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Infant formula sales slump at Biostime but firm bullish over future growth

Sales at Chinese infant nutrition firm Biostime dropped by 14% in the first half of 2016 to RMB1.46bn (US$220m), with the Biostime brand – which accounts for 86% of the company’s sales – down 5.4% and the value brand Adimil down 65.7%.

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

EU Commission raises concerns over Dow DuPont merger

The European Commission says it has opened an investigation to see if the proposed merger of Dow and DuPont is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

Cold War thaw? ASA upholds Taywell Ice Cream complaint from rival Perfect World

Ice cream maker Taywell breached health claim rules according to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), in what was the conclusion of a dispute between Taywell and rival ice cream producer Perfect World.

Irish dairy campaign packs protein punch in hard times for sector

Ireland’s National Dairy Council has put protein at the heart of its new Powered by Dairy marketing campaign, targeting sports enthusiasts and supporting value-added products such as protein milk.

Chocolate ice cream flavor overtakes vanilla for the first time in eight years

Nearly 22% of ice cream products launched in the UK in the past 12 months were chocolate flavored, compared to vanilla at 18%, caramel or caramelized flavors at 13% and strawberry at 12%, according to Mintel.  

Bemis sees ‘Afresh’ trend as next big thing for flexible packaging

Packaging supplier Bemis is tapping what it describes as the ‘Afresh’ trend - growth from fresh and organic products.

The results are in - International Cheese Awards 2016

Treur Kaas' Jerseyhoeve Schorren; Arla Foods' Double Gloucester from Taw Valley Creamery; and Wyke Farms' Nige-the-Nose, were recognized at The International Cheese Awards 2016 this month.

Scientists to trial cockroach milk as a future protein supplement

Scientists have discovered cockroach milk is four times more nutritious than cow's milk with a protein that releases energy slowly over a long period of time.

Consumers to test black ice cream 'that changes the color of your tongue'

Rossi Ice Cream is trialing a Black Vanilla Ice Cream that tastes like vanilla, but is black in color, and changes the color of your tongue, this weekend.

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to fines.

Protein ice cream: The Red Bull of the freezer aisle?

Rising protein ice cream brand WheyHey isn’t stopping at being the 'Red Bull of the freezer aisle'; it wants to provide an alternative to the 'rubbish' food companies are serving up in every category, co-founder Damien Kennedy tells NutraIngredients. 

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Scottish dairy looks to US market as Brexit causes trade uncertainty

American consumers can now buy a variety of Scottish dairy products that are united by a logo that says “made with 100% Scottish milk,” as the Scottish Dairy brand was launched at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.  

Calcium linked to reduced breast cancer rates: Meta-analysis

A review of 26,000 cases has found consuming more calcium-rich foods such as milk and cheese as well as supplements may slightly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

News in brief

Bitten: Long-awaited sugar replacement tooth claim enters EU law books

Almost three years after winning a positive EFSA opinion linking sugar replacement and tooth health, the claim has been written into EU law books.

May 31 to June 2 2016, Chicago, Illinois. 270+ signed up

IPA & Probiota Americas partnership set to break records this week

Chicago will witness the biggest ever meeting of experts from the global pre- and probiotics industry, running today (May 31) until Thursday (June 2). The combined IPA World Congress and Probiota Americas event will unite more than 270 academics, business and regulatory leaders. 

Guest article

European infant formula makers: We don't need more regulation

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) and respected British journal The Lancet recently calling for tighter regulation and enforcement to better control infant formulae marketing, Aurélie Perrichet executive director of sector group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) says enough is enough, at least here in Europe.

Special edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

Price of butter futures jumps by 13%

Low milk prices and a cold, wet spring across Europe have combined to push butter futures prices upwards, according to Greenfields Ingredients, the UK division of Greenfields Ireland.

Infant formula marketing: The Lancet calls for total social media ban

Respected British medical journal The Lancet says global infant formula marketing regulations need tightening – including a complete ban on social media channels.

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