Food Business News - December 17, 2013 - (Page 35)

Ingredient Innovations Mimicking mother's milk nnovation efforts in the infant nutrition category are focusing on a single goal - to close the gap between mother's milk and infant formula. The goal is easier said than done, but research and ingredient technologies are advancing and giving manufacturers many choices to consider. In 2013 the global market for infant formula has been growing, with the expansion of markets in Asia, particularly China, which has a growth rate close to 20% per year; Eastern Europe; and, to a lesser extent, the Middle East and Latin America. The development of the market is linked with economic growth within the regions and the growing number of working women associated with such economic growth. In the United States, declining birth rates and a sluggish economic recovery have rattled the baby food market, spurring a 9% sales decline from 2008 to 2010, according to Mintel International, Chicago. The infant formula segment dominates sales within what is described as the baby food category, with infant formula holding more than 70% of market share, according to Mintel's "Baby food and drink - U.S." report, which was published in May 2013. The report also highlights how consolidated the infant formula market has become with three companies - Abbott Labs, Inc., Abbott Park, Ill.; Mead Johnson Nutrition, Glenview, Ill.; and Nestle S.A., I December 17, 2013 Vevey, Switzerland - accounting for 94.5% of segment sales. Infant formula generally is used from birth through 12 months, but more targeted nutritional products may be used up to 24 months. The market research firm Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md., estimated retail sales of infant formula were $4.1 billion in 2012. Trends driving infant formula development in 2013 have been convenience and reinforcement of the immune system, according to "Ingredients for the world infant formula market," a report published by UBIC Consulting, which has its U.S. offices in Newport Beach, Calif. Of the two trends, reinforcing the immune system has seen clear areas of development, the report said. Ingredient technologies being used may range from the direct use of protein fractions or micro-nutrients to increase immunity or indirectly, through actions that improve an infant's digestion. In 2012, two studies published by the University of Infant formula manufacturers and ingredient companies are working to develop the gold standard Illinois in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition showed that adding prebiotic ingredients to infant formula helps colonize a newborn's gut with a stable population of beneficial bacteria, and probiotics enhance immunity in formulafed infants. Infants have a special need for stimulation of their gut microbiota because they are born with a sterile intestine. The researchers compared the effects of feeding prebiotics and probiotics with infants fed breast milk and control formulas. They also compared the enhanced formulas' effects in both vaginally and Caesareandelivered babies. The probiotic formula enhanced immunity in formulafed infants, and babies delivered by C-section had what the researchers described as an especially improved immune response. Babies delivered naturally are exposed to the mother's bacteria as they travel through the birth canal, and they develop a healthier population of gut bacteria as a result, according to the researchers. Babies delivered by C-section enter a sterile environment, and their gut microbiota is different. Following nature's path Infant formulas are complex matrices designed to provide an infant with nutrition as close as possible to human milk, according to UBIC. The report said advances in lipid technology are important to formula FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 35

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Food Business News - December 17, 2013
Post acquisition binge continues
WhiteWave Foods to acquire Earthbound Farm
New U.S.D.A. action plan targets Salmonella
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Web Contents
Editorial - Potential exists for a great 2014
Sysco to acquire US Foods in $8.2 billion deal
Pepsi ousts Coca-Cola at Buffalo Wild Wings
Kroger sees greater opportunity in ‘natural’ portfolio
Diamond Foods continues to struggle
C.D.C. taking food safety surveillance to food service
Use of antibiotics in meat animal production may be ending
Pizza: The next big thing in fast-casual?
On-line sales looming for food
Bob Evans Farm on the brink?
Post acquisition binge continues
Breaking in to breakfast
Global trends to watch in 2014
Yogurt makers pump up protein claims
Market Insight - Corn sweetener prices will be lower in 2014
Ingredient Innovations - Mimicking mother’s milk
Sodium reduction: A little goes a long way
Beverage Business News - Wellness beverages
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - Nature’s bounty, nature’s wrath
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - December 17, 2013