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Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition - Europe
Apr 7, 2020
Podcast: The challenges and opportunities in personalised nutrition
Miguel Toribio-Mateas, director of nutrition and health research at Atlas Biomed, speaks about the importance of personalised nutrition and citizen science to the future of nutrition innovation and advises how to utilise this period of quarantine to educate consumers.
Mar 6, 2020
Gut health: How education will empower the consumer to purchase - LISTEN NOW
NutraIngredients Section Editor Nikki Hancocks speaks to Lisa MacFarlane, co-founder of The Gut Stuff, to hear her tips on the best ways to educate consumers about gut health in a way which will empower them to buy into the market.
Aug 6, 2017
Change to novel foods rules may open door for raft of new fruits … and health claims
Simplification and centralisation of the European novel foods process means applications based on traditional use will soon be allowed – Resulting in shorter and cheaper routes to market, and the potential for using new fruits and juices that could come with health claims, says Dr John Wilkinson.
Feb 25, 2016
Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics
A paradigm shift is needed to force delicate women’s health issues like vaginal infections and discharge out into the open, says industry microbiologist.
Oct 22, 2015
New tech on EFSA’s horizon: Crowdsourcing and cyber assistants
New technology like crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence computers is the future of risk assessment, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.
Oct 19, 2015
EFSA’s Bernhard Url: Science should reserve one private room for open debate
Since taking the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) throne last summer, Dr Bernhard Url has become something of a pin-up boy for the so-called new ‘open EFSA’. But how far exactly is this new executive director willing to take his vision of transparency?
Jan 19, 2015
African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day
The potential of probiotics to benefit maternal and infant morbidity and mortality is being shown in on-the-ground projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to lifelong researcher, maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, professor Gregor Reid.
Jan 11, 2015
Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout
Self-styled 'germvangelist' and microbiologist Jason Tetro says the probiotic industry is obsessed with technicalities and needs to venture back in time to access the innate, holistic power of probiotics.
Oct 20, 2014
Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’
Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in a country with south east Asia’s largest population (250m).
Oct 19, 2014
Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market
Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo at Food Ingredients-Asia last week. But it may have some way to go yet.
Oct 15, 2014
NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion
From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.
Sep 21, 2014
UK researcher backs supplements for boosting omega-3 intakes
Omega-3 supplements are key to boosting intakes, a UK researcher says, and marine omega-3 fatty acids are more beneficial than their plant-based counterparts.
Jul 23, 2014
Caffeine taken during training and even in small doses may boost sports performance: Researcher
Already one of the most widely-used stimulants in sport, recent research suggests there may be greater scope for caffeine to be used in a wider range of sports as well as during exercise, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.
Jun 24, 2014
Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU
Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU Novel Foods laws come to fruition, according to a UK-based expert.
Jun 4, 2014
Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor
Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more than five years.
May 14, 2014
EC gives thumbs up to €6m PlantLIBRA botanicals project. But will there be more?
As the EU’s ambitious €6m PlantLIBRA project to further botancials science drew to a close this week at a congress in Vienna, we asked the European Commission about the project’s relative merits – and whether a ‘mark 2’ was on the cards.
Apr 27, 2014
EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight
Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27, that has health claim victories trained in its sights.
Feb 19, 2014
Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever
Food manufacturers, retailers and other food industry players are failing to connect with consumers who are tuning out of mainstream messaging and infesting their own comms channels, says angel investor, business mentor and philanthropist, Mike Greene.
Jan 22, 2014
Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action
Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid body of nutrition science in the form of commercial claims. It’s time to get personal…
Dec 2, 2013
‘Shrink it and pink it’? Women deserve better, says UK sports nutrition firm
Putting a male-oriented sports nutrition product into a petite, pink package is a lazy way to meet female needs, says a leading UK firm which is going about things a little differently.
Dec 1, 2013
Arsenal FC nutritionist: ‘Food supplements have a big part to play.’
James Collins, bespoke nutritionist at Arsenal Football Club and with other elite athletes, says food supplements and sports nutrition products are highly important to top athletes - so important their use is now near-on ubiquitous.
Nov 19, 2013
Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula
Irish biotech start-up AnaBio Technologies is in advanced negotiations with major infant formula makers interested in its encapsulation technologies that can blend probiotics and minerals into heat treated products at cost-effective prices.
Oct 2, 2013
Industry concerned about data abuse as EFSA fans transparency wings
As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) welcomed a broad range of stakeholders to its Italian HQ today to debate data and process transparency, the food industry asked at what point openness brakes innovation and competitive advantage?
Sep 23, 2013
Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’
The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition (#ICN20) for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios…unfairly, says Unilever.
May 15, 2013
Cranberry EU medical devices winner: ‘We will never focus on food supplements’
The Dutch start-up Medical Brands is finding success with cranberry products that have won UTI and vaginal treatment claims via the EU medical devices directive.
Apr 21, 2013
Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?
Aggrieved companies and trade groups have already mounted legal actions against the EU’s strict health claim laws – they are in process – but the regulation’s workings could face fresh challenge from governments signed up to the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a Brussels-based legal expert.
Feb 19, 2013
‘Mini gut’ technology aims to make probiotic research more efficient and cheaper, says TNO
A new technology that utilises intestinal stem cells to grown mini gut structures in the lab promises to help probiotic researchers achieve efficient and cost effective research, according to TNO.
Feb 7, 2013
New technologies and academic collaborations will drive evidence and market growth for probiotics
Greater collaboration from both within the industry, and between industry and academics, will help to drive forward promising scientific developments in probiotics, according to experts at Probiotech and Microbiota 2013.
Jan 3, 2013
Re-forming resveratrol: Bioavailability issues are no more as researchers reveal metabolites regenerate
Metabolites from the break-down of resveratrol have been shown to come together and regenerate the compound inside living cells, leaving researchers questioning whether worries over bioavailability are relevant.
Dec 17, 2012
Is the ‘red wine compound’ tag damaging to resveratrol?
Is the association between resveratrol and red wine beneficial for the compound, or could the link to alcohol be the cause of more harm than good in the long term?
Dec 12, 2012
BASF nutrition president on high-end omega-3, Equateq and the phood “white space”
BASF is moving en masse into omega-3 - especially if its bid for Norwegian player Pronova is approved - but it is technology gained from its May acquisition of a high-dose omega-3 start-up on a remote Scottish island, that is exciting the German giant.
Dec 10, 2012
Resveratrol and cancer: The study behind the headlines
Last week saw widespread media coverage of research suggesting resveratrol – often referred to as ‘the red wine compound’ – could help to cut cancer risk by half. NutraIngredients caught up with the researcher behind the study to find out more about the headline grabbing study.
Nov 6, 2012
‘Unique’ research institute will give Nestlé better idea of the big picture, says research chief
A unique focus on pulling together information on the complex issues of chronic conditions and ageing will help to provide Nestlé with a better idea of the ‘big picture’ behind how nutrition and health interact, says the head of the new unit.
Aug 21, 2012
Assessing the oral ecosystem: New research consortium aims to define the ‘healthy’ mouth
Defining what constitutes ‘healthy’ is a difficult task for any nutrition researcher. And when it comes to oral health in particular, very little is known about what influences a normal healthy mouth, according the co-ordinator of a new research consortium that aims to break new ground in defining the oral ecosystem.
Aug 13, 2012
€1.5m grant backs new research into nutrition and gut immunity
A new €1.5m grant from the European Research Council will help to spring science investigating the links between nutritional compounds and intestinal immunity into new life.
Jun 25, 2012
Mycolivia develops mushroom-derived health supplements
Israeli firm Mycolivia has developed a range of mushroom-derived health supplements, challenging the thriving market for such products in China.
Jun 24, 2012
Herbamed pushes boundaries of cereal bar supplements
Israel-based Herbamed is seeking commercial partners for a range of fortified cereal bar supplements it claims can address global nutrient deficiency needs.
Jun 11, 2012
Pharma-food gap will be bridged, but taste is always key: Nestlé
The gap between pharmaceutical ‘treatments’ for disease and the role that foods and supplements can play in health will grow ever smaller, but as ever, taste is the key to success.
Jun 6, 2012
New research unit will help Nestlé quest for health claims gold
Nestlé is now 'better armed' to gun for EFSA approved health claims approvals, after the company centralised its clinical research efforts at a new unit in Lausanne, Switzerland.
May 29, 2012
EndoSeaRch: A new way to modify gut health?
A new approach to modifying gut bacteria via orally delivered minerals has been gaining a lot of interest from probiotics players, says Aquapharm.
May 21, 2012
Ocean Spray backed research reveals cranberry polyphenols in human urine
New research identifying type-A proanthocyanidins (PACs) from cranberry juice in human urine could help to take future clinical trials to the next level, say researchers.
Apr 19, 2012
The father of nutraceuticals: “The placebo effect is real”
Veteran researcher Dr Stephen de Felice invented the term ‘nutraceutical’ in 1989 and ever since he has been imploring the sector to design and conduct better human clinical trials to back the medicinal potential of bodily nutritional interventions.
Apr 10, 2012
Vitafoods readies for “biggest event to date” with new peer-reviewed programme
The 15th instalment of Vitafoods Europe kicks off in Geneva on May 22 with portfolio director Chris Lee excited about a peer-review education programme featuring the father of nutraceuticals and an expo that will outsize all previous editions.
Apr 5, 2012
Aker on Antarctic krill fishing: “All we have been doing is geared toward building a sustainable industry”
In this podcast, Hallvard Muri, CEO and president of krill giant Aker Biomarine talks about the company’s heritage in fishing, evolving markets in the US, Europe and Asia, and why sustainability is driven by a company ethic that has fishing, “in our DNA”.
Apr 3, 2012
WWF backs krill fishery as new data and better harvest methods surface
The fact phospholipid-rich food and feed source krill are sourced in the Antarctic has brought a level of scrutiny few fisheries have had to face.
Apr 2, 2012
PepsiCo on nutrient profiling: “We are operating in a legal vacuum”
Three years late and seeking further extensions, nutrient profiles remain the missing link in the European Union’s new health claim regime. Frustrated stakeholders say the time to decide is nigh.
Mar 27, 2012
6-year EU obesity platform nears completion: But has it worked?
A 6-year project tackling obesity and other diet and physical activity-related health issues across the European Union has spawned 300 individual positive actions by government, commercial and other actors – and is not set to wind up until next year.
Mar 26, 2012
Tough? Not tough enough, says UK watchdog on EU health claim rules
Industry has become accustomed to feeling annoyed and hamstrung by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, but UK consumer watchdog Which? told a conference today that the rules should be even more closely enforced to help baffled consumers.
Mar 8, 2012
Institute of Food Research launch industry group for healthy food structures
The UK Institute of Food Research (IFR) has launched a new special expertise cluster for industry members wishing to focus on structuring food for health.
Mar 8, 2012
Julie Girling MEP: “Pass this first lot of claims and then do an impact assessment”
British MEP Julie Girling is proposing a ‘middle way’ to the European health claims furore. She wants her fellow European Parliamentarians to back the existing work of EFSA and the European Commission, after which the EP’s newly won power to carry out economic impact assessments should be invoked.
Mar 7, 2012
Irish MEP: “We have opened a can of worms that EFSA and the Commission would have much preferred remained closed”
Irish MEP Marian Harkin has become one of the most vocal European parliamentary opponents of the interpretation and application of the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR), and she was not appeased by EC and EFSA statements at a specially convened parliamentary meeting in Brussels yesterday.
Feb 9, 2012
DSM ‘Sight and Life’ turns 25 and sees brighter future for the malnourished
Sight and Life began 25 years ago as a vitamin A-delivering emergency response to the Ethiopian famines of the mid-1980s.
Feb 8, 2012
GAIN ups micronutrient fight against global malnutrition
Ten years ago the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) was established to fight rampant malnutrition in the developing world via micronutrient fortification programmes. But for a long time, it struggled to effect change in the face of logistical, financial and educational challenges.
Feb 7, 2012
EFSA is right to dismiss “overrated” peer-reviewed probiotic science: Consultant
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) should discount probiotic studies that have passed peer-review and been published in even the most prestigious nutrition science journals, because the peer-review process itself “is overrated”, says a leading consultant.
Dec 14, 2011
Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights
Mapping the microbiome and the increasing sophistication of gene sequencing and analysis have in just a few years completely changed the research landscape for microbiota, and looks set to answer many to-date unresolved ‘mechanism of action’ questions.
Dec 4, 2011
Beneo: “We need to have a new future now”
Today the European Commission meets to decide whether or not to send the controversial European Union health claims register to the European Parliament – now is no time to abort the process says European ingredients giant, Beneo.
Nov 8, 2011
Healthier overall dietary patterns linked to slashed risk of diabetes
Changes to dietary patterns could help to slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 50 percent, according to the winner of this year’s Alpro Foundation award.
Sep 28, 2011
Ingredient suppliers grasping opportunity inside Asia’s many markets
Intra-regional finesse is a necessity not a luxury when it comes to doing business in the many markets of the Asia-Pacific, as leading suppliers Chr Hansen and Danisco relayed at the recent Vitafoods Asia trade show in Hong Kong.
Sep 27, 2011
Cold chain challenges and infant formula drive Asian dairy demand
A growing middle class with rising disposable income is fuelling a rapid increase in demand for dairy ingredients in China and Southeast Asia, and North American dairy cooperative Agropur is finding opportunities in some specific market sectors.
Sep 12, 2011
Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)
Campaigns against vitamin D deficiency have gained prominence in the western world but the dietary issue is just as relevant in Asia, according to supplier DSM, even if sunlight hours are greater than most regions.
Sep 8, 2011
Vitafoods Asia counts 2000+ quality visitors among successes
As Vitafoods Asia closes its doors on a successful three-day debut edition in Hong Kong today, event director Chris Lee shares impressions of the show with Shane Starling, and ponders refinements to the event in 2012.
Sep 7, 2011
EFSA boosts Asian prospects for Spanish olive extract supplier
Spanish supplier Genosa brought its olive extracts to Vitafoods Asia in Hong Kong this week where it found a recent EFSA-approved health claim resonated well beyond European shores.
Aug 17, 2011
Western diets drive Asian functional foods development
Asia Pacific markets are ripe for functional foods development as a response to the increasing prevalence of western diets, says Katrina Diamonon, consumer analyst at market researcher, Datamonitor.
Jul 3, 2011
Three gut types may have functional differences, says researcher
Earlier this year, an international team of scientists identified three distinct varieties of gut microflora. NutraIngredients caught up with the lead researcher of the project to find out more about the research and its possible implications.
Jun 30, 2011
NDA panellist: Angry academics would come to same conclusions if on our panel
As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) delivers hundreds of batch five general function health claim rejections to an ever-frustrated academic and commercial community, EFSA health claims panelist Ambroise Martin, PhD, tells NutraIngredients why disgruntled researchers would come to the same conclusions as EFSA’s health claims panel, if put in the same position. It’s all about context you see…
Jun 28, 2011
Metagenomic data evolves vitamin E science
Information about the human genome is providing new insights into the way vitamin E – a nutrient that has very much ridden the scientific roller coaster in recent years in the face of questioning meta reviews – functions in the body.
Jun 26, 2011
General Mills on open innovation, product failure and trust
General Mills is throwing more and more resources behind an ‘intellectual outsourcing’ project that has significantly reduced its product fail rate. But gaining the trust of start-ups has not been easy, says Kamel Chida, associate director of its Worldwide Innovation Network.
Jun 22, 2011
Next generation probiotic health claims: The rise of “mechanism-based” data
Metagenomic developments are providing new insights into the here-to-now largely mysterious mechanisms of behaviour displayed by gut microbiota – just the kind of data required by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to win claims.
Jun 21, 2011
DSM: “There is a renaissance in nutrition”
In advance of the presentation of the southern edition of the DSM Science and Technology Awards yesterday, DSM senior VP in nutritional science and nutrition and health advocacy, Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, explained how it is that nutrition science is entering a renaissance period.
Jun 19, 2011
Probiotics could boost immune functions in athletes, says Prof
Probiotics are best used for their potentially beneficial effects on gut health, but they may also help to boost immune functions – an effect that could benefit sports stars in the future, according to a leading sports scientist.
Jun 16, 2011
Food-pharma convergence? Keep an eye on Nestlé, says nutrition professor
There was a lot of discussion about the convergence of food and pharma at this week’s NutrEvent and NutriConference in Lille, France, but a €1bn+ Nestlé commitment does not a category make.
Jun 8, 2011
Head of DSM Food Specialties tackles the big food ingredient issues
Hans-Christian Ambjerg, president of DSM Food Specialties, goes head to head with FoodNavigator.com on commodity prices, emerging markets and acquisition strategy.
Apr 21, 2011
Building strong evidence for elite sports nutrition: Vitafoods preview
A lot of talk has focussed on how non-sporty consumers are driving the market, but what about the potential for industry by targeting elite athletes? First, industry must understand the unique demands of top level performance, says Jeni Pearce from the English Institute Sport.
Apr 18, 2011
Vitafoods director expects business as usual post health claims
The supplements and functional foods industry is set to do “business as usual” at next month’s Vitafoods trade show, according to the event director, after an uncontrollable period in the wake of health claims.
Apr 13, 2011
Using modern science to re-assess traditional ingredients: Vitafoods preview
There is huge potential in producing food ingredients from traditional and natural sources. These ingredients may deliver health benefit or offer functions in processed foods, removing the need artificial chemicals, says Dr Martin Wickham, of Leatherhead Food Research.
Apr 7, 2011
New data can boost article 13.4 or 13.5 lutein health claims: Consultant
Claims consultant and European food regulation specialist, Patrick Coppens, from the Brussels-based consultancy European Advisory Services, says new data could win lutein players a positive health claim opinion.
Apr 3, 2011
Naturex set for “one or two” acquisitions in 2011: President
Naturex will expand again in 2011 with several “€5-20m” targets, 1.5 years after completing the €110m integration of Spanish supplier Natraceutical that made the French botanical extracts supplier the biggest in the world.
Mar 23, 2011
In search of lutein eye health biomarkers
Biomarkers for eye health nutrient lutein deserve validation, says a leading academic in the area.
Feb 21, 2011
New League puts probiotic supplement quality under the microscope
The Probiotics European Scientific League (PESL) is a new group that seeks to improve quality among probiotic supplements by increasing testing and certifying products that pass via a League logo.
Feb 14, 2011
Getting a taste for DSM's Nutrition Improvement Program
DSM Nutritional Products' vice president, Nutrition Improvement Program Oswaldo da Costa e Silva explains that the initiative is an integral part of the company's sustainabiltiy vision. Providing products for malnourished people around the world - and especially children in the crucial first 1000 days of life - can help them to develop and contribute to society and the economy.
Dec 15, 2010
ERNA: EFSA must clarify ‘boundaries of immune normality’
The high rate of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) immune health health claim rejections is likely to continue unless parameters of a well-functioning immune system can be defined, according to a Brussels-based industry group.
Dec 14, 2010
Health claims: Is the idea of disease risk factors, itself diseased?
Differentiating between disease risk factors and disease reduction in the way that the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation does is too arbitrary and needs revision, according to a German nutrition professor. But if such a change is needed, who should lead the charge?
Dec 8, 2010
NDA panelist offers restored immune system claims hope
Restoring a suppressed immune system to full-function could win a health claim, EFSA health claim panelist, Henk van Loveren said at last week’s gut/immune health meeting in Amsterdam.
Dec 7, 2010
Nutrition professor backs EFSA health claim methods
“I think this field needs more serious mainstream science and less legalistic reasoning.”
Dec 6, 2010
Danone tells EFSA: Health claims “learning experience” is too costly
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has repeatedly emphasised that the 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is a learning experience for everyone involved – from its health claims assessment panel to industry stakeholders, to the member states and the European Commission.
Dec 2, 2010
NDA details the food-drug divide and its “impossible task”
“It’s a critical issue to figure out how to show the health benefits with foods without crossing the borderline into medicines,” European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA health claims panel working group member, Maria Saarela, told NutraIngredients at yesterday’s EFSA-hosted immunity/gut health workshop.
Nov 16, 2010
Health claims, economic positivity and innovation: Views form HIE
The NutraIngredients team at HIE in Madrid discusses the first day of the trade show. Discussions were focused on health claims, and Shane Starling gauged reactions on the latest set of opinions from EFSA, from the likes Volac, Carbery, Glanbia on whey, and from Beneo on sugar replacement and tooth health, fibre and other carb-based products.
Oct 7, 2010
Snack Size Science: Probiotics for dummies
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how probiotics may help keep babies healthy. A healthy baby is a happy baby.
Oct 5, 2010
Herbalife: EU botanical solution “multiple years” away
The European Commission decision last week to remove botanicals from the nutrition and health claim process for further review has been welcomed by the botanicals and broader supplements sector.
Sep 30, 2010
Industry welcomes EC health claim pragmatism but disagreements remain
The European Commission this week pleased industry by announcing it would adopt all article 13.1 health claim opinions in one session and temporarily remove botanicals from the process.
Sep 5, 2010
Snack Size Science: Ahoy to omega-3 from soy
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we cast our net for the newest science on sourcing fish oil from plants.
Jul 27, 2010
EFSA health claims chief offers rejected dossier hope
In this third and final part of this exclusive NutraIngredients podcast with Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), explains how rejected article 13.1 can be resubmitted to the process.
Jul 5, 2010
EFSA health claims chief: Our methods are misunderstood
In part two of this exclusive NutraIngredients podcast, Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) refutes criticism the agency is biased toward certain nutrients.
Jun 27, 2010
Health claims chief highlights EFSA’s compromised comms policy
Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) tells Shane Starling how its communication ambitions are being thwarted by a lack of funding.
May 31, 2010
Mental health epidemic is "great threat to humanity": Expert
A change in the nutritional paradigm away from calories towards healthy brain growth is needed if society is to avoid an impending mental health epidemic, leading omega-3 researchers have said.
May 16, 2010
One day to Vitafoods - a word from the organisers
One day to go until Vitafoods opens it's doors in Geneva. Event director Chris Lee gives a glimpse at last minute preparations, and what will be hot at this year's show. Snail syrup... you heard it hear first.
May 10, 2010
Industry needs time to adjust to ‘morphing’ European regulations
The European health claims regulations are morphing and industry and the panel members need time to adjust, says a leading industry figure.
May 9, 2010
Vitafoods talks up mental performance
Analysts predict that cognitive health is set to become one of the hottest areas of the functional food, beverage and supplement industries. Experts from across Europe are taking the stage at Vitafoods to present where we stand on mental health.
May 6, 2010
Vitafoods investigates health claims
As the drama surrounding the European Union health claims system thickens, Vitafoods hosts a day-long seminar that will unpick key issues from marketing practices to the drug/food borderline to legal and consumer perspectives of healthy food and supplement messaging.
Mar 10, 2010
Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN
The Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have similar criteria in place when it comes to evaluating health claim-backing evidence – both prefer human intervention trials.
Mar 9, 2010
Martek reaps regulatory omega-3 benefits
DHA omega-3 is one of the few ingredients to benefit from the European Union nutrition and health claims process so far, and Martek's VP of regulatory affairs, Rodney Gray, looks at developments in other regulatory changes that have affected the sector.
Mar 8, 2010
Mathioudakis solves the case of the “missing claims”
Basil Mathioudakis, the Head of the European Commission unit on Food Law, Nutrition and Labelling tells Shane Starling how it came to be that a whole batch of European Union health claims somehow got lost in the system.
Feb 23, 2010
Lack of established risk factors hampers research: Cantox
Cantox Health Science International’s Canadian-based, Food and Nutrition associate director, Kathy Musa-Velosa PhD, tells Shane Starling about how risk factors and biomarkers are being used as measures for disease reduction health claims.
Jan 21, 2010
Will nutrient profiles ever be confirmed?
How usable are the health claims that have already been approved? First, companies need to see if there is any wiggle room around EFSA’s scientific language. Then, the thorny nutrient profiling is unclear. According to a food lawyer, if agreement can’t be reached nutrient profiles could end up withdrawn altogether.
Jan 6, 2010
Krill oil – hope or hype for the omega-3 market?
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the nutrition industry’s big fish, and an emerging presence in the market is omega-3 sourced from krill oil. Stephen Daniells casts his net for opinions on the rise of krill oil.
Dec 10, 2009
What NutraIngredients took away from the NI Health Claims 2010 Conference
As the 100 delegates filed away into the misty Brussels night, Stephen Daniells and Shane Starling took a moment to share their thoughts on the NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference.
Nov 23, 2009
Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged
Naturex president and chief executive officer, Jacques Dikansky, tells Shane Starling why in August the French botanicals giant bought Spanish supplier, Natraceutical Group, to double its size for the third time since 2002.
Nov 18, 2009
Provexis enjoys fruits of health claims victory
Provexis chief executive officer, Stephen Moon tells Shane Starling why becoming the first company to achieve an article 13.5 proprietary health claim has been such a boon to his company.
Nov 17, 2009
The changing face of omega-3 supply
The omega-3 marine-sourced supply chain is changing as the success of the ingredient attracts new players. Bjorn Refsum, managing director of leading supplier, EPAX and sales manager, Baldur Hjaltson, discuss how these changes are affecting the market with Shane Starling.
Oct 11, 2009
No culture shock in DSM 'behavioural change'
DSM Nutritional Products’ Quality for Life program turned one recently. Shane Starling joined the company at its headquarters near Basel in Switzerland and spoke with its director of quality management, Dr Stephan Heck, who held a candle to a business ideology that has been responsible for widespread “change in behaviour”.
Oct 8, 2009
Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how folate in green leafy vegetables and fortified flours may protect against hearing loss.
Sep 30, 2009
EFSA says yes to third of first Article 13.1 claims
Around one third of the first batch of article 13.1 health claim applications have drawn positive opinions from EFSA. Professor Albert Flynn, the head of EFSA’s health claims assessment panel, tells NutraIngredients.com why some claims were favoured over others.
Sep 23, 2009
Nestle’s thinking on brain health
Nestle is investing tens of millions of Euros in brain health. Dr Jeroen Schmitt, head of cognitive sciences at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland explains why it's not naive to think that diet can boost mental development in our children, and ease the burden of age-related problems in our grandparents.
Sep 14, 2009
Snack Size Science: Soy’s promise for long-life
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at the potential of soy to slow the ageing process and extend lifespan.
Aug 10, 2009
Snack Size Science: Beetroot catches up with sports nutrition
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we catch up on the science behind beetroot juice’s sport nutrition potential.
Jul 27, 2009
Snack Size Science: Unwrapping chocolate's heart benefits
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the top nutrition research news every two weeks. This week we spill the beans on the potential of chocolate to lower blood pressure.
Jul 23, 2009
EU health claim rules cast shadow over science kingdom
The 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is putting the brakes on the commissioning of trials to back claims, according to Cédric Bourges-Sevenier, PhD, general manager at French science and regulatory consultancy, Nutraveris.
Jun 24, 2009
DSM courts academia with Science Awards
Manfred Eggersdorfer, director of research and development at DSM Nutritional Products, sat down with Shane Starling to discuss the value of open innovation and business/academia interaction after the 2009 DSM Science and Technology Awards in Switzerland recently.
Jun 23, 2009
Young nano scientist scoops €10,000 DSM award
Alexandra Teleki, PhD, yesterday won the southern section of DSM’s annual science awards for young European scientists, claiming a €10,000 prize above 11 other finalists for her nanotechnology research.
Jun 22, 2009
Could probiotics affect behaviour?
Increasing knowledge of how the gut and brain is opening up the possibilities for probiotics. At the 5th International Yakult Symposium in Amsterdam, Stephen Daniells met Professor John Bienenstock from McMaster University to find out where the current thinking is with probiotics and brain health.
Jun 18, 2009
Open innovation speeding health and wellness transition
Opening up the innovation process to outside expertise is increaingly seen as a way to advance and cut costs.
Jun 17, 2009
Inneov calls for cosmeceuticals claims clarity
Inneov, the joint venture between Nestle and L’Oreal to develop beauty supplements, says regulatory clarity is needed in the area of beauty claims on non-topical beauty applications that in many cases fall between cosmetics and food law.
Jun 16, 2009
Summit shows EU health claims change not coming, says ERNA
Shane Starling met with Patrick Coppens, the secretary general of the European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA), after the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) article 13.5 and 14 health claim stakeholders meeting on Monday in Brussels.
Jun 15, 2009
EU health claims day 'fruitful': Chr Hansen
The long-awaited meeting between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and industry was 'fruitful', said industry representatives, and follows promises from EFSA for greater transparency and thoroughness in its health claim opinions.
Jun 14, 2009
Big hopes for EFSA’s big health claim day
Shane Starling reports from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) much anticipated industry stakeholders’ meeting about health claims in Brussels today.
May 21, 2009
Vitamin E tocotrienols' coming of age
Vitamin E tocotrienols are dwarves in a land of tocopherols – the vitamin E giants. But the tocotrienol market is growing. Stephen Daniells talks to Lipid Nutrition’s John Kurstjens, and Carotech’s Sharon Ling, about entry to the market, the benefits of competition, and new areas for tocotrienol science.
May 19, 2009
E for emerging nutrient? The growth of vitamin E tocotrienols
Vitamin E tocotrienols are slowing coming out of the shadow of tocopherols. Stephen Daniells talks to Dr Barrie Tan from American River Nutrition, about new sources of tocotrienols, new entrants to the market, and where the health benefits lie.
May 12, 2009
K for Kartilage? New health areas for vitamin K
Vitamin K has been linked to bone, heart, and even prostate health, but could joint health and cartilage be next on the horizon for the unKnown vitamin? Stephen Daniells talks to Prof Cees Vermeer from VitaK, about raising awareness on vitamin K, dietary intakes, and new applications.
May 11, 2009
Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market
Chief operating officer at Glanbia Nutritionals Dr Raimund Hoenes sat down with Shane Starling at Vitafoods in Geneva and shared insights into some of the challenges the sub-division of the Irish dairy giant has faced since its inception two years ago with a brief to develop an infant and sports nutrition ingredients portfolio.
May 10, 2009
The true cost of health claims and why patience is a virtue
Are health claims dossiers really that expensive, and has the ‘wait and see’ approach to submitting dossiers won? Stephen Daniells speaks to Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, President of Analyze & Realize, about how much it costs to compile a dossier, and why it’s better to wait than rush a health claims proposal.
May 10, 2009
Danone plays waiting game on health claims
After taking part in a Pharmanager seminar at Vitafoods in Geneva, Dr Jean-Michel Antoine, a 30-year research and development veteran at Danone, tells Shane Starling why the French dairy firm has pulled three article 13.5 probiotic yoghurt claims from the European Union nutrition and health claims process.
May 5, 2009
Moving towards a cranberry PACs pact
Julie Rosenborg, from Lallemand Health Ingredients, and Diana Naturals' Mathieu Besnard spoke with Shane Starling about some of the issues surrounding the proanthocyanidin content of cranberry and how the French urinary tract infection health claim passed in 2004 has influenced scientific development and the market.
May 4, 2009
Snack Size Science: Vitamin E and the quest for thick hair
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we consider if vitamin E from palm oil can help men with thinning and receding hair. Malaysian researchers suggest there’s potential for the vitamin in mane-maintenance.
May 3, 2009
NutraIngredients previews Vitafoods
As the doors open on Vitafoods 2009 at PalExpo in Geneva this week, NutraIngredients’ Shane Starling and Stephen Daniells share their insights ahead of the Europe’s biggest nutraceutical event.
Apr 23, 2009
Snack Size Science: Fishing for powdered omega-3 salts
NutraIngredients’ Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we explore the potential of powdered omega-3 salts as a way of taking this big fish of the nutrition world into yet more products.
Apr 22, 2009
Textural analysis putting food into orbit, says SMS
Stable Micro Systems (SMS) said that NASA's Space Food Systems laboratory, located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has recently enlisted its TA.XTPlus texture analyser in order to ensure that astronauts are provided with food with optimal appearance, colour, odour, flavour, texture and overall palatability.
Apr 2, 2009
Snack Size Science: The new kid in vitamin E town
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we consider the discovery of a new form of vitamin E in the peel of kiwifruit. Italian researchers reveal the furry little fruits secret nutrient content.
Mar 23, 2009
Finding the over-50s functional foods market
The over-50s have peculiar nutrition needs that, increasingly, are being catered to by functional foods makers as Shane Starling found out at a recent conference on the subject in Amsterdam.
Mar 19, 2009
Yakult pushing probiotic science envelope
Probiotics are best known for their digestive health benefits, but research is pointing to benefits in unexpected areas. Shane Starling met with Yakult’s Netherlands-based science manager, Dr Jia Zhao, after she spoke at a recent conference on functional foods for the over-50s in Amsterdam.
Mar 18, 2009
Snack Size Science: Coffee stirs up gut health promise
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we spill the beans on the potential of coffee to boost levels of beneficial bacteria in our guts.
Mar 15, 2009
Danone gives weight to satiety sector
Weight management is a big issue at Danone as Shane Starling found out when he spoke to the French dairy group’s manager of sensory and consumer science, Alexandra Boelrijk, after a recent conference on the subject in Amsterdam.
Mar 10, 2009
Health claim dossiers cost €5m, says DSM
DSM’s human nutrition corporate scientist, Wim Saris, spoke with Shane Starling recently after chairing a weight management and satiety conference in Amsterdam. He voiced his concern about spiralling health claim costs muzzling innovation.
Mar 4, 2009
Snack Size Science: The ABC - and D - of common cold control
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at the potential of vitamin D to prime the immune system and offer protection against colds and the flu: A ray of scientific sunshine on a dark winter day.
Mar 3, 2009
The need to build weight claim science
The Kerry Group’s director of sciences, clinical trials and statistics, Wim Calame, discusses the state-of-play in weight management science and health claims with Shane Starling at the 2009 satiety and weight management conference in Amsterdam.
Feb 8, 2009
More foodborne illnesses on horizon, says risk expert
Is the US food safety system really 'in the soup'? Dr Sandford Miller, with a long standing career focused on risk analysis and food, talks to FoodProductionDaily.com about the recent peanut paste recall, the potential for future foodborne illnesses and the evident weaknesses in federal regulation.
Feb 2, 2009
Snack Size Science: Taking heart from phytosterol review
NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at a review of phytosterol science. Phytosterol-enriched margarines and other foods are spread thickly on supermarket shelves, and a new review says there is no difference between stanols and sterols, or delivery in fat or non fat foods in terms of efficacy for reducing bad cholesterol levels.
Jan 28, 2009
Lipogen sees bright lipid future
Phosphatidyl Serine is the world's only brain health ingredient to have an approved US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) health claim. Israeli-based Lipogen is one of the world's leading suppliers. President David Rutenberg speaks with Shane Starling about an ingredient building both science and awareness.
Jan 26, 2009
Kosher botanicals: Rabbis, insects and quality control
Regular visits from a rabbi to ensure Kosher certification are part of doing business for almost all ingredients suppliers in Israel. For SDA Spice, the largest botanicals supplier in the Middle East, Kosher is very much about quality control. VP of sales and marketing, Gila Menahem, tells Shane Starling why rabbis with entomological knowledge are increasingly sought after.
Jan 14, 2009
The short-sightedness of clinical trials
The results of randomized clinical trials to test nutrients continues to grab the headlines, and more often than not the titles are not positive. Is the emphasis on a trial model anchored in drug testing a good thing for nutrition? Stephen Daniells talked to Prof Jeff Blumberg from Tufts University for this views.
Jan 8, 2009
Omega-3 and the search for alternative sources
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the industry's star performers, being added to a wide variety of food types as well as supplement capsules. But searching for alternative sources continues behind the scenes. Stephen Daniells talks to Prof Ski Chilton from Wake Forest University about future possibilities for the industry.
Dec 10, 2008
Beneo Group turns one
One year ago, the Sudzucker Group united its inulin (Orafti), starch (Remy) and sweetener (Palatinat) companies to form the Beneo Group. Shane Starling spoke with executive board member, Yves Servotte, about the group's performance a year on.
Dec 4, 2008
Three parties, one project: the probiotic straw
A drinking straw innovator, a leading probiotics supplier and the world’s biggest aseptic beverage packager have teamed up to deliver a probiotic drink that has attracted the interest of the world’s biggest beverage companies. Shane Starling met with them at HIE recently.
Nov 25, 2008
What to do about intellectual property
Intellectual proprerty (IP) is an age-old issue for every industry, but the era of health claims in Europe and around the world is pushing intellectual property (IP) firmly into the spotlight for health, nutrition, and food. Stephen Daniells gauges opinion on the subject and asks how damaging it is when companies 'piggyback' on other people's science.
Nov 13, 2008
Exclusive: EFSA speaks!...on gold standards; article 13,14; 2010 deadline
At HIE in Paris, NutraIngredients gained an exclusive interview with EFSA's chief health claim assessor, Professor Albert Flynn. EFSA has copped a lot of flak for its gold standard scientific approach, but Professor Flynn said his agency would not be changing tack.
Nov 12, 2008
HIE round-up: quality, not quantity
As the stands came down on day three in Paris, NutraIngredients.com canvassed industry opinion about Europe's marquee healthy nutrients event, Health Ingredients Europe. Had it been affected by the financial crisis and impact of new EU regulations?
Oct 23, 2008
The coffee and energy drink caffeine divide
Coffee and tea-based products are free from the caffeine labelling requirements of energy drinks. But is this in consumers’ best interests? Neil Merrett reports.