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Sirio opens gummy production plant in China, responding to increasing market demand

19 0ct 2018 --- Sirio Pharma, the global nutraceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), is opening a gummy production plant at its new development and manufacturing facility in Ma’anshan, 300km West of Shanghai, China. The news comes 11 years after Sirio opened its first gummy facility and the move hopes to respond to the increasing market demand for the popular delivery form. As consumers become more discerning, companies will seek out specialist gummy development partners, Rui Yan, CSO of Sirio, predicts.

Weekly Roundup: US researchers granted Danisco Foundation Science Award, polyphenol-rich extract may improve declining senior cognition

19 Oct 2018 --- This week in nutrition, a study found that grape-blueberry extract may improve cognition in at-risk older adults. Pet medication and wellness company PetIQ completed its acquisition of pet supplement manufacturer HBH. The Danisco Foundation awarded two Science Excellence Awards for 2018 and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Botanical Raw Materials Committee launched a Sustainability Subcommittee. To mark its 40th “ruby” anniversary, plant-based ingredients company BI will be showcasing “ruby” colored beverages at SupplySide West 2018, in Las Vegas.

Mobile for longer: Active consumers seeking to prevent joint decline early widen target markets

18 Oct 2018 --- The joint and bone health space has moved far beyond encompassing just seniors. Instead, products aimed at mobility are finding audiences as varied as young people to athletes at different levels of training and fields of sports. On top of that, it has expanded to include all mobility-related aspects, such as tendon and muscle health.

Krill harvesting: Aker BioMarine to build new support vessel in China

18 Oct 2018 --- Aker BioMarine is set to build its newest support vessel in China. After signing a memorandum of understanding with representatives from the China Overseas Development Association (CODA), Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine noted: “This is the beginning of a unique collaboration bringing together innovative technologies and high-tech competencies from both Norwegian and Chinese companies.”

Nutrition may trump exercise for long-term bone health, finds mice study

18 Oct 2018 --- While comparing mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, Universtiy of Michigan researchers found that nutrition may have a bigger impact on bone mass and strength. The study also identified that long-term mineral supplementation increased the ability to maintain the strength once exercise training had stopped. The findings could be significant in maximizing bone mass and strength in young adulthood to protect against the potential declines that come with aging.

Tetra Pak: Plant-based, water, liquid nutrition and cheese categories set for growth

18 Oct 2018 --- Population growth, enhanced connectivity and demand for sustainability are all key market dynamics motivating Tetra Pak’s trend predictions. At the company’s recent event, Inside Tetra Pak, held in Lund, Sweden, the company offered insights into how such dynamics are shaping interest in plant-based beverages, water, cheese and food supplement nutrition. These trends will continue to grow, the company noted, and Tetra Pak can offer ideal packaging and processing solutions to support NPD.

Ashwagandha: Rooted in tradition, set for sky-high NPD growth 

18 Oct 2018 --- Boosted by growing consumer demand for natural remedies to fight the daily stresses of modern life, the adaptogenic herb ashwagandha is seeing an impressive uptake in usage. Innova Market Insights data has shown an increase of 48 percent in the number of food and beverage launches globally in 2018 (year to date) relative to 2015, and the adaptogenic herb’s market potential has not gone unnoticed by suppliers, with both Arjuna Natural and Sabinsa announcing the launch of ashwagandha ingredients this autumn.

Muscling into the coffeehouse scene: Herbalife Nutrition launches high protein iced coffee mix

17 Oct 2018 --- Herbalife Nutrition has launched a mocha high protein iced coffee mix. Touted as being “low in calories, sugar and fat, but big on taste,” the 100-calorie drink mix has no artificial flavors or added colors and provides 15 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine per serving.

Drug-nutrient interaction: Scientific backing is key to quelling concerns

17 Oct 2018 --- Growing consumer and industry awareness of potential drug-nutrient interactions is creating both challenges and opportunities for dietary ingredients companies. With chronic diseases on the rise and consumers keen to boost their diets with supplementation, suppliers have the opportunity to take a key position in providing the right scientific backing and information.

Microbiome may play a role in development of multiple sclerosis, study finds

17 Oct 2018 --- Gastrointestinal microbiota could play a far greater role in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at the University of Zurich have identified. The study noted that immune cells that are activated in the intestine migrate to the brain, where they may cause an “inflammatory cascade.” The researchers suggest that it is worth broadening the research perspective to gain a better understanding of the pathological processes.

Seaweed extract key to breakthrough fish oil microencapsulation technique

17 Oct 2018 --- Australian researchers have developed a novel technique to significantly reduce oxidation in microencapsulated fish oils using a fucoidan seaweed. The method is hoped to revolutionize the delivery of fish oils, as well as other dietary supplements, as it overcomes fish oil’s susceptibility to oxidation during production and storage. Produced by Australian biotechnology company, Marinova, the fucoidan extract was included in the shell material at 7 percent.

Untapped dairy opportunity? NZMP eyes protein and nutritional benefits in Southeast Asia  

16 Oct 2018 --- NZMP, Fonterra’s global B2B ingredients brand, is seeing increasing interest in dairy ingredients in South and Southeast Asia owing to their applicability in formats as wide-ranging as medical nutrition, protein fortification and sports nutrition. As consumer knowledge grows, so do the opportunities for new product development, Fonterra’s General Manager of NZMP Ingredients for South & East Asia, Hamish Gowans, tells NutritionInsight.

Children with allergies nine times more likely to develop emerging, severe chronic food allergy, warns study

16 Oct 2018 --- Children with known skin, food and respiratory allergies should be screened for an emerging, chronic food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), warns a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Pediatric allergists who analyzed a group of children from birth to adolescence say that EoE should be considered a later component of the “allergic march” – the natural progression in which many children develop a series of allergies.

Stain-free turmeric: AFS launches free-flowing curcumin ingredient

16 Oct 2018 --- Applied Food Sciences (AFS) is set to debut a free-flowing curcumin extract, CurcuFlow, designed for manufacturers to achieve a cleaner, stain-free turmeric production. Due to the lengthy cleanup times, some companies refuse to take on turmeric projects with traditional curcumin ingredients. Production runs involving traditional turmeric extracts can incur post-production clean times that are 5 to 6 times longer than when running other ingredients.

High-fat maternal diets may pass on obesity and addiction to grandkids, study suggests

16 Oct 2018 --- Obesity, insulin resistance and addictive life-style behaviors may be passed to future generations as a result of a high-fat maternal diet during, before and after pregnancy. A mice study, published in Translational Psychiatry, notes that the effects of the high-fat diet might even be passed on for three generations. This was the case although the original female mice never became obese and none of the following generations consumed a high-fat diet. The study highlights the strong potential for identifying underlying mechanisms that may be risk factors for people in developing obesity or addictions. 

US study uncovers "continued" use of harmful ingredients in OTC dietary supplements

15 Oct 2018 --- Potentially harmful active pharmaceuticals continue to be identified in US over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements commonly marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building, according to a study published in JAMA. The researchers analyzed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings from 2007 through 2016 to show that unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients were identified in 776 dietary supplements. In response, US health bodies and trade associations are calling for consumer caution and reform to ensure supplements are free from pharmaceutical contamination.

Study: Ketogenic diet helps to prevent cognitive decline in mice

15 Oct 2018 --- The ketogenic diet may improve neurovascular function in mice who follow the ketogenic diet regime, a study published in Scientific Reports has found. The research team hopes that their work may hold potential for the future understanding of the link between the microbiome and neurological disorder. 

More young people in England are choosing not to drink alcohol

15 Oct 2018 --- Young people in England are not just drinking less alcohol, an increasing number is never taking up alcohol at all, according to a study published in BMC Public Health. The uptake in non-drinkers could bode well for new product development in the area of low or non-alcoholic offerings, such as kombucha.

Brexit’s impact on the sugar tax: Greater reductions in coronary heart disease mortality rates

15 Oct 2018 --- The British “sugar tax” will continue to reduce coronary heart disease deaths (CHD), regardless of whether the terms of the UK's impending exit from the EU are “soft” or “hard,” finds a study published in Public Health Nutrition. The researchers identified that reductions in CHD mortality were 4 percent and 8 percent greater under “soft” and “hard” Brexit scenarios, respectively. 

How super? Nutrient dense profiles and innovative NPD drive superfruit growth

12 Oct 2018 --- Despite there being no concise definition of a superfruit, this group of “health haloed” fruits are generally said to be rich in nutrients and offer dense health benefits, such as adaptogenic properties. As consumers are increasingly eager to seek out extra nutrition in every bite, superfruits of different kinds are popping up in a range of products and markets.