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ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

The consensus among suppliers is the variability of botanical ingredients is increasing. Tea in particular is displaying increases in quality variability

Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication of the American Botanical Council.  Whether climate change is similarly affecting the quality and availability of other botanical ingredients from...

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Waitaki launches new calcium ingredient with bone health efficacy and heart health safety

New Zealand’s Waitaki Biosciences is launching a new patent pending calcium form has been reported to improve bone health in post-menopausal women, while also producing to lower peak blood calcium levels compared with other calcium forms.

Boston Therapeutics launches blood sugar management supplement

Boston Therapeutics (BTI) has entered the full commercialization phase of its Sugardown dietary supplement aimed at the healthy blood sugar management market.  The company is collaborating on the launch with Benchworks, a Maryland-based marketing firm.

Probiotic potential: Altering gut bacteria shows promise for fatty liver disease

Probiotics may have beneficial effects on the treatment and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other related conditions, according to a new review.

Health Warrior chia bars CEO: ‘Most Americans are overfed and undernourished'

While chia seeds are now appearing in everything from breakfast cereal to yogurt, it’s easy to forget that until surprisingly recently, the only place you could find them was in a health food store or on the web in “ziploc bags with the label written with a sharpie”, observes Health...

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Organic food sales rebound in the UK from FoodNavigator.com

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK have grown 1.2% over the past year – outperforming the stagnant non-organic grocery market, according to figures from market research organisation Nielsen.

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Protein drink is 'upbeat' after award from BeverageDaily.com

Upbeat, a fresh dairy protein drink from The Good Whey Co., has won the Food Chain Marketing Award at the Cream Awards. 

Pea dextrin may offer clean label ‘off flavour’ masking alternative from FoodNavigator.com

Researchers are backing the use of pea dextrin as a clean label solution to masking off-flavours generated by lipid oxidation products.

A US review comes out in favour of probiotics for maintaining health and boosting growth in poultry from FeedNavigator.com

Probiotics enhance performance, promote a healthy balance of microbiota in the gut, and counteract the negative consequences of enteric diseases in poultry, found two leading US researchers following a comprehensive review of the literature.

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Bayer ‘extremely disappointed & strongly disagrees’ with FTC/DoJ allegations against Phillips’ Colon Health claims

Bayer ‘extremely disappointed & strongly disagrees’ with FTC/DoJ allegations against Phillips’ Colon Health claims

Healthcare giant Bayer has said it will defend itself ‘vigorously’ against the US Federal Trade Commission decision...

GOED confident of success with omega-3 – blood pressure health claim

GOED confident of success with omega-3 – blood pressure health claim

A health claim petition filed by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) with the...

Products aimed at kids is a bright spot in murky omega-3s sales picture, emulsion manufacturer says

Products aimed at kids is a bright spot in murky omega-3s sales picture, emulsion manufacturer says

Products targeting children is a bright spot in the otherwise murky sales picture for omega-3s, said an...

 FTC levies $3.5 million fine against green coffee bean extract supplier

FTC levies $3.5 million fine against green coffee bean extract supplier

Applied Food Sciences, a Texas-based ingredient supplier, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a complaint...

2015 Dietary Guidelines: CRN calls for multivitamin/mineral to help redress nutrient shortfalls

2015 Dietary Guidelines: CRN calls for multivitamin/mineral to help redress nutrient shortfalls

Multivitamins/minerals provide a low cost, convenient way to fill nutrient gaps when nutrient recommended intakes are not...

International association endorses Botanical Adulterants Program

International association endorses Botanical Adulterants Program

A major self policing and informational effort in the dietary supplement industry has received a signifcant boost...

'Intriguing': Fish oil supplements linked to improved exercise economy

'Intriguing': Fish oil supplements linked to improved exercise economy

Daily supplements of an EPA-rich fish oil may boost exercise economy, a predictor of endurance exercise performance,...

Turmeric/curcumin supplement sales grow 26%, total herbal supplements sales top $6 billion for the first time

Turmeric/curcumin supplement sales grow 26%, total herbal supplements sales top $6 billion for the first time

Sales of herbal dietary supplements with turmeric/curcumin as the primary ingredient grew by 26.2% in 2013 to...

Euromonitor: Young, urban driving supplement vitamin sales Brazil
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Young, urban Brazilians driving country's vitamin and supplement sales: Euromonitor

Last year, sales of vitamins and dietary supplements in Brazil increased by 9%, reaching R$3.2 billion ($1.4...

Nutrigenomics, GMP compliance, and the future of the supplement industry: Our picks from SSW's education sessions

Nutrigenomics, GMP compliance, and the future of the supplement industry: Our picks from SSW's education sessions

With the world’s largest natural products supply just over a month away, NutraIngredients-USA trawls through the education...

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