Chr Hansen launches probiotic satiety program
Danish probiotics supplier, Chr Hansen, is investigating the satiety potential of a version of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus casei, under a new programme called ProSat.
‘Great potential’ of probiotic ice-cream
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.
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
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.
Give (probiotic) cheese a chance, says probiotic big cheese
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.
Valio spreads probiotics into new category
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.
Fonterra supports safety of probiotic ingredients
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.
General Mills rapped over probiotic claims
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
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.
Yakult targets military in US expansion efforts
Leading probiotic group Yakult has pursued an original marketing strategy in an effort to establish its brand in the US by striking an agreement with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).
Suck it and see: has the probiotic straw arrived?
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.
Market: How global consumers view digestive health
Special edition: Gut health
One of the first functional foods was a digestive health product – Yakult – a probiotic drink a Japanese scientist began selling in his home country in the 1930s.
Nestle enlists BioGaia for infant nutrition initiative
Swedish probiotics specialist BioGaia this morning announced a deal with Nestlé Nutrition that will see its proprietary Lactobacillus reuteri strain employed in infant nutrition products globally.
Probiotics grow on innovation, Datamonitor
Probiotics are being included in increasing numbers of 'innovative'
new applications, according to information released by Datamonitor.
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.
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.
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 mechanisms behind...
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 dietary supplement.
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.
Tate & Lyle extends Promitor line in US first
Tate & Lyle is launching a soluble corn fiber, which will first
appear in the US followed by other countries.
Probiotics may cut diarrhoea amongst the elderly
Probiotic-containing drinks may help reduce diarrhoea among older
people receiving antibiotics, reports new research that could offer
savings to public health services.
Leatherhead proposes pre- and probiotic collaboration
Leatherhead Food International is proposing an industry
collaboration to identify end markets where use of prebiotics and
probiotics are likely to offer growth opportunities for the future.
Probiotic encapsulation: Body armour for the bugs
From double coating with soy peptides, to protection with whey
proteins, encapsulation of sensitive gut-friendly bacteria is
breaking new ground for probiotic food applications.
Whey protein gel particles - the future of probiotic encapsulation?
Encapsulation of probiotics in whey protein gel particles could
offer protection during processing and storage, as well as
extending the food applications of the bacteria to biscuits,
vegetable and frozen cranberry juice, indicates...
Danone's Actimel ad misleading, says UK watchdog
Britain's advert watchdog has told dairy group Danone to pull a new
television ad for its Actimel probiotic drink because the health
claims made are misleading for consumers.
Superfruits could wrestle gut health beverages from dairy
New Zealand's HortResearch is conducting research aimed at taking
fruit and fruit-derived ingredients into the next generation of gut
health drinks based on their prebiotic properties.
Chr Hansen cultures promise texture without the fat
Chr. Hansen has developed six new cultures that it claims can offer
yoghurt manufacturers up to 20 per cent more texture.
Health and emerging markets propel Danisco Cultures growth
Danisco Cultures is ploughing research and innovation efforts into
studying the health promoting properties of its strains - a shrewd
move not only because of the impending EU health and nutrition
claims regulation but also since...
Elderly people may be ripe for probiotics
Elderly people could ward off digestive problems with probiotics,
said scientists at a briefing yesterday that may raise awareness of
the benefits amongst this sector of the population and help direct
marketing of consumer products.
Chinese dairies catch on to probiotic bacteria
Chinese dairies are jumping on the probiotics bandwagon, with a
spate of new products containing the healthy bacteria being
launched in recent weeks.
Danone challenges Yoplait, Glanbia's Essence range
French dairy giant, Danone, has launched an action against Glanbia,
Yoplait International and Yoplait Marque Internationales in the
Dublin High Court, after alleged infringments on trademark after
the launch of the Yoplait Essence...
Danisco cultures keep up good growth
Danisco's cultures are seeing strong organic growth thanks to
growing demand from fresh dairy for innovative products and
DSM sees probiotics potential in cheese
Cheese may be a better carrier of probiotic bacteria than other
dairy products, suggest tests carried out by DSM Food Specialties.
Danisco dairy plots new probiotic strains
Probiotic ingredients are the main focus down at Danisco Cultures'
research and development labs, but false claims are hampering the
market, business director Patrick Veau tells
Danone to launch probiotic Activia in US
The French dairy group will launch its successful Activia probiotic
yoghurts in the US at the start of next year as American consumers
catch on to the benefits of 'friendly bacteria'.
Industry needs stricter probiotic rules
Too many producers are falsely labelling their products as
probiotic and could present a stumbling block to the sector's
expansion, says the marketing head of leading innovator Valio at
Probiotic juices offer new avenues for dairy
Juices containing probiotic bacteria will see increasing interest
from drinks and dairy producers looking to add value, predicts
Finnish functional dairy innovator Valio.
Chr Hansen, Tetra Pak project removes obstacles to probiotic beverages
Probiotics supplier Chr. Hansen has developed a new, flexible
formulation system for adding probiotics directly to finished
DSM backs innovations with consumer insight
A company's ability to communicate the advantages of a product can
be critical to its eventual success, a lesson that DSM Food
Specialties has clearly taken to heart.
Probiotic may help manage IBS symptoms, says Institut Rosell
A probiotic formulation developed by French/Canadian company
Institut Rosell reduced symptoms associated with IBS in tests on a
rat model, writes Dominique Patton.
Yakult pulled up for insufficient science to back ad
A leading probiotic brand in the UK has been told it does not have
enough evidence to advertise the product's benefits for upset
stomachs experienced during menstruation.
US consumers get to grips with probiotics
The message about the gut health benefit probiotics can deliver is
finally getting through to US consumers, according to a new report
on the state of the functional foods sub-category.
Danone, Yakult link up for Indian joint venture
Danone and Yakult have chosen India as the next market to target
with their probiotic products, setting up a joint venture in the
Probiotic study shows vulnerability in digestive conditions
Not all strains of bacteria used in probiotic products on the UK
market survive through the entire digestive system, conclude study
results published this week by the Food Standards Agency, although
at least one strain in each of...
Yakult to set up research centre in Belgium
Japanese probiotic drink maker Yakult Honsha will open its first
research centre outside of its home market in Belgium this year,
demonstrating a commitment to the European market.
Probiotic dairy products lack scientific support
The US probiotic industry needs to step up a gear and finance
further research in order to win over consumer confidence by
providing scientific proof of its health benefits, according to
research published by the International Food...
Yakult to introduce blood pressure lowering drink
Japanese functional food company Yakult will next month launch a
new fermented drink designed to lower blood pressure on its home
market, according to a report.
New probiotic tablet from Chr. Hansen
Probiotics in capsule form have been around for a few years, as
dietary supplement manufacturers seek to take advantage of the
growing awareness of their beneficial effect on gut health. But
some consumers do not like taking capsules,...