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Biothera Ingredient Approved For Use In China

March 7, 2011: 10:39 AM EST
China’s Ministry of Health has approved Biothera’s Wellmune WGP as a novel food ingredient, allowing its use in foods and beverages throughout the country. Wellmune WGP, derived from the cell walls of a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), is clinically proven to safely prime the immune system to keep the body healthy, the company says. The ingredient mobilizes billions of innate immune cells that are part of the body’s natural defenses without over stimulating the immune system. An ingredient in food, beverage and supplement products in more than 30 countries, Wellmune WGP has been designated as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) in the U.S. Biothera specializes  in immune-enhancing ingredients derived from a complex carbohydrate called beta 1,3/1,6 gluco polysaccharide.
"Biothera’s Wellmune WGP Approved for Food Use in China", News release, Wellmune WGP, March 07, 2011, © Biothera, The Immune Health Company
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Pine-Sol Brand Adds New Scents, New Flip-Top Cap

March 7, 2011: 03:01 AM EST
The Clorox Company’s Pine-Sol brand cleaner is adding two scents: Garden Fresh and Outdoor Fresh. The brand has also improved the traditional scents Lavender Clean and Lemon Fresh, and introduced an easy-pour flip-top cap for its all-purpose dilutable cleaner and disinfectant bottles, including 28-, 48- and 60-ounce sizes. According to the company, the new cap delivers a more controlled pour and prevents lost and misplaced caps while cleaning. Pine-Sol can be used on hard, non-porous surfaces including floors, sinks, counters, stoves, bathtubs, shower stalls, tiles, toilets and more.
"Pine-Sol Introduces Garden FreshTM and Outdoor Fresh Scents", News release, Pine-Sol, March 07, 2011, © The CLorox Company
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Main Criteria For Choosing Functional Foods Is Taste And Price, Then Health

March 5, 2011: 11:26 AM EST
A focus group study by Irish researchers who interviewed 35 female consumers has found that the taste and price of functional foods still ranks higher in importance than health considerations. Consumers tend to trust nutrition information printed on food packages from big food companies, along with information from family and friends, researchers found. Familiarity with food products gave consumers “a sense of comfort,” a fact that explains why switching brands and products is infrequent. Researchers also found that consumers are increasingly interested in buying functional foods that promise solutions to dietary problems “or go some way towards preventing problems before they arise.” People over 55 years old were found to have a more positive attitude toward food health claims.
F. Lalor, et al., "Health claims on foodstuffs: A focus group study of consumer attitudes", Journal of Functional Foods, March 05, 2011, © Elsevier Ltd
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Danisco Responds To Global Demand For Fiber With Increased Production Of Litesse

March 3, 2011: 05:25 PM EST
Responding to strong global demand for polydextrose fiber, Danisco says it is increasing production of its proprietary fiber Litesse over the next 12 months. Food industry analysts predict annual growth rates for functional fibers to exceed the food industry average, reaching up to 10 percent a year over the next five years. Danisco says its increased investment is an opportunity to boost its presence in the $1 billion market. Litesse is a low calorie, soluble fiber and prebiotic that the company believes can improve the nutritional profiles of foods and beverages through fiber enrichment, sugar reduction or replacement, calorie reduction or fat reduction.
"Danisco invests in the future of Litesse® polydextrose", News release, Danisco, March 03, 2011, © Danisco A/S
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University College Cork's Online Calculator Predicts Food Allergies In Children

March 3, 2011: 07:05 AM EST
Researchers at the University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) have developed an online calculator that can in seconds predict with 96 percent precision whether a child has any of the three main food allergies: dairy, peanuts and eggs. The mathematical model is based on algorithms specific to the allergen, and the combination of known and suspected predictors delivers better prediction accuracy than the 61-81% typical in current methods. The Cork-Southampton calculator could be marketed this year and help reduce the cost of food-allergy testing.
"Predicting food allergies", University of Cork, March 03, 2011, © University of Cork
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U.K. Survey Sheds Light On Consumer Attitudes Toward Key Food Issues

March 3, 2011: 11:40 AM EST
A survey commissioned by the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency to obtain information on consumer attitudes toward food safety and healthy eating has found that most said they follow recommended safety practices for cleaning, cross-contamination, chilling and cooking of food, although a sizeable minority (41 percent) always wash raw meat and poultry, which is not recommended. The survey also found that many respondents were not sure of the best temperature for food storage and didn’t know how to tell whether food was unsafe to eat. On the topic of healthy eating, the survey found that most rated eating fruit and vegetables as very important, along with eating less salt and fewer foods high in saturated fat.
Gillian Prior, et al., "Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: Findings from the Food and You Survey 2010", Food Standards Agency, UK, March 03, 2011, © Food Standards Agency, UK
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Fluoride Delivered By Oral Care Products Offers Insufficient Cavity Protection

March 3, 2011: 04:24 AM EST
Oral care products like mouthwash and toothpaste don’t deliver enough fluoride to prevent cavities, according to German research that used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to measure fluoride coverage on tooth enamel. In fact, the protective fluoride shield provided by oral care products is sometimes only six nanometers thick – 100 times thinner than scientists thought. A layer of fluoride that thin does not effectively fight oral disease, the researchers said. Future research will focus on how thick the optimum fluoride layer should be to protect against tooth decay.
Simon Pitman, "Study questions effectiveness of fluoride in some oral care products", Cosmetics Design, March 03, 2011, © Decision News Media SAS
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General Mills Connects With New Ideas Via Innovation Portal

March 2, 2011: 09:26 AM EST
The General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network (G-WIN) portal has encouraged more than 1,000 inventors globally to register in the year since it was launched. The online open innovation platform enables General Mills to connect with potential business partners. Registered visitors can submit proposals for innovations to address the company’s technology challenges. It has so far received over 500 innovation proposals for review by General Mills product developers.  Some 40 products incorporate innovations received through G-WIN. The framework is the result of a two-year collaboration by General Mills, Procter & Gamble, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, and software developer inno360.
General Mills, "General Mills connects with more than 1,000 innovators", General Mills press release, March 02, 2011, © General Mills Inc.
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Frutarom Unveils New Natural Form Of Vitamin K2 MK-7

March 2, 2011: 06:14 AM EST
Frutarom USA has unveiled a vitamin K2 MK-7 product, UniK2, derived form the Japanese food natto. Already widely approved by regulatory agencies as a food ingredient offering benefits in the area of bone and heart health, Frutarom’s new version of vitamin K2 is a highly bioavailable and potent vitamin form for use in functional foods and food supplements. Within the vitamin K2 group, MK-7 activates a protein called osteocalcin. It effectively binds calcium in the bones, efficiently preventing osteoporosis. To support cardiovascular health, the vitamin keeps calcium from being deposited on arterial cell walls, thus protecting against arterial calcification.
"Frutarom USA Launches Natural & Potent Vitamin K2 as MK-7", Nutrition Horizon, March 02, 2011, © CNS Media BV
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Scientists, Vegans Contribute To Coconut Oil’s Burnished Image As A Health Food

March 1, 2011: 10:32 AM EST
Coconut oil, once vilified as an artery-clogging fat to be avoided at all costs, has now become the “darling” of the natural foods community, according to a New York Times article. Whole Foods says annual sales growth for the oil has been at the double-digits level for five years. Among the reasons for the shiny new image: scientific evidence that virgin coconut oil, which isn’t partially hydrogenated, isn’t really bad for your health after all. And vegans have discovered that coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, is a great substitute for butter in baking.
Melissa Clark, "Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World", The New York Times, March 01, 2011, © The New York Times Company
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Researchers Question Health Canada’s Plan To Allow Fortification Of Junk Foods

March 1, 2011: 05:35 PM EST
Researchers warn that Canadian consumers may reduce their intake of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods if food products with low nutritional value are allowed to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. Health Canada has proposed the change, which the U.S. and Europe adopted in the early 1990s. According to the researchers, as concerns about obesity grow, fortifying questionable foods “is coming into question.” Many of the foods that would be fortifiable under the proposal are considered “foods to limit:” salty snacks, soft drinks, cakes and pastries, cookies, chocolate and candies, ice cream and fruit-flavored beverages. “Health Canada’s proposed discretionary fortification policy is at odds with national dietary recommendations,” the researchers wrote.
J.E. Sacco, V. Tarasuk , "Discretionary addition of vitamins and minerals to foods: implications for healthy eating", European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 01, 2011, © Nature Publishing Group
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TCI Gums Unveils Organic Stabilizers For Yogurt Products

March 1, 2011: 09:37 AM EST
Food industry texture and stabilization specialist TIC Gums has developed a couple of ingredients that it says make yogurt smooth and stable while meeting USDA organic certification guidelines. YG Cup Set is a 100 percent organic stabilizer made from an extract of red seaweed and designed for cup set organic yogurt products, while YG Vat Set is a specialized blend of certified organic ingredients designed for stirred yogurts. TIC Gums also provides organic agar, the latest addition to its line of certified organic gums.
"Building a Better Organic Yogurt", News release, TIC Gums, March 01, 2011, © TIC Gums
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U.S. Adults' Eating Intentions Agree With Dietary Guidelines, Actual Behaviors Do Not

March 1, 2011: 06:58 AM EST
NPD Group research shows that although US adults’ eating intentions meet 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, there is a gap between intentions and practice. Results of the study show that 62 percent of adults intend to exercise regularly, but only 46 percent said they do; 44 percent said they plan to eat smaller, more frequent meals, but only 29 percent do; and although 53 percent plan to limit their calorie intake, 38 percent do. Weight loss and longer life motivate younger respondents to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
Press Release,NPD, "Americans' Healthy Eating Intentions are Aligned with New Dietary Guidelines, but Behaviors Are Not, Reports NPD", NPD, March 01, 2011, © NPD
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“EcoAware” Moms Add Sustainability To Their Wellness Priorities

March 1, 2011: 09:47 AM EST
A study of more than 4,000 Americans ages 18-65 years has found that today’s mothers are embracing a new dimension of wellness: sustainability, putting them squarely in the category of “EcoAware Moms.” The Global Trend Survey conducted by EcoFocus Worldwide says these new moms – all 51 million of them, 69 percent of the total – control $1.45 trillion in buying power. According to EcoFocus CEO Linda Gilbert, EcoAware Moms believe that the eco-friendly choices they make now – reducing waste, recycling, conserving water and energy – will lead to healthier families. Some of these moms “express regret and remorse” about letting their teenagers grow up in a lifestyle of disposability and “don't want to make the same mistake with their younger kids.”
Diane Toops , "Toops' Scoops: Is the Food Industry Ready for EcoAware Moms and Dads?", Food Processing, March 01, 2011
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Consumption of Tomatoes And Tomato Products Offers Many Health Benefits

March 1, 2011: 09:23 AM EST
Various studies have demonstrated that the health benefits offered by consumption of tomatoes and tomato products include lower risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cognitive dysfunction, and UV light-induced skin damage. While initial studies focused on lycopene and antioxidant functions, more recent research works focused on health benefits offered by the whole tomato such as antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory effects. Promoting increased tomato consumption may help raise general vegetable intake and improve overall eating habits.
Britt Burton Freeman and Kristin Reimers, "Tomato Consumption and Health: Emerging Benefit", American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, March 01, 2011, © SAGE
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CPG Manufacturers Try Out Quick Response Codes Mobile Web Marketing

March 1, 2011: 12:33 AM EST
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, are implementing pilot promotions using Quick Response (QR) codes, a smartphone-based mobile Internet marketing platform. QR codes, which are usually placed on packaging and in-store displays and can be scanned with a smartphone camera, connect to mobile Web sites containing product data, price information, discount coupons, and related videos. Industry observers forecast wider acceptance of QR codes technology among CPG companies, driven by consumer smartphone ownership forecast by Nielsen to rise from 28 percent in fall 2010 to over 50 percent by end of 2011. Early adoptions of QR code technology include Durex's campaign for its condoms, Kellogg's Special K brand campaign, and Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn.
Dan Alaimo, "CPGs Prep for Growth of QR Code Promotions", CPG Matters, March 01, 2011, © CPG Matters
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Kraft's High-Tech Kiosk Helps Consumers With Their Grocery Shopping

February 28, 2011: 10:17 AM EST
Kraft Foods' Meal Planning Solution on-site retail kiosk helps consumers with their grocery shopping and sells Kraft products at the same time. Powered by Intel processors and designed for in-store operations, the automated shopping guide scans shopping lists and captures data stored on mobile phones via Kraft's iFood assistant mobile application. Kraft's machine also scans consumer's faces with a camera, and creates their basic profiles using video analytics technology. 
E.J. Schultz , "Kraft Meal-Planning System Tailors Recipes, Grocery Lists to Shoppers", Advertising Age Digital, February 28, 2011, © Crain Communications
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Organic Trade Show Spotlights New Flavors And Exotic Ingredients

February 24, 2011: 10:55 AM EST
A wide array of food products on display at the recent Biofach World Organic trade Fair in Germany were notable for their great flavor rather than innovation. From yogurts to spice mixes, manufacturers exhibited food products enhanced with “outstanding taste” and “new flavors,” according to NewHope 360 blogger Nancy Coulter-Parker. Examples of this trend include Stevia organic yogurt with “orange sallow thorn and passion fruit banana” flavors; sparkling water flavors like pear rose and cassis, elderberry, and ginger orange; and a spice mixture – Grandma’s Flash – for muffins. But new ingredients were also evident in organic personal care products. Aronia Original Naturprodukte, for xample, exhibited a line of facial lotions and products containing aronia berries, also known as “chokeberries.”
Nancy Coulter-Parker, "Biofach's new natural and organic products and flavors", NewHope360 Blog, February 24, 2011, © Penton Media, Inc.
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General Mills Eyes Global Expansion Of Cereals Business

February 24, 2011: 11:20 AM EST
General Mills CEO Ken Powell told the audience at the 2011 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference that his company expects to grow its global cereal sales by $1 billion to reach $4.8 billion in 2015. The company operates its cereal businesses in the U.S. and Canada, a market valued at almost $11 billion and growing at a 2 percent CAGR for the last 20 years. General Mills also operates in 130 countries via Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestlé. Powell sees growth opportunities in the global and foodservice markets, and says that the emerging markets with their growing ranks of middle-class consumers represent future growth for ready-to-eat cereals.
"General Mills Sees Growth in Global Cereal Business", Food Ingredients First, February 24, 2011, © CNS Media BV
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Fonterra Expands Outside New Zealand, Builds Dairy Farms in China

February 22, 2011: 10:48 AM EST
Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. CEO Andrew Ferrier has said his company plans to expand outside New Zealand, particularly in China. Fonterra, which has sales near $13 billion and produces about a third of the internationally traded dairy products globally, is building dairy farms in China; this follows the 2008 contaminated milk scandal involving Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., which was 43-percent owned by Fonterra and prompted it to take control of all aspects of its operations in China. Ferrier sees growing wealth and population growth increasing demand, even as climate change and increasing costs of production push up milk prices worldwide. He added that Fonterra will not sell genetically modified milk products in countries where consumers do not want them, and is instead focusing on selective breeding of cows to improve milk quality and production.
REBECCA HOWARD, "Dairy Producer Eyes Expansion in China", The Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2011, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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New Technology Increases Calcium Absorption, Retention Rates

February 21, 2011: 12:14 PM EST
Israeli researchers have developed a technology that creates a stable form of calcium carbonate with higher biological absorption and retention rates than current dietary calcium supplements. An important mineral for the human body, calcium contributes to bone mass and cardiovascular health. The researchers used a new technology inspired by crustaceans to stabilize synthetic amorphous calcium carbonate that consists of unstable nanoparticles. In experiments performed on lab animals, absorption and retention rates were 40 percent higher in blood and 30 percent higher in bone, compared to other calcium sources.
"Israeli Researchers Create Improved Calcium Supplement Derived from Crustacean shells", Nutrition Horizon, February 21, 2011, © CNS Media BV
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Artisan Manufacturers Whet Canadian Consumers' Appetite For Chocolates

February 21, 2011: 12:34 PM EST
Artisan chocolate manufacturers are transforming the chocolate industry in Canada the same way that their counterparts did earlier in the coffee industry. Several factors including the slowfood movement and social recognition of organic and fair-trade products are driving the trend. As a result, consumers are becoming aware of the fine distinctions in chocolate's qualities and characteristics. The U.S. market accounts for some $17 billion of the $74 billion global chocolate market, and Canada about $1.7 billion. 
Andrew Duffy, "Chocolate is the new coffee", Calgery Herald, February 21, 2011, © Postmedia Network Inc
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EU Set To Make Determination On New Food Labeling Guidelines

February 21, 2011: 12:47 PM EST
In April, the European Parliament will conduct the second reading of new food labeling legislation proposed in 2008. Questions about the new legislation focus on the most effective method of quantifying estimated nutritional and energy requirements, known as guideline dietary amounts (GDAs). The European Parliament and the European Union stipulate that GDAs be listed per 100g or 100ml but a voluntary industry plan currently being implemented is experimenting with listing the GDAs per portion size. While a new study by the European Food Information Council (Eufic) and the University of Surrey, England of 13,117 consumers found portion size information most useful to consumers, it has also revealed the advisability of devising universally applicable portion sizes that reflect consumer practice rather than industry bias.
"Food labelling: Study shows benefits of portion information", EuroActiv, February 21, 2011, © EuroActiv, EU
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Third World Vitamin A Deficiency Would Be Reduced With Consumption Of Orange Sweet Potatoes

February 18, 2011: 11:54 AM EST
The best type of sweet potato to use to curb a widespread – and deadly – vitamin A deficiency in developing countries is the orange variety, according to U.S. research. Sweet potatoes in developing countries are often  white, cream, yellow or purple, and are generally low in vitamin A. Nevertheless, the vitamin A-poor varieties are often eaten by people in Africa, while the orange variety is fed to cattle. The researchers urged the food industry to find ways to boost the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in developing countries while helping to educate people about their benefits. The deficiency in vitamin A worldwide could be substantially solved “if farmers in developing countries replaced white, cream, yellow, and purple sweet potatoes with orange-flesh sweet potatoes,” the researchers concluded.
Betty J. Burri, "Evaluating Sweet Potato as an Intervention Food to Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency", Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, February 18, 2011, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Boys Show Greater Sensitivity To Caffeine Consumption Than Girls - Study

February 18, 2011: 12:10 PM EST
A U.S. study has found that boys generally are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine consumption -- including a greater energy surge -- than girls. The placebo-controlled study included 26 boys and 26 girls between 12 and 17. Researchers recorded heart rate and blood pressure throughout each of four 90-minute sessions where participants randomly drank beverages containing either no caffeine (control), or 50 mg,100 mg or 200 mg of caffeine. Besides the greater energy surge, boys reported that caffeine had a positive effect on their athletic performance. The study also revealed some physiological differences between boys and girls in response to caffeine. Among boys, diastolic blood pressure increased and heart rate decreased as percentage of caffeine increased. This was not the case among girls.
"High-Caffeine-Consuming Boys Get Greater Rush from Caffeine than Girls, Report Improved Sport Performance", News release, University at Buffalo, February 18, 2011, © University at Buffalo
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Nutiva Contributes To Legal Efforts To Rescind USDA Monsanto Decision

February 17, 2011: 11:04 AM EST
Nutiva, a maker of organic hemp, coconut and chia foods, has contributed $25,000 to an effort by the Center for Food Safety to reverse a decision by the USDA to deregulate Monsanto’s genetically engineered, Roundup-Ready alfalfa. According to Nutiva,the USDA’s ruling is “ profoundly disappointing to the organic community.” The CFS says it is pursuing all legal remedies to oppose the decision, primarily because biotech industry market dominance in crops will mean “the majority of organic foods will be genetically contaminated with foreign genetic material through pollen drift and accidental co-mingling.”
"Nutiva Pledges $25,000 to CFS for Challenging USDA’s Approval of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa", News release, Nutiva, February 17, 2011, © Nutiva
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Consumer Watchdog Urges FDA To Ban "Caramel Coloring" In Sodas

February 17, 2011: 11:28 AM EST
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the U.S. FDA to ban the “caramel coloring” used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods because it contains two cancer-causing chemicals. According to CSPI, the artificial brown coloring used in sodas is nothing like the caramel made at home by melting sugar in a saucepan. It is made under high pressure and temperatures by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites. The chemical reactions form 2-methylimidazole and 4 methylimidazole. Government-conducted studies chave shown that the two chemicals cause lung, liver, or thyroid cancer.
"FDA Urged to Prohibit Carcinogenic "Caramel Coloring"", Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), February 17, 2011, © Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
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MiGenetics Produces New Line Of Ethnically-Inspired Nutritional Supplements

February 17, 2011: 10:40 AM EST
MiGenetics has developed a new line of dietary supplements specifically tailored to the genetic differences among ethnic populations that influence health conditions, including diseases to which they are predisposed. The product comes in four formulations - for people of African, Asian, European, and Hispanic descent - and is the first of its kind to recognize ethnic difference as a factor in health conditions and the absorption of nutrients, according to Dr. Roger Roff, CEO of the Washington, D. C.-based VibraGene, maker of MiGenetics. The supplements, which are available for purchase online or through physicians, are described as aiding the digestive and immune systems and helping to slow the aging process. MiGenetics also claims they contain enzymes that reduce the toxicity of processed foods.
Joanna Cosgrove, "One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All", Nutraceutical World, February 17, 2011, © Rodman Publishing
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Kellogg Helps Consumers Increase Intake Of Health-Friendly Fiber

February 17, 2011: 11:17 AM EST
Kellogg claims that its cereal products can help consumers increase their fiber intake, which a study has revealed can significantly lower the risk of death from heart disease, cancers, and other diseases. Data from a nine-year study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit AARP has revealed that a high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of dying from these diseases by 24-56 percent in men and 34-59 percent in women, echoing recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which calls for higher fiber intake. More than 95 percent of Americans do not meet their daily fiber needs.
Press Release, Kellogg, "Kellogg Company Strives to Help Americans Reach Daily Fiber Goals with Great-Tasting Cereals", Kellogg, February 17, 2011, © Kellogg
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Supermarket Free Sample Programs Are Cheaper, More Effective Than Traditional Advertising

February 17, 2011: 04:58 AM EST
Although $94 billion was spent in advertising in 2010, big consumer products companies like Kraft, General Mills and Unilever have found that the most effective way to get people to try products is via supermarket free sample giveaways. It’s expensive to set up and maintain a free sample stand in a store, but the amount spent is nothing compared to the result: actually getting products into the hands of consumers so they can try them. Free samples are in fact a powerful advertising technique and actually much cheaper in the long run than conventional advertising.
Brad Tuttle , "The Power of Freebies: Why Companies Pay to Give Free Samples to Supermarket Customers", TIME, February 17, 2011, © Time Inc.
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U.K. Advertisers Should Take A Close Look At The Opportunities Offered By The Cinema

February 17, 2011: 04:56 AM EST
The solid health of cinema in the U.K. – thanks to a variety of factors including 3-D and innovative price promotions – offers a major opportunity for advertisers, says Ipsos mediaCT associate director Judith Kennedy. Data from IPA TouchPoint 3 indicates that 15 percent of British adults take in a movie at least once a month. That number rises to 38 percent among 15 to 24-year-olds. Twenty-two percent of non-white adults visit the cinema at least once a month. Compared to other adults, monthly cinema-goers tend to be  young, up-market and affluent. Research has found that cinema advertising leads to detailed, spontaneous, long-lasting product recall, and instills higher brand approval than the same advertising on television.
Judith Kennedy, "The power of the big screen", brandrepublic.com, February 17, 2011, © Haymarket Business Media
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Ethnic Foods Post Strong Growth In The U.S. Market

February 16, 2011: 11:23 AM EST
Ethnic food products have seen strong growth in the United States in recent years, according to Mintel's Global New Products Database, but consumers and manufacturers are looking beyond the traditionally popular Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisines. The GNPD shows a 150 percent growth in new products described as Caribbean in 2010, and 230 percent growth in launches of Japanese products. New products launches of products with Thai flavors grew 68%. Various factors are driving the trends, such as the variety of outlets, media, overseas travels and neighborhood diversity.
Oxygen Report, Mintel, "Ethnic food-lovers developing a taste for exotic flavors", Mintel, February 16, 2011, © Mintel
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Cereal And Milk Turns Out To Be A Healthier Breakfast Alternative

February 16, 2011: 12:23 PM EST
British researchers who compared nutrient intake from a variety of different breakfasts found , first, that eating breakfast was better than skipping it, and ready-to-eat cereal-based breakfasts with milk had a much better macronutrient composition than other breakfasts. Data was obtained from a U.K. survey of adults aged 19 to 64 who each provided seven days of dietary information. Researchers found that eating breakfast was associated with a lower fat and higher carbohydrate intake over 24 hours compared with skipping breakfast. Cereal-based breakfasts were associated with less consumption of fat, saturated fatty acids and sugar, and greater intake of protein and carbohydrates. According to the researchers, “the results suggest that a cereal breakfast should be encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
S. A. Gibson, P. Gunn, "What’s for breakfast? Nutritional implications of breakfast habits: insights from the NDNS dietary records", Nutrition Bulletin, February 16, 2011, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Organic Foods Grow Popular Among Middle Class Consumers In Indian City Of Coimbatore

February 15, 2011: 10:09 AM EST
Organic foods have become popular in the Tamil Nadu city of Coimbatore, driven by the rising health-consciousness among the city's middle-class consumers. Farmers are adopting organic methods of raising food crops, as consumers show willingness to pay higher prices for pesticide- and chemical-free farm products. Exclusively organic retail stores, such as Sreevatsa Organic Farm and Organic Super Market, have opened in popular locations in the city.
Radha Venkatesan, "The Organic Bandwagon", The Times ofIndia, February 15, 2011, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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Cargill Introduces Fressure Fresh Ground Beef Patties

February 14, 2011: 09:47 AM EST
Cargill has introduced its Fressure brand of fresh ground beef patties, which have a shelf life that the company claims to be twice as long as those of conventional fresh burgers. Using a patent-pending pressure system technology to manufacture the beef patties, Cargill claims to have developed ground beef patties, which come with improved food safety, enhanced flavor, and consistently high quality, for the foodservice market. The company says its production process, which is all natural and does not use high temperatures, chemicals, or irradiation, retains the nutrients and freshness of the ground beef.
Press Release Cargill, "Cargill introduces Fressure™ ground beef patties using a patent-pending process to double shelf life, enhance food safety, preserve flavor", Cargill, February 14, 2011, © Cargill Inc.
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New IOM Report Fails To Spot Vitamin D Deficiency In North America

February 14, 2011: 09:56 AM EST
This opinion piece asserts that the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) findings that there is no vitamin D deficiency in Canada and the United States highlights the IOM's failure to adequately update its Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) report for vitamin D and calcium. The author claims that the report is limited by the exclusion from the Committee of the most productive vitamin D researchers; an excessive reliance on clinical trials; exclusion of data supporting the conclusion that dietary deficiencies exist among significant parts of the population; and too much emphasis on vitamin D's impact on bone health.
John Hathcock, Council for Responsible Nutrition, "Why the IOM's new recommendations for vitamin D fall short", NewHope360 Blog, February 14, 2011, © Penton Media Inc
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Clean Classrooms Are Important For Learning, But Teachers Dread The Clean-Up Chore

February 15, 2011: 02:09 AM EST

A survey of 1,000 U.S. school teachers has found that classroom cleaning is a daily chore for a sizeable minority. Forty-two percent of teachers who responded to a Procter & Gamble Bounty brand survey said they did some cleaning, while 94 percent said they felt children learn better when the classroom is tidy. The survey also found that 51 percent of teachers avoid certain class projects because they don’t look forward to cleaning up afterwards. The survey was conducted as part of a “We Love Our School” Week initiative to help schools provide clean learning environments for U.S. schoolchildren. P&G will provide participating schools with enough Bounty paper towels and Mr. Clean to clean all of their classrooms.

"Bounty Survey Finds 94% of Teachers Say Students Learn Better in a Clean Classroom - Leading to Nationwide Effort to Help Clean Up Schools", Procter & Gamble, February 15, 2011, © Procter & Gamble
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PepsiCo Says Further Salt Reductions In Snacks Will Be Small And Far Between

February 14, 2011: 07:31 AM EST
A representative of PepsiCo in Europe has warned that further trimming of salt levels in its snacks will be very difficult without damaging flavor. Natalia Douek told a food and health conference that the company would still make small changes, but there won’t be any big drops in salt content for the foreseeable future. PepsiCo began to cut salt content in products in 2004, two years before EFSA’s salt reduction targets were introduced. The Walkers core crisps line was relaunched in 2006 with 25 percent less salt. Between 25 percent and 58 percent of the salt was removed from Quavers, Wotsits, Monster Munch and French Fries snacks in 2007. "The current technologies have taken us a long way,” Douek said, but new salt-reduction technologies are needed.
Hannah Stodell, "PepsiCo admits it’ll be hard to cut salt further", The Grocer, February 14, 2011, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Salad Bar Project Places Over 500 Salad Bars In Schools, Gets Boost From Whole Foods

February 10, 2011: 10:50 AM EST
Salad Bar Project has made grants for over 500 free salad bars in schools in the US, helping students eat more fruits and vegetables during lunch. Whole Foods Market raised more than $1.4 million for the project from in-store fundraisers and partnered with Chef Ann Cooper’s nonprofit, F3: Food Family Farming Foundation to review the more than grant applications. Grant recipients receive a full salad bar kit with training tools. Whole Foods is also a founding partner of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, whose goal is to provide 6,000 salad bars across the nation by 2013.
Press Release, Whole Foods, "More than 500 schools awarded grants for salad bars", Whole Foods, February 10, 2011, © Whole Foods
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Chewing Gum Brands Now Offer More Than Fresh Breath And Fewer Cavities

February 9, 2011: 08:46 AM EST

Taking a leaf from the marketing book of energy drinks and breakfast cereals, some chewing gum makers have begun adding healthy-sounding ingredients like vitamin C and ginseng to their products. Stride and Trident from Cadbury promise greater alertness or wellness. Stride Spark, for example, says it provides 25 percent of the RDA of vitamins B-6 and B-12, while creating a tingling sensation in the mouth. Vitality, a sub-brand of gum market-leading Trident, offers flavors that contain vitamin C, ginseng and mint and white tea but, except for the vitamin C, does not claim to provide health benefits. A blogger who reviews chewing gum said the Vitality Awaken brand was “easy on the taste buds,” but the ginseng ingredient is a “gum gimmick, pure and simple.”

Andrew Adam Newman, "New Gums With Vitamins, Herbs and Varied Claims", NY Times, February 09, 2011, © The New York Times Company
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Start-Up Snack Food Maker Offers Only FDA-Compliant “Heart Healthy” Products

February 9, 2011: 08:17 AM EST

Tiny snack food company Corazonas Foods offers the only snack products that can legally carry the health claim “lowers cholesterol,” thanks to a patented process that infuses the company’s tortilla chips, potato chips, etc., with 0.4 to 0.8 grams of plant sterols. Those levels – when consumed daily as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol – meet FDA criteria for the “lowers cholesterol” claim. The company is launching an integrated marketing campaign with the theme "Freedom to Snack Sensibly" with a  strategy to expand beyond Western supermarkets and specialty stores eastward and nationally. Redesigned product packaging will display a red heart icon and highlight the "proven to lower cholesterol" benefit in traditional and social media and in-store events.

Karlene Lukovitz, "LDL-Lowering Snack Brand Raises Its Profile", Marketing Daily, February 09, 2011, © Mediapost Communication
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“Human Social Network” Still Most Important When Shoppers Consider New Products

February 9, 2011: 02:34 AM EST

A nationwide survey of 60,000 consumers conducted by market research firm TNS has found that four out of every five shoppers are open to trying new products, while 68 percent said a consumer-voted award was a better recommendation for a new product than the opinion of an expert. The insights from the survey were presented at the 2011 Product of the Year USA awards, where innovation across 22 product categories was recognized by the surveyed shoppers. Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert noted that consumers are smarter and spend more intelligently than ever before and, despite the growth of product reviews shared on mobile devices and social networks, “it is still the ‘human’ social network that is the most powerful.”

"The Most Innovative Consumer Packaged Goods of 2011 Revealed at Last Night’s Product of the Year USA Awards Ceremony", News release, Product of the Year USA, February 09, 2011, © Product of the Year USA
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Botanical Extract Maker Wins Trademark Infringement Suit

February 9, 2011: 09:01 AM EST

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that Creative Compounds’ product name Forsthin violated Sabinsa Corp.’s trademark ForsLean by creating confusion in the marketplace. Both products are extracts of coleus forskohlii, an Asian plant used to treat high blood pressure and other ailments. The ruling by the lower court stated that “the ForsLean mark is commercially strong” and “accordingly, this factor favors Sabinsa as a matter of law." Sabinsa markets more than 100 standardized botanical extracts and has funded several clinical studies in support of its products. Sabinsa founder Muhammed Majeed said: “It is so important to the future of our industry that companies that make such investments are protected from infringement."

"Sabinsa Wins Trademark Infringement Suit", Natural Product Insider, February 09, 2011, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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Global Move For Sustainability Good News For U.K. Businesses

February 9, 2011: 02:13 AM EST

Despite the failure of the Copenhagen and Cancun meetings to produce binding treaties, observers forecast the global economy's greening to proceed at faster pace, creating opportunities for businesses. HSBC Global Research says governments will spend $500 billion in 2009-2014 to promote green development and U.K. companies, as their Asian counterparts do, should view sustainability as a potential source of growth. Developing countries, which face risks from climate change and resource challenges, have rapid GDP and population growth rates that make them an important market for consumer goods companies. Examples of companies' sustainability efforts include Unilever's "Sustainable Living" campaign and Walmart's push for its suppliers to adopt sustainable practices.

Andrew Stone, "A great opportunity for sustainable growth", The Daily Telegraph (London), February 09, 2011, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Soil Association Chides U.K. For Failing To Promote Organic Food And Farming

February 9, 2011: 09:34 AM EST

A report by the U.K.’s Soil Association says that organic food sales grew during the recession in most of Europe, but actually dropped in 2009 by nearly 14 percent in the U.K. The group says the sales slide is evidence that the U.K. is slacking off when it comes to promoting organic food and farming. According to the report, most European countries “have acted confidently to normalize and champion organic food and farming,” but U.K. governments “have been diffident, if not lazy on the subject.” The Soil Association made a number of recommendations, including that the U.K. government welcome the organic market as an important growth area for the economy and recognize the vital role played by organic farmers and food businesses in creating this growth.

"The Lazy Man of Europe", Report, Soil Association, February 09, 2011, © Soil Association
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French Connection And Dove Set Up Facebook Stores in UK

February 9, 2011: 01:27 AM EST
French Connection and Dove have set up Facebook stores in the UK through which users of the social network can buy their products. French Connection’s Facebook store, to be launched by end of February, will allow users who follow its Facebook page to buy items directly from its news feed. On the other hand, Dove’s Facebook store, to be rolled out globally later this year, has enabled Amazon-powered ecommerce on its Facebook page. French Connection said it will feature its most popular selections and proactively sell its brand to users without spamming them. Dove will let users search and add products to a shopping basket in Facebook and complete the purchase in Amazon.  UK research suggests a small percentage of brands and retailers experimenting with social commerce. A survey by One Iota of brands in the IMRG/Hitwise Top 100 found that while 65% have a fan page, just 4% had integrated shopping functionality. 
Charlotte McEleny , "French Connection and Dove start selling on Facebook", new media age, February 09, 2011, © new media age
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Safer Food Is More Important To Americans Than Government Analyses Suggest

February 8, 2011: 12:27 PM EST

A national survey of 3,511 people has found that Americans would be willing to pay a dollar per person each year – a total of $305 million – to achieve a ten percent reduction in the risk of buying, for example, hamburger tainted with E. coli bacteria. The researchers acted on the assumption that government regulators could better assess the value of improving food safety if they took into account the fact that consumers generally want to avoid sickness, even if it costs a little more. The USDA uses a “cost-of-illness approach to value reductions in morbidity,” the researchers note. But that understates the benefits of improved food safety measures by ignoring hidden costs such as pain, suffering and worry. The survey used a hypothetical food-choice scheme to measure consumer willingness to pay for food safety improvements.

Mario F. Teisla and Brian Roe, "Consumer willingness to pay to reduce the probability of retail foodborne pathogen contamination", Food Policy, February 08, 2011, © Elsevier Ltd.
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Consumer Interest In Digital Coupons Continues Strong Growth

February 8, 2011: 02:27 AM EST

A trend report issued by the Coupons.com network says that “issued” digital coupon savings grew by 41 percent in 2010 to more than $1.2 billion. By contrast,coupons distributed in newspapers grew only seven percent. “Online savings as an industry is growing at a frenzied pace, and the digital coupons space is no exception,” said CEO Steven Boal, who noted that digital coupons are accessed via the Internet, social media, consumer electronics, mobile phones, etc. Other findings: digital coupon users are more affluent and better educated than users of newspaper coupons; and cereal was the most popular category, followed by yogurt, refrigerated dough, portable snacks and vegetables. “Consumer interest in savings is expected to remain steadfast,” the report notes, even as the economy improves.

"Digital Coupons Represent Fastest Growing Coupon Segment in 2010", News release, Coupons.com, February 08, 2011, © Coupons.com
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Vitamin D And Sun Exposure Seem To Lower Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis

February 7, 2011: 09:48 AM EST

Researchers in Australia have found that people with higher levels of vitamin D from any source and who have had greater exposure to the sun are less likely to develop multiple sclerosis. The study compared people who have shown the first symptoms – a “first event” – of MS, but haven’t yet been diagnosed, with people who have never shown symptoms. Researchers took into account time spent in the sun, skin damage from the sun and vitamin D levels from the sun, as well as from diet and supplements. The risk of having a first event of MS dropped with greater sun exposure, greater sun-damaged skin and higher levels of vitamin D.

Robyn Lucas, et al., "Sun exposure and vitamin D are independent risk factors for CNS demyelination", Neurology, February 07, 2011, © AAN Enterprises, Inc.
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Cocoa Powder, Dark Chocolate Pack More Antioxidant Punch Than “Super Fruits”

February 7, 2011: 08:53 AM EST

A U.S. study that compared the antioxidant content of cocoa powder and cocoa products to various “Super Fruit”-derived powders and juices has found that cocoa powder and dark chocolate are not only a rich source of antioxidants, they contain more polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juices from blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates. The researchers, all of whom work for the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition, found that gram per gram there was more antioxidant capacity and a greater total flavanol content in the cocoa powder than in fruit juices. Only hot chocolate mix lacked antioxidants, because of the alkalization process. The researchers said that cacao seeds even provide nutritive value beyond their macronutrient composition “and appear to meet the popular media’s definition of a ‘Super Fruit’.”

Stephen J Crozier, et al., "Cacao seeds are a "Super Fruit": A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products", Chemistry Central Journal, February 07, 2011, © Chemistry Central Ltd
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