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05 Nov 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for November

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   Identifying the brain cells controlling sugar craving, genetically modified rice as a treatment for hypertension, peanut waste products as a health ingredient in chocolate, Generation Z's doubts about lab-grown meat...   Read our Vitawatch monthly agri-food intelligence briefin…

12 Jun 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for June 2020

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   The role of immunonutrition in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, diet and dementia, packaging made from the durian plant, breaksin the cold chain, fertilisers made from urine… areas of scientific research can sometimes be surprising but always in service of discovery and innova…

28 Feb 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence roundup for February 2020

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   A beverage able to control your blood sugar level, a detailed analysis of your microbiota, satellite data used to improve agricultural yields in Africa, the influence of social media on diet... scientific research is ongoing in all areas of agri-food innovation.   Read our Vita…

07 Jan 2020

Superfruits: "clean label" ingredients for human (or animal) foods

Since the mid 2000s, the number of product vaunting the merits of "superfruit" ingredients has exploded. The superfruit trend, emerging from the USA, has become a stable segment of global markets for processed food products. According to Future Market Insights, the world market for superfruits was worth more than 38 billion dollars in 2015, and should grow by 5.9% per year until 2026 (source). Jos de Koning, founder of Superfruiticals, talks…

01 Oct 2019

A bread to fight against elderly malnutrition

A little loaf of bread, baptised “G-Nutrition”, has caused quite a stir in among elderly care professionals. This bread is the result of a long development process aiming to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly, as well as being perfectly adapted to their taste preferences and eating abilities. As of 2018, it became the first "everyday" food product to receive authorisation to be refundable by French Social Security, in recognition of its im…

19 Jul 2019

Fermented products: a strong trend in French food markets

If you are paying attention to food trends like we do, you are very likely to have seen a lot of press devoted to consumer interest in fermented foods and beverages. This is no surprise as the fermented food and ingredient market is projected to grow from $512.19 billion in the year 2018 to $689.34 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6.12% from 2018 to 2023. While the trend is visible across the globe, in 2018 Europe led the way in terms o…

23 Jan 2019

Faba beans, a humble hero for food formulation and nutrition

What do you know about fava beans? A member of the legume family, this plant is commonly used as a green manure or cover crop to enrich agricultural soils, although field peas are more widely used in this regard. Rich in starch and protein, making it an excellent choice for animal feed, it features only rarely in western diets. Which is a terrible shame! From a nutritional and a food formulation point of view, fava beans are hiding their val…

07 Feb 2017

UMR Agro-ecology and LabEx SPS: a fantastic potential for plant research

Two world class reseach units within the Vitagora network group together over over 60 research teams and a total of nearly 900 research personnel, contributing vital knowledge to advance the practices of sustainable agriculture. For the good of our food, our health and our relationship to the environment.   Agro-ecology research unit (Dijon) Improving knowledge and understanding of microbial and plant biodiversity   In 2014, a new Agro-ecolo…

12 Nov 2015

Lipoproteins - vectorisation of vitamin E in the brain to treat Alzheimers?

Lipoproteins are an area of study with a huge therapeutic potential for both the pharmaceutial industry and for functional foods. The LABEX LipSTIC is leading the way with research in this area. One of their discoveries is the ability of lipoproteins to target areas of the body for precise delivery of liposoluble active compounds.   Labex LipSTIC - leading research into treatments for inflammatory diseases In 2013, Neuropsychopharmacology, the…

13 Oct 2015

Is fat our 6th taste?

Can one actually talk about the taste of fat? The findings of the most recent research by the team of Professor Philippe Besnard, who heads the NUTox (Physiology of Nutrition and Toxicology) team at the Lipids Nutrition Cancer Joint Research Unit, suggest that while the texture and smell of lipids are responsible for oral detection, taste is also involved in human and rodents’ spontaneous preference for fats.   Philippe Besnard has a long histo…

LE COVID-19 : INFORMATION IMPORTANTE

Compte-tenu des mesures prises par le gouvernement, concernant la situation sanitaire liée à la propagation du virus COVID-19, toutes les réunions physiques, manifestations, et visites en entreprise sont à nouveau suspendues à partir du vendredi 30 octobre 2020 à minima jusqu'au 1er décembre.

Cependant, tout comme lors du confinement de printemps, toute l’équipe Vitagora adopte des mesures de télétravail et reste entièrement disponible pour répondre à vos questions et demandes liées aux services et actions proposés par Vitagora.

Nous vous rappelons qu’une cellule de crise au sein de Vitagora liée à l’impact du COVID-19 sur l’activité de nos entreprises agroalimentaires régionales, en lien avec l’ANIA et les autorités régionales, est toujours en place.

Vous pouvez joindre cette cellule de crise pour toute demande relative à ce sujet au 06 72 39 66 96, Tom Vaudoux, ou par email, au elisabeth.lustrat@vitagora.com.

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