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Benecol blood boils after cholesterol ad lanced

Cholesterol-battling plant stanol-based Benecol has been busted in the UK for exaggerating TV advert claims even though they were based on UK National Health Service (NHS), British Heart Foundation (BHF)...

Nestlé quiet on latest Danone medical nutrition takeover 'market rumors'

Nestlé has declined to comment on "market rumors" that it is in advanced talks with Danone to acquire the French dairy's medical nutrition division.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Prinsen protein powder for women 'doesn't feel like..a recovery drink'

Dutch food firm Prinsen has developed a chocolate-flavoured whey protein powder that it claims will appeal to women because it “doesn’t feel like…a recovery drink.”

Danes back nutrient-rich African camel milk expansion

Danish supplier Chr Hansen has launched a forum to disseminate and share information on camel cheese and milk production to generate global support and potential revenue for small-scale camel owners...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Don't focus simply on Neomil 1 infant formula caesarean claims: Rontis

Rontis has urged potential distributors not to focus entirely on the claim that its Neomil 1 product is the "best choice" infant formula for babies born by caesarean section....

FrieslandCampina, Huishan Dairy propose Chinese infant formula JV

FrieslandCampina and Huishan Dairy have revealed plans to establish a joint venture to manufacture and market a new brand of infant formula in China.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Marketing whey protein to the elderly 'challenging': Davisco Foods

The role of doctors and dietitians in the education of the elderly on the benefits of protein for healthy ageing is key, US whey protein manufacturer Davisco Foods International told...

‘Cost savings and quality of life improvements’: Meta-analysis supports probiotics for common cold

Consuming probiotics may decrease the duration of common upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) by up to a day, compared to placebo, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition ....

US COMMODITIES CORNER

US dairy industry has 'discovered the power of exports'

Now the world's largest exporter of nonfat dry milk (NDM) and skim milk powder (SMP), it is fair to say the US has discovered "the power of exports," says DairyReporter.com's US commodities...

Devondale Murray Goulburn to invest AU$127m in 'dairy future'

Australian cooperative Devondale Murray Goulburn plans to plough an additional AU$127m (US$118m, €85m) into its "dairy future" with investments in cheese, infant formula and dairy beverages....

Danone Nutricia set to acquire NZ infant formula operations

Danone subsidiary Nutricia looks set to add additional infant formula manufacturing and packing capacity to its existing operations in New Zealand through the acquisition of two firms.

Abbott rejects shareholder call for GMO labeling on its products

An Abbott Laboratories shareholder proposal to label genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in its Similac infant formula range received about 5% of the vote, and has been rejected by the company.

Special infant formula ‘sometimes the only option’ for ill babies: Meiji

Infant formula products developed specifically for babies with certain disorders are “often the best, and sometimes the only option,” Japanese dairy giant Meiji has claimed.

Danone Group 'trying to whitewash' Nutricia India marketing practices: BMA

Breastfeeding advocate Baby Milk Action (BMA) has accused the Danone Group of attempting to “whitewash” the activities of its Nutricia India business, which is facing allegations it approved illegal payments to doctors....

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27 , that has health claim victories...

EFSA issues draft opinion on nutritional requirements of baby milks

Industry representative Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) has welcomed a draft European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Opinion that “recognized” the nutritional value of infant and follow-on formula products already on the market....

NZ infant formula exporters have 'actions...to undertake' to meet Chinese standards

Some New Zealand infant formula manufacturers and brand-owners could be temporarily blocked from exporting to China if they are unable to meet the requirements of a new register by May 1.

Australia experiencing Danone Nutricia infant formula shortage

Karicare and Aptamil brand infant formula products are in short supply in Australia for the second time in just over a year, as manufacturer Nutricia Australia New Zealand (Nutricia ANZ)...

Indian government urged to probe Nutricia India doctor bribery allegations

The Indian government has been urged to investigate claims that infant formula manufacturer Nutricia India, a subsidiary of the Danone Group, approved illegal payments by its employees to doctors.

News in brief

NZ to establish post-WPC scare food safety advisory panel

Following last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, the New Zealand government has announced plans to establish a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council that will provide it with...

British wholesaler fined £15k for illegally repackaging milk powder

A wholesaler who illegally repackaged powdered milk has been slapped with a fine of more than £15,000 ($25,200, €18,300) by a British court.

Gravity-free probiotics

Space…The final frontier for Yakult probiotics? 6-year study confirmed

Probiotic pioneer Yakult’s little bottles are to feature in a 6-year, gravity-free study at the International Space Station (ISS).

dispatches from Analytica 2014

DairyGuard fights against milk powder adulteration

Precise, specific and reproducible results must be achieved when screening for known and unknown adulterants in milk powder, according to PerkinElmer.

Whey protein’s benefits for improved body composition supported by new meta-analysis

Intake of whey protein as a supplement or in combination with resistance exercise, or as part of a weight-loss or weight-maintenance diet, may boost body composition for men and women,...

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally...

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