Allendale, NJ—Researchers from Kurfürstendamm and Analyze & Realize ag in Germany published a new study in Food and Nutrition Sciences showing that a branded prebiotic fiber is safe and well tolerated.

Migdal HaEmeq, Israel—Calcified Tissue International just published a study from Meir Medical Center in Israel (sponsored by Enzymotec, with global headquarters, here) that indicates a branded ingredient may support bone strength in infants.

Brighton, UK—When you look at a drink, does the texture or creaminess influence how full it will make you? Some people believe yes. Keri McCrickerd, researcher at the University of Sussex, says, “Hunger and fullness are complicated issues because it is not just the calories in a food or drink that make it filling. Signals from the stomach are important but so too is how the drink feels in the mouth.” Published in Biomed Central’s journal, Flavour, McCrickerd and colleagues tested whether the texture and creaminess of a yogurt drink affects our perceptions on fullness and satiety.

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada—A horrible disaster struck a production plant owned by Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. (maker of Neptune Krill Oil [NKO]) on the afternoon of November 8. An explosion and fire reduced the production facility to rubble, killing three workers. At least 18 others were injured, some with severe burns. Investigators are searching for the cause of the explosion and the massive blaze that ensued.

Nexira introduced a new range of high-quality botanical extracts and the flagship brand Exocyan, a unique product line of cranberry extracts with numerous health benefits. The Exocyan line offers cranberry extracts standardized on proanthocyanidines (PACs) content. PACs are condensed tannins, a type of flavonoid, with antioxidant and other health activities. The Nexira Group is a family-owned company that operates on five continents; it recently acquired Tournay Biotechnologies.

New from LycoRed is Sante, a tomato-derived ingredient intended to boost flavor in powdered and canned soups without adding extra sodium. The firm believes up to 30% of a soup’s salt content can be reduced using Sante,without adding tomato flavor notes.

P.L. Thomas & Co, Inc. now offers Zembrin Sceletium tortuosum extract. This patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum (known by the San people of South Africa as “Kanna”) offers stress-relieving, mood-enhancing effects and anxiety/cognitive support. The ingredient can be used by nutraceutical and functional food and beverage producers.

Nebraska Cultures Inc. has launched ProDURA, a highly durable strain of Bacillus coagulans. This spore-forming bacterium has a naturally protective coating that stays dormant until it reaches the large intestine. The probiotic survives at temperatures up to 100°C with almost no loss in potency. It remains stable at both very high and low pHs.

A natural mango fruit extract from FutureCeuticals comes directly from the fruit itself, not the leaves or bark of the mango tree. Mango fruits have several health-promoting properties such as promoting heart health and supporting blood sugar. It features a minimum of 17% mangiferin and a typical ORAC of 4,500 units/gram.