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Numico receives bid for Unicity

Las Vegas company Gateway Distributors has made an unsolicited bid for Unicity, the supplement business owned by Dutch food group Royal Numico. Rick Bailey, president...

Melon rind may hold potent cure

Could a cure to sickle-cell-related deficiencies lie in the rind of the honey-like bounty of Mediterranean summers? Scientists in the US would have us believe...

Omega-3 powers explained?

New research seems to explain how Omega-3 fatty acids consumed in oily fish protects against stroke and heart disease. A team of researchers from the...

Wild Oats back in black

Organic food retailer Wild Oats Markets announced a return to profit this week, thanks to a reduction in stores and tighter control on expenses. Eight...

Balchem's choline, USP only

Balchem Encapsulates said it will now be offering only USP-grade choline chloride and choline bitartrate to customers. The company's products have received a quality recognition...

New delivery technology for soy nutrients

Drug delivery company BioDelivery Sciences has formed a new subsidiary, Bioral Nutrient Delivery (BND), to market its technology for soy-derived nutrients for use in food...

End of the road for Wrigley's functional gum

Wrigley, the US-based chewing gum manufacturer, has today announced today that it is to stop shipping its Surpass Antacid chewing gum with effect from 28...

Health Sciences buys QBI

Health Sciences Group, which makes ingredients and technologies for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and cosmeceutical industries, has bought nutritional ingredients manufacturer Quality Botanical Ingredients (QBI). Financial...

Non-GMO soy range from Spectrum

Illinois-based food manufacturer Spectrum Foods has developed a new line of non-GMO and organic soy ingredients to be sold under the Nexsoy brand name. The...

Functional drinks are the future

Functional soft drinks are no longer confined to obscure avenues of soft drinks consumption and are steadily edging towards the mainstream, according to a new...

US frozen sector gives new rules the cold shoulder

Warning of American job losses, a white paper issued today by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) describes specific scenarios under a country of origin...

Glowing 4Q for Bunge

The world's largest processor of soybeans, US company Bunge, said on Tuesday that fourth-quarter net income had more than doubled, reflecting the acquisition of French...

Let up for Piveg

Mexican company Pigmentos Vegetales del Centro (Piveg) was recently granted a temporary stay of injunction - the initial phase of a patent infringement suit initiated...

Vitamin K - low intake may have raised health risk

Women with a low vitamin K intake may be at increased risk of bone fractures, suggests research in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition....

Kinoko brand AHCC reaches new customers

Purchase, New York-based Quality of Life Labs (QOL), which makes the ingredient AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), has signed on eight new distributors providing greater...

Yohimbe energy drink reaches Florida shelves

New age drinks maker XStream Beverage Group has launched a new energy drink in South Florida, with plans to extend the product in the near...

Doctors speak against 'fad' diets

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has released a statement opposing popular fad diets as a means for losing weight. In its statement, the...

Irradiated beef goes further

While the European consumer continues to display a distinct reticence regarding irradiated food products, the US is forging ahead with the announcement this week from...

Ephedra industry tries to allay fears

The ephedra industry is attempting to reassure consumers of the safety of the herb, taken to aid weight-loss, after reports in the national press last...

Pallone puts pressure on health secretary

"I am concerned that continuing promises have been made without results," Congressman Frank Pallone said in a letter to the Secretary for Health Tommy Thompson...

FDA extends phytosterol health claim

The US Food and Drug Administration is to expand use of the phytosterol heart-health claim to a broader range of foods and beverages. The move...

Overweight children fail to meet govt targets

More than 20 per cent of Los Angeles school children are overweight, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College...

ChampionLyte teams up with BEVsystems

ChampionLyte Products said this week that BEVsystems International is to sell and distribute ChampionLyte products through its network of licensees and distributors. Under the terms...

Degussa strengthens position with purchase of Genset Oligos

Germany-based Degussa Group is buying Genset Oligos, the oligonucleotide division of French company Genset, for US$ 21.5 million (€24.53m), and will merge it with Proligo,...

New clinical trial for weight-loss formula

Humanetics Corporation announced today that it has completed a clinical study that evaluated the weight loss effect of a new dietary supplement formulation that includes...

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