Thursday, September 23, 2004

In the lap of luxury / Enterprising bachelor markets a pillow for nursing moms
Pia Sarkar, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, September 23, 2004
"The person who created a pillow to give women support while breastfeeding is not who you might expect. It is not a woman. It is not even a parent. It is a 39-year-old San Francisco bachelor who had never even picked up an infant until he created My Brest Friend. In the nine years since his product hit the market, Andrew Zenoff has sold more than 1 million My Brest Friends, which are available in several San Francisco hospitals, as well as at such retail chains as Wal-Mart, Babies R Us, and most recently, Pottery Barn Kids...."
New science to drive whey fractions market
"More science is needed to encourage food and drink makers to invest in new formulations using third generation whey products, finds a new report that suggests more clinical trials and documentation could overcome this barrier to growth, reports Lindsey Partos. Representing about 3,100 tonnes in 2003, the small but high value-added whey fractions market - lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, colostrum/IgG, a-lactalbumin, b-lactoglobulin and glycomacropeptides - is currently enjoying strong growth, in some geographical areas hitting 20 per cent per year. Compared to other dairy ingredients, whey and its various fractions hold some of the most promising value for the food and dairy industries. With improved methods for extraction and purification, whey fractions can extend product development possibilities with new nutrition and functionality. “This is a game for the most advanced dairy ingredients companies, working with leading-edge end users,” Tage Affertsholt, an analyst at 3A Business Consulting said And even though these advanced dairy ingredients firms are all working in the niche area of fractions, there are still specialists. In Europe Danish firm Arla leads in alpha-lactalbumin (largely used in infant formula), and Dutch firm DMV in lactoferrin, the increasingly popular meat preserver. French firm Armor Proteines, and Germany’s Milei are also carving a niche in the market. Strong on production, these dairy ingredients firms are taking their know-how to end-users further a field. “Some of the most advanced companies in production in Europe – such as Arla, DMV, Armor and Borculo Domo - are working with end users in other geographical zones,”explained Affertsholt. “Milei, for example, has an alliance with Japanese firm Morinaga.” Whey is comprised of protein, lactose (milk sugar), minerals (calcium, phosphorus and magnesium) and fat. Whey protein contains alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin, heavy and light - chain immunoglobulins(Igs), and proteose-peptones. Traditionally, whey was a by-product with a negative value from cheese production, but in the 1950s the US started to add value to the by-product and since this time the ingredient has seen a considerable rise in demand, notably on the back of the sports nutrition and functional food market which uses whey protein concentrates and isolates extensively. In 2002 consumption of all whey products came in at nearly 770,000 tonnes..."
BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Breastfeeding right up for debate
"A backbench MSP has urged the Scottish Parliament to back new laws which would make it a criminal offence to stop women breastfeeding in public. Under Elaine Smith's bill, businesses and public organisations could be fined up to £2,500 if they stop women from breastfeeding on their premises. The proposal has the backing of Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm and Holyrood's health committee. The issue is to be debated in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday..."