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Russia removes dietary supplements from import ban list

Russia has amended its ‘total embargo’ on western food imports to exclude dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral mixes, protein concentrates and dietary fibers.

Reaction to FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts updates

AHPA to FDA: Clarify protein labeling

Although it generally supports the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed Nutrition and Supplement Facts label changes, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the agency to adopt the Digestible...

Z Trim Holdings unveils BioFiber Gum for supplement encapsulation, food additive applications

Z Trim Holdings, an Illinois-based producer of functional ingredients derived from corn fiber and other grain byproducts, has launched its BioFiber Gum (BFG) for food, supplement and industrial applications. BFG...

Humanetics sells 7-Keto ingredient to InterHealth as part of move into pharmaceuticals

Humanetics Corp. has sold its longtime dietary supplement ingredient, 7-Keto, to InterHealth Nutraceuticals as part of a strategic refocus of the company.

Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by marketing consumer products under the Truvia brand as ‘natural’, the firms behind rival...

CannaVest reports thin gain in second quarter

CannaVest, a Las Vegas-based company that is investing in the development of foods and supplements from hemp, announced a thin gain from operations in its second quarter of 2014 buoyed...

Nosco: Beating the ‘boring’ connotation in supplement packaging

In its simplest form, dietary supplement packaging serves two basic functions: protecting and selling the product inside. 

Deal cements supply relationship for more bioavailable curcumin, quercitin out of Japan

Thera Innovations, a Canadian importer of dietary supplement ingreidients, has anounced a new supply deal for more bioavailable forms of curcumin and quercitin. The ingredients, branded as Theracumin and EMIQ,...

Youngevity records strong growth in both multilevel supplement marketing and coffee roasting segments

Youngevity International, a multilevel marketer of nutritional supplements as well as a bulk coffee roaster, reported big increases in net revenue and gross profit in its second quarter of 2014,...

FitLife Brands maintains impressive growth with strong second quarter

FitLife Brands, maker of nutritional supplements sold under several brand names, has bucked the headwinds that have afflicted the dietary supplement sector in recent quarters, notching an 18% rise in...

Settlement offers injunctive, but not monetary, relief (Coke required to amend labels but consumers won't get any money)

Coca-Cola agrees to settle 'copycat' Vitaminwater deceptive advertising lawsuits, but CSPI still on the warpath

Coca-Cola has agreed to settle a series of 'copycat' lawsuits accusing it of deceptively marketing Vitaminwater. But the lawsuit that inspired them all - filed by the Center for Science...

Rock Creek suspends Anatabloc sales while it tries to resolve NDI issue

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, formerly doing business as Star Scientific, has suspended the sale of its Anatabloc antioxidant dietary supplement based on anatabine, a molecule found in cauliflower and other foods....

Functional food giving supplements a run for their money: Packaged Facts

After taking a hit due to recent negative press and a consumer shift toward more use of functional food and beverages, the US nutritional supplements market will see growth return...

Natural Grocers continues expansion in face of increased competition

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a regional health food store chain based in Colorado, reported strong results in its third quarter of fiscal 2014 that included expanding the company’s footprint.

Omega Protein's animal nutrition sector carries it through headwinds that have beset other omega-3 suppliers

Omega Protein Corporation reported a strong second quarter 2014 with revenue up 72% year-over-year.  The rise was mostly attributable to higher sales of fish oil and fish meal into the...

Practitioners ignore bad press, continue to recommend omega-3s, survey finds

Despite recent negative publicity surrounding omega-3s, a new survey has found that practitioners who commonly recommend supplements to their patients still strongly support the use of omega-3s.

Fortification adds ‘noticeably’ to certain nutrient intakes in children; not a panacea: study

Fortification has made a large contribution to nutrient intakes and adequacy for many, but not all, micronutrients in US children and adolescents’ diets, without leading to excessive intakes for most...

Europe's largest thin film manufacturer looks to make splash in US market

BioFilm Ltd., a Scottish manufacturer of thin dissolving films, is expanding its offerings into the US, believing that it has the production and formulation capability to transform what has been...

Integrated strategy helps Vitamin Shoppe power through soft patch

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. posted increased sales in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, in line with analysts’ expectations.  The company fell slightly short of earnings expectations as the...

Nutrition Facts overhaul is a missed opportunity for long chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, says GOED

The FDA’s overhaul of the Nutrition Facts panel misses a public health opportunity by prohibiting firms from evening highlighting long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA on the panel...

Nutraceutical International bounces back from poor Q2 to notch 9.5% net sales increase

Nutraceutical International Corporation returned to its record of strong financial performance fueled by acquisitions with the release of its third quarter 2014 results.  The company notched a 9.5% year-over-year net...

5-Hour Energy hits back at biochemist claims shot ‘unsupported by science’

5-Hour Energy has hit back at a sports science researcher who says there is ‘chasm’ between the claims made by America’s top-selling energy shot and the scientific evidence for its...

News in brief

Regulatory problems in China depress growth of Innophos's nutritional ingredient sales

The web of Chinese regulations regarding dietary ingredient import and export reached out to ensnare Innophos, a company that derives a portion of its revenue from selling phosphates and other...

Fallout in China from Nu Skin affair depresses Usana's Q2 results

Usana Health Sciences reported flat net sales  in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year.  Issues in China caused the company to miss analysts’ estimates for sales and earnings,...

News in brief

Herbalife misses profit estimates, share price plunges

Herbalife's share price dropped sharply yesterday as the company reported second quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates.  Shares dropped 11% almost immediately on the news and declined further in early...