Key Interviews

“Applying the modern technology of AI to the ancient practice of food”: Nuritas exec

14 Feb 2019 --- Unlike traditional biotechs and academics that have searched for life’s panacea in exotic and rare places, Irish biotech company Nuritas is unlocking life-changing molecules in commonly consumed, everyday staple foods. This is according to Neil Foster, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Nuritas, who spoke to NutritionInsight on the company’s expanding partnership list and how it’s pushing the innovation boat further than ever before.

“International best practice with an Irish twist”: FSAI launches new Healthy Eating Guidelines

31 Jan 2019 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has launched its updated Healthy Eating Guidelines for the nation. Touted as “protecting people from diet-related ill health,” the guidelines were developed in conjunction with the Irish Department of Health and the Health Service Executive. NutritionInsight speaks to Dr. Mary Flynn, Chief Specialist Public Health Nutrition, of the FSAI, on how the guidelines are informing the nation’s health, and how high-profile nutritional reports, such as the EAT-Lancet, may inform future works.

Fixing a broken food system at Davos 2019: Ellen MacArthur Foundation unveils circular approach

24 Jan 2019 --- By 2050, five million people a year could die due to factors related to the industrial production of food – twice the current number of people killed by obesity. This is according to a report, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, presented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The current food system has supported a fast-growing population and urbanization, but it’s not sustainable nor is it healthy. The harmful impact of pesticides, air and water pollution necessitate a circular economy approach to the food system, the report notes.

25 years of declining US cancer rates: “No single nutrient or compound is a silver bullet,” ACS experts stress

11 Jan 2019 --- “No single nutrient or compound is a silver bullet,” when it comes to lowering cancer risk and the industry could contribute by promoting healthier products that support good health. This is according to experts from the American Cancer Society (ACS), who have spoken to NutritionInsight in light of the “25 years of steadily declining US cancer rates” milestone that was announced this week. But current diet and physical activity behaviors are likely threatening to derail the progress that’s been made against cancer, the researchers warn.

GutGuide: Affordable gut testing for personalized nutrition

11 Dec 2018 --- With the rise of personalized nutrition and the growing interest in gut health has come an array of personalized gut testing services. In this space, Finnish company GutGuide is seeking to offer reasonably-priced, patient-specific treatment and supplementation to a variety of afflictions connected to the gut, based on the company’s research into oral and gut microbiota. The role for a good functioning microbiota in skin health will be the next platform for the technology.

Personalized nutrition: Carbiotix sets out to mainstream gut health monitoring

26 Nov 2018 --- Personalized nutrition has been high on the industry agenda for a while. But despite the popularity of the phrase, there is still ample space for development in terms of bringing personalized options to a wider consumer base in an affordable and scientifically-sound way. In this space, health solutions company Carbiotix is paving the way by offering low cost, personalized gut testing services (starting at €19 a month) and personalized soluble fiber supplements.

The next infant formula staple? NZMP eyes milk fat globule membrane potential

21 Nov 2018 --- As scientific understanding of infant development evolves, the industry is seeing growing opportunities for infant nutrition formulas that come as close to human breast milk as possible, and which benefit aspects such as brain and immune health. In this space, NZMP, Fonterra’s B2B ingredients business, is making strides in uncovering the potential of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM).

Consumer interest in liquid nutraceutical delivery forms grow as “pill fatigue” perseveres, says Bormioli Pharma 

13 Nov 2018 --- Consumers are more mindful of their health and nutraceutical products have become aspects of an everyday diet. This, coupled with a faster pace of consumer living has spurred a number of packaging innovations for nutraceuticals. This is according to Elena Piazza, Business Development & Marketing Manager at Bormioli Pharma, which supplies pharmaceutical and nutraceutical packaging solutions. Its portfolio includes a dual chamber system packaging which offers precise reconstitution for oral products, including food supplements.

Personalized approach: Lallemand targets women’s health market with Lactobacillus solutions

08 Nov 2018 --- General statements concerning human health and nutrition are being swept aside to make room for more personalized considerations, advice and approaches. Lifestyle, age and gender are all differentiations that can spawn different health recommendations, and consumers are increasingly seeking such information. Lallemand is seeking to tap into this space by offering health solutions specifically for women, utilizing formulations with probiotics from the Lactobacillus species.

Healthy sweetness: Amai Proteins CEO on sweet protein potential

26 Oct 2018 --- The food industry is undergoing massive, disruptive changes, with innovative start-ups in a range of disciplines vying to tackle global nutrition issues. One of these, Amai Proteins, is aiming to disrupt the global sweetening market by offering sweet proteins that are fit for mass food production. NutritionInsight spoke with Amai Proteins CEO and Founder Dr. Ilan Samish at Future Food-Tech in London.

Microbiota and sports performance: Calls for greater NPD innovation from Olympic Gold skater

12 Oct 2018 --- Probiotics hold major untapped potential in the sports nutrition arena, with greater scientific support for efficacy coming on stream in just the past 4 to 5 years. But there is still plenty of innovation potential to fill. This is according to Dutch Olympic Gold Medal speed skater and newfound nutrition entrepreneur, Mark Tuitert.

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.

Sidel on PET for the liquid dairy industry: Differentiation, flexibility and sustainability

29 Aug 2018 --- The use of PET as a packaging material is expected to continue its growth within the global liquid dairy sector. Traditionally packaged in carton or HDPE containers, liquid dairy products bottled in PET are forecasted to grow by 4.4 percent in the period from 2018 to 2020, according to Guillaume Rolland, Vice President Sensitive Products at Sidel. Sidel, provider of complete solutions for packaging liquids in PET, can and glass, advocates for the dairy industry to swap to PET packaging. Rolland explains to PackagingInsights.

“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.

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