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Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

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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.

Snack Size Science: Vitamin E and the quest for thick hair

Snack Size Science: Vitamin E and the quest for thick hair

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we consider if vitamin E from palm oil can help men with thinning and receding hair. Malaysian researchers suggest there’s potential for the vitamin in mane-maintenance.

Fierce clamp-down for swine flu supplements

Fierce clamp-down for swine flu supplements

Marc Ullman, partner at Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman tells NutraIngredients-USA.com what is in store for companies falsely marketing dietary supplements as preventions for swine flu.

GMP inspections likely to start by fall, says FDA

Dispatches from Supply Side East

GMP inspections likely to start by fall, says FDA

By Lorraine Heller

Although all medium-sized dietary supplement manufacturers in the US will be required to meet new GMP regulations as of June this year, FDA has said it is unlikely to start inspections until fall. The agency’s manager of the Division of Dietary Supplements...

Banker: nutraceuticals stay hot amid economic freeze

Dispatches from Supply Side East

Banker: nutraceuticals stay hot amid economic freeze

By Lorraine Heller

Supplements and healthy foods are proving to be more resilient than other sectors in the midst of the current economic freeze. Investment banker David Thibodeau tells Lorraine Heller why this sector will continue to perform.

Playing ball in China's health claims park

Dispatches from Supply Side East

Playing ball in China's health claims park

By Lorraine Heller

Lorraine Heller met with Randy Dennin, chairman of the Chinese branch of US trade group Natural Products Association (NPA), at Supply Side East and asked him about regulatory and other challenges on the Sino peninsula.

Supply Side East preview

Disptaches from Supply Side East

Supply Side East preview

By Lorraine Heller

Today is the first day of Supply Side East, one of the major east coast trade shows for the functional foods and supplements industries. Lorraine Heller takes a peek at the program and shares some thoughts about what to expect from the show.

Snack Size Science: Fishing for powdered omega-3 salts

Snack Size Science: Fishing for powdered omega-3 salts

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredients’ Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we explore the potential of powdered omega-3 salts as a way of taking this big fish of the nutrition world into yet more products.

Snack Size Science: The new kid in vitamin E town

Snack Size Science: The new kid in vitamin E town

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we consider the discovery of a new form of vitamin E in the peel of kiwifruit. Italian researchers reveal the furry little fruits secret nutrient content.

Yakult pushing probiotic science envelope

Yakult pushing probiotic science envelope

By Shane Starling

Probiotics are best known for their digestive health benefits, but research is pointing to benefits in unexpected areas. Shane Starling met with Yakult’s Netherlands-based science manager, Dr Jia Zhao, after she spoke at a recent conference on functional...

ADM whistleblower pays heavy price for freedom

Mark Whitacre – The Informant

ADM whistleblower pays heavy price for freedom

By Shane Starling

Mark Whitacre was the US corporate world’s highest level executive whistleblower when he exposed a price fixing scheme at ADM in the mid-90s. Now the subject of a Hollywood film called The Informant starring Matt Damon, the selenium biochemist came clean...

Why omega-3 nutrient claims are important, GOED

Why omega-3 nutrient claims are important, GOED

By Lorraine Heller

A proposed ruling to prohibit the use of omega-3 nutrient content claims would generate consumer confusion by limiting the ways in which manufacturers can communicate meaningful omega-3 references on their products, says the Global Organization for EPA...

Reading between the omega-3 aisles at Expo West

Dispatches from Expo West

Reading between the omega-3 aisles at Expo West

By Shane Starling

Shane Starling takes Michael Chubb, the sales director at Canadian fatty acid specialist, Bioriginal, into the organic and natural product extravaganza that is Expo West for a real-time spec of end-product omega-3 ingredient innovation and application.

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

Dispatches from Expo West

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

By Shane Starling

The staggered implementation of America’s controversial GMP rules is underway and due for completion in June, 2010. For the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s VP of regulatory and scientific affairs, Andrew Shao, PhD, the bill may be progressing but...

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

Dispatches from Expo West

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

By Shane Starling

At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the “flyspeck” that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA), GMPs, oh, and the...

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