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Firm files health claim for probiotic and Herpes labialis recurrence

Italian dairy firm Granarolo Spa has applied for a health claim for a probiotic – prebiotic combination and the reduced recurrence of cold sores.

SE Asia dairy focus

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a...

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Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

“largest dataset ever published”

Probiotics deliver significant defecation benefits in healthy people: Study

One of the largest probiotic clinical interventions has found significant improvement in gut health in healthy people.

DuPont blends soy, casein and whey in beverage to ‘challenge industry standards’

DuPont Nutrition and Health is "challenging the norms" of the dairy industry with a concept that blends soy, whey and milk proteins.

Probiotics can change infant gut bacteria to prevent cow milk allergy: Study

Infants with allergies to cow’s milk can become tolerant after treatment with hydrolysed casein and a probiotic formula which alters their gut microbiome, according to a new study.


Q&A: HP Hood on dairy innovation and the role of aseptic processing and packaging

Innovation is the driving force behind growth in the dairy industry, Jeffrey Andrews, senior director of contract manufacturing at HP Hood, told a crowd gathered at the 2015 International Dairy...


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....

Low-fat milk and yogurt consumption may help prevent frailty in aging, study finds

Consumption of low-fat milk and yogurt is associated with a decreased risk of frailty among the elderly, according to a recent study.

Milk may have positive benefits for metabolic, cardiovascular systems: Study

Milk may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure, according to a recent study.

The future of milk? New technology increases milk’s shelf life, cuts carbon footprint

Two companies have come together to create a product they say will cut milk to 14% of its original weight - making it far easier to ship across the world.

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Something about dairy? Delivery vehicle boosts probiotic efficacy: Studies

Probiotics are more effective when ingested with dairy products, UC Davis research suggests. 

Child’s play: EFSA approves immune and metabolism health claims, rejects colic discomfort

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three children’s health claims for immune health and energy-yielding metabolism but rejected a fourth infant claim for the reduction of gastrointestinal discomfort....

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies: Danone study

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies through immune system shift, says Argentinian research funded by Danone.

patent watch

Nestlé files patent for pregnancy probiotic

Nestlé has filed a patent for probiotics to be taken during pregnancy and lactation, which it says help reduce the risk of allergies for the infant. 

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Patent watch

Abbott Labs files patent for ‘better tasting’ nutritional powders

Abbott Laboratories has filed an international patent for a process it says allows it to produce better-tasting powders with improved nutrient content.


Consumers want milk ‘with benefits tailored to them’: Datamonitor

Dairies can recover market share lost to non-dairy alternatives, such as almond milk, by developing milk products tailored to the meet the nutritional needs of specific groups, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Nestlé files casein infant formula patent for better insulin sensitivity

Nestlé has filed an international patent for an infant nutrition product with casein protein, which it said could be used to prevent metabolic syndrome disorders later in life.

CFIA urges Canadian consumers to check infant formula for 'tampering'

Canadian consumers that purchase infant formula are being urged to check packs for signs of tampering and product substitution.

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