Key Interviews

Premix potential: Challenges and opportunities for BCAAs and plant-based offerings

01 Oct 2018 --- Increasing scientific evidence of the benefits of nutritional supplementation and the phenomenon of pill fatigue have led to increased consumer and industry interest in the incorporation of nutrient premixes into food and beverages to support a healthy diet. Of rising interest in both premix powders and beverages are branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and essential amino acids (EEAs). However, despite growing interest in premixes, the incorporation these amino acids comes with a set of challenges suppliers must tackle.

Yeast beta-glucan: Growing market potential in immune health space

25 Sep 2018 --- With the onset of cooler weather in the Northern hemisphere, immune health is once again becoming an area of growing concern. Driven by increasing consumer awareness, the immunity ingredients space is starting to reach beyond classical vitamins, such as vitamin C, to include a broader range of well-researched ingredients. Immune health product launches are increasing, with Innova Market Insights data noting that food and beverage launches featuring an immune health claim increased with a CAGR of 18 percent in Europe between 2013 and 2017.

Acacia gum shows strong sugar reduction and prebiotic potential, says Alland & Robert

18 Sep 2018 --- Due to various natural properties, acacia gum is a natural emulsifier that is particularly efficient in the stabilization of oil in water emulsions commonly used in the manufacturing of soft drinks. However, the ingredient is also widely used in dietary products due to its fiber-enriching capacity and has scientifically-proven prebiotic effects. NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Isabelle Jaouen, Head of R&D at Alland & Robert, about the market opportunities for this ingredient at a time when digestive health, sugar reduction and plant-based offerings are high on the agenda.

Intelligence services coupled with scientific backing key to private label confidence: PharmaLinea president

11 Sep 2018 --- Consumer awareness and demands of their nutritional products are increasing, putting pressure on B2C companies when it comes to choosing their private label suppliers and ranges. To alleviate this pressure, Slovenia-based PharmaLinea is seeing particular opportunities for ready-to-launch private label food supplements coupled specifically with intelligence-based services, which are usually lacking in the industry. NutritionInsight spoke with Blaž Gorjup, Chairman & Founder of PharmaLinea, about current consumer demands shaping the food supplement space, as well as the company’s approach to providing total solutions to its clients.

Supplements industry innovation has stagnated, warns BI Nutraceuticals chief 

06 Sep 2018 --- Innovation in the dietary supplements and botanicals space has not been seen since chia took the market by storm six years ago, according to George Pontiakos, President/CEO of major botanicals supplier BI Nutraceuticals. Instead, the industry is focusing on transparency and cleaning up labels as US government interest in adulteration and transparency becomes increasingly demanding. Next on the agenda will be attempting to achieve the “holy-grail of health and wellness”: putting dietary supplement efficacy load into a food product, as Pontiakos predicts that the future growth of functional foods will come at the expense of dietary supplements. The current lack of innovation coincides with trade disputes that include 10 percent tariffs of Chinese exports of botanicals.

“Demonization” of sugar hinders the fight against obesity, warns US nutritionist 

29 Aug 2018 --- “It’s not what one eats that causes obesity, but what one’s body does with what is eaten,” says Edward Archers, Ph.D., Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist. Over the past 50 years researchers, clinicians, health organizations and lobby groups have waged war on sugar, along with other dietary factors, but Archer coins this over emphasis on diet for health as “diet-centrism.” Diet is a trivial factor in metabolic health, positions Archer. Instead, a lack of physical activity is the most important factor for metabolic health.

Baobab resurgence? Things are looking up for the “upside down” tree

14 Aug 2018 --- The baobab superfruit has been enjoying an NPD resurgence, boosted by renewed interest in the digestive health and low GI space, as well its strong potential for use in the sports nutrition market. The superfood – which is touted as offering low GI appeal, a high dietary fiber content and for being rich in vitamin C – has seen annual growth of 53 percent, according to Innova Market Insights data. Speaking to NutritionInsight, Henry Johnson, baobab specialist at EcoProducts, details the growing array of applications for the superfood, as well as the economic ripening of the environment for market growth for baobab.

Advancing human health and nutrition: DSM on the key trends driving its R&D 

31 Jul 2018 --- Thriving in today’s business environment requires not only financial success, but hinges on an awareness of social responsibility, taking into account local and individualized preferences and needs as well as consumer education. This is according to Jeremy Xu, President Human Nutrition & Health at DSM, who spoke with NutritionInsight about the company’s focus on human health and nutrition as well as the key trends informing its innovation cycle.

Translating science into suggestion: Start-up on personalized nutrition app

26 Jul 2018 --- “Health needs to be valued and understood as a journey with many different processes: Personalized nutrition needs to take that into account and put in the human side to scientific test results,” says Shai Rozen, CMO at Suggestic, a start-up that provides dietary recommendations based on user biology and AI.

The future of nutrition? Start-ups on alternative proteins, superfood beverages and on-the-go formats

19 Jul 2018 --- This year’s PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse program – an initiative designed to discover and nurture breakthrough brands in the European nutrition sector – has announced its top ten finalists. NutritionInsight speaks to four of these start-ups about their views on trends shaping the future of nutrition, such as insect proteins, energy-boosting superfoods and grab-and-go nutrition.

Fine & Raw founder on the “explosive” growth of raw chocolate and cross-boundary appeal

11 Jul 2018 --- New York-based raw chocolate company Fine & Raw has been riding the high that has come with the surge of consumer interest in raw cocoa and healthy indulgence. Speaking to its founder Daniel Sklaar, NutritionInsight gets a peek inside the antioxidant-packed world of raw chocolate that has the cross-boundary appeal of a healthy, yet indulgent, product. Also striking is how the brand chose to differentiate itself from “restrictive” health foods through its packaging and branding.

“Why overcomplicate nutrition?” Huel co-founder and CEO on market potential of complete meal replacements

22 Jun 2018 --- “People overcomplicate nutrition; it’s not rocket science. For the lay consumer, getting your nutrition right needn’t be that hard.” This is according to nutritionist James Collier, co-founder of Huel, a meal replacement brand currently seeing huge growth in Europe and the US. Launched three years ago, the company is reportedly one the fastest growing companies in the UK, with revenues of over £14 million (US$18.6 million) in 2017.

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.

DSM’s Nutrition Improvement focus: Fresh thinking on global nutrition and food fortification

15 Jun 2018 --- “We work with our customers and the larger malnutrition-fighting community to treat and prevent malnutrition,” Anthony Hehir, Director of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Business Segment, tells NutritionInsight. Using its solid science and technical heritage, DSM is striving to fight global malnutrition through its “business with a purpose” approach. NutritionInsight spoke to Hehir, gaining an insight into what drives the company’s staple food fortification technologies, research and future nutrition endeavors.

Fytexia eyes active lifestyle and healthy weight platforms with natural ingredients

12 Jun 2018 --- French producer of premium natural ingredients Fytexia is highlighting the potential for weight management ingredients as part of an active lifestyle, combining citrus polyphenols, guarana and L-carnitine to support weight loss and a healthier body composition.

Obesity’s weight on the world: Processed food addiction and recovery

31 May 2018 --- Obesity is serious, common and costly. More than one-third of US adults are obese and some of the lead causes of preventable deaths – such as stroke, diabetes and cancers – are obesity-related, as reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NutritionInsight speaks with Joan Ifland Ph.D., Doctor of Addictive Nutrition, about processed food addiction and, most importantly, how she thinks tackling it requires more than just cutting out certain foods. Community, understanding and inclusion are essential.

Ready meals with a pulse: Gaia Pulses on sustainability from the outside in

18 May 2018 --- Dining out, in is pegged at number seven in Innova Market Insights top ten 2018 trends, and in this suit, we have seen the face of ready meals drastically change from plastic packaged, typically calorie-laden curries and pizza. Delivering on this exciting front is London based Gaia Pulses; coined the UK’s first ready meal in GM-free compostable packaging. NutritionInsight spoke to Yolanda Antonopoulou, Founder, about the meals which are made for the mindful, on-the-go consumer.

“Major breakthrough”: Researchers uncover alternative sources of omega 3 fatty acids

08 May 2018 --- Research led by the University of Stirling has found that omega 3 fatty acids can be created by many invertebrates inhabiting marine ecosystems, including corals, worms and mollusks. The discovery runs contrary to the generally held principle that marine microbes, such as microalgae and bacteria, are responsible for virtually all primary production of omega 3. The researchers note that their findings could “revolutionize our understanding of omega 3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) production on a global scale,” potentially paving the way for the production of alternative and sustainable omega 3 products.

How nutritious is veganism? Dietitians on key nutrients and areas for NPD

27 Apr 2018 --- Vegan eating patterns have emerged from a relative niche position to one gaining increasing attention among consumers, the media and the food and beverage industry. New food and beverage launches with a vegan positioning found an average annual growth rate of +44.8 percent globally (CAGR ‘13-’17) when 2013 is used as a base of 100, an Innova Market Insights analysis has shown. However, despite its popularity, veganism has on occasion been criticized as being a fad and unbalanced in terms of nutrition. NutritionInsight speaks with three dietitians about veganism, key nutrients and how the food and beverage industry can help by spurring on appropriate NPD.

Protein with a fizz: Milk Specialties Global on its latest clean label solutions

10 Apr 2018 --- Targeting mindful consumers in a range of demographics, Milk Specialties Global has introduced a number of clean-label solutions “set to revolutionize the protein category.” NutritionInsight spoke with Milk Specialties Global Vice President of Sales Michael Hiron and Suvash Kafley, Senior Director of Innovation, on two new launches, which the company presented at Expo West in March, as well as the consumer trends currently pushing further innovation and R&D.

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