Nestle completes acquisition of Gerber

Nestle has completed its acquisition of Gerber, the iconic US baby food brand. Consequently, the integration process of Gerber will now begin as about 4,500 Gerber employees, with their specific know-how and expertise, join the Nestle Group. This is a major step in Nestle’s transformation into the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company: it […]

NUTRA NEWS: Good harvest for tea

Rooibos tea grows in popularity as this year’s record breaking harvest ensures that demand will meet with supply. Over 15,000 tons of Rooibos, which can only be grown in the Cederberg region in South Africa, has been harvested during 2007. This will enable Rooibos Ltd, the key supplier to companies in the UK, to replenish […]


Consumers rely on a quick fix

Health-conscious consumers want to eat better, but often perceive healthy food as inconvenient and lacking in indulgent qualities. A new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor reveals the desire to compromise these often mutually exclusive needs will increasingly drive demand for healthy snack food and drink. More than 20% of consumers surveyed in Europe and […]

NUTRA NEWS: Lutein awareness growth

Lutein and Health Awareness, a study commissioned by Kemin Health Europe, has revealed that lutein awareness has reached a new record level of 28%, with an impressive peak of 39% in Portugal, which doubled last year’s results on the same study. This year’s survey also reveals very marked lutein awareness levels in Germany of 37%, […]


NUTRA NEWS: New branded names for Frutarom’s extracts

Swiss Frutarom’s Olive Leaf Extract Benolea and Wild Green Oat Extract Neuravena have become available as branded products. Benolea has been proven to maintain healthy blood pressure levels and is moving from food supplement products into a broader range of cardiovascular health applications. Containing additional health-promoting components such as poly- phenols, the olive leaf extract […]

NUTRA NEWS: BI Nutraceuticals adds super fruit extracts

BI Nutraceuticals, supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, has introduced acai and goji berry powder extracts for beverage applications. The new ingredients are all-natural extracts derived from not only the fruit of the berries, but the peel, where a majority of the beneficial nutrients are contained. “Demand for super fruit […]


Nestle records strong growth

The Nestle Group reports strong organic growth of 7.4% with a positive contribution from all regions and businesses due to higher demand ahead of expected price increases. Food and beverage confirms momentum with 7.1% organic growth, fuelled by move towards nutrition, health and wellness. Nestle Nutrition on a like for like basis reached its 10% […]


NUTRA NEWS: Fully functional omega-3

Frutarom has launched omega-3 preparations for dairy products. The latest technology incorporates the health-promoting fatty acids into recipes without imparting any unpleasant aftertaste. Essential omega-3 fatty acids have long been added to a wide variety of foods – yet their processing remains a great challenge for the manufacturer. This is because commercially available isolated omega-3 […]


Companies join forces in research

A dozen leading companies have joined forces in a £10 million (£14m) partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to support research aimed at helping the food industry develop products that deliver enhanced health benefits for consumers. The founder company members of the new Diet and Health Research Industry Club are Britvic […]


Dietary guidance on nutrition

Dietary guidance should consider the cost and enjoyment of food in addition to nutrient content, according to Professor Adam Drewnowski, research leader of innovative approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity. His lecture, organised by The Dairy Council, aimed to provide an insight into alternative nutrient profiling and food labelling methods, specifically the Naturally […]

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Cakes & biscuits – changing inside and out

The cake and biscuit sector has clearly responded to the growing demand for better-for-you snacks. In August 2006 the total biscuit category was worth £120 million (£176m). The healthier biscuit sector has been showing growth and was worth £24 million in August 2006, compared to £20 million in August 2004. Malachy McReynolds, managing director of […]


NUTRA NEWS: DTI grant awarded to functional ingredients firm

A UK-based company has been awarded an innovation grant by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to fund its joint project worth £243,000 with the world-famous Institute of Food Research (IFR). Coressence, which is developing ingredients for the functional foods industry containing health giving nutrients from its own specially selected fruit varieties, has been […]


NUTRA NEWS: Provexis and Unilever join forces to develop heart health foods

Provexis, developer of scientifically-proven functional and medical foods, has entered into a long-term collaboration agreement with Unilever to develop a new format of its patented Fruitflow heart-health technology. Fruitflow is a patented natural extract from tomato which has been shown in human trials to reduce the propensity for aberrant blood clotting, typically associated with cardiovascular […]


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