Weekly Roundup: Lubrizol acquires Laboratoire Phenobio, Gnosis receives GMP+ Feed Certification

22 Mar 2019 --- In nutrition news this week, Lubrizol completed the acquisition of French active ingredients supplier Laboratoire Phenobio in a move that adds innovative botanical extracts and subcritical water extraction technology to the company’s portfolio. Biotechnology company Gnosis Bioresearch received the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme certification to produce ingredients for animal nutrition and Norwegian Aker BioMarine is set to build a new energy efficient vessel which will boast key efficiency improvements and environmentally focused technologies.

High multispecies probiotic doses may lead to more reliable health benefits, DuPont study finds

22 Mar 2019 --- Ingesting higher doses of multispecies probiotic formulations may permit higher, earlier and longer recovery of probiotics in feces of healthy adults, according to a study published in the journal Nutrients. The study’s aim was to understand the effect of bacterial count on the colonization in the human intestinal tract of four different DuPont probiotic strains administered in a single, commercially available, formulation.

Hemp gene-editing advance: Arcadia Speciality Genomics technologies for cultivation spur significant immediate interest

22 Mar 2019 --- Arcadia Speciality Genomics, a strategic business unit of agricultural food ingredient company Arcadia Biosciences, is seeking to bring improved plant quality to cannabis crops by applying its proprietary approach to plant breeding and gene editing. The recent announcement of its foray into the cannabis-space – which has largely been grown unlawfully until recently – has attracted “significant inbound interest from the cannabis industry,” Matt Plavan, President of Arcadia Speciality Genomics, tells NutritionInsight.

US study finds no evidence that calcium increases risk of age-related macular degeneration

21 Mar 2019 --- Consuming a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study by scientists at the US National Eye Institute (NEI). The findings contradict an earlier study which put forward that high levels of calcium were linked to an increased prevalence of vision disorder, but they are consistent with another study suggesting that calcium has a protective role in AMD.

IFE 2019: The free-from market expands and diversifies, while fiber could overtake protein in NPD

21 Mar 2019 --- Innovation in the realms of plant-based foods, the “free-from” movement and beverages was on full display at the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) show in London, March 17-20. “Good for the gut” offerings were also prominent, with fermented foods such as kombucha and kefir standing out among the stands. NutritionInsight spoke to some notable companies and start-ups present at the show about navigating these interesting spaces, albeit amid Brexit uncertainties.

Signaling better options? Traffic light labeling in canteens encourages healthier choices, study suggests

21 Mar 2019 --- The chances of consumers opting for healthier and more sustainable canteen meals rise significantly when those meals are labeled with a traffic light system. This is according to a Queen Mary University of London study, published in the journal Appetite. The study also found that people tend to choose “greener” meals over “healthier” ones. The researchers note that the traffic light system “works intuitively for most people,” underlining the idea that such a labeling system could spark a shift towards more positive nutritional and environmental habits.

“Smart drugs”: Ample space for nootropics NPD but scientific substantiation is key

21 Mar 2019 --- Nootropics, or “smart drugs,” have captured the industry’s attention as a new brain health area to watch. Consumers are seeking performance-based formulas that help them reach their peak – not only physically, but also mentally. However, entering this increasingly popular space with a product does not come without its drawbacks. In an era where transparency and efficacy are becoming expected, companies must also substantiate their launches.

Oral Health Day: Clear role for sugar replacers, suppliers say

20 Mar 2019 --- FDI World Dental Federation has proclaimed March 20 as Oral Health Day, to spread the message of good oral hygiene practices to adults and children and demonstrate “the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.” This year’s campaign focuses on the link between oral care and overall health and well-being with its strapline: Act on mouth health – a healthy mouth and body go hand in hand. According to Innova Market Insights, healthy indulgence continues to be a strong trend driving consumers and it seems that dental health being a perk of tasty treats – such as chewing gum or hard sweets – will continue to be popular. A range of manufacturers are tapping into this by supplying sweeteners that have dental care properties.

“Zest” for life? Revive Active launches health supplement for young adults’ wellness

20 Mar 2019 --- Nutritionals manufacturer Revive Active has launched a supplement that targets the health and wellness of young adults. Zest Active is touted as promoting natural energy, brain function, recovery from exercise, as well as boosting the immune system due to the use of Kerry’s Wellmune beta-glucan ingredient. Available in powder form, Zest Active boasts zero sugar, zero caffeine and no artificial colorings. Already available throughout Ireland, the supplement is expected to be released in the US this September.

“Food is medicine”: Healthy food prescriptions could boost health outcomes in the US, study finds

20 Mar 2019 --- Health insurance coverage to offset the cost of healthy food for US Medicare and/or Medicaid participants would be highly cost-effective after five years and improve health outcomes. This is according to a study, published in PLOS Medicine, whereby a team of researchers modeled the health and economic effects of healthy food prescriptions in the US insurance programs. The significant health outcomes measured, such as a reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) cases, could be as or more effective than other common interventions, such as preventative drug treatments for hypertension or high cholesterol, say the researchers.

Soft drinks industry hits back after Harvard study links higher consumption of sugary drinks to early death

19 Mar 2019 --- New findings from a recent Harvard study claiming that a high consumption of sugary beverages is linked with increased risk of mortality, particularly from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to a lesser extent cancer, is being slammed by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA). The UK trade body insists that this newly- published US research “fails to acknowledge key facts” and it reiterates that soft drinks are safe to consume, as part of a balanced diet.

FrieslandCampina raises Global Nutrition Standards goals to 70 percent of sales volume for 2020

19 Mar 2019 --- FrieslandCampina is raising its 2020 goals on its Global Nutritional Standards (GNS) compliance target to 70 percent. In 2018, 66 percent of the sales volume of FrieslandCampina consumer products complied with the company’s GNS. The FrieslandCampina GNS are nutritional criteria aimed at retaining the natural nutrients in milk and reducing the amounts of saturated fat, added sugar and salt as much as possible.

Sustainability to star at Vitafoods Europe 2019

19 Mar 2019 --- A core theme at this year’s Vitafoods Europe, held in Geneva, Switzerland (7-9 May), will be how the industry can move towards a more “sustainable future.” On the agenda are issues such as sustainable sourcing in addition to wider trends including free-from, plant-based ingredients, as well as hemp extracts and cannabidiol (CBD). The show, coined the“nutraceutical industry’s meeting point,” is to host more than 1,200 global suppliers of active ingredients, raw materials, services and equipment and is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors.

Amyris stock sees 20 percent rise after US$300m CBD deal partner reveal

19 Mar 2019 --- Sustainable ingredients company Amyris has revealed LAVVAN as its partner in a US$300 million deal for the development of a new cannabinoid. The announcement comes alongside the preliminary unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018, which ended on December 31, 2018. The results are reportedly “below expectations.” In the hours following the disclosure of LAVVAN as its CBD partner, Amyris’ stock reportedly went up by 20 percent.

Drinking coffee protects against prostate cancer, research suggests

18 Mar 2019 --- Certain coffee compounds may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. This is according to a new pilot study, carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model. Published in the journal The Prostate, the study was presented at the European Association of Urology congress in Barcelona, Spain. The authors note that further research is warranted and clinical testing in humans, to determine the effects the compounds may have on health.

Wasted potential? Traditionally discarded, avocado seed and leaf extracts may promote health

18 Mar 2019 --- Although inedible in their original form, avocado leaves and seeds contain oils and compounds that can benefit health. This is according to two new studies, which found that avocado seed oil and avocado leaf possess anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant compounds, respectively, that may prevent a number of diseases such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The studies flag the potential nutritional benefits of parts of the avocado that are traditionally discarded and note that these may, in fact, hold value for the food industry.

Time to get personal? Huge potential in the nutritional consumer awareness that technology presents, says Irish researcher

18 Mar 2019 --- Technological advances, including wearable nutrition tracking devices and microbiota mapping tools, present new potential to address an aware consumer, who is interested in tailored nutrition concepts that specifically work for them. The challenge for industry is how to harness this market opportunity with substantiated nutritionals with proven benefits. Personalized health platforms with potential have expanded beyond gut health to encompass those ranging from anything from sleep quality to cognitive health.

Quadram Institute secures funding to support food and nutrition start-ups

15 Mar 2019 --- UK-based Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) has secured funding from The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food. The investment is part of the €46.4 million funding the EIT has received from Horizon 2020 (the EU’s research and innovation framework program and partner contributions) to support its mission to transform the agrifood system by investing in innovative projects. The start-ups to benefit from the financial support are Quisper, a personalized nutrition services platform, and Seafeed, a developer of fermented seaweed-based novel feed additives.

THOR study herds complex microbiomes into a model for improving them

15 Mar 2019 --- Although the use of probiotics for gut health has proliferated among consumers, the complexity of these microbes and the microbiome can leave researchers unsure of how to produce predictable and long-lasting changes for the better. New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison hopes to address this complexity through the development of a microbe community named THOR which should enable the researchers to understand the microbiome better by investigating the close relationships between strains, for example.

Weekly Roundup: Gencor’s fenugreek extract found to boost sports performance, Vitamin D overload may increase fall risk in seniors

15 Mar 2019 --- This week in nutrition news, Gencor’s extract of fenugreek has been found to boost lean body mass and exercise performance in healthy men. While in further research news, it has been found that taking three times the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could lead to slower reactions times and increase the risk of falling in older people.