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BASF: “considerable” Q2 earnings growth, but Nutrition & Health sales stall

27 Jul 2017 --- BASF Group has announced that its second quarter sales rose by 12 percent to €16.3 billion (US$19.11 billion) compared with the same period in 2016. The group states that this was largely attributable to higher prices and volumes. Amid higher raw material costs, the company raised sales prices by 7 percent; this was mainly driven by higher prices in the Chemicals segment. Sales volumes increased by 3 percent. Currency effects had a positive impact on sales and, like portfolio effects, accounted for a 1 percent increase.

Cargill’s erythritol dental health claim rejected by EFSA

27 Jul 2017 --- Cargill cannot prove its EU Article 14 claim submission [disease risk reduction claim] that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between sugar-free hard confectionery with at least 90 percent erythritol and the reduction of dental plaque, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Algatech eyes Brazil market following Anvisa approval for astaxanthin line

27 Jul 2017 --- Algatechnologies has received Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) approval for its all-natural astaxanthin AstaPure to be used as a food ingredient. This approval makes Algatech the first astaxanthin supplier to start marketing its clean-label astaxanthin under the AstaPure brand in Brazil. 

Binge drinking among young US adults not in college increased

27 July 2017 --- Binge drinking rates are finally down among US college students aged 18 to 24, after years of increases, but they are up among those in the same age group who are not in college, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The same study also found that alcohol-related hospitalizations and overdose deaths have increased generally among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Food and health startups get chance to impress in Innovation Challenge

27 Jul 2017 --- Innovative ingredient projects, carried out by startups that have brought something completely new and unexpected to the food and health markets, will be rewarded as part of the Startup Innovation Challenge during the next Fi Europe & Ni show from November 28 to 30 this year.

US: Should federal health agencies accept funding from big soda?

26 Jul 2017 --- Newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, is in the spotlight as one of the key US health officials recently hired by the Trump administration. Why? Because when she was the health commissioner for Georgia – which has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the US – she accepted funding from Coca-Cola to run an exercise program designed to get children to lose weight.

Lonza reports strong H1 2017 performance, profitability in health and nutrition

26 Jul 2017 --- In the first half of 2017, Lonza continued on its strong growth path, with sales up 15.1 percent to CHF2.323 million (US$2.43 million) and CORE EBIT up 43.3 percent to CHF447 million in reported currency compared with financial results in Half-Year 2016. The success was driven by both the Pharma&Biotech and Specialty Ingredients segments. Consumer Health & Nutrition outperformed others within Specialty Ingredients, and other businesses improved profitability, too. Therefore, Lonza confirms its full-year 2017 guidance on a standalone basis, which was already upgraded with the Q1 2017 Qualitative Business Update in April 2017.

Mediterranean-style diets linked to memory benefits

26 Jul 2017 --- Eating foods that are included in either the Mediterranean or MIND diets has been linked to a lower risk for memory difficulties in older adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Alcohol can actually improve memory, study suggests

26 Jul 2017 --- Drinking alcohol may actually improve the recall of information that was learned before the drinking episode began, a new study has suggested.

Lycored showcases lycopene's benefits with interactive educational hub

26 Jul 2017 --- Lycored, an international supplier of ingredient and nutrition supplements, has announced the launch of its Lycopedia, an interactive educational hub about Lycopene and its effect on the body during different stages of life. The company hopes the Lycopedia will act as a timeless resource that showcases the incredible health benefits of lycopene, the red-hued tomato-derived carotenoid used in food and beverages and oral supplementation. 

EU presidency discussions consider policy for alcohol labeling

26 July 2017 --- Estonia intends to address cross-border alcohol policy issues, including the labeling of alcoholic beverages, as one of the priorities of its presidency of the EU. The labeling issue is an important part of its goal to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Europe.

Athlete complaints of contaminated ingredients could be “valid”

25 Jul 2017 --- It is possible that complaints about contamination of the ingredients used in athletes’ dietary supplements have some merit. This is according to Lukas Vaclavik, a Staff Scientist at Covance Food Solutions, which is a LabCorp business. Vaclavik notes that dietary supplements that were taken by athletes who have been banned from competing could conceivably have contained products that were not listed on product labels.

Up to 90 percent of adults in US and UK “overfat,” study finds

25 Jul 2017 --- The severity and implications of the global obesity pandemic have been well-documented for several years now. However, new research has drawn particular attention to the dangers and prevalence of overfat, or the presence of excess body fat that can impair health, even for non-obese individuals with a healthy BMI. The prevalence of overfat populations in 30 of the world’s most developed countries is substantially higher than recent global estimations, the report says, with the largest growth due to a relatively recent increased number of people with excess abdominal fat. 

Soda’s popularity on kids’ menus beginning to fizz out

25 July 2017 --- The percentage of major restaurant chains that offer sugary drinks on their children’s menus has decreased from 93 percent to 74 percent since 2008, according to a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). But the consumer lobby group warns that despite the significant decrease, chains owe it to families to improve their children’s beverages even further.

Soybean meal’s nutritional value varies by country, says report

25 July 2017 --- The nutritional value of soybean meal produced in different places may be affected by genetic differences among different varieties of soybeans, as well as differences in growing conditions and processing, according to research from the University of Illinois (U of I).

Lesaffre makes US$17.5 million investment in Intralytix

25 Jul 2017 --- Intralytix has received US$17.5 million in new equity funding from Lesaffre, a French family group. This investment marks the beginning of a close collaboration between both companies to develop and commercialize bacteriophage-based products, for various benefits in human health and in other areas of mutual interest. The size of Lesaffre’s stake in Intralytix as a result of this investment was not disclosed.

Women's active nutrition brand FITSHE available in Dutch supermarkets

24 Jul 2017 --- FITSHE, the manufacturer of 100 percent natural protein products for active women, has announced that its protein bars are now available in a selection of Dutch supermarkets. FITSHE was established by Caroline Glasbergen, CEO and founder of the brand, in 2015 and targets women with an active lifestyle.

Adolescent obesity linked to colorectal cancer risk in later life

24 Jul 2017 --- Adolescents who are overweight or obese run a higher risk of developing colon cancer and rectal cancer in adulthood than those who have a healthy weight, according to new research published online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings come at a time of growing concern about the impact of adolescent overweight and obesity on chronic disease later in life.

Enzyme discovery thought to be step toward creating vitamin A-rich rice

24 Jul 2017 --- An important step in the journey toward adding vitamin A to rice has been made by biochemists from the University of Freiburg who have explained in detail the structure of an enzyme that supplies the carotenoid beta-carotene.  As carotenoids have been found in the leaves of the rice plant, this leaves the door open for a future vitamin A-rich rice that could help with malnutrition issues.

Sugary drinks and high-protein meals don't mix, study finds

24 Jul 2017 --- The problems that may come with consuming a sugar-sweetened drink along with a high-protein meal have been laid out by a study published in the open access journal BMC Nutrition. The study suggests that combining the two may have a negative effect on energy balance, change food preferences and cause the body to store more fat.