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…

Orkla to acquire of Swedish e-commerce company HNSG for US$42m

NORWAY - Orkla, a leading supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions to the grocery, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Swedish company Health and Sports Nutrition Group HSNG AB (HSNG). HSNG runs the e-commerce portals Gymgrossisten and Bodystore, and is the biggest online health and sport nutrition company in the Nordic…

Study finds A1 beta casein protein the cause of lactose intolerance

CHINA - A1 beta-casein protein in cow’s milk is the root cause of lactose intolerance, and not the lactose itself, according to a new clinical trial The trial, which was conducted in China and published in Nutrition Journal, involved 600 adults who said they were lactose-intolerant. According to FoodBev, the Chinese researchers investigated the ‘acute’…

Study supports whole grains benefit on weight loss, inflammation reduction

DENMARK – Substituting refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties causes overweight adults to eat less, lose weight, leading to a decrease in the amount of inflammation in their bodies. According to a Danish study headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the study…

Marketing food as ‘snacks’ leads to increased consumption, overeating

UK - Marketing food as a “snack” leads to increased consumption and continued overeating, according to a study by Professor Jane Ogden and her researchers from the University of Surrey, who examined the impact of labelling food products as “snacks” or “meals.” According to NutritionInsight, the researchers found that those who had eaten pasta labelled…

Berberine linked to memory loss and impaired learning advantages

CHINA – Plant-derived compound berberine has been linked to ability to regulate levels of stress-response proteins including sirtuin imparting positive effects on memory loss and impaired learning, according to researchers. In addition to improving diabetic encephalopathy and slowing central nervous system degeneration, berberine was also associated with better lipid metabolism and decreased fasting glucose in…

Frutarom to acquire iron delivery technology from Spanish firm

ISRAEL – Frutarom, a flavor and fragrance company, has signed an agreement with Spanish biotech company AB-Biotics to acquire its iron deficiency ingredient AB-Fortis. AB-Fortis is a patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology that enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption, while avoiding the side effects of metallic taste and digestive problems. According to the company, this…