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Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Multifunctional fibers made from fruit and vegetable peals and pulps that would otherwise be thrown away can help manufacturers meet consumers’ growing demand for clean ingredient labels while also reducing food waste. 

Published: 05-Aug-2015

Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing two new players to the plant-based protein market

Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing LENTEIN Plus and mankai

Two firms that generated a lot of buzz at the IFT show this year were Parabel and Hinoman, which are both selling brand new nutrient-packed ingredients from tiny aquatic plants. But do they have what it takes to give more established players in the plant-based protein category a run for their money?

Published: 03-Aug-2015

NASA food science: Complete nutrition, emerging technologies, and the Mission to Mars

NASA food science: Complete nutrition, emerging technologies, and the Mission to Mars

NASA is exploring all forms of cutting edge technology, from 3D printing to high pressure processing and more to be able to transition its food system from the International Space Station to a Mission to Mars, says Grace Douglas, PhD.

Published: 21-Jul-2015

How does the supplements industry deal with credibility bashing?

How does the supplements industry deal with credibility bashing?

The New York Attorney General’s investigation has led to attacks on the industry by the mainstream media, so how does the industry deal with the credibility bashing?

Published: 17-Jul-2015

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

Sales of tea in the U.S. are growing quickly as more Americans are drawn to the beverage for its health benefits, rich history and artisanal qualities, according to industry stakeholders.

Published: 09-Jul-2015

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

The understanding of what happens within the human digestive system has always been hampered by the inability to observe that system in action, leave alone the imperfect understanding of one of the major components of the system, the gut microbiome.  But new models are being perfected that offer a more accurate and more detailed look at how the gut microbiome affects the overall organism, experts say.

Published: 24-Jun-2015

Collaboration among stakeholders needed for probiotics research to move forward, experts say

Collaboration among stakeholders needed for probiotics research to move forward, experts say

The immediate future of the probiotics space is clouded by regulatory uncertainty but is buoyed by new science and technology, speakers at the recent Probiota Americas event said.

Published: 23-Jun-2015

Pivotal study on effect of gut microbial makeup on brain activity changed course of researcher's career

Pivotal study on effect of gut microbial makeup on brain activity changed course of researcher's career

The dawn of inexpensive, rapid genetic sequencing has opened up new avenues for explaining the connection of the gut to the brain.  With this new understanding of the precise makeup of the  gut microbiome, medical science, and by extension the probiotic supplements industry, stands at the brink of a new age, said a speaker at the recent Probiota Americas event.

Published: 15-Jun-2015

Can gut microbes affect eating behavior? It's an intriguing field of research, expert says

Can gut microbes affect eating behavior?  It's an intriguing field of research, expert says

Evidence continues to mount that the gut microbiome affects gut health in a number of ways, one of which appears to be by inducing the nervous system to send signals to the brain via the vagus nerve and other pathways. Can the makeup of this microbial community also affect our behavior?  It’s an intriguing possibility, says Joe Alcock. MD.

Published: 12-Jun-2015

Ganeden BC30 boosts performance, recovery in weight lifting test, attendees at event are told

Ganeden BC30 boosts performance, recovery in weight lifting test, attendees at event are told

A study detailed at the Probiota Americas gathering in San Diego showed how supplementation of Bacillus coagulans combined with protein decreases muscle damage and boosts recovery post exercise. And it’s the first study that directly links probiotics with an improvement in performance, the lead researcher said.

Published: 11-Jun-2015

US market is faster, but not lower quality or less ethical than Europe, consultant says

US market is faster, but not lower quality or less ethical than Europe, consultant says

In the wake of the New York Attorney General affair, one question that has been raised is whether barriers to entry in the US market are too low, and give bad actors too much room to maneuver.  But an expert on the supplement trade in Europe says barriers to entry on not much different there, it is more a matter of differences in the entrepreneurial culture.

Published: 10-Jun-2015

ABC taps into European herbal insights via new advisory board member

ABC taps into European herbal insights via new advisory board member

Europe, and especially Germany, has historically been a hotbed of herbal lore, science and product development. The American Botanical Council recently tapped into this knowledge in a more fundamental way by adding Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, to its advisory board, signalling the advent of a more global future for the organization.

Published: 09-Jun-2015

Ismail says omega-3s industry needs to take high road when it comes to bad press

Ismail says omega-3s industry needs to take high road when it comes to bad press

An article in late March in The New York Times called the efficacy of omega-3s into question, citing a number of older equivocal studies.  Rather than get down into the trenches on this one, a leading spokesperson in the field said it’s time for the industry to rise above.

Published: 08-Jun-2015

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to do in the first place. Identify and count, it’s as simple as that.

Published: 03-Jun-2015

Blackmores: We wanted to see krill sustainability with our own eyes

Blackmores: We wanted to see krill sustainability with our own eyes

Richard Henfrey

Chief Operating Officer - Blackmores

Blackmores, the leading supplement brand in Australia, has taken the unusual step of sending a company representative on a two week-long trip to verify the sustainability practices of Aker BioMarine, the world’s largest harvester of krill used to supply krill oil for omega-3 supplements. A major shift in the worldwide omega-3s supply picture provided the impetus for this major undertaking, said Richard Henfrey,  Blackmores chief operating officer.

Published: 02-Jun-2015

The making of a brand: Contract manufacturers share secrets to success

The making of a brand: Contract manufacturers share secrets to success

The firms that manufacture healthy food and supplement products do much more than just make products – they are integral partners in product development, regulatory compliance and much more…

Published: 21-May-2015

The ins and outs: Are firms shifting to vertically integrated supply chains?

The ins and outs: Are firms shifting to vertically integrated supply chains?

Outsourcing. It's no secret it can bring big financial and logistical gains. But in an age when traceability and accountability carry increasing value, are we now seeing a shift towards a new concept of insourcing?

Published: 21-May-2015

Outsourcing science: Where does the future of industry research lie?

Outsourcing science: Where does the future of industry research lie?

An trend for outsourcing science and research may be good news for contract research organisations (CROs) and open innovation partnerships, but does it mean that internal R&D is suffering?

Published: 20-May-2015

How has social media changed food marketing?

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to experts speaking on the side lines of Food Vision in Cannes.

Published: 08-Apr-2015

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Radek Sali, CEO,Swisse Wellness;

François Scheffler, head, BASF human nutrition; - Loren Israelsen, president, United Natural Products Association (UNPA); Mandy Saven, head, food, beverage and hospitality, Stylus

Nutrigenomics – the idea of optimising nutrition via individualised and/or pooled genetic data – is one that has long promised to revolutionise how we eat – not to mention keeping us healthy and out of hospitals. Are converging technologies about to deliver on its promise?

Published: 07-Apr-2015

Alkemist Labs CEO: We need transparency among the analytical labs

Alkemist Labs CEO: We need transparency among the analytical labs

The analytical community should embrace transparency to then allow manufacturers to share that with consumers to build confidence, says Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs.

Published: 18-Mar-2015

NOW Foods’ Secrist on the need for greater transparency and why brokers are ‘the bane of the industry’

NOW Foods’ Secrist on the need for greater transparency and why brokers are ‘the bane of the industry’

The recent NY AG probe has kick-started some industry organizations to say self-policing needs to be better, and transparency needs to come to the fore, says Aaron Secrist from NOW Foods. 

Published: 17-Mar-2015

Qualitas says drawbacks of open pond algae cultivation easily dealt with

Qualitas says drawbacks of open pond algae cultivation easily dealt with

Qualitas Health, a supplier of a unique polar-lipid structured algal omega-3 ingredient, is now at full scale production and is participating in what an executive calls “the future of omega-3s.”

Published: 17-Mar-2015

Mazza Innovation nears full scale production with innovative water extraction process

Mazza Innovation nears full scale production with innovative water extraction process

Mazza Innovation, a producer of botanical extracts, has moved beyond the proof of concept stage and is close to full scale production with its unique water-based extraction technology.

Published: 17-Mar-2015

Cargill's Viatech platform deconstructs stevia leaf to identify better blends

Cargill's Viatech platform deconstructs stevia leaf to identify better blends

Cargill is “all in on stevia,” according to Scott Fabro, global business development director.  At the forefront of this commitment is the company’s Viatech stevia technology, which analyzes the various stevia components separately and reassembles them in higher performing blends.

Published: 17-Mar-2015