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How do you differentiate supplements in a busy market place, and who are the big players? NutraIngredients-USA brings you the latest news and developments from the leading dietary supplement manufacturers.

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Nellson adds bar manufacturing capacity in Canada

Nutrition bar and powder specialist Nellson is expanding its production capacity at one of its Canadian plants and its consolidating the management of its Canadian operations.

Nutraceutical International chugs along fueled by latest acquisitions

Nutraceutical International Corporation continues to make good on its acquisition strategy by posting a 7.4% net sales gain for its second quarter.

Capstone files $65 million breach of contract suit against MusclePharm

Capstone Nutrition has sued MusclePharm for breach of contract, stating in its complaint that “MusclePharm has essentially turned Capstone into its bank.”

Special Edition: Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturers compete in crowded field on quality, price, dosage form familiarity

Contract manufacturers bring a range of capabilities to the table, from pricing advantages based on scale, to expertise with certain market niches or dosage forms, to a reputation for top...

Data dive, hands-on approach both advocated as trend spotting methods

What drives new trends? Is this best discovered seeing them unfold in real time at hands of innovators, or are they better discerned via a deep dive into marketing data? ...

Vegan meal replacement makers want to reach underserved populations by using hip hop tie-in

VeganSmart, a plant-based line of meal replacements, is penetrating areas plagued with malnutrition via a unique marketing vehicle—the power of hip hop.

Nationwide GMO labeling, insurance coverage & increased enforcement top NPA's wish list on Capitol Hill

Members of the Natural Products Association met with their senators' and representatives' offices in Washington, DC, April 13 to promote standardized GMO labeling nationwide, insurance coverage of dietary supplements, increased...

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

There is an opportunity for companies to use bioavailability enhancement to differentiate their products, even if consumers don’t have a firm grasp of specific technologies, an expert says.

List of food, supplement facilities registered with FDA misses firms that avoid filing, expert says

More than half of food facilities currently registered with the Food and Drug Administration are located outside the US. But that figure might disguise a number of unregistered domestic facilities,...

Omega Protein exits high concentrate fish oils business; refocuses on base oil supply

Omega Protein Corporation has made a strategic decision to exit the concentrated omega-3s oils business, an industry segment it has been participating in since 2011. The company announced the move...

Efforts to standardize documentation practices detailed at UNPA meeting

Trying to solve the supply chain issues facing the dietary supplement industry is complicated by the muddled state of documentation practices, but there are efforts underway to address the problem.

SmartyPants attracts capital infusion, extends line with women's and men's gummy formulas

SmartyPants Vitamins is expanding its range of gummy vitamins with specific women’s and men’s formulations. The company’s success in this product category recently attracted an infusion of private investment capital....

New cloud-based tool aims to streamline product development process

Dietary supplement product development, especially for multi-ingredient formulas, has been a costly undertaking in the past. A new cloud-based software tool promises to streamline that process and cut R&D costs....

Major product liability insurance provider exits dietary supplements business

A major product liability provider is exiting the dietary supplement field, but observers of insurance trends said it’s unlikely to have big impact on insurance rates or availability.

Round-up: Recent supplement industry advertising challenges by ASRC

In the past few months, five nutritional supplements by various brands have been investigated by two branches of the ASRC. Two of these products have been discontinued

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...

Trends food businesses should take note of for 2016

Consumer trends-analyst Phil Lempert offers a remedy to brand agnosticism, the trend he says “food businesses should be most worried about.”

With right approach liposomes can be 'natural,' manufacturer says

Making a ‘natural’ liposome is a matter both of manufacturing technology and of careful messaging, says formulation pioneer Empirical Labs.

Prolific class action law firm sued for alleged racketeering

The firm of prominent attorney Jonathan Emord on behalf of a client has filed a lawsuit against Newport Trial Group, a California law firm noted for its numerous class actions....

Holland & Barrett results a bright spot for NBTY as it posts razor-thin overall sales gain in 2015

NBTY recorded $3.23 billion in net sales in its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2015. That total represented a razor-thin gain from the previous, disappointing year but nevertheless was a...

AstaReal launches direct to consumer supplements to expand astaxanthin market, applications

AstaReal Group has launched two direct to consumer astaxanthin supplements under its Astavita brand name.  The supplements feature raw material from the company’s newly expanded Moses Lake, WA production facility....

In-house labs make sense in era of mounting pressure on supply chain, NOW Foods' Secrist says

The mounting pressure on supply chain verification means it’s time for more companies in the dietary supplements industry to consider building and staffing their own labs, said NOW Foods exec...

GNC lays out initiative for supplement industry meant to recapture quality narrative

GNC laid out a blueprint for the dietary supplement industry for a quality initiative including pre-market product registration at a meeting last week in Salt Lake City. The initiative builds...

Supplement firm still in operation despite slew of disease claims, GMP violations

A warning letter issued last month to dietary supplement firm Sound Healing Arts illustrates what’s wrong with the current enforcement picture at FDA, says an industry observer.

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