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MusclePharm makes headway in cutting costs, dumping unprofitable SKUs

Sports nutrition firm MusclePharm Corporation has made progress in returning to profitability according to its latest earnings report.

The Vitamin Shoppe ups competition in digital space with launch of Spark Auto Delivery

Keeping up with the age of automation, brick-and-mortar retailer The Vitamin Shoppe launched Spark Auto Delivery, a service in which consumers can subscribe to products to be shipped to their...

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Wasserman gets lawyer of year honor

Ivan Wasserman, a partner in the firm Amin Talati Upadhye, has been honored with an award from a group that rates lawyers.

Personalized nutrition firm Vitamin Packs goes down ‘influencer’ route to grow business

Startup Vitamin Packs launched a new affiliate program, which recruits health and wellness influencers to help promote the brand.

ChromaDex moves forward with transformation to finished goods brand

ChromaDex is making progress on a transformation to a finished goods company based on its Niagen ingredient even as it struggles with continuing losses to shareholders.

More competition in sports products hurts Vitamin Shoppe

Increasing competition in sports nutrition has hurt Vitamin Shoppe’s financial results as it struggles to implement a ‘reinvention’ strategy.  The company reported disappointing 2nd quarter results yesterday, and the market...

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Exporting supplements: Harder than shucking oysters

If the world is our oyster, why does the government make it so hard to sell vitamins? 

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Florida-based portfolio company Wellnext acquires collagen brand NeoCell

Wellnext announced it is acquiring the 20-year-old company NeoCell, which specializes in collagen-based supplements for joint, bone, and muscle health.

Aker buys bulk krill oil business from Neptune

The krill oil market has been transformed with the announcement today that Aker BioMarine has bought the bulk oil supply end of Neptune Technologies & Bioressources for $34 million USD.

Despite legal dispute over memory claims, Quincy Bioscience still spends big on promotion

Despite a high profile legal wrangle with FTC and with the New York Attorney General, memory support supplement manufacturer Quincy Bioscience has enough revenue in the tank to afford a...

Ritual to focus on proven ingredients as it puts $10.5 million capital raise to work

With millions more in its pockets, multivitamin startup Ritual is keen to upgrade its customer service technology and support clinical trials. However, there is one thing the company will avoid...

Prenatal milkshake brand Mommi eyes post-partum opportunities

Small company Mommi is ready to expand in the mother’s health category, eyeing opportunities in post-partum supplements, said co-founder and CEO Erin Schurtz.

Could Omega Protein be rethinking sales of human nutrition segments?

Better sales and margins within the embattled human nutrition segment has helped fish oil specialist Omega Protein weather a difficult start to its fishing season.

Ole Miss adds training classes to help close gap in industry

Finding personnel with quality control expertise is a yawning gap in the dietary supplement industry, one that the National Center for Natural Products Research is trying to fill with a...

Innophos increases focus on dietary supplements through $125m acquisition of Novel Ingredients

The NASDAQ-traded firm Innophos Holdings has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Novel Ingredients for $125m, bumping up the share of its food, health, and nutrition segment within...

Herbalife sales decline as FTC agreement nears full implementation

Network marketing giant Herbalife showed an increase in profits but a drop in overall revenue as it works to fully implement the conditions of its settlement with the Federal Trade...

Supplements could be missing opportunity connected to essential oils, experts say

Herbal product companies may be missing an opportunity in which essential oils and specific dietary supplements could be recommended simultaneously in condition-specific settings, experts say.

Canadian brand NU LIFE Therapeutics enters US market with The Vitamin Shoppe partnership

NU LIFE Therapeutics, a 50-year old Canadian brand, will enter the US market for the first time through an exclusive partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

China probe hangover, functional foods failure depress Usana's earnings

An internal investigation into business practices in China has taken some of the air out of the balloon of Usana Health Sciences, as the company’s stock price declined after an...

Glucosamine supplements top seller among pet owners despite withdrawn AVMA recommendation, says Packaged Facts

For pets, digestive health and joint health supplements made up 13% each of all pet supplements bought in 2016, according to the latest data from Packaged Facts. Among joint health...

Study on financial burden of supplements on low-income US households a ‘missed opportunity,’ say experts

Trade associations criticize a recent study on the ‘income burden’ dietary supplements place on US low-income households.

Jet acquisition helps fuel Walmart's surge in online vitamin sales

Walmart, not Amazon, was the driver of a 20% increase in online vitamin sales in 2016, according to research firm TABS Analytics.

Vox Pop: What do you think of nootropics?

What’s the public perception of nootropics? Some are curious, most are suspect, our person-on-the-street interviews reveal.