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Glucosamine supplements top seller among pet owners despite withdrawn AVMA recommendation, says Packaged Facts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

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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.

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.

For video gamers, cognitive supplements have an edge over energy drinks

Energy and sports drink companies have heavily invested in marketing towards the video gaming community, a space which the cognitive supplement space may benefit from, according to category experts.

Personalized nutrition startup Vitamin Packs highlights ‘trillions’ of combination possibilities

With around 70 supplement offerings and an algorithm developed with support by medical advisors, Vitamin Packs believes it can get very personal within the personalized nutrition space.

Data show botanicals are best selling category of supplements

The botanicals sector is thriving, in part because it is hooking onto broader trends in the culture. That’s the message that audience members received during a webinar yesterday.

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Herbal supplements all too often ignore underlying principles, experts say

Fitting ingredients that come out of traditional medical systems into the modern marketplace can be a fraught exercise, experts say.

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Jiaherb adopts Rhodiola through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb program

New Jersey-based Jiaherb, a manufacturer and supplier of natural and botanical ingredients, has adopted the plant Rhodiola rosea through the Adopt-an-Herb program by the American Botanical Council (ABC).

Online event to examine promise, potential pitfalls of botanicals

The botanicals sector has driven much of the innovation in the dietary supplement industry over the years.  It’s also a point of risk, with regulators, lawmakers and media commentators voicing...

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Vitamin World revamps online commerce infrastructure

Retailer Vitamin World has partnered with Visionet Systems to transform its digital commerce infrastructure, with a strong focus on seamlessly integrating their online channel, brick-and-mortar stores and backend supply chain...

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Systematic reviews backing efficacy of botanical ingredients continue to pile up, expert says

The good news in the botanicals sector is that increasing numbers of systematic reviews and meta-analyses show that there is strong support for the health benefits of these ingredients, said...

VIDEO: Should we define dietary fiber on the basis of what it is or what it does?

Which ingredients should be classified as dietary fibers and why? Elaine Watson caught up with Dr Dennis Gordon from North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the IFT show in Las...

Presentation on Vitamin K2 research supports Brazil market entry

A presentation to cardiologists provided an important point of entry into the Brazilian market for Vitamin K2, a supplier says.

Amazon helps startups find their footing and get in the door with brick & mortar retailers

Amazon.com offers startups a way to test their products' proof of concept and gain an early, loyal following before approaching large physical retailers. But the website also leaves brands vulnerable...

NutraIngredients-Asia launches Japan newsletter

NutraIngredients-Asia.com has launched a Japan newsletter to provide news and insights about the nutrition, health and dietary supplements industry with content produced in both Japanese and English.

Australian supplements exports to China double in two years

More than half of all Australia’s supplements exports are now going to China or to Hong Kong, with the overall value of industry exports doubling in the past two years....

For botanical supplements, sound science beats celebrity endorsements

Botanical supplements come and go in public consciousness, receiving a spike of attention after a celebrity endorsement, and then fading away for one reason or another.

Alibaba’s health platform reveals China’s biggest and fastest-growing supplement categories

Whey protein, enzymes and collagen products take the top three spots in China’s cross-border e-commerce sales, according to the international director of Ali Health, part of the Alibaba group.

NSF International voices support for Supplement OWL

The Supplement OWL will be a “valuable tool for regulators, retailers and consumers”, said Lori Bestervelt, executive VP and chief technical officer of NSF International, following her organization’s endorsement of...

New China newsletter launched by NutraIngredients-Asia...sign up for free!

NutraIngredients-Asia had launched a new China email newsletter to shine the spotlight on one of the most crucial nations for the industry's growth, with articles published in both Chinese and...

'Amazon has moved squarely onto the turf of traditional supermarkets and poses a much more significant threat,’ says analyst as ecommerce giant pays $13.7bn for Whole Foods

While TABS Analytics founder Dr Kurt Jetta argues that Amazon is effectively ‘raising the white flag’ when it comes to food e-commerce by coughing up $13.7bn to buy a bricks...