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Omega-3: from academia to commercial blockbuster

Omega-3: from academia to commercial blockbuster

By Shane Starling

Omega-3 veteran Ian Newton shares three decades-worth of industry experience that has seen the fatty acid go from non-existent to heavy blip on the nutritional radar.

The medicine hunter: ‘I help to establish trade in plants’

The medicine hunter: ‘I help to establish trade in plants’

By Shane Starling

Chris Kilham is a perennial of the herbals industry, a man who has for more than 20 years acted as a social, anthropological and botanical conduit between indigenous cultures in places like the Peruvian Amazon and western ingredients suppliers.

Expo West reflections: post-recession buy-outs and GMP compliance

Expo West reflections: post-recession buy-outs and GMP compliance

By Shane Starling

Private equity firms came in droves to Expo West looking for post-recession bargains, with dietary supplements firm in their sights. A NutraIngredients-USA.com straw poll in the supplements aisles confirmed acquisition offers were as abundant as natural...

NPA chief: Industry must remain vigilant after McCain Bill victory

NPA chief: Industry must remain vigilant after McCain Bill victory

By Shane Starling

John Gay, the executive director and CEO of the Washington DC-based Natural Product Association (NPA), commends industry for the lobbying effort that has led to Republican Senator John McCain agreeing to alter his highly unpopular Bill.

McCain ‘flip-flops’ on supplements reform Bill

McCain ‘flip-flops’ on supplements reform Bill

By Shane Starling

In this US regulatory round-up, New York-based food and drug attorney, Marc Ullman unpicks the reformed position of Republican Senator John McCain on the regulations governing dietary supplements.

The promise of evolving resveratrol science

The promise of evolving resveratrol science

By Shane Starling

Kevin Pearson PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky is a long-time resveratrol researcher who is currently engaged in studying the potential of the polyphenol to benefit expectant mothers and their offspring.

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

By Shane Starling

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have similar criteria in place when it comes to evaluating health claim-backing evidence – both prefer human intervention trials.

Krill oil – hope or hype for the omega-3 market?

Krill oil – hope or hype for the omega-3 market?

By Stephen Daniells

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the nutrition industry’s big fish, and an emerging presence in the market is omega-3 sourced from krill oil. Stephen Daniells casts his net for opinions on the rise of krill oil.

Too many trade groups spoil the lobbying broth?

Special edition: DSHEA turns 15

Too many trade groups spoil the lobbying broth?

By Shane Starling

In the third part of this DSHEA special, George Pontiakos, the president and chief executive officer of California-based, BI Nutraceuticals, tells Shane Starling why the dietary supplements industry suffers under the lack of a unified voice.

Blumenthal: On supplements regulations and outrunners

Special edition: DSHEA turns 15

Blumenthal: On supplements regulations and outrunners

By Shane Starling

In part two of this DSHEA special, Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, outlines why he believes DSHEA is a victim of the “erroneous negative view” that it limits the power of the FDA and can’t control rogue...

DSHEA turns 15 and growing up fast

Special edition: DSHEA turns 15

DSHEA turns 15 and growing up fast

By Shane Starling

The Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA) celebrated its fifteenth birthday in October – a birthday some thought would not be achieved.

Pontiakos: FDA is doing a fine job

Pontiakos: FDA is doing a fine job

By Shane Starling

George Pontiakos, the president and chief executive officer of California-based, BI Nutraceuticals, tells Shane Starling why he thinks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should get more credit than it does.

Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

Exclusive interview

Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

By Shane Starling

Naturex president and chief executive officer, Jacques Dikansky, tells Shane Starling why in August the French botanicals giant bought Spanish supplier, Natraceutical Group, to double its size for the third time since 2002.

Omega-3 welcomes big fish into fold

Omega-3 welcomes big fish into fold

By Shane Starling

Bioriginal director of sales for North America, Michael Chubb, speaks to Shane Starling about the effect the entry of major suppliers like DSM and Cognis are having on the omega-3 segment.

Obama bill unlikely to alter medical stance on supplements

Obama bill unlikely to alter medical stance on supplements

By Shane Starling

The Obama administration is pushing through health care reform that promises greater access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans. Will the reforms bring benefits to the dietary supplements industry?

The untold success stories of vitamins

The untold success stories of vitamins

By Stephen Daniells

As the world population increases, so does the shadow of malnutrition. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, yet continues to cause blindness in up to 500,000 children each year. Vitamin Angels is making...

Biomarkers may hold the key for nutrition and health claims

Biomarkers may hold the key for nutrition and health claims

Biomarkers to measure the state of our health may hold the key to establishing the benefits of a dietary compound or ingredient, but more efforts are needed to produce a list of biomarkers with a validated end point, says a key industry figure.

The healthy immune health market

The healthy immune health market

As swine flu continues to grab headlines around the world, interest in immune health has never been healthier. Stephen Daniells talks to Jay Udani from UCLA and CEO of Medicus Research about the science behind the growing immune health market.

Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits

Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how folate in green leafy vegetables and fortified flours may protect against hearing loss.

Nestle’s thinking on brain health

Nestle’s thinking on brain health

By Stephen Daniells

Nestle is investing tens of millions of Euros in brain health. Dr Jeroen Schmitt, head of cognitive sciences at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland explains why it's not naive to think that diet can boost mental development in our children,...

Snack Size Science: Soy’s promise for long-life

Snack Size Science: Soy’s promise for long-life

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at the potential of soy to slow the ageing process and extend lifespan.

DSM courts academia with Science Awards

DSM courts academia with Science Awards

By Shaen Starling

Manfred Eggersdorfer, director of research and development at DSM Nutritional Products, sat down with Shane Starling to discuss the value of open innovation and business/academia interaction after the 2009 DSM Science and Technology Awards in Switzerland...

Could probiotics affect behaviour?

Could probiotics affect behaviour?

By Stephen Daniells

Increasing knowledge of how the gut and brain is opening up the possibilities for probiotics. At the 5th International Yakult Symposium in Amsterdam, Stephen Daniells met Professor John Bienenstock from McMaster University to find out where the current...

Recession could create innovation opportunities

Dispatches from IFT

Recession could create innovation opportunities

In today’s challenging economy, large companies are increasingly looking to buy innovative finished products rather than developing their own, says Blue Pacific CEO Donald Wilkes.

AERs reflect supplement usage patterns, says AHPA

AERs reflect supplement usage patterns, says AHPA

The adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements is an association system, not a cause and effect system, says trade group AHPA, stressing that high numbers of AERs linked to multivitamins does not mean the products are dangerous.

Nanotech, termite diets and antioxidants in Anaheim

Dispatches from IFT

Nanotech, termite diets and antioxidants in Anaheim

By The FoodNavigator team in Anaheim

In this podcast, our journalists share their thoughts on what caught their eye during the last day of the IFT show in Anaheim, California.

Antioxidant methods vital for ensuring health benefits: Expert

Dispatches from IFT

Antioxidant methods vital for ensuring health benefits: Expert

By Stephen Daniells in Anaheim

The implied health benefits of antioxidants are strong in the minds of consumers. Stephen Daniells talked to Covance’s Darryl Sullivan, associate director, scientific affairs on what tests are available, where we stand on cell-based tests, and what industry...

HFCS, salmonella chocolate, and tasting black garlic in Anaheim

Dispatches from IFT

HFCS, salmonella chocolate, and tasting black garlic in Anaheim

By The FoodNavigator Team in Anaheim

Debate over high fructose corn syrup, lessons from a salmonella scare, putting omega-3 into alcoholic beverages, and the potential of black garlic... the FoodNavigator team shares thoughts on the second day of the IFT trade show in Anaheim, California.

Innovation, food safety and economic pep talks in Anaheim

Dispatches from IFT

Innovation, food safety and economic pep talks in Anaheim

By The FoodNavigator team

Top prizes for innovation, stevia capacity and taste tests, food safety, and doing business in a tough economy... the FoodNavigator team shares thoughts on the opening day of the IFT trade show in Anaheim, California.

Vitamin E tocotrienols' coming of age

Vitamin E tocotrienols' coming of age

By Stephen Daniells

Vitamin E tocotrienols are dwarves in a land of tocopherols – the vitamin E giants. But the tocotrienol market is growing. Stephen Daniells talks to Lipid Nutrition’s John Kurstjens, and Carotech’s Sharon Ling, about entry to the market, the benefits...

E for emerging nutrient? The growth of vitamin E tocotrienols

E for emerging nutrient? The growth of vitamin E tocotrienols

By Stephen Daniells

Vitamin E tocotrienols are slowing coming out of the shadow of tocopherols. Stephen Daniells talks to Dr Barrie Tan from American River Nutrition, about new sources of tocotrienols, new entrants to the market, and where the health benefits lie.

D-Ribose GRAS opens doors to energy foods, drinks

D-Ribose GRAS opens doors to energy foods, drinks

Minneapolis-based Bioenergy tells Lorraine Heller about the application areas opened up for its D-Ribose energy ingredient, following its determination as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in foods and beverages.

K for Kartilage? New health areas for vitamin K

Dispatches from Vitafoods

K for Kartilage? New health areas for vitamin K

By Stephen Daniells

Vitamin K has been linked to bone, heart, and even prostate health, but could joint health and cartilage be next on the horizon for the unKnown vitamin? Stephen Daniells talks to Prof Cees Vermeer from VitaK, about raising awareness on vitamin K, dietary...

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Adulteration of food proteins - as seen in the recent melamine scandal - is becoming a greater threat to industry as the food supply has become more globalized and economic crisis drives manufacturers to seek cheaper ingredients, says Jim Griffiths of...

Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market

Glanbia guns for sports and infant nutrition market

Chief operating officer at Glanbia Nutritionals Dr Raimund Hoenes sat down with Shane Starling at Vitafoods in Geneva and shared insights into some of the challenges the sub-division of the Irish dairy giant has faced since its inception two years ago...

Market expected to rebound from Hydroxycut blow

Market expected to rebound from Hydroxycut blow

The recent recall of the top-selling weight loss supplement brand Hydroxycut will further erode consumer confidence in the category, but the market will ultimately rebound, says an ingredients player.

Grand plans for vitamins

Grand plans for vitamins

By Lorraine Heller

Vitamin Angels – often referred to as the humanitarian arm of the natural products industry – provides the framework for companies to donate nutritional supplements or fortified foods to children who urgently need them.

How the EU health claims process could impact US

How the EU health claims process could impact US

How will the new health claims system in Europe impact the state of play in the North American market? Lorraine Heller speaks to a leading international ingredients supplier about the potential marketing and regulatory implications.

The probiotic moisture challenge

The probiotic moisture challenge

Connie Sindelar, probiotic format development manager at Danisco tells NutraIngredients-USA.com about formulation challenges involved in using the healthy bacteria.

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