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Corn Products International to Acquire National Starch for $1.3 b
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ConAgra Foods Reports Strong Fiscal 2010 EPS from Continuing Operations and Operating
Cash Flow of $1.4 Billion
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highest obesity rate was found among adults ages 40 to 59 years. The disparity between
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milk programme. So Chinese dairy companies will have ample opportunity to increase sales
simply by keeping up with domesti...
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second with $93.4 million in s...
* A fat reducing, muscle increasing ingredient, CLA, has started to appear in consumer
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The Glass Is Half Full: 2010 Manufacturing Trends
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Boehringer Ingelheim researches, develops, produces and markets pharmaceuticals and
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Food processor labels COOL a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’
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  1. 1. Volume 5, Issue 19 Monday, 28 June 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: Table of Contents Business & Market Intelligence ............................................................................................................... 2 Consumer & market Trends and Market Size ......................................................................................... 3 Latest Market research Reports .............................................................................................................. 8 Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News...................................................................................... 9 Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Related News ......................................................................... 11 Nutrition, Health Benefits & Related Research ..................................................................................... 13 Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications .................................................................... 18 Webinars Worldwide............................................................................................................................. 19 Conferences & Meetings Worldwide .................................................................................................... 20 Disclaimer .............................................................................................................................................. 21 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 FMCG food, dairy, nutrition, beverage & ingredient industry CEOs, Marketing and R&D executives and their teams. For current subscription rates, please contact: ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 1
  2. 2. Business & Market Intelligence Corn Products International to Acquire National Starch for $1.3 b Corn Products International Inc., a leading global provider of ingredient solutions for diversified industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire National Starch, a NJ-based global provider of specialty starches, from AkzoNobel, the largest global coatings and specialty chemicals company, headquartered in The Netherlands. “The acquisition of National Starch represents an exceptional opportunity for our company and a significant step forward toward achieving our strategic goals,” said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Corn Products International. “Combining National Starch with Corn Products will create an ingredient solutions leader with nearly $5 billion in revenues,” Gordon added. “The combined company will benefit from leading, innovative technology, enhanced geographic scale, a broader and deeper product portfolio, and access to new market segments.” National Starch is a recognized innovator in food ingredients and specialty starches. The company’s technologies are supported by a world-class research and development infrastructure and protected by more than 800 patents and patents pending, which drive the development of advanced specialty starches for the next generation of food products. National Starch had 2009 revenues of $1.2 billion from sales of specialty starches to both local and multinational customers in the food, papermaking, consumer and industrial segments. It has 2250 employees around the world and operates 11 plants in eight countries, including new geographies for Corn Products such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.......... Read Nestle to keep factories in Philippines, Malaysia * Nestle Philippines says no plans to move plants to Indonesia * Contradicts earlier newspaper report * Nestle says investing heavily in Philippines The Philippine unit of Nestle, the world's biggest food group, on Monday denied a report it planned to move factories to Indonesia. Indonesian daily Kontan earlier reported Nestle planned to shift factories in Malaysia and the Philippines to Indonesia to be closer to raw material sources, and cited Nestle's Indonesia spokesman Brata T. Hardjosubroto as saying details of the relocation would be announced in November. In a statement, Nestle Philippines Inc said it had no plans to move any of its factories in the Philippines to Indonesia. "In fact, Nestle continues to invest heavily in its manufacturing facilities in the Philippines to upgrade machinery and expand capacities to meet local and foreign demand for its products," it said. Nestle has six factories in Malaysia, including one that makes its Milo beverage brand, and four plants in the Philippines, the Kontan report said...... Read Nestle Plans Massive Emerging Market Investment In 2010-2012 Swiss food and beverages giant Nestle SA Tuesday said it will invest massively in emerging markets. The company plans to invest some 1.5 billion Swiss francs, or $1.35 billion, in Brazil, Russia, India and China between 2010 and 2012. During the same period, Nestle plans to invest around CHF2 billion in Asia, CHF1 billion in Africa and CHF1.6 billion in Latin America, Nestle's head of Zone Asia and Africa Frits van Dijk said during the company's investor day. "By 2020, the emerging markets should contribute around 45% of the company's overall sales," van Dijk said........ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 2
  3. 3. ConAgra Foods Reports Strong Fiscal 2010 EPS from Continuing Operations and Operating Cash Flow of $1.4 Billion ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America's leading food companies, has reported results for the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended May 30, 2010. Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.27 compared with $0.38 a year ago. After adjusting for net $0.12 in the current quarter and net $0.03 in the year-ago period from items impacting comparability, current-quarter diluted EPS was $0.39, down from $0.41 for the same period a year ago. The decline was expected, principally due to the extra week in the year-ago period and challenges for the Lamb Weston operations. Items impacting comparability in the current year and prior year are summarized toward the end of this release. Gary Rodkin, ConAgra Foods' chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased with our fiscal year, posting comparable diluted EPS of $1.74 and generating very strong operating cash flow of $1.4 billion.......... Read New biotech-agrofood cluster launched in Spain On the 19th – 20th of May a new biotech-agrofood cluster was launched in Spain at the conference “First Congress of Agribusiness Biotechnology”. Jenny Bergsten presented the Øresund Food cluster and organisation at the conference and on Spanish TV..... Read Yakult unveils plans for first US factory Yakult is building its first factory in the US as the probiotic yoghurt specialist looks to expand its presence in the country. Although Yakult has established a strong following in key global markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas, the Japanese firm has only recently entered the US. Since it first launched in the country in late 2007, the company has imported from a factory in Guadalajara, Mexico – a country where it has been selling for 30 years. So far Yakult said it has achieved “steady and promising growth” in the US, concentrating its sales activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. But now the company plans to drive expansion into new regions with the building of a dedicated US factory in the City of Fountain Valley, California. To be built on 387,000 square feet of land, the factory will have the capacity to manufacture 250,000 bottles of the Yakult probiotic drink per day. Production at the site is due to start in 2012......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Join us on Consumer & market Trends and Market Size Obesity, Diabetes Rates at 10-Year High (US) America’s health card received a poor grade last week after the 2009 National Health Interview Survey revealed U.S. obesity and diabetes rates are at a 10-year all-time high. The results, released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, is based on interviews with 88,129 people and more than 10 years data collection for such conditions. In 2009, 28% (95% confidence interval = 27.20%-28.76%) of U.S. adults aged 20 years and over were obese, which was not significantly different from the 2008 estimate of 27.6%. The annual prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults aged 20 years and over has generally increased over time from 19.4% in 1997 to 28.0% in 2009. The ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 3
  4. 4. highest obesity rate was found among adults ages 40 to 59 years. The disparity between men and women was not statistically profound, the survey noted.......... Read (Download original data here...... pdf, 109 pages... Read ) Satiety and oral health demands drive Asia-Pacific confectionery market Chocolate that suppresses appetite and delivers oral health benefits has been highlighted in a new survey of confectionery product launches in the Asia-Pacific region conducted by Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics. Ador Chocolate, launched in Japan and other markets, is a natural appetite suppressant said to help consumers with weight loss and oral health care. It is the first in the confectionery segment to use pine nut oil as a functional additive and the first to use the branded Pinno Thin ingredient. “New products containing innovative ingredients such as Pinno Thin, with its weight loss and oral health care benefits, are important in helping to predict trends,” said Cesar Pereira, research manager at Product Launch Analytics. “We expect more products containing these innovative ingredients to be filling shelves in Asia-Pacific soon.” Pinno Thin is produced by Lipid Nutrition B.V. based in the Netherlands. The company’s website states: “PinnoThin comes from a natural plant source. It is based on pine nut oil derived from the nuts of the native Korean pine tree, which are especially rich in long chain fatty acids, such as pinolenic acid.” The Korean pine tree is said to contain more than 40 times as much pinolenic acid as other types of pine nuts. “PinnoThin simply offers the highest concentration of this all-natural satiety and appetite suppressant. Its effectiveness has been studied in two human trials,” claims Lipid Nutrition........ Read Frost & Sullivan Predicts ingredients for Weight-Management to Hit $13.9 Million by 2015 New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Opportunities in Global Weight Management Ingredients, finds that the market earned revenues of $7.5 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $13.9 million by 2015. The applications covered in this research service are satiety ingredients/appetite suppressants, fat burners (thermogenic ingredients) and other weight management ingredients. "Greater economic activity and rising disposable income levels of working professionals in Asian nations such as China and India are resulting in a consumer shift away from traditionally produced food toward a convenience-based western diet that is further exacerbated by more sedentary lifestyles," according to Frost & Sullivan. "The resultant rise in obesity rates is spurring consumer interest in active health management, fuelling market growth."......... Read Chinese dairy companies make to Top 20 in the world Rabobank’s new Global Dairy Top-20 shows the recent growth of Japan and China in the world dairy sector. The Top-10 is still headed by Nestlé, and dominated by players from the mature markets of Europe and the US. But Japanese contender Meiji Dairies moved up 3 places to number 11, and Yili from China shot into the rankings for the first time at number 17. Changing diets and strength in numbers are key to understanding the growth of demand in the Asian markets, according to Mark Voorbergen of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory. “The Chinese government is helping create a whole new generation of dairy consumers by promoting a school ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 4
  5. 5. milk programme. So Chinese dairy companies will have ample opportunity to increase sales simply by keeping up with domestic market growth............... Read (Download the list, pdf, 2 pages.... ... Read ) Look For Increased Demand For Organic Milk in 2010 (US) While 2009 was a tough year for milk sales in general, prospects indicate that soon, the organic milk sector may see surpluses turn into shortages. Organic dairy sales in 2009 represented 14% of the $24.8 billion market for organic food, and made up slightly more than 5% of all U.S. sales of dairy products, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2010 Organic Industry Survey. U.S. organic dairy product sales actually experiencing a 1% decline from 2008 sales, dropping from $3.607 billion to $3.573 billion. However, the overall dairy market shrank 7%, to $68 billion, in 2009 – a 6% greater loss than the organic dairy category and a bigger dollar loss ($4.7 billion) than the entire organic dairy sector. On top of the distressed economy, consumers saw a widening price gap between conventional and organic milk, with conventional milk hitting an all-time pricing low and organic farmers facing high organic feed costs. Meanwhile, increased organic milk production exceeded demand. According to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the number of certified organic milk cows on U.S. farms rose from 38,000 in 2000 to 249,766 by the end of 2008, the latest year for which data are available. More cows plus the price gap resulted in oversupply of organic milk. This, however, is not expected to last. According to Horizon Organic, consumer demand for organic milk is once again trending up in most regions of the United States............ Read Chilled tea market grows in the US Today’s shoppers want it all – they want taste, value and convenience at a price point that doesn’t break the bank. Now consumers can have it all thanks to a lineup of refrigerated, ready-to-drink tea and coffee beverages that attempt to offer instant gratification with every exotic and refreshing gulp. Tea lovers, for instance, can achieve complete satisfaction in the $2.1 billion canned or bottled tea segment. According to Chicago- based SymphonyIRI Group, AriZona Beverage topped the charts at $587.4 million in sales as of March 21, with its unsweetened tea that comes in a 10-ounce resealable PET bottle and is pre-priced at $1. The Cincinnati-based beverage company also enjoyed a leap in dollar sales of more than 150%, SymphonyIRI data says, for its AriZona Arnold Palmer line of Half & Half tea, which combines black tea and lemonade into a 20-ounce PET bottle. Meanwhile, Lipton Brisk tea experienced a 23% climb in sales, according to SymphonyIRI data, while Gold Peak snagged the eighth slot with a nearly 24% jump in sales for its new chilled tea selection, which comes in a multi-serve 59- ounce carafe bottle and is available in Sweetened and Lemon flavors. Of particular good news to dairy processors, refrigerated teas also saw an uptick in sales with private label ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 5
  6. 6. coming in first at $121.3 million in sales, SymphonyIRI data says. Turkey Hill Dairy placed second with $93.4 million in sales, thanks in part to the re-introduction of its decaffeinated iced tea in a half-gallon bottle........... Read Childhood obesity: a growing concern in Asia-Pacific The Asia-Pacific region will witness some of the biggest percentage increases in obese and overweight children in the world, finds Datamonitor. Research by the independent market analyst has found that in China, for example, although 15.9% of children aged between 5-13 are currently obese or overweight, this will rise by 9.4% year on year to 2014 as expenditure on confectionery and savoury snacks continues to soar. Richard Parker, senior consumer analyst at Datamonitor, noted that junk food spend is particularly high in Australia: “It’s surprising that Aussies are spending so much on confectionery and savoury snacks. Our figures show that their expenditure is even higher than in the US.” This reflects the popularity of crisps as a quick and easy treat for kids. Chocolate and sweets are also seen as more of an everyday item for kids in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite increasing junk food spend, Datamonitor research reveals that parents in Australia are particularly concerned about diet, with 69% of consumers with children reporting that they’re trying to eat more healthily, compared to 59% in China and 44% in South Korea....... Read Consumers falsely assume that organic products are low in calorie The "organic" label skews people's perceptions about food in ways that might promote obesity, a new study finds. The results show people sometimes assume organic foods are lower in calories and so it's OK to indulge in organic cookies more often than regular ones. Exercise was also deemed less necessary after eating organic desserts. The findings are in line with previous work showing food labels can spur misperceptions. For instance, labeling a food as "low fat" can lead people to infer that it also has fewer calories, and foods marked as having "low cholesterol" can be judged as having less fat. Also, there is a strong tendency for Americans to associate the concept of "organic" with healthiness, the researchers say........... Read CDC Survey Finds Nine in 10 U.S. Adults Consume Too Much Sodium Majority of sodium comes from most commonly eaten foods Less than 10 percent of U.S. adults limit their daily sodium intake to recommended levels, according to a new report, "Sodium Intake in Adults – United States, 2005-2006," published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report also finds that most sodium in the American diet comes from processed grains such as pizza and cookies, and meats, including poultry and luncheon meats. According to the report, U.S. adults consume an average of 3,466 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day, more than twice the current recommended limit for most Americans. Grains provide 36.9 percent of this total, followed by dishes containing meat, poultry, and fish (27.9 percent). These two categories combined account for almost two-thirds of the daily sodium intake for Americans. An estimated 77 percent of dietary sodium comes from processed and restaurant foods. Many of these foods, such as breads and cookies, may not even taste salty. ............ Read Emerging trends which could soon be hitting shelves in the UK Yogurt that can reduce fat whilst improving body tone, and an anti-energy drink are among the world’s newest consumer goods which have led the experts at Product Launch Analytics to predict the emerging trends which could be hitting shelves in the UK. ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 6
  7. 7. * A fat reducing, muscle increasing ingredient, CLA, has started to appear in consumer products. ‘Power Yogurt’ launched in the US is the first yogurt to contain the ingredient which is little known among consumers. If the yogurt is successful we could see CLA popping up in more food on shelves. * Although the super vegetable Moroheiya has been around for centuries and was in fact used in ancient Egypt, its high nutritional value is only just starting to be widely known among consumers. The super vegetable is claimed to be more nutritious than spinach, carrots or broccoli. It has been used in a new noodle mix launched in America, which, thanks to Moroheiya, promises be nutritious, fat free, and to contain no artificial colours, no MSG and no cholesterol. * Anti-energy is the claim of the US ‘Dream Water 0-Calorie Sleep Drink’. The drink, which is said to aid sleep, is available in either lullaby Lemon with hints of tea or Dream of Kiwi and plum, as well in the form of a shot. * Laughing gas is the latest ingredient in relaxation drinks in Russia. The ‘Avia relax drinking water’ containing the gas has been launched to help anxious flyers. The manufacturers of the water say it is a safer alternative to drinking alcohol in a bid to overcome fear of flying. ............ Read Heart Health Product Innovation Continuing Unabated Despite ongoing regulatory issues with regard to health claims, the positioning of food and drink products on a heart health platform appears to be continuing unabated. Data from the Innova Database ( shows that product launches positioned on a heart health platform have nearly tripled over the past five years and accounted for nearly 1.5% of total food and drinks launches recorded over the 12 month period to the end of April 2010, up from less than 0.7% in 2005. Perhaps not surprisingly, the US and Europe have dominated this activity, accounting for two-thirds of heart-health launches recorded by Innova Market Insights. In terms of types of product, the bakery and cereals sector dominates with over a quarter of the total, ahead of dairy products with 12%, ready meals and meal components with 10% and soft drinks with 9%. Other sectors featuring significant numbers of heart health launches included hot beverages; meat, fish & eggs; fruit & vegetable products and soups, sauces & seasonings. While these products are taking a specific heart health positioning, there are many other products not included where the benefit may be implied but it is not specifically mentioned, with the use of ingredients perceived by consumers to be heart healthy sufficing in many instances. Ingredients falling into this category include omega 3 fatty acids, wholegrains, oats and soy, although all of these have also been linked with other health benefits, such as joint health and cognitive health for omega 3 fatty acids, digestive health for wholegrains, controlled energy release for oats, and women’s health and bone health for soy. A review of relevant activity by Innova Market Insights shows that products for cholesterol reduction continue to dominate the heart health market in terms of numbers of launches, while circulatory health foods, dominated by omega 3 products have seen rather less activity, not as a result of fewer being launched, but more in terms of using different and broader target markets utilizing other claimed health benefits, particularly for infants and children. There are some new circulatory health ingredients in the offing, however, that may boost the sector in the future......... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 7
  8. 8. The Glass Is Half Full: 2010 Manufacturing Trends Survey It looks like 2010 is going to be a good year, judging by the responses from the 388 food & beverage manufacturing managers in our ninth annual Manufacturing Trends Survey. Better than we expected, anyway. Optimism grows as managers predict a post-recession rebound. Safety interest continues to rise, followed by more attention to energy, labor and sourcing.... pdf, 8 pages... Read U.S. Consumers Have a Taste for World Cuisines Consumers in the United States have a big appetite for foods from around the world. Nine in 10 meal preparers (91%) polled in the 2009 Gallup Survey of Dinner report that they regularly eat ethnic foods/foods with an ethnic flavor either at home or in a restaurant. Thus, it seems clear that understanding the fast emerging new hierarchy of foreign cuisines, foods, flavors, and forms is essential for success in the U.S. marketplace. Italian, Mexican, and Chinese remain the “Big 3” ethnic food categories. Gallup reports that 64% of meal preparers frequently cook Italian from scratch, 59% Mexican, and 46% Chinese; even more consumers frequently serve heat-and-eat products based on these cuisines. In restaurants, French joins the list of mainstream ethnic cuisines, particularly among diners age 50+, who grew up on classical French cooking techniques and Chef Julia Child. According to Technomic’s 2009 Flavor Consumer Trend Report, 84% of consumers will order Chinese, 83% Italian, 78% Mexican, and 66% French when they are dining away from home...... Read Back to the Table of Contents Please recommend Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers and customers Latest Market research Reports Title Price Publisher Emerging Flavors in Soft Drinks: New flavor blends, next USD 2875 Report generation superfruits, and future opportunities Linker Flavor stimulates one or both of the senses of taste and smell and/or as well as the tactical and temperature receptors in the mouth. Flavor in drinks is derived from a ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 8
  9. 9. variety of sources, including added ingredients or reactions occurring during blending and processing. From a consumer perspective, the main trends driving the soft drinks market are health and wellbeing, consumer sophistication, simplicity, experimentation and ethical and “green” purchasing. These consumer trends are putting pressure on the flavor industry to be much clearer and precise in terms of flavor definition (e.g. bourbon, Tahitian or Mexican vanilla), declaring whether flavors are natural or synthetic and stating the exact health benefits and ethical credentials of products. Some of the consumer trends overlap and others are contradictory which creates complexity for manufacturers as well as providing opportunities for the development of new and niche flavor groups......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News Probiotic drinking yogurt with fibre targeting females (Korea) Launched by Namyang Dairy, Bulgaris True Plain Drinking Yogurt is a premium fermented drinking yogurt aimed at 20's women. This product is free from sugar, artificial flavor, colour, stabilizer and contains acacia fiber for enhancing the intestine function and more than one hundred million lactobacillus. The probiotics in this product is made of thermophilus, bifidobacterium and acidophilus. It is retailed in a 600ml pack containing four bottles....... Read General Mills launches omega-3 fortified cereals US-based food company General Mills has introduced Total Plus Omega-3s cereal, which according to the company, offers the nutrition of its cereal brand Total plus the benefit of Omega-3 ALA. General Mills claims that Total Plus Omega-3s has 100% Daily Value of 12 essential vitamins and minerals, and also delivers 10% of the Daily Value of Omega-3 ALA (160mg) per serving, in a combination of whole grain flakes, flax clusters and honey-sweetened almonds. The Omega-3 ALA in the cereal is sourced naturally from ground flax. According to the company, Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy body. Omega-3 ALA is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced within the ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 9
  10. 10. body. It must be received through food, and Total Plus Omega-3s is a source for getting this nutrient. In addition, Total Plus Omega-3s cereal provides at least 16gms of whole grain in every serving (at least 48gms recommended daily), and calcium and vitamin D........ Read New drinks from Pepsico Japan Pepsi Japan has unveiled ‘Pepsi Strong Shot’. The new product is more like an energy drink, as it has a high level of caffeine. A message on the side of the can warns consumers of a ‘carbon intensity’, asking that they ‘wait 15 seconds’ after opening the can in order to let the bubbles ‘go down’ a bit. The message is written in Japanese on a yellow bond at the very top of the 190ml blue can....... Read Pepsico has also launched a fizzy drink containing Baobab. Pepsi Baobab is currently available in all of the ‘big name’ convenience stores in Japan for about ¥150, has 42 calories per 100ml and is sold in 500ml bottles.......... Read Relaxation drinks make opening moves in Europe Datamonitor claims relaxation drinks are taking their first steps in the European market with new products featuring herbal remedies and, more unusually, laughing gas. With stress levels running high in the wake of the economic crisis, the market research firm says there is considerable interest in products that help people unwind. Relaxation or anti-energy drinks are positioned to capitalise on this interest and although they are very much niche products, even in the US where the market is more developed, Datamonitor claims there is significant potential. Cesar Pereira, research manager at Datamonitor, told “The arrival of two new products in the UK suggests that other companies may look to get on board in Europe – certainly if the energy shot introductions in 2009 are anything to go by.” The two new products referred to by Pereira are ‘Quick Relax’ and ‘Quick to Sleep’, both of which are produced by US-based Viva Beverages – one of the first entrants on the energy shot market in the UK last year. The new Viva drinks share a similar ingredients list that includes chamomile, rosehip, lemon balm and passion flower........ Read New products Showcasing Nutraceutical Innovation at IFT Nutraceutical suppliers have prepared an appetizing array of new ingredients, product prototypes, and formulation solutions for IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® attendees eager to tap into important and emerging food industry trends. There will be piña colada meal replacement beverages with heart healthy plant sterols, immunity-enhancing cookies and juices, yogurt with CLA for reducing body fat/increasing lean muscle, breakfast cereal packed with fiber, and a children’s snack mix formulated with choline and antioxidants to boost cognitive function—to cite just a few examples.NUTRACEUTICALS. This type of innovation will not only be seen on the Food Expo floor, but also throughout the Scientific Program sessions. There will be plenty of learning opportunities for those interested in new ingredients, regulations, and even emerging technologies....... pdf, 13 pages.... Read BENEO and Boehringer Ingelheim Develop a Food Supplement Especially for Endurance Athletes Boehringer Ingelheim’s Product Manager, Bernhard Wiegratz, is happy for collaborations that create synergies, because they play a part in his employer’s continuing success. ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 10
  11. 11. Boehringer Ingelheim researches, develops, produces and markets pharmaceuticals and food supplements on a global scale and is one of the twenty biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Its close co-operation with other companies also plays a significant role in creating innovations and added value. This was the case when Bernhard Wiegratz contacted BENEO with a new product idea just under two years ago. His goal was to produce a food supplement especially for endurance athletes within the long established brand, “frubiase”......... Read Arla Foods launches milk protein osteopontin for infant nutrition The world’s first commercial production of a unique milk protein present in human milk is officially underway at Arla Foods Ingredients. The outcome of a long-term research project, osteopontin (OPN) is extracted from bovine milk using a patented process. After several years of pilot production, the completion of process documentation has enabled the step up to industrial-scale processing. OPN is a key component of human milk, which contains around 140mg a litre. The content of OPN in bovine milk, from which most infant formula is made, is just 20mg.”The fact that there is so much more OPN in human milk than bovine milk provides a simple argument for adding it to infant formula. It can be used to make infant formula more like human milk in terms of nutritional profile,” says Peter Wejse, project manager. Due to the tiny quantity of OPN present in bovine milk, some 30 tonnes of whey are required to extract one kilo of the speciality protein. The whey then goes on to further processing. ”In extremely simple terms, what we do is take the needle out of the haystack without damaging the needle or the haystack,” Wejse explains. OPN is currently sold to infant nutrition manufacturers in Asia. The protein is also believed to be beneficial in relation to dental health........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Food Safety Views wanted on magnolia bark extract (UK) A US company has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market magnolia bark extract as a novel food ingredient. The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP), an independent advisory committee, has prepared a draft opinion on this ingredient. Comments are invited. A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the European Union before 15 May 1997. The magnolia bark extract is obtained from the bark of the plant Magnoliae officinalis, a type of magnolia tree. This plant is native to the mountains of China and has been used for centuries as part of traditional Asian remedies. The company, William Wrigley Jr. Company, wants to use the magnolia bark extract in two confectionary products – chewing gum and a limited number of mint confectionery products – for its perceived breath freshening properties....... Read Ban trans fats and cut salt, demands UK health body Britain's influential health cost watchdog called on Tuesday for major changes in food production and marketing and said drastic cuts in fat and salt levels were needed to halt the scourge of heart disease. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said trans fats, which do little more than prolong shelf life, should be banned from all food, saturated fat levels cut drastically and average salt intake more than halved by 2025. If these changes were implemented, around 40,000 early deaths could be prevented each year in ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 11
  12. 12. Britain alone and millions of people could spared the suffering of living with the effects of heart disease and stroke, NICE said. Mike Kelly, NICE's director for public health, said the financial costs of heart disease added up to around 30 billion pounds ($44.5 billion) a year in Britain, taking in treatment costs, lost productivity, care and other social costs........ Read Court rules in favour of Mars on”purple” colour (Australia) CAT food brand Whiskas has hit a purple patch after winning control of the colour. Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett has given Whiskas owner Mars the exclusive right to use its "Whiskas Purple" shade to sell cat food after rival multinational Nestle withdrew its seven-year objection. The win is the latest in a series of successful corporate claims over colours, which under Australian rules can be trademarked by companies for exclusive use in a specified product category. However, a leading marketing expert says the corporate rush to claim every shade imaginable may lead to a drab future. "You have to wonder if people have thought through this," said Bryan Lukas, from the University of Melbourne....... Read Consumer Guide to Country of Origin Information on Food Labels (Scotland, UK) As part of their National Food and Drink Policy, the Scottish Government asked the Food Standards Agency in Scotland to produce guidance on country of origin labelling for consumers in Scotland. Several pieces of research, both in Scotland and across the UK, have identified consumer interest in origin information for meat and meat products and other fresh foods such as fish, dairy and fruit and vegetables. The research has also highlighted that there is some confusion among consumers over the descriptions and terms used on food labels...... pdf, 13 pages.... Read UK Heart Foundation cautious on ‘functional’ food, drink A dietician for the British Heart Foundation has said the body would not routinely recommend functional food and drinks for health benefits.The comments to just-food come on the back of a report by market intelligence firm Key Note on Wednesday (23 June) that revealed the UK functional food and drinks market is expected to continue to grow over the next five years, but at a slowing rate. The report found that the major issue in food and drink development and manufacturing remains health, boosted by the threat posed by the rising level of obesity. Key Note predicted that the value of the functional food and beverage market will rise from GBP1.55bn in 2009/2010 to GBP1.9bn in 2013/2014, with fortified breakfast cereals and probiotic yoghurts contributing to most of that growth. However, Victoria Taylor, senior dietician for Heart Health at The British Heart Foundation (BHF), said that the BHF would hold back from routinely persuading consumers to go for functional food and drink. “Our view is always that a heart healthy diet has a range of different components and all of those include normal foods and the proportions in which you eat those foods,” Taylor said. “There are some foods that are beneficial to a heart healthy diet but they’re not necessarily marketed as a functional food, things like oily fish and changing the types of oils you have from saturated to unsaturated and so we would promote those first.”........ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 12
  13. 13. Food processor labels COOL a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ Proposals to extend country of origin labelling (COOL) to some main ingredients of processed food would be a needless bureaucratic headache that would hurt businesses, curb flexibility and ultimately reduce consumers choice, said one UK food manufacturer. William Simpson, managing director of Simpsons Foods, told that his company would have to overhaul the entire way it sourced some ingredients if European Union plans to extend COOL regulations were introduced. Last week, MEPs voted to expand this obligation from just beef and some other products to all meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. They also decided that country of origin would have to be specified for all meat, poultry and fish when used as an ingredient in processed foods. The Manchester-based firm, which manufactures 200 different recipes with over 250 main ingredients, said the potential number of labelling permutations that would be triggered by the legislation would make its current way of working almost impossible. Taking the example of its Irish Stew, the food company chief said there could be at least 25 label permutations for the meat content – which has 10 per cent beef and mutton - unless the regulation stipulated that firms could use statements such as ‘origin of meat will vary’ or ‘meat sourced from EU, Brazil, New Zealand, Namibia, South Africa’......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Nutrition, Diets, Health Benefits & Related Research Resveratrol Study Suggests Weight-Loss Effect The anti-obesity properties of resveratrol have been demonstrated for the first time in a primate. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Physiology studied the compound, generated naturally by plants to ward off pathogens, which has received much interest as a dietary supplement for its supposed life-extending effects. Fabienne Aujard, from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France, worked with a team of researchers to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation with resveratrol on the weight, metabolism and energy intake of six mouse lemurs. She said, "The physiological benefits of resveratrol are currently under intensive investigation, with recent work suggesting that it could be a good candidate for the development of obesity therapies. We've found that lemurs eating a diet supplemented with the compound decreased their energy intake by 13% and increased their resting metabolic rate by 29%"......... Read Resveratrol May Enhance Memory A recent study showed that consuming resveratrol, a key antioxidant found in chocolate and red wine, might be a memory-booster. The study was conducted using a particular form of resveratrol called resVida which is available in the gourmet chocolate bar, The WineTime Bar. While the new research tested the abilities of elderly mice, the results, say experts, may equally apply to aging baby boomers. In the study the mice were put through a variety of tests after four weeks of supplementation with resveratrol. Researchers headed by Hasan Mohajeri of DSM Nutritional Products concluded resVida significantly improved memory and learning skills in the aged mice. Researchers also found in vitro exposure to resVida significantly protected brain cell function. Mohajeri said: "These findings suggest resVida supplementation to be a viable approach for delaying age-associated reductions in learning ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 13
  14. 14. and memory, and therefore may further help to prevent the normally occurring age- associated deterioration of cognitive performance."....... Read BCAAs Boost Protein Synthesis in Muscles Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) can increase the body’s skeletal muscle growth in combination with resistance exercise, according to a new study (Acta Physiol (Oxf). ePub 2010 May 28. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-1708.2010.02151.x). Researchers from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences sought to distinguish between the influence of resistance exercise and BCAA on key enzymes involved in the regulation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle. Nine healthy adults received either a mixture of BCAAs or flavored water before performing unilateral resistance exercise on two separate occasions. Muscle biopsies were taken from both resting and exercising muscle before, immediately after and one hour after exercise......... Read Fruits & Veggies Boost Cognition in Elderly Consuming a diet rich in plant foods may support long-term cognitive health in the elderly, according to a new study (Br J Nutr. 2010 Jun 16:1-12. DOI: 10.1017/S0007114510001807). For the Hordaland Health Study, coordinated out of the University of Oslo, Norway, researchers examined the relationship between intake of different plant foods and cognitive performance in elderly individuals (n=2,031). Subjects completed a battery of cognitive tests and completed a validated and comprehensive food frequency questionnaires (FFQ) to assess habitual food intake. Subjects with intakes in the top 10th percentile of fruits, vegetables, grain products and mushrooms performed significantly better in cognitive tests than those with very low or no intake. The strongest associations were seen between cognition and combined fruit/vegetable intake, with a marked dose-dependent relationship up to about 500 g/d...... Read Fruits, Vegetables Lower Breast Tumor Risk According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and the use of oral contraceptives may reduce risk of fibroadenoma (2010;140(7):1294- 1301). Fibroadenomas are common benign breast conditions among women and account for 50 percent of breast biopsies performed. Dietary factors are known to influence benign breast conditions in the aggregate, but little is known of their association specifically with fibroadenoma. The study’s objective was to evaluate the association between dietary and other factors and fibroadenoma risk........ Read Manganese Levels Important for Brain Development Getting too much or not enough manganese may mean infants will be slower to reach neurological milestones, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology (doi: 10.1097/EDE.0b013e3181df8e52). The researchers in the study said the data are consistent with manganese as both an essential nutrient and a toxicant. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health noted recent evidence suggests low-level environmental exposure to manganese adversely affects child growth and neurodevelopment. These previous studies addressed the effects of prenatal exposure, but little was known about developmental effects of early postnatal exposure. Therefore, they studied 448 children born in Mexico City from 1997 through 2000, using a longitudinal study to investigate neurotoxic effects of early- life manganese exposure. Archived blood samples, collected from children at 12 and 24 months of age, were analyzed for manganese levels. The researchers also measured mental ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 14
  15. 15. development and muscular activity associated with mental processes at six-month intervals between 12 and 36 months of age.......... Read B Vitamins Fight Depression Consuming more B vitamins may help adults fight off depression as they age, according to a new study (Am J Clin Nutr. ePub 2010 June 2. DOI:10.3945/ajcn.2010.29413). In a study out of Rush University Medical Center, researchers examined whether dietary intakes of vitamins B6, B12 or folate were related to the onset of depression in a cohort of older adults. The seven-year study included 3,503 adults (aged 65+) from the Chicago Health and Aging project. Dietary assessment was made by food frequency questionnaire, while incident depression was measured using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale. After adjusting for age, sex, race, education, income and antidepressant medication use, the team found higher total intakes—including use of dietary supplements—of vitamins B6 and B12 were associated with decreased likelihood of depression for up to 12 years of follow-up. Each 10 additional milligrams of vitamin B6 and increase of 10 mg of B12 were associated with 2 percent lower odds of depressive symptoms per year...... Read Vitamin D Linked to Diabetes Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes and may be associated with poor blood sugar control, according to a new study on June 19 at The Endocrine Society’s 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego. “This finding supports an active role of vitamin D in the development of type 2 diabetes,” said study co-author Esther Krug, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore. Krug and her colleagues reviewed the medical charts of 124 patients with type 2 diabetes who came to an endocrine outpatient clinic for specialty care from 2003 to 2008. Patients’ age ranged from 36 to 89 years. All patients had a single measurement of their serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels as part of their evaluation at the clinic. The researchers divided the patients into quartiles based on vitamin D level........ Read Low-Carb Diet Better for Insulin-Resistant Women Overweight women with insulin resistance lose more weight after three months on a lower- carbohydrate diet than on a traditional low-fat diet, according to a new study presented at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting on June 19. "The typical diet that physicians recommend for weight loss is a low-fat diet," said the study's lead author, Raymond Plodkowski, MD, chief of endocrinology, nutrition and metabolism at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno. "However, as this study shows, not all people have the same response to diets." As reported by Nutrition Horizon, 45 obese women between the ages of 18 and 65 years—all insulin resistant—participated in the study. Researchers randomly assigned the women to a low-fat or lower-carb diet. The groups did not differ significantly in average body weight. On average, women in the low-fat diet group weighed 213 pounds, while women in the other group weighed 223 pounds........ Read Tocotrienols Boost Immunity Results from a study at Tufts University suggest a beneficial effect of tocotrienols (T3) in improving the age-related decline in T cell function (J Nutr. 2010;140(7):1335-41). Alpha- tocopherol (alpha-toc) enhances T cell function, whereas little is known in this regard for tocotrienols (T3), the less-known members of the vitamin E family, so researchers pair-fed young (4 months old) and old (23 months old) C57BL/6 mice 0.1 percent Tocomin 50 ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 15
  16. 16. percent, a mixture of T3 and alpha-Toc or a control diet containing an equal amount of alpha-toc for six weeks........ Read Antioxidant-Rich Diet Improves Insulin Resistance A diet rich in natural antioxidants improves insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant obese adults and enhances the effect of the insulin-sensitizing drug metformin, according to a new study presented June 21 at The Endocrine Society’s 92nd Annual Meeting. “The beneficial effects of antioxidants are known, but we have revealed for the first time one of their biological bases of action—improving hormonal action in obese subjects with the metabolic syndrome,” said principal author Antonio Mancini, M.D., an endocrinology researcher at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. Antioxidants, which are found naturally in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, include vitamins E and C, selenium and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene. Past research shows that antioxidants can prevent oxidative damage to cells and in some cases also help repair damage........ Read Apple Extract May Reduce Food Allergies Polyphenol-enriched apple extract may reduce allergic responses to food allergies, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Researchers at Allergy Group, Department of Nutrition and Health, Nestle Research Center evaluated the efficacy and mechanisms of a polyphenol-enriched apple extract in reducing symptoms of food allergy. In a model of food allergy to ovalbumin (OVA), BALB/c mice were fed with an apple extract either during sensitization or just before the challenge. After the challenge, allergic symptoms were scored, OVA-specific serum immunoglobulins were determined by ELISA, cytokine production by mesenteric lymph node (MLN) cells was measured by a multiplex assay and gene expression profiles in the intestine were addressed using quantitative real-time PCR. Consumption of the apple extract reduced symptoms of food allergy upon challenge. This was paralleled by reduced levels of intestinal mast cell protease, diminished cytokine secretion by MLN cells and reduced local intestinal mRNA expression of various T-helper type-2 associated and pro-inflammatory genes....... Read Obesity, Weight Gain in Middle Age Associated with Increased Risk of Diabetes Among Older Adults For individuals 65 years of age and older, obesity, excess body fat around the waist and gaining weight after the age of 50 are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, according to a study in the June 23/30 issue of JAMA. "Incidence of diabetes in the United States has doubled in the past 15 years, and is highest among adults 65 to 79 years of age. Approximately 70 percent of U.S. men and women 60 years of age and older are overweight or obese [BMI - body mass index 25 or greater]. Adiposity [body fat] is a well-recognized risk factor for type 2 diabetes among young and middle-aged adults, however, the relationships between different measures of body composition and diabetes in older adults [65 years of age or older] are not well described," the authors write........ Read High-Fat Meal May Trigger Asthma Study finds fatty foods lead to inflammation, reduced lung function It's well known that food laden with fat isn't good for your heart, but now a new study suggests that fatty meals may affect lung function, too. Australian researchers tested people with asthma before and after a high-fat meal or after a low-fat meal, and found that the high-fat meal increased inflammation and reduced lung function. "This is the first study to look at the effects of a high-fat challenge on airway inflammation. Our preliminary results ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 16
  17. 17. demonstrate that at four hours after the consumption of the food challenges, subjects who consumed the high-fat meal had an increase in airway inflammation. They also had an impaired response to [asthma medication]," said the study's lead author, Lisa Wood, a lecturer in biomedical sciences and pharmacy at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in New Lambton. "If these results can be confirmed by further research, this suggests that strategies aimed at reducing dietary fat intake may be useful in managing asthma," Wood added. The prevalence of asthma has increased significantly over the past few decades, and one factor that's been implicated in that rise is the typically high-fat Western diet. Dietary fat can activate an immune response and cause inflammation throughout the body, but the specific effects in the airway hadn't been previously studied, according to Wood........ Read Gaining Weight Later in Life Ups Diabetes Risk Increased waist circumference also increases type 2 chances, study finds Gaining weight when you're over age 50, especially around the waist, significantly increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Compared to people whose weight remained stable after age 50, people who gained the most weight after 50 (more than 20 pounds) nearly tripled their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the study in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "People over the age of 65 are at the highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and they have the highest rates of morbidity and mortality from heart disease, which can be related to diabetes. This is really a key clinic and public health issue," said study author Mary Biggs, a research scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. "We showed a strong relationship between increasing weight and waist circumference with the risk of type 2 diabetes," she said. "It's important as we get older to try to maintain an optimal weight."........ Read Consuming brown rice may decrease diabetes risk A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that consuming two or more servings of brown rice a week may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers who did the study analyzed rice consumption among 39,765 men and 57,463 women who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study I and II; participants in the three groups ranged in age from 26 to 87. They had filled out food frequency questionnaires when the studies started—in 1986, 1984, and 1991, respectively—and updated their diet information every four years subsequently, through 2005 and 2006. They were also asked about their medical histories. During the course of the studies, more than 10,000 participants developed type 2 diabetes........ Read Coffee may cut risk of head and neck cancers Coffee might stave off more than just sleep, according to research showing that those who chug a lot of java have a lower rate of head and neck cancers. Prior research on the link between coffee and cancer has yielded mixed results. Some studies, for example, have found lower rates of kidney and ovarian cancer among coffee drinkers, while there appears to be no effect for colon cancer. For the new report, scientists pooled results from nine earlier studies on head and neck cancers, which also included information on coffee or tea drinking. In each study, cancer patients had been compared to either the general population or to hospital patients who didn't have cancer.......... Read Back to the Table of Contents ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 17
  18. 18. Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications What ‘natural’ means in food regulations ‘Natural’ has become a word consumers like to see on food product packages, while ‘clean label’ is an industry term to describe an E-number-free ingredients list. But exact definitions depend on who you are talking to, and what additive you are talking about. At the beginning of July any food products sold in the EU that still contain the so-called Southampton colours that were implicated in a study on hyperactivity in children will have to carry a warning label. This has accelerated the drive towards using ‘natural colours’. The Natural Food Colours Association (NatCol) has a list classifying colours according to whether they occur in nature and are naturally-sourced, occur in nature but can be synthetically manufactured, or do not occur in nature and are manufactured synthetically, but these are not legal definitions. Both colours that are naturally sourced and synthetically manufactured are attributed an E- number which has to be used on product packaging in the EU – but consumers may not be aware that no all E-numbers are artificial. A way to avoid having to use an E-number coloured is to use a colouring foodstuff, that is, ingredients that used in their natural food form to lend their colour to the formulation, without any purification having taken place........ Read Keeping senior management out of new product development can have benefits A first-of-its-kind study unveiled by The Nielsen Company says the secret to a successful product launch appears to lie in the degree of senior management involvement in the creative process. Unveiled at its recent Consumer 360 Conference, Nielsen’s research of the innovation processes at 30 large CPG companies operating in the United States reveals that companies with less senior management involvement in the new product development process generate 80 percent more new product revenue than those with heavy senior management involvement. Companies that employ this and other best innovation practices derive on average 650 percent more revenue from new products compared with companies that don’t. “New product innovation is a top priority of every major company CEO, yet success varies so widely that it’s absolutely critical to understand what drives successful innovation and what undermines it,” said Tom Agan, SVP and managing director at Schaumburg, Ill.-based Nielsen. “Once you understand it, then you need to ask yourselves, are we living it?” Nielsen’s research shows that simply being physically near corporate headquarters can stifle new idea generation. According to Nielsen, companies with an off- site Blue Sky innovation team report 5.7 percent of revenues coming from new products, compared with 4.8 percent from companies with no Blue Sky team at all. Companies with Blue Sky teams on site report just 2.7 percent of revenues coming from new products......... Read Presentation on high pressure processing High pressure processing (HPP) has a great potential for functional foods as most of the bioactivity can be retained after processing of beverages and semi-solid foods. An update of the market is available now.... pdf, 5 pages... Read Executive Perspective – Childhood Obesity: America in Crisis Many believe that overweight/obese children stare at computer screens instead of playing outside, eat sweet and salty snacks in place of fruits and vegetables, and take little interest ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 18
  19. 19. in shopping and food preparation. Many also think that the family with overweight/obese children is low income, unstable and undisciplined. These are common and dangerous misperceptions. The truth about childhood obesity proves to be significantly more subtle, complex and nuanced. To identify the real difference between families with healthy weight children versus those with overweight/obese children, SymphonyIRI Group recently partnered with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to develop an Executive Perspective, “Childhood Obesity: America in Crisis," which uncovers the attitudes and behaviors of families that include at least one overweight/obese child as well as those with healthy weight children....... pdf, 10 pages.... Read US obesity rates could fall if soda pop prices rise Raising the price of sugary soft drinks will likely prompt thirsty consumers to seek out cheaper, healthier beverages, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. They said raising the price of a can of soda by 35 percent cut soft drink sales in a hospital cafeteria by 26 percent, offering some evidence that adding a tax to soda pop may prod consumers into making better choices. Obesity adds an estimated $147 billion a year in costs to the U.S. health care system and several states, including New York and California, have weighed a tax on sweetened soft drinks to defray the cost of obesity-related diseases. "Obesity is at epidemic levels. It's an incredibly difficult and complicated problem," said Dr. Jason Block of Harvard University in Boston, whose study appears in the American Journal of Public Health. He said soft drinks have been increasingly recognized as a major contributor to the country's growing obesity epidemic. First Lady Michelle Obama last month unveiled a 70-point plan to reduce childhood obesity which called for an analysis of the impact of local sales taxes on consumption of less healthy foods......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Webinars Worldwide Webinars or Web seminars often provide a free or cost effect way of enhancing knowledge or help stay on top of market trends and opportunities. This Section is regularly updated. Please recommend a webinar to Functional Foods Weekly Date What Presenter Timing* Price Jun 28 Minimising sodium without changing flavour........ Read Nu-Tek 3 PM EDT Free Jul 7 Private Labels: The breakthrough of the brands of the Planet Retail 11 AM BST Free future............ Read Jul 7 Snack innovation in a health & wellness world....... Read IFI 4 PM CET Free Jul 13 Collaboration’s impact on product innovation........ Read Lascom 2 PM EDT Free Jul 15 Exploring Global Opportunities in the Weight Slimaluma 2 PM EDT Free Management Market...... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 19
  20. 20. Jul 19 Making Sense of Sustainability: What Consumers IFT USD 145 Really....... Read Jul 19 Biotechnology: What Food Companies Need to IFT USD 145 Know......... Read Jul 20 Emerging Health Benefits of Coffee: Recent Advances in IFT USD 145 Epidemiologic and Experimental Knowledge......... Read Jul 21 China: Opportunities and challenges in the world's Planet Retail 10 AM BST Free hottest retail market......... Read Aug 11 Global Regulatory Approval for Food Ingredients......... IFT USD 145 Read Sep 15 Formulation and Utilization of Supplementary Foods in IFT USD 145 Developing Countries........... 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 regularly updated. Please recommend a conference to Functional Foods Weekly When What Where 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 Jul 29-30 Functional Food & Beverage, India............. Read Mumbai, India 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 5-8 Fourth European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research....... Read Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain 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 12-15 New Products Conference........... Read Florida, US Sep 13-16 The first international scientific conference of Resveratrol and Health.......... Copenhagen, Denmark Read Sep 22-24 InterBev 2010............. Read Orlando, US Oct 5-6 5th International Fresenius Conference “Functional Food”....... Cologne, Germany For More Info email Diana Grbic: Oct 17-20 Food Microbiology Symposium.......... Read Wisconsin, US Oct 21-23 1st International Diabetes and Obesity Forum........ Read Athens, Greece 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 Nov 25-26 International Functional Foods Conference.......... Read Oxford, UK 2011 Sep 7-9 Vitafood Asia.......... Read Hong Kong Back to the Table of Contents ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 20
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