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DSM backs natural zeaxanthin with exclusive deal

DSM, previously focused on synthetic zeaxanthin, has launched a natural version sourced from longtime carotenoid partner Kemin.

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication...

Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety

New Zealand’s Waitaki Biosciences is launching a new patent pending calcium form has been reported to improve bone health in post-menopausal women, while also producing to lower peak blood calcium...

Activists raise warning flags about 'synthetic biology' ingredients

Opponents of genetic modification say there is a new, potentially more powerful technology to contend with: synthetic biology.  Purveyors of natural products who are concerned about this technique have coined...

Summit session to focus on 'freshness' of omega-3s

Marketers of omega-3s talk a lot about freshness, but it’s not what the consumer understands with the term.  It’s really about controlling oxidation and it can have a big impact...

Polyphenol blend shows metabolic and ‘quality of life’ improvements

Daily supplementation with a blend of polyphenol-rich extracts from grapefruit, grape, green tea, guarana and black carrot may boost metabolic functions, says a new study using Fytexia’s Fiit-ns branded ingredient....

Algatech enters deal to boost astaxanthin production with thin-walled tubes

Algatechnologies Ltd. has announced an R&D deal with German company SCHOTT AG to boost the productivity of its closed-tube cultivation system at its plant in the Negev region of southern...

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BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

BASF tells us its 20% vitamin B2 (riboflavin) price hike is due to “rising demand” across human and animal nutrition, but gave no further data on the significant jump.

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Ganeden BC30 gets Mexican regulatory approval

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) has approved the use of GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) as an ingredient for food and beverage enrichment.

Age is just a number: Huge potential for protein in aging market, says DuPont

The rising aging population in the US presents an underexploited opportunity for food and beverage marketers—particularly in the already massive protein market, as older consumers are just as desperate for...

‘Very pleased to find a lower dose supports bone health’: Kyowa study shows new efficacious levels for vitamin K2

The potential bone health benefits of vitamin K2 menaquinone-4 may be achievable at a daily dose of 600 micrograms, according to a new study from Kyowa Hakko with implications for...

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Phase 2 gets Canadian health claims for weight management and healthy glucose metabolism

New Jersey-based Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has received the thumbs up from Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate for two health claims for its Phase 2 Carb Controller.

Canadian firm Solarvest signs up German partners to produce organic algal DHA oil

Canadian algae technology firm Solarvest has entered into agreements to produce its omega-3 algae products in the EU. The products will comply with both USDA and EU organic certification requirements,...

Glanbia buys sports nutrition firm Isopure for £94M

Glanbia has agreed to acquire US sports nutrition business The Isopure Company for $153M (£94.1M).

ENSA: Soy-breast cancer study not reflective of ‘state of scientific knowledge’

The soy industry has hit back at a recent study that suggested soy supplementation could worsen rather than ameliorate breast cancer by influencing gene behaviour.

Curcumin takes center stage, suppliers say

Sales of curcumin supplements are soaring. This perpetually almost-ready-for-prime-time ingredient has finally arrived, suppliers say.

Transparent lines of responsibility critical to support reliability of studies, experts say

Having more than one research organization involved in a study is not necessarily uncommon, but having clearly defined roles so that the integrity of the data remains intact and the...

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Gencor’s Slimaluma gets letter of no objection from FDA for GRAS status

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter of no objection to Gencor for its branded Caralluma fimbriata extract called Slimaluma for use in meal replacement products....

Open source: Blendhub offers ‘fingerprint’ library for nutrient blends

Spanish supplier Blendhub is taking the rare step of offering customers access to its new library of near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy analyses from more than 300 raw materials.

Rimfrost going under the krill fishery sustainability knife (again)

Norway’s Olympic Seafood-owned krill phospholipid and omega-3 supplier Rimfrost is under assessment from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - a €300,000 process it expects to complete by the “middle of next...

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Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. hails ‘synergistic strategic acquisition’ of GRAS Associates LLC

Ontario-based Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. has enhanced its core capabilities with the acquisition of Oregon-based GRAS Associates, LLC (GRAS Associates), of Bend, Oregon. The acquisition also expands the service offering for...

Nutegrity launches mangosteen ingredient for sports nutrition/ joint discomfort markets

Nutegrity has launched new mangosteen-derived ingredient to support a healthy inflammatory response and possibly provide temporary relief of minor muscle pain associated with strenuous activity.

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Glanbia Nutritionals and NattoPharma agree exclusive distribution deal for MenaQ7 Pure Vitamin K2

Glanbia Nutritionals, Inc., has been named the exclusive distributor in the US and Canada for NattoPharma ASA’s MenaQ7 Pure, a nature-identical synthetic vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7).

Special edition: LATAM

Obesity prevention key to Mexican vitamin & supplement market growth

Sales of vitamins and dietary supplements grew 9% in 2013 to reach Mx$15.7 billion ($1.2 billion) as increased visibility over the country’s main diseases have consumers thinking more about prevention,...

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AHPA grows membership by 12% as 45 companies join in 2014

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has welcomed 45 new members to its fold in 2014, with 17 new members joining during the third quarter.

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