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  1. 1. Volume 5, Issue 21 Monday, 12 July 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.......................................................................................................... 6 Latest Market research Reports .............................................................................................................................. 9 Innovations, IP, New Products, Product Failures & Related News ........................................................................ 10 Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Food Safety ........................................................................................... 13 Nutrition, Diets, Health Benefits & Related Research............................................................................................ 16 Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications .................................................................................... 20 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 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 Unilever goes sustainable Anglo-Dutch group Unilever says it will source all of its paper and board packaging from sustainable sources by 2020. Its new sourcing policy is part of an effort to double the size of the business while slashing its negative impact on the environment. The new policy outlines the company’s objective to collaborate with its suppliers to obtain 75 per cent of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or recycled material by 2015 and a full 100 per cent by 2020. This commitment makes Unilever the first global FMCG company to commit to acquire all of its paper and board packaging from these sources within a definite timeframe. Preference will be given to supplies delivered via the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification programme for Unilever’s needs for paper from virgin sources. The company will also accept other national schemes under the framework of international Forest Management Certification standards as long as they abide by the Policy’s Implementation Guidelines........ Read CSR sells Sucrogen to Wilmar for sweeter deal (Australia) YET another iconic Australian brand is heading overseas...just not to the destination that most expected. With its betrothed Chinese partner getting increasingly cold feet, CSR has found another Asian buyer to snap up its lucrative sugar assets, selling its Sucrogen business to Singapore's Wilmar International for $1.75 billion. The shock deal shelves CSR's controversial plans to demerge Sucrogen from its building products and aluminium business and leaves long-time potential buyer China's Bright Food embarrassed and out in the cold. Bright Food had courted CSR for nine months, culminating in an initial offer for its sugar and renewable energy business of $1.5 billion in January this year. That offer was jacked up to $1.75 billion within weeks, but after the slide in global sugar prices and equity market uncertainty, the nervous Chinese played hard-ball and eased their offer to a more palatable $1.65 billion........ Read Web supermarket war looms in UK as Amazon launches internet grocery store Could this be an opportunity for big brands to get even with super markets for their house brands? It was one of the leaders of the internet shopping revolution. And it seems that Amazon may be about to transform our purchasing habits all over again. The retailer has started selling food and household products on its website, in a move that threatens the dominance of online supermarkets such as Tesco, Ocado, Asda and Sainsbury's. The move by Amazon has been supported by big brands, including Nestle, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble, many of which feel they have received poor treatment and returns from the dominant UK supermarkets. But Amazon has also formed a partnership with smaller 'marketplace' suppliers to offer fresh produce and meat. Director of grocery at, James Leeson, said: 'Our aim is to be the place where customers can find and discover any product they want to buy online.' An analyst at retail experts Nielsen Online said: ' Supermarkets should be nervous as the Amazon name is so well known and is one of the original, oldschool online brands........ Read Indian Food Processing Industry Requires US$ 30 Billion Investment India will need approximately over US$30 Billion worth of investment to completely re- structure its processing-food industry to substantially lift up the share of processed food ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 2
  3. 3. trade, which currently stands at 2.2 per cent in case of fruit and vegetables, 26 per cent fisheries, 6 per cent poultry, 20 per cent buffalo meat and 35 per cent milk by 2015, according to a study on ‘Emerging Opportunities and Strategic Thrust Areas for Food Processing’. The study brought out by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), also suggests that with projected investment, export of processed foods could increase by over 70 per cent in next 5 years to touch the targeted level of over $25 billion from the current level of approximately $15 billion. However, in spite of vast natural resources, import growth of food products in India is also expected to be strong over the forecast period to reach $13 billion......... Read Hain Celestial enters Yogurt market by acquiring Greek Gods(R) Yogurt Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic products company has announced the acquisition of the assets and business of 3 Greek Gods LLC, including its Greek Gods(R) brand of all natural, Greek-style yogurt, which is sold in natural and grocery retailers. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings. Greek-style and specialty yogurt grocery sales grew over 100% in the last year while over the last three years the overall yogurt category has experienced only a mid-single digit compound annual growth rate. Greek Gods authentic Greek-style yogurt is thicker and creamier than conventional-style yogurt and generally higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates and sodium. Greek Gods yogurt is a leading brand in the natural channel having experienced double-digit growth over the last year......... Read Senomyx to collaborate with Pesico in discovery, development, and commercialization of new sweet flavor ingredients Proposed Collaboration Would Include the Discovery and Commercialization of Artificial & Natural Sweet Enhancers and Natural High Potency Sweeteners for Use in Non-Alcoholic Beverage Products. The letter agreement includes key commercial and financial terms for a potential multi-year collaborative research program focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of new artificial sweet enhancers, natural sweet enhancers, and natural high potency sweeteners for the non-alcoholic beverage category. Under the letter agreement, Senomyx will receive a payment of $7.5 million from PepsiCo. The payment, which is non-refundable except under limited circumstances, will be paid immediately and later applied to an upfront license fee if Senomyx and PepsiCo enter into a final definitive agreement............ Read Heinz Australia vows bisphenol A phase out in baby food packaging Heinz Australia said it plans to phase out use of bisphenol A (BPA) in all its baby food packaging in response to mounting consumer fears over the substance. A spokesman from the company’s UK and Ireland division also confirmed the firm was committed to finding BPA alternatives despite assurances from official bodies that the chemical posed no health risks. In its announcement today, Heinz Australia said it would prioritise canned baby foods followed by metal closures on jars. BPA is found in the epoxy lining of food cans and in seals on food jar closures. Concerns have been raised about migration of the chemical from these coatings into foods and the company acknowledged that “in some cases, small amounts of the chemicals in the food packaging may leach into the food product.” “We expect BPA-free cans for baby food to be available within 12 months, with metal closures on glass jars to follow”, Heinz Australia corporate affairs manager Jessica Ramsden told “We will not risk the safety or quality of our products by rushing ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 3
  4. 4. this process.” The company said its Nurture range of infant formula cans, and Baby Basics Feeding products were already BPA-free....... Read Dairy experts in NZ mystified by claims for large UHT milk supplies for China (New Zealand) Aspiring Chinese investors in New Zealand dairying want Fonterra to supply them with the milk for a claimed imminent export venture involving huge quantities of longlife milk that has industry experts mystified. The Hong Kong-registered Natural Dairy company, announcing yesterday that it had made another application to the Overseas Investment Office for consent to buy the in-receivership Crafar farms, totalling 8000 hectares, said "as proof of its commitment" it had negotiated a contract to produce and export 150 million packets of UHT milk, using Fonterra milk and a local processing plant. Fonterra has confirmed it had been asked to supply Natural Dairy with "a significant amount" of milk this year under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001. But industry experts, including UHT processing specialists Fonterra, food giant Goodman Fielder, and small UHT player Tatua Dairy Co-operative, said they had no processing or supply arrangements with the Chinese....... Read Kraft to sell Cabury business in Romania Kraft Foods Inc. has agreed to sell a Romanian confectionary business it acquired when it bought Cadbury to the international investment fund Oryxa Capital. The food maker did not disclose terms of the deal for Cadbury's Kandia-Excelent business, which makes chocolate, soft cake and confections. The company, based in Northfield, Ill., said it had to sell the business and another one in Poland as part of the European Commission's approval of its $19.5 billion buyout of Cadbury. The company announced the sale of its business in Poland, Cadbury's E. Wedel, late last month to a Japanese candy maker. The sale announced Wednesday includes the brands Rom, Kandia, Laura, Magura, Sugus and Silvana, trademarks and a facility in Bucharest. Some 530 Cadbury Romania employees work for Kandia-Excelent. The company said it will retain the Cadbury international brands, such as Halls candy....... Read Cott to buy juice-maker Cliffstar for US$500m Cott Corporation is acquiring private label shelf stable juices manufacturer Cliffstar Corporation for $500m. “As the clear leader in private label shelf-stable juice, Cliffstar is an ideal partner for Cott as we strengthen our position in private label beverages,” said Jerry Fowden, chief executive officer of Cott. “A combination with Cliffstar expands Cott’s product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities, enhances our customer offering and growth prospects, and improves our strategic platform for the future. “Combined with Cliffstar, Cott will be a more diversified company with long-term advantages for our shareowners and retailer partners.”In addition to the $500 million due at signing, Cliffstar is entitled to $14 million of deferred consideration, which will be paid over a three-year period........ Read FrieslandCampina Kievit and Lacto-Misr Sign Joint Production Agreement FrieslandCampina Kievit and Lacto-Misr of Egypt have signed a collaborative agreement for the production of creamers. Lacto-Misr is to produce creamers for tea and coffee for FrieslandCampina Kievit. The international collaboration is FrieslandCampina Kievit’s response to strongly increasing demand for premium quality spray-dried ingredients in this region. Both parties have agreed a collaborative partnership whereby Lacto-Misr will make production capacity available, and FrieslandCampina Kievit will be responsible for the supply of raw materials, and marketing. FrieslandCampina will also bring its technology and ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 4
  5. 5. distribution network to the party. FrieslandCampina Kievit expects to further expand the existing production capacity on the basis of its specific knowledge and recipes. FrieslandCampina Kievit currently produces approximately 200,000 tonnes of spray-dried emulsions annually for the food industry......... Read Kirin Beverage links up with Glico Dairy Kirin Beverage Co intends to tie up with Glico Dairy Products Co in the distribution of cold drinks in cartons to boost its sluggish sales in western Japan. Under their partnership, the major beverage producer will shift sales of cold drinks from its subsidiary to Glico Dairy Products from February next year by tapping into the vast sales network of the dairy product unit of Ezaki Glico Co. Kirin Beverage will continue to entrust production of cold drinks to the subsidiary, Koiwai Dairy Products Co. Glico Dairy Products is focused on the production and sales of milk and juice products, and has a strong presence in supermarkets nationwide...... Read China dairy products found tainted with melamine Chinese food safety officials have seized 64 tonnes of raw dairy materials contaminated with the toxic industrial chemical melamine. The Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, reported that the quality watchdog in Qinghai province took the material from a dairy plant there. Test samples showed the milk powder carried up to 500 times the maximum allowed level of the chemical. The use of melamine in milk in 2008 killed six babies and made 300,000 ill. The latest batch of contaminated powder was first found in Gansu province and traced back to the Dongyuan Dairy Factory in Minhe Country, in neighbouring Qinghai. Another 12 tonnes of finished milk powder products, also found to be tainted, were seized....... Read Monsanto and BASF to collaborate in GM wheat Monsanto Co. and BASF said Wednesday they would develop genetically modified wheat as part of an expanded joint venture. The world's largest seed maker and the German chemical giant had dropped earlier plans for biotech wheat in 2004, concerned some export markets would not accept it, but declining production in the U.S. has sparked renewed farmer interest in developing a stronger variety of wheat. Monsanto and its partner plan to add wheat to existing efforts to develop corn, soybean, cotton and canola that is more resistant to pests, herbicides and drought. They are boosting their potential spending on the efforts by another $1 billion to $2.5 billion. The rising amount of acreage of genetically-modified corn and soybean being planted in the U.S. - often at the expense of wheat - defused some resistance from farmers who were worried that some exports markets would reject biotech crops......... Read Pfizer invests US$100m to expand Singapore Nutrition Plant Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has invested US$100 million (S$138m) to expand its Singapore Nutrition Plant, making it one of the largest worldwide. The move will raise the facility's production capacity by 50 percent and boost its ability to supply products to key markets in Asia. The size of the plant will increase from 46,500 square metres to almost 92,000 square metres. The expansion brings Pfizer's total investment in the plant to US$372 million. The plant, which now contributes over 20 percent of demand for infant nutrition worldwide, will allow Pifzer to milk the potential in Asian markets. Erica Mann, president and general manager of Pfizer Nutrition, said: "If you look at places like Vietnam, where you have significant urbanisation at the moment...look at places like Indonesia, where a similar sort of ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 5
  6. 6. demographics is happening,...there are a number of very interesting markets in South East Asia." ........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Join us on Consumer & market Trends and Market Size Latest IFIC consumer survey shows overwhelming Number of Americans Concerned About Their Weight; have poor understanding of calories in diet; however they are increasing the fibre & wholegrain intake Most Americans (70 percent) say they are concerned about their weight status, and an overwhelming majority (77 percent) are trying to lose or maintain their weight. When asked what actions they are taking, most Americans say they are changing the amount of food they eat (69 percent); changing the type of foods they eat (63 percent); and engaging in physical activity (60 percent). Further, 65 percent of Americans report weight loss as a top driver for improving the healthfulness of their diet; 16 percent report improving their diet to maintain weight. Similarly, losing or maintaining weight is the main motivator (35 percent) for Americans who are physically active, yet a large majority of people (77 percent) are not meeting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines. Americans continue to show a lack of understanding of “calories in” and “calories out” and their relationship to weight.These findings are part of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s fifth annual Food & Health Survey which takes an extensive look at Americans’ eating, health and physical activity habits, as well as food safety practices. Awareness and Use of Federal Programs such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid * Americans have at least heard of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (71 percent, consistent with findings from 2009). * Most have heard of MyPyramid (85 percent), but the majority (71 percent) have not used it. Consumer Perceptions of Food Components included in the Dietary Guidelines * More than half of Americans (53 percent) are concerned with the amount of sodium in their diet and more likely to look for sodium content on the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP). * Americans seem to be less focused on dietary fat than in previous years, with significant decreases in the number who report looking for total fat on the NFP. * Americans are trying to consume more fiber (72 percent) and whole grains (73 percent). ............. pdf, 56 pages....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 6
  7. 7. UK Social trends highlights increased obesity and changed diets The Social Trends Report 2010 compiled by the Office for National Statistics and released last week, reveals that in 2008 almost a quarter of the adult population in England was classed as obese. In 1994 the figure was 15.7 per cent. But when figures are combined the picture is even grimmer. Less than half the population (38.6 per cent) are underweight or of normal weight; whilst 63.4 per cent of the population in England are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. A lack of exercise is often cited as a reason for weight gain. However, according to The Health Profile of England 2009 covering the years 2007-8 and published in March of this year; 10.6 per cent of adults are physically active and whilst this figure may seem low, it has actually increased over the last five years........(a comprehensive resource)..... pdf, 284 pages..... Read Global dairy prices fall at latest auction Average prices fell for the third month in a row at Fonterra's latest online dairy product auction overnight. Figures from the sale show the globalDairy Trade-trade weighted index for a basket of products at the auction fell 13.7 per cent, having dropped 3.5 per cent in June after falling 0.8 per cent in May. In April, prices at the trading event had lifted sharply with the average price for whole milk powder rising 21 per cent to $US3969 per tonne. Overnight the average price for whole milk powder fell 14.8 per cent from a month earlier to $US3224. Paul Grave, globalDairy Trade manager, said previously the market had been supply driven with concerns about lack of product being available, mainly driven by drought in New Zealand, reduced supply in Australia and a slow start to the European season. "We're now selling our next season's production, and Europe's in full peak production, so supply concerns have largely eased. "So the equation now moves to demand, and consumer demand is really the key thing that we need to focus on," Mr Grave told Radio New Zealand............. Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 7
  8. 8. “Food miles” appear to have little impact on UK shoppers UK supermarket shoppers appear to attach little importance to country-of-origin as a factor when choosing fresh food items, according to latest University of Otago research. In surveys of supermarket shoppers and members of the public, Otago Department of Marketing researchers investigated whether the controversial “food miles” concept was an important consideration in UK consumers’ food purchasing behaviour. Of the 251 intercepted shoppers outside four different supermarkets, only 5.6% nominated country-of-origin as one of the reasons for purchasing an item and only 3.6% indicated they had consciously chosen British products for the reason that such produce was “less harmful for the environment”. Price was the most common primary reason given for a purchase (25% of shoppers), followed by brand or variety (23.5%). Other main primary reasons were portion size (12%), freshness (10.4%), the only option (9.6%) and usual/preferred choice (8%). However, when the researchers surveyed 250 people in UK “high streets” about their purchasing preferences, 21.5% indicated that “food miles” or “the long distance it travels” would stop them from buying New Zealand products. Associate Professor Knight says the contrasting findings indicate that what people say and actually do in relation to the food miles argument may be quite different........ Read Global food encapsulation market to reach $39B by 2015 Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) has released a comprehensive global report on the food encapsulation market, which shows that the market is projected to reach about $39 billion by the year 2015. Growth in the market is especially driven by factors such as changing dietary habits, increased popularity of exotic flavors, cuisines, and gourmet varieties, rising emphasis on preservation of food quality, and speed and agility in new product innovation......... Read Food manufacturers lukewarm on carbon footprint labelling (UK) Just 15% of UK food manufacturers plan to even consider implementing carbon footprint labelling on products this year, according to the results of Food Manufacture's annual reader survey. While an increasing number of manufacturers are now calculating their carbon footprints in order to indentify cost savings and meet CSR commitments, the results suggest that not all of them are convinced that this information is necessarily worth putting on already-crowded product labels. It may also reflect the fact that retailers are not yet actively asking for it, with the exception of Tesco, which is leading a phased roll-out of the labels to 500 own-label products. Asda, however, has no plans to follow suit, and argues that it is the job of its own buyers to discriminate between products on the basis of their environmental credentials. Speaking to at the Food & Drink Expo show at the NEC earlier this year, Asda corporate social responsibility director Paul Kelly said: "I'm pretty sceptical about putting this information on labels and whether it will really mean anything to people. "Consumers spend about two seconds looking at the front of pack and if we put another label on there it will just add to the confusion. Our buyers should make these decisions for consumers."......... Read A look at the global cheese market The global cheese market has seen growth in consumption of around 1-2% annually since 2006. While this growth has recently slowed down to just under 1% in the last two years due to the economic downturn, there are still good prospects for cheese, with Zenith predicting nearly 20m tonnes of consumption by 2012. This growth in total volume consumption translates to an increase of per capita consumption of approximately 0.5% per year. Most of ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 8
  9. 9. this dynamic growth will be coming from countries in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America – regions with growing populations that are increasingly becoming familiar with cheese. Countries such as Brazil and Mexico still have relatively low per capita consumption at around 3.2kg and 2.1kg respectively, leaving much room for growth as economies develop. West Europe and North America – the two biggest regions worldwide – will see their share of the global market decrease. The global cheese market can really be summarised into two worlds: the mature markets and the developing/high growth markets........ Read Preventative health trend evolves in Japan Preventative health is a growing trend where consumers throughout their life stages make targeted food & drink choices to achieve and/or sustain the best possible level of health through illness prevention. Japan has been to the fore in this area, particularly in the area of “beauty from within” where the Asia Pacific region led by Japan accounts for over 45% of the global market, followed by Europe at around 26%. Drinks lead the way in terms of products within this trend. In terms of the regulatory environment concerning marketing claims, it should be noted that the Japanese market is more permissive in this area when compared to EU regulations.......... 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 Sports And Fitness Nutrition - Global Trends USD 2995 Just Food Sports and fitness nutrition products are gaining momentum primarily due to changing consumer attitude towards health and well-being. Products meant for athletes and body builders are now finding their way into mainstream consumer markets. The role of sports nutrition products has witnessed a paradigm shift from 'muscle building' to one that promotes good health and stamina. Innovative energizing concepts, foray into emerging markets, and aggressive positioning of products ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 9
  10. 10. with strong marketing back up, have also bolstered these markets.......... Read The U.S. Juice & Smoothie Bar Market Report: 2010/11 USD 2850 Juice Gallery The juice and smoothie bar report details what is new in Multimedia this beverage market. Newly formatted for 2010, the report discusses retail quick-service chain operations specializing in fresh-squeezed made-to-order (MTO) juice and smoothies. Product uses, including meal replacement, meal accompaniment and dessert are discussed. The rise of this specialized market is examined in the context of the overall restaurant industry........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Innovations, IP, New Products, Product Failures & Related News Danone launches Taillefine yogurt with Stevia Announced with the statement: ‘no colouring, co preservatives, no aspartame,’ Groupe Danone has launched a version of its popular Taillefine yogurt, sweetened with Stevia. Originally launched in 1964, the Taillefine brand features a range of products targeting women aged 20-40........ Read New reGen™ Muscle Recovery Beverage Launched reGen™'s Natural Cocoa, 3:1 Carb-to-Protein Formulation Proven Clinically to Accelerate Muscle Recovery and Increase Endurance. regenWheat Ridge, CO -- High-performance athletes, and those who aspire to achieve this distinction, now have a nutritious and great-tasting option to help them train longer and harder with the launch of reGen™ recovery beverage. The first of-its-kind muscle recovery drink is designed to harness the antioxidant benefits found in natural cocoa with the nutrients athletes need to recover their muscles following a grueling workout. The creation of reGen™ recovery beverage was inspired by several peer- ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 10
  11. 11. reviewed research studies demonstrating natural cocoa's role in improving blood flow. Produced by Apure Foods Company of Wheat Ridge, CO, reGen™ has been clinically shown to help speed muscle recovery and increase exercise endurance. reGen™ is powered by natural cocoa, with more than two tablespoons (12 grams) in each 200-calorie, 11-ounce serving to provide more antioxidant power than that of many superfruits............ Read UV light could provide energy saving and environmentally friendly pasteurisation alternative to extend milk shelf-life Ultraviolet light technology will be touted as an environmentally friendly alternative to heat pasteurisation for milk in an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) report due in the coming weeks. Dairy UK, in collaboration with the Carbon Trust, recently held workshops to discuss alternatives to the energy consuming thermal process used for milk pasteurisation. Dairy UK environment manager Fergus McReynolds told that the most viable substitute could be UV pasteurisation. This alternative subjects milk to precise frequencies of wave lengths of light to interact with DNA and stop its ability to reproduce. The advantages and drawbacks of the new technology have been seen by this publication ahead of the IEEA’s report. Though exact efficiency savings of UV technology will be detailed in the report, it is anticipated that the UV alternative will consume less energy than the existing heat technique. UV technology has been used in other industries for photo purification of wine, sugar syrups and fruit juices and also as a final sterilization process in large scale water treatment facilities. It has also been used for milk pasteurisation in South Africa on a limited scale allowed by local authorities and was trialled in the US where it was found to increase milk shelf-life by 30 per cent, according to Dairy UK. .......... Read UAE plans to launch nutritionally rich camel milk in Europe The European Commission has given the green light for the UAE to export camel milk, saying that it falls in line with health and food standards applied in the European Union. “The UAE is intending to export camel milk to European markets next year, to be among the first suppliers of this product to the EU,’’ said Abdullah Al Janan, executive director for agricultural and animal affairs department, ministry of environment and water. Among the two milk products vying for EU approval is Camelicious, which is claimed to have less than half the fat of cow’s milk, and three times the vitamin C content........ Read US Farms Plans For New Plant To Develop Aloe-based Energy Drinks, Juices US Farms, a diversified marketer of wellness products, said that it intends to construct a 2,000sqft facility that provides a combination of storage, administration, quality control tracking and production of multiple flavors and formulations of energy drinks and re- formulation and production of Aloe365, a skin care and juice product....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 11
  12. 12. New egg replacer could overcome labelling challenges for bakery products A wheat-based egg substitute can replace up to 50 per cent of eggs in sweet bakery products such as eggs, muffins and cupcakes and requires no changes to a product’s labelling, claims UK supplier Ulrick & Short. Adrian Short, director of the clean label ingredients manufacturer, said that its egg replacer, Ovaparox, is produced from wheat fractions in combination with proteins that the supplier had previously used in products targeted at the meat sector. “The way in which the wheat-based egg substitute is formed allows us to call it wheat flour, and this, of course, means there are no labelling implications as this ingredient is already declared on baked goods,” he said. Ovaparox, continued Short, has a shelf life of 18 months from date of manufacturer and allows bakers, therefore, to hedge their bets against fluctuating egg prices: “They can keep the substitute in storage and simply switch to it in times of sharp increases in the cost of that commodity,” he explained........ Read Bean starch may offer gluten-free opportunities Modified starch from beans may improve the quality of fresh gluten-free bread, suggests new European research that promises improvements for products known for their crumbly texture. The bean starch also reduced the crumb hardness of the test bread, and boosted its elasticity, potentially offering a better texture in the final loaf, according to findings published in the Journal of Food Processing and Preservation....... Read Functional serum protein product for use in infant food and therapeutic compositions and methods for the preparation thereof United States Patent Application 20100168017 (FrieslandCampina) The invention relates to a serum protein product, suitable as an ingredient for foods and therapeutic compositions, in particular infant and baby foods. The invention also provides a method for the preparation of the serum protein product, based on micro filtration of milk. The invention provides a method for the preparation of a serum protein product, comprising the preparation of a permeate through micro filtration of cow's milk at a temperature of between 10 and C. utilizing a membrane having a pore size of between 0.3 and 0.5 .mu.m......... Read Methods and compositions for production of flavonoid and isoflavonoid nutraceuticals United States Patent 7,750,211 The invention provides method and compositions for the modulation of flavanone and/or isoflavone production in plants. The methods of the invention allow creation of plants having novel phenotypes. Increased expression of isoflavones in particular in plants may be used to increase the nutritional value of food plants for both human and animal consumption. The invention overcomes limitations of the prior art which prevented accumulation of high levels of isoflavones in plants....... Read Osteoprotegerin in milk United States Patent 7,749,960 (Nestle) The present invention pertains to osteoprotegerin obtainable from milk sources, in particular human and bovine milk. The present invention also relates to the use thereof for preparing an ingestible preparation and/or a pharmaceutical composition, in particular to the use of such a preparation/composition for preventing or treating disorders associated with bone metabolism and immune function........ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 12
  13. 13. Treatment of autism using probiotic composition United States Patent 7,749,509 A method of treating autism using a probiotic composition including the bacilli (1) Bacillus subtilis, (2) Bacillus coagulans, and (3) Enterococcus faecium. The composition may further include a carrier medium, such as fructo-oligo-saccharides (FOS), as incorporated in a dose form such as a pill, capsule, powder or sachet. The compositions of the invention may be usefully employed as health or nutritional supplements, food additives, or therapeutic agents for combating a wide variety of physiological disorders........... Read Back to the Table of Contents Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Food Safety Codex sets standards for melamine levels in foods The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the United Nations' food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission. Melamine is a chemical used in a variety of industrial processes - including the manufacture of plastics used for dishware and kitchenware, and can coatings - and traces of it unavoidably get into food by contact without causing health problems. However the substance is toxic at high levels. Such levels of melamine were found recently in infant formula, milk powder and pet food due to its deliberate and illegal addition to increase the apparent protein content of these products. Babies and children died as a result and hundreds of thousands became seriously ill. "Establishment of maximum levels will help governments differentiate between low levels of unavoidable melamine occurrence that do not cause health problems, and deliberate adulteration - thereby protecting public health without unnecessary impediments to international trade" said Martijn Weijtens, Chair of the Codex Committee on contaminants in foods. While not legally binding the new levels allow countries to refuse to allow the importation of products with excessive levels of melamine............ Read EU health food claims law begins to bite Health foods would be nothing without the claims they make on the packaging. But some claims might soon vanish, due to a European regulation which demands that health food companies come up with the scientific evidence to back their labelling. The regulation extends to a vast range of products - from multi-vitamins and slimming pills to margarine and yoghurt. Of the claims so far considered, the overwhelming majority have been rejected, leaving many health food manufacturers with a very bad case of indigestion. The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation was adopted back in 2006 "to ensure that consumers are not misled by unsubstantiated, exaggerated or untruthful claims about foodstuffs", but it is only now that it is beginning to bite. European Union member states have together submitted over 44,000 'general function' health claims on the part of manufacturers. These were boiled down to 4,637 claims for consideration by the Parma-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Of around 900 claims so far examined, a massive 80% have been rejected....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 13
  14. 14. Unilever: Slim.Fast brand name is not a health claim Dutch food company Unilever says Slim.Fast, the brand name for its highly popular weight management product, is not under threat of being construed as an unauthorised health claim in the European Union. Under the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation, brand names along with logos and pictorial representations can be construed as health claims, but Unilever says this doesn’t apply to Slim.Fast. “We don't make any precise claim about the rate and amount of weight loss consumers will experience when using this brand, and therefore this regulation does not apply,” the company said. If however the brand name was deemed to be a health claim, it may receive a positive airing from the European Commission given the approval of an article 13.1 meal replacement weight management claim by the European Food safety Authority (EFSA) in February. The regulation states brand names that do not comply with the regulation must be changed before January 19, 2022...... Read FSANZ invites public comment on food from GM cotton (Australia/NZ) Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited individuals and organisations with an interest in the regulation of food to provide information and comment on an application to approve a genetically modified food. The application is for a cotton variety that has been genetically modified to confer insect protection and herbicide tolerance. To date, FSANZ has approved more than 40 such applications for food derived from GM crops. Submissions should reach FSANZ by Monday 16 August 2010........ Read FDA Seeks Public Comment on New Federal Menu Labeling Requirements The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is inviting the public to submit comments and information to help the agency implement a new federal law that requires the posting of calorie content and other nutrition information on menu items at certain chain restaurants and similar retail food operations and vending machines. The new law, Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act signed into law March 23, 2010, sets new federal requirements for foods sold at certain restaurants, coffee shops, delis, movie theaters, bakeries, ice cream shops, and in vending machines. Prior to the new law, federal law required nutrition labeling on many packaged foods, which may be purchased in supermarkets and at other locations, and some states and local governments required nutritional labeling by restaurants in their jurisdictions. The new law requires restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations that offer substantially the same menu items to list calorie content information on menus and menu boards, including drive-through menu boards. Other nutrition information – total calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, and total protein – must be made available in writing on request. The act also requires vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose the calorie content of their items........... Read Wrigley (Mars) to pay for false health claim on its chewing gum Eclipse; also to change labels Chewing gum maker W.M. Wrigley Jr. has agreed to pay as much as $7 million and change how it markets and labels its Eclipse gum to settle a lawsuit that alleged its ads were misleading, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Tuesday. Consumers sued Wrigley last year in federal court arguing the subsidiary of privately held Mars Inc. made misleading advertising claims about the germ-killing properties of Eclipse. The ads said a new ingredient — ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 14
  15. 15. magnolia bark extract — kills the germs that cause bad breath while competing gums merely mask bad breath. As part of the settlement, Wrigley will change how it markets and labels its gum. It agreed to pay $6 million to $7 million to a fund that will reimburse consumers up to $10 each for the product and cover other costs of the settlement, according to the law firms Blood Hurst & O'Reardon and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd........ Read Parliament calls for EU ban on cloning for food The draft regulation on novel foods is headed straight for third reading (conciliation). On 7 July, MEPs maintained at second reading their position to exclude cloned animals and their offspring from the scope of the future regulation establishing harmonised rules for the placing of novel foods on the market in the Union. “The Council dealt with this issue hastily. It took an off-hand approach and continues to stand its ground. It would be absurd not to maintain our front at second reading,” explained Bart Staes (S&D, Belgium) during a debate on the eve of the vote, at which the Council was not represented. The amendment on cloned animals, tabled by the EP at first reading, was rejected by the Council in its common position of 15 March. The 27 ministers found it preferable to keep foods from cloned animals and their offspring in the scope of the regulation until specific legislation is presented by the Commission. If the Council rejects Parliament’s second-reading position, an agreement will have to be found through the conciliation procedure........ Read No anti-junk food laws, UK health secretary promises Food and alcohol companies will fund government's healthy lifestyle ad campaign in exchange for a 'non-regulatory approach. Beer companies, confectionery firms and crisp- makers will be asked to fund the government's advertising campaign to persuade people to switch to a healthier lifestyle and, in return, will not face new legislation outlawing excessively fatty, sugary and salty food, the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, announced. In a move condemned by campaigners as the government "rolling over on their backs in front of the food lobby", Lansley told a conference of public health experts that he wanted a new partnership with food and drink firms. In exchange for a "non-regulatory approach", the private sector would put up cash to fund the Change4Life campaign to improve diets and boost levels of physical activity among young people.......... Read US Industry rejects call for food colorings ban The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called for a ban on food colorings last week – but food industry experts insist there is overwhelming evidence of their safety. CSPI issued a report on food colorings, including three of the most widely used – Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 – saying that they are known carcinogens and can cause allergic reactions. CSPI executive director and co-author of the report Michael Jacobson said: “These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.” The FDA had not read the report but a spokesperson told “FDA appreciates the report from CSPI and looks forward to reviewing it. We take our commitment to protecting the public health seriously." Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association said in a statement: “The safety of both artificial and natural colors has been affirmed through extensive review by the main global ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 15
  16. 16. food safety bodies, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority............ Read Beyond PASSCLAIM - Guidance to Substantiate Health Claims on Foods The workshop “Beyond PASSCLAIM – Guidance to substantiate health claims on foods” was held in Nice, France from 14-16 December 2009 and brought together over 70 experts from industry, academia and public bodies to discuss guidelines to establish beneficial effects of functional foods. The event was organised as a joint effort of four different expert groups. The aim was to discuss two draft guidelines related to health claim substantiation, guidance for design and reporting of human intervention studies and for a standardised approach to prove the efficacy of foods and food constituents. In addition, expert group work evaluating the PASSCLAIM criteria using polyphenols and antioxidant activity as an example was presented. The workshop also initiated a discussion on guidelines for quality standards to apply in nutrition research involving human subjects. The purpose of this summary report is to share the comments that were made during the parallel sessions.....(useful PASSCLAIM update and regulatory discussion – Ed).......... pdf, 28 pages.......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Nutrition, Diets, Health Benefits & Related Research Australian Study Shows Regular Fat Dairy Protects Heart Health Drinking milk may help reduce a person’s likelihood of facing death due to cardiovascular conditions like stroke and coronary heart disease, according to a new Australian study. The 16-year follow up study looking at dairy food intake and mortality found that both full-fat and low-fat dairy foods were not associated with death from any cause. Interestingly, the study showed that full-fat dairy was associated with less cardiovascular death. People who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of cardiovascular death than those who ate the least when other factors were taken into account. The authors suggested that while full fat dairy foods contribute to saturated fat intake there may be other fat components that counterbalance the expected negative effect. Dairy Australia Dietitian Glenys Zucco says, “Contrary to popular belief, full-fat dairy, including milk and cheese, has never been convincingly linked to cardiovascular disease. In fact, it has rather consistently been linked to a lower risk, particularly for stroke.”....... Read Western fast food fuels Asia diabetes boom According to scientists from Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the growing popularity of western-style fast food has led to a diabetes boom across the South East Asia. The studies found that in the Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam 11% of men and 12% of women had type 2 diabetes, without them knowing about it. On top of that 4% people have been diagnosed, suffering from diabetes. According to Tuan Nguyen, who is from Sydney’s Garvan ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 16
  17. 17. Institute of Medical Research, in the recent past Vietnams food patterns have changed considerably. The cities are becoming westernized and fast food outlets can be found everywhere in the city. According to Tuan Nguyen, a similar study had been carried out in Thailand with 721 men and 1,421 women and the results that came out were very similar. According to him the similarities in the result can help them in extrapolating their findings in other parts of Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia....... Read Glucosamine doesn't help chronic low-back pain – study Taking glucosamine supplements may not help relieve chronic low back pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis, a new trial published in the July 7 issue of Journal of American Medical Association suggests. The trial study showed the people taking glucosamine for six months did not seem to help people on the regimen to improve measures of pain related disability, low back pain, leg pain and health related quality of life, compared with those who received placebo. More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer osteoarthritis and low back pain is the second most common concern of patients in primary care, according to a release by the JAMA. Glucosamine is commonly used as an alternative treatment, but its efficacy remains unknown........... Read Creatine Fights Muscle Fatigue Creatine supplementation can increase plasma levels and increase resistance to fatigue during intense exercise, according to a new trial (Nutrition. ePub 1 July 2010. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutr.2010.04.001). Researchers from Bloomsburg University and Montana State University, Bozeman, recruited 20 healthy adults for the double blind trial. Before the start of the trial, participants were tested for body composition, maximal strength and muscle fatigue (assessed using knee extension exercise) and plasma creatine concentrations. Subjects then received either creatine (0.03 g/kg(1)/d) or placebo for six weeks, and all measures re-assessed. Supplementation did not affect body mass, fat mass, body fat percentage or maximal strength. It did significantly increase plasma creatine levels. Further, the subjects taking creatine were more resistance to fatigue during the second, third, fourth and fifth knee extension test periods, particularly compared to those taking placebo........ Read Garlic, Onion May Increase Mineral Absorption from plant and grain foods Bioavailability of micronutrients iron and zinc is particularly low from plant foods, which is why scientists are looking to evolve a food-based strategy to improve and combat widespread deficiencies of these minerals in certain populations dependent on plant foods.Researchers at the Central Food Technological Research Institute in India have discovered compounds in garlic and onion may increase the bioaccessibility of iron and zinc from cereals by sevenfold, according to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Researchers at the Central Food Technological Research Institute examined whether sulfur compound-rich Allium spices have a similar potential of beneficially modulating the mineral bioavailability by examining the influence of exogenously added garlic and onion on the bioaccessibility of iron and zinc from food grains. Researchers studied two cereals—rice and sorghum—and two pulses—whole green gram and chickpea. They analyzed the bioaccessibility of iron and zinc in 10g of raw and cooked food grain and 10g of raw and cooked food grain with either 0.25g of garlic, 0.5g of garlic, 1.5g onion or 3g onion added....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 17
  18. 18. Honey is found to be a low GI food Good news for diabetics and consumers with impaired glucose tolerance: A recent study out of Germany tested eight grades of German honey and six of the eight honeys tested scored lower than 10 on the glycemic index (GI) (Eu J Clin Nutr. 2010;64:762–64). Researchers also discovered the fructose content was a huge determining factor for the GI of each grade of honey. The study tested eight German honey grades differing in their floral source and carbohydrate composition. A 25-g carbohydrate test meal and a 25-g glucose reference were given to 10 clinically and metabolically healthy, fasting individuals. Glycemic and insulin index were calculated by the recommended FAO/WHO measure. Five of the eight tested honey varieties show a low GI below 55; for six of the eight tested varieties, the glycemic load was lower than 10 (portion size of 20 g honey). Glycemic index and insulin index correlated significantly with the fructose content of honey varieties. The study concluded specific honey varieties may be recommended for subjects with impaired glucose tolerance instead of saccharine in food preparations......... Read Breakfast cereals help improve body nutrition and weight profile in children A new study found children and adolescents who consume ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal for breakfast tend to have better nutrient profiles and weight status (J Am Diet Assoc. June 2010;110(6):869-878). Researchers from the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, analyzed data from the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2006, covering nearly 10,000 children and adolescents (age 9 to 18 years). They looked at the relationship between breakfast skipping or type of breakfast consumed and issues including nutrient adequacy, nutrient intake and body mass. Breakfast was a no-go for 20 percent of children and 31.5 percent of adolescents; nutrient adequacy ratio was significantly lower in these subjects than among those who did eat breakfast, and obesity rate (body mass index [BMI] at or above the 95th percentile) was also higher. RTE cereal was the breakfast of choice for 35.9 percent of children and 25.4 percent of adolescents....... Read Therapy may help some with deadly peanut allergy Peanut allergy has proven to be a tough nut to crack. While there's still no way to make peanuts completely safe for people who are allergic to them, an experimental therapy may make them less deadly, report researchers from Germany and the US. While the research holds hope for the hundreds of thousands of American kids who are allergic to peanuts, there's a lot more research to do before the therapy is ready for "prime time," Dr. Wayne Shreffler, an investigator on the study, told Reuters Health. Unlike other food allergies -- which might disappear as kids grow up or respond to doctor-supervised "challenges" allowing a child to build up a tolerance to the food -- a peanut allergy usually lasts a lifetime, Shreffler and colleagues note in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. And the severity of reactions may vary widely; one accidental exposure may lead to a minor rash, the next could be fatal.......... Read Sweet drinks reduce stress and aggression Sweet drinks such as sugary tea help to reduce stress at work, and make people less likely to be aggressive or argumentative, psychologists claim. The energy boost provided by the sugar enables the brain to maintain control over its impulses, meaning people can prevent themselves from reacting spontaneously when under stress, researchers said. Tests on a group of volunteers, some of whom were given lemonade sweetened with sugar and some ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 18
  19. 19. with artificial sweetener, showed that those who had drunk sugar performed better under pressure. .......... Read Antioxidants Help Arteries Stay Healthy Long-term supplementation with dietary antioxidants has beneficial effects on sugar and fat metabolism, blood pressure and arterial flexibility in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism report these positive results in a randomized controlled trial of combined vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium capsules. Reuven Zimlichman worked with a team of researchers from Wolfson Medical Center, Israel, to carry out the study in 70 patients from the centre's hypertension clinic. He said, "Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. This beneficial vascular effect was associated with an improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism as well as significant decrease in blood pressure."............ Read ARS study finds little difference between organic and conventional eggs There's no substantial quality difference between organically and conventionally produced eggs. That's one of a number of findings in an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study examining various aspects of egg quality. ARS food technologist Deana Jones and her team in the agency's Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit in Athens, Ga., found that, on average, there was no substantial quality difference between types of eggs. So, no matter which specialty egg is chosen, it will be nearly the same quality as any other egg. About 6.5 billion dozen shell eggs are produced each year in the United States, with a value of about $7 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service. The ARS team found the biggest difference was the size of egg within a carton between brown and white eggs. Though brown eggs weighed more, white shell eggs had higher percentages of total solids and crude fat. But, according to the study, there was no significant difference in the quality of white and brown eggs....... Read Carrots won't improve vision, but they do protect eyes Eating carrots won't improve your vision. That's a myth. But it will protect your vision, according to VSP Vision Care, a non-profit provider of vision services in a new video. Carrots have vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin A, C and E that can reduce the impacts of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Some 30 percent of eye care providers are asked at least once a week about carrots improving vision, according to VSP. But doctors say that carrots and other healthy foods are important. Lutein, zeaxanthin and minerals including zinc, copper and selenium can help protect the retina, which is the light- sensitive part of the back of the eye. Special fatty acids in fish protect the retina and can help the eyes maintain a layor of protective moisture........... Read Too much inulin fibre can cause discomfort in stomach "Stealth fiber" increasingly added to processed foods, while not a problem for most, can cause gastrointestinal discomfort for some who may not know they're consuming too much of it, Minnesota researchers warn. The fiber is called "inulin." "Normal fiber foods like wheat bran and legumes are self-limiting, it's hard to over eat them," Joanne Slavin, a registered dietitian in the department of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota at St. Paul, told Reuters Health. Inulin, she explained, may be in chocolate bars, drinks, and snacks around the house, and "before you know it, you may eat more than you can tolerate ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 19
  20. 20. and have gastrointestinal issues you wouldn't necessarily associate" with those foods. Inulin is a carbohydrate fiber that occurs naturally in many foods like bananas, wheat, onions and garlic. Found in high concentrations in chicory root, is can be extracted for industrial use. Unlike more familiar carbohydrates, which are broken down in the small intestines and turned into fuel for the body, inulin passes through the small intestines to the colon where it stimulates the growth of "good bacteria" and is fermented by bacteria. In some people it can cause gas, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications Bad Economy or Bad Brands? Lessons from Budweiser, US Airways and Blockbuster. Brands like Netflix, JetBlue and Boston Beer have fearlessly taken what was once the fringe into the mainstream as some legacy brands have fallen on hard times. The advice to struggling brands? Stop picking on the economy and become active agents of cultural change. In this white paper, Hartman Group addresses growing brand malaise and offer innovation opportunities for legacy brands to remain relevant, bad economy or no......... pdf, 13 pages.... Read With ‘more money than Google’, who will Nestlé buy? When Nestlé receives $28.1bn from Novartis AG for its majority stake in the Opti-Free contact lens cleaners manufacturer Alcon, it will have a pile of cash exceeding the 26.5bn that Google Inc had on its books at the end of March. With that much cash at its disposal, Europe’s biggest company by market value could buy almost any publicly traded food business. Analysts are having a field day speculating on where the money will be spent, while many investors have said they want the chocolate/ice cream/bottled water company to expand in emerging markets to catch up with Unilever, which derives around half of its sales in developing countries. The only listed non-alcoholic beverage and food companies with market capitalisations greater than $28.1bn are Groupe Danone, Kraft, The Coca- Cola Company, PepsiCo and Unilever.......... Read Functional Foods The association between food and disease is widely recognized as the bedrock of preventive nutrition. The concept of ‘functional foods’ is often cited as a newly emerging field. However, this idea was first described in the ancient Vedic texts from India, and in Chinese traditional medicine. The vision to develop functional foods reflects the oriental philosophy that: ‘Medicine and food have a common origin’. The conviction to develop functional foods first emerged in Japan in the 1980s when faced with escalating health-care costs. The Ministry of Health and Welfare initiated a regulatory system to approve certain foods with ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 20
  21. 21. documented health benefits. Its primary objective was to improve the health of the nation's ageing population. In 1984, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, an ad hoc group in Japan commenced a national project to explore the link between food and medical sciences. The term ‘functional food’ first appeared in 1993 in the Nature news magazine under the heading ‘Japan explores the boundary between food and medicine’......... pdf, 3 pages........... 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 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 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 Jul 28 Go the Distance: New Science and Applications in FPD 2 PM EDT Free Performance Nutrition........... Read Aug 11 Global Regulatory Approval for Food Ingredients......... IFT USD 145 Read Sep 15 Innovation and New Product Development........ Read BI Nutraceuticals 2 PM EDT Free 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 ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 21
  22. 22. When What Where 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 4-5 Juice, Nectar & Soft Drinks Summit......... Read Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 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 Aug 26-27 2010 Nutracon Asia.......... Read Hong Kong 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 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 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 ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 22
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