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Neptune gets partly favorable krill oil patent ruling, but royalty payouts await appeal

In what one side is billing as the final act in the krill wars in North America, the US Patent and Trademark Office has ruled to uphold certain claims of a longstanding patent held by Neptune Technologies and Bioressources. But the handle of the buried hatchet still protrudes, with at least one competing krill oil supplier saying it will appeal that decision.

Three-year project to turn olive nutrients into functional foods

Polyphenols and antioxidants from olives are to be transformed into functional foods used to fight Alzheimer’s and brain ageing as part of a three-year German research project.

Kyowa Hakko research underpins notion that cognitive decline now No.1 concern about aging

New research commissioned by ingredient supplier Kyowa Hakko confirms what other recent surveys have shown: The specter of cognitive decline now looms largest in consumers minds when they consider the slings and arrows of aging.  And cognitive hiccups are mentioned by a large segment of younger consumers, too.

Nestlé files whey world patent: Lactoferrin for infant memory and learning

Nestlé has filed an international patent for the whey fraction lactoferrin to improve memory, learning speed and promote brain maturation in children.

GOED launches national omega-3s campaign based on successful test market trial

Building on a successful test run in North Carolina, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) has launched a nationwide ad campaign to boost the profile of omega-3s.

Qualitas says drawbacks of open pond algae cultivation easily dealt with

Qualitas Health, a supplier of a unique polar-lipid structured algal omega-3 ingredient, is now at full scale production and is participating in what an executive calls “the future of omega-3s.”

High cholesterol may limit vitamin E absorption

High cholesterol triglycerides may prevent a-tocopherol, or vitamin E, from being absorbed into body tissue, scientists have found.

Agave prebiotic significantly increases some faecal friendly bacteria, say researchers

The prebiotic agave fructan significantly increases the faecal count of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli compared to maltodextrin, according to research backed by industry.

Newly available oilseed species features 'game changing' SDA content

A new, more efficient form of plant-based omega-3s is coming to market in the form of Ahiflower, the branded name of a special strain of an oilseed species that has been developed by British firm Technology Crops International to contain high levels of steriodonic acid (SDA), an important constituent of the metabolic pathway by which EPA is synthesized in the body.

The increasingly youthful face of the ‘older’ consumer

‘Older consumers’ are not old age pensioners anymore. In fact, there is a growing market for supplements tailored to the specific needs of people as young as thirty, say experts.

Latin America

Collapse of Peru fishery less significant than first feared, omega-3s suppliers say

The spike sent through the supply market for omega-3s by the closure of the anchovy fishing season in Peru has stimulated new sources of oil to come to the fore and has been mitigated by inventory built into the system, experts said.

Vertical integration positions Marine Ingredients to reap benefits of omega-3s turnaround

Marine Ingredients is poised to reap the benefits of the expected rebound in the market for omega-3s with the opening of a new extraction facility in Alaska and the integration of its newly acquired factory in Norway, which it bought from BASF.

Warning letters to CBD companies hinge on disease claims, sidestep issue of ingredient's legality

Four companies marketing dietary supplement products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-narcotic fraction of Cannabis sativa, received warning letters recently from the Food and Drug Administration.  But the letters said nothing about the status of CBD itself; rather, they concentrated on disease claims made on the products.

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

BlueOcean targets tablet form of omega-3 delivery via latest joint venture

BlueOcean NutraSciences has signed a joint venture agreement with a Canadian technology firm to bring a slow release tablet form of omega-3s to market using its algal and shrimp oils, the company announced last week. The technology could also be used with fish oil, said Dil Vashi, manager of corporate development for BlueOcean.

Proven ingredients, omega-3s for cross sell key to success in cognitive health space, marketing experts say

Marketers of cognitive support products experience some common pitfalls, according to experts at NutraScience Labs, the newly constituted marketing arm of Twinlab. Failure to rely on proven ingredients and lack of an omega-3 in the product lineup to provide a cross-selling opportunity are chief among these, they say.

Neptune’s new CEO: ‘Science will drive the next wave of change in the omega-3 market’

Jim Hamilton is expecting an ‘incredibly intriguing future’ for omega-3 and krill, with Neptune Technologies & Bioressources’ new CEO looking to the science to drive future development in the sector.

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry to blame and could social media be a data-sharing saviour?

New flavours for omega-3 aimed at children and pregnant women

Croda has added two new flavours to its omega-3 syrup range that are easier to swallow than capsules for pregnant women and children.

Giant confronting omega-3, vitamin E challenges

DSM nutrition profits dip 7% in 2014

Pricing and sector market challenges, currency fluctuations and some stiff economic headwinds have contributed to 2014 full-year EBITDA profits sliding 7% for the world’s biggest nutrient player, DSM.

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