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Contract-farming system solidifies Sabinsa's supply chain

Like other suppliers of a wide range of botanical materials, Sabinsa Corp is at the mercy of the vagaries of complicated supply chain. The Indian/American company has chosen to deal with this via a contract-farming relationship with many of the small-scale growers of its raw materials.

Sami Labs CEO V.G. Nair shows off a nearly mature turmeric plant. Turmeric is the main spice in Indian cuisine, and curcuminoid ingredients are extracted from the plant's root.

Chia leads the ancient grain field as new forms drive innovation

Omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants, clean label, non-GMO, gluten-free, and plant-based: Chia ticks many of the hot button boxes for 21st Century consumers, so it is perhaps unsurprising that it is turning up in more new products than any other ancient grain.

Guest article

Omega-3 supply shifts: The case for marine agriculture

Varying forces are rapidly shifting the omega-3 supply chain. In this guest article, veteran researcher professor Michael Crawford says a rapid upscale in sea farming can make a major contribution to sustainable fish oils, with a potentially raised nutrient profile.

Ginseng berry extract may improve glucose metabolism, says new RCT

In a 12-week long trial, 72 participants were supplemented with either a ginseng berry extract or placebo. Here’s what the researchers found:

New validated test method for phytosterols will bolster uptake of cholesterol-fighting ingredients, Cargill says

The method, developed over a number of years by Cargill and FDA, is simpler, more accurate and less prone to error, experts say.

‘Final advice’ on fish consumption from FDA & EPA could boost seafood product sales

New guidance and an easy-to-use reference chart from EPA and FDA encouraging Americans – especially pregnant and nursing women and parents of young children – to eat more fish could boost sales of seafood products, including ready-to-eat and easy-to-prepare options.

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Data confirms that DNA barcoding alone not suitable for finished dietary supplement products

Two new studies have shown what many in industry have been claiming for a long time: DNA barcoding by itself is not an adequate method for analyzing botanical dietary supplements.

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