Health & Wellness

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Puris to showcase gelatin and pectin-free “gummies” following completion of second spray dryer

12 Oct 2018 --- Minneapolis-based Puris has completed its second spray dryer, enabling the company to continue its efforts in the commercialization of novel protein ingredients. With the expansion, the company is seeking to double its business for customers in the area of pea protein, starches and pulses. At SupplySideWest 2018 (SSW), the company will be showcasing pectin-free gummies made with pea starch, as well as Puris Fava Bean Protein.

Study: Whey protein superior for rebuilding muscle mass in seniors

12 Oct 2018 --- Whey protein may be the best protein source for older adults wishing to rebuild lost muscle mass. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, identified that when it comes to seniors, proteins are not created equal. In the study, only whey protein was found to increase lean muscle mass and muscle protein synthesis during recovery from short-term muscle loss. Rebuilding muscle mass in seniors is of immense importance as they are more likely to be hospitalized and suffer from weakened muscle and strength conditions, such as sarcopenia. 

Weekly Roundup: Enzybel Pharma partners with Terhormon on pancreatin, Nuritas forms scientific advisory board

12 Oct 2018 ---- Enzybel Pharma has partnered with Terhormon to “take the lead” on the pancreatin market, while Fermentalg has signed new agreements with the SUEZ group for the development of its algal biofilter. Valensa has adopted saw palmetto through the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb botanical education program, and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has requested that pullulan be allowed in dietary supplements labeled as organic. VitaMK7, the fermented vitamin K2 as MK7, can offer more than four years of extended stability at room temperature. Research has identified benefits Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex and BioPerine Combination can bring to diabetics. Nuritas has appointed four key additions to its newly formed scientific advisory board.

Clinical nutrition: FrieslandCampina Ingredients launches prototypes to tackle sarcopenia and malnutrition

11 Oct 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Ingredients has launched a range of five medical nutrition prototypes to address nutritional insufficiencies that arise from a disease, condition or aging. Presented at the Fi Asia in Jakarta last week, the range includes nutritionally-complete tube feed and drip feed solutions and well as three powder formats. As people live longer, the prevalence of disease is on the rise. As such, industry is seeing a growing demand for nutritional solutions that can support patients and help healthcare providers tackle the increasing range of health challenges.

Expanding probiotic potential: Bacillus found to curb Staphylococcus bacteria in NIH study

11 Oct 2018 --- A “good” bacterium commonly found in probiotic digestive supplements can help eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections. This is according to a new study by the US National Institutes of Health scientists (NIH) and researchers from Mahidol University and Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand. This study is a key example of the growing interest in finding applications for probiotics beyond the familiar area of digestive health.

Tackling global malnutrition: DSM and WFP extend partnership

10 Oct 2018 --- DSM has extended its long-standing partnership with the World Food Program (WFP) for a further three years until 2021. The partnership between the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger and the world’s largest producer of vitamins and micronutrients is set to continue.

Good news for nuts: Asian consumers are increasingly snacking to manage their mood, research finds 

09 Oct 2018 --- Consumers within Asia are increasingly snacking as a way to manage their mood, according to a research report on the most prominent snacking trends within Asia, released by the Australian Macadamia industry. Conducted by independent research agency Galileo Kaleidoscope across multiple markets, the research report shows that consumers are snacking to destress or unwind, to enhance a social engagement, or as a pick-me-up for energy.

Glucose metabolism boosted by whole grain consumption, study finds

09 Oct 2018 --- A high intake of whole grains has been found to increase the levels of betaine compounds in the body which, in turn, is associated with improved glucose metabolism, a University of Eastern Finland study has found. The study sheds light on the cell level effects of a whole grain-rich diet, and thereby help in the development of increasingly healthy food products.