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December 3, 2012
Pfizer, New York, NY, has completed the sale of its Nutrition business to Nestlé for $11.85 billion in cash, following the conclusion of the required regulatory process in most markets. In certain countries where completion will be delayed du…  Read More »
November 30, 2012
One of the largest North American packaged food companies has gobbled up the largest North American private label packaged foods business. In a transaction worth approximately $6.8 billion ConAgra Foods, Inc. acquired Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., creating…  Read More »
November 30, 2012
Swedish researchers have determined that a five week course of omega-3 PUFA fish oil has the potential to improve cognitive functions and cardiometabolic risk factors in healthy, middle aged to elderly adults.   In a study published in Nutrition…  Read More »
November 30, 2012
Nestlé Health Science, a fully owned subsidiary of Nestlé, and the pharmaceutical and healthcare group Chi-Med have agreed to form a 50/50 joint venture to be named Nutrition Science Partners Limited (NSP). NSP will research, develop, m…  Read More »
November 27, 2012
According to a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, food-origin antioxidants from fruits and vegetables – not supplements - may be beneficial in preventing depression in older adults.   The researche…  Read More »
November 26, 2012
Sales of milk thistle in the U.S. were $108 million in 2011, up 10.2% from the prior year (Nutrition Business Journal). ConsumerLab.com recently tested eleven milk thistle supplements and found only one product had an unacceptable amount of lead and…  Read More »
November 26, 2012
Brynwood Partners VI L.P. has sold Balance Bar Company to NBTY, Inc., a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group. The transaction value was about $78 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Balance Bar was founded in 1992 and acquir…  Read More »
November 21, 2012
BASF plans to acquire Pronova BioPharma ASA, Lysaker, Norway, a pioneer in the field of research, development and manufacturing of omega 3 fatty acids. BASF has reached an agreement with Pronova to make a recommended voluntary public takeover offer t…  Read More »
November 21, 2012
Evolva Holding SA, Reinach, Switzerland, has entered an agreement to acquire certain assets owned by Fluxome Sciences A/S, a private Danish company that is in reconstruction. The agreement is subject to creditor and court approval, which is anticipat…  Read More »
November 20, 2012
According to published reports, Bayer AG has ceased its pursuit of Schiff Nutrition International Inc., ending speculation that the deal was poised to become the industry’s most expensive acquisition. Late last month German drugmaker Bayer ann…  Read More »
November 20, 2012
Pregnant women who have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than women with lower levels, while their babies may not see the same protective…  Read More »
November 19, 2012
Although health is normally not a key driver in confectionery purchasing and consumption, the rising level of interest in naturalness as a whole has been making a growing impression in the confectionery sector and driving the move to “clean lab…  Read More »
November 19, 2012
The global market for Functional Foods and Drinks is projected to reach US$149 billion by 2018, driven by rising income levels, changing lifestyles, increasing health awareness, and rapidly aging world population, according to a new global report fro…  Read More »
November 19, 2012
Low levels of omega-3 may be behind postpartum depression, according to a review lead by Gabriel Shapiro of the University of Montreal and the Research Centre at the Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital. Women are at the highest risk of depressio…  Read More »
November 16, 2012
The FDA is keeping a close eye on the mounting fatality reports linked to energy beverage consumption. In comments provided to Nutraceuticals World, FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess said, “FDA is continuing to investigate reports of illness, inj…  Read More »

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