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Neptune buoyed by yearly results

Quebec-based Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has recorded it sixth successive year of revenue growth as its krill ingredients draw greater consumer and business acceptance and its joint ventures prosper.

Amla sticks give consumers antioxidant punch

Avesthagen is targeting its Indian gooseberry ingredient directly to the consumer market, with a water soluble powder designed to be added directly to drinks.

Calls for more stevia safety tests threaten market launches

The safety of stevia has been called into question again after scientists at the University of California said further tests were needed on potential cancer causing properties before the sweetener...

Nano trojan horse delivers antioxidant benefits

Australian researchers have designed a nanoparticle one thousandth the width of a human hair, which they say has demonstrated potential to protect antioxidants from destruction in the gut.

Market for superpremium juices soars in the US

Superpremium juice drinks have proved to be a dynamic part of the US beverage market showing “phenomenal growth” in just a few years, according to a new report.

Organic consumers yet to be shaken by troubled economy

Shoppers in the US are continuing to buy natural and organic foods despite difficult economic times, according to research, but experts question how long it can last.

Black raspberries show potential against cancer

Concentrated freeze-dried extracts from black raspberries may help prevent certain cancers by acting on multiple gene targets, suggests a new study with rats.

‘Historic’ verdict slaps ‘Smiling Bob’ with 25-year jail sentence

The founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Steve Warshak, has this morning been handed a 25-year jail sentence and his company ordered to forfeit $500 million by a federal court...

‘Energy’ enters foods, confirm Mintel findings

Foods that claim to deliver energy are carving out a distinct place in the marketplace, as consumers start to look beyond energy drinks for an added boost, according to Mintel.

Olive leaf extract shows heart benefits: Frutarom study

Extracts from olive leaves may help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels, according to a small human study from Israel-based supplier Frutarom.

Wanted: North Carolina natural products sector

A North Carolina-based consortium has been awarded $100,000 to research botanicals and other natural products with $2.5m in the wings if a successful business plan can be developed.

Rice bran contains high arsenic levels, study

A new study has found that rice bran contains high levels of arsenic, which threatens to seriously call into question its use in foods and supplements.

Milk helps exercise recovery: researchers

Consuming milk can assist muscle recuperation after exercise according to a study published in the August edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Packaged foods boost nutritional profile with nuts

Nuts are becoming evermore popular ingredients in packaged food products as manufacturers continue to satisfy consumer demands for nutritious goods.

Glanbia expands into US supplements market

Irish nutritional ingredients group Glanbia has expanded its presence in the US market with the acquisition of sports supplement firm Optimum Nutrition.

Weekly comment

Omega-3 reality check

The market predictions for omega-3 products are endlessly buoyant but a closer look at the state of play reveals very few omega-3 functional foods and beverages have moved beyond niche...

Trend for energy infused food

Foods with added stimulants are stealing a march on energy drinks as companies are developing new ways to energize consumers seeking alternatives to sugary beverages, according to a global consumer...

Mushroom extract demonstrates immunity benefits

Japanese researchers in conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine have found the mushroom extract, AHCC, can strengthen the immune system and fight the onset of cancer among over-50s.

Curcumin active in pancreatic cancer patients

An eight-week clinical trial has found consumption of curcumin can benefit advanced pancreatic cancer sufferers.

Companies collaborate to improve taste of healthy ingredients

A flavor company has joined forces with a nutrition provider in a venture which could help food manufacturers meet the challenge of unpleasant off-tastes in their healthy formulations.

Nutrition bars do what they say, finds ConsumerLab

Recent testing of nutrition bars on sale in the United States has found that labeling has become more accurate, although the wide range in nutritional content means consumers must...

Canada targets Ephedra and Kava

The Canadian regulator is continuing its campaign against the banned weight-loss herbal Ephedra and the anxiety-reliever Kava, yesterday issuing its latest warning to consumers not to use the substances.

Functional food group joins innovation network

A company focusing on how food could contribute to the treatment and prevention of obesity and “other chronic diseases” is the latest organization to throw its weight behind an innovation...

Industry slams B vitamins trial

A clinical trial that concluded B vitamins do not reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events or death among patients with coronary heart disease has been criticised by industry for...

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