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Is DSHEA a public relations problem for the sports nutrition sphere?

The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act has fostered an innovative and thriving industry. That’s the standard line, one that few would argue with. But has the bright light of DSHEA also cast shadows within which bad players have free rein?

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FBI joins FTC in investigating Herbalife's business practices

Network marketing giant Herbalife is under renewed pressure with the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the way the company recruits new distributors.  This comes on the heels of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into the company’s business model.

Gravity-free probiotics

Space…The final frontier for Yakult probiotics? 6-year study confirmed

Probiotic pioneer Yakult’s little bottles are to feature in a 6-year, gravity-free study at the International Space Station (ISS).

Punching holes in pop-science theory: Whole grains may cut inflammatory biomarkers in obese kids

Consuming whole-grain-rich foods for six weeks may slash levels of inflammatory biomarkers in overweight children, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research .

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?

POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court on Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give Coke a tougher time, this doesn’t necessarily mean POM is going to emerge victorious, say legal experts.

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Putting the joy back in US juice: Mintel’s top trends for $15.5bn market from BeverageDaily.com

Tropical flavors may help US juice brands stem sales losses, according to Mintel, which notes a raft of recent launches using tastes popular in exotic destinations where some consumers have roots.

Food firms must cater for consumers on autopilot from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Food and drink manufacturers need to make their products appear to be an effortless choice for consumers operating on autopilot and stop over rationalising their habits, advises leading behavioural scientist Dr Nick Southgate.

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Building for the future: DSM on lessons from Food Vision 2014 from FoodNavigator.com

Industry needs to ‘dramatically innovate’ if it is to come up with sustainable solutions to feed the world, says James Bauly of DSM, as he summarises his take away messages from the event.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Caliwater cactus drink founder: ‘We’re where Zico was 10 years ago’ from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Longtime friends and film and television industry colleagues Matt McKee and Melissa Reed’s plans for a locally sourced juice bar in downtown Los Angeles morphed into a beverage company whose flagship product is ready-to-drink prickly pear cactus water sourced from their own backyard. 

Whole Foods Market tests novel food waste technology developed by ex-Microsoft execs from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Is there a smarter way to deal with food waste? One firm convinced the answer is ‘yes’ is WISErg - a start-up founded by two former Microsoft execs that have just convinced Whole Foods Market to give their patent-pending technology a test-drive at its Bellevue store.  

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Industry experts dispute dietary supplement critic Cohen's call for sweeping new regulations

Industry experts dispute dietary supplement critic Cohen's call for sweeping new regulations

A long time critic of the dietary supplement industry, Dr Pieter Cohen, MD, has called for a...

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

The American Herbal Products Association has set a new policy for how member companies ought to calculate...

Emerson Ecologics says new quality program will boost GMP compliance of brands it carries

Emerson Ecologics says new quality program will boost GMP compliance of brands it carries

Emerson Ecologics, which distributes a wide range of dietary supplements in the practictioner channel, has altered its...

ANVISA: Regulation must catch up to booming South American supplements market

ANVISA: Regulation must catch up to booming South American supplements market

Just ahead of the 2014 Vitafoods Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, a spokesperson for the Brazilian Health...

Omega-3s science is rock solid, but you don't win every game, expert says

Omega-3s science is rock solid, but you don't win every game, expert says

When scientists seek to counteract bad press for omega-3s it is a matter of taking two steps...

Integrated social media strategy drives supplement sampling startup's rapid growth

Integrated social media strategy drives supplement sampling startup's rapid growth

Having a social media strategy as a foundational piece of a business can yield huge dividends in...

InsideTracker CEO: ‘The one-size-fits-all intervention approach to nutrition makes no sense - Personalization is the future’

InsideTracker CEO: ‘The one-size-fits-all intervention approach to nutrition makes no sense - Personalization is the future’

It may have been said before, but the future of nutrition is through personalization, especially for athletic...

Chromadex CEO: ‘We think Niagen has a much bigger market, like omega-3’

Chromadex CEO: ‘We think Niagen has a much bigger market, like omega-3’

The potential of nicotinamide riboside, the next generation vitamin B3, goes beyond dietary supplements, into functional food...

Canadian group floats plan for algal omega-3s from dispersed bioreactors harvesting agricultural waste

Canadian group floats plan for algal omega-3s from dispersed bioreactors harvesting agricultural waste

Algae promoters usually talk big: Big ponds, banks of bioreactors, chemical process efficiencies and economies of scale. ...

Huge demand for omega-3 liquid products driving delivery innovations: Virun CEO

Huge demand for omega-3 liquid products driving delivery innovations: Virun CEO

Consumers like the delivery of omega-3 fatty acids in a liquid, and many innovative products are already...

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