Danone bins EU probiotic gut health claim submissions
17-Apr-2009 By Shane Starling and Lorraine Heller
French dairy giant Danone has withdrawn the EU health claim applications for its market leading probiotic yoghurt products Activia and Actimel.
Kid’s omega-3/probiotic supplement launched in Europe
Israeli firm, Anlit Ltd, has launched a children’s probiotic and omega-3 supplement in European markets after notching success with the product in Israel.
Probiotics may ease anxiety: Pilot study
09-Apr-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Supplements of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may ease symptoms of anxiety in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to new research funded by Yakult.
‘Great potential’ of probiotic ice-cream
08-Apr-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Ice-cream as a vehicle for delivering probiotic strains has ‘great potential’, giving a health boost without affecting the sensory profile of ice-cream, say Brazilian scientists.
Martek joins pregnancy group to promote DHA omega-3
02-Apr-2009 By Lorraine Heller
Omega-3 supplier Martek Biosciences has teamed up with a leading US pregnancy and infant health organization to educate consumers about the importance of DHA for infant development.
GTC Nutrition to distribute omega-3 in US and EU
Australian omega-3 supplier, Nu-Mega has appointed Colorado-based GTC Nutrition as distributor for its fatty acid powders and liquids portfolio in the Americas and Europe.
Omega-3: Fishing for alternatives
Short of an earth-bound deity walking amongst us and miraculously multiplying our fish stocks, industry must invest more in alternative sources of omega-3 to meet nutritional needs.
20-Mar-2009 By Shane Starling
Probiotics are best known for their digestive health benefits, but research is pointing to benefits in unexpected areas. Shane Starling met with Yakult’s Netherlands-based science manager, Dr Jia Zhao, after she spoke at a recent conference on functional...
Enhanced microencapsulation for probiotic strains reported
27-Feb-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Double encapsulation of bacterial strains with potential probiotic activity may enhance the shelf-life and offer protection against harsh stomach conditions, says a new study.
Yakult: probiotics may boost brain health
27-Feb-2009 By Shane Starling in Amsterdam
Probiotics pioneer Yakult says preliminary research indicates the interrelationship of the nervous systems of the gut and the brain could confer cognitive benefits when probiotics are consumed.
Give (probiotic) cheese a chance, says probiotic big cheese
19-Feb-2009 By Shane Starling
One of the world’s leading probiotics specialists says consumers are interested in probiotic cheese products but cheese manufacturers and probiotic suppliers need to get their scientific house in order and clarify their marketing messages.
Consumers going off probiotic cheese
17-Feb-2009 By Shane Starling
Probiotics have had a rapid rise to public prominence in North America since Danone launched probiotic drinkable and spoonable yogurts on the US market in 2005, but probiotic cheeses have won little favor, according to Euromonitor research.
Vitamin D may be critical to reduce multiple sclerosis risk
12-Feb-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Supplements of vitamin D at ‘critical time periods’ may be key to reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a new study from the UK and Canada.
Probiotics and prebiotics boost ‘quality of life’ for IBD sufferers
11-Feb-2009 By Stephen Daniells
A combination of probiotic and prebiotics may improve the ‘quality of life’ for sufferers of a type of IBD, says a new study from Japan.
Nestlé refines probiotic weight management project
05-Feb-2009 By Shane Starling
An ever tighter focus on the ability of gut microflora to affect metabolism and control weight is the result of a new agreement signed between Nestlé’s northern France-based Research Centre and Imperial College London.
Valio spreads probiotics into new category
04-Feb-2009 By Shane Starling
Unilever has teamed up with Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier, Valio, to launch a probiotic spread in Germany and Sweden with “strengthening natural defences” as the central selling point.
Prebiotic may offer ray of light for IBS sufferers: Study
19-Jan-2009 By Stephen Daniells
A novel mixture of prebiotic galactooligosaccharides may selectively boost levels of friendly bacteria in the gut, and ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, says a new study.
Probiotic 'bar-code' could boost strain identification
14-Jan-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Identifying the bacteria in a food product – be they probiotic or pathogenic – may be as easy as reading a bar-code, according to a novel technique called optical mapping.
Fonterra supports safety of probiotic ingredients
09-Jan-2009 By Stephen Daniells
The probiotic strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis HN019 are safe and well-tolerated, according to a new study from New Zealand.
Whey protein promises nano-encapsulation of omega-3
08-Jan-2009 By Stephen Daniells
The whey protein beta-lactoglobulin may spontaneously bind the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and offer nano-encapsulation potential for formulators.
General Mills rapped over probiotic claims
04-Dec-2008 By Shane Starling
General Mills has been told to amend advertising for its functional yogurt product, Yoplait Yo-Plus, for making misleading claims.
Yakult prepares for major US probiotics education
28-Nov-2008 By Lorraine Heller
Probiotic firm Yakult is preparing a major new education campaign in the US, which it hopes will help raise consumer awareness of the benefits of probiotics.
Probiotic may prevent respiratory illnesses: study
07-Nov-2008 By Stephen Daniells
The bacterial strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299 may protect intubated, critically-ill patients from pneumonia, suggests a small Swedish study.
Suck it and see: has the probiotic straw arrived?
28-Oct-2008 By Shane Starling
The probiotic straw is a concept that has been a long time coming but one which may be about to move from its current niche status into the mainstream, according to Swedish probiotics supplier, BioGaia.
Boost for vitamin D fortified milk
The US National Dairy Council recommends boosting vitamin D intake for children after a new clinical report from the American Academy of Paediatrics.
EFSA says yes to calcium, no to omega-3s and probiotics
23-Oct-2008 By Shane Starling
The latest batch of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinions has surfaced with the assessor giving the thumbs up to three claims revolving around calcium, vitamin D and bone health.
Probiotics may reduce eczema in young children: Study
01-Oct-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Daily supplements of a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus may reduce the incidence of childhood eczema by about 50 per cent, according to a new study.
Probiotic’s gut benefits get "omics" boost
18-Sep-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Probiotic bacteria may work by beneficially changing the lipid profile in the intestine, suggests a new study from Finland.
Omega-3 reality check
The market predictions for omega-3 products are endlessly buoyant but a closer look at the state of play reveals very few omega-3 functional foods and beverages have moved beyond niche sales levels.
Vitamin D3 stable for fortifying cheese: study
18-Aug-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Fortification of Cheddar cheese with vitamin D3 may be an effective means of raising vitamin D levels in the population, suggest new results from Canada.
Omega-3 in crisis as functional foods flounder
01-Aug-2008 By Shane Starling
Muller UK has sent a shot across the bows of an apparently booming sector of the fatty acids industry by removing the omega-3 component from its Vitality yoghurt range.
Danisco aims to milk probiotic immune system benefits
23-Jul-2008 By Neil Merrett
Danisco is launching a new protobiotic fortification for milk products in North America, which targets the market for immune-boosting children's products.
Probiotics putsch into eastern Europe
18-Jul-2008 By Shane Starling
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
18-Jul-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Probiotic bacteria may reduce the occurrence of gut complications
in premature infants, suggests new research with piglets.
Probiotics grow on innovation, Datamonitor
11-Jul-2008 By Lorraine Heller
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
25-Jun-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Eating cheese fortified with vitamin D results in the same blood
rises in the vitamin as from supplements, reports new research from
Vitamin D levels should be multiplied by ten for children: study
28-May-2008 By Stephen Daniells
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
22-May-2008 By Shane Starling
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
24-Apr-2008 By Stephen Daniells
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
08-Apr-2008 By Shane Starling
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
04-Apr-2008 By Lorraine Heller
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
28-Mar-2008 By staff reporter
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
28-Mar-2008 By Shane Starling
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 concept.
Denomega targets dairy industry with omega-3 oil
25-Mar-2008 By Shane Starling
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
04-Mar-2008 By Stephen Daniells
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
07-Feb-2008 By Lorraine Heller
The field of probiotics research is set to receive a boost by two
new grants announced yesterday by the Global Probiotics Council
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
24-Jan-2008 By Neil Merrett
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 its Activia and DanActive
Nestle explores probiotics' impact on metabolism
15-Jan-2008 By Stephen Daniells
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
18-Dec-2007 By Alex McNally
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.