French firm Charles & Alice is making its first foray into North America and markets beyond based on the benefits of a well-known probiotic: BC-30, which was developed by Ganeden, now part of Irish ingredients giant Kerry.
Seattle-based Bulletproof 360 made a name for itself in the nutrition space with MCT-infused coffee. It has since established an empire of functional food, beverage and supplement products. Its latest launch is a prebiotic powder called InnerFuel.
Researchers continue to link diet with gut health as a US team find fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption results in higher beneficial bacteria whilst diets that include fat, alcohol, and added sugar result in higher harmful bacteria numbers.
Network marketing giant Amway has deepened its partnership with biological research firm Microbiome Insights with the release of the largest study yet to look at factors influencing skin and oral microbiome diversity.
A recent paper by the USP Expert Panel on probiotics has attracted some good attention, and that will hopefully translate into more stakeholders looking to get third-part quality certifications for their products, says USP’s Dr Kit Goldman.
A lack of fibre during pregnancy could be contributing to the burden of the serious condition preeclampsia, according to researchers who also argue the lack of fibre in Western diets may explain the rapid increase of allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DuPont is providing a “unique” probiotic strain to help treat sepsis in infants in Bangladesh, but the strain may also have commercial applications closer to home.
NZMP has its eye on sports nutrition success in APAC — with its recently established Sport and Active Lifestyle business unit tasked with driving growth in the market — as it assesses regional opportunities for its new probiotics range.
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) is encouraging health food firms to contribute to the expansion of the Health Food Raw Materials Directory by presenting evidence to support the functional efficacy of ingredients to the unit.