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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.

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.

IPA World Congress, May 9-11 2014, Athens, Greece

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

Companies that manufacture probiotic products can learn much from other fast-moving-consumer-good (FMCG) firms like shower gel, pharmaceutical and smoothie makers in NPD, an expert says.

Battle of the bugs: Beneficial bacteria vital to immune response against infection

Our microbiome may play a central role in immune responses to infections, according to new research revealing how beneficial bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells.

Gut microbiota ‘networks’ may play a role in autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes risk

The way in which our gut bacteria interact with each other may have vital implications for the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to new research.

Gut bacteria to battle vitamin A deficiency: Could probiotics be modified to produce beta-carotene?

Research backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could offer a new solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency by creating modified gut bacteria, researchers told NutraIngredients.

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Probiotics, fiber continue to steal market share from GI remedies

Digestive issues are all too familiar to Americans, as roughly nine out of 10 (86%) say they’ve dealt with some type of gastrointestinal or digestive trouble in the past year,...

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Probiotic call: Forget health claims (consumers have)

Probiotic players obsessed with winning health claims needn’t bother as consumers don’t value them anyway, a leading consultant says.

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Know what you are putting in your products, urges probiotic Prof

Industry must do more to understand the inter-species interactions of multi-strain probiotic products rather than assuming that 'more is better', warns Professor Gregor Reid.

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Mature markets seeing beyond probiotics’ ‘balance microflora’ benefits: Lallemand

The market for probiotic supplements and food continues to grow at a fast clip worldwide, expected to reach $45bn by 2017 (up from $30bn in 2012), according to Euromonitor. Global...

Probiotics backed for vaginal health: Study

Five Lactobacillus probiotic strains have been shown to reduce vaginal pathogens in new in vitro data, with a clinical trial ongoing.

Gut geography: Are obesity-linked gut bacteria more prevalent in northern areas?

People living in cold, northern latitudes have a greater proportion of gut bacteria that may predispose them to obesity, according to new meta-analysis data.

'Heart health through gut health': probiotics may help lower LDL cholesterol

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of death worldwide, and elevated LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor. Although most consumers understand the importance of maintaining a healthy...

Study urges more exploration of fermented foods’ yet untold benefits

The microbiological activity of fermented foods could bridge the gap between two separate areas of research: one linking fermented food to mental health benefits and the other examining traditional dietary...

Probiota 2014: Chairman calls for industry to 'step up' in fight for probiotics

Probiotic and preboiotic industry players must do more to get consumers on their side in the fight with regulators in the US and EU, and should also be doing more...

Live from Probiota 2014

IPA calls for fresh global alliance in probiotics

The founder of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has called on the Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) to work with it to develop the science and dossiers that can win...

Live from Probiota 2014

Data eater: EU probiotic yoghurt market to drop 4.5% by 2018; supplements on the up

The market for probiotic yoghurt in 20 key European Union markets will fall 4.5% in the five years between now and 2018, but the overall sector trend remains positive, Euromonitor...

Gutsy ambition for GoodBelly! Probiotic drinks brand eyes $50m US sales

GoodBelly Juice co-founder Todd Beckman says the novel drinks is targeting $50m in retail sales within the next 18 months as US consumer awareness of probiotic benefits grows.

Sabinsa: Bilayer technology still novel, gaining traction in time-release

Sabinsa Corp. is gearing up for the official launch of its synbiotic bi-layer tablet on the heels of receiving a Frost & Sullivan innovation award last year for its bilayer...

“I get personal because they [EFSA] get personal to me"

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid...

Global probiotic market to add 50% to €33bn by 2018: Analyst

The term ‘probiotic’ may be banned in the European Union – along with its cousin ‘prebiotic’ – but sales remain steady, and the global picture is buoyant, says leading analyst, Euromonitor International.

Probiotics may benefit energy metabolism in obese people: Human data

Daily supplements of probiotics combined with an herbal preparation may improve obesity-related parameters, according to a new study from South Korea.

Guest article

Supplements shakedown part 2: Health claim medicine tastes better than expected

Last week, Peter Zambetti, director of global business development at Capsugel and chairman of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA), discussed the impact of GMPs on the global...

USP proposes monograph on specific bacillus coagulans probiotic strain

For the first time, the United States Pharmacopoeia is proposing a monograph on a probiotic organism as a food ingredient in the latest series of draft monographs put forward for...

New bioinformatics platform set to predict bacterial functionalities based on genes alone

A new bioinformatics platform created by a consortium of European SMEs and research institutes could help industry predict the functionality of food bacteria and probiotics based on their genome.

Probiota 2014, February 4-5, Amsterdam

Probiota 2014: The ultimate pre- and probiotic science-business blend

Probiota 2014 – relocated from Brussels to Amsterdam and organised by NutraIngredients – will bring together the finest scientific and commercial minds operating in the pre- and probiotic sector in...

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