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Growth in organic, raw, non-GMO and allergy-free products is outpacing rest of business

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO on online delivery: We haven’t found a model that works for us … yet

Sprouts Farmers Market is exploring online delivery options, but hasn’t found a model that works, yet, chief financial officer Amin Maredia said this week.

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Expert insights: What is the future for probiotics and prebiotics?

Probiotics, prebiotics, and microbiome science are big business, and already generate a great deal of scientific and commercial interest. But what does the future have in story for the sector?

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UNPA welcomes two new executive members

Zhucheng Haotian Pharma Co. Ltd and Essential Formulas have joined the United Natural Products Alliance as executive members, bringing UNPA’s membership to 83 companies from around the world.

Vitamin Shoppe CEO on ripple effects of NY AG probe: ‘We’ve seen a slight impact, but not a dramatic impact’

Retailers not involved in the NY Attorney General’s investigation into the quality and standard of botanical supplements are also feeling an impact, albeit slight, says Tony Truesdale, CEO of Vitamin...

NIH survey of supplement use shows strong support for omega-3s, wavering commitment to joint ingredients and echinacea

A recently released survey by the National Institutes of Health showed significant shifts in how Americans were using dietary supplements in the years between 2007 and 2012.  Those shifts were...

BlueOcean targets tablet form of omega-3 delivery via latest joint venture

BlueOcean NutraSciences has signed a joint venture agreement with a Canadian technology firm to bring a slow release tablet form of omega-3s to market using its algal and shrimp oils,...

Proven ingredients, omega-3s for cross sell key to success in cognitive health space, marketing experts say

Marketers of cognitive support products experience some common pitfalls, according to experts at NutraScience Labs, the newly constituted marketing arm of Twinlab. Failure to rely on proven ingredients and lack...

DGAC: Public and private sectors must work together to achieve a population-wide culture of health

Dietary Guidelines for Americans should factor in sustainability, says DGAC report

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) – an panel of experts tasked with developing recommendations about what Americans should eat – has submitted its report to the U.S. Departments of...

UNPA unveils insurance plan offering enhanced coverage for companies that clear high quality bar

The United Natural Products Alliance has announced a new insurance program designed especially for the needs of the dietary supplements industry.  The program takes a detailed look at company operations...

Innophos' sales down 1% for 2014 on supply bottleneck, soft demand

Specialty phosphate producer Innophos experienced a sales decline both for its fourth quarter of 2014 and well as for the entire year. Soft market conditions were to blame as well...

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NPA keeps pressure on NY AG with grassroots campaign

The Natural Products Association (NPA) is mobilizing a grassroots campaign to maintain the pressure on the NY Attorney General to release the details of the DNA barcoding study used to...

Education gap on supplements means myths can persist among pharmacists, MDs

The New York AG affair has revealed a gulf: While the majority of Americans say they use dietary supplements, few of them understand much about how they’re made, or regulated....

Cyanotech expands astaxanthin market share, moves toward fully integrated production

Cyanotech Corporation has broadened distribution of its finished goods brand Nutrex, helping the company achieve record sales.  Streamlined operations have helped the company approach gross profit margins of 50% and...

NBTY launches education campaign to revivify joint health category

Vitamin manufacturing giant NBTY has launched a effort to put a spring into the step of its venerable Osteo Bi-Flex brand with a marketing campaign to raise public awareness of...

GNC revenue declines as company revamps pricing, product mix and corporate culture

GNC Holdings reported declining sales in the fourth quarter and for its full 2014 fiscal year. CEO Michael Archbold attributed the declines to changes in pricing, revamping of stores’ product...

Usana's center of gravity continues to shift toward China

Usana Health Sciences posted strong fourth quarter results dampened somewhat by a discounting program undertaken to boost sales, the company announced this week. The company continued to show the fastest...

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Food Vision debuts Big Debates in Cannes

The 2015 Food Vision Big Debate will take place on 19 March 2015 during the truly global event for food and drink industry business leaders. It will be a highlight...

Weak omega-3s demand a blemish on FMC's nutritional sector revenues

FMC Corporation reported revenues in its health and nutrition sector of $828 million for its 2014 fiscal year.  Soft omega-3 demand for the year was a blemish on an otherwise...

Web portal established to share best supplement practices among health care practitioners

A new integrative learning tool for alternative health care practitioners aims to share what they’ve learned hands-on in their practices including how best to use dietary supplements to help their...

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Why start-ups will drive the future of health & wellness

Good news for would-be entrepreneurs – and even for executives inside big companies who long to create something new. In health and wellness, it is start-ups that are taking the...

Failing to label GMOs threatens food manufacturers’ relevance, consumer trust

As more consumers avoid genetically modified organisms, manufacturers that fail to label whether their products contain GMOs are at an increased risk of losing consumer trust and relevance, according to...

Competition between food, supplement firms heats up in functional segment

More supplement companies likely will expand into the food space in 2015 as consumers continue to shift towards functional and fortified foods and away from traditional pills and powders, predicts...

Insider: The three groups reached accord “surprisingly quickly”

3 into 1: Euro probiotics sector unites as sector sales drop 8%

Europe’s three biggest probiotic groups have united behind a new European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) to deal with the “critical” 6-year regulatory imbroglio that has seen an EU-wide...

Sleep: Consumers are looking for natural alternatives, but what's holding the category back?

The overall sleep aid category is growing at an eye-watering 27% and is expected to hit $732 million in 2018, but natural products and dietary supplements only occupy a small...

Leading British herbal organizations endorse Botanical Adulterants Educational Program

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) have thrown their support behind the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program.

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