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“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent chlorella microalgae offerings.Fellow French firm Algama won an award for innovation at the SIAL event in Paris for a spirulina drink called Springwave from 1200 products, which piqued Roquette’s interest and set the collaboration wheels in motion.

Canadian firm to debut blended solution for vegetarian protein, fiber fortification

Canadian supplier Dealers Ingredients plans to debut its Profi one-stop solution for vegetarian protein and fiber fortification at the upcoming Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) trade show in Chicago.

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

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BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn.

ASA ruling

Healthy water slugged over claims abuse

Scotland-based supplement and infused water distributor Water for Health  (WFH) has been censored by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making non-authorised immunity and other claims for chlorella and other infusions in the European Union.

Wrong said reg: Claims too sexy for NHCR

‘Bloody marvellous?’ ASA pulls beetroot blood claims from Juice Garden

An online UK juice, smoothie and healthy food merchant has fallen foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over blood cleansing and other claims for some of its juices.

Coffee by-products may have prebiotic, antimicrobial and antioxidant potential

More than 2 billion tons of coffee by-products that are currently thrown away could have applications in the food and nutrition sector, say researchers.

Coffee antioxidants: From bean to brew

Australian researchers have tracked the anti-radical and antioxidant properties of coffee from bean to brew.

Algatech to launch soluble astaxanthin powder using Virun's technology at Vitafoods

The competition in the astaxanthin space to extend this the ingredient to new dosage forms and product matrices continues to heat up with the announcement of an encapsulated offering from Algatech featuring Virun’s delivery technology.  The ingredient is set to debut at the upcoming Vitafoods Europe trade show next week in Geneva, Switz.

"The consequence of this is a fundamental blow to the belief in health claims as a magic bullet."

Consumers are food confused...Are you helping?

Consumers have never been more confused about food, argues Healthy Food Marketing chief Peter Wennstrom in this guest article. The food industry needs to step up...

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

Better knowledge means better wine: The curious and complex world of wine microorganisms

A €4m ($4.32m) EU project has the potential to identify new and improved strains of wine microorganisms, which could improve future winemaking.

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

What will EFSA’s caffeine opinion mean for product formulation?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safe upper limit for caffeine could mean a de facto ban for 80% of UK males, whose average weight would take them over the body weight referenced in the opinion, according to a food law expert.

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of caffeine a day from all sources and single doses of up to 200 mg for adults were not a safety concern. 

Tropical energy. A new kind of category blurring?

Both Red Bull and Lucozade Sport have launched tropical flavours of their sport and energy drinks – something Mintel says is another example of these sectors trying to slurp soft drink market share.

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