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Natural ingredients key for Evonik's growth strategy

23 Aug 2017 --- With an expanding portfolio that includes omega 3 fatty acids and anthocyanin-rich extracts, global specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries is boldly expanding its presence in the Advanced Food Ingredients market. NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Ludger Eilers, Director of Evonik Health Care’s Food Ingredient Segment, about this move as well as the company’s latest R&D projects and ingredients.

Allergy sufferers get boost as cross-reactivity between cypress pollen and peaches/citrus fruits explained

21 Aug 2017 --- The fight against allergies has received some good news as researchers have identified, for the first time, the likely origin of the cross-reactivity between cypress pollen, peaches and citrus fruits. Their work has shown that these sources contain allergens belonging to a new family of proteins involved in pollen food associated syndrome.

DuPont expands US probiotics pilot facility to improve NPD, delivery times

18 Aug 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has announced a “substantial upgrade” to its probiotics pilot facility in Madison, Wisconsin, US. The new enhancements will increase its capability for rapidly developing and commercializing new probiotics with decreased time to market. The US$10 million investment allows for increased pace of new product development and significantly improved delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations, according to DuPont.

Energy-dense foods may increase post-menopausal cancer risk

17 Aug 2017 --- A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has revealed a link between high dietary energy density in food and obesity-related cancer in normal weight post-menopausal women.
Current research shows that an estimated 30 percent of cancers could be prevented through nutritional modifications.

Midnight snacking could make sunbathing more dangerous, says study

16 Aug 2017 --- Eating a midnight snack might make sunbathing the next day more dangerous, according to new research. A study in mice from the O'Donnell Brain Institute and University of California (UC) Irvine in the US shows that eating at abnormal times disrupts the biological clock of the skin, including the effectiveness during the daytime of an enzyme that protects against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Looking to the future of antioxidants

16 Aug 2017 --- As antioxidants maintain their popularity, companies that produce them are continually looking to future potential applications. Today, NutritionInsight concludes its special report by looking at the research that has been conducted into future opportunities for their use and ingredients that might be popular in the future. You can read the first part of our report here.

App to improve low-income diets designed by US students

14 Aug 2017 --- A team of US students at Stanford Biodesign is developing an app that aims to help low-income Californians improve their diets, the university has announced. The team, which came together during the “Biodesign for mobile health” course last fall, took advantage of a new program, called Biodesign NEXT, which provides mentorship, funding, and academic credit to allow students to keep working on promising projects after the 10-week academic quarter ends.

Protein sources ranked by new Mealkitt study

14 Aug 2017 --- Nutritionists at portion control kit company Mealkitt have analyzed five types of protein and revealed the healthiest sources for each. In what might come as a surprise, the “best” option is not always listed as the one that contains the most protein. The sources of protein that the nutritionists assessed were: eggs, chicken, fish, pork and beef.

Almonds may assist in cholesterol clean-up, claims industry study

14 Aug 2017 --- Regularly eating almonds may help to boost levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol while also improving the way it removes cholesterol from the body, according to researchers at Penn State University in the US.

Astaxanthin could reduce skin aging, finds AstaReal study

14 Aug 2017 --- Astaxanthin from the AstaReal Group has demonstrable benefits for the skin, according to a combined in vitro and in vivo clinical study sponsored by parent company Fuji Chemical Industries Co, Ltd. The company, which specializes in the naturally occurring carotenoid astaxanthin, reports that a cell assay was performed to analyze effects of astaxanthin on skin cells (epidermal keratinocytes) when exposed to UV-B irradiation.

Superfoods banner expands as disease reduction evidence grows

14 Aug 2017 --- Products and ingredients marketed as “superfoods” are exploding in popularity. Indeed, Innova Market Insights statistics show that there was a global increase of 47 percent in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for new products with a “superfood” claim from 2011 to 2016. There was also a 15 percent increase in CAGR for new product launches with a “superfruit” claim.

Cambridge Commodities named exclusive UK distributor of Baobest powder

10 Aug 2017 --- Nutritional ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has been named the exclusive UK distributor of Baobab Foods’ product: Baobest, an organic, wholefood powder extracted from the African baobab tree. The product is suitable for a variety of sectors including health & wellbeing, beauty and sport in powder blends, food and supplements. 

Previnex targets childhood malnutrition with new program

10 Aug 2017 --- Supplement manufacturer Previnex has joined the fight against childhood malnutrition with the launch of its Get Health, Give Health Program in partnership with the Children’s Hunger Fund. The company says the program, part of its Previnex Gives Back campaign, was created to bring the world one step closer to eradicating preventable, vitamin deficiency-based childhood malnutrition.

Infant nutrition brand Friso to hit Chinese shelves following official approval

10 Aug 2017 --- FrieslandCampina's infant foods brand Friso has announced that it has become one of the first 22 companies to obtain the Infant Nutrition Registration Certificate in China, and one of only five foreign brands to be approved. Friso is the first import brand to receive the certificate from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), which approved Friso stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3.

Aker BioMarine and Neptune close US$34m transaction to accelerate krill oil industry

09 Aug 2017 --- Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. and Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS have concluded an agreement whereby Aker BioMarine has acquired Neptune’s krill oil inventory and IP for a cash consideration of US$34 million, paid at closing.

Avoiding sugar quickly leads to sweeter future, research says

09 Aug 2017 --- Cutting out sugar, and particularly fructose, quickly improves metabolic function. This is according a review published in the August edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), which says that measures of health can be seen after less than two weeks of sugar reduction.

Saudi herbal medicine shows anticancer potential, researchers say

07 Aug 2017 --- Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have identified three plants used for traditional Saudi Arabian medicine they believe are worthy of further investigation for anticancer properties. Seeking to expand the armory of cancer treatments – especially ones that are simple and inexpensive to manufacture – a team led by Timothy Ravasi and Christian Voolstra from KAUST has investigated the biological potential (bioactivity) of a range of plants used locally in traditional medicine.

Lonza acquires leading micronization company Micro-Macinazione

04 Aug 2017 --- Lonza has announced that it has acquired Micro-Macinazione, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturers providing micronization of active ingredients for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. Micro-Macinazione, which had sales of around CHF20 million (US$20.7 million) in 2016, has 120 employees and is based in Monteggio, Switzerland.

Industry optimistic about Asia’s nutraceutical future ahead of Vitafoods Asia

04 Aug 2017 --- Industry players are optimistic about the future of Asia’s nutraceutical, functional food and beverages and dietary supplement industries and generally agree on current trends. This is according to the organizers of Informa’s Vitafoods Asia conference, who have spoken to the companies ahead of the seventh edition of the annual event next month.

Enzybel enters field of animal-derived enzymes

04 Aug 2017 --- Enzybel, the enzyme division of Floridienne SA and a premium supplier of plant-derived enzymes, has moved into animal-derived enzymes. The company says the move comes as it has continued to grow as a premium supplier of plant-derived enzymes, especially for the food and beverage, pet food and nutraceutical industries. As a result, according to a press release, the volumes of these products delivered by Enzybel have grown spectacularly over the last three years.