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L'Oréal To Buy Three Skincare Brands From Valeant

L'Oréal is continuing its run of acquisitions into 2017, signing an agreement to acquire three US-based skincare brands from Valeant for US$1.3 billion. Founded in 20015, CeraVe is a fast-growing skincare brand that offers skin cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and baby products through drug stores, mass and beauty retailers, as well as online. AcneFree offers over-the-counter treatments for acne. Ambi’s skincare products treat dark spots and brighten skin. Combined sales are some US$170 million. L'Oréal USA says that the three brands are founded on relationships with health professionals and will nearly double sales for the Active Cosmetics Division. [ Image credit: © Sandro Hyams ]

"L'Oreal signs agreement with Valeant to acquire CeraVe and two other brands", L'Oréal, January 10, 2017

EFSA Safety Ruling Could Help Jumpstart Sales Of Antioxidant Compound

A vitamin-like antioxidant compound found naturally in mushrooms and some beans and cereals has been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for use in dietary supplements and fortified foods. The agency ruled that l-ergothioneine, also called EGT, is safe at dose levels of 30 mg a day for adults, and 20 mg a day for children, in food supplements, non-alcoholic drinks, cereal bars, milk, fresh dairy and chocolate. The ruling dispelled fears that the ingredient might increase susceptibility to diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists say studies have shown that EGT is a powerful antioxidant that could have a major impact on extension of lifespan. With the EFSA safety ruling, EGT suppliers expect
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"L-Ergothioneine Poised for Breakthrough in 2017, Experts Say",, January 06, 2017

Even Guys Are Getting Into Veganism

Food and restaurant industry observers have noticed an upsurge in the number of men eating vegan. For example, the lunch crowd at a Philadelphia eatery that offers vegan alternatives to fast-foods like burgers and chicken sandwiches is mostly guys in suits. Male food bloggers, cookbook authors, and food personalities praise nutritional yeast and beet pepperoni, signaling some kind of culture shift. Lastly, the journal Appetite in 2015 published a study whose participants said they did not associate veganism with low levels of masculinity. Veganism is, in short, becoming a mainstream diet option for all. [ Raw vegan sushi; image credit: © Kari Sullivan ]

"Vegan eating: More men are going animal-free", The Inquirer (Philadelphia), January 04, 2017

Consumer Magazine Assesses Current Food And Drink Trends

Food and nutrition experts at Consumer Reports evaluated food trends and advised on which should become a part of a healthy diet and which can be ignored. A few dark chocolate chips, for example, added to oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast once or twice a week could boost memory and concentration. But consumers should avoid calorie-packed chocolate cake, cookies, and brownies for breakfast. Jackfruit’s texture is similar to shredded meat. As a meat alternative, it is low in sugar but also very low in protein, And the ”pulled-pork” sandwiches made with jackfruit come with sugary sauces. The magazine looked at other food and beverage trends, including: plant waters (maple, artichoke, cactus, and cucumber); riced cauliflower; alternative pastas ...  More

"Eat This! The Healthiest Food Trends for 2017", Consumer Reports, January 01, 2017

Functional Dietary Supplement Markets Are Thriving, With One Exception

An analysis of functional dietary supplements found some interesting sales and product trends. Sales of bone and joint supplements to baby boomers and post-menopausal women are expected to hit $9 billion globally this year, even though the numbers on established products like glucosamine and chondroitin are falling. Filling the void are alternative ingredients, including MSM, 5-Loxin, collagen, and plant-derived glucosamine. Except in Western Europe and Asia, where “beauty-from-within” products are on the rise, anti-aging supplements represent mostly an opportunity in the U.S. Sports nutrition has gone mainstream, becoming a $7.4 billion market dominated (72 percent of sales) by protein powder, Probiotic functional foods will be worth $50 ...  More

"Bone & Joint Health, Anti-Aging, Sports Nutrition, Pre- & Probiotics: Lessons from 2016’s Special Edition",, December 22, 2016

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