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DSM to increase omega-3s capacity in light of dietary reference intake review

The move by Canadian and US health authorities to look at the establishment of a dietary reference intake for omega-3s will be a boon both for public health and the...

Krill sustainability backed in 18 month review

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has backed the sustainability of Norwegian firm Aker Biomarine’s Antarctic krill fishing activities, with improved scores.

Nebraska Cultures joins rush to put probiotics into food with GRAS status on bacillus coagulans ingredient

Nebraska Cultures has joined the ranks of probiotics suppliers competing in the functional food realm with spore-forming bacterial ingredients with the announcement of GRAS status on its ProDura Bacillus coagulans ingredient....

Study shows curcuminoids/piperine combo reduces knee osteoarthritis symptoms

Curcumin in combination with piperine is a safe and effective means of ameliorating the debilitating effects of knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study.

Algae ingredient supplier Heliae juggles exec suite, moves to accelerate agroscience, animal nutrition segments

Algae ingredients producer Heliae has announced a shift in the company’s focus to place new emphasis an agroscience and animal feed initiatives. A management shakeup accompanied what the company billed...

Reaction to FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts updates

AHPA to FDA: Clarify protein labeling

Although it generally supports the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed Nutrition and Supplement Facts label changes, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the agency to adopt the Digestible...

Z Trim Holdings unveils BioFiber Gum for supplement encapsulation, food additive applications

Z Trim Holdings, an Illinois-based producer of functional ingredients derived from corn fiber and other grain byproducts, has launched its BioFiber Gum (BFG) for food, supplement and industrial applications. BFG...

Humanetics sells 7-Keto ingredient to InterHealth as part of move into pharmaceuticals

Humanetics Corp. has sold its longtime dietary supplement ingredient, 7-Keto, to InterHealth Nutraceuticals as part of a strategic refocus of the company.

Burcon: Q1 value still mostly from outside operations

Functional plant protein supplier Burcon reported total revenues of just $25,000 in the fiscal first quarter of 2015, derived mainly from deferred royalty payments from ADM for Clarisoy sales. 

News in brief

Cyanotech hires exec for newly created COO position

Cyanotech Corporation created a chief operations officer position and has named Gerard “Gerry” Watts to fill the role.  Cyanotech, based in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, supplies astaxanthin and spirulina and manufactures...

FutureCeuticals demonstrates method for measuring antioxidant activity directly in blood

Ingredient supplier FutureCeuticals has announced results of a clinical study that quantifies the direct effect of its Spectra product on free radicals in human blood.

National Research Council to unveil findings of 'independent, objective examination' of GE crops in 2016

The National Research Council (NRC) is conducting an "independent, objective examination of what has been learned since the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops, based on current evidence"....

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

400 representative products tested for 4-mei levels

FDA to conduct more tests, but has “no reason to believe” that 4-mei from caramel colors poses health risks at current intake levels

UPDATED Aug 22: The FDA has conducted new tests to determine exposure to 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) via consumption of products containing caramel colors III and IV, and plans more to assess...

Deal cements supply relationship for more bioavailable curcumin, quercitin out of Japan

Thera Innovations, a Canadian importer of dietary supplement ingreidients, has anounced a new supply deal for more bioavailable forms of curcumin and quercitin. The ingredients, branded as Theracumin and EMIQ,...

News in brief

Neptune's rebuilt krill oil plant reaches 50-ton capacity milestone

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. continues its recovery from the fire that destroyed its lone krill oil extraction facility as the rebuilt plant in Sherbooke, Quebec reached a production milestone...

HiActives powdered broccoli sprouts maintain nutritional potency: Futureceuticals

Futureceuticals says its HiActives broccoli sprout powder fills the void for a highly functional functional food and supplement ingredient, as the firm’s proprietary sprouting process and gentle-drying method creates a...

New trade organization forms with mission to define what 'natural' means

A new trade organization has formed with the mission to define what 'natural' means.  The nascent Organic and Natural Health Alliance (ONHA) plans to go about defining that attribute in...

Guest article

Red Queen Rules: Understanding nutra space acquisition and evolution

By analysing the long-lasting commitments and acquisition activity of major companies Dr Matthew Jones at CPL Business Consultants uses the Red Queen theory to develop an understanding of their corporate...

Practitioners ignore bad press, continue to recommend omega-3s, survey finds

Despite recent negative publicity surrounding omega-3s, a new survey has found that practitioners who commonly recommend supplements to their patients still strongly support the use of omega-3s.

Symrise reports rise in H1 earnings as it confirms Diana acquisition

Success in emerging markets has helped fragrance and flavours giant Symrise to a 9% rise in earnings in the first half of the year, as the company begins to integrate...

Europe's largest thin film manufacturer looks to make splash in US market

BioFilm Ltd., a Scottish manufacturer of thin dissolving films, is expanding its offerings into the US, believing that it has the production and formulation capability to transform what has been...

China's proposed food safety overhaul lacks clarity and detail, NPA says

China’s proposed changes in its food safety regulations, which also govern dietary supplements, are long on aspiration and short on specifics. That’s the opinion expressed by the Natural Products Association...

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal...

Sabinsa files patent infringement lawsuit against curcumin suppliers, distributors

Sabinsa Corp.  has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two Indian dietary supplement ingredient companies and their respective US distributors over the intellectual property connected to its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient....