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Probiotics putsch into eastern Europe

Swedish probiotics specialist Probi has signed two deals to distribute probiotic supplements in eastern Europe, a region it believes possesses "huge potential".  

Early probiotic consumption stops gut problems: study

Probiotic bacteria may reduce the occurrence of gut complications in premature infants, suggests new research with piglets.

Probiotics grow on innovation, Datamonitor

Probiotics are being included in increasing numbers of 'innovative' new applications, according to information released by Datamonitor.

Fortified cheese as good as supplements for vitamin D: study

Eating cheese fortified with vitamin D results in the same blood rises in the vitamin as from supplements, reports new research from Canada.

Vitamin D levels should be multiplied by ten for children: study

Raising current vitamin D levels from 200 International Units (IU) to 2,000 IU could boost bone health amongst children and have long-term health benefits, says new research.

Italians, women most interested in prebiotic health claims

Italians and women are the most interested western Europeans in digestive health claims while Dutch are the least, according to new consumer research funded by French fibre specialist Syral.

Texture of low-fat ice cream boosted by prebiotics

The prebiotic inulin may enhance the texture of probiotic ice-cream, resulting in a potentially health friendly summer snack, according to new research.

Glanbia debuts omega-3 ingredient in Europe

Specialty ingredients supplier Glanbia Nutritionals has launched its first omega-3 ingredients in Europe in a move that will see it target functional foods and beverages.

Lonza to boost vitamin B3 capacity

Lonza is to expand its production of vitamin B3 in a bid to meet growing demand for the ingredient from the food industry, the company has said.

Probiotics push into UK iced lollies

Unilever has joined the growing number of manufacturers exploring new ways of delivering probiotics by launching an iced lolly aimed at children in the UK.

Danisco debuts multilingual probiotics web presence

Danisco Cultures has launched five versions of the website that promotes its probiotic cultures in five different languages in response to what it calls "accelerating global development" of its licensing...

Denomega targets dairy industry with omega-3 oil

Norwegian supplier Denomega has debuted a fish oil aimed at the dairy industry it says will be on market in "major products" by the summer.

Probiotic cheddar to offer blood pressure benefits

Adding probiotic bacteria to cheddar may lead to the formation of blood pressure lowering proteins, giving the cheese an added health punch, report Australian researchers.

Danone, Yakult grants to advance probiotic science

The field of probiotics research is set to receive a boost by two new grants announced yesterday by the Global Probiotics Council (GPC).

Weekly comment

Probiotics, friend or foe?

The headlines are sensationalist: twenty-four people have died in a probiotic trial. Therefore, probiotics may be fatal. Throw those yoghurt shots away!

Dannon heads to courts over 'fraud' probiotic claims

The US arm of Danone could be forced to make a multi-million dollar refund to its customers over allegations that it has used fraudulent health claims to sell some of...

Nestle explores probiotics' impact on metabolism

Strains of probiotic bacteria can affect metabolism, says a new study from Nestle and Imperial College London that could help the development of new probiotic products tailored for individuals.

Chr Hansen strengthens probiotics with Medipharm buy

Chr Hansen has signed a conditional agreement to buy Swedish Arla Foods' subsidiary Medipharm, a deal which will strengthen the Danish firm's probiotic activities.

Probiotics have a role in paediatrics, say experts

Experts at a Nestle-sponsored symposium on probiotics and children's health have urged paediatricians to pay attention to emerging research on so-called good bacteria, although more research is needed on the...

Chr Hansen boosts kids' probiotics efforts

Chr Hansen has introduced a new probiotic mix for children, which the firm is marketing in an easy-to-use format that can be added directly to foods and drinks as a...

Morinaga Milk probiotic meets US safety demands

Morinaga Milk Industry announced this week that it has obtained self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) certification for one of its probiotic ingredients to tap growing demand in the US...

Glanbia edges into omega-3 market, acquires Pizzey's

International dairy and nutritional ingredients group Glanbia is making its way into the North American omega-3 market with the acquisition of the Canadian nutritionals business, Pizzey's Milling.

Probiotics market set to hit 120m by 2013, report says

The European food and beverage probiotics market is expected to more than double by 2013, according to a market report, with the proposed EU health claims rules presenting "untapped" potential....

Chr Hansen probiotics launched in Italian cheese

A cheese containing a Chr Hansen probiotic has been launched in Italy, a move which reinforces the growing trend for companies to use probiotics outside of the traditional yoghurt pot.

Cheese taste and aroma boosted by prebiotics - study

The sensory aspects of cheese could be boosted by the addition of prebiotic ingredients, in addition to improving the nutritional profile of the product, suggests new research.

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