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Coca-Cola dominates 2007 functional acquisitions

This year was characterized by larger mainstream food and beverage companies moving into the value-added and functional business.

Dietary fibre linked to better lung function

Increased intake of dietary fibre, from both cereal and fruit sources, could boost lung health, and may reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), suggests a new study.

Forbes Medi-Tech looks to reorganize

Forbes Medi-Tech announced it has taken steps towards a corporate reorganization that would made the Canadian company wholly-owned by a new company.

Green products can sustain price premium, report

Americans will be willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products in 2008, despite an overall decline in consumer spending, reveals a new study.

More support for omega-3 and weight management

As we head into the festive season, and the inevitable over-indulgence, researchers from Japan have reported that omega-3-rich fish oil could reduce body weight gain by boosting fat metabolism -...

Atrium plans to sell its actives and chemicals division

Atrium is planning to sell its active ingredients and specialty chemicals division in order to focus its energies on the nutritional supplements sector.

Study supports pomegranate extract's safety

An ellagitannin-rich pomegranate extract is safe and effective in enhancing the antioxidant profile in humans, scientists have reported.

Procter & Gamble's claims are correct, NAD

Following an investigation, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has determined that advertising claims made by Procter & Gamble concerning the cholesterol-lower capacity of...

Maternal omega-3 consumption boosts offspring's coordination

Increased intake of the omega-3 DHA during pregnancy could produce improved motor function in the offspring in later life, suggests a new study from the Netherlands.

GMPs and AERs dominate 2007 regulatory scene

In terms of regulation, 2007 has been an exciting year, with the dietary supplement industry gearing up to implement new legislation designed to better ensure the safety of its products.

Whey encapsulation highlights 2007

Whey protein is increasingly hitting the mainstream. This year saw numerous studies published exploring the potential of the ingredient to encapsulate value-added ingredients. Here, FoodNavigator reviews the progress from 2007.

CRN denounces DHEA bill

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has expressed concern over a bill introduced to Congress and aimed at preventing abuse of dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA.

Meta-analysis adds weight to soy's bone benefits

Increased soy isoflavone consumption from dietary or supplemental sources for six months can boost bone mineral density in the spine by almost one gram in menopausal women, according to a...

Excess folate worsens B12 deficiency effects: study

The effects of vitamin B12 deficiency may be exacerbated by too much folate, suggests a new study from Tufts University.

Kosher tops list of 2007 product launches, Mintel

'Kosher' was the most frequently used claim on new products launched in the US during 2007, while 'All Natural' and 'No Additives or Preservatives' were amongst the other most popular...

Think big, think nano

In an exclusive interview, Professor Niels Christian Nielsen, winner of this year's Danisco Award, shared his thoughts with Stephen Daniells on the rise of nanotechnology and gave insight on this...

AHPA brings irradiation concerns to FDA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) announced it has submitted a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request that the agency deny a food additive petition that...

Meta-analysis supports fibre for uterus cancer protection

For every five grams of dietary fibre per 1000 calories, women may reduce their risk of endometrial cancer by over 20 per cent, suggests a new meta-analysis.

Isoflavones may stop benign breast lumps: study

The potential benefits of soy isoflavones for breast health may extend beyond malignant tumours, as a new study suggests a lower incidence of benign breast cysts.

New Years resolutions and consumers

As many consumers plan for a last blast of excess before kicking in the New Year with healthy living resolutions, functional food and dietary supplement manufacturers could leverage these goals...

Weekly comment

Time for antioxidants v2.0

'Antioxidants' crop up every where, from beverage cans to cereal packets. But industry must wake up to over use of the antioxidant tag before the term loses meaning for consumers.

Sabinsa partners with Tempo Canada

Sabinsa Corporation is taking on the Canadian market with a sales and marketing agreement with Tempo Canada for the distribution of specialized, standardized botanical extracts and cosmeceuticals.

Cloned food postponed

Food from cloned animals looks likely to take longer than expected to enter the American food supply, following the passage of a provision in the Senate's Farm Bill that requires...

Moderate beer intake may cut Alzheimer's risk: study

The silicon content of beer may protect against the deleterious effects of aluminium on brain health, suggests a new study with mice from Spain.

Supplements could benefits from Major League Baseball report

A new report investigating the use of performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball (MLB) could help the dietary supplement industry, whose products are often blamed for misleading athletes into consuming...

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