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Farlong Nutraceutical announces brain health study

Farlong Nutraceutical is conducting a 90-day double-blind, randomized, controlled, parallel-study to determine the safety and effectiveness of Farlong Lifeflower Breviscapine on improving long- and short-term memory, concentration, and clarity of thinking in healthy individuals. Led by clinician Melanie Montgomery, Ph.D., of LifeAlyze LLC, the partially grant-funded study consists of 160 healthy individuals divided into four study groups, with the first given one placebo capsule daily, and the other three groups receiving different daily doses of Farlong Lifeflower Breviscapine (100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg each).

Justin’s goes nuts for bees for National Honey Month

Justin’s announced its continued support of Honey Saves Hives. This campaign, from the National Honey Board will educate consumers on the significance of honey, honey bees and beekeepers. This is the most recent collaboration among Justin’s ongoing corporate social responsibility efforts. It includes pollinator conservation, as well as sustainable packaging and ingredients and hunger relief. In an effort towards ongoing transparency, Justin’s also announced the release of its annual 2021 Justin’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which outlines progress in each of Justin’s CSR areas.

Nutriventia shares results on vitamin C study

Nutriventia announced results of a new study demonstrating its sustained-release C-Fence achieves higher absorption, providing better intended benefits. The new study was published in July in Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. The study was motivated by the knowledge that because of the saturable active transport mechanisms in the absorption, distribution, and excretion of vitamin C, oral doses above 400 mg/day are not effectively utilized. Additionally, oral administration of higher doses of vitamin C is limited by osmotic diarrhea and saturation of absorption, along with an additional risk of hyperoxaluria. Lack of compliance to multiple daily dosing is also a practical issue. Thus, a slow-release formulation can serve as a potential alternative, which can release vitamin C at sub-saturation levels for a prolonged period, and thereby effectively increase overall exposure and uptake.

Rumiano Cheese commits to carbon neutrality

Rumiano Cheese Company announced its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Rumiano has introduced a climate impact program to accelerate its efforts to improve the sustainability of its supply chain. The brand also announced it has partnered with the CDIC, a coalition of California dairy producers, processors, major universities and the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF). It has also hired its first sustainability impact intern to assess the company’s ecological footprint. Its researchers and team have  documented comprehensive baseline measurements on all business activities that contribute to energy and water consumption, resource usage, and carbon emissions. One researcher has now entered the second stage of her research where she is analyzing areas of the business that have the greatest opportunities for optimization and environmental outcomes. Ambitious initiatives range from its zero-waste cheese manufacturing plant to the company’s in-house wastewater treatment facility that biologically treats 20,000 gallons of cheese production wastewater per day.

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Chinova Bioworks expands capabilities

Chinova Bioworks announced the expansion of its manufacturing space inside the Bioscience Manufacturing Incubator (BMI) on PEI. This milestone was made possible through the company’s partnership with PEI BioAlliance, the operator of the BMI. The new space increases Chinova’s production from pilot scale to 20x their current capacity levels with plans to expand their operational team in PEI. The additional staff and manufacturing capabilities allow the company to expand its client base to larger businesses that can make a prominent footprint in reducing food waste. The BMI is a newly built 20,000 sq/ft facility operated by PEI BioAlliance, a private sector-led not-for-profit organization dedicated to growing Prince Edward Island’s bioscience industry. The BMI is designed for start-ups to transition from pilot-scale to full production levels while meeting the strict regulatory standards required for producing natural products.

Palsgaard displays recipes

Palsgaard is showcasing the power of its whipping-active emulsifiers to reduce the egg content of cake recipes – allowing significant cost reductions. Solving the issue of high egg costs will be the focus of a Palsgaard knowledge-sharing session at the International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE) (September 18 to 21 in Las Vegas). PalsgaardSA, a series of powdered emulsifiers for industrial baking, needs less egg in its recipe. Based on polyglycerol esters (PGEs) of fatty acids, it offers many functional properties, allowing egg content to be cut by an average of 20%. This translates to a typical cost reduction of around 5%. Visitors will be shown how the ingredients can help achieve the perfect shape, volume and crumb structure in cakes, as well as simplifying production and accelerating output. Palsgaard will exhibit at IBIE at Booth #617 (West Hall).

Frigo Cheese Heads launches campaign 

Frigo Cheese Heads recently announced the launch of its “We Are All Cheese Heads” campaign. It will feature a cast of animated characters, with the goal of encouraging kids and teens to embrace their individuality. It will discuss the best way to eat string cheese, with different eating styles competing against one another. Instead of taking sides, the Cheese Heads brand is revamping how tweens and teens think of string cheese. Saputo Dairy USA and agency of record Carmichael Lynch partnered with London-based director and animator Laura Jayne Hodkin at Strange Beast to create a cast of characters that showcase these snacks. The new country-wide campaign, which launches this month in the United States, will include digital videos, programmatic display, custom media integrations, paid social, influencer partnerships, public relations and more. 

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