BASF launches HMO ingredient as it gears up for competition in infant formula

GERMANY - BASF plans to launch a human milk oligosaccharide ingredient 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) by early 2019, accelerating its presence in infant formula even as manufacturers upgrade to large scale production to meet consumer demand. 2’-FL was developed in-house using a specific HMO fermentation strain and is said to be beneficial to infant gut microbiota and…

DuPont to open a new innovation site in Japan to expand production

JAPAN - DuPont Nutrition & Health, an American conglomerate, will open a new innovation site in Japan later this summer to serve customers primarily in the bakery, beverage and dairy industries. Located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the 700-square-metre facility will provide solutions for the company’s Japan- and Korea-based clients. According to the company, the site’s…

EFSA to consider limits for kaurenoic acid, an impurity found in stevia

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a recommendation to the European Union to set limits for the kaurenoic acid (KA), an impurity found in stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute. Last month, EFSA held a technical meeting with representatives from Cargill, International Stevia Council (ISC), Pure Circle, Coca Cola, Sweegen and…

Supermarket chain Kroger launches personalized nutrition app

USA - The American retailer, Kroger Co. has unveiled a personalized nutrition mobile platform OptUp, a wellness app that provides customers with nutritional information on the produce they purchase at the grocery stores. With the app, customers can see product recommendations, scan, search items to find nutrition facts and product alternatives, and helps make healthier purchase…

Ghana’s leading research institute endorses modern biotechnology

GHANA - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana’s leading research institute has endorsed the use of modern biotechnology, an area considered vital in enhancing food security. According to USDA’s GAIN, the approval was made by Dr. Victor Agyeman, Director-General CSIR in an interview with the country’s leading newspaper, Business & Financial Times. Dr.…

World Food Prize awards efforts in reducing stunted growth in children by 10m

USA - The 2018 World Food Prize has been awarded two individuals for their “individual but complementary” efforts of global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within the food security and development dialogue. According to NutritionInsight, the combined efforts of Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro resulted in reducing the world’s number of…

Glanbia appoints Martin Keane as new group chairman

IRELAND - Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has announced Martin Keane as Group Chairman, to succeed Henry Corbally with immediate effect, among other reshuffles in the company. Patrick Murphy has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman in place of Martin Keane while John Murphy will continue as a Vice Chairman. “I am very…

Nestle tops the 2018 Global Access Nutrition Index

WORLD - The Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) has published the 2018 Global Access to Nutrition Index; the third Global Index that ranks the world’s 22 largest food and beverage companies on their contributions to addressing the twin global nutrition challenges of overweight and diet related diseases and under-nutrition. According to the Foundation, the Index…

FDA extends its deadline for Nutrition Facts compliance by 18 months

USA - The Food and Drug Administration will extend the compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts panel by 18 months, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register. Manufacturers with at least US$10 million in annual sales will need to have the new label by 2020, and smaller manufacturers will need to…

PepsiCo to reduce sodium content in snacks in India

INDIA- PepsiCo will reduce salt content in Kurkure, its flagship snacks brand, in line with its global nutrition objectives. The first low-salt Kurkure packs have been recently rolled out, PepsiCo VP (snacks) Jagrut Kotecha said. “As per our performance with purpose agenda, we are working to improve our snack products through a stepwise reduction approach. In…