‘Robust evidence’ supports oat beta-glucan’s cholesterol-lowering potential

‘Robust evidence’ supports oat beta-glucan’s cholesterol-lowering potential

20-Oct-2014 - Daily consumption of at least 3 grams of oat beta-glucan may reduce cholesterol levels, with greater effects linked to high molecular weight forms of the ingredient, says a new meta-analysis of 28 randomized controlled trials.

FNCE live: What's happening at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo?

FNCE live: What's happening at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo?

20-Oct-2014 - The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) is in full swing in Atlanta, with hot topics covering everything from nutrition labeling, healthy snacking, the GRAS process, and obesity... Stay updated with FoodNavigator-USA.com

Japanese ice cream innovation 'couple of years ahead' of the West

Japanese ice cream innovation 'couple of years ahead' of the West: Mintel

20-Oct-2014 - Japanese ice cream manufacturers are a "couple of years ahead" of their counterparts in Europe and North America in terms of innovation, says market research firm Mintel.

The best results were achieved in Russia, where the sector recorded a double-digit growth.

Nestlé confectionery sales slump 7%

20-Oct-2014 - Nestlé confectionery sales fell 7% in its nine-month results due to rising cocoa costs and declines in developed markets such as Great Britain.

FNCE 2014 highlights part 1: Protein red hot, fermentation on fire

FNCE 2014 highlights part one: Protein still red hot, fermentation on fire, and why self-discipline won’t defeat obesity

20-Oct-2014 - We’ve never had access to more information about how to get healthy. So why are two thirds of Americans still overweight or obese, and what can we do about it? To find out, FoodNavigator-USA headed to Atlanta, GA, for the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE).

Jim Zallie: "We have a tremendous capability in Non-GMO."

Ingredion on Penford deal, gums, bolt-on acquisitions and Non-GMO - a ‘significant niche’

17-Oct-2014 - Press coverage of Ingredion’s $340m acquisition of starch & gums maker Penford made much of reducing its reliance on high fructose corn syrup in the light of lackluster soda sales. But HFCS now accounts for just 15% of sales at Ingredion, which has been steadily transforming itself into a value-added ingredients company since the $1.3bn acquisition of National Starch in 2010, says the company.

Dr Steve Zeisel:  “In pregnancy we know that low choline diets are associated with increased rates of birth defects."

90% of Americans don't get enough choline. So why isn't it higher up the food policy agenda?

17-Oct-2014 - As the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed, there has been a lot of heated debate about saturated fat (not the nutritional bogeyman we always thought?) and protein (it’s a hot trend, but do we really need more?). But what about choline?

‘Accelerating the commercial adoption of early stage research’: Leading probiotics event unites science and industry in North & South America

‘Accelerating the commercial adoption of early stage research’: Leading probiotics event unites science and industry in North & South America

17-Oct-2014 - San Diego will host the first ever Probiota Americas in June 2015, which will bring together eminent scientists and business leaders from the pre & probiotic and microbiota focused nutrition industries of North and South America. 

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

17-Oct-2014 - Ingredient supplier Compound Solutions has introduced a nature identical version of theacrine branded as TeaCrine. The ingredient offers benefits over caffeine, the mainstay of energy formulations, the company says.

AquaBall CEO: We have the ability to have 5% of the kids beverage market within 18 months

AquaBall CEO: We have the ability to have 5% of the kids beverage market within 18 months

17-Oct-2014 - After 18 months of rapid growth and a summer of reflection, True Drinks is ready to accelerate growth for its AquaBall product with an expansion to new international markets, and an advertising campaign calling out its ‘sugar-saturated’ competitors.

'Sprouting enhances the whole wheat bread baking quality – you can really control different dimensions,' says Ardent Mills engineering analyst

Sprouted grains not just about nutrition and taste, says Ardent Mills

16-Oct-2014 - Sprouted grains are known for nutritional punch and bold taste, but the sprouting process can also improve overall baking quality, says Ardent Mills.

Nello's Sauce founder on biodynamic agriculture, pasta sauce

Nello's Sauce founder on biodynamics, lavender & punching above your weight: 'One must have a beautiful label or else it's like going to the ball wearing burlap'

16-Oct-2014 - Small companies can carve a niche - even in a mature category like pasta sauce - if they have a genuine point of difference, a novel pack size that stands out on shelf (and enables them to meet a price point), and a striking label, says Nello’s Sauce founder Neal McTighe.

Reuben Canada: "I realized that people I didn’t know were actually prepared to pay for my product. It was super exciting."

Spicy, sophisticated, and growing very, very, fast: Jin+Ja on track to quadruple revenues in 2014

16-Oct-2014 - From kombucha to craft beer, US consumers are demanding more sophisticated beverages, and they don’t get much more sophisticated than Jin+Ja, a spicy ginger concoction that looks like it belongs in a swanky cocktail bar, but has also proved it can sell in mainstream grocery channels.   

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

16-Oct-2014 - Research by Cargill shows its Zerose brand erythritol does more than just cut calories;  it can help prevent cavities, too.

American Bakers Association president and CEO: 'In the baking industry we need a strong, stable, healthy farm community for our raw materials'

ABA chief: Farming infrastructure critically important for wheat

16-Oct-2014 - Farming infrastructure in the wheat sector is critically important for bakers but there are a number issues threatening it, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

UCSF scientists found an association between sugar-sweetened soda consumption and telomere shortening across all age, race, income and education levels (Image: Jeanny/Flickr)

San Francisco study associates sugar-sweetened soda with cell aging

16-Oct-2014 - University of California researchers have warned that regular sugar-sweetened soda drinking could increase the risk of disease development and accelerate cellular aging.

Developed markets continued to face headwinds during the first nine months, Nestlé said

Nestlé CEO on missed target: ‘Usain Bolt doesn’t always run 100 metres in the same time either’

16-Oct-2014 - Nestlé’s share price fell 2.9% in early trading this morning as nine-month sales growth missed objectives.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony: New plant means that every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the east African Island

Symrise opens $3m vanilla extraction facility in Madagascar

16-Oct-2014 - Symrise has opened a new €3m ($3.83m) vanilla extraction facility in Benavony, Madagascar - the latest milestone in its strategy to “establish the entire value chain for vanilla in its source country”.

Ilene Gordon: 'Penford's range of products addresses growing consumer trends, including nutrition, gluten-free, food textures, and sustainable green solutions'

Ingredion expands ingredients empire with $340m deal to buy Penford Corp

15-Oct-2014 - Sweeteners & starches giant Ingredion has expanded its ingredients empire with the acquisition of potato starch specialist Penford in a $340m deal that could close before the end of the year.

WCF members raise $680,000 to support Ebola relief efforts. No signs of major disruption to the cocoa supply yet

Industry 'deeply concerned' by Ebola but no impact on big choc companies yet

15-Oct-2014 - Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but contrary to some reports it is not yet having a major business impact for big chocolate players like Mars and Mondelēz.