Across the Nutra-verse: Nutra Award winners, probiotic taxonomy changes, and more

By Stephen Daniells contact

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It’s a global industry and there’s a lot happening, so keep on top of things with our weekly round-up of key news from across the globe.


NutraIngredients-USA announces 2019 Award winners

It was a glamorous evening in New Orleans for the 2nd​ annual NutraIngredients-USA Awards ceremony, celebrating the US industry’s best ingredients, products, projects, platforms, and individuals. 

And the winners were:

Ingredient of the Year: Healthy Aging: Tru Niagen (ChromaDex)
Ingredient of the Year: Sports Nutrition: CarnoSyn (Natural Alternatives International, Inc.)
Probiotic product of the year: Astarte (HSO Health Care)
Botanical product of the year: Herbalist & Alchemist’s Adaptogenic Line (Herbalist & Alchemist)
Omega-3 product of the year: Naked Tuna in Water (Good Catch Foods)
Personalized nutrition initiative: The Prenatal DHA Initiative (OmegaQuant)
Start-up of the year: Plasma Nutrition
Nutrition research project: Retinal amyloid pathology and proof-of-concept imaging trial in Alzheimer’s disease (NeuroVision Imaging, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA, Verdure Sciences)         
Editors Award for Industry Initiative of the Year: ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program
NutraIngredients-USA’s NutraChampions: Paul Schulick, For the Biome (founder of New Chapter), and Elan Sudberg, Alkemist Labs

For more information about these winners, please click HERE​.

Winners of the 2019 NutraIngredients-USA Awards


Taxonomy update for the ‘Lactobacillus’ genus

Proposed taxonomy changes for the ‘Lactobacillus’ genus could be a ‘wonderful marketing opportunity’ for probiotic firms, according to a panel of regulatory experts.

This is the first time a taxonomy change has been proposed for a species so broad and economically important, but during a panel discussion at the European Probiota event in Copenhagen in February delegates were told this update should be taken as an opportunity to boost awareness of specific strains.

The public doesn't generally pay any attention to the specific strain names, explained Dr Elinor McCartney, president of Pen & Tec Consulting, so changes to names are unlikely to cause any concerns amongst the general public.

However, she argued that  this provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the strains and the health benefits associated with them.

“Every threat is an opportunity, and this is a wonderful marketing opportunity,"​ she said.

For more on this story, please click HERE​.


Chinese firm develops water-soluble cannabidiol technology

According to NutraIngredients-Asia​, China’s Hanyi Bio-tech has developed a technology to increase the water-solubility of cannabidiol (CBD) with the aim of expanding its application into a range of health food and supplement products.

The firm reportedly uses nano-technology to allow CBD to be dissolved within seconds in a water-based medium.

“This product adopts CBD nano-chemical and preparation instant technology to create water-soluble CBD products with nano-level, high content, high solubility, rapid dissolution, wide application, clarity and transparency after water dissolving and other characteristics,” ​the firm said.

It added that the technology had attracted the attention of global food and beverage manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Nestlé.

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