Sports Nutrition

Plant-based and dairy-free: Delivering on consumer taste and texture expectations

14 Aug 2018 --- The demand for dairy-free and plant-based products is growing. However, taste continues to reign supreme as consumers want dairy-free products but without budging on flavor or texture. Such demands have led to a range of R&D moves to overcome textural, stability and flavor challenges while aiming to keep ingredient lists as short as possible. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers on how they are responding to the ever-expanding dairy-free trend, with a focus on plant-based protein and milk options. 

Protein boost for Boost: Nestlé ups the content in flagship “adult nutrition” product

14 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé’s flagship adult nutrition high protein drink, Boost, now packs an even bigger protein punch. The company has increased the protein content of Boost in the US from 15g per serving to 20g – a protein increase of 33 percent – in a bid to appeal to the 51 years and older demographic. The use of protein as a source of strength and recovery aid is no longer limited to marathon runners. This is clear as nutritional demands from the senior demographic spurs higher protein NPD.

Vitafoods Asia: Functional foods, fortification and bioactivity to be key themes

03 Aug 2018 --- This year’s Vitafoods Asia, to be held in Singapore in September, reports that it will deliver over 300 exhibitors, marking a growth of 40 percent since 2017. This year’s exhibition will cover a range of aspects of the development and application of nutraceuticals, through to product positioning, branding and marketing, inclusive of how to overcome regulatory challenges in various markets, according to the organizers. 

Sex matters? Marketing to women in the nutritional food space

01 Aug 2018 --- Gender roles are undoubtedly shifting, with recent headlines being heavy on gender-neutral rhetoric. But what effect does this have on the nutritional foods space, where consumers drive NPD and marketing as much as in any other industry? As consumers become more interested in personalized nutrition, does gender matter?

IFT 2018 debut: Omya’s functional and nutritional calcium carbonate

27 Jul 2018 --- At this year’s annual IFT Food Expo (July 15-18) in Chicago, Omya presented its Omyafood range, which consists of tailor-made calcium carbonate particles for powdered protein and vitamin premixes. The ingredients act as flow aids and anti-caking agents for the sports nutrition and vitamin supplement industries.

Soluble fiber plus probiotics found to improve iron uptake in female athletes

25 Jul 2018 --- Combining an OTC dosage of iron combined with the product Regular Girl, a premium blend of soluble fiber plus probiotics, may significantly improve iron uptake with no known side effects, a new Marywood University study has shown. Iron deficiency affects approximately 30 percent of female athletes.

Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge revitalizes Mengniu organic dairy drink for on-the-go

20 Jul 2018 --- Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu has launched the first organic milk product to be packaged in the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge with DreamCap. The new product line has a higher protein content, improved taste and stands out on the shelf due to a refreshed look. With on-the-go milk drinks gaining increasing popularity in the Asian market in particular, Mengniu says it expects sales of this product to generate US$14.5 million in August alone.

Packaging for sports nutrition: “Decoding” complex products for the mainstream market 

18 Jul 2018 --- Packaging not only protects and preserves the inner contents but also plays a communicative role by supplying the consumer with essential information. Sports nutrition has made the leap from niche market to mainstream, giving suppliers new impetus to do all they can to stand out. NutritionInsight investigates some of the trends in the sports nutrition packaging market, and key concerns that come with a market that is ever evolving.

Reduced inflammation: DSM natural ingredient to aid Tour de France team performance

09 Jul 2018 --- Royal DSM is continuing to supply professional cycling team, Sunweb, with sports nutrition solutions in the form of its dietary antiplatelet, Fruitflow, at this year's Tour de France. The supplement is said to reduce the “toxic effects of exercise” which can include inflammation and an increased risk of blood clots due to platelet aggregation. The mainstreaming of sports nutrition is facilitating an increasing amount of research into all factors of sports recovery and performance, and DSM is seeing a lot of room for growth for products targeting consumers ranging from professional athletes to the more casual sports enthusiast.

On-the-go packaging solutions pick up speed to accommodate modern consumerism

05 Jul 2018 --- Much of the modern consumer market lives life on-the-go, consuming higher volumes of drinks and snacks outside of the home than ever before. The convenience and functionality of on-the-go packaging can be the difference between one product and another at point-of-sale. Packaging suppliers are responding to the on-the-go challenge with an increasing range and diversity of innovative mobile packaging solutions and technologies.

End to “hard times”? Arla Foods Ingredients debuts new protein bar softener

02 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a single whey protein solution to address the problem of textural deterioration in protein bars: Lacprodan TexturePro. The technology is said to deliver high amino acid content and should be easily incorporated into existing protein bar recipes.

Plasma Nutrition technology found to significantly boost bioavailability of whey protein

21 Jun 2018 --- A University of South Florida study has found that Plasma Nutrition’s Ingredient Optimized technology can make whey protein more bioavailable than high DH hydrolyzed whey protein. The research was conducted on a double-blinded randomized cohort in a crossover design and compared the effects of 25g of non-hydrolyzed ioProtein whey protein isolate (WPI) to 25g of a high-DH hydrolyzed whey protein. The results show that ioWhey Protein is more bioavailable than hydrolyzed whey protein, demonstrating a 58 percent increase in leucine absorption and 60 percent increase in BCAA absorption.

New technology opens up space for creatine in liquid delivery forms: Prinova

20 Jun 2018 --- Microencapsulation technology, developed by AnaBio and distributed by Prinova, offers new potential for Creatine to be used in liquid applications. Typically, the sports nutrition ingredient is highly unstable in water which reduces its effectiveness in ready-to-drink products.

Herza Schokolade seeks to combine protein with enjoyment with new chocolate range

18 Jun 2018 --- Herza Schokolade, a supplier of functional chocolate for further industrial processing, has launched a new range of high-protein chocolate and compound pieces for products such as cereals and bars.

L-Carnitine: Strong potential for senior sports nutrition market and novel, combination delivery forms

06 Jun 2018 --- L-Carnitine supplementation can particularly enhance post-exercise recovery in aging populations at risk from skeletal decline, according to a review conducted by Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition in conjunction with Tufts University in Boston, US.* The review sought to collate all relevant scientific trials involving the ingredient from the past few decades. It highlights the extensive evidence on L-Carnitine as a sports nutrition ingredient for enhanced exercise capacity in young athletes and how the ingredient can highly benefit other demographics, such as the elderly.

“Next generation”: Aminolabs launches novel BCAA product for sports nutrition

30 May 2018 --- Although whey protein continues to enjoy mainstream sports nutrition popularity in the form of powders and bars, more complex branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are making a “come back,” according to sports nutrition developer Aminolabs. The company speaks to NutritionInsight on its “next-generation” BCAA product that is said to be Europe’s first multiphase BCAA blend with a fast/slow release ratio using Smart LP bead technology.

Avoid the snacks? To manage weight, timing of protein supplements matters

25 May 2018 --- Protein supplementation is finding its way into an ever-increasing range of formats, with on-the-go snacks and “bite-size” in particular seeing tremendous growth. However, new research by nutrition experts at Purdue University has shown that people looking to manage their weight with strength-training and protein supplements should consume their supplementation during a meal. 

Athletic endurance improved with Beneo's low glycemic carb, study finds

24 May 2018 --- Athletes who consumed a drink containing the functional carbohydrate, Palatinose, before exercise exhibited improved cycling performance, a study at the University of Freiburg has found. This was in comparison with participants who were given maltodextrin, a high glycemic carbohydrate, before exercising. The study's findings could hold potential for the use of Palatinose as a sports nutrition ingredient.

Sports nutrition mainstreams: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

18 May 2018 --- Boundaries are blurring as sports nutrition continues to move mainstream. Ingredients and products aimed at promoting active living were a clear standout theme at Vitafoods Europe this year. New launches targeted a wide scope of aspects related to active lifestyles, and are likely to resonate not just with hardcore athletes but also with consumers of different ages and activity groups. 

Glanbia targets modern lifestyle demands with new performance nutrition ingredients 

17 May 2018 --- Glanbia Nutritionals has launched two new performance nutrition ingredients for formulation in functional beverages in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ignitor and WheyXR were developed to enhance amino acid release, allowing manufacturers to maximize the health benefits of protein supplementation. Both ingredients target the ever-expanding market for sports nutrition options and were included in its range of prototypes at this year’s Vitafoods Europe 2018, which showcased Glanbia’s portfolio and applications expertise.