We use our own and third-party cookies to optimize your experience on this site, including to maintain user sessions. Without these cookies our site will not function well. If you continue browsing our site we take that to mean that you understand and accept how we use the cookies. If you wish to decline our cookies we will redirect you to Google.
Already have an account? Sign in.

 Remember Me | Forgot Your Password?
<<164165166167168169170171172173>> Total results:9330 References Per Page:

Company Says New “Bio-Beverages” Support Immune System, Detoxify, Resist Inflammation

May 18, 2010: 08:52 PM EST
Our World Network, Inc., has unveiled two “bio-beverages” containing the juices of seven kinds of berries and three types of sea vegetables. YouthJuice and YouthJuice Restor are functional foods that provide antioxidants, resveratrol, ellagitannins, fucoidans, and Vitamin D3 to support the immune system, eliminate toxins, and resist harmful free radicals and inflammation. The company says the beverages were developed from research funded by a Canadian government grant. Each 25-ounce bottle is derived from seven pounds of elderberries, red raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, blackcurrants, cranberries, kombu fucoidan, bladderwrack and sea Lettuce. The beverages also contain 18 vitamins and minerals that support healthy immune function.
"Drinkable Functional Foods Provide Extraordinary Antioxidant Benefits", PR Newswire , May 18, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
Canada

Monsanto’s Healthier Soybean Oil Steadily Clearing Regulatory Hurdles

May 18, 2010: 08:52 PM EST
Calling it “an important regulatory milestone,” Monsanto Company announced that the U.S. FDA has issued a response letter to a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification that supports the use of oil from the company’s Vistive Gold soybeans in the development of healthier snack and other foods. The company is working its way through the regulatory process, having submitted paperwork to the USDA, FDA, and agencies around the world. According to the company, Vistive Gold oil is more stable for frying, snack food production and baking applications, has lower levels of saturated fat and no trans fats.
"Improved Soybean Oil Achieves Milestone That Will Advance Development of Foods With Reduced Saturated Fat and No Trans Fats", PRNewswire-FirstCall, May 18, 2010, © Monsanto Company
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Ingredients
Innovation
Policy & Regulation
Production
Source & Supply Chain
Bakery & Cereals
Packaged Foods & Meats
Savory Snacks
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Survey Finds Keen Interest In Functional Foods Among Organic Devotees

May 18, 2010: 09:11 AM EST
Eight in 10 natural and organic consumers routinely examine food ingredient labels for health and nutrition content and are interested in purchasing functional foods that offer added health, nutrition and dietary benefits, according to a survey conducted by Mambo Sprouts Marketing. Four in ten indicated they were very interested in functional foods. Not surprisingly, natural and organic consumers expressed the most desire for foods with organic ingredients (65 percent) and low sodium grocery items (47 percent) followed by low fat/cholesterol (39 percent) and vegetarian items (31 percent). They also indicated a preference for functional foods with added calcium (44 percent), omega 3 (44 percent), antioxidants (43 percent), probiotics/prebiotics (38 percent), and vitamin D (30 percent).
"Mambo Sprouts Marketing Survey Reveals Organic Consumers Seek Functional Foods", News release, May 18, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Consumers
Ingredients
Packaging
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Natural and Organic
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Changing Role Of Indian Women Drives RTE Market Growth

May 18, 2010: 09:42 PM EST
The Indian market for ready to eat (RTE) foods, which in 2009 totaled about $33.5 million after a CAGR of 15 percent over five years, is likely to double in the next few years, according to a report from Datamonitor. With urban Indian women less likely to have time to do household chores like cooking, convenience foods that free up time for leisure activities are becoming more significant. “With the increasing involvement of women in India’s labor force, rising number of nuclear families and a desire to maximize ‘me’ time, the Indian RTE foods market size is poised to double by 2014,” said a Datamonitor analyst. Indian consumers are also more concerned about food freshness and healthiness, so claims like low cholesterol and trans-fat free are increasingly important.
Janice Wong, "“Ready to eat” Indian foods big potential for growth", AFN, May 18, 2010, © Australian Food News
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Consumers
Innovation
Market News
Research
Canned Food
Packaged Foods & Meats
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
India

Danone To Enter Australia’s $1 Billion Yogurt Market

May 18, 2010: 07:40 AM EST
French food maker Danone has reached an agreement with local dairy products company Murray Goulburn in a bid to penetrate the Australian market. The venture will allow Danone to produce and sell milk products like yogurt, yogurt desserts and drinks in Australia starting next year. Danone has not indicated what brands it will launch but commentators believe its Actimel and Activia brands could be contenders against Fonterra’s Ski and Parmalat’s Pauls, which both hold strong positions. Industry data showed the Australian yogurt market is worth close to $1 billion.
"Danone to go head-to-head with Fonterra and Parmalat", AFN, May 18, 2010, © Australian Food News
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Companies
Innovation
New Products
Strategy
Dairy Food
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Australia
France

Evidence Mounts That Cooking Beef Patties With Spices Retards Carcinogens

May 18, 2010: 09:30 AM EST
Scientific studies have shown that when meat is barbecued, grilled, boiled or fried, compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are produced. HCAs have been shown to increase the risk of cancer in the colon, stomach, lungs, pancreas, breasts and prostate. But new research continues to provide evidence that various spices reduce HCA levels during cooking, thus reducing the risk of cancer. U.S. researchers recently found that spices containing natural antioxidants reduce HCA levels by 40 percent when applied to beef patties during cooking. Antioxidant spices – rosemary especially, but also cumin, coriander seeds, fingerroot and turmeric – contain phenolic compounds that block HCA formation during heating and allow high cooking temperatures. Some commercial rosemary extracts available on the Internet inhibit HCA formation by 61 to 79 percent, the researchers said.
J. Scott Smith, "Spicing the Meat Also Cuts the Cancer Risk", News release, Kansas State University, May 18, 2010, © Kansas State University
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Research
Safety
Cooking Ingredients
Meat & Meat Products
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Indian Processed Food Market Booming As Lifestyles Undergo Transition

May 17, 2010: 07:56 PM EST
As lifestyles in India become more fast-paced, the demand for processed foods is expected to surge. The Indian government sees the processed food market doubling over four years, from $10 billion to $20 billion, with packaged food reaching five percent of the market. Emerging categories include processed dairy products, frozen ready-to-eat foods, diet snacks, processed meat, and probiotic drinks. Key drivers in the market, according to one expert, will be rising consumer demand, experimentation and health and wellness awareness, especially issues like low fat, natural, high fiber, antioxidants, etc. The on-the-go trend, meanwhile, will continue to fuel demand for collagen drinks, ready-to-cook foods, ready-to-eat foods, nutritional bars and liquid sweetener/vinegars. However, critics say growth would be even more robust if government regulations and policies on food marketing were less restrictive.
Hasan Mulani, Mumbai, "F&B marketing – It’s all about Indianisation!", FnB News, May 17, 2010, © Food & Beverage News
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Market News
Policy & Regulation
Research
Source & Supply Chain
Trends
Canned Food
Functional Foods
Packaged Foods & Meats
Ready Meals
Savory Snacks
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
India

Powdered Fruit And Vegetable Supplements Are A Good Source Of Nutrients, Dietician Says

May 18, 2010: 05:45 AM EST
A nutritionist recommends eating powdered fruit and vegetable supplements if people somehow can’t get healthy nutrients from eating fruits and veggies every day. To make the supplements, registered dietitian and medical school professor Sheah Rarback says, fruits and vegetables are juiced then dried at low temperatures. Water, sugar and fiber are removed in the process, leaving only the nutrients. Rarback cites a recent study showing that healthy men and women who ingested either of two different powdered fruit and vegetable supplements had lower levels of inflammatory markers and higher levels of antioxidant vitamins in their blood than a placebo group. Getting the nutrients from real food, she says, but the powdered supplements are a scientifically-supported alternative in a pinch.
"Powdered Fruit, Veggie Supplements Fill Nutrient Gaps", Natural Products Insider, May 18, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Trends
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

BPA Present In 92 Percent Of Canned Food, Report Seeks Ban

May 18, 2010: 06:55 AM EST
The Center for Health, Environment & Justice in New York City found that BPA (Bisphenol A) was present in 92% of the canned food products it tested. The report’s authors are seeking a ban on BPA in all food packaging from the FDA, which has maintained BPA’s safety while recently pledging $30 million for further research. While studies have linked BPA to widespread reproductive and developmental harm, representatives for the canned food industry point to the major preventative impact BPA-based packaging has had on the spread of food-borne illnesses. Alternative packaging is being adopted by companies. The General Mills subsidiary, Muir Glen, for example, plans to remove BPA from its canned tomato cans. Still, concerns exist about the health impacts of BPA alternatives.
Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter, "BPA in Cans Poses Health Threat, Report Claims", MSN, May 18, 2010, © HealthDay
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Packaging
Research
Safety
Canned Food
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Nestle To Probe Environmental Destruction Claims Against Palm Oil Suppliers

May 17, 2010: 09:05 PM EST
Nestle is to investigate allegations that its palm oil suppliers are involved in environmentally damaging practices. The Swiss-based firm said it will work with the non-profit organization, The Forest Trust, to look for evidence of rainforest and wildlife destruction by its palm oil providers, as Greenpeace alleges. The Forest Trust helps curb illegal logging by tracing consumer products to their source. Nestle, which plans to tap only environment-friendly palm oil sources from 2015, suspended palm oil purchases from Indonesia's Sinar Mas following Greenpeace claims of unsustainable practices. The company buys 320,000 tons of palm oil annually, about 0.7 percent of world production.
"FACTBOX-Nestle, "eco-friendly" palm oil and Kit Kat", Reuters, May 17, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Source & Supply Chain
Confectionery
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
Indonesia
Malaysia

New Hunt's Recipe Contains No High Fructose Corn Syrup

May 17, 2010: 08:37 PM EST
ConAgra Foods Inc. will stop using high fructose corn syrup in Hunt's ketchup in response to consumer concerns about the ingredient’s contribution to obesity, although some experts believe it is no more fattening than sugar. It is also cheaper than sugar. The move follows PepsiCo’s decision to replace high-fructose corn syrup with cane sugar in its Gatorade sports drink. The reformulated product will be available from mid-May 2010, at the same price.
"High-fructose corn syrup cut from Hunt's recipe", The Associated Press, May 17, 2010, © The Associated Press
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Ingredients
Innovation
Sauces & Dressings
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Dismal Growth Prospects May Force Change At Campbell Soup

May 17, 2010: 06:53 PM EST
Facing pressure from price sensitive consumers and falling commodity costs, Campbell Soup, in common with other food companies, has struggled to raise prices in recent years. Analysts anticipate Campbell Soup will increase its sales by just 2% for fiscal 2010 and 3% by 2011, far below its 6% average growth rate in the past four years. Of critical concern are declines in its domestic soup business. The company looks to be making aggressive moves to boost sales and cut costs but valuation gaps with its peers may force the Campbell family, which still owns about 50% of the stock, to look at strategic options.
JOHN JANNARONE, "Change Stirring at Campbell Soup", Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2010, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Companies
Market News
Research
Strategy
Pricing
Soup
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Scientists Link Childhood AD/HD With Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure

May 17, 2010: 05:32 AM EST
A study of 119 children ages 8 to 15 diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) or undiagnosed but taking AD/HD medications found that 93.8 percent of the children had at least one detectable phosphate metabolite in their urine. U.S. and Canadian scientists linked a 10-fold increase in the dimethyl alkyl phosphates with greater odds of meeting diagnostic criteria for ADHD. The relationship was even stronger among children who were taking ADHD medications, but had not been clinically diagnosed. Children with levels higher than the median of the most common dimethyl alkyl phosphate – dimethyl thiophosphate – had nearly twice the odds of having ADHD compared with children with undetectable levels. The scientists acknowledged that they couldn’t prove exposure to pesticides caused AD/HD. Their behavior might actually increase their exposure to pesticides.
Maryse F. Bouchard, PhD, David C. Bellinger, PhD, et al. , "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides", Pediatrics, May 17, 2010, © American Academy of Pediatrics
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Research
Safety
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

USDA: Strong Demand For “Local” Food, Number Of Farmer’s Markets Doubles

May 17, 2010: 07:00 AM EST
A USDA economic research report surveying available literature on local food systems says that direct-to-consumer sales of local food continues to grow, with most small farmers based near metropolitan areas in the Northeast and West Coast. Between 1998 and 2009, the number of local farmer’s markets nearly doubled from 2,756 to 5,274 – supporting available data showing that consumers are willing to pay more for the perceived benefits of locally grown food. However, the USDA reports that there remains no consensus among companies, consumers and local food markets about the definition of the term “local” itself with respect to the geographic distance between production and consumption.
Steve Martinez, Michael Hand, Michelle Da Pra, Susan Pollack, Katherine Ralston, Travis Smith, Stephen Vogel, Shellye Clark, Luanne Lohr, Sarah Low, and Constance Newman , "Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues", Economic Research Service, USDA, May 17, 2010, © USDA
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Consumers
Market News
Policy & Regulation
Research
Source & Supply Chain
Trends
Fruit & Vegetables
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Processed Meats Found To Be More Dangerous To Health, Meta-Study Finds

May 17, 2010: 04:59 AM EST
Eating unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb is much less riskier to health than eating processed meats, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, according to a new U.S. study. The researchers reviewed twenty studies that included 1.2 million people from North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Eating processed meat – smoked, cured, salted, or chemically preserved – was linked to a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes, the researchers found. On average, each 50-gram (1.8 oz) daily serving of processed meat high in sodium and nitrate preservatives (about 1-2 slices of deli meats or 1 hot dog) was associated with the greater risks of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Renata Micha RD, PhD, Sarah K. Wallace BA, et al., "Red and Processed Meat Consumption and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Mellitus. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis", Circulation, May 17, 2010, © American Heart Association, Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Meat & Meat Products
Packaged Foods & Meats
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
Asia-Pacific
United States of America
Europe

Nestlé Condemns Rainforest Destruction; Pledges 100% Sustainable Palm Oil By 2015

May 17, 2010: 12:41 AM EST
In a press release Nestlé condemned the destruction of the tropical rainforest due to palm oil production, saying that it “views destruction of tropical rainforests and peatlands as one of the most serious environmental issues facing us today.” Nestlé, which is a member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil called for an end to the destruction and is talking with several NGOs to find solutions to this problem. The company has already stopped purchasing from Sinar Mas – which has acknowledged their role in deforestation – and they are also undertaking an audit of Sinar Mas to address the allegations made against them by Greenpeace for their mistakes. Nestle is also partnering with The Forest Trust to define requirements to guide their procurement procedures to help them achieve sustainability.
"Statement on deforestation and palm oil", Nestle, May 17, 2010, © Nestle
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Companies
Ingredients
Source & Supply Chain
Trends
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
Malaysia

Chocolate Is Firmly On The Minds Of British Women

May 14, 2010: 08:49 PM EST
A significant percentage of women in the U.K. are obsessed with chocolate, according to new research from Kellogg. Fully a fifth of British women surveyed by the cereal maker prefer chocolate to sex, while 25 percent would pass up wine or expensive perfume to keep their chocolate bonbons. Women often turn to chocolate for solace after a rough day at work or after a spat with a loved one, or because of hormonal discomfort. About 2.3 million women admitted eating chocolate more than three times a day. But 70 percent of those admitted feeling guilty afterwards for health or weight reasons. Others said they used chocolate as a reward for healthy eating or exercise. But 40 percent admitted that chocolate is the only thing that cheers them up.
"Kellogg’s reveal what women want - chocolate", WebWire, May 14, 2010, © WebWire
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Consumers
Research
Confectionery
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
United Kingdom

Lower Sodium Heinz Ketchup Makes A Quiet Debut In Six Cities This Summer

May 13, 2010: 08:59 PM EST
Risking the possibility of angering die-hard fans of its flagship product, H.J. Heinz Co. is cutting the sodium content of its ketchup in an effort to make the product healthier. The newly reformulated ketchup, which apparently tested well among consumers in its hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., will begin appearing on grocery store shelves in six cities this summer, without a lot of noisy fanfare. According to the company, the new version will be the lowest sodium ketchup on the U.S. market at 160 mg, 15 percent less then the old version. The company also offers organic, reduced sugar and no-salt-added ketchups, and is working on a version, dubbed Simply Heinz, that contains sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
Teresa F. Lindeman, "Ketchup shake-up: Heinz cuts salt in new recipe", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 13, 2010, © PG Publishing Co., Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Companies
Ingredients
Innovation
New Products
Trends
Sauces & Dressings
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Scientists See Cancer-Fighting Benefits In Phytochemical-Enriched Broccoli, Tomatoes

May 14, 2010: 08:15 AM EST
Enriching pre-harvest broccoli with selenium increased the levels of cancer-fighting enzymes in a rat study conducted by U.S. researchers. The scientists tried different bioactive components, but found that a powder made from selenium-treated broccoli boosted the levels of detoxifying compounds six fold. Broccoli and other plants of the brassica family contain a methylating enzyme that allows them to store large concentrations of selenium. The human body needs a certain amount of selenium, but many soils around the globe are deficient. Broccoli enhanced with selenium could be a great vehicle for delivery of the important phytochemical. The researchers are also conducting experiments to determine the bioactive effects of carotenoid-enriched tomatoes.
Elizabeth Jeffery, "Growers can boost benefits of broccoli and tomatoes Elizabeth Jeffery ", Press Release, University of Illinois, May 14, 2010
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Food Risk Studies Can Be Strengthened By Greater Public Involvement

May 13, 2010: 09:44 AM EST
A study by food experts in the U.K. has found that adding food safety activists and members of the general public to teams of technical experts examining the risks associated with food contamination often constructively expands the focus of reviews. According to the study’s author’s, the findings should help policymakers and regulators who want to attract more public participation and build public trust of expert food safety recommendations. The authors drew their conclusions from three case studies that described children’s risk from pesticide residues in apples, infection from a bacterial contaminant in chicken, and a hypothetical contamination of animal feed with a toxin. One drawback of the process, the authors noted, was the fact that lay people sometimes dominated technical discussions with descriptions of personal experiences.
G. C. Barker, C. Bayley, A. Cassidy, S. French, A. Hart, P. K. Malakar, J. Maule, M. Petkov, and R. Shepherd, "Can a Participatory Approach Contribute to Food Chain Risk Analysis?", Risk Analysis, May 13, 2010, © Society for Risk Analysis
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Research
Safety
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
United Kingdom

Survey Finds Food Shoppers Surfing The Web For Nutritional Data, Bargains

May 12, 2010: 08:19 PM EST
A survey by Deloitte has found that more consumers are searching the Internet with their computers and mobile devices to find nutritional and price information about food. The survey also found that consumers are better informed and more confident about food safety. Thirty-six percent of consumers surveyed said they searched food company Web sites for recipes in 2010, a slight increase from 2008. Seven percent of food shoppers use a mobile device in the store to get information about prices (53 percent), get or redeem coupons or discounts (44 percent), find nutritional information (28 percent) and read product reviews (22 percent). Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of consumers were more concerned about food safety than five years ago, but this percentage dropped from 2008, when 76 percent voiced greater concern.
"Consumers Use Web, Mobile Devices for Food Info", Retailer Daily, May 12, 2010, © Watershed Publishing
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Brands & Marketing
Consumers
Research
Safety
Pricing
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Review Of Published Research Finds No Evidence That Eating Organic Foods Is Healthier

May 12, 2010: 06:59 AM EST
A British review of 12 scientific articles that included six clinical trials and four animal studies has found no evidence that eating organically produced food is healthier than eating conventionally produced food. One study did report that consuming organic dairy products was associated with a reduced risk of eczema in infants. The scientists expressed some disappointment that there was so little data available from which to draw conclusions. While noting that research comparing the nutritional benefits of organic versus conventional foods is increasing, studies need to be larger and better designed, they said. The researchers also acknowledged that their review did not look at studies that examined the likely health benefits of reduced exposure to pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc.
Alan D Dangour, Karen Lock, Arabella Hayter, Andrea Aikenhead, Elizabeth Allen and Ricardo Uauy, "Nutrition-related health effects of organic foods: a systematic review", Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 12, 2010, © American Society for Nutrition
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Natural and Organic
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
United Kingdom

Vitamin D Supplementation Actually Increased Risk Of Bone Fractures In Study

May 12, 2010: 05:58 PM EST
An Australian clinical trial involving more than 2,000 women aged 70 years and older at high-risk for fractures has found that a single annual 500,000 IU dose of cholecalciferol (vitamin D) actually increased the rate of falls and bone fractures compared to women who received a placebo. Earlier studies of vitamin D supplementation’s effect have been confusing, scientists said, with some showing a reduced risk and others showing no effect or an increased risk. Trial participants had a total of 5,404 falls during the five-year study period, with 74 percent of women in the vitamin D group and 68 percent of women in the placebo group having at least one fall. Vitamin D participants also had 26 percent more fractures. The researchers suggested that further study of vitamin D safety was warranted.
Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD; Susan S. Harris, DSc , "High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation", Journal of the American Medical Association, May 12, 2010, © American Medical Association
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Research
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
Australia

ThinkThin Diet Bars Were 2009 Sales Leader

May 12, 2010: 12:48 AM EST
ThinkThin diet bars from Thinkproducts were the top selling diet bar in 2009, capturing 49 percent of the market with a growth rate of 36 percent, according to SPINS (March 2010) data. Thinkproducts said ThinkThin bars led the growth of the diet bar sub-segment in both grocery and natural channels for 2009. In the grocery channel, AC Nielsen data showed that ThinkThin represents 20 percent of the diet bar category sales. Competitor Kashi’s Go Lean Bar declined 10 percent in the same category. The Thinkproducts line includes various weight management foods, such as a nutrition bar for protein, a dessert bar and Bites, a 100-calorie snack.
"thinkThin - The Only Sugar Free, Gluten Free Nutrition Bar Leads Industry For The High Protein Diet Bar Segment", thinkproducts.com, May 12, 2010
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Companies
Market News
Trends
Bakery & Cereals
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

IOM Urges Vigorous, Consistent Process For Evaluating Food, Supplement Health Claims

May 12, 2010: 08:36 AM EST
In a report sponsored by the FDA, the U.S. Institute of Medicine urged the agency to take as vigorous a regulatory approach toward food and nutritional supplement health claims as it does toward medication and medical technology approvals. The IOM said there is no scientific reason to use different standards when assessing the health benefit claims of food ingredients and drugs. They both can significantly affect people's well-being. According to the IOM, the FDA has been hampered in evaluating food supplement health claims because it does not have a broadly accepted assessment process. The IOM suggested a consistent framework the FDA could use to judge the validity of biomarkers used in studies provided as evidence to support product health and safety claims.
"IOM Report Recommends Framework to Evaluate Science Behind Health Claims for Foods and Drugs; Calls for Equal Rigor in Assessing Food Claims and Drug Approvals", The National Academies, May 12, 2010
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Policy & Regulation
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

USDA Expects Sugar Stockpiles To Drop To 53-Year Low Next Year

May 11, 2010: 09:51 PM EST
The US Government expects the country’s sugar stockpiles will next season drop to a 53-year low relative to consumption, even though production should be over 4 percent higher than this season. The Department of Agriculture forecasts output of 8.17 million short tons for the year ending September 2011, when it expects stockpiles to fall to 7.9 percent of total demand. Food industry groups have warned that low stocks will push up raw material prices. In April, the USDA said it would increase its raw sugar import quota this year to 1.43 million tons, but analysts estimate another 0.8 million tons is needed. The USDA believes demand next year will be unchanged from the forecast 10.5 million short tons this season.
Yi Tian and Alan Bjerga, "U.S. Sugar Supply to Tighten, Production May Rise (Update1)", BUSINESSWEEK, May 11, 2010, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Market News
Production
Source & Supply Chain
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Iron Supplement Can Reduce Or Get Rid Of Kids’ Breath-Holding Spells

May 11, 2010: 10:11 AM EST
Anti-convulsive drugs, nerve blockers and even implanted defibrillators have all failed to curb the alarming involuntary breath-holding spells that affect five percent of children, mainly toddlers. But a review of existing research – a total of 87 children from a 1969 study in India and a 1997 study in Jordan – found that a small daily dose of iron reduces or even eliminates breath-holding spells among children who are upset, in pain or surprised. The disorder can cause children to twitch and jerk around involuntarily as if suffering a seizure. But a small amount of iron administered every day clears up the problem ninety percent of the time. Pediatricians warn, however, that children who experience the spells should undergo testing to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying cause.
Zehetner AA, et al., "Iron Supplementation for Breath-Holding Attacks in Children", Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, May 11, 2010, © The Cochrane Library
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Research
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
Asia-Pacific
United States of America
Middle East- Africa
India
Jordan

Probiotic Yogurt Boosts Immune System Of HIV/AIDS Patients

May 11, 2010: 05:25 PM EST
Probiotics have been shown to prevent gastrointestinal infections and restore an effective gut barrier in healthy people. Now a three-year study of 150 people suffering from HIV/AIDS has found that consumption of yogurt containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus Fiti increases the immune system’s CD4 (T-cell) count. People living with HIV/AIDs often experience gastrointestinal infections and the leakage of microbial products from the gut that cause deterioration of the immune system. Among the 68 people who consumed yogurt there was a significant increase in CD4 cells, indicating a strengthening of the immune system.
Irvine, Stephanie L. BSc; Hummelen, Ruben MSc; Hekmat, Sharareh PhD; W. N. Looman, Caspar MSc; Habbema, J. Dik F. PhD; Reid, Gregor PhD, MBA, "Probiotic Yogurt Consumption is Associated With an Increase of CD4 Count Among People Living With HIV/AIDS", Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Published Ahead-of-Print, May 11, 2010, © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Consumers
Ingredients
Research
Dairy Food
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
Canada
Middle East- Africa
Tanzania

Nielsen: Gluten-free Sales Increase 74 Percent In Five-Year Period

May 11, 2010: 06:29 AM EST
With celiac disease on the rise, so is awareness among consumers about the range of products available to those who suffer from gluten intolerance. According to Nielsen, the market for gluten-free food and beverage is projected to grow between 15-20% per year, and sales for 2012 are expected to reach $2.6 billion. Gluten-free products may also be perceived as a better choice by health-conscious people, says the Celiac Center at Columbia University, further widening the market beyond the estimated three million celiac sufferers in America. The solution for the disease is simple: don’t consume gluten. Once reserved for mail order and specialty stores, gluten-free products are now widely available, with mainstream brands stocking shelves with a range of products from cereal to beer, and restaurants increasingly offering gluten-free options.
ROSEMARY BLACK, Daily News Staff Writer , "As more cases of celiac disease are diagnosed, the market for gluten-free foods is booming ", NY Daily News, May 11, 2010, © NYDailyNews.com
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Market News
Research
Bakery & Cereals
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

China Expected To Become World's Largest Consumer Of Nutritional Supplements In 2010

May 10, 2010: 06:08 PM EST

With increasing health and wellness awareness, China should become the world’s top consumer of nutrional supplements in 2010. China’s sales of nutrional supplements more than doubled from US$5.6 billion in 2006 to US$13.4 billion in 2009, making it the second largest purchaser in the world after the United States (US$16.1 billion in 2009). This rapid growth has come with changes in industry structure. In previous years, sales companies played the role of a middleman between pharmacists and supplement manufacturers. However this role is no longer needed because of increasing competition and the rise of pharmacy chains that have better marketing capabilities; instead, suppliers can now sell direct to pharmacy chains. Notably, health products and supplements have replaced drugs as the most profitable category for drug stores.

China News Network, "2010年我国将成全球最大保健食品消费国", China News Network, May 10, 2010
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Market News
Trends
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
China

Study Finds That Eating Nuts Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels

May 10, 2010: 09:21 AM EST
A U.S. study that examined data from 25 clinical trials in seven countries has found that eating nuts, which are rich in protein, unsaturated fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients, is associated with improved blood cholesterol levels. The trials involved 583 women and men with both high and normal cholesterol levels. Trial participants who ate an average of 2.4 ounces of nuts a day experienced an average 5.1 percent reduction in cholesterol, a 7.4 percent reduction in so-called “bad” cholesterol and an 8.3 percent change in the ratio of “bad” to “good” cholesterol. In addition, blood triglyceride (fat) levels dropped 10.2 percent among individuals whose triglyceride levels were already high. “Increasing the consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet … has the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk,” researchers concluded.
Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH; Keiji Oda, MA, MPH; Emilio Ros, MD, PhD, "Nut Consumption and Blood Lipid Levels: A Pooled Analysis of 25 Intervention Trials", Archives of Internal Medicine, May 10, 2010, © American Medical Association
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

The Prince of Wales Explores Ways to Bring Organic Food to the Masses with Asda

May 8, 2010: 06:35 PM EST
Prince Charles has met with Asda’s chief operating officer to discuss how less well-off shoppers can be convinced to purchase organic food. A spokesman said the Prince is passionate about widening the appeal of organic food and that he is devoted to the idea that it should not be confined to the wealthy. Prince Charles’s organic brand, Duchy Originals, was taken over by Waitrose in 2009 after its profits fell by 80 percent to less than £60,000. Although freed from Duchy Originals the Prince remains motivated: in a recent interview he said "What people don't seem to understand is the hidden costs in environmental damage when pesticides and chemicals are used. And if more people converted to organic systems then the prices would come down."
Richard Eden, "Prince of Wales shops at Asda for organic bargains", Telegraph, UK, May 08, 2010, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Market News
Retail
Trends
Natural and Organic
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
United Kingdom

Presidential Panel Recommends Organic Food As One Way To Cut Risk Of Environmental Cancer

May 6, 2010: 09:05 AM EST
A presidential panel exploring ways to reduce environmental cancer risk has included in its annual report a recommendation that consumers choose organic foods. Though the report focuses mainly on how government and industry can work to reduce the level of carcinogens in the American environment, it does include a discussion of things people can do to reduce their exposure, including eating organically grown produce. The report notes, for example, that consumers can cut cancer risk by purchasing fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and meats from animals raised without use of antibiotics and growth hormones. The report urges Pres. Obama to “use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air …”
Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr. and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, "President's Cancer Panel: Organic Foods Reduce Environmental Risks", Press Release, Organic Trade Association, May 06, 2010
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Policy & Regulation
Safety
Source & Supply Chain
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Though A Booming Industry, Vitamin Supplementation For Kids May Be Excessive

May 4, 2010: 09:04 PM EST
Sales of children’s dietary supplements reached $1.1 billion in 2008, and are growing at a rate of 4% to 6% a year, but some experts say many kids just don’t need them. No one disputes the fact that all children need good nutrition. But parents may be overdoing supplementation. Nutrition is best gained through food, according to pediatricians and nutritionists: a good, balanced diet doesn’t require vitamin supplementation. Taken in excessive doses, some supplements like vitamin A can even be harmful, while the benefits of some supplements for children, like omega-3s, have been exaggerated. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently warned 13 companies about making hyped-up claims about the benefits of omega-3 supplements for children, though a group representing supplement makers says most companies “are doing a great job" on safety.
ANNA WILDE MATHEWS , "The ABCs of Missing Vitamins", Wall Street Journal, May 04, 2010, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Research
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
United States of America
Europe
Belgium

Roquette Introduces Pea Protein Product That Avoids Odor, Flavor Problems

May 4, 2010: 08:16 PM EST
French starch processing company Roquette says it has overcome a major drawback to the use of pea proteins in vegetable-derived products for high-protein dairy, dietary and sports food applications: odor and flavor. The company’s Nutralys S85F product, which is 85 percent pea protein, overcomes taste and odor problems, offering more neutral sensory notes than other pea proteins, thanks to a special technology. The company says the result is that more of the product can be used in food formulations. Nutralys is non-GMO, nutritious, easily digestible and comes from a reliable, traced source, the company says. Laboratoire PYC has developed a meal replacement recipe in which 100 percent of the milk protein usually used was replaced by Nutralys S85F. The result, according to Roquette, was “outstanding.”
"Roquette Succeeds in Optimising Pea Protein Product", Nutrition Horizon, May 04, 2010, © CNS Media BV
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Ingredients
Innovation
New Products
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
United States of America
Europe
France

European Scientists Making Progress In Search For Healthy, Tasty Gluten-Free Bread

May 5, 2010: 04:42 AM EST
Studies have determined that people genetically susceptible to celiac disease, caused by eating gluten and related proteins in wheat, barley or rye, experience an immune response that destroys absorptive cells on the surface of the small intestine. Scientists in Europe working on the Healthgrain project have been trying to develop gluten-free breads that are both nutritious and tasty. One focus of Healthgrain exploration has been lactic acid bacteria, which significantly improve the quality and shelf-life of gluten free breads. To deal with texture problems, scientists have tested enzymes to improve structure, though the enzymes showed different interactions with the various gluten free flours. The scientists also experimented with high pressure processing to create ingredients for gluten-free cereal products.
Prof. Elke Arendt, et al. , "New and improved gluten-free foods developed for patients with celiac disease", Healthgrain Project news release, May 05, 2010, via EurekAlert!, © VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Safety
Bakery & Cereals
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
Finland
Sweden
Ireland

Concern Over Heart Healthy Eating Increases With Age, Survey Finds

May 4, 2010: 05:08 PM EST
Nearly 60 percent of respondents to an online survey of 5,000 “health-minded American women” sponsored by the Kashi breakfast cereals company, a subsidiary of Kellogg, said they were very concerned about their heart health, and 77 percent said they knew they were at risk for heart disease. However, 41 percent of those polled have not talked to their doctor about what they might do to prevent heart disease, and 73 percent have not talked to their family about hereditary factors. Older women were more conscious of heart-healthy foods than younger women, the survey found: 49 percent of respondents 55 years old and over always look for foods that support heart health compared to 32 percent who are under the age of 55.
"Kashi Company Announces New Findings on Heart Health Awareness", PR Newswire, May 04, 2010, © PR Newswire Association LLC
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Ingredients
Research
Bakery & Cereals
Functional Foods
Natural and Organic
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Study Finds Vitamin A Supplements Are Not A Health Panacea For Women, Babies

May 4, 2010: 10:05 PM EST
A new study involving more than 200,000 women in Ghana has found that, contrary to earlier research, vitamin A supplementation failed to save their lives or the lives of their newborn babies. The 1999 study in Nepal purportedly demonstrated that deaths among child-bearing women who were given vitamin A (or its precursor beta-carotene) dropped significantly – 44 percent. The new placebo-controlled study, however, found that vitamin A supplementation had no impact on the death rate, did not prevent hospitalization for childbirth complications and did not suppress the rate of stillbirths or newborn deaths. The authors concluded that their research “does not support inclusion of vitamin A supplementation for women in either safe motherhood or child survival strategies.”
Prof. Betty R Kirkwood FMedSci , Lisa Hurt PhD, Seeba Amenga-Etego MSc, Charlotte Tawiah MSc, Charles Zandoh MSc b, Samuel Danso MSc b, Chris Hurt MSc a c, Karen Edmond PhD a, Zelee Hill PhD d, Guus ten Asbroek PhD, and Justin Fenty MSc, "Effect of vitamin A supplementation in women of reproductive age on maternal survival in Ghana (ObaapaVitA): a cluster-randomised, placebo-controlled trial", The Lancet, May 04, 2010, © Elsevier Limited.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Ingredients
Research
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
Asia-Pacific
United States of America
Middle East- Africa
Nepal
Ghana

Research Points To Metabolic Benefits Of Rye And Barley Whole Grains

May 5, 2010: 04:55 AM EST
Research from the EU Integrated Project HEALTHGRAIN underlines the benefits of Barley and Rye products. Diets rich in whole grains barley products were associated with metabolic benefits, notably low glycemic response. Research on consuming rye products also suggest that they deliver a low and sustained blood glucose response and a lower insulin response compared to white wheat, which gives higher levels of post-meal satiety along with lower levels of energy consumption at later meals. HEALTHGRAIN is an EU-funded project that seeks to improve consumer wellbeing and to reduce the risk of metabolic diseases by increasing the intake of whole grains.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland , "Rye and barley products facilitate blood glucose and appetite regulation", EurekAlert!, May 05, 2010, © EurekAlert!
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Bakery & Cereals
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Europe
Finland
Sweden
Ireland

Newly Identified Algae Strain May Lower Cholesterol, Inflammation And Blood Pressure

May 4, 2010: 09:23 PM EST
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have discovered a new microalgal strain, IKG-1, that can produce large amounts of a polyunsaturated fatty acid called DGLA (Dihomo-?-Linolenic Acid). The researchers believe IKG-1 can produce up to 15% (of dry weight) of DGLA, the only plant source that can produce such large amounts of the acid. DGLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid, although it only appears naturally as an intermediate in the biosynthesis of other compounds. If DGLA production can be commercialized it is possible that its use could help in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and reducing heart attack risk.
Andrew Lavin, "Algae Strain Identified to Reduce Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Inflammation ", American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , May 04, 2010, © American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Research
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
EMEA
Middle East- Africa
Israel

Researchers Transform Fruit Processing Waste Into Antioxidant-Rich Powder

May 3, 2010: 09:30 PM EST
The skin and other by-products of processing fruit into packaged foods and juices are mostly used as animal feed or simply disposed of. But Australian researchers who analyzed the skins of tomatoes, apples, plums, peaches, and other fruits found them to be rich sources of antioxidants. Tomato waste, for example, has twice the amount of the red pigment lycopene. They then developed a process that involves heating, freezing and breaking up the waste with sound waves and concentrating it into a powder packed with antioxidants. Apple waste offers the most promise, they said, mainly because of the high levels of polyphenols. The researchers are working to refine their extraction methods, and are testing their concentrate as a thickener in fruit products and as an antioxidant booster in snack bars.
"From waste to health", The University of Melbourne Voice Vol. 6, No. 5 , May 03, 2010, © The University of Melbourne
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Innovation
New Products
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
Asia-Pacific
Australia

Despite Barriers, Opportunities Exist For Products Targeting Women’s Health In China

May 3, 2010: 09:00 PM EST

The market for dietary supplements for women’s health in China is a huge one, especially for products that target aging, skincare, weight loss, detox, prenatal care and blood enrichment. Chinese women have always had their homegrown, and affordable, health remedies, like “bird’s nest” and donkey hide gelatin, a fact that has so far made the market almost impenetrable for Western companies. On top of that are other barriers: government regulations, lack of consumer awareness, and resistance to prices boosted by shipping costs, taxes and import fees. But importers have reason to be optimistic. Especially encouraging is the fact that China’s version of the FDA is drafting new rules designed to nurture the industry and expand consumer education about Western nutritional and other supplements.

Jeff Crowther, "Inside China: Women’s Health in China", Nutraceuticals World, May 03, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Consumers
Ingredients
Market News
Policy & Regulation
Pricing
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
Asia-Pacific
United States of America
China

Women Are Turning To Nutraceuticals To Fend Off Unwelcome Physical Conditions

May 3, 2010: 11:21 PM EST
The nutraceutical industry knows that health- and nutrition-conscious women represent a major market opportunity. Beyond good diet and exercise, women are looking for guilt-free, convenient ways to prevent disease and ward off unwanted physical conditions and are willing to spend a lot of money to get them. One nutraceutical superstar enjoying eye-popping marketing success is omega 3 fatty acids for heart health and obesity prevention. In 2009 sales topped $1 billion, thanks to widely-publicized scientific findings. With bone health a serious concern among women, especially during menopause, scientific evidence is pointing women toward vitamin D, calcium, vitamin K and genistein supplements. Opportunities also exist for herbal remedies that target PMS and menopausal symptoms such as mood swing and depression, or that promise to replenish the antioxidant supply in the skin.
Sean Moloughney, "Adding a Woman’s Touch to Wellness", Nutraceuticals World, May 03, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Consumers
Ingredients
Policy & Regulation
Research
Source & Supply Chain
Functional Foods
Natural and Organic
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
EMEA
United States of America
Europe

Confectioners Working To Meet Demands Of Health-Conscious Consumers With A Sweet Tooth

May 3, 2010: 10:37 PM EST
The global confectionery industry, now valued at more than $145 billion, is showing solid growth, thanks in part to the willingness of confectioners to meet the demands of health-conscious chocolate and candy lovers while testing new flavors and formulas. In fact, in a survey of confectionery makers, market researchers, chocolatiers, and nutritionists, an industry trade association found that the next big trend on the confectionery horizon will be products offering health benefits, "better-for-you" ingredients, reduced fat, sugar-free and other calorie- and portion-control treats. Suppliers to the industry, meanwhile, are reacting accordingly. Available ingredients include whole rather than refined functional ingredients that use more fiber and complex carbohydrates; corn products; hydrocolloids such as gelatin; pectins; almond-chocolate combos; and fruits, especially blueberries.
Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor, "Confectionery Makers Sweet Talking with Candy Innovation", Food Processing, May 03, 2010, © Food Processing
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Innovation
Market News
Research
Trends
Confectionery
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Tart Cherry Juice Eases Insomnia In Study

May 3, 2010: 11:36 AM EST
New U.S. research has found that drinking eight ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day eases insomnia and reduces the time spent awake after going to sleep. A pilot study involving 15 adults tested consumption of tart cherry juice beverage morning and evening for two weeks, then a comparable juice drink for another two weeks. The participants reported significant reductions in their insomnia severity while saving an average 17 minutes of wake time after going to sleep when drinking cherry juice daily, compared to drinking the juice drink. The researchers believe the benefit is due in part to the high content of melatonin, a natural antioxidant in cherries that helps moderate the body's sleep-wake cycle. Americans spend more than $84 million a year on over-the-counter sleep aids.
Wilfred R. Pigeon, Michelle Carr, et al., "Effects of a Tart Cherry Juice Beverage on the Sleep of Older Adults with Insomnia: A Pilot Study", Journal of Medicinal Food, May 03, 2010, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Fruit & Vegetables
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Nutrition Advocates Await Overhaul Of U.S. Food Labeling Rules

May 2, 2010: 11:02 PM EST
Efforts are under way among U.S. food regulators to ensure that food labeling no longer leaves consumers more confused than informed. Although strict rules are in place to prevent food companies from lying about health benefits or nutritional content, consumer advocates say carefully worded labels that follow the letter of the law still often mislead, confuse and distract consumers more often than not. Food labels, for example, promise “0 Trans Fats” without mentioning the high total fat content. The Obama administration has been tougher on food companies so far, cracking down on labeling violators with warning letters. Nutritionists and others, meanwhile, hope that an expected FDA overhaul of food labeling rules will ensure that shoppers get the truthful, helpful nutrition information needed to make healthier choices.
Adi Narayan , "Building a Better Label", Time.com, May 02, 2010, © Time Inc
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Consumers
Ingredients
Packaging
Policy & Regulation
Bakery & Cereals
Dairy Food
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Many Sources Of Heart-Healthy Omega-3s For Functional Foods

May 1, 2010: 09:58 PM EST
Many studies have linked higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. But which source is better for a functional food for cardiovascular health? Omega-3s from fish oil supplements have been studied extensively in the area of cardiovascular disease, but other sources are available on the market. Algal oil supplements provide DHA as the principal fatty acid. Krill oil containing choline and astaxanthin is a newer omega-3 source. Plants are another source of omega-3s, especially ALA, which has been recommended by medical authorities as a supplement for coronary heart disease patients and others who need to lower triglycerides levels. Flax, chia, hemp, walnut, pumpkin seed and other plants are the main sources of ALA for supplements.
Michael Schmidt, PhD, "Who's the alpha among omegas?", Functional Ingredients, May 01, 2010, © Penton Media, Inc.
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Ingredients
Research
Source & Supply Chain
Functional Foods
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

First Lady Offers Plan For Reducing Childhood Obesity In One Generation

May 1, 2010: 09:25 PM EST
First Lady Michelle Obama has released an aggressive action plan on childhood obesity that calls for significant action by the federal government, states, schools, food and media companies and parents. The plan asks the federal government, for example, to provide more information on prenatal care and breastfeeding, a more comprehensible food pyramid, and improvements in nutritional choices for federally-supported school lunches. States should require child care providers to be better educated in nutrition. Schools should re-activate and maintain physical education programs, keep an eye on snack foods available to students, and replace cafeteria deep fryers with salad bars. Cities should make it easier for kids to play safely outdoors, fast food restaurants should cut sugar content of meals, and media should set nutrition standards for foods advertised to children.
"SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY WITHIN A GENERATION", White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity - Report to the President, May 01, 2010, © U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
News
Companies
Ingredients
Policy & Regulation
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

Kraft And Coca-Cola Look To Next Generation Of Vending Machines

May 1, 2010: 10:38 PM EST
Kraft and Coca-Cola recently unveiled their latest vending machines at the National Automatic Merchandising Association show. This new generation are highly interactive, with touchscreen displays that highlight the products and allow users to view product information with a swipe of the hand or make the image flip around. The machines are scheduled to be released this winter.
Christopher Borrelli, "Kraft, Coke move to iVend", Chicago Tribune, May 01, 2010, © Chicago Tribune
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Brands & Marketing
Companies
Innovation
Confectionery
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Faces An Uphill PR Battle

April 30, 2010: 09:47 PM EST
One by one, food manufacturers are giving in to public relations pressure and social media-based activism that has demonized high-fructose corn syrup. Hoping for a sales boost, they are replacing the HFCS with more expensive sugar and absorbing the increased cost, despite scientific evidence that sugar is really no better for you. U.S. sales of HFCS have fallen (nine percent in 2009) and the downhill slide is expected to continue. The trade association representing HFCS makers has spent millions for six years to defend corn syrup’s image, but so far to no avail: market research finds that 53 percent of Americans worry that HFCS may be harmful. That bodes ill for the corn refiners. According to one supermarket expert, the chances of reversing public sentiment are “exactly zero.”
MELANIE WARNER, "For Corn Syrup, the Sweet Talk Gets Harder", NY Times, April 30, 2010, © The New York Times Company
Domains
FOOD BUSINESS NEWS
Market Segments
News
Companies
Consumers
Ingredients
Market News
Research
Safety
Bakery & Cereals
Natural and Organic
Packaged Foods & Meats
Sauces & Dressings
Geographies
Worldwide
North America
United States of America
<<164165166167168169170171172173>> Total results:9330 References Per Page:
>> <<
Developed by Yuri Ingultsov Software Lab.