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How to succeed as a start-up in Europe (and not get swallowed by Big Food)

How to succeed as a start-up in Europe (and not get swallowed by Big Food)

Julian Mellentin

Director - New Nutrition Business

Start-ups have faced tough times along with the rest of the European food industry in recent years as a tight economy and ever tighter regulations have bitten deep.

Published: 26-May-2015

How has social media changed food marketing?

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to experts speaking on the side lines of Food Vision in Cannes.

Published: 08-Apr-2015

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Radek Sali, CEO,Swisse Wellness;

François Scheffler, head, BASF human nutrition; - Loren Israelsen, president, United Natural Products Association (UNPA); Mandy Saven, head, food, beverage and hospitality, Stylus

Nutrigenomics – the idea of optimising nutrition via individualised and/or pooled genetic data – is one that has long promised to revolutionise how we eat – not to mention keeping us healthy and out of hospitals. Are converging technologies about to deliver on its promise?

Published: 07-Apr-2015

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

a2 Milk outlines its US game plan in Expo West video

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been ruled out and you are still experiencing mild digestive discomfort? 

Published: 16-Mar-2015

Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Game on: Probiotics & sports performance

Dr Ralf Jäger

Co-founder and partner - Increnovo

Clinical data is building around the role of probiotics to aid athletic performance – from recovery to muscle development to immune defense. We spoke to a leading researcher at Probiota in Amsterdam this month…

Published: 18-Feb-2015

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry to blame and could social media be a data-sharing saviour?

Published: 17-Feb-2015

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Published: 23-Jan-2015

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

William Reed Business Media Holiday video

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

Published: 18-Dec-2014

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular, is changing, at least in the media. But are policymakers sitting up and taking notice. And should they?

Published: 30-Jun-2014

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

Sustainable palm oil lobby group needs broader standards

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

Published: 13-Jun-2014

Food firms risk exposure over non-sustainable palm oil

Food firms’ negative effect on the planet to be exposed

Food manufacturers that don’t use purely sustainable palm oil supplies risk being named and shamed on social media, the WWF has warned.

Published: 11-Jun-2014

Mondelēz throws down sustainable palm oil gauntlet

Mondelēz challenges suppliers’ sustainable palm oil efforts

Mondelēz is challenging palm oil suppliers to step up their game so it can move towards using physical supplies of purely sustainable palm oil for all its products.

Published: 11-Jun-2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Antoine Bily, Naturex global R&D director

Christian Artaria, Indena marketing director - Holger Riemensperger, Frutarom general manager, Health Business Unit

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players debate their attacks on the problem.

Published: 03-Jun-2014

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims', say probiotics business experts.

Published: 19-May-2014

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Daniel H. Rosenbaum

Nutraceuticals general manager - FMC

Mid-last year the chief of Norwegian omega-3 player EPAX told us, “We are the last of the big omega-3 independents.” Soon after US agri-food company FMC had snapped it up for $350m. Here FMC Nutraceuticals general manager Daniel H. Rosenbaum talks through the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of the move…and the ‘where’ it might lead.

Published: 15-May-2014

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Growing interest in the potential for insects as a source of healthy and sustainable protein was demonstrated again at Vitafoods Europe, where 4ento CEO Ana Day told us that insect consumption needs to become 'sexy'.

Published: 12-May-2014

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Grant Ferrier

Principal - Nutrition Capital Network (NCN)

Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) chief Grant Ferrier took his capital-connecting nutrition venture to Vitafoods in Geneva this week.

Published: 09-May-2014

Innovation success recipe: Respect consumers and draw inspiration from the unknown

Innovation success recipe: Respect consumers and draw inspiration from the unknown

Understanding consumer expectations and respecting these, combined with a boldness to draw inspiration from new areas is the perfect mix for successful innovation, say experts.

Published: 29-Apr-2014

Insect economics: Insect production could utilise global food waste to produce nutritionally better protein

Insect economics: Insect production could utilise global food waste to produce nutritionally better protein

The huge amounts of food and agricultural produce that end up as waste could be used to feed insects and produce high-quality animal protein that is better for environment, according to Professor Arnold van Huis.

Published: 28-Apr-2014

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world nutritiously and sustainably, according to FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients senior editors.

Published: 10-Apr-2014

Global probiotic market to add 50% to €33bn by 2018: Analyst

Global probiotic market to add 50% to €33bn by 2018: Analyst

Ewa Hudson

Global head of health and wellness research - Euromonitor International

The term ‘probiotic’ may be banned in the European Union – along with its cousin ‘prebiotic’ – but sales remain steady, and the global picture is buoyant, says leading analyst, Euromonitor International.

Published: 22-Jan-2014

'Mood foods' are on the rise, says Mintel

'Mood foods' are on the rise, says Mintel

Laura Jones

Global food science analyst - Mintel

Consumers are looking for foods and drinks that influence how they feel, whether that’s a drink that helps them sleep, or an indulgent ice cream. Mintel’s global food science analyst Laura Jones explains.

Published: 10-Dec-2013

Another BRIC in the weight management wall as sector hits $150bn globally in 2013

Another BRIC in the weight management wall as sector hits $150bn globally in 2013

Ewa Hudson

Global head of health and wellness research - Euromonitor International

Nestlé may have canned Jenny Craig, and regulators clamped down on the sector's claim-making, but weight management products are booming globally, especially in increasingly image driven emerging economies like India and Brazil. It has pushed beyond $150bn (€110m) in global sales this year (not including food supplements).

Published: 25-Nov-2013

Roquette outsources lab to food supplements makers

Roquette outsources lab to food supplements makers

Olaf Häusler PhD

Pharmaceutical project and development manager - Roquette pharmaceutical and cosmetics business unit

French supplier Roquette is putting its R&D supplements facility up for rent by any party seeking to develop food supplements and food products – whether they are its own customers or not.

Published: 29-May-2013

IADSA chair spells out global GMP progress

IADSA chair spells out global GMP progress

Peter Zambetti

Global business development director, Capsugel; - Chairman, IADSA (International Association of Dietary Supplements Associations)

Quality control in the food supplements sector is an ongoing mission that remains top of the agenda at the group that most prominently represents both global and national players – IADSA - especially as new regions adopt GMP rules for the first time.

Published: 28-May-2013