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…

Eating ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer,’ study says

FRANCE - Consuming more highly processed foods proportionately increases the risk of cancer, a study has suggested. A team of researchers, led by a team based at Universite Sorbonne in Paris, France, examined the medical records and eating habits of over 100,000 adults and registered their typical intake of 3,300 different food items. The kinds…

Danone closes Indian dairy plant, to focus on nutrition products

INDIA - The 22-billion-euro French foods giant Danone has decided to exit the dairy business in India. The company, which entered India in 2010, is rationalising its product portfolio and has discontinued stock keeping units (SKUs), which have been making a minority contribution to its overall business in India that include the UHT (ultra high…

Nestlé acquires Canadian provider of nutritional products for US$2.3b

CANADA - Nestle has announced its agreement to acquire privately-held Atrium Innovations, a global leader in nutritional health products, from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for US$2.3 billion in cash. According to the company, Atrium with its corporate offices in Quebec, Canada, will become part of Nestlé Health Science, upon closing of…

Demand for infant formula ingredient continues to grow – Advanced Lipids

CHINA - The demand for infant formula containing SN-2 palmitate – an ingredient that mimics the fatty acid profile in human milk – has soared over the past decade and will continue to grow, according to Advanced Lipids. Advanced Lipids is a joint venture established by Enzymotec, a leading biotech company specializing in lipid-based bio-functional…

WHO report highlights rise in malnutrition, obesity in Africa, decries data gaps

AFRICA - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that under-nutrition is still persistent in the Continent while the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, which was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under…