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Research lab launches liposomal curcumin formulation for supplement market

Encapsula NanoSciences has launched a nutraceutical product using its liposomal encapsulation techniques that will enhance bioavailability without overpromising on efficacy, said CEO Zahra Mirafzali, PhD.

Supplement line launches based on phospholipid nano sphere delivery system

NanoSphere Health Sciences has formally launched its line of liquid dietary supplements called Evolve Nutrients that employs its lipid-based delivery technology promising more rapid absorption and better bioavailability.


‘5-Hour Energy’s simply a caffeine delivery device’: Washington AG savages $1bn brand

Washington state attorneys insist that 5-Hour Energy wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for its caffeine content in a fierce attack on the credibility of America’s top-selling shot.

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KeHE to buy Nature's Best to create natural products distribution powerhouse

Leading natural products distributor KeHE has struck a deal to buy Nature's Best – the largest privately owned wholesaler-distributor of health and natural food products...

Abbott making 'progress' repairing Fonterra botulism scare damage

Abbott Laboratories' CEO believes the company has “recovered about as well" as it could have in the year since the Fonterra WPC botulism scare that led it to recall infant formula in China,...

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Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed sum to a private equity player. Analyst and author Julian Mellentin tracks the...

FDA exemption speeds release of Plandai’s catechin supplement

Plandai Biotechnology Inc. will not be required to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for New Dietary Ingredient status in order to market and sell its Phytofare Catechin...

Swisse Wellness withdraws from US to focus on global brand building, but vows, ‘we’ll be back bigger and better!’

Swisse Wellness’ global growth is continuing with new office set to open in Europe and Asia soon, but global expansion will require a re-allocation of US resources and a withdrawal...

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Hormel Foods to acquire CytoSport and its Muscle Milk Sports Nutrition Products

Muscle Milk maker CytoSport is being acquired by Hormel Foods for a tasty $450 million.

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MusclePharm adds Tiger Woods to stable of endorsers

Sports nutrition firm MusclePharm has concluded a deal with Tiger Woods to feature the comapny’s logo on his golf bag. Woods reportedly will receive an undisclosed annual fee and stock...

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NBTY on the podium for corporate social responsibility award

Supplement manufacturer and distributor NBTY has received a bronze award in The American Business Awards (also known as the Stevie Awards) for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year.

Energy supplement hangs hat on dopamine-boosting properties

A new energy supplement is betting on the benefits of Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, which provides a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, to stand out in a crowed category.

We want to give back to nutrition industry with our scientific research, says Swisse Wellness CEO

Swisse Wellness will look utilise its ‘power brand’ status to give back to nutrition by investing in new research and clinical trials that will benefit everybody, says CEO Radek Sali.

Herbal industry increasingly backed by data, Rainbow Light's new science director says

The transformation of Rainbow Light mirrors that of the herbal industry as a whole, the company's new director of integrative science says.  Christopher Hobbs, a fairly newly-minted PhD, has worked...

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being...

Court's ruling on illegal pyramid scheme turns spotlight on Herbalife

A recent ruling by an appellate court judging a multi-level marketing organization to be an illegal pyramid scheme puts the spotlight on the legality of network marketing companies active in...

NutraClick CEO: We’re playing at a unique intersection of tech and natural products

With over 100 products available direct to consumer and in retail, NutraClick’s targeted digital marketing strategy is proving to be hugely successful, and long-form educational content is a key component...

The color of success? See-through, SPINS says

The consumer desire for transparency may have originated in the food and beverage market, but it’s becoming an increasingly key part of doing business for makers of dietary supplement and...

Experience as a customer helps CEO grow contract manufacturing company

For a contract manufacturer, formulation expertise, a good story on GMP compliance and robust relationships with ingredient suppliers are all good and necessary things to have.  But none of it...

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CRN urges manufacturers to revisit formulas in wake of call for more iodine for pregnant women

The recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizing the vital role of iodine in the development of infants’ nervous systems is encouraging news, according to the Council for Responsible...

NPA's Fabricant: 'There have to be prosecutions'

Daniel Fabricant, PhD, has seen the clouds that beset the dietary supplements industry from both sides.  The newly minted CEO of the Natural Products Association has been both an industry...

Startup uses bioinformatics to pry open the power of waste peptides

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” poet Walt Whitman famously observed. He could have been talking about the potentially valuable proteins that are lost daily in the waste streams of ingredient...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Safe sports nutrition product use is a reality. So are global sports federation rebuttals increasingly ‘outdated’?

Contamination concerns mean most athletic and sporting federations advise against them despite near-ubiquitous use among top athletes and sportspeople. Busted doped athletes continue to finger them. But sports nutrition products...


Sustainability? Not so focal for supplements, says palm oil firm

Sustainability is not such an important issue for the supplements industry, because of the relatively low ingredient volumes involved and a difference in industry priorities, Malaysia-based Carotech has said.

Vitamin Shoppe CEO: ‘Fish oil will turn around a little bit based upon some of the things that we’re seeing’

Downturns in the retail of fish oil and multivitamin supplements should turn around as we ‘cycle’ though the negative media, said Tony Truesdale, CEO of Vitamin Shoppe.

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