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Among the trends analyst Mintel has forecast for 2008, tap water, faux genomics and sustainability are most likely to affect the dietary supplement industry.
Obesity rates did not rise last year for the first time in 25 years, a study has said, but are still too high and will continue to dominate public health agenda.
The federal Canadian agricultural agency is organizing a conference in an effort to favor trade in functional foods and nutraceuticals between the US and Canada.
The gut health of elderly people is positively changed by xylooligosaccharides, found in bamboo shoots, fruit, vegetables and honey, and was more efficient than fructooligosaccharides and inulin, Taiwanese researchers report.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany has said the long-term intake of supplements containing isoflavones carries a risk to menopausal women.
Increased intake of calcium from dairy or supplemental sources does not promote weight loss, reports a new study from Ohio State University.
In an innovative move that may come as paradoxical, Martek Biosciences is taking its vegetarian life'sDHA to meat products.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is launching a program to record incidents of import detentions and other border-related activities surrounding plants used as ingredients in dietary supplements.
Multivitamins and minerals could reduce appetite in women on a weight reduction regime, while lower body weight and fat mass was more obvious in men, says new research from Canada.
As the holiday season nears and industry members begin thinking about how to give back, Nourish America is launching its 1,000 for $1,000 campaign to improving the health of Americans in need.
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega-3s (GOED) is urging FDA to review the clinical science on the fatty acids so as to make an authoritative statement on recommended...
Utah-based Earthfruits is offering up an Amazonian fruit it says could be the next big antioxidant carrying superfruit.
People are at an increased risk of memory problems and greater disability after stroke if they have low levels of "good" cholesterol, according to a new study.
A food industry initiative launched this year is promoting one standard, easily recognisable symbol to aid identification of healthy foods across the world and encourage manufacturers to reformulate products along...
It all started with a trip to Greenland in 1970. Three Danes, a couple of dogsleds, and several years of study later and the omega-3 was born. Since then, awareness...
Lonza has extended the reach of its Fiberaid prebiotic into the US market with the signing of distribution deals with partners the E.T. Horn Company and Del-val Food Ingredients.
Food and beverage processors will be fighting it out for an increasingly dwindling supply of grains sourced at ever higher prices, ING Group warned in a new forecast report for...
Eating more cereal fibre may help reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes in women, while foods high on the glycemic index may increase the chances of developing the condition, according...
As new regulation is introduced in the US, those companies with proven clinical research for their products will be at a significant advantage, according to market analyst Business Insights.
Scientists have linked what has become the brain health staple of the supplement industry - the omega-3 fatty acid DHA - to yet another application, this one for Parkinson's disease.
Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why are the birds circling when the ingredient...
Specialty supplements offer the most sales growth potential over the next five years amid significant shifts in consumer demographics, according to analysis by Business Insights.
Ocean Spray has played down fears of a shortage in cranberries due to bad weather - and has said the harvest has been virtually the same as last year.
Vitamin E supplements may halve the risk of cardiovascular events among diabetics, if they carry a particular version of a gene, says new research from Israel.
Teaming-up genistein from soy and resveratrol from grapes enhances the anti-obesity effects of the individual compounds, reports new research from the University of Georgia.
Nestlé Research Center has joined a team of top companies and science institutes which will let it take advantage of new discoveries made in the field of genomics.
A further voluntary recall of products sold to support erectile dysfunction (ED) has been announced by the FDA, sending out the message that the federal agency will follow-up on errant...
Danish Chr Hansen recently launched a cranberry ingredient for functional foods that could further increase the role of the berry beyond juice and dietary supplements.
Farming selected species of marine algae could provide an economical, non-conventional source of iron to help boost intakes around the globe, suggests a new study from Venezuela.
An increased dietary intake of flavonoids may enhance breast cancer survival by over 30 per cent, suggests a new epidemiological study from the US.
New research has linked oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape seeds to preventing the LDL cholesterol oxidation that can lead to atherosclerosis.
An American court has confirmed Atrium Innovation's exclusive US rights to the supplement WobenzymN, which the company has indicated could hold considerable commercial potential in the country.
Aloe vera research and development specialist Aloecorp has announced a series of moves designed to meet demand for the ingredient as well as bolster further research.
The US dairy industry has called on the nation's regulator to keep any new nutrition symbol programs both voluntary and flexible for manufacturers.
The health benefits of curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow colour, could be enhanced by encapsulation in nano-emulsions, suggests new research.
Moderate deficiency of folate, riboflavin, and vitamins B6 and B12 together may promote the risk of DNA damage and increase the risk of colorectal cancers, suggests a new study with...
Extracts from French maritime pine bark may reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis of the knee by about 40 per cent, suggests a new international study.
Mineral Resources International says it has scored a point in its legal dispute with Trace Minerals Research over intellectual property.
Extracts from the bark of the magnolia plant formulated in mints and gums can effectively tackle dental bacteria, suggests a new study from the Wm Wrigley Jr. company.
A chain of supermarkets in Northern Texas will be distributing a guide to healthy eating for Hispanic consumers, highlighting an ethnic trend that is only on the rise and could...
The US Pharmacopeia (USP) has announced 11 new proposed monographs for dietary supplements for public notice and comment.
The new crop of business cards yielded by another trade show season have been duly filed away. But the big question remains. Were the three days at FIE followed, for...
Researchers with funding from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service are calling for studies examining the implications of having high folate status due to fortification and too little vitamin B12 due...
Provexis has confirmed an exclusive 12-month agreement with Coca-Cola for use of its tomato-based Fruitflow technology in beverages.
According to a report from Reuters, French dairy giant Danone is drawing new yoghurt consumers to the prebiotic category since it launched its probiotic products this side of the ocean.
Antioxidant testing of nutrients has taken a leap forward as Cornell University scientists report a new assay that moves the quantification of antioxidant activity from the test tube to measuring...
The patent community breathed a collective sigh of relief on October 31 when the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted a preliminary injunction blocking the US...
The whey protein industry looks set to profit from the functional beverage trend as manufacturers say they have seen a surge in demand for their ingredients.
Last month's wildfires in Southern California have caused $47m in agricultural losses, with avocados suffering the hardest hits, according to estimates released this week.
An increased intake of vitamin C and dairy could reduce the accumulation of weight around the abdomen, reported to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, suggests a new...
Increased levels of vitamin B12, but not folate, may reduce the rate of age-related cognitive decline and dementia, suggests a new study from Oxford.
A flavanone compound in milk thistle, silibinin, may stop the growth and spread of liver cancer, suggests a laboratory study from the University of California, Irvine.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has announced as part of the initial results from its survey of healthcare professionals that, contrary to industry belief, the sector is in fact...
This year's SupplySide West in Las Vegas was a success by most accounts, with participation increasing 13 percent over the previous year.
Low doses of freeze-dried grape powder could inhibit the development of colorectal cancer, suggests a new human pilot study from the US.
Inulin, the prebiotic fibre associated with improved gut and bone health, can be used as a fat replacer in sausages to cut energy by over 20 per cent without affecting...
Combining citrus juice or vitamin C with green tea or its extracts could increase the absorption of antioxidants from the tea up to 13-fold, suggests new research.
Given that Judaism is far from prevalent in either China or India, it may come as a surprise that these are the largest growth areas for kosher certifiers.
As consumers look for alternative ways to manage or prevent disease, functional food industry insiders say there are effective tactics ingredients makers can use to marry with successful products.
Omega-3-rich fish consumption may improve brain function across a broad demographic spectrum, suggest three new studies from around the world.
ADM has launched a new line of soya proteins for use in place of expensive dairy ingredients or to extend milk supply, in the light of high prices that caused...
Food and beverage makers can benefit from the nutritional profile and positive clean label message behind pea protein extracted by a clean water process, claims Roquette.
WILD managing director Hans-Peter Voss explains how decades of experience in natural ingredients enables the firm to create targeted market solutions for beverage makers.
CP Kelco reacts to changes in the market with a range of solutions for the solubility and stabilisation for health-orientated functional ingredients.
A significant number of American consumers have never thought of buying soy products, suggesting there is space for a major awareness campaign to help boost flagging sales, says Mintel.
Trade association representatives last week discussed top issues affecting the dietary supplement industry at SupplySide West in Las Vegas.
Men taking beta-carotene supplements for 15 years or more may experience a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline, according to a new study from Harvard.
Trade association representatives last week discussed top issues affecting the dietary supplement industry at SupplySide West in Las Vegas.
Extracts from black cohosh may stop breast cancer cells in their tracks, suggests a new laboratory study involving scientists from French botanicals supplier Naturex.
A daily supplement of lignan from Norway spruce (picea abies) could reduce the incidence of hot flushes by over 50 per cent, suggests a new clinical trial from the US.
US consumers are increasingly consuming functional products with the intention of preventing or treating disease, the Natural Marketing Institute's (NMI) Steve French told SupplySide West attendees last week.
Natural antioxidant compounds like flavonoids and phenolic acids could inhibit the formation of fat formation from fat cells, suggests new research from Taiwan.
The Natural Products Association (NPA) has announced a partnership with Safetycall to help its members prepare for the implementation of the adverse events reporting (AER) bill.
The nutraceutical industry now has its very own version of eBay thanks to the online auction site Paul DeLalla announced at SupplySide West last week.
Barry Callebaut announces the roll-out of probiotic chocolate to meet consumer demand for health and wellness foods.
Taste is a key challenge for makers of healthier chocolate: Henry Hussell, head of marketing at Cargill Sweetness, takes us through some of their solutions.
The publication of a round-up of studies on the safety and efficacy of Metagenics' NG440 formulation of rho iso-alpha acids (RIAAs) from hops, rosemary and oleanolic acid adds weight to...
New Jersey-based Mastertaste used SupplySide West to formally launch its new NutraFlavor range, designed to provide intense fruit flavor and pack a nutrient-rich punch.
Cyanotech has reported in increase in sales in Q2 over last year and a reduction in loss, as its new product mix and human-nutrition marketing program is yielding results.
Compounds in ripe fruit have been found to be highly active antioxidants, making them a potential source of health-promoting ingredients.
Vitamin D may help slow down the ageing process, scientists have found, adding further weight to the importance of adequate intake of the vitamin.
DSM announces the roll-out of InsuVital, a new ingredient that actively attacks glucose peaks after meals.
Herald Krug, head of ingredient systems at Dohler, delves into health claims, research and the role of superfruits in health and wellness.
Lipid Nutrition announces new markets for its satiety ingredient PinnoThin.
Kemin has announced a deal with DSM to strengthen an agreement to supply lutein aimed at eye health around the world, which will see DSM step up supply of FloraGLO.
Finding new uses for 'old' herbs like hops, rose hip and rhubarb, could lead to market success, attendees at SupplySide West heard yesterday.
The global number-one player in the weight management foods market, Unilever, has indicated it will be expanding this functional category into drinkable shots.
A combination of bioflavonoids from citrus fruit and tocotrienols found in Sytrinol has had a positive effect in lowering cholesterol levels, scientists have found.
Pomegranate, known as the royal fruit because of the 'crown' on top, is also the shining light for how to capitalise on consumers' growing interest in exotic fruits and ensure...
New Beneo group combines Orafti, Palatinit and Remy as it eyes up opportunities in the functional food market.
Experts at a Nestle-sponsored symposium on probiotics and children's health have urged paediatricians to pay attention to emerging research on so-called good bacteria, although more research is needed on the...
The USDA's Agriculture Research Service has published a new database giving antioxidant values for 277 fruits, nuts, vegetables and spices, which could help inform industry and scientists about healthy potential...
Health Canada has published a new monograph on natural health products containing two or more vitamins and minerals, which sets out instructions on preparation, safety and labelling.
Sales of Canadian food manufacturers have declined "fairly dramatically" in the first two quarters of this year, according to a recently released financial review of the food industry.
The soy compound lunasin has been shown to inhibit the expression of a gene responsible for internal cholesterol production, Soy Labs' scientists have said.
The big 'Cs' got the meat industry in trouble last week - cancer and credibility.
DSM Venturing has stumped up part of a $12m investment round in US probiotics company Ganeden, which it expects will help it establish a presence in a fast-evolving area of...
Vertellus has announced a price hike for its vitamin B3 for human nutrition - just as it is ramping up capacity of the vitamin at its plants in Indianapolis and...
Two variations of a molecule commonly found in curry have shown a greater potential than naturally occurring molecules to suppress colorectal cancer, scientists have found.
Antioxidants found in bran could help protect against DNA damage from sun exposure and radiation therapy, when ingested or applied topically, according to latest research.
The dietary supplement industry is gearing up for SupplySide West, an event that brings an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders together - from start-up companies to mainstream food manufacturers -...
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association is this month addressing various aspects of poverty and nutrition - in particular the relationship between income and fruit and vegetable consumption.
Diet and cancer are directly linked, with alcohol and red and processed meats posing particular risks, according to the World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF) study released this week.
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has again warned the US government is not doing enough to ensure the safety of nanotechnology products currently available on the market, nor has it...
Mothers who are asthmatic may decrease airflow by breastfeeding their baby, a study suggests.
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