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Provexis winner: EU health claims enforcement may dish rotten tomatoes

Steve Morrision was the COO at Provexis when the UK start-up won the EU‘s first ever article 13.5 health claim for its blood circulation-boosting tomato extract called Fruitflow in 2009....

Industry is only at the ‘tip of the iceberg’ with fiber enrichment, report

Bakery and snack manufacturers are only at the ‘tip of the fiber-enriched product iceberg’ and novel ingredients present opportunities to drive the sector further, according to a new report.

Who can win an EU immunity claim? Yeast beta-glucan can?

German yeast specialist Leiber possesses the only immune health claim in the EU assessment system at the moment. But why should its beta-glucan yeast succeed when it has already failed...

Flaxseed shows blood pressure-lowering potential: Study

Daily consumption of flaxseed-fortified bakery products may reduce blood pressure levels in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), suggests new data presented at the November American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Scientists develop obesity-combating bread wheat

Researchers have developed modified bread and durum wheat that they claim could combat obesity and diabetes using a non-genetically modified technology known as ‘TILING’.

Stealth health or loud and proud: When should food companies mention salt reduction?

Food companies should be cautious about when and how they talk about salt reduction, according to Euromonitor International's global head of health and wellness research Ewa Hudson.

Zambian breakfast cereal to aid health, farmers and conservation

A Zambian company has launched a fortified breakfast cereal; the profits of which will secure business for poverty-stricken farmers and aid conservation work in the Luangwa Valley.

Wake up to healthy morning snack prospects: Analyst tells manufacturers

The swelling morning snack occasion should be a target for manufacturers, but health, nutrition and convenience will be the tonic for success, an analyst says.

More snacks = healthier diet, report finds

Americans are snacking more than ever, and the more they snack, the healthier their diets, according to a new report.

Green tea and coffee extract in donuts slashes acrylamide: Study

Donuts fortified with green tea and green coffee extract have heightened antioxidant properties and lower acrylamide levels, a new study finds.

It’s a public health tragedy that PepsiCo’s baked chips are not taking off, expert

PepsiCo’s baked potato chips are an outstanding example of fat reduction in a popular snack and from a public health perspective it is a tragedy they are not a mainstream...

The US ‘all things fiber’ trend trumps calorie counting in Europe, Beneo finds

The US trend for ‘all things fiber’ has steadily entered Europe with intake now considered more important than calorie counting among consumers, a Beneo research manager says.

Garuda International gets GRAS approval for oat beta-glucan

Garuda International has received GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) approval for its oat beta-glucan ingredient.

Don’t forget mental health when targeting seniors, says Leatherhead

Fortified breads, snacks and cereals targeting mental health in older consumers is an avenue of opportunity for manufacturers, a Leatherhead analyst says.

Delicious and nutritious: Resistant starch may boost fiber content & taste of cookies

Replacing wheat flour with resistant starches may improve the nutritional profile of cookies that are also tastier than ‘conventional’ cookies, says new research.

Fortified wheat-rye bread could aid diabetes and obesity prevention, study

Wheat-rye bread fortified with cereal dietary fiber, beta-glucan hydrogel and sourdough starter culture could be used in diabetes and obesity programs, a study suggests.

JM Smucker: Misguided trans-fat lawsuits are forcing manufacturers to undergo ‘wasteful’ litigation

JM Smucker has urged a California judge to dismiss the third in a “trilogy of trans-fat lawsuits” it claims are just money-grabbing exercises “forcing food manufacturers to undergo wasteful, expensive...

CFBAI kids’ cereals: Out with the bad, in with the good

Cereal firms with products targeted at children have invested in sodium and sugar reductions and nutrient fortification in balance, according to the vice president of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising...

Dispatches from the Whole Grains on Every Plate conference

Whole grains and health: Where’s the evidence?

Epidemiological studies reveal a clear association between increased wholegrain consumption and a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

The power of organic: Turning snacks into health foods?

Organic snack purchases are on the rise across the US but consumers do not associate this branding with health, new research finds.

‘Snacks and health seem mutually exclusive’: Analyst

When it comes to snacking, consumers will always put indulgence over health and this puts pressure on healthy snack manufacturers, says an analyst.

Quaker thrives in China with traditional medicine cereal fortification

PepsiCo’s investment to localize its Quaker brand in China with traditional herbal medicine fortification and texture adaptations has enabled it to thrive, an analyst says.

Nestlé breakfast cereal reformulation needs tact, warns specialist

Cereal Partners Worldwide’s reformulation plan for 20 of its Nestlé breakfast cereal brands must happen gradually and unobtrusively to succeed, warns a nutrition policy specialist.

CHOICE Australia says kids’ cereals are nutritionally disappointing

The nutritional value of breakfast cereals marketed to children in Australia is disappointing, with high sugar and salt content and low fiber levels, the country’s consumer watchdog CHOICE says.

Dispatches from IBA 2012

Nu-Tek Food Science takes ‘unique’ salt replacer to Europe

Nu-Tek Food Science has struck a partnership to bring its patented potassium-based salt replacer to Europe.

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