Europe ranks 2nd- after Asia Pacific- for Probiotic and drinking Yoghurts, with a market value of 5.001,5 EUR million in 2021
The European probiotic supplements market was valued 1.464 EUR million in 2021, close to 25% of the global value
Probiotics: what's in a name?
IPA Europe brings together a forum of leading producers of probiotic cultures, probiotic foods, supplements, nutritionals and therapeutic products
Better consumer information and a thriving probiotics industry in Europe
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IPA Europe and European Dairy Association (EDA) joint statement on probiotics
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Discover the 4 criteria to qualify microorganisms as “Probiotic” in foods and dietary supplements
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Probiotics in Europe: consumer survey in 8 EU countries shows positive consumer perception and regulatory limitations
To monitor changes in opinions, trends, and behaviors of European consumers regarding probiotic food and food supplements, the International Probiotics Association – Europe asked market research company 3Gem to carry out a survey from a representative sample, to assess people’s understanding of the offer of probiotics currently on the market, ...
The updated market data for probiotic products (yoghurts and drinking milk, supplements and sour milks) with data comparisons from 2018 to 2021 is now available. IPA Europe has elaborated Euromonitor figures and specific data on online sales of probiotic supplements from Lumina Intelligence. Here some relevant findings: The global market of probiotic ...
The third webinar “Can a mutual solution be found for probiotics in Europe?” of the webinar series “Probiotic talks from Europe”, which took place on April 4 2022, saw a wide participation of public. The webinar was focused on the uncertainty caused by the current regulatory situation in Europe for probiotic foods ...
A new webinar of the series “Probiotic talks from Europe” will take place on April 4 at 3PM CET: we will discuss with the help of our experts different scenarios that could create a favourable legal environment for the use of the term probiotic in the EU on labelling and ...
7th March 2022 The European Dairy Association (EDA) and the International Probiotics Association – Europe (IPA Europe) want to highlight the contribution that the probiotic sector can make on a number of the objectives listed in the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, and jointly ask for a clear engagement of the European ...
One definition that fits all probiotic food and food supplements:“Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”: 20 years ago the world leading groups of experts FAO/WTO defined probiotics during the conference in Cordoba, Argentina. Every part of the probiotic definition is important. ...
IPA Europe and EDA joint position on probiotics
What are probiotic microorganisms?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be formulated into many different types of products, including foods, drugs, and dietary supplements.
Species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are most commonly used as probiotics, but the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Bacillus species are also used as probiotics. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB), including species of Lactobacillus, which have been used for preservation of food by fermentation for thousands of years, can serve a dual function by acting as agents of food fermentation and, in addition, potentially imparting beneficial effects.
However, the term “probiotic” should be reserved for live microorganisms that have been shown in controlled human studies to accomplish their beneficial action. Fermentation of food provides characteristic taste profiles and lowers the pH, which can help in prevention of spoilage microorganisms and potential pathogens.