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  • 1. Volume 5, Issue 04 Monday, 15 March 2010 ISSN 1837-7971 Market intelligence and innovations in functional foods & nutraceuticals Compiled from analysis of over 500 resources every week including media releases, Internet searches, news wires, RSS feeds, magazines, research journals, patent sites etc. Join us on Visit us: http://www.functionalfoods.com.au Table of Contents Business & Market Intelligence ............................................................................................................... 2 Consumer & market Trends and Market Size ......................................................................................... 4 Latest Market research Reports .............................................................................................................. 7 Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News...................................................................................... 8 Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Related News ......................................................................... 12 Nutrition, Health Benefits & Related Research ..................................................................................... 14 Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications .................................................................... 18 Webinars Worldwide............................................................................................................................. 19 Conferences & Meetings Worldwide .................................................................................................... 19 Disclaimer .............................................................................................................................................. 20 Subscription conditions ......................................................................................................................... 21 Subscription Information Functional Foods Weekly (46 electronic Issues/year) subscription is available as single, multiple, library, academic, site and corporate licenses. It is targeted at food industry CEOs, Marketing and R&D executives and their teams. For current subscription rates, please contact: weekly@functionalfoods.com.au ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 1
  • 2. Business & Market Intelligence Ebro Puleva sells dairy unit to Lactalis - Spanish food company Ebro Puleva announced a deal on Monday to sell its dairy business to Lactalis, Europe's largest dairy group, for 630 million euros ($862 million). Ebro's disposal of its dairy unit, which generated 444 million euros in revenues in 2009, followed the sale of its sugar business to Associated British Foods (ABF.L: Quote, Profile, Research) last year for 526 million, which helped it pay off debt. The company's remaining business interests include rice and pasta. Unlisted family-owned French firm Lactalis has annual revenues of some 8.5 billion euros, according to its website. It owns the President and Lauki brands.......... Read Chris Sliva Promoted to President, Morningstar Division of Dean Foods Dean Foods a leading dairy company in the United States and a global leader in soy products, today announced the promotion of Chris Sliva, 46, to the new position of President, Morningstar effective immediately. Sliva is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Morningstar Division of Dean Foods. In this new role, Sliva will oversee the Morningstar division's entire private label, extended shelf life and cultured businesses. "This well-deserved promotion recognizes Chris' leadership of the Morningstar business over the last two years," said Joe Scalzo, Chief Operating Officer, Dean Foods. "Chris and his Senior Leadership Team have designed and are implementing a business transformation to drive greater growth in this critical Dean Foods business." Sliva joined Dean Foods at WhiteWave in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Customer Officer. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Morningstar. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Americas Output for Eastman Kodak Corporation, where he also served as Vice President, Retail Sales and Vice President, U.S. Sales. Prior experience includes marketing and sales roles at Fort James Corporation and Procter & Gamble........ Read Productivity Commission to review Rural Research and Development Corporations (Australia) The Productivity Commission is undertaking an inquiry into the Australian Government‘s investment in rural research and development through the Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs). The RDCs commission research and development from public and private providers with funding based on industry levies and matching Australian Government funding. The Australian Government collects industry levies under legislation for the purpose of research and development and matches expenditure on research and development on a 1:1 basis, up to 0.5 per cent of industry gross value of production. In 2008-09, expenditure by RDCs on R&D was about $460 million, including $207 million from the Australian Government. RDCs are accountable to both industry and government for their expenditure....... Read Glanbia to sell its Irish business GLANBIA's sale of its troubled Irish business could be completed as early as June and could generate proceeds of between €255m and €280m, analysts said. The commentary came after the dairy group yesterday revealed it was in talks to sell its substantial Irish businesses to the Glanbia co-op, which owns almost 55pc of the plc. It is understood that Geoff Meagher, who stepped down as Glanbia's deputy managing director last summer, has already been teed up to head the Irish business once it passes over to the co-op. News of the possible deal drove Glanbia's shares up 5.4pc at the opening bell, marking the group's biggest same-day gain in more than two months, as investors welcomed the prospect of eliminating the plc's most challenging division. The shares began to slide almost immediately, however, after analysts were told any deal would have to involve either a cash or debt contribution to Glanbia plc....... Read Murray Goulburn builds WCB stake (Australia) Murray Goulburn has continued to build its stake in local rival Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory. Murray Goulburn, which has had two takeover approaches rejected by the WCB board, has grown its ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 2
  • 3. stake in the group from 7% to 8.37% of shares, according to a filing with the Australian stock exchange. Murray Goulburn bought 546,722 WCB shares on-market between 3 March and 11 March for A$4.50 (US$4.12) a share. The price was 15 cents higher than the value of Murray Goulburn‘s second offer, which WCB rebuffed on 19 February. At the time, Stephen O‘Rourke, Murray Goulburn‘s managing director, insisted that offer was ―a genuine proposal‖ to deliver higher returns to farmers. However, WCB claimed the latest offer did not reflect the company‘s value due to its ―unique geographic location‖ and ―strategic position in the Australian dairy industry‖....... Read Fonterra to close cheese plant (NZ) Fonterra's Longburn plant in Palmerston North will stop making cheese next month, and 35 jobs will go. Manufacturing Value Add manager Steve Morrison said Fonterra had been working through the plant closure with staff over several months. About 15 affected people would get jobs at other parts of the Longburn operation, in altered roles. The other 20 staff are looking at positions Fonterra may have at other sites, and other placements locally. Mr Morrison said he didn't want to give numbers, but "there aren't a lot of Fonterra opportunities locally, and in the end it comes down to individual preferences".......... Read US farmers worry in run-up to NZ trade deal New Zealand will open trade talks on Monday for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the United States, Brunei, Chile, and Singapore. The TPP would build on the previously negotiated P4 trade agreement between New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, and Singapore. Prime Minister John Key has described the TPP as "our most important trade negotiation, working towards a free-trade agreement with the United States". The Government has already appointed former prime minister and World Trade Organisation (WTO) boss Mike Moore as ambassador to Washington, with instructions that a US free trade deal is a priority. The first round of negotiations to expand the TPP to include the US, Australia, Peru and Vietnam was to take place a year ago, but the US postponed the first set of talks at the last minute, in the wake of the Obama inauguration. Now the US is ready to start five days of talks in Melbourne next week.......... Read Danone to Invest Additional US$10 Mn in Indonesia PT Danone Dairy Indonesia will double the investment in Indonesia by around US$10 million within the next two to three years. The company is targeting to expand the factory in Cikarang, West Java, as well as supplying additional tools. Danone Dairy Indonesia Managing Director Alan Simpson said the company has set the master plan of business expansion two years ago........ Read Omega Protein Reports losses due to decrease in the sale of fish oil Omega Protein Corporation, the nation‘s leading producer of Omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, reported net loss of $6.2 million ($0.33 per share) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, compared with net income of $12.6 million ($0.69 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2008. Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2009 were $164.9 million compared with revenues of $177.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. Omega Protein recorded operating loss of $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2009, versus operating income of $23.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company recognized revenues of $43.0 million, compared with $39.7 million in revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008. Omega Protein recorded operating loss of $2.4 million for the 2009 fourth quarter, versus operating income of $2.5 million for the 2008 fourth quarter. The Company had net loss of $2.2 million ($0.11 per share) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, compared with net income of $0.8 million ($0.04 per share) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008. The Company‘s 2009 gross profit results, in comparison to 2008, primarily reflect decreased fish oil sales pricing of 35% in 2009 partially due to a substantial reduction in demand from the Chilean aquaculture industry......... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 3
  • 4. Tetra Pak FY09 Net Sales Increase To EUR8.95bn Tetra Pak has reported net sales of EUR8.95bn in 2009, up 1.2% compared to the prior year. Packaging solutions reached EUR8bn in net sales in 2009, an increase of 1.8% over prior year while sales of processing solutions declined 3.8% in comparable terms to EUR917m during this period. The company said that the double-digit growth in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Sub- Sahara Africa drove the rise in Packaging solutions‘ sales, while East Europe and Central Asia were the most affected by the economic downturn, experiencing a 12.2% decline in net packaging sales year- over-year. Though buoyed by a strong order backlog, sales of processing solutions were impacted by the difficult environment for capital equipment, Tetra Pak said. Overall, group sales strengthened in the fourth quarter of 2009, increasing by 5.7% from the year-ago quarter. In 2209, the company continued its planned investment in new plant and equipment around the world, inaugurating its new packaging material plant in Hohhot, Northern China, which operates completely on power from renewable resources. The EUR60m plant brings total investment in the country to EUR250m, with a total capacity of approximately 50 billion packs a year in its four Chinese plants......... Read General Mills sees international leading growth General Mills Inc expects international markets to lead its growth over the next five years, helped by a growing middle class in emerging markets. The maker of Cheerios cereal and Yoplait yogurt said it expects revenue to increase to $18 billion in fiscal year 2015, up from a forecast of roughly $14.7 billion this year. The company also forecast $6.75 in earnings per share, excluding one-time items, in fiscal year 2015, up from a forecast of $4.52 to $4.57 this year, the company said in a presentation to the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference on Tuesday......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Consumer & market Trends and Market Size Big Companies now replacing high fructose corn syrup High fructose corn syrup, the sugar alternative used to sweeten sodas, cookies, condiments and cereals, is beginning to lose some ground in the packaged-food industry. More big-name food and beverage products—including Kraft Foods Inc.'s Wheat Thins —have begun dropping the ingredient in favor of sugar, despite a big difference in cost, saying they are responding to consumer preferences for ingredients perceived as more natural. ConAgra Foods Inc. in May will start replacing the sweetener with sugar in its Hunt's tomato ketchup. "That's what consumers are looking for—simpler ingredient listings and ingredients they are familiar with," ConAgra spokeswoman Teresa Paulsen said. ConAgra said consumers preferred the taste of the new product in tests. In recent months, Kraft has taken high fructose corn syrup out of the recipes for its 100-calorie pack Nabisco cookies, Wheat Thins crackers and most of its namesake salad dressings. With Wheat Thins, Kraft said it saw discussions on its Web site on the subject of high fructose corn syrup and received comments directly from consumers, pushing it to remove the sweetener........ Read Generation X and Y to fuel post recession recovery In the past two recessions, Baby Boomers quickly led the recovery. However, this group has been hit hard by the recession at a point in life when their financial commitments loom large and retirement is on the horizon. Marketers will need to look to the smaller Gen X generation and large Gen Y population to fuel growth in the initial stages of the post-recession recovery. Among Gen X, one segment that will have a meaningful positive impact on spending is "up-market affluents" given their life stage needs and above-average spending potential. A higher proportion of Gen Y‘s income is discretionary as a result of fewer debts and a less-urgent need to accumulate wealth in the immediate term relative to older shoppers. Furthermore, as this generation is accustomed to instant gratification and demands the latest ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 4
  • 5. gadgets, spending on technology staples–like MP3 players and smart phones–will remain a priority and create unique opportunities for tech-oriented retailers.......... Grocery shopping online not popular in Australia A CHOICE survey confirms Australians have largely rejected online grocery shopping. We look at the pros and cons. With the convenience offered by online grocery shopping, it should be a winner. Yet only five per cent of Australians say they purchase groceries online. In a recent CHOICE survey of nearly 3800 members, we found the overwhelming majority had never shopped online. About 400 said they currently do. Another 500 had shopped online in the past but no longer do so....... Read "Nutrition, Health & Wellness, The Nestlé Perspective" Presentation given by Mr P. Bulcke, Nestlé CEO, during the CAGE conference, London, March 10, 2010............ pdf, 44 slides.......... Read Sophisticated Consumers Create New Confections Trends America‘s love of sweets is coming of age. Consumers are more sophisticated and demanding when it comes to confections, according to ―Confections and Dessert: Culinary Trend Mapping Report‖ from the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) and Packaged Facts. This consumer demand is creating an exciting new sweetscape where flavor complexity, artisanship and nostalgia mingle to create increasingly grownup, yet still satisfying, treats. ―It‘s time for marketers to notice that consumers are demanding sweets that are as trend-forward, satisfying and as adventurous as the savory foods they love. Butterscotch Toffee Whoopie Pies are more exciting than plain chocolate and vanilla ones,‖ said CCD CEO Kimberly Egan. Four overarching consumer trends are driving innovative shifts in the sweets market: Nostalgia: Americans seek comfort in the sweets of childhood, yet still want treats that reflect current interest in bold flavor profiles and higher-quality ingredients Indulgence: Americans need a break and are indulging in exciting — and affordable — new sweets to provide escape, reward and just plain delight Flavor Adventure: Plain old vanilla and chocolate aren‘t enough these days. Savvy consumers from generation Y to boomers are seeking excitement from sweets that reflect a global palate of exotic and varietal fruits, savory-sweet flavor profiles, and other adventurous tastes. Aged organic Papua New Guinea vanilla ice cream, anyone? Artisan Appeal: Sweet treats that are handmade with well-chosen ingredients and reflect current values in local and sustainable production are winning over more and more Americans ................ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 5
  • 6. Soaring Growth of Healthy & Nutritional Bars to €1.4 Billion The market for healthy & nutritional bars is soaring, despite the economic recession. Private label shares for the bars categories have not grown. In the leading UK market, retailers own only 8% of the category. Adding fibre can substantially improve profitability for manufacturers. European Snack Bars sales have seen strong growth in 2009 with growth rate of 5% to €1.4 Billion. Five groups exist: breakfast bars, energy & nutritional bars, fruit bars, granola/muesli bars and other snack bars. Breakfast bars have shown a strong growth with 5%: consumers are increasingly looking for a breakfast replacement for time-strapped consumers. Brands have taken a strong approach towards women and a weight management positioning. Breakfast bars sales in the UK have reached Euro 390 million. The breakfast categories in France, Italy and Spain have outgrown size-wise the other European countries. Young French consumers increasingly skip breakfast: 79% of the French teenagers ate breakfast in 2004, which figure dropped to 54% in 2009. According to Roger Kuhn, Research Analyst with Euromonitor, the key market trends are "back to nature", "adding nutritional value", and a further category segmentation. Breakfast bars are forecasted to grow to Euro 800 million in 2014, Granola bars to Euro 425 million, while energy and nutritional bars is expected to grow to Euro 125 million........ Read Research investigates what consumers see as 'natural' An investigation into what the term ‗natural‘ means for consumers has concluded that manufacturers wanting to position products as natural should use ingredients that have undergone physical rather than chemical processing, process less, and label chemical names rather than E-numbers. Natural is a major trend in the food sector, but they is no firm agreed definition of what natural actually means across food categories and across markets. Nonetheless, manufacturers are keen to cater to the resurgence of interest in foods that are perceived as ‗natural‘. In September 2008 Mintel reported that some 23 per cent of new products launched in Europe so far that year claimed to have no additives/ preservatives in them. For a new study accepted for publication in the journal Appetite, researchers from CSIRO in Adelaide, Australia, and AgroParisTech in France set out to test eight hypotheses on food ingredient use and processing with consumers, in a bid to help manufacturers understand what they are looking for...... Read 10 foods for the future - Canada The chefs have spoken. Upcoming food trends, it seems, will lead diners into deeper healthier, but unfamiliar, territory. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) surveyed 400 chefs last January and February, and asked them to identify upcoming food trends. By and large, the food trends are toward health and nutrition as well as the environment. The results of the survey were released at the annual CRFA Show that took place over the weekend in Toronto. "It also reflects a multicultural environment," says Garth Whyte, president and CEO of CRFA. "There are more and more people from other countries and they're bringing ideas that become more and more mainstream." Here are the 10 foods for the future, according to Canadian chefs. 1. Ancient grains: We're talking kamut, spelt, amaranth, teff and other grains that haven't been altered by plant science for commercial purposes like bigger yields and pest resistance 2. Gluten-free beer: Gluten intolerance or allergies sometimes extends to hordein, the gluten in barley. Buckwheat and sorghum are the most common 3. Vegan entrees: That means no meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs or for that matter, honey or gelatin. 4. Organic alcohol: There's organic produce, organic meats, and clothing. 5. African cuisines: It's a big continent with many countries, many tribes and regions 6. New fabricated cuts of meat: It's an extension of artisanal foods. 7. Gluten-free cuisine: At one time, fear of gluten was confined to people with celiac disease, but there are increasing numbers with wheat sensitivities. 8. Middle Eastern cuisine: We're no strangers to Persian food in Metro Vancouver (especially on the North Shore) and we're quite accustomed to falafel and some Israeli food, but there are many more cultures in the Middle East with unique and regional dishes and ingredients. ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 6
  • 7. 9. Quinoa: It's pronounced keen-nwa and it's a grain-like crop. Since it's a good source of complete protein, it ties in to the other food trend, veganism. 10. Non-traditional fish: We have only to look to Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar and its annual Unsung Heroes Festival, encouraging people to try these non-traditional fish. ................... Read Back to the Table of Contents Please recommend Functional Foods Weekly Latest Market research Reports Title Price Publisher Dairy Food in North America to 2013 USD 495 Datamonitor This databook provides key data and information on the dairy food market covering two countries in North America. This report is a comprehensive resource for market, category and segment level data including value, volume, distribution and company share. This report also provides expenditure and consumption data for the historic and forecast periods........ Read Milk & Dairy Alternative Beverages in the U.S. NA BMC Despite historically high prices and an economy in which several other beverages couldn't grow, milk managed an uptick in 2008. Fluid milk volume increased by 0.1%. It gained nearly 6 million gallons and offset the 0.1% decline of 2007. Although its rate of increase was modest, milk's performance was especially noteworthy since 2008 was the first year that the volume of milk‘s competitive set of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages actually declined. Typically, other beverages grew while milk ceded market share. It might seem counterintuitive, but the weak U.S. economy could have actually helped the milk market in 2008 and into 2009, since consumers started eating at home more than they had in the past and milk is primarily consumed at home, particularly at meal time. But the economy was not the sole factor affecting the milk market. Organic milk volume grew at double-digit percentage rates throughout the decade, which reflects organic products' increasingly mainstream status and popular appeal. Dairy alternatives such as soymilk also registered strong growth...... Read Future R&D Strategies in Food and Drinks: Evolution from USD 2875 Business orthodox approaches to open innovation models Insights Future R&D Strategies in Food & Drinks is a brand new Business Insights report which identifies the key factors for successfully shifting from orthodox to open innovation models and evaluates the characteristics that will define successful innovators in the future....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 7
  • 8. Back to the Table of Contents Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News Lifeway Launches New Green Kefir with Phytoboost(TM) Lifeway Foods, makers of the nutritious probiotic beverage Kefir, is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Natural Products Expo West with the launch of its greenest product ever, Green Kefir with Phytoboost. With all the immunity-boosting benefits of probiotic-rich Kefir in a great-tasting fruit-flavored cultured milk smoothie, Green Kefir packs a powerful nutritional punch with Lifeway's proprietary blend of Phytoboost phytonutrients that deliver the disease-fighting antioxidant power of 10 green vegetables plus green tea extract in a single serving. "Expo West is the greenest product showcase in the industry, so we thought it was only fitting to introduce our greenest product ever in honor of its 30-year anniversary," said Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway CEO. "Packed with 80 mg of plant-based polyphenols to neutralize free radicals and protect the body's delicate immune system, Green Kefir is a great-tasting drink with all the nutrition of a salad in a bottle ? the ORAC equivalent of a full serving of vegetables in every bottle." Available in two delicious flavors, Kiwi Passion Fruit and Pomegranate Acai Blueberry, Green Kefir provides 100 percent of the USDA Recommended Daily Value (RDV) of Vitamin C for a healthy immune system, 20 percent of the USDA RDV of Vitamin A to protect cell tissue and support the circulatory system and 30 percent of the USDA RDV to maintain healthy skin and eyes......... Read New launch: Instant Energy shot! CRUNK!!! Energy Drink announces the next generation of energy delivery with the launch of CRUNK!!! Energy Stix. A revolutionary powdered energy shot, CRUNK!!! Energy Stix is the first of its kind from an energy drink brand. Containing only 10 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates, CRUNK!!! Energy Stix are powdered and require no water, no mixing, and no waiting. Simply open by ripping off the top of the package (along the scored line) and pour the powdered shot directly on the tongue, for an instant rush of energy that lasts for hours. CRUNK!!! Energy Stix come two to each package and have a delicious orange flavor. As with all CRUNK!!! products, the difference is in the ingredients that prevent crash and provide natural boosters. CRUNK!!! Energy Stix include white willow, used as a pain reliever in Chinese medicine since 500 B.C. and believed to prevent crash. CRUNK!!! also contains immune system and memory boosters ashwagandha and ginkgo biloba. Other ingredients include skull cap, said to calm the nerves, relieve anxiety and contain anti-inflammatory properties, and milk thistle, reported to have protective effects on the liver. Stimulants include green tea, guarana and panax ginseng, and each shot contains caffeine (100mg) comparable to a cup of premium coffee............. Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 8
  • 9. Dairy based sports drink launched This week, Shamrock Farms is launching a full-court press to support the national distribution of its new Rockin' Refuel milk. Including a partnership with Hoop It Up, ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, and a Most Rockin' Shot consumer contest, the sports-themed national campaign spotlights the product - a protein-fortified flavored milk ideal for post-exercise refueling that appeals to today's generation of young, active athletes. "Rockin' Refuel is a big development in the beverage category, particularly in the dairy case," says Mike Krueger, senior vice president and general manager. "Research supports the benefits of chocolate milk for post-exercise recovery; meanwhile, there has been an increase in consumer demand for drinks that refuel after a workout. Rockin' Refuel is the great tasting, real milk answer to what consumers are craving."........ Read Rachel‘s finds a new way of marketing yogurt – introduces pouring yogurt for breakfast Boring breakfasts are now a thing of the past as Rachel‘s has unveiled its revolutionary new Pouring natural yogurt in stores now. Designed to pour smoothly over your cereal and muesli without the need for milk, our exciting new range is guaranteed to liven up your mornings. Rachel‘s Pouring range is the new delicious breakfast yogurt which literally pours healthy goodness onto whatever you add it to. On shelves now, it is the perfect accompaniment to breakfast cereals as it wets and softens the cereal, so you don‘t need milk. If you like a touch of sweetness in the morning, then our natural hints of honey or strawberry act as perfect natural sweeteners, with no need for added sugar! What‘s more, it provides a valuable source of calcium and vitamins, as well as health-giving bio-live cultures for a healthy digestive system......... Read Ocean Nutrition Launches New Dry Application Omega-3 Powder Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC) has announced the launch of a new MEG-3 powder that allows Omega-3 EPA/DHA to be successfully incorporated into a variety of dry blend applications such as meal replacement powders, powdered juice mixes, protein powders, weight management powders and powdered sports drinks. The new powder offers up to 105 mg of EPA and DHA per gram. Fortification in these applications would allow athletes and people of all ages looking to improve their diets to easily contribute to their daily Omega-3 EPA/DHA intake. With increased consumption of Omega-3 from fish oil by kids, moms and dads, body builders and other athletes, and those concerned with weight management, this new product allows manufacturers to increase their market share by developing products with the additional health benefits of Omega-3 EPA/DHA.......... Read LUNA(R) Launches First Organic Protein Bar for Women LUNA(R), the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women(R), introduces LUNA(R) Protein, the first high protein bar for women made with entirely natural and organic ingredients. It is an indulgent treat that satiates hunger and helps women more easily fit protein into their diet. Protein is an essential part of women's diets however it continues to be an overlooked nutrient. In fact, according to a recent LUNA survey, nearly 50 ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 9
  • 10. percent of women said they are not sure if they are getting enough protein in their diets. Additional survey findings include: -- 40 percent of women say it's difficult to find "portable protein." -- 60 percent of women eat snacks only to "hold them over" between meals. -- Only 5 percent of women currently look to protein as a snack even though protein is a great way to provide satiation between meals. "A protein snack between meals curbs hunger, which helps women make more nutritious food choices by preventing high calorie and fat snack cravings," said Tara DelloIacono-Thies, R.D., in-house nutritionist for LUNA. "LUNA Protein is nutrient dense and allows women to get the nutrients they need while satisfying their hunger." At just under 200 calories, LUNA Protein(R) is a nourishing and delicious snack that satisfies sweet cravings with a chocolate coating and nougat texture--the closest consistency to a candy bar that LUNA has ever offered. Additionally, it offers key vitamins and minerals essential to women's everyday needs, such as calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin D............ Read Bio Serae to Introduce Anti-Stress Ingredient Bio Serae is introducing Serenzo at Vitafoods, a revolutionary ingredient for stress relief support, outcome of numerous research works. Serenzo is claimed to help reduce stress symptoms and to improve mood, via a particular mechanistic. Thanks to its original properties, Serenzo helps to reduce the inflammation induced by stress and consequently contributes to slow down the vicious circle of stress and thus limits the stress response. Thanks to its well documented anti-stress properties, Serenzo' offers a healthy alternative to preserve well-being and serenity. Serenzo is a natural, safe and scientifically tested ingredient, which makes it the ideal ingredient to incorporate into dietary supplements designed for stress management......... Read Naked Juice Introduces New Vegetable Infused Smoothies Naked Juice has launched two new vegetable smoothies. The company claims that the new Berry Veggie Machine and Orange Carrot smoothies come packed with vegetable ingredients and essential vitamins. The company said that it has packed Berry Veggie Machine with ingredients ranging from purple carrots, sweet potatoes, red beets and sweet corn to cherries, strawberries and plums, and that this assortment provides a good source of Vitamins A, C, E, B3, B5, B6, B12, potassium, fiber, iron and calcium. In addition, each 15.2oz bottle offers two whole servings of veggies and one serving of fruit. Orange Carrot smoothie provides one serving of veggies and two servings of fruit in each 15.2oz bottle....... Read Method for producing cheese United States Patent Application 20100055240 The present invention relates to a method of producing curd or cheese from a milk composition comprising the following steps: .cndot. adding to milk composition a protein hydrolysate, and/or a peptide and/or a mixture of peptides; .cndot. heat-treating the milk composition after that the protein hydrolysate is added; .cndot. coagulating the heat treated milk to form a gel; and .cndot. processing the formed gel into a cheese curd and separating the whey from the curd; and .cndot. optionally making cheese from the curd........... Read Low-lactose and lactose-free milk product and process for production thereof United States Patent Application 20100055286 The invention relates to a low-lactose and a lactose-free milk product and to a process for the production thereof. The lactose in the milk raw material is hydrolyzed, proteins, minerals and sugars are separated into different fractions by the membrane technique, and a low-lactose or a lactose-free milk product is composed from the fractions. The invention provides a milk product, the water therein originating from the original milk raw material. In addition, useful by-products are produced in the process....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 10
  • 11. Fresh cheese products containing biogenerated flavor components and methods for producing United States Patent 7,674,489 (Kraft Foods) The invention provides for the manufacture of cheese products enhanced with a natural, biogenerated flavoring system. The natural flavoring system described herein may be used with various types of cheese and dairy products. In one embodiment, the system may be used in the production of flavor enhanced fresh cheese or cream cheese. In another embodiment, the system may be used in the production of low-fat cheese products, such as low-fat cream cheese......... Read Peptides Inhibiting Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme United States Patent Application 20100056458 (Campina) The invention provides novel peptides having ACE-inhibiting properties derived from milk proteins, as well as their mixtures and their use as hypotensive aids. The peptides have from 2 up to 14 amino acid residues, at least one of which is a branched-chain amino acid. Examples include IV, LV, VLGPV, VPYPQ, VPYPQR, AVP, KIHP, KYKVPQL, FFVAPFPEVFG, VAPFPEVF, MKGLDI, KGLDI, LR, MHIRLS, MHI, IIA, IAEKT, LKALP, ALP and KK. The invention also provides a process of producing the peptide by enzymatic hydrolysis of milk proteins or other proteins....... Read Nutritional Compositions for Athletes United States Patent Application 20100055247 Nutritional compositions in a dry powder, bar, and gel form including a 2:1 ratio of maltodextrin to fructose and one or more proteins. Further compositions include maltodextrin, fructose, whey protein, and a standardized amount of an extract selected from the group consisting of green tea, pomegranate, and mangosteen. Having the carbohydrates and one or more proteins present in a 12:1 ratio also has been found to be desirable. The addition of select vitamins and electrolytes further aid in carbohydrate metabolism and general hydration........... Read Whey Protein Pre-Load United States Patent Application 20100056449 A method is provided that is effective for reducing postprandial blood glucose levels and/or food intake levels. The method includes administering native whey protein to a subject in an amount and at a time prior to a meal that is effective for reducing postprandial blood glucose levels and/or reducing food intake................. Read Heat Stable Concentrated Dairy Liquid And Cream Product United States Patent Application 20100055290 Disclosed are stable concentrated dairy liquids exhibiting enhanced fresh dairy flavor notes and methods of making thereof. The resultant concentrated products herein include a reduced dairy protein level and increased fat content through a cream addition. By one approach, the concentrated dairy liquids have a protein to fat ratio of about 0.4 to about 0.7 achieved through the selection of the starting dairy base and a selected cream addition. Preferably, the cream addition occurs at specific input locations in the process in order to achieve stable concentrates....... Read Method for production of coconut water beverage and blended juice beverages with coconut water United States Patent Application 20100055269 (Tropicana) A method for producing a coconut water beverage having a pH below 4.5 by adding a food grade acid to coconut water. The method coverts coconut water from a low-acid food to a high-acid food which allows the coconut water to be subjected to less severe commercial sterilization processing and preserves the natural taste and aroma of the coconut water. The present invention is also directed to a blended beverage comprising coconut water and fruit juice and having natural isotonic properties....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 11
  • 12. Continuous process for producing a fruit and/or vegetable paste and a plant for operating such process United States Patent Application 20100055279 (Unilever) One aspect of the present invention provides a continuous process for producing a fruit and/or vegetable paste comprising separating a continuous stream of fruit and/or vegetable juice into a low solids serum stream and a high solids pulp stream and concentrating the serum stream in a concentrator before recombining it with the pulp stream to produce a recombined stream; wherein the Brix concentration of the recombined stream is automatically adjusted to a constant level by combining the concentrated serum stream, the pulp stream and/or the recombined stream with an adjustable amount of a diluent stream and by automatically adjusting the flow rate of the diluent stream to compensate for fluctuations in the Brix concentration of the pulp stream and/or the concentrated serum stream. The invention also provides a plant for the production of a fruit and/or vegetable paste that can suitably be used to operate the aforementioned continuous process....... Read Back to the Table of Contents Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Food Safety Cognis to submit article 13.5 dossier to EFSA on new, original science supporting health claims for Xangold natural lutein esters Cognis Nutrition & Health, the world‘s leading producer of natural lutein esters, announced today that it will submit a dossier to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with additional new science, including studies conducted with its Xangold branded ingredient. This move follows the EFSA‘s recent rejection of a health claims dossier submitted by member states for lutein products. Cognis will submit this new information under article 13.5 of the European Community nutrition and health claims regulation. The company is appealing the EFSA opinion cited in article 13.1 by presenting a comprehensive new submission with the new scientific data. ―While we were initially disappointed in the EFSA ruling, in reviewing the opinion, we have identified areas that can be more clearly supported with strong scientific evidence that has evolved since the original submission was completed over three years ago,‖ said Holger Becker, PhD, Xangold Global Product Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health. (Source; Cognis media release) Government flushes out dodgy Detox Diets (Australia) The company that sells the popular ‗Lemon Detox‘ product, which is widely advertised as a slimming food, has been issued with two penalty notices by the NSW Food Authority for making unsubstantiated nutritional claims, Minister for Primary Industries Steve Whan announced last week.‖Pure Natural Health Pty Ltd has been fined $660 for making nutritional claims that were not quantified in the nutrition information panel and a further $660 for providing advice that was of a medical nature in their advertising and information,‖ Minister Whan said. ―The NSW Government is working to ensure that food sold in NSW meets the required labelling standards and any claims made are not potentially misleading or illegal under NSW Food Law.‖ Minister Whan said four food businesses claiming to have slimming or detox properties have recently been investigated by the NSW Food Authority. ―Trying to lose weight is a serious issue for many people and there is absolutely no room for companies or individuals who try and take advantage of this situation,‖ Mr Whan said. ―The NSW Food Authority investigated four food businesses marketing food as a ―slimming food‖ or detox diet, following a number of consumer complaints....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 12
  • 13. UK FSA Board agrees single front-of-pack label plan The Agency's Board, at an open meeting held in Cardiff, agreed to the implementation of a single approach to front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling that will best help consumers make healthier choices when they buy food. Food businesses will be encouraged to use all three elements found by independent research to help UK consumers interpret nutritional information: traffic light colours (red, amber and green), text (high, medium or low) and percentage Guideline Daily Amounts (% GDAs). The Board's recommendation clearly signals that the Agency does not support FOP labels using only % GDAs, but that % GDAs should be combined with either traffic light colours or text, and should ideally have all three elements. Businesses are also encouraged to ensure that the information is presented on the packaging in a way that is clearly visible and prominent. To avoid consumer confusion, colours other than traffic lights should not be used. Additionally, information on portion size should be realistic and not mislead and the labels should be used on a wider range of processed packaged foods. Jeff Rooker, FSA Board Chair, said: 'The Board was clear that it wanted a single approach to front of pack labelling that works. Tremendous progress has been made by industry in taking up front-of-pack labelling but different schemes are causing confusion to consumers. The Board is very clear that the framework outlined today is an important step on the way to a single approach.'......... pdf, ......... Read Soft drinks manufacturers operating in the EU are to be obliged to note any of six artificial colourings on the front of all bottles by 20 July 2010 due to concerns of hyperactivity in children...... Read EFSA launches public consultation on guidance for environmental risk assessment of GM plants EFSA has launched a public consultation on the revised guidance of its GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Panel for the environmental risk assessment of GM plants. EFSA provided updated guidance for assessing the impact of GM plants on the environment and held discussions with stakeholders and Member States as part of this work. Together with new, strengthened requirements in terms of data generation, collection and analysis, this guidance also contains a revised section on the evaluation of possible effects on non-target organisms. The document is the result of two years‘ work and demonstrates EFSA‘s commitment to staying at the forefront of recent developments in the field of GM plant environmental risk assessment. The public consultation will last until 30 April for a total of eight weeks........... Read Korean Food and Drug approves first cranberry product for UTIs The Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) gave their approval for a product specific Health Functional Food, specifically PAC-standardized whole cranberry powder (PACran), made and distributed by Lallemand Health Ingredients and Decas Botanical Synergies (DBS). The functional claim is: "By reducing bacterial adhesion on the urinary tract wall, it may help with urinary health." PACran is the first cranberry product in the world to bear a brand specific health claim, according to Lallemand Health Ingredients and Decas Botanical Synergies. Another cranberry manufacturer was being considered by KFDA, but was denied the claim. Company officials are hopeful that this will assist in gaining an EU health claim for PACran....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 13
  • 14. Back to the Table of Contents Nutrition, Diets, Health Benefits & Related Research Med Diets 'Reverse' Atherosclerosis A low-carbohydrate diet, a low-fat diet and the Mediterranean diet have been found effective in helping obese people to reverse carotid atherosclerosis, researchers have reported. The study has been published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. To reach the conclusion, boffins at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Nuclear Research Center and Soroka Hospital in Israel investigated whether diet could reverse atherosclerosis, a slow, progressive condition in which the arteries thicken with plaque buildup, increasing risk of heart attacks and strokes. The research team compared the three diets among overweight articipants, mostly men, who were at high risk for atherosclerosis. After two years, researchers noted a significant 5% regression in average carotid vessel-wall volume and 1.1% decrease in carotid artery thickness. Compared to participants who had increased carotid wall volume, those with decreases had other improvements: greater weight loss; decreased systolic blood pressure levels; improved homocysteine levels; and an increase in apolipoprotein A1 (Apo A1), the major component of "good" cholesterol........... Read Processed Meat May Harm the Heart Salt and preservatives may be the culprits, researchers suggest Conventional wisdom has dictated that fat from red meat is a risk factor for heart disease, but a new analysis from Harvard researchers finds it's eating processed meat -- not unprocessed red meat -- that increases the risk for heart disease and even diabetes. The term "processed meat" refers to any meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting or with the addition of chemical preservatives. The researchers defined "red meat" as unprocessed meats such as beef, hamburger, lamb and pork. "To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should avoid eating too much processed meats -- for example, hot dogs, bacon, sausage or processed deli meats," said lead researcher Renata Micha, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Based on our findings, eating up to one serving per week would be associated with relatively small risk." Micha was scheduled to present the finding Friday at an American Heart Association conference on cardiovascular disease in San Francisco....... Read Increasing Soda Consumption Fuels Rise in Diabetes, Heart Disease Finding suggests new health policies could make a dent in the problem, researcher says Increasing consumption of sugary soft drinks contributed to 130,000 new cases of diabetes, 14,000 new cases of heart disease and 50,000 more life-years burdened with heart disease in the last decade, a new U.S. study finds. "The finding suggests that any kind of policy that reduces consumption might have a dramatic health benefit," said senior study author Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who was to present the finding Friday during the American Heart Association's Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention annual conference, in San Francisco. The study used a computer simulation of heart disease that has been applied to other cardiovascular risk factors, such as obesity and dietary salt, Bibbins-Domingo explained. "We probably underestimated the incidence, because the rise is greatest among the young, and our model focuses on adults 35 and older," she said........ Read Fruit juice not linked to teen weight gain A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion shows that there may be no link between 100% juice consumption and weight gain in teens.This study investigated the associations between 100% juice consumption, nutrient intake, and measures of weight in adolescents. Data from ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 14
  • 15. 3,939 adolescents, ages 12 to 18, participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2002 were analyzed. Twenty-eight percent of adolescents consumed 100% juice the day of the survey. Compared to non-juice consumers, several nutrient intakes of juice consumers were higher, and intakes of fat and saturated fatty acids were lower. Those consuming > 6 oz of juice consumed more servings of fruit and less discretionary fat and added sugar than non-consumers. No differences were found in weight by juice consumption group.In conclusion, when compared with non-juice consumers, adolescents consuming 100% juice did not show mean increased weight measures. Juice provided valuable nutrients, and consumption was associated with lower intakes of total fat, saturated fatty acids, discretionary fat, and added sugars and higher intakes of whole fruit........... Read Soft Drink and Juice Consumption are linked to Type 2 Diabetes The Singapore Chinese Health Study Soft drinks and other sweetened beverages may contribute to risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. However, research has not addressed higher risk and Asian populations. The authors examined the association between soft drinks and juice and the risk of type 2 diabetes among Chinese Singaporeans enrolled in a prospective cohort study of 43,580 participants aged 45–74 years and free of diabetes and other chronic diseases at baseline. The incidence of physician-diagnosed type 2 diabetes was assessed by interview and validated; 2,273 participants developed diabetes during follow-up. After adjustment for potential lifestyle and dietary confounders, participants consuming ≥2 soft drinks per week had a relative risk of type 2 diabetes of 1.42 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.25, 1.62) compared with those who rarely consumed soft drinks. Similarly, consumption of ≥2 juice beverages per week was associated with an increased risk (relative risk (RR) = 1.29, 95% CI: 1.05, 1.58). The association was modified by 5-year weight gain for ≥2 soft drinks per week among those who gained ≥3 kg (RR = 1.70, 95% CI: 1.34, 2.16) compared with those who gained less weight (RR = 1.20, 95% CI: 1.03, 1.41). Relatively frequent intake of soft drinks and juice is associated with an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes in Chinese men and women........... Read Green tea marinade may boost beef‘s health profile A study published in Food Chemistry shows that marinating beef in green tea-containing product may reduce the levels of potentially cancer-promoting compounds. The effect of a green tea marinade on the formation of heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAs) was examined in pan-fried beef cooked at 180–200°C for 4 min each side. Different marinating times were assayed and unmarinated samples cooked in similar conditions provided reference HAs levels. A green tea marinade catechin rich was prepared taking 1 g of green tea and infusing with 125 mL of boiling tap water during 10 min. Four HAs were quantified in unmarinated and marinated meat samples during 1, 2, 4 and 6 hr at 5°C. Compared with the unmarinated samples, marinating in green tea reduced levels of heterocyclic amines by up to 75% after marinating for 6 hr. The beef samples were tested for descriptive sensory analysis by two trained sensory panels to evaluate the influence of the green tea marinade in meat organoleptic characteristics. Analysis of results obtained through the t-test revealed no significant differences between control samples and tea marinated samples for all the thirteen attributes evaluated........ Read Whole Grain Salba Linked to Reductions in Blood Sugar and Appetite A new study examining the effects of whole grain Salba (Sahi Alba 911 and 912) has found that it can reduce postprandial glycemia and satiety. The research, led by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan at the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center at St. Michael‘s Hospital, Canada, was presented in the advance online issue of the ―European Journal of Clinical Nutrition‖ (Jan. 20, 2010). The study focused on the effect of escalating doses of Salba on glycemia and satiety. Previous research led by Dr. Vuksan, professor of endocrinology and nutritional sciences in the faculty of medicine, has shown that the consumption of 37 grams/day of Salba improves cardiovascular risk factors by reducing blood pressure, inflammation and coagulation in people with well-controlled Type II diabetes. The new study focused on healthy individuals, and measured their responses to blood glucose and appetite after high, intermediate and low doses of Salba baked into white bread........ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 15
  • 16. High-fiber diet linked to lower lung disease risk People who get enough fiber in their diets, particularly from whole grains, may have a lower risk of developing chronic lung disease than those who eat few high-fiber foods, a new study finds. The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. adults followed between 1984 and 2000, found that those with the highest fiber intake at the outset had a lower risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung disorders that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Out of the 111,580 study participants, 832 were diagnosed with COPD during the study period, for a rate of less than one percent. Of those cases, 234 were diagnosed among the one-fifth of study participants with the lowest fiber consumption; while 107 cases were seen among the one-fifth with the highest fiber intake........... Read Berries may reduce risk factors for metabolic disorders A diet rich in berries may reduce levels of inflammatory markers associated with liver health and metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Finland. Daily consumption of a range of berries, including lingonberry, sea buckthorn, bilberry, and black currant produced a 23 per cent reduction in levels of an enzyme called alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), a well-established marker of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Fatty liver is reportedly on the rise in the US, with between one quarter and one half of Americans, and the prevalence of NAFLD has increased in line with the ongoing obesity epidemic. Recent findings have also reported that metabolic syndrome, a condition characterised by central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism, and linked to increased risks of both type 2 diabetes and CVD, does not develop at all without NAFLD........ Read Calcium may help you live longer: study Getting a bit more calcium in your diet could help you live longer, new research suggests. Swedish researchers found that men who consumed the most calcium in food were 25 percent less likely to die over the next decade than their peers who took in the least calcium from food. None of the men took calcium supplements. The findings are in line with previous research linking higher calcium intake with lower mortality in both men and women, the researchers point out in a report in the American Journal of Epidemiology. While many researchers have looked at calcium and magnesium intake and the risk of chronic disease, less is known about the association between consumption of these nutrients in food and mortality. To investigate, Dr. Joanna Kaluza of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and her colleagues looked at more than 23,000 Swedish men who were 45 to 79 years old at the study's outset and were followed for 10 years. All had reported on their diet at the beginning of the study. During follow-up, about 2,358 died........ Read Peanut allergy linked to worse asthma in kids Among children and teenagers with asthma, those who also have peanut allergies may have more or more-severe asthma attacks, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 160 5- to 18-year- olds with asthma seen at their center, the 46 with peanut allergies generally had more hospitalizations for asthma exacerbations than children without the food allergy. They also had a higher rate of treatment with oral corticosteroids -- anti-inflammatory drugs given for a short period to control severe asthma symptoms. Of children and teens with peanut allergy, 23 percent had ever been hospitalized for asthma after the age of 3. That compared with 16 percent of those without peanut allergy. When it came oral steroids, only 28 percent of kids with peanut allergy had never needed treatment after age 3. That figure was 37 percent among those without the food allergy, according to lead researcher Dr. Alyson Simpson, of Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware........ Read Increased Quantities of Hi-maize Resistant Starch Boost Satiety A University of Toronto research team, led by G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D., just published results of a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showing that the quantity of resistant starch in ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 16
  • 17. foods correlates with blood glucose response and reduced food intake after two hours. The team also found that Hi-maize whole grain corn flour and Hi-maize resistant starch, a natural starch from corn that ―resists‖ digestion in the small intestine, increased satiety and reduced food intake after two hours. This is the first time that resistant starch content alone has been shown to correlate with a satiety benefit. This randomized, crossover, two-part study investigated the short-term effects of consuming Hi-maize whole grain corn flour and Hi-maize resistant starch in a group of healthy men, ages 20-30 years. ―We found that estimates of the resistant starch content predicted the effect on blood glucose concentrations and subsequent food intake, while the dietary fiber content of these particular ingredients did not,‖ said Anderson, professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto and the principal investigator of the study........ Read Diabetes' Link to Eating Disorders Explored Diabetics, under the gun to better manage their disease by controlling their food intake and weight, may find themselves in the sticky wicket of needing treatment that makes them hungry, researchers said. Attempts to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain may suggest an eating disorder when the disease and its treatment are to blame, said Dr. Deborah Young-Hyman, pediatric psychologist at the Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Prevention Institute. "You can't use the same criteria to diagnose eating disorders that you use in non-diabetic populations because what we actually prescribe as part of diabetes treatment is part of disordered eating behavior. Food preoccupation is one example," she said. Preoccupation with food, in fact, is required for optimal disease management. Questions like "What are you putting in your mouth? Did you know that was going to raise your blood sugar?" are a part of life, Dr. Young-Hyman said. Young women, and increasingly young men, also are not immune from societal pressures to be thin, she noted........ Read Omega 3 shown to have positive effect on colon cancer Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) have shown a connection between the consumption of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids and colorectal cancer prevention. But there was one odd and unexpected caveat—the benefit was only observed in white study participants, not African-American participants. In a presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research‘s ―Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research‖ conference, the researchers, headed by Sangmi Kim, PhD, a visiting fellow at the NIEHS‘ Epidemiology Branch in Research Triangle Park, NC, explained how they studied the link between polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and distal large bowel cancer using data from a population-based control study. They recruited 1509 white participants (716 cancer cases and 787 controls) and 369 black participants (213 cancer cases and 156 controls) using the State Cancer Registry and Division of Motor Vehicles records. Nineteen polyunsaturated fatty acids were assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire, which included 124 questions on food items. The researchers used the questionnaire to collect information on the frequency and amount of foods typically consumed in the past 12 months....... Read Study: Women Who Drink Tend to Be Thinner For anyone trying to lose weight, one of the first indulgences to get cut from their diet is alcohol. After all, alcohol packs 7 kcal/g — a good-size glass of wine contains more than 150 calories — an extravagance that could stymie efforts to slim down. But maybe it's time to put that wineglass back on the table. New findings from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston reveal that women who drink moderately are less likely to gain weight over time than those who don't. Before you start stocking your kitchen with vodka instead of vegetables, however, experts caution that the relationship between alcohol and weight may not be that simple...... Read Back to the Table of Contents ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 17
  • 18. Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications Producing Cocoa in Northern Australia This RIRDC report studies the feasibility of cocoa production in northern Australia and includes cocoa growing trials in three growing regions. Economic viability depends on good prices and high productivity of harvesting and processing. The report finds that a fledgling cocoa industry is developing in northern Queensland with about 35 ha of plantings established and beginning to come into production.......... pdf, 306 pages..... Read The new Japanese consumer The attitudes and behaviour of Japanese consumers are shifting dramatically, presenting opportunities and challenges for companies in the world‘s second-largest retail market. After decades of behaving differently, Japanese consumers suddenly look a lot like their counterparts in Europe and the United States. Celebrated for their willingness to pay for quality and convenience and usually uninterested in cheaper products, Japanese consumers are now flocking to discount and online retailers. Sales of relatively affordable private-label foods have increased dramatically, and many consumers, despite small living spaces, are buying in bulk. Instead of eating out, people are entertaining at home. Workers are even packing their own lunches, sparking the nickname bento-danshi, or ―box-lunch man.‖........ Read IFT Analysis and Review of Topics in Areas of Food Safety, Food Security, Food Processing, and Human Health The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under a five year contract with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) issued a task order for a product tracing exercise exploring data needs and design. Specifically, IFT was to organize and implement a mock traceback/trace forward exercise, and evaluate the mock trace-back/trace forward exercise, including key issues and lessons learned in platform design, technology needs, data gaps, and datamanagement. IFT was also tasked with reviewing the utilization of similar technology platforms to store and manage industry product tracing data on a national scale for fresh produce and itsapplicability to other food items. FDA may use this information to further explore the flow of information and information needs as they relate to technologies which may be used to track movement of food products back to the original source and forward through the supply chain to increase FDA‘s ability to more rapidly and precisely track and trace the origin and destination of contaminated food items........... pdf, 43 pages........ Read Tropicana: Trying to Make a Greener Orange Juice How green is your orange juice? A couple of years ago, PepsiCo, which owns the orange-juice brand Tropicana, tried to size up the carbon footprint of the popular morning tonic. It found that each half- gallon carton of OJ is responsible for 3.75 lb. of CO2. What was particularly surprising was where much of that CO2 was coming from. The single biggest contributor to Tropicana's carbon footprint wasn't the transport of the juice to stores or the energy required to operate a modern citrus farm. Rather, it was the fertilizer used to grow the orange trees. A great deal of natural gas is used to make nitrogen fertilizer, and a great deal of fertilizer is used on citrus trees — so much that fertilizer accounted for 35%, the largest share, of the carbon footprint of orange juice. "We thought it might be transport or packaging," says Tim Carey, director of sustainability and beverages for PepsiCo. "But the agricultural aspects of the operation are more important than we expected." ............. Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 18
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  • 20. Mar 29-30 Australian Obesity Summit......... Read Sydney, Australia Apr 16-17 IPA (International Probiotics Association) World Congress......... Read Miami, US Apr 20-21 Food Futures – An Australian Approach......... Read Canberra, Australia Apr 26 Antioxidants 2010 – Science, Testing and Regulations.......... Read Brussels, Belgium Apr 27-29 Fourth Global Dairy Congress........ Read Salzburg, Austria Apr 28-29 NutraFormulate............ Read Coventry, UK Apr 29-30 Natural Health Conference and Expo.......... Read Brisbane, Australia May 5-7 Health Grain Conference........... Read May 18-20 Vitafoods 2010.............. Read Geneva, Swiss May 20-21 China International Functional Food Summit 2010 Upcoming......... Read Beijing, China May 25-26 Beverage Forum 2010.......... Read New York, US May 25-26 Functional and Bioactive Ingredients for Food Products and Specialty Ghent, Belgium Beverages....... Read May 25-27 Food Ingredients Central and East European....... Read Warsaw, Poland th May 27-29 Dietitians Association of Australia 28 National Conference.......... Read Melbourne, Australia May 30-Jun 2010 CIFST/AAFC Conference...... Read Winnipeg, Canada 01 Jun 1-10 3rd International Symposium on Propionibacteria and Bifidobacteria: Dairy and Oviedo, Spain Probiotic Applications.......... Read Jun 11 Probiotics: From Bench to Market....... Read New York, US Jun 15-17 International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics - IPC Kosice, Slovakia 2010............ Read Jun 17 Food security, innovation and research......... Read London, UK Jun 20-25 NanoAgro 2010........ Read São Carlos, SP, Brazil Jun 29 Food packaging and waste - innovation, anaerobic digestion and London, UK nanotechnology......... Read Jul 17-21 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.......... Read Chicago, US Jul 25-27 AIFST Annual Conference – Creating the Future of Foods.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Aug 11-12 Dairy Microbiology - the good, the bad, the issues.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Aug 18-19 Higher Valued Foods – FIESTA 2010; 5th Innovative Foods Conference........ Melbourne, Australia Read Aug 22-26 IUFOST 2010 CONGRESS........ Read Cape Town, South Africa Sep 7-9 The 3rd Australian Food Safety Conference.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Sep 12-15 ABIC 2010: Bridging Biology and Business........ Read Saskatoon, Canada Sep 22-24 InterBev 2010............. Read Orlando, US Oct 17-20 Food Microbiology Symposium.......... Read Wisconsin, US Oct 28-29 6th International Symposium Probiotics and Health: Key Findings and New Montreal, Canada Directions........ Read Nov 8-11 IDF World Dairy Summit 2010 …….. Read Auckland, New Zealand Nov 16-18 Hi Europe……. Read Madrid, Spain Back to the Table of Contents Disclaimer Functional Foods Weekly uses Web links and as Web links can be unreliable, we cannot guarantee the validity of the link (although we do test the links before the Weekly is delivered). The Weekly is mailed as a bulk email and we cannot guarantee the delivery every week as individual organisations/servers have capacity to block emails and we have no control over that (although we do attempt to resend the Weekly if it bounces back; we also try to contact the subscriber). The use of the information is at the discretion of the user. OzScientific® is not liable for any damage whatsoever caused by the email or newsletter or by use of the information in this email or newsletter. As a subscriber, you agree to this disclaimer and the detailed disclaimer at http://www.functionalfoods.com.au ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 20
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