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Probiotics

Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

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Health Canada approves health claim for Sabinsa’s probiotic LactoSpore

Despite 20 years on the market, there continues to be emerging clinical evidence on the probiotic strain.

The BioCollective seeks to build big gut microbiome data set

A Colorado-based startup is taking a crowd-sourcing type approach to the assembly of a statistically significant amount of microbiome data.

New product idea? Study used chia and flaxseeds to encapsulate probiotics

By spray drying, researchers from Chile and Canada encapsulated Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium infantis using chia and flaxseed.

Private equity acquisition trend continues with sale of probiotic brand

The steady march of acquistions in the natural products business fueled by private equity continues with the purchase of a probiotics line by Clarion Brands.

Gut health paper aimed at physicians sidesteps probiotics supplementation

A recent paper released by a nonprofit organization aimed at physicians focuses on gut health but omits any mention of probiotic supplementation. The author says that in her opinion the...

DuPont reports first positive sales numbers in several quarters

DuPont reported higher earnings on improved margins even as sales figures were hurt by foreign currency headwinds as a planned merger with Dow Chemical Co moves forward.

LactoSpore rodent study suggests the probiotic strain may have anti-diarrheal properties

A study conducted by Sabinsa researchers found that, at the correct amount, B. coagulans MTCC 5856 (LactoSpore)’s anti-diarrheal properties on fecal output of castor oil-induced diarrhea in rodents was similar...

Summer new launches: From probiotic flavored waters to vegan protein powders

Probiotics are hitting the market by storm, appearing in novel applications such as post-workout chocolate, vegan meal replacement shakes, and flavored water.

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Fruit d'Or debuts probiotic gummy at Probiota Americas event

Ingredient developer Fruit d’Or officially launched what it billed as the world’s first cranberry probiotic gummy product at the recent IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas event. ...

Whole, natural fiber works best to protect gut mucosal layer, researcher says

Dietary fiber plays an important role in protecting the gut’s mucosal layer, according to research presented at the recent Probiota Americas event.

Multispecies approach builds a better probiotic team, Winclove believes

The gut microbiota consists of hundreds of species, and probiotics supplier Winclove believes a multispecies formula is the best way to boost that community.

Concept of healthy microbiome gaining acceptance among MDs

The concept of a healthy microbiome has gained some traction among physicians, an expert told attendees at the recent IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas event in Chicago.

White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative

The Obama administration announced a multi-million investment to accelerate better understanding of microbiomes in all fields of the life sciences. 

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IPA & Probiota Americas partnership set to break records this week

Chicago will witness the biggest ever meeting of experts from the global pre- and probiotics industry, running today (May 31) until Thursday (June 2). The combined IPA World Congress and...

Fruit d'Or to highlight cranberry probiotic in confection prototype at Healthy & Natural Show

Fruit d’Or is following the lead of some other probiotics suppliers by pushing its LactoCran cranberry seed powder/probiotic combination into the confectionary category.

Strain specificity key to probiotic quality, but expert says generic products will still populate bottom of market

Strain specificity is the name of the game in probiotics if you want to really connect a product’s health benefits to the science, said consultant Ralf Jaeger, PhD. But as...

Spring 2016 Launches: From melatonin joint care tablets to probiotic gummies for kids

What's in store for the supplements market this spring? We've gathered some new releases from the past month or due to launch soon, and they run the gambit: From iron...

New ISO standard for flow cytometry with probiotics

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, present in yogurt and other dairy products, are used as probiotics, or “friendly bacteria,” to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

IPA challenges article's assertion that science behind probiotics is 'shaky'

A recent online article that labeled the science backing probiotics as “shaky” was criticized by the International Proibiotics Association as lacking context and a basic understanding of the industry and...

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Suja to debut probiotic-infused functional waters range at Target in 2016

HPP (high pressure processed) juice pioneer Suja is moving into new territory next year with the launch of a line of enhanced waters with organic fruit & veg and probiotics...

Synbiotic supplement targets women who are at particular risk for low fiber intake, dietitian says

Registered dietitian Felicia Stoler, a consultant on the newly launched Regular Girl synbiotic dietary supplement, doesn’t mince words when it comes to why she believes the product is needed.

Capsugel expands veggie DRcaps line to make capsules suitable for liquid-fill needs

Global capsule leader Capsugel has extended its line of vegetarian capsule offerings with a technology that makes its DRcaps line suitable for liquid fill applications.

Yakult USA confident of "eventual and ultimate vindication" in probiotics class action

Probiotic specialist Yakult USA has challenged allegations in a class action alleging it is misleading US shoppers about the digestive health benefits of its fermented drinks and says it is confident...

Probiotic growth engine to continue humming for near future, UAS Labs exec says

UAS Labs is well positioned to ride the wave of probiotic popularity and has responded with a tripling of its manufacturing capacity, CEO Kevin Mehring said.

Prebiotics improve gut microbiota in obese kids: Study

A prebiotic-rich diet may shift the gut microbiota profiles of obese children to a more beneficial profile, regardless of whether the obesity was related to lifestyle or genetics, says a...

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