a&r’s News Digest – We dedicate this March issue to CBD, ProVeg Conference and NCN Europe VI business opportunities. Also, meet Simply V, a dairy alternative company.


Regulatory Seminar: CBD-based products in the EU

In just a few days, at the beginning of April in Berlin, a&r experts are hosting a seminar on the current regulatory situation for cannabidiol-containing food products in the EU.

This will be an interactive seminar where we will provide you with an overview of the current regulatory challenges companies face regarding CBD-containing products in the EU. We will explain the requirements for the submission of Novel Food applications for CBD in food/supplements and discuss under which conditions shared applications might be useful.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific questions with our regulatory experts.


Regulatory News

CBD containing products – what’s new?

The confusion and uncertainties around cannabidiols (CBD) containing products continues even after the recent update to the Novel Food Catalogue by the European Commission.

Under the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 (NFR), plants and plant parts which do not have a history of consumption in the EU need to be authorized before they are permitted to be placed on the market. In other words, a plant extract is considered novel food unless a significant history of safe consumption of these products in food and/or food supplements can be demonstrated in the EU prior to May 1997. The recent changes in the Novel Food Catalogue on cannabinoids reflect this definition: in the current catalogue, hemp leaves and flowers, and all products derived thereof are considered novel foods. It is not a surprise that this interpretation triggered quite some controversy among hemp business operators.

On the one hand, there are opinions from national authority bodies such as the “Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit” (BVL), which published a recent clarification note and Q&A on CBD, THC and hemp extract, states that before placing products containing CBD on the market, either an application for authorization of a medicinal product or a request for authorization of a novel food must be submitted. In both procedures, the safety of the respective product must be demonstrated by the applicant.

On the other hand, there is the Cannabis Trades Association who initiated a legal proceeding to challenge the European Commission’s recent decision to classify CBD as a novel food.

Thus, there are plenty of uncertainties in the market. However, following the novel food approach, any CBD-containing hemp extract is, at least, at risk of being considered novel. Classification of products derived from hemp flowers and leaves and their marketability assessment need to be done case-by-case.

ProVeg Conference through the eyes of our novel food expert Dr. Steffi Dudek

For two days (21st and 22nd March 2019), ProVeg International hosted the New Food Conference in Berlin. ProVeg is the world’s first internationally active organization that is committed to a plant-based lifestyle. More than 300 participants from over 30 different countries joined this sold-out event, and more than 3000 people followed the livestream. Due to the overwhelming success, there will be a second New Food Conference next year.

The program covered a broad range of subjects related to plant-based foods, from how to texturize plant proteins to manufacture ‘meat successors’, consumer motivations to change their lifestyle, success stories of established manufacturers or retailers, to criteria for investors to fund start-ups in the field of plant-based foods.

During the second day, a glimpse into the future of foods was showcased, e.g. on insects, cell-based meat and cell-based fish. Sustainability aspects were discussed as well as the global implications of a plant-based agriculture or cell-based meat production on regional development and the future of farming. Pitch sessions for start-ups illustrated the complexity and the challenges of turning a vision into real business.
The conference was also accompanied by a small product-show that impressively demonstrated how fast this specific industry is evolving. Most exhibitors presented fermented non-dairy products. One of the main challenges for this category is to generate the familiar “flavors” and “textures” of cheeses or yoghurts from plant sources like cashews or almonds. Whether such dairy alternatives will meet the taste of hardcore cheese eaters remains to be seen, but the exhibited artisanal products were certainly delicious and the passion of the exhibitors about their products was contagious.

The program only briefly touched regulatory questions, mainly with respect to cell-based meats. The search for ingredients with suitable functionalities to replace animal proteins like egg white may trigger interest in plant fractions that do not yet have a history of safe use in the EU. Foods derived from plants and their parts that have not been consumed to a significant extent in the EU prior to May 15, 1997 may fall under the novel food regulation and require an authorization.

If you have any questions related to novel food ingredients, please get in touch.
Stay tuned for the second New Food Conference next year.

DRV Finder – EFSA’s easy tool to find Dietary Reference Values (DRV)

The DRV Finder is an interactive tool that provides a quick and easy search to EFSA’s DRVs by population group or nutrient. It contains DRVs for water, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fiber, protein, energy, as well as for 14 vitamins and 13 minerals.

It allows nutritionists and other health professionals to make quick and easy calculations using EFSA’s dietary reference values. To have access to DRV Finder click here.

Business opportunities and Education

NCN Europe VI – A partners finding event

We would like to inform all our clients that Nutritional Capital Network (NCN) will be hosting a matchmaking business event (“NCN Europe VI”) on the 6th May at Vitafoods Europe (Geneva).

The mission of NCN is to facilitate the financing and partnering process for health and nutrition companies. Companies of interest range from ingredient technologies, supplements, enabling technologies, personalized nutrition / microbiome and natural, organic, functional food and beverage.

If you are looking to raise capital, find an acquirer (either in the near term or in the next 12-24 months) or develop a strategic partnership, joint venture or licensing agreement, this event might be what you are looking for. If you want to know more about this event, please click here.

If you would like to participate, please contact us.

Innovation Corner

Like we did in previous issues, we now introduce to you another exciting company. We believe that there are products as well as ideas developed by creative and innovative companies that can be very inspiring and are worth spreading!

Simply V – a dairy alternative company

Dairy alternatives are an emerging food category. The dairy alternatives market has been on the rise in recent years with consumers demanding more lactose-free, dairy-free, and plant-based options. This market is no longer a niche category targeting consumers that are vegan or have allergies or food intolerances; it now targets a demand from mainstream consumers for healthier lifestyle options.

This category has enjoyed a boost from the increased availability and promotion of different plant-based alternatives to traditional dairy products, particularly in the beverage segment. According to a report from 2017 from Packaged Facts – “Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S., 4th Edition”, the consumption per capita of fluid milk beverages decreased by nearly 22 %, while consumption of non-dairy plant-based milk alternatives increased by triple digits in the same period of time (from 2000 to 2016). Some of the reasons given by consumers not to drink milk are related to taste or allergy/intolerance to lactose (more information here).

Dairy alternatives can be classified into five categories/sources – cereal based (e.g. oat), legume-based (e.g. soy or lupin), nut-based (e.g. almond, hazelnut), seed based (e.g. hemp seeds, flax seeds) and pseudocereal based (e.g. quinoa, buckwheat).

The growing demand for dairy-free products has experienced a boost not only in the beverage segment but across several end-use industries such as cheese, yogurts, and spreads. The global dairy alternatives market is expected to hit $37.5 billion by 2025 (according to Global Market Insights, Inc).

The shift from traditional dairy products such as cow’s milk to dairy alternatives/plant-based options is routed in consumers’ belief that plant-based food is healthier as well as in environmental/animal welfare concerns. Despite these beliefs, mainstream consumers do not want to sacrifice the taste or texture, so dairy alternative products manufacturers need to overcome several challenges such as protein stabilization, texture, and mouthfeel when formulating plant-based products.

As example of a company targeting this new consumer trend is Simply V. Simply V makes plant-based products such as cheese-like sandwich slices, grated cheese, and spreads that are almost indistinguishable from comparable dairy products.

NutraBusiness Intel

DuPont Nutrition and Health and Lonza Specialty Ingredients Announce Joint Agreement in HMO

27 February 2019

DuPont Nutrition & Health and Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition announced a joint agreement under which the biotechnology company DuPont and the ingredient company Lonza will manufacture and supply CARE4U™ 2’-Fucosylllactose (2’-FL) – a human milk oligosaccharide (HMOs) for use in infant and follow-on formula and foods for young children. This strategic manufacturing collaboration will reinforce the market supply for this ingredient which is in rising global demand for infant nutrition products.

Beneo invests in plant-based protein

8 March 2019

Beneo, a functional ingredient manufacturer, has extended its partnership with BioWanze and has recently invested €4.3 million into a new production plant for vegetal protein in Belgium. This follows the increased demand for plant-based proteins due to consumers’ demand for meat-free alternatives.

Zentiva Set to acquire Romania’s Solacium

13 March 2019

Zentiva Group A.S. and Siyiara Enterprises have signed a shared purchase agreement for the acquisition of pharmaceutical company Solacium, together with its subsidiary Be Well Pharma. Solacium is a food supplement and OTC medicines producer based in Romania. With this acquisition, Zentiva will complement its generic medicine business, growth their OTC capability and well as increase their market reach in Romania.

DSM and Phynova reach agreement for global distribution of Reducose®

13 March 2019

DSM and Phynova have signed a global distribution and collaboration agreement for Reducose®.
Reducose® is a patented functional food ingredient (water extract of white mulberry leaves), developed to promote healthy blood glucose levels. This ingredient can be easily incorporated into a wide range of foods and drinks as it does not have any distinct flavour or smell of its own when used in the recommended quantities. Along with the distribution and sales of Reducose®, Phynova will collaborate closely with DSM on product development, clinical research, regulatory approvals, and marketing.

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At analyze & realize, we are experts in the field of natural health products, having provided our services for more than 20 years. We offer a unique combination of expertise in natural health products through our scientific, regulatory, and strategic innovation consulting and our clinical research organization with its own clinical trial center in Berlin, Germany. Thanks to our close interaction with the natural product market as well as our extensive network, we are always at the forefront of the latest information and innovation trends. With its international team of 35 employees, a&r is a leading European one-stop-shop ready to guide and support your needs in natural health product innovation.

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