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From the financial performance of ingredients companies to mergers and acquisitions that could impact supply or prices, we provide full details of all the latest financial news from companies operating in this dynamic market sector.

NCN: “We have reached a critical mass of strategic investor members of NCN in the supply and specialty nutrient business and believe this is a good time to expand our network into Europe.”

US investment network targets European health & wellness firms

Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) is setting up shop in Europe this May at Vitafoods in Geneva and is scouting for investment opportunities in the health and wellness sector.

CRN will be NYAS promotional partner for nutrition economics conference

Citing strong interest in the economic impact of proper nutrition, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced it is a promotional partner for the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)...

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Jamieson Labs sold to US private equity firm

Jamieson’s Laboratories, Ltd, Canada’s leading dietary supplement manufacturer, has entered into an agreement to sell the company to CCMP Capitol Advisors for a reported $300 million.

$130 million in financing to underpin Twinlab management buyout

Capstone Financial Group will act as advisor and help raise $130 million in financing to underpin a planned management buyout of Twinlab Corp. and attendant formation of a new entity...

Luis Fernando Maida (left), president of Grupo Bioagri, and João Pedro Jock Piva, director food and water group of Grupo São Camilo
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Mérieux NutriSciences strengthens Latin American presence

Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired a Brazilian lab to expand business in Latin America.

Federal budget bill boosts FDA funding, according AHPA analysis

The new omnibus appropriations bill that surprisingly sailed through Congress recently contains significant budget increases for the Food and Drug administration. Whether those increases will match FDA’s expanded responsibilities under...

Vestiage hires direct-media partner with history of building brands

Vestiage, Inc., a California-based nutraceutical company pursuing an off-the-shelf launch strategy, has enlisted ROI Media to conduct a direct-to-consumer marketing campaign.

Herbalife's business model changes should finally put criticisms to rest, CEO says

Herbalife, the network marketing nutritional products giant, has recorded another quarter of double-digit growth, a quarter in which it moved to alter its business model to respond to public criticism,...

Software maintenance solution can help boost manufacturers' GMP compliance

AssetPoint, a provider of maintenance software solutions, helps dietary supplement manufacturers bolster their equipment maintenance record keeping, somethat that can be a weak spot in their Good Manufacturing Practice compliance...

Fast growing gummy vitamin company hits 'home run' with crowd funding site

SmartyPants Vitamins, which specializes in delivering vitamin formulas via a gummy delivery system, has raised $2.59 million via a crowd funding platform to drive new growth.  Getting the money was...

Herbal supplement sales rose 5.5% in US in 2012, ABC says

Herbal dietary supplement sales increased 5.5% in the United States in 2012 according a new report in HerbalGram, the publication of the American Botanical Council.

M&A activity on pace to match 2012 totals, investment group says

Investment and acquisition trends in the health & wellness industry in 2013 are on a pace to match 2012, according to a report by Nutrition Capital Network (NCN).

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage reports 30.5% sales growth in quarter

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc., a major dietary supplements and organic foods retailer, has reported 30.5% sales growth and double digit comparable store sales growth in the third quarter...

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Herbalife granted 25th direct selling license in China

Direct selling giant Herbalife has passed a milestone by receiving its 25th direct selling license in China.  Direct selling activities are closely regulated in China, making the receiving of licenses a...

Herbalife clarifies position of distributors who sign up only for discounts

Herbalife moved again to respond to criticisms of its business model by renaming a category of participants in its multi level marketing organization from “distributor” to “member.”

Long term trends will continue to drive M&A interest in supplement space, expert says

When Reckitt Benser group outbid Bayer to buy Schiff Nutrition International, members of the investment community sat up and took notice.  Did this signal a fundamental shift in how financiers...

Will vitamin C price fixing victory constrain future Chinese cartel behavior?

A longstanding vitamin C price fixing case has reached conclusion with a $162 million judgment in the case involving four Chinese companies. While its a victory for the concept of...

Maturation of fish oil sales leaves supplements seeking next growth driver

The explosive growth of fish oil omega 3s sales has buoyed the dietary supplement sector in recent years.  With the fish oil market trending toward maturity, the industry needs a...

Nestlé buys Louisiana depression food firm

Nestlé has bought its second brain health-focused medical foods start-up in eight months after snaffling Red River Pharma-owned Pamlab which makes high-dose vitamin supplements targeting depression, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Special edition: Omega-3 (Editor's blog)

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

Just got off the phone to Ola Snove, the new(ish) CEO of Aker part-owned Norwegian omega-3 specialist Epax. Wanted to know his view on high-end omega-3 prospects that have attracted...

UK venture capitalists eye expansion at Israeli antioxidant specialists

Southern Israel-based algae-sourced astanxanthin specialists Algatechnologies has won investment from a UK venture capitalist in a move that will broaden its capacity, R&D and distribution scope for the eye and...

Social media push, discounting to drive GNC in 2013, CEO says

GNC is pushing strongly ahead with a social media marketing campaign to further expand its “unique customer base” said CEO Joe Fortunato in the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. ...

M&A numbers down, but value of deals is up, investment group says

Nutrition Capital Network noted a record 247 deals in the health and wellness sector in 2012.  Within that number, the group noted a decline in the number of M&A deals...

Acquisition happy: Naturex 2012 sales up 18.1% in 2012 ; Raisio improves 5.7%

Two leading European ingredients suppliers have bucked hard economic times to post strong results for 2012, with French botanical extracts specialist, Naturex, and Finish agriculture, ingredients and brand owner, Raisio,...

Evolva pays €550,000 for Fluxome resveratrol business

Swiss biotech firm Evolva has bought failing Fluxome’s, yeast-derived resveratrol business for about €550,000 in cash and shares, but says it has no interest in the remaining omega-3 business being...

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