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NPA seeks volunteers for committees

The Natural Products Association has announced that it is looking for  experienced volunteers to fill openings on its 2017 committees and workgroups. The signup process for the 11 committees with openings...

Immune health quiz: Do you know your Echinacea from your EpiCor?

Do you know where Lonza drives its ResistAid ingredient? How many consumers are looking for ways to support their less-than-perfect body defenses? And can Tongkat Ali extracts support immune health? ...

Special Edition: Immune Support

The key ingredients in the immune health sector

Immune supplement sales were valued at an impressive $2.45 billion in 2014 (Nutrition Business Journal), and in this gallery we look at the key market trends and ingredients for this...

USDA calls for comment on organic check-off proposal as demand for organic outstrips supply

The US Department of Agriculture’s call today for public comment on the Organic Trade Association’s application to create an organic check-off program comes at a time when sales of organic...

Lotte’s probiotic chocolate success highlights functional potential in Japan

Functional chocolate is poised to contribute to market growth in Japan based on the success of Lotte’s Sweet Days chocolate, says market analyst Canadean.

Special Edition: Immune Support

Vox Pop: What do college students think about immune support supplements?

Winter is in full blast here in Chicago, a time when closed, compact quarters like university campuses often turn into hotspots for colds or even the flu.

Toolbox Genomics secures funding, to start beta testing

ToolBox Genomics (TBG), a new entrant to the personalized wellness sector, has secured seed round funding and will soon begin beta testing its direct to consumer Health Action Report for...

NPA launches SSCI with GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart & Whole Foods onboard

The Natural Products Association has officially launched the Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative (SSCI), with some of the largest retailers of natural products and supplements involved.

13 categories open for entries to nutrition innovators. #NIAwards17

NutraIngredients Awards 2017: Deadline is 3 February

The NutraIngredients Awards are back in 2017 in Geneva at Vitafoods Europe with new categories to reward real progress and innovation in the global world of nutrition.

Nutrition experts predict sustainability ‘most important’ trend for 2017

Sustainability wins another vote for the “most important” trend to watch in 2017, followed closely by plant-based protein, according to a small, but well-educated group of nutrition experts, surveyed by...

Concern verges on panic in supplement industry over Trump's China trade stance

President elect Donald Trump campaigned on a program of redressing what he characterized as wrongs in the trade relationship between the United States and China. That stance, and his choice...

L-ergothioneine poised for breakthrough in 2017, experts say

The coming year could be a big one for l-ergothioneine, an ingredient for which the scientific backing has been slowly building.  New regulatory approvals and new developments in the supply...

Peek inside PROBIOTA 2017: Berlin, 1-3 February

In search of biomarkers: Can metabolomics drive prebiotic & probiotic research

Can large-scale studies using metabolomic data points help researchers better understand our microbiome and how what we eat influences our health?

In wake of media coverage of adolescent access to creatine, CRN urges retailers to be part of consumer education efforts

News outlets around the nation have picked up a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Pediatrics about how easy it is for teenagers under 18 to...

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Supplements and functional foods driving APAC fish oil market growth to 2020

The Asia-Pacific fish oil market is forecast to grow by 5% to 2020 helping the global total to hit US$1.5bn, with supplements and functional foods tipped to be the region’s...

2016: Challenges met, lessons learned, hills yet to climb

2016 was a year of serious challenges for the dietary supplement industry.  Trade associations have addressed these concerns in a variety of ways.  As the industry heads into 2017, the...

Omega-3s & Algae: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

We learned that natural channel retailers are getting bored with plain old fish oil, and that there is still a lot of untapped potential in sourcing everything from omega-3s to...

GNC to overhaul in-store experience in bid to halt sales slide

Supplement retailing giant GNC will hit the reset button on its customer experience by closing all of its corporate-owned stores for one day next week to install new checkout terminals...

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Swisse Wellness boss Sali to step down as Biostime takes full ownership

Swisse Wellness chief executive Radek Sali will step down on December 31 as Hong Kong-listed Biostime International takes full ownership of the Australian firm.

Flax rides rising popularity of gluten-free, vegan for ‘resurgence’ in food

Once considered primarily as a supplement for fiber and omega-3s, flax increasingly is appearing in more packaged foods with marketing claims extolling its health benefits and unique cooking properties.

Companies, retailers must do more to make the healthy choice the easy choice, CSPI says

Consumer interest in healthy eating is at an all-time high, and in many ways food and beverage manufacturers are rising to meet this demand by cutting calories from across their...

Guest article

Collaborations, workshops and continuing outreach: IPA celebrates key achievements

In a few months’ time I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary running IPA. Time flies when you are passionate about what you do! From a transition period in 2015...

Mannatech decides against multilevel marketing in move to enter mainland China market

In an effort to smooth out financial results, Mannatech is focusing on new products and its adding an e-commerce platform in China to its direct sales efforts. 

Dispatches from HiE 2016 in Frankfurt

Is the term omega-3 specific enough?

The term omega-3 doesn’t really mean anything, says chief scientist for supplier Aker Biomarine. 

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