahti plant in Finland, while the ready-to-feed liquid infant formulas are manufactured at the Turenki plant, in southern Finland.
19 Dec 2018 --- Pharma heavyweights GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and Pfizer Inc. have reached an agreement to combine the two companies’ consumer health businesses into a “new world-leading” Joint Venture, with combined sales of approximately £9.8 billion (US$12.7 billion). As a result of this JV, GSK intends to split into two businesses in the next three years – for prescription drugs and vaccines and for OTC products, including vitamin and mineral supplements. GSK is to hold a majority controlling equity interest of 68 percent, while Pfizer will have an equity interest of 32 percent in the Joint Venture.
11 Dec 2018 --- NextFerm Technologies (Nextferm) is an Israeli biotech start-up company that is developing “cluster fermentation and processing technologies” and producing non-GMO fermentation-derived ingredients for the global food and feed industries. According to the company, its strategy is “comprehensive and focused on developing novel or ‘better than’ active ingredients via a heavy investment in science and technology to provide a lasting edge.”
10 Dec 2018 --- The Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute (KHNI) has highlighted its perspective on the top ten forthcoming nutrition trends that we can expect to see in 2019, including authenticity & provenance, digestive wellness and sugar targets. The trends symbolize awareness around products, new ingredients which are backed by emerging science and public health recommendations which are driving the reduction in sugar content of foods across all categories, according to KHNI.
10 Dec 2018 --- A comparative study by the American Heart Association (AHA) has shown that a vegan diet is more effective in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease than the AHA recommended diet.
04 Dec 2018 --- Nestlé Health Science has opened a new US$70 million R&D facility in Bridgewater, New Jersey, US, in an effort to establish a global research and development hotspot to reinforce the company’s nutritional expertise.
04 Dec 2018 --- Diana, the Nutrition Division of Symrise, is eyeing the potential of fusing fruit and vegetable polyphenols with probiotic strains from the company’s Probi business for the creation of synbiotic ingredients. One of the key platforms for a new research project will be assessing the potential for optimal gut health products that combine Probi strains such as LP299V with prebiotics.
30 Nov 2018 --- With global hunger and malnutrition in all its forms on the rise, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have launched a global conference aimed at urgently accelerating efforts to achieve zero hunger worldwide. According to the latest report published jointly by FAO and four other UN agencies, about 820 million people on the planet are malnourished.
30 Nov 2018 --- Due to the aging of the world’s population, there is an ongoing trend towards the enrichment of foods and beverages to avoid or prevent the health problems associated with growing older. At this year’s HiE in Frankfurt, Germany, bone health and senior nutrition were key themes and ingredient suppliers such as Omya, Faravelli and Evolva were keen to discuss their latest concepts which help target the growing trend for improving healthy aging.
20 Nov 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has responded positively to a petition for a new qualified health claim for edible oils containing oleic acid. As a result, products with an oleic acid content upward of 70 percent, such as certain olive, canola and sunflower oils, can be labeled as carrying cardiovascular benefits, but only when replacing heart-damaging saturated fat.
13 Nov 2018 --- Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are the most common health concerns for older men in the west, a new survey by wellness company Lycored has revealed. The research also indicates that US men are more worried about heart disease than they are about cancer.
01 Nov 2018 --- PepsiCo has acquired Health Warrior, a US-based nutrition company that makes plant-based products including bars. The transaction will further expand the company's nutrition portfolio and marks the first investment led by the PepsiCo HIVE, a new entity within PepsiCo designed to grow emerging brands.
01 Nov 2018 --- The role of start-ups in shaping the future of the food and beverage industry is pronounced. Their role as thought leaders has driven multinational companies and legacy brands to invest in them – and learn from them: significant players are going small in their strategy. At HiE 2018, which will be held in Frankfurt at the end of November, a diverse range of start-ups that encompasses ingredients, technologies or services and plant-based finished products will compete for individual awards at the event. Here FoodIngredientsFirst takes a look at the technologies that are competing this year, with comments from the nominees.
22 Oct 2018 --- Unilever has launched its version of a better-for-you healthy ice cream with probiotics and protein. New brand Culture Republick is a low-calorie alternative in the increasingly popular healthy ice cream category which saw Halo Top scoop US grocery sales last year, taking market share away from iconic giants Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.
10 Oct 2018 --- To meet the growing consumer demand for transparency in the products that they consume, Laboratoire PYC (part of the Solina group) has developed its own “clean label” range. This approach is aimed at providing products with a refined composition while using ingredients of natural origin.
10 Oct 2018 --- A formulation containing AstaReal natural astaxanthin can provide a 40 percent increase in endurance and significantly improves muscle function in sarcopenia sufferers. This is according to a study by AstaMed investigating muscle loss and functional decline in older adults with the disease. Sarcopenia affects nearly a quarter of adults older than 60. Researchers published the findings in The Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle on the effectiveness of a new medical protocol to improve muscular function.
28 Sep 2018 --- Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire enhanced beverage company Core Nutrition LLC at a value of US$525 million, or approximately US$435 million net of anticipated tax benefits. The acquisition represents KDP's latest move in the evolution of its allied brands portfolio.
24 Sep 2018 --- Sunar Misir plans to reach an installed capacity of 100,000 tons for its sorbitol and maltitol facility in Adana (Turkey) by the end of 2019. Sunar Mısır has over 33 years of experience with corn-based ingredients and offers sustainably-sourced, Non-GMO starches and starch derivatives for the global market.
14 Aug 2018 --- NSF International and the NSF/ANSI 173 Joint Committee have updated the pesticide testing requirements included in NSF/ANSI 173, the only American National Standard for dietary supplements. A recent NSF study established chemical-specific pesticide limits for 185 pesticides that might be present in botanical ingredients used in dietary supplement ingredients.