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  • 1. Volume 4, Issue 28 - Monday, 05 October 2009 Visit us: http://www.functionalfoods.com.au 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 Table of Contents Business & Market Intelligence ............................................................................................................................... 2 Consumer & Market Trends & Market Size ............................................................................................................. 6 Recent Market Research Reports ......................................................................................................................... 10 Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News .................................................................................................... 10 Regulations, Labelling & Related News................................................................................................................. 12 Nutrition, Health Research & Related News .......................................................................................................... 14 Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications .................................................................................... 17 Webinars Worldwide.............................................................................................................................................. 21 Conferences & Meetings Worldwide ..................................................................................................................... 21 Disclaimer.............................................................................................................................................................. 22 Subscription conditions.......................................................................................................................................... 22 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 © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 1
  • 2. Business & Market Intelligence Cereal Partners Worldwide (Nestle+General Mills) to open cereals innovation centre in Switzerland Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW S.A.), a joint venture between Nestlé S.A. and General Mills Inc., have announced the creation of a new Innovation Centre in Orbe (Switzerland). The investment of close to CHF 50 million underlines Cereal Partners Worldwide‘s strategic focus on nutrition, health and wellness and will accelerate the company‘s development of innovative and nutritious breakfast cereals. The construction, which started in early 2009, is nearing the half way stage and is due to be completed by the middle of 2010. The CPW Innovation Centre will bring together expertise from Nestlé and General Mills in the field of breakfast cereals. This new Innovation Centre will further build on General Mills‘ technical strengths and Nestlé‘s 50 years of R&D experience in Orbe, as well as on both partners‘ know-how in food processing technologies. Part of Cereal Partners Worldwide‘s global R&D network, the CPW Innovation Centre will work on breakfast cereal solutions that will deliver consumer benefits, such as improved nutritional content, as well as freshness, taste and texture. Sustainability and low environmental impact are at the heart of the building project. Local and regional construction materials are being used, such as wood sourced from environmentally-responsible forest management, benefiting Orbe and the surrounding communities. Once completed, the CPW Innovation Centre will meet the requirements for LEED certification, a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)......... Read Danone and Wahaha Group reach an amicable settlement Danone and Wahaha Group have reached an amicable settlement, subject to the approval of the Chinese Authorities. The settlement has been the outcome of renewed efforts of both parties to put a final end to their dispute through productive negotiations that have taken place in a spirit of mutual respect and with the support of both the Chinese and French governments. As part of the settlement, Danone and Wahaha are to conclude their existing joint venture relationships. Danone has agreed to sell its 51% interest in the Danone-Wahaha joint-ventures to its Chinese partners. The execution of this agreement will put an end to all legal proceedings related to the disputes between the two parties. Commenting on the transaction, Franck Riboud, CEO and Chairman of Danone, stated: ―The collaboration between Danone and Wahaha helped to build a strong and respected leader in the Chinese beverage industry. We are confident that Wahaha will continue to be highly successful under its future management guidance. Danone has a longstanding commitment to China where it has been present since 1987 and we are keen to accelerate the success of our Chinese activities, in keeping with our mission of bringing health through food to the largest number of people.‖......... Read Bayer Sued Over Unsupported Prostate Cancer Claims for selenium supplement The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sued the German drug company Bayer for falsely claiming that the selenium in Men's One A Day multivitamins might reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The lawsuit is filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco. CSPI first contacted Bayer in June to demand that the drug maker alter its marketing of Men's One A Day because the largest prostate cancer prevention trial ever conducted found eight months earlier that selenium supplementation does not prevent prostate cancer. More alarmingly, that study and another found that selenium supplements may increase the risk of diabetes. The largest prostate cancer prevention trial ever conducted found that the mineral selenium was no more effective in reducing prostate cancer risk than a placebo. That trial, the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, known as SELECT, was halted early when it became clear that the men were not benefiting from selenium and may have developed more cases of diabetes than men in the control group. Another study of selenium and prostate cancer found an alarming three-fold increased risk of diabetes among men taking selenium........... Read © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 2
  • 3. A more positive outlook for dairy is unveiled The International Dairy Federation has announced the release of its comprehensive report on the World Dairy Situation 2009. This major publication contains statistics on production, consumption and trade and assists researchers, policy makers and economists in providing an exclusive tool for strategy formulation. This year, the report will focus on the effects of the economic crisis on the dairy industry. The report warns that the growth in production of cow milk, still representing 84% of the total world milk production, is expected to sharply decelerate in 2009. Milk production is expected to increase by the lowest growth rate in more than 10 years............. Read Australia loses third spot on dairy exporter list - U.S. overtakes Australia The United States has surpassed Australia to emerge as the number three dairy exporter in the world after Europe and New Zealand, according to Rabobank analysis. Rabobank has released the World Dairy Map examining international dairy trade flows, milk production figures, export destinations, consumption and processor consolidation, with Europe remaining the biggest consumer. In dairy exports, the United States made gains and moved up from fourth place last year as weather conditions hampered Australian production. ―Australian drought conditions over the past few years affected milk production. In 2008, dairy export focus weakened in Australia providing space for the U.S. to move into the third spot,‖ Rabobank dairy analyst Mark Voorbergen advised. While becoming a sizeable exporter, the U.S. also remains a large destination market for imports. They represent the main destination for casein trade, while New Zealand is the main supplier of casein into the U.S. ―Milk producers in exporting regions are interested in knowing where their milk is being sold, while processors will surely be interested in levels of processor consolidation and consumption figures of different dairy products in the main markets of the world,‖ Mr Voorbergen explained. ―Traders, on the other hand, will undoubtedly use the (world dairy) map to gauge their share of all individual trade flows.‖........ Read Congress Fashions $350M Dairy Aid Package Amid a crisis of low milk prices and mounting losses in dairy country, lawmakers in Congress are fashioning a $350 million emergency aid package aimed at helping struggling milk farmers. Secretive talks on Capitol Hill have produced a tentative compromise, slated to be unveiled Wednesday, that would leave it to Agriculture Department chief Tom Vilsack to figure out how to deliver most of the aid, $290 million. It's unclear how much farmers struggling with low prices would benefit. The original $350 million plan was passed by the Senate in August without any binding directions about how the money would help farmers. But the poisonous politics of dairy subsidies hung over recent informal House- Senate talks — an official session is slated for Wednesday afternoon — as supporters of small dairy operations in states like Wisconsin and Vermont wrangled with lawmakers such as Dianne Feinstein, D- Calif., whose state is host to huge dairy farms. According to congressional aides briefed on the closed- door talks, who requested anonymity because an official House-Senate negotiating session has yet to convene, much of the $290 million would be devoted to direct monetary payments to dairy farmers, while $60 million would be spent on purchasing stocks of surplus cheese and other dairy products in hopes of raising prices. The food would be given to food banks. The plan is expected to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon, when House-Senate negotiators are to meet on a $23.3 billion agriculture appropriations bill for the fiscal budget year starting Thursday............ Read Sapporo to buy stake in Pokka beverage Japanese brewery Sapporo Holdings Ltd said it would buy a 21.65 percent stake in unlisted beverage maker Pokka from private equity firm Advantage Partners and other investors. Sapporo did not disclose how much it would pay for the stake........ Read Suntory To Buy Orangina For Over $3.3B Suntory Holdings Ltd. said Thursday it has agreed to acquire privately held European beverage maker Orangina Schweppes Group, as the Japanese beverage giant looks to embark on a major offensive in the global soft drinks market. Suntory will buy Orangina for over Y300 billion, or about $3.3 billion, from © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 3
  • 4. Blackstone Group and Lion Capital, a person close to the matter said separately. The amount compares with $2.6 billion that the private-equity owners paid in 2006 for Orangina.......... Read Rumours swirl of interest in Foster‘s as consolidation continues (Australia) Speculation is mounting that Australia‘s largest brewer could be the next takeover target as mass consolidation takes place in the global beverage sector. Foster‘s has long been touted as a likely target of global brewers like SABMiller and Asahi but despite all the rumours a bid has yet to eventuate - largely due to the influence of their wine division. However, a report in Business Spectator this morning claims a ―deal is imminent‖. The alcoholic beverage sector has not been short of M&A activity over the past year and a half, with major deals occurring in Japan, the UK, Australia and the US. The largest plays include the purchase of Scottish & Newcastle by Heineken and Carlsberg, the North American tie- up of SABMiller and Molson Coors, InBev‘s US$52b purchase of Anheuser Busch, Kirin‘s acquisition of Lion Nathan (almost complete) and an anticipated merger of Kirin and Suntory. That‘s a lot of action during a global recession and has analysts confident there is more to come....... Read Coca-Cola to take on Ocean Spray in UK Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is taking on the sales and distribution of Ocean Spray juice drinks, a top 25 soft drinks brand, in the UK.from February next year. Gerber Juice Company in the UK and its European sister company Emig have also been appointed to manufacture Ocean Spray juice drinks throughout its major European markets of the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The move is said to be in line with Ocean Spray's aim to improve its "go-to-market capability" through partnerships in sales, distribution and manufacturing, across all elements of its juice business. Jared Konstanty, managing director of Ocean Spray Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "To accelerate our growth across all channels, we have identified CCE as a strong strategic partner for sales and distribution."......... Read Kraft given Nov 9 deadline for Cadbury bid The U.K.'s Takeover Panel on Wednesday set a Nov. 9 deadline for Kraft Foods Inc. to either announce it will make a firm bid for Cadbury or walk away from the deal. The "put up or shut up order" had been expected. If Kraft decides not to make an offer in the next six weeks, U.K. rules prevent it from returning with a new proposal for at least six months. Kraft declined Wednesday to say whether it would make a formal bid. U.K. panel rules stipulate that if Kraft makes a formal offer, the food maker will have to demonstrate it has secured financing to complete an acquisition. "We've noted the decision and understand the implications," Kraft spokesman Mike Mitchell said. The food giant had expected the U.K. panel to impose the deadline. For its part, Cadbury reiterated its rejection of Kraft's informal bid made Sept. 7. The chocolate maker, which also sells Trident and Dentyne gum, has said the deal makes no strategic or financial sense and undervalues its business....... Read Kraft's bankers confident of raising bridge loan Kraft Foods Inc's bankers are confident that it can raise a jumbo bridge loan to finance its 10.2 billion pound ($16.26 billion) bid for Cadbury and tackle a maturing $4.5 billion loan, banking sources said on Thursday. Kraft needs to show Britain's Takeover Panel that it has committed financing in place before November 9, when it has to bid for a second time or walk away for six months, after Cadbury rejected its initial cash and share bid in September. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and HSBC will co-ordinate the bridge loan, a senior banker close to the deal said, adding that the lead group may be expanded further and Barclays is likely to play a role.............. Read Australia: National Foods to cease Production in Hexham National Foods has announced today it intends to phase out production at its Hexham manufacturing plant next year and open a new Distribution Centre in Hexham in November 2009. No firm date has been set for production to cease, by the end of 2010, at the manufacturing site as different options are being pursued for different product lines. There are 78 people employed at the site. The new © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 4
  • 5. Distribution Centre, to employ 19 people, is scheduled to open in November 2009. It will be located at 16 Gallegan Road, Hexham. Employees from National Foods‘ Cardiff Distribution Centre, due to close in November, will transfer to the new centre in Hexham, which will also handle some of the volume currently handled in the Berkeley Vale Distribution Centre. National Foods Group Executive Manufacturing Operations, Arthur Murphy, said the decision to close the manufacturing site, where thickened cream, sweetened condensed milk and cottage cheese are manufactured, follows a strategic review........ Read Fonterra competitor offers better milk payout (New Zealand) Suppliers to the Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company are thousands of dollars better off than their Fonterra milking neighbours. Tatua, near Morrinsville in the Waikato, is to pay its 112 suppliers $5.38 per kilogram of milksolids (kgMS), well ahead of Fonterra‘s $5.20kgMS for the last season. For the average Tatua farmer, this represents $18,000kgMS above his Fonterra supplying neighbour. Tatua earned $205 million for the year to July 31, 2009. Earnings before payout and taxation were $66.1 million. The board decided to payout all of its earnings and not retain any because of tough onfarm financial conditions. The company said cashflow was strong and its gearing ratio had remained low at 30%, similar to the previous year. This is down on 2007 at 31% and 44% in 2006. Looking ahead to the current season, chief executive Paul McGilvary said things were looking up........ Read General Mills sued over probiotic claims The legal firm that mounted the class action against Dannon that resulted in a $35m out-of-court settlement, is one of several law firms that have mounted a similar action against another probiotic product, this time General Mills‘ Yo-Plus. The action was lodged in a Florida court in March by Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudmin & Robbins, and four other legal firms, and alleges General Mills made misleading and unsubstantiated gut health claims about Yo-Plus using ―unfair and deceptive practises‖. The action is lodged on behalf of all Floridian citizens that may have consumed Yo-Plus. It says that General Mills‘ claims were, ―immoral, unethical, unscrupulous and substantially injurious to consumers‖, and in breach of both its contract with consumers and its warranties. It seeks to make General Mills engage in a corrective advertising campaign; return to consumers all monies earned from sale of the products; punitive damages and court costs. The claims in question suggest Yo-Plus could regulate digestive health benefits that other similar products could not. While General Mills said it had clinical backing for the claims, the action asserts that it in fact, it does not, and was therefore, ―reasonably likely to mislead the public‖. General Mills said it would not comment on ongoing litigation......... Read Naturex and Natraceutical Group Sign their Merge in Ingredients Spanish multinational Natraceutical Group, a leading biotechnology corporation in the field of research and development on functional ingredients, active principles and nutritional supplements, and French multinational Naturex, a leading supplier of natural speciality ingredients to food, flavour, food supplements, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, formalized yesterday the binding contracts for the merger of their ingredient activities. The transaction will be structured by means of the integration of Natraceutical‘s Ingredients Division into Naturex. This merger, triggered by two of the leading publicly traded companies in the ingredients industry, will create the number one independent company of natural specialty ingredients in the world. With a fully complementary product portfolio that includes nutraceutical ingredients, flavouring, preservative and innovative extracts on Naturex‘s side, and natural colours, fruit and vegetable powders, pectins, functional ingredients, yeasts and caffeine by Natraceutical‘s ingredients division, the new company will have a balanced geographical presence between Europe (50% of the combined proforma turnover) and the USA (34%)......... Read Back to the Table of Contents © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 5
  • 6. Advertise in the Functional Foods Weekly Functional Foods Weekly is a well-regarded weekly digest subscribed by the food and beverage industry executives worldwide. We accept limited advertisements that could benefit our subscribers Consumer & Market Trends & Market Size Dieting and labelling lead consumer mega-trends According to a new report from Datamonitor, the proliferation of health information in the mass media has produced a growing consumer fascination with health and associated lifestyle choice. 79% of UAE and Saudi consumers place greater importance on their health than they did two years ago. Datamonitor‘s report – ‗Profiting from Consumer Mega-Trends in the UAE and Saudi Arabia‘ – highlights how corporates can access and benefit from increasing consumer health awareness. Topics such as stress, holistic and transparency attitudes are subjects the report delves into. Based primarily on 2,000 consumer interviews (1,000 in the UAE and 1,000 in Saudi Arabia), it identifies how consumers‘ relationships with health is becoming more multifaceted. Dieting is still a major feature of regional consumer behaviour: 38% of UAE and 35% of Saudi consumers are still trying to diet on a regular basis. However, consumers are no longer focused solely on reducing food intake or avoiding ‗bad nutrients‘. 62% of UAE and 55% of Saudi consumers are actively seeking out products with ‗added‘ health benefits. Product labelling has become a major related consumer issue, with 61% of UAE and 56% of Saudi consumers declaring that they use information written on packaging to make product choices all or most of the time. Manufacturers need to respond with clearer labels that can be ‗digested‘ at a glance. 42% of UAE and 46% of Saudi consumers find health-related information confusing, indicating a greater need for improvement............... Read Sports and energy drinks - Sales in UK race ahead to the billion pound mark The race is on, as latest research from Mintel finds sales of sports and energy drinks set to hit the £1 billion finishing line. After healthy growth of 51% between 2004 and 2008, sales of sports and energy drinks continue to thrive. Even in 2008, as economic pressures put the skids on previously growing non- alcoholic markets such as smoothies and bottled water, this market grew by 10% from £855 million in 2007 to reach £941 million in 2008. Volume sales are also impressive, last year we knocked back some 484 million litres of the stuff, also up 10% on 2007 (442 million litres). In 2009, for the first time, the market is estimated to reach 525 million litres and a value of just over £1 billion. What is more, the thirst for these sprightly beverages is set to continue. Indeed, over the next five years, value sales are forecast to increase by an energetic 48% to reach £1.5 billion, whilst volume sales will rise by 44% to reach 757 million litres. Within the market, it is energy drinks which are driving the sales. Indeed, the energy drinks market (£716 million) currently dwarfs sports drinks, with 2008 value sales of £225 million. In terms of actual sales, the energy drinks market experienced a £241 million increase between 2004 and 2008, in contrast to £89 million for sports drinks........... Read Snacking is still on the rise, but growth expected to slow in economic recovery (US) A new report from market research firm Mintel shows that after years of mediocre sales increases, the potato chip market grew 22% during the economic downturn. In addition, other salty snacks experienced recession-fueled sales jumps. The tortilla chip market increased by 18% since 2007, while smaller segments like popcorn and cheese snacks saw similar gains (17% and 20%, respectively). Now that economic recovery is starting to take hold, however, Mintel expects sales increases to taper. Over the next five years, potato chip sales are expected to rise just above 3% annually, while tortilla chip sales should increase just above 4%. ―People bought more chips during the recession because they‘re a good value,‖ explains Chris Haack, senior analyst at Mintel. ―As the economy gets stronger, we expect annual sales increases to slow, but we don‘t expect markets to contract. New product innovations and the changed eating habits of many Americans will keep shoppers headed towards the snack aisle.‖ © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 6
  • 7. Mintel‘s Global New Products Database (GNPD) has already tracked over 350 new salty snack launches in the US this year. It‘s not the most healthy habit, but according to Mintel, 50% of kids, teens and 18-24s say they eat salty snacks five times a week or more. Even adults say they eat salty snacks 4.8 times per week on average, nearly once a day!........... Read British consumers yet to click with online grocery shopping It's been billed as the ultimate in convenience and enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past few years but according to new research from Mintel, it seems many Brits are yet to click with online grocery shopping. Nearly half the population (45%) do not see the point of shopping for food online, and more than two in three (69%) think that they might as well do all their shopping in-store, if a top-up visit is needed. Today, around one in three (35%) adults shop online for food, but just one in nine (11%) of all UK adults do so regularly or exclusively. Estimated to reach £4.4 billion in 2009, the online grocery market has grown a massive 134% since 2005. Furthermore, Mintel forecasts further growth of 57% between 2009 and 2014, to reach £6.9 billion. But sales growth is expected to slow as market drivers of recent years lose momentum, notably broadband penetration and the grocers' geographical coverage. The Mintel research highlights how improving customer perceptions could be key to driving future growth, as more than half the population (56%) have never shopped for groceries online............ Read Sales of 1% fat milk rocket in the UK Milk with a fat content of one per cent has quickly gained market share in the UK and its sales are now tipped to overtake those of both full fat and skimmed milk. Well established in Canada and the US, one per cent milk is a relatively new concept in the UK. It sits in between skimmed and semi-skimmed options in terms of fat content and is seen by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as an effective tool in the fight against fat. Sainsbury‘s, which launched the first private label version of one per cent fat milk in the UK last April, said the milk now commands a 10 per cent share of the UK market. The supermarket predicts that sales of the milk will continue to grow and will overtake those of skimmed milk by spring 2010 and of full-fat milk shortly afterwards. The FSA welcomed the news of the sales growth. Rosemary Hignett, head of nutrition, said: ―This news today is certainly a positive step and very much supports our campaign work to reduce the amount of saturated fat we are all eating.‖ The FSA encourages food manufacturers and retailers to embrace one per cent milk both as a product sold directly to consumers and as an ingredient in other products like sauces and dairy desserts........ Read Men are the next target for probiotics Men are the next key target area for the growing probiotic market, says a new report, but they won‘t be turned on by the same health messages as women. Packaged Facts‘ report, Boosting Immunity Through Digestion, suggests that manufacturers should aim to ―masculinize‖ products to take advantage of the enormous opportunity. ―The key to appealing to the male consumer is to make a product 'sexy' somehow,‖ it says. ―Good for digestive health‖ is not an appealing marketing tool to many men.‖ The report suggests that a probiotic product targeted at improving oral health could be marketed to men as a breath freshener, and that probiotics and prebiotics in a sports-related format, such as an energy bar or a sports drink, may be more appealing to men than probiotic yogurt. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children, convalescents and seniors and the obese were also flagged up as areas of opportunity in a global market which saw the number of global pro- and prebiotic product introductions increase nearly five-fold from 2004 to 2008. The report, published in October 2009, reveals there were 119 pro- and prebiotic food and beverage launches in the US in the three years to July, and 50 in the last year. Japan was second in product introductions with 75 in the three year period, while Canada accounted for the second highest number, 19, in 2008-9......... Read Prebiotic and probiotic foods making an impact beyond dairy Once relegated primarily to the domain of yoghurt and high-fibre fare, the market for food and beverage products fortified with probiotics and prebiotics has taken off as digestive health emerged as one of the hottest topics in the food and beverage arena.According to latest report from market researcher © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 7
  • 8. Packaged Facts, Boosting Immunity Through Digestion: The Relation Among Probiotics, Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes, the global retail market for probiotic/prebiotic foods and beverages was US$15 billion (A $18.5b) in 2008, a 13% increase over 2007. Driving future growth are two factors: 1) innovations in probiotic and prebiotic formulations that allow an increasing number of products to be enhanced with such ingredients, and 2) increasing consumer awareness of the relation between digestive health and immunity and with overall wellness. Packaged Facts projects the global market will exceed US$22 billion in 2013, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12% between 2004 and 2013........ Read Omega-3 awareness not backed by supplement choices: Survey The majority of US consumers believe they are missing omega-3s in their diet, but most do not opt for fish oil supplements to address this need, according to a nationwide survey. Conducted by Equation Research on behalf omega-3 supplier Croda, the survey found that almost 50 percent of respondents felt that they or their families were lacking essential nutrients. When it came to omega-3 only 26 percent of Americans said they take fish oil supplements, despite the fact that 63 percent of respondents believes they were missing omega-3s from their diet. The online survey involved just over 1,000 American adults. The survey, which was fielded in September last year, gathered responses from consumers across the country, with an average age of was 46. According to Croda, key consumer considerations when deciding to take supplements in general include cost, confusion and lack of perceived need. Omega-3 is thought to benefit a wide range of health conditions, although the most conclusive scientific evidence today focuses on heart and cognitive health. Other areas of potential benefit include mood and behaviour (including learning disorders and depression), eye health and the healthy development of a foetus during pregnancy........ Read Consumers link sustainability to food quality Market research firms Packaged Facts and The Hartman Group have discovered a close relationship between consumer perceptions of sustainability and food quality that could impact on shopping behaviour. Sustainability means different things to different people. Asked to identify what the term means to them, consumers most frequently respond ―the ability to last over time‖ and ―the ability to support oneself‖. Sustainability is also strongly associated with environmental concerns, whereby consumers are being challenged to develop and express an ―eco-consciousness‖ in their daily habits and purchases. But using ―eco-conscious‖ or ―green‖ as synonymous with sustainability unduly limits the frame of reference; these older terms fail to acknowledge the variety of social, economic and environmental issues that real-world individuals believe to be important to sustaining themselves, their communities, and society at large........... Read Marketing U.S. Organic Foods: Recent Trends From Farms to Consumers Organic foods now occupy prominent shelf space in the produce and dairy aisles of most mainstream U.S. food retailers. The marketing boom has pushed retail sales of organic foods up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997. U.S. organic- industry growth is evident in an expanding number of retailers selling a wider variety of foods, the development of private-label product lines by many supermarkets, and the widespread introduction of new products. A broader range of consumers has been buying © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 8
  • 9. more varieties of organic food. Organic handlers, who purchase products from farmers and often supply them to retailers, sell more organic products to conventional retailers and club stores than ever before. Only one segment has not kept pace—organic farms have struggled at times to produce sufficient supply to keep up with the rapid growth in demand, leading to periodic shortages of organic products.......pdf, 33 pages....... Read Fruits and veggies consumption in US remains dismally low Less than 10 percent of U.S. high school students are eating the combined recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, a finding that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called "poor" in a report Tuesday. The report based on 2007 data found that only 13 percent of U.S. high school students get at least three servings of vegetables a day and just 32 percent get two servings of fruit. Less than 1 in 10 get enough of both combined. The CDC said the report was the first to give such detailed information on adolescents' fruit and vegetable consumption. The information comes from a national survey of about 100,000 high school students in 2007. CDC officials said the findings indicate a disheartening gap between how people should be eating and what they're actually doing in an era of rampant obesity. Federal nutrition goals for 2010 call for at least 75 percent of Americans to eat two servings of fruit each day and at least 50 percent to eat three vegetable servings. "This is a call for states, communities, schools and families to support increased fruit and vegetable consumption," said Heidi Blanck, a CDC senior scientist who worked on the report. The CDC also released data on a survey of adults. It found fruit and vegetable consumption was basically unchanged from when a similar survey was done in 2005: About 27 percent got at least three servings of vegetables a day, and 33 percent got two servings of fruit... Read ........ also download summary report, pdf., 8 pages...... Read Sales of shot-style energy drinks on the rise (US) Sales of functional shot-style drinks are on the rise as consumers look for ways to maintain their health and increase their energy levels in a convenient format. Multitasking has become a necessary skill in today‘s hectic world. Just glancing over at the next car in traffic to see a woman applying makeup and eating breakfast all while talking on her Bluetooth makes it frighteningly clear that people are busier today than ever before. We are trying to squeeze more into the same amount of time, and we are on the constant lookout for products that will make this seemingly impossible task possible. One product that has caught the consumers‘ attention is shot-style beverages, typically less than 4 oz, which promise a quick energy © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 9
  • 10. boost or much-needed vitamins and immune support in a convenient and quick-to-drink format. Even in this lagging economy, the premium price point isn‘t turning consumers of. Perhaps this is because everyone is working harder and longer hours and if a $2.99 shot of 5-Hour Energy keeps them alert and a $1.00 shot of DanActive helps their immune system, maybe it‘s worth the price. According to Innova‘s Food and Beverage Database (2009), 221 shot beverage products were on shelves around the world in 2008, up from 159 in 2007. Two popular categories within shot drinks are energy shots, offering a jolt of vitality in around 2 oz, and dairy-based probiotic shots that offer live bacteria and other nutrients to help the body......... FT.. pdf, 7 pages..... Read Back to the Table of Contents Recent Market Research Reports Title Price Publisher Global Food and Drinks Manufacturing Industry Outlook to 2010: USD 2000 ICD Marketing and Sales Strategies and the Impact of Recession and Recovery ―Global Food and Drinks Manufacturing Industry Outlook to 2010: Marketing & Sales Strategies and the Impact of Recession and Recovery‖ is a new report published by ICD Research that analyzes how food and drinks manufacturer's and equipment, materials and service supplier's media spend, marketing and sales strategies & practices and business are being affected by the recession. In an uncertain economic climate this report gives you access to the media channel spending outlooks, media budgets, marketing agency selection criteria, business challenges and sales tactics of leading producers and suppliers to the food and drinks manufacturing industry. The report also identifies food and drink manufacturers and suppliers future growth, M&A and investment expectations........... Read Back to the Table of Contents Sponsor the Functional Foods Weekly Companies can now sponsor indiviudal or multiple Issues of the Functional Foods Weekly Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News Pea protein innovations could challenge soy as meat analogue Researchers in Canada have produced meat analogues from pea proteins with a fibrous texture closely resembling chicken and fish. Soy protein-based meat analogues were well established, said Dr Jay Han at the Leduc Food Processing Development Centre in Alberta. However, research into the potential of peas, beans or other pulses for this purpose was still in its infancy. Owing to the variable quality of some pulse proteins, they often had to be extensively heat treated prior to extrusion, which made them more difficult to texturise, he said. But Dr Xiangfeng Meng and her team at the government-backed food science and technology program in Brooks, Alberta, had produced a high quality analogue by extruding pea protein isolate (92% protein), vital wheat gluten (80% protein), and potato starch at high moisture © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 10
  • 11. levels, he revealed. The work is now being taken forward with a view to potential commercialisation by an undisclosed Canadian firm. The proteins were effectively ‗melted‘ inside an extruder, in which conditions were controlled in such a way as to ensure steady pumping of the protein ‗melt‘ from the extruder into a four foot long cooling die, said Han. ―A laminar flow [when a fluid flows in parallel ‗layers‘] developed in the cooling die led to the realignment of the protein molecules and the development of the fibrous structure characteristic of a meat analogue.‖ The meat analogue market is currently dominated by soy protein and - in the UK at least - quorn (a mycoprotein derived from fermentation of the fungus Fusarium venenatum). However, firms are also experimenting with rape, pea, lupin and potato, while new products combining soy protein, wheat protein and starch are also under development............. Read AriZona Beverages Launches Iced Tea for kids Pledging continued support to the smiles of children worldwide, AriZona Beverages has recently introduced new AriZona Kidz Iced Tea, packaged in sports- themed PET bottles from Constar. For every six-pack of Kidz Iced Tea purchased, AriZona Beverages will donate five percent of net sales to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that works globally to help children born with facial deformities. Constar is supplying AriZona with 10- ounce monolayer PET bottles for the ready-to-drink iced tea. The Kidz Iced Tea bottles feature Constar‘s Vertical Compensation Technology™ (VCT™), a panel-less bottle for hot-fill beverages. Reinforcing the link to children, the shoulder of each bottle is shaped like a soccer ball, basketball or baseball. Each bottle includes MonOxbar® oxygen scavenging technology, which preserves the natural antioxidants and flavor of the tea. The kid-friendly packages were created using Constar‘s CONSTruct™ Advanced Predictive Engineering Software. This software allows Constar to design PET bottles that deliver optimum performance using less material, while creating a custom bottle sure to make kids smile. "On paper, this seems like a simple bottle to produce, but it's actually an engineering marvel," says Donald Deubel, Senior Vice President of Technology, Constar. "CONSTruct was the perfect tool for this project. We brought AriZona's vision of a fun, eye-catching bottle to life, but also gave them a functionally practical package at the same time."......... Read Kids yogurt with omega 3 The Horizon dairy family recently launched a new value-added addition, made with key natural ingredients to satisfy toddlers and meet the challenging needs of discerning moms. Natural product purchases rose 12.5 percent in conventional stores last year, according to Natural Products Retailer. In order to reflect this growing demand, Horizon introduced Little Blends, a great-tasting natural yogurt with both fruits and vegetables. Little Blends` unique combination of organic whole milk yogurt, plus natural fruit and vegetable purees offer a more varied nutrition for babies and toddlers than traditional yogurt. Each 4-ounce cup packs a daily value of 20 percent calcium, 25 percent protein, omega-3 DHA and probiotics. Parents will love how Little Blends incorporates more nutrition and variety into their child`s diet. This new product is just one example of how Horizon continues to deliver nutritious food options that support healthier kids and a healthier planet. Little Blends is a natural yogurt, meaning it`s produced without added growth hormones, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup........ Read © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 11
  • 12. Chr. Hansen launches new range of yoghurt cultures As a forerunner in the global dairy industry Chr. Hansen unveils ‗A culture for every culture‘ - premium culture solutions for all needs. Chr. Hansen now introduces YoFlex®Express, YoFlex®Advance and YoFlex®Harmony, the next generation of the company‘s popular range of cultures for yoghurt and fermented milks. ―In Chr. Hansen we are constantly working on providing the market with new cultures that meet the requirements for high quality, uniformity, safety and flexibility in modern yoghurt production. Listening to and understanding regional market needs and conditions has been the main driver in developing the 3rd generation of our YoFlex® cultures,‖ says Morten Boesen, Marketing Manager, Fermented Milk Cultures, Chr. Hansen......... Read Prebiotic chocolate and method for producing the same United States Patent Application 20090238941 This invention describes formulations for prebiotic milk and dark chocolates comprising of admixture of cocoa components, milk components, emulsifier, a flavor component and sweetener wherein said sweetener comprising of inulin and isolmalt. Also disclosed herein are the methods for producing said prebiotic milk and dark chocolates............. Read Back to the Table of Contents Please recommend the Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers or customers Regulations, Labelling & Related News EFSA rejects two thirds of first batch of article 13.1 health claims Two thirds of the article 13.1 health claims submitted for assessment under the health claims Regulation do not stand up to scrutiny, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Article 13.1 claims are based on 'generally accepted science' and cover the role of nutrients in the body (eg ‗calcium is necessary for the normal structure of bone‘) and have been collated by the Commission for assessment by EFSA based on lists of references to supporting science. Those that make it on to an approved ‗community list‘ will become available for any firm to use. While most claims relating to the beneficial effects of vitamins and minerals were given positive opinions, scores of other claims covering everything from gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) and cognitive function; selected probiotic strains and bowel function; and beta-glucans and bodyweight management were rejected. However, there was good news for some dietary fibres, fatty acids and many other substances. A substantial number of claims were impossible to assess because the substance in question had not been properly characterised, said EFSA. "Without clear identification of the substance in question, the panel could not verify that the scientific evidence provided to EFSA related to the same substance for which the health benefits are claimed." This first batch of opinions relates to only around 523 of the 4,185 claims on EFSA‘s article 13.1 assessment list.............. Read ................ documents related to each health claims can be found here......... Read Health claim of probiotics not accepted (EU): £220m-a-year 'dairy shots' industry in disarray following EU scientists' ruling. Drink this yogurt for a healthier stomach. Thirty million shoppers have swallowed the claims for probiotics as enthusiastically as the sweet fermented milk in the belief that "good bacteria" will defeat "bad bacteria" in epic © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 12
  • 13. microscopic battles inside our bodies. But claims that probiotic ingredients improve health can not be supported, according to an extensive review of scientific research by a team of experts from the European Union. Of 180 claims for probiotic ingredients, the EU's food agency the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) threw out every one. Ten were rejected outright and a 21-member expert panel could not assess the remaining 170 because the ingredients for which the claims were made could not be identified. The findings on ingredients such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are an embarrassment to the UK's £220m-a-year "dairy shots" industry, which has relied on heavy advertising to persuade shoppers of its products. However Britain's best-selling yogurt drinks, Actimel and Yakult, were excluded from Efsa's findings yesterday because Danone, Actimel's maker, and Yakult, the Japanese firm which introduced probiotic drinks to the UK in 1996, withdrew their claims before they could be scrutinised. They have since re-submitted them, but the results will not be available until next year................ Read FSA opposes omega-3 claims that would ‗mislead consumers‘ With the doors closed on an EC meeting due to decide the future of omega-3 nutrient content claims, the UK‘s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has suggested it opposes the proposed labelling. The European Commission is today due to finalize a proposal that would determine the form and levels of omega-3 needed for food and beverage products to make ‗high in‘ or ‗source of‘ claims. The proposal has generated heated opposition, most notably from some of the world‘s leading omega-3 scientists who believe the regulation would mislead consumers as it does not distinguish between marine-sourced EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and plant-based ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). This would be misleading, they say, as only the fish-derived omega-3s have the scientific backing for their health benefits. The UK‘s Food Standard‘s Agency (FSA) has stressed that that only the consumption of oily fish can deliver recommended levels of EPA/DHA. ―We want any claims agreed at EU level to be supportive of Government dietary advice, and not mislead consumers into believing they can achieve their recommended dietary intakes of DPA/EHA from foods other than oily fish,‖ it said. The UK government‘s advice to consumers is that the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids relate to consumption of 450mg/day of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (DPA/EHA)........... Read Heart Foundation calls for saturated fat labelling on menus (Aus) The Heart Foundation is calling on the restaurant and fast-food industries to switch from saturated fats to healthier alternatives. Speaking at the World Congress on Oils and Fats in Sydney this week, the health group argued that there is a need for labelling of fats on menus. ―Unfortunately most of the outlets are using fats that are very high in saturated fats, some of them are up to about 50 per cent, whereas there is healthier options available at saturated fat levels of 7 per cent,‖ Susan Anderson, the Heart Foundation‘s director of healthy weight, told ABC radio. ―I think we would really love the fast food sector and the food service industry to switch to these healthier oils,‖ she added. ―They have got great functionality and of course, they are better for Australia........... Read The 8th Edition Concise NZ Food Composition Tables available now The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables – Eighth Edition contains information on 32 nutrients for more than 950 foods commonly consumed in New Zealand. The Concise Tables are derived from the New Zealand Food Composition Database (NZFCD), which contains nutritional information on more than 2700 foods. The NZFCD is regularly updated and expanded to include new local and appropriate international food composition values. Data from the NZFCD are used in the analysis of Ministry of Health nutrition surveys. The food composition data help translate food consumption data from the surveys into nutrient © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 13
  • 14. intakes. Knowledge of New Zealanders‘ nutrient intakes ensures that the Ministry‘s policies, programmes, food and nutrition guidelines, and health education resources have a sound technical basis. The Concise Tables have been compiled for the Ministry of Health by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited. They provide an accurate source of information on the nutritional content of foods that is easy for nutrition practitioners to use as well as the New Zealand population in general. .... Read Coca-Cola to add nutritional content on front of can The Coca-Cola Company announced global plans to include energy information (calories, kilocalories, kilojoules) per serving on the front of almost all* of their product packages. The soft drink giant said the move had been made ―to increase consumers‘ awareness about the calorie content of its beverages‖.The Company has already rolled out front-of-pack energy labeling throughout Europe and Australia, with Mexico and the United States currently in roll-out phase. They plan to have front-of-pack energy information on all products by the end of 2011. Research shows that front-of-pack energy information is an important tool in helping people balance their overall dietary intake and physical activity. ―Coca-Cola is the world‘s most valuable brand, and with that comes a leadership responsibility,‖ said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ―Now more than ever, people expect facts about the products they consume to be both readily available and visible. This global commitment is about making it easier for consumers to quickly see the calorie information for our beverages.‖........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Nutrition, Health Research & Related News New evidence on neutral or even positive health effects of saturated fatty acids in milk fat presented by the dairy industry In order to make EU policy makers aware of the recent scientific findings on health effects of milk fat and their implications for policy making, the European Dairy Association organized in collaboration with the Danish Dairy Board the International Conference on Saturated Fat in Copenhagen. The scientists stated that there is no reason for considering saturated fatty acids as a single group anymore, and that more research is needed in order to make well-founded policy recommendations with regards to the intake of saturated fatty acids. In this framework, the scientists agreed that one needs to be very careful when proposing a tax on saturated fat as it is the case in Denmark right now. Prof. Bruce German (University of California) told the attendants that evidence from the past five years has changed the view and understanding of the effects of fat on cholesterol metabolism. First, dietary cholesterol is not affecting blood cholesterol. Scientific evidence does not support the assumption that saturated fat intake should be as low as possible as this is often considered as ―zero‖. Moreover, Prof. German suggested that, in personalized diets, appropriate doses of saturated fats are likely to have a beneficial © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 14
  • 15. impact. French Professor Philippe Legrand (University of Rennes) indicated that based on latest science there is no reason to consider saturated fatty acids as a single group anymore in terms of structure, metabolism, functions and deleterious effects. Only three of the many different saturated fatty acids found in milk fat should now be considered as atherogenic. Some saturated fatty acids in milk fat might even have beneficial effects on the cholesterol metabolism. For him, the saturated fatty acids in dairy products have an interesting composition. He pleaded for more precise studies to investigate further on a possible dose-effect and to put the different saturated fatty acids into perspective. Finally Professor Peter Elwood (Cardiff University) presented the results of a meta- analysis and systematic review of all cohort studies on the association between dairy and health. He presented some remarkable results: milk consumption is associated with a 19% reduction in heart disease, dairy foods are associated with a 21% reduction in diabetes, and milk tends to reduce risk of stroke. Prof. Elwood concluded that a call should be issued for further evidence from cohort studies before any new advice is given on dairy foods, and before policy relating to dairy foods is changed. Presentations from the conference can be downloaded using links below: 1. Introduction by Arne Astrup: Introduction to the International conference on saturated fat...... pdf, 12 slides.... Read 2. Presentation by Michael Stevns: What is the contribution of dairy products to daily nutrition?........ pdf, 10 slides........ Read 3. Presentation by J. Bruce German: Saturated fat: A milk perspective....... pdf, 49 slides...... Read 4. Presentation by Philippe Legrand: Saturated fatty acids: origin and nutritional interest....... pdf, 20 slides........ Read 5. Presentation by Peter Elwood: How does eating dairy products impact health in the long run?....... pdf, 43 slides...... Read Chocolate passes clinical trial test for artery and heart health Daily supplements of a flavonoid-rich chocolate may reduce biochemical markers of arterial hardening and boost heart health, say results of a randomized controlled trial. Consumption of the antioxidant-rich chocolate containing 495 mg of polyphenols led to reductions in levels of inflammatory compounds which contribute to development of atherosclerosis, according to results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers from the University of Barcelona in Spain recruited 42 people with an average age of 70 to consume either skim milk, or skim milk plus the cocoa powder for four weeks. All the participants were deemed to be at high risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), since they were diabetic, smokers, hypertensive, obese, and/or had raised LDL or low HDL cholesterol levels, and a family history of early CHD. The health benefits of antioxidant-rich chocolate have received much recognition in recent years, with positive findings from a number of studies impacting on consumer awareness. Chocolate manufacturers are using high cocoa content (over 70 per cent) as a means of differentiation, and cocoa has also received attention for its potential in functional food applications......... Read Review claims rbST milk is eco-friendly and safe Milk from cows treated with the rbST hormone is not only identical to other milk, but is also more eco- friendly, says a scientific review sponsored by Elanco, the company that bought Monsanto‘s rbST business last year. In the 1930s, it was discovered that increasing levels of bovine somatotrophin (bST), a hormone produced naturally by lactating cows, led to greater milk volumes. Monsanto developed an artificial version – rbST –in 1994, and controversy has dogged the product ever since. Its use is banned in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, although bulk milk products from rbST-treated cows can still be used in food manufacture. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rbST for use in 1993. Now a review of the scientific data on rbST – first presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and American Society of © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 15
  • 16. Animal Science in July – has said that rbST is ―one example of the kinds of efficient food production practices that will help feed the world in the future.‖............ Read Probiotics may ease digestive problems Daily consumption of a probiotic fermented milk product may improve gut health and well-being in women with everyday digestive problems, says a new study from Danone. Using the company‘s Activia product, scientists from Danone Research and the Paris Public Hospitals report that the probiotic product improved gastro-intestinal well-being by about 70 per cent. These data, taken together with previous data obtained on gastro-intestinal transit and in irritable bowel syndrome, suggest that this specific probiotic food may represent a promising nutritional and safe solution for the management of gastro-intestinal symptoms,‖ wrote the researchers, led by Dr Denis Guyonnet, a senior research scientist at Danone Research. The study represents a strengthening of the science behind the company‘s Bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010-containing product. The study was described as ―an interesting and important study published in a reputable journal‖ by probiotic expert Professor Gregor Reid from the Canadian R&D Centre for Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute, and The University of Western Ontario. ―The study uses a commercially available product and normal healthy subjects, so conclusions drawn are relevant to what many consumers might experience,‖ Prof. Reid told NutraIngredients........... Read Probiotics may protect against gum disease: Yakult study A daily shot of a probiotic milk drink may reduce inflammation and bleeding in the mouth linked to gingivitis and gum disease, says a new study from Germany. Results published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology indicated that the Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may improve oral health based on its influence of the immune system. The pilot study was partially sponsored by Yakult and used the company‘s probiotic milk drink, and involved 50 healthy people free of gum disease (periodontitis). ―From our point of view, the effect of the probiotic milk drink could be immunomodulatory,‖ wrote the researchers, from the University of Leipzig and University Hospital Jena. ―It has to be considered that this is an explanation of the results of a pilot study and based especially on the results of the gingival crevicular fluid,‖ they added. ―Further studies are strictly necessary.‖ Commenting on the study, Dr Jia Zhao, science manager for Yakult Europe told NutraIngredients-USA that, being a pilot trial, ―interpretation of the data has to be done with caution‖....... Read Folic acid may also boost baby‘s behaviour Recommendations to increase folic acid intakes during the early stages of pregnancy may reduce mental and emotional health problems in children, says a new study. Dutch researchers report that the children of mothers who took folic acid supplements during pregnancy were better at internalising and externalising problems, compared to the children of mothers who did not take supplements, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The research adds to the mother and child benefits of folic acid, in addition to the established link at reducing the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs). An overwhelming body of evidence links has linked folate deficiency in early pregnancy to increased risk of NTDs - most commonly spina bifida and anencephaly - in infants. This connection led to the 1998 introduction of public health measures in the US and Canada, where all grain products are fortified with folic acid - the synthetic, bioavailable form of folate......... Read Study Finds Fish Won't Prevent Heart Failure Benefits confined to heart attack, other types of cardiovascular disease While eating fish does appear to help protect against heart attacks and other cardiovascular disease, a new Dutch study finds it doesn't seem to guard against the development of heart failure. Heart failure is a degenerative condition, but with the right treatment and lifestyle people are living longer with it. In fact, some 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure, and 670,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the American Heart Association. "We examined whether the intake of fish and its omega-3 fatty acids could protect against the development of heart failure in people who had no history © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 16
  • 17. of coronary heart disease," said lead researcher J. Marianne Geleijnse, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Wageningen University. "However, we found no association except for a possible protective effect of omega-3 fatty acids against heart failure in a subgroup with diabetes." There is strong evidence for a general cardioprotective effect of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, although the underlying mechanisms are not yet clear, Geleijnse said............ Read Soybeans Prevent CVD, Cancer Eating more soybeans, which contain high levels of the antioxidant tocopherol, may help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to new research from McGill University. Researchers investigated tocopherols concentration and stability, with an emphasis on α-tocopherol, among early- maturing genotypes grown in multiple environments, and determined the relationship between tocopherols concentration and other important seed characteristics. Their findings are published in the September-October issue of Agronomy Journal. The research was also presented in Beijing, China at the 8th World Soybean Research Conference in August 2009......... Read Green Tea Good for the Gut Consuming five or more cups of green tea a day may reduce the risk of women developing stomach cancer by 20 percent, according to a report published in the journal Gut. Researchers at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed original data from six cohort studies that measured green tea consumption using validated questionnaires at baseline. Hazard ratios (HRs) in the individual studies were calculated, with adjustment for a common set of variables, and combined using a random-effects model. The researchers concluded that green tea‘s antioxidants may protect against gastric cancer and may include compounds that fight bacteria that have been linked to stomach cancer. The studies followed more than 219,000 men and women 40 years and older, who were followed between seven and 11 years........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications Australian Food Statistics Australian Food Statistics 2008 provides a comprehensive analysis of food industry trends and statistics for the past year. The food industry encompasses many sectors — from the producers of raw materials used in food (the farm and fishing sectors) through export, import and processing secto rs to domestic sales to consumers. Australia‘s total consumer expenditure on food and liquor continued on its rising trend in 2007-08, increasing by 6 per cent to around $113 billion. In the previous year total consumer expenditure on food increased to around $106.4 billion. The food and liquor industry‘s share of total retailing expenditure fell slightly to 52 per cent in 2007-08, from 52.5 per cent in the previous year. The value of Australia‘s total farm and fisheries production increased by 18 per cent to $37.4 billion in 2007-08. Much of the increase in value can be attributed to a slight rebound in broadacre crop production, after the 2006-07 drought year. The value of Australia‘s food exports remained largely unchanged in 2007-08 at $23.4 billion. Increases in the value of grains, oilseeds and dairy exports were offset to some extent by a decline in the value of meat, wine, and sugar exports. Although the value of Australia‘s food imports increased by 10 per cent to around $9 billion, © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 17
  • 18. Australia remains a significant net exporter of food, with an export surplus of $14 billion over food imports in 2007-08. Over the past five years this surplus has averaged $18 billion a year in constant dollar terms. Food exports accounted for only 13 per cent of total Australian merchandise exports in 2007-08, down from nearly 14 per cent in 2006-07 and close to 16 per cent in 2005-06. This decline in relative importance is largely a reflection of the strong growth in value of Australian minerals and energy resources exports in 2007-08........... pdf, 181 pages...... Read Yakult‘s Japanese heritage Japan isn‘t just Yakult‘s home base, it‘s one of its key markets too, and not without reason. From school child to managing director, and for almost every Japanese individual, consuming functional foods is common sense. According to consumer studies by the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei in 2006, almost 29.8% of the Japanese population consume functional foods every day. 11.5% use such products 2-3 times a week, and 4.4% consume them 2-3 times a month. Fewer than one in five (17.9%) claim not to use any functional foods. Hiroshi Narita, director of Yakult Honsha Co Ltd, confirms these figures: ―Compared to other countries, people in Japan are relatively health-conscious. They consider food as a medicine, and as a way to protect themselves against disease. Therefore, functional foods are very popular among the population, and the popularity of these products is still on the rise. Japan is an ageing society and the government is taking measures to prevent illnesses in people, for example by education on healthy foods.‖ ―In 2005, the functional food market was valued at €4.16bn, and the market has increased since then,‖ says Narita. ―In 2007, there were 755 approved functional foods on the market, with a market size of €5.44bn. The Japanese FOSHU regulation for functional foods, which was introduced in 1991, helps manufacturers to position their products on the market. ―Over the last three years, products for dental health and products that improve the triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood, have been the fastest growers. Sales turnover of products for dental health has increased from €14.73bn in 2001 to €75.12bn in 2007, for products that improve the fatty acid and cholesterol profile these figures are €11.97bn and €126.47bn respectively.............. Read Immune health functional foods update (Food Technology) Immune health is a concern for consumers of all ages, from the very young to the elderly. According to a report published by Global Business Insights, products marketed as helping to provide immunity are driving new product development in the immune health and vitality sector, and now account for 44% of product launches, says Ram Chaudhari, Executive Vice President , Chief Scientific Officer, Fortitech Inc., Schenectady, N.Y. Interestingly, according the report, the present economic slowdown and its likely impact on consumer expenditures is not expected to have a massive impact on the marketing of immune health and vitality products, although growth may slow in functional and fortified foods in general, says Chaudhari. Market shelves are now filled with innovative products, such as Similac Advance Early Shield infant formula from Abbot t Nutrition, Columbus, Ohio and Minute Maid® Enhanced Pomegranate Lemonade from Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Ga. (www.minutemaid.com). Products © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 18
  • 19. such as these take advantage of immunity enhancing ingredients like probiotics, antioxidants, prebiotics, and yeast-based levels of certain immunoreactive cells (macrophages, lymphocytes) or affect regulation of immune factors (cytokines immunoglobulins)......... pdf, 8 pages...... Read Health benefits of wine (Food Technology) Alcoholic beverages have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Egyptian paintings show alcohol as integral to the lives of the nobility. And for good reason—before the relatively recent availability of clean, pure water, alcoholic beverages may have been the only safe liquids to drink! Although excessive alcohol consumption is clearly detrimental to health, drinking small to moderate amounts of alcohol has been shown to have a number of health benefits, most notably improving coronary artery disease. In 1819, Samuel Black, an Irish physician, noted a high prevalence of angina pectoris in Ireland and a low prevalence in France. He attributed this observation to ―the French habits and modes of living, coinciding with the benignity of their climate and peculiar character of their moral affections.‖ It wasn‘t until 160 years later that A.S. St. Leger and colleagues published the first international comparison study on wine consumption and mortality. The principal finding was a strong and specific negative association between ischaemic heart disease deaths and alcohol consumption, which the authors concluded were ―wholly attributable to wine consumption‖........ pdf, 5 pages.... Read Nutraceutical Packaging Trends Packaging companies are positioning themselves to meet the varied needs of functional food and dietary supplement customers. Whether you‘re talking about functional foods or dietary supplements, most consumers of these products as well as the companies that make them have become more aware of the environmental impact of their packaging. As a result, many firms are making room in their product strategies for ―green‖ solutions in an effort to help them satisfy consumer demands, and maybe even make the world a better place. According to The Natural Marketing Institute‘s (NMI) ―2009 LOHAS Report: Consumers & Sustainability,‖ many consumers have changed the way they think when it comes to packaging. In fact, behaviors such as switching selection based on the amount of packaging and buying as many environmentally-friendly products as possible are up approximately 20% over the last year. Further, NMI indicates that consumers are beginning to perceive differences in the ―greenness‖ of packaging material........ Read The Widening of America Sobering statistics are prompting the health community to brainstorm new ways to combat the obesity epidemic. Despite a push for healthier food options and healthier lifestyles, America is getting fatter. With roughly 72 million Americans falling into the category of overweight or obese, it‘s clear that the healthcare community is not winning the war on obesity. According to Ken Fujioka, MD, director of the Center for Weight Management and director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center, Department of Endocrine and Diabetes in La Jolla, CA, the mantra of diet and exercise seem to be falling on deaf ears. The country is worse off and there is no end in sight. ―America and the world continue to get heavier,‖ he said. ―What is worse is that kids are now getting much heavier at a more rapid pace and the number of morbidly obese Americans (two times a normal weight) is also increasing at an alarming rate.‖ Obesity in and of itself is not a singular condition. Being overweight or obese is also associated with diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney and gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and joints), stroke, sleep apnea, asthma and other breathing disorders. The medical costs of obesity are estimated to be more than $147 billion per year.............. Read Trust Your Gut Products that help improve digestion can lead to better, healthier lives. At its most basic, the digestive system is like a revolving door. Something goes in on one side and comes out the other. The crucial difference is that not everything comes out. The goal of maintaining optimal digestive health is to make sure that what is left behind is the good stuff and not, pardon the expression, the crap. Consumers put © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 19
  • 20. up with enough ―crap‖ in items like junk food, as well as food additives, pesticide residues and growth hormones. So perhaps it‘s not surprising that Americans suffering from gastric distress rush off to doctors‘ offices upwards of 33 million times a year and wind up in hospitals more than 3.6 million times each year........... Read Nanotech at risk of repeating 'GM food fiasco' Decision-making on nanotechnology must become more democratic or Europe risks repeating "mistakes" made in managing genetically modified foods, according to a new report on science policy. In March, the European Parliament voted to back tougher rules on the use of nanotechnology in cosmetics. The European Commission's health directorate held a public hearing earlier this month as part of its efforts to engage stakeholders and address concerns. Experts warn that current methods of involving the public are "marked by mixed motives and confused practices," and call for a radical shake- up of how Europe engages the public. Scientists and politicians often cite the public debate on genetically-modified foods as a case study of how communication failures can hold up technological progress. Many of the interest groups with concerns about GM foods remain deeply sceptical of nanotechnology. The 'Deepenexternal ' report, which brings together findings from a three-year European research project involving ethicists, philosophers and the social and political sciences, says regulators and industry need to be more open with the public when crafting governance plans for new technologies....... Read Health spending passes $100 billion (Australia) Australia‘s spending on health goods and services is now in excess of $100 billion a year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Health expenditure Australia 2007-08, shows total health expenditure in Australia was $104 billion in 2007-08, and was 9.1% of gross domestic product (GDP). This was the same percentage of GDP as the previous year. ‗This was an $8.6 billion, or $328 per person, increase from 2006–07,‘ said Head of the Institute‘s Expenditure and Economics Unit, Mr John Goss. Compared with other Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD) countries in 2007, Australia‘s health spending as a proportion of GDP was similar to Italy, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand. It spent more than the United Kingdom, but considerably less than the USA where health spending accounted for 16% of GDP. The report examines Australia‘s health spending from 1997–98 to 2007–08, and shows the average annual growth in health expenditure for the decade was 5.2% compared with an average growth in GDP of 3.5% per year. ‗Health prices increased at a slower rate than prices in the general economy in the three years from 2004-05 to 2007-08,‘ Mr Goss said.‗ Up to 2004-05, health prices had generally increased more rapidly than other prices.‘ Almost 70% of health expenditure in Australia was funded by governments, with the Australian Government contributing $45 billion (43%), and state, territory and local governments contributing $26 billion (26%). The remaining $32 billion (31%) was funded by individuals, private health insurers, and other non-government sources. The Australian Government‘s share of public hospital funding was 42.5% in 1997–98 and 38.6% in 2006–07. In 2007–08 this rose to 39.2%. The highest area of growth in real health expenditure was in public health/preventive activities, which grew by 20.7% in 2007-08, and was largely attributable to a 56% increase in spending on organised immunisation programs. Research has found that, just as with genetically-modified foods, most non-scientists accept that a degree of risk is inevitable when introducing new technologies...... pdf., 191 pages ............ Read Back to the Table of Contents Please recommend the Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers or customers © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 20
  • 21. Webinars Worldwide This Section is continuously updated. Why not recommend a webinar to Functional Foods Weekly? Date What Presenter Timing* Price Oct 13 Healthy Aging Webinar......... Read Nutracon 1 PM EDT USD 169 Oct 20 Stevia Consumer Insights: Moms’ take on Pure Circle 10:30 CDT Free sweeteners............. Read Oct 22 Appetite Control: Help Consumers Win By Losing Lipid Nutrition 2 PM EDT Free Appetite........ Read Oct 27 NBJ’s 2009 Sports Nutrition & Weight-Loss Web NBJ 11 AM MT UDS 495 Seminar............. Read Oct 28 Managing Carbohydrates, Blood Glucose & Body AFS 2 PM EDT Free Composition … Naturally......... Read * For your local time, please check the US Time Zones or US Live time (for US based seminars) and then use the Time Zone Converter Back to the Table of Contents Conferences & Meetings Worldwide This Section is continuously updated. Please recommend a food-related conference to Functional Foods Weekly When What Where Oct 4-9 19th International Congress of Nutrition…….. Read Bangkok, Thailand Oct 5-8 FOODNEWS World Juice 2009.......... Read Nice, France Oct 6 4th Interactive Workshop, Nutrition & Health Claims Europe: Challenges Brussels, Belgium Ahead.......... Read Oct 7-9 BioFach Japan…………. Read Tokyo, Japan Oct 9-11 Healthy Food Show Healthy Weight………… Read Melbourne, Australia Oct 10-14 ANUGA…… Read Cologne, Germany Oct 14-16 Health Ingredients Japan…… Read Tokyo, Japan Oct 17-18 4th Practical Short Course on Functional Oils: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Graz, Austria Market Trends, Nutrition & Health, Utilization in Food Systems…… Read Oct 17-19 ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.............. Read Colorado, US Oct 23-24 Food Ingredients India...... Read Mumbai, India Oct 24-28 Obesity 2009……… Read Washington DC Oct 26-27 8th Annual World Food Technology and Innovation Forum, 2009........ Rotterdam, The Read Netehrlands th Oct 28-30 5 Nutraceutical Summit…….. Read New Delhi, India Oct 28-30 BioFach Latin America………… Read Sao Paulo, Brazil Oct 28-31 Worldwide Food Expo…… Read Chicago, US Nov 1-3 International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF) San Francisco, US 2009 Annual Conference......... Read Nov 3-5 Soya & Oilseed Summit…… Read New Orleans, US © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 21
  • 22. Nov 5-6 2nd International Symposium - Soy & Strategic Marketing.......... Read Barcelona, Spain Nov 9-10 The 11th Annual Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Sydney, Australia Conference........ Read Nov 9-11 MPOB International Palm Oil Congress 2009…….. Read Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nov 11-13 2009 EFFoST CONFERENCE: New Challenges in Food Preservation: Budapest, Hungary Processing - Safety – Sustainability……… Read Nov 11-13 SupplySide West……. Read Las Vegas, US Nov 15-19 Postharvest Pacifica 2009........... Read Napier, New Zealand Nov 17-19 Food Ingredients Europe 2009…… Read Frankfurt, Germany Nov 17-19 Natural ingredients 2009........ Read Frankfurt, Germany Nov 19-20 EFSA's 13th Scientific Colloquium - ‘What’s new on Novel Foods’........ Amsterdam, The Read Netherlands Nov 25-27 2nd International Symposium on Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants........ New Delhi, India Read Dec 3-4 Tea and Health Dubai World Congress 2009............. Read Dubai, UAE Dec 4-5 European Organic Congress............... Read Brussels, Belgium 2010 Mar 9-10 Grain Foods: Sustaining the Future, Sydney, Australia the Inaugural Go Grains Health & Nutrition Industry Conference............ Read Mar 9-11 US Ireland Functional Foods Conference 2010.............. Read Cork, Ireland Mar 10-11 Nutracon.......... Read Anaheim, US Aug 22-26 IUFOST 2010 CONGRESS........ Read Cape Town, South Africa Sep 22-24 InterBev 2010............. Read Orlando, US Nov 8-11 IDF World Dairy Summit 2010 …….. Read Auckland 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 Subscription conditions Functional Foods Weekly is addressed (unless corporate/library/bulk subscription is taken) to an individual and we request that you do not forward or share the newsletter. Your subscription may be cancelled without refund if there was an evidence of the misuse of the single-license subscription. OzScientific® reserves the right to refuse subscription, vary subscription rates and offer variable rates. Invoice for renewal is sent at the end of the subscription; subscribers are required to confirm if renewal is not required within 2 weeks. Failing that, OzScientific® will assume that the subscription is renewed. Renewal subscription payments are due within 4 weeks of renewal; delayed payments may incur additional service charge. Back to the Table of Contents © 2004-2009 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 22
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