With the global obesity epidemic a number one priority, ‘wellness’ or ‘functional’ foods are in the spotlight as a means of weight and disease reduction. It’s a sector undergoing immense regulatory change and, whether you’re working in the field of dietary control, fortification or supplements, you will benefit from regular consultations with Dr Foodman.
16-Jul-2012 - Consumer demand is sustaining probiotics sales, despite the blow of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) health claims rejections, say some of industry's main players.
02-Jul-2012 - Optimising the delivery of antioxidant phytochemicals is the way to keep tomorrow's consumers happy and healthy, reports Michelle Knott.
02-Jul-2012 - Debate about the future EU regulation of sports nutrition is intensifying. Paul Gander asks what impact different outcomes might have on innovation.
02-Jul-2012 - A second reading of the European Parliament's (EP's) report on replacing the regulatory framework for foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS) is now unlikely before early 2013, but deliberations on regulating some categories could continue for much longer, says a leading sector association.
02-Jul-2012 - Chr Hansen has unveiled a new chewable tablet with probiotics and vitamin C.
02-Jul-2012 - News last month that DSM Nutritional Products (DSM) and Kemin planned to contest the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) rejection of their submitted claims for lutein and eye health, is but the latest twist in the tortuous saga of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation.
02-Jul-2012 - Sometimes we have to go back to move forward. This is particularly true for novel ingredients and health claims, says Lorraine Mullaney.
02-Jul-2012 - Claims that whey protein offers superior effects on muscle protein synthesis in the elderly have been boosted by the publication of a spate of scientific studies in the first quarter of 2012.
02-Jul-2012 - The findings of a Leatherhead Research study could enable food manufacturers to gather supporting evidence for health claims on how cereal fibre can benefit vascular function.
02-Jul-2012 - Whey ingredient manufacturer Volac plans to educate consumers to expand the appeal of whey protein outside the sports nutrition category.
05-Jun-2012 - A new clinical study is claiming that consuming a protein blend (a combination of soy, whey and casein) post-workout is the best way to build muscle. The blend showed an increase in a person's 'anabolic window' (the amount of time it takes for building muscle to occur post exercise).
04-Jun-2012 - We've had the exotic super berries: goji and açai. Now, apparently, from Latin America, we have the new exotic superseed: chia.
03-Jun-2012 - I know it's not a new subject, but the European Food Safety Authority's decision, under the health claims regulations, to forbid the use of 'probiotic' labels on food, looks even more unhelpful to consumers when you ponder the implications more deeply.
01-Jun-2012 - Momentum is building to agree EU allergen management action levels that firms could use within their operations and for labelling purposes, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF) experts.
30-May-2012 - The nation’s changing breakfast preferences, the impact of shifting diets, and the great British takeaway are three key food trends to emerge from Mintel’s first survey charting consumers’ changing food choices between 1972 and 2012.
30-May-2012 - Cherries are on their way to 'superfruit' status, according to Innova Market Insights. The research firm says cherries featured in 7% of juice drink launches in 2011 - up from 4% five years earlier.
30-May-2012 - LycoRed Israel has launched microencapsulated formulations for hair and nail nutrition, which it claims will expand options for manufacturers. The products are based on vitamin B complex and amino acids.
28-May-2012 - Four “mega trends” are driving growth in food and drink and where functional food is concerned, it’s the science that sways it, according to analysts.
15-May-2012 - Vitafoods celebrates its 15th birthday next week. It’ll be my 11th consecutive May visit to Geneva for the jamboree and promises to be one of the most intriguing chapters with the (partial and belated) resolution of years of ambiguity regarding health claims in Europe.
08-May-2012 - Eight top food trends will dominate European shoppers’ buying habits by the year 2020, predicts Spanish research organisation Azti-Tecnalia.
08-May-2012 - First Milk is hoping to capitalise on the Olympic wave following its acquisition of the sports nutrition firm CNP Professional.
07-May-2012 - Scientists will have a better understanding of how the body can take advantage of functional nutrients found in different food structures, following the results of a new collaborative research project.
03-May-2012 - Science in Sport (SiS), the £5M turnover sports nutrition business acquired by life sciences company Provexis in June last year for £8M, is predicted to grow by an impressive 20% a year by tapping into soaring demand for specialist sports nutrition products, according to its chief executive Stephen Moon.
01-May-2012 - JBT FoodTech has developed an integrated in-line dry-fry system to process coated products with up to 50% less oil pick-up.
01-May-2012 - The growing diversity of allergen-free products made competition for this year's FreeFrom Food Awards fiercer than ever, according to Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, chair of the judges and editor of the FoodsMatter website.