Research and scientific consultancy services
The past few years have shown a tremendous increase in the demand for health promoting and performance enhancing foods. Healthy living is both a growing trend and a requirement - a tendency which is reflected in the sales figures for functional foods and other healthy nutritional products. Especially people trying to lead a healthy and active life and the so-called 'aging' groups are seeking to balance their everyday food intake with health-promoting dietary supplements. Another important issue, that needs clarification, are the so-called weight management products. Especially people trying to lead a healthy and active life and the so-called 'aging' groups are seeking to balance their everyday food intake with health promoting dietary supplements. Weight management products which help with the reduction of weight are also an important issue.
The market potential for innovative food products is therefore bigger than ever. At Green Beat, we offer consultancy services to stakeholders in the industry, in the business, to administrative bodies, local authorities, political institutions, etc. by providing our expertise and know-how in the research of functional foods, dietary supplements, and sports nutrition. Our consultancy services have a sound scientific basis while considering the market and the applicable regulations to maximise our clients' success.
Trial and project management
Green Beat has many years' experience of planning, coordinating, conducting, evaluating, and publishing national and international research projects in the field of dietary supplements and functional foods. We assist our clients in drawing up the trial protocol, registering the trial, budgeting, recruiting, and supporting trial participants (compliance pushing), in dealing with the ethics committee, evaluating the trial, writing the final trial report, publishing the trial results, etc. If necessary, we can also help with recruiting suitable undergraduates, masters' students, and PhD candidates interested in participating in research projects.
Trial design and methodology
We assist our clients in wording their hypothesis, in conducting pilot studies, open trials for marketing purposes, single-blind and double-blind trials, placebo-controlled trials, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, randomised placebo controlled pre-clinical trials, intervention studies, laboratory experiments, and in vitro diagnostic examinations. We draw up parallel or cross-over designs, filter and define adequate and meaningful surrogate endpoints, and perform outcome-/endpoint-measurements.
Health Claims, Nutrition & Health Claim Regulation (NHCR)
Health claims make functional foods and dietary supplements very attractive products on the international food and beverage market. As from December, 2006, the use of nutrition and health claims on foods throughout the European Union is governed by Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006, also referred to as Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation: Each and every health claim must be evaluated and approved by the EU before it may be used. However, comprehensive scientific data on the health benefit of the product must be gathered and submitted for a successful authorisation. At Green Beat, we regularly study the scientific opinions published by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) on health claim applications, so that we have gained a vast experience in the field. We will assist you with the creation, wording, and scientific substantiation of your product-specific health claim.
Data management and monitoring, biometrics, evaluation
We will help you determine the sample size for your trial, take care of your data management and perform the statistical analyses. During a trial, all data will be gathered, and data management performed, by tenured scientists. For trial data analysis, we can also draw on external biometricians. Apart from metric data analyses, we can also assist you with process evaluation, e.g., in public health trials or projects, and with the writing of evaluation reports.
Green Beat - Institute of Nutrient Research and Sport Nutrition - can assist you with the writing of scientific texts (abstracts, full papers, research letters, reviews, etc.) for you to publish in national or international scientific journals, or to use in scientific conferences, symposia, workshops, and the like. We will also write expert opinions and reviews on scientific studies and projects submitted on sports nutrition, dietary supplements, and functional foods.
- Product development
Green Beat - Institute of Nutrient Research and Sport Nutrition - will support you in successfully developing and marketing your health and performance enhancing products. We will provide attractive and effective formulations/ingredients, plan and carry out efficacy studies, and write scientifically sound customer focused product descriptions to make your product launch a success. For such projects, we can also draw on our extensive network in the sector of dietary supplements, functional foods, and sports nutrition.