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Consolidation & diversification - There is plenty of both going on in the nutra space currently, with companies large and small being acquired and acquiring. We keep you up to date on all the latest important deals.

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OmniActive expands natural extract capabilities with Indfrag acquisition

OmniActive Health Technologies Ltd. has acquired an 85% stake with Bangalore-based natural ingredients player Indfrag Ltd.

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Is the Carlyle Group exploring a sale of Nature’s Bounty?

Goldman Sachs Group Inc has been hired by the Carlyle Group LP to help it explore the sale of The Nature's Bounty Co, according to Reuters.

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OmniActive Health Technologies gets $35 million investment from Everstone Group

Private equity firm Everstone Group has acquired a significant minority stake in OmniActive Health Technologies to help OmniActive in diversifying and expanding its offerings.

KD Pharma, Marine Ingredients merge to form world's third-biggest omega-3s supplier

A powerful new omega-3s player will enter the market with the announcement of a merger between KD Pharma and Marine Ingredients.  The combination will form the third-biggest company in the...

'The race is on in this industry to take positions for future growth of probiotics.'

Probiotics giant buys world’s best-documented strain

Danish probiotics and enzymes leader Chr Hansen has paid €73m in cash to acquire the Lactobacillus rhamnosus-based LGG suite of probiotic strains from Finnish dairy group, Valio.

NuGo Nutrition acquires protein bar manufacturer Promax

Protein bar manufacturer Promax has been acquired by Pennsylvania-based NuGo Nutrition.

Lonza acquires InterHealth for $300m

Lonza has announced its plans to acquire Benicia, CA-based InterHealth Nutraceuticals, a nutritional ingredient research, development, and manufacture company.

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Private equity acquisition trend continues with sale of probiotic brand

The steady march of acquistions in the natural products business fueled by private equity continues with the purchase of a probiotics line by Clarion Brands.

DuPont reports first positive sales numbers in several quarters

DuPont reported higher earnings on improved margins even as sales figures were hurt by foreign currency headwinds as a planned merger with Dow Chemical Co moves forward.

Crisis plan needs to extend to financial risk too, ChromaDex learns

Having a crisis communications plan in place to deal with allegations of financial impropriety is a must for a public company, as ChromaDex Corp recently learned to its chagrin.

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Milk Specialties management teams with equity firm in buyout

The management team of Milk Specialities Global has partnered with a private equity firm to acquire the assets of the company, it was announced yesterday.

Omega Protein shareholders elect Wynnefield's slate of board candidates

The management of Omega Protein Corporation has lost its defensive battle with Wynnefield Capital as the investment’s firm’s preferred board nominees were overwhelmingly elected by shareholders on Tuesday. ...

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ProBiora Health acquires Oragenics’ consumer probiotic business

ProBiora Health, LLC, an entity owned by Ms. Christine L. Koski, has agreed to buy the consumer probiotic business of Oragenics, Inc. for $1.7 million in cash.

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Upcoming seminar to focus on financing a CPG company

Investment experts and industry-leading entrepreneurs will provide insights and tips on how to improve the odds of successfully obtaining financing during the upcoming “Financing Your Consumer Products Company” seminar.

Doctor's Best sold to Chinese company, extending trend in industry

The Doctor’s Best brand of supplements has been sold to a major Chinese ingredient manufacturer, which is part of a trend in the industry, one observer said.

Stauber gets off to roaring start with Hawkins

Another company has reported success with an acquisition in the dietary supplements ingredients space as Hawkins, Inc. reported strong earnings growth attributed in part to its purchase of Stauber.

Bad publicity pall stalls M&A activity in supplements even as transactions soar in organic & natural foods, beverages

A hangover from the negative publicity of the past year has stalled M&A and financing activity in dietary supplements, even as this activity booms in other categories of the health...

For Frutarom, small is beautiful when looking at acquisition targets

In US basketball lingo they call it playing small ball. Frutarom, which supplies flavors, fragrances and dietary supplement ingredients, has grown to one of the world’s largest companies in the...

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Balchem acquires leading mineral player Albion

Leading mineral amino acid chelates manufacturer Albion International, Inc., has been acquired by Balchem Corporation.

Online retailer Swanson acquired by private equity firm

One of the dietary supplement industry’s largest online retailers, Swanson Health Products, has been acquired by acquired by a private equity firm.

Krill oil supplier Neptune bolsters formulation, marketing support with Biodroga acquisition

Canadian krill oil supplier Neptune Technologies and Bioressources is moving up the value chain by acquiring formulation service provider Biodroga for about $10.6 million (USD).

"Transformational": Hawkins' acquisition of Stauber creates major player in manufacturing, supply space

Hawkins Inc. has announced completion of its acquisition of Stauber Performance Ingredients in a cash for stock transaction valued at $157 million. It’s the second time Stauber has changed hands...

Marine Ingredients filling in vertical integration pieces with purchase of softgel facility

Marine Ingredients continues to build out its capabilities along the omega-3 value chain with its recent acquisition of a Florida-based softgel manufacturer.

Investment capital continues to chase protein plays, experts say

Protein via nutrition bars and other delivery modes has driven much of the recent M&A activity in the dietary supplement and functional foods space, experts say.

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