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Outsourcing

From contract manufacturing to third-party analytical labs and clinical trials, the world of outsourcing is a growth sector of the dietary supplements industry. We bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important sector.

Sports supplement seller bets on non-GMO veggie soft gels

Sports Research, a California-based supplement brand holder, has taken a big step toward differentiating its product line with the introduction of what it says is the first vegan, non-GMO gel...

China probe propels Usana stock price slide

Usana Health Sciences’ shares declined as the company reported disappointing earnings and announced an internal investigation of its business in mainland China.

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UNPA welcomes new executive members

Chinese contract manufacturer Sirio Pharma and botanical ingredients supplier Verdure Sciences have joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) as executive members.

Special Edition: Immune Support

Interest in immune support clinical trials increases, despite complexities of immune system

Consumer interest in immune health is high but supporting potential structure-function claims for dietary supplements is challenging given the complexities of the immune system. Multiple options are available, leading CROs...

Concern verges on panic in supplement industry over Trump's China trade stance

President elect Donald Trump campaigned on a program of redressing what he characterized as wrongs in the trade relationship between the United States and China. That stance, and his choice...

Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

A year after the NY AG probe on botanical supplements, big calls for transparency came from both consumers and the industry. This year, we dedicated some of our in-depth coverage...

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SternMaid America adds new blending line for pilot trials

Contract manufacturer SternMaid America is adding a new blending line for pilot trials and sample quantities from 25 to 300 kg, which is due to be commissioned at the end of 2016.

Indena's sourcing program recognized with sustainability award

A recent award given to botanical ingredient supplier Indena validates what the company has been striving to do for a number of years: To do good while doing well.

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Gemini Pharmaceuticals expands Ribus partnership for clean label offerings

Contract manufacturer Gemini Pharmaceuticals is expanding its partnership with Ribus to offer Nu-MAG for magnesium stearate replacement in dietary supplements.

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Nellson to relocate to new facility as next step in its ‘aggressive transformation’

Nutrition bar and powder provider Nellson LLC is investing up to $50 million to build a new facility in Ontario, CA to better serve the rapidly evolving needs of its...

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4Excelsior gets Informed-Choice certification

Anaheim-based contact manufacturer 4Excelsior has attained the international sports nutrition manufacturing certification Informed-Choice.

GNC raw material proposal in active revision, AHPA says

The botanical raw material GMP proposal put forward by GNC earlier this year is in active revision, according the American Herbal Products Association.

Special Edition: Contract manufacturing

Qualifying your contract manufacturer: The key questions to ask

Asking for details of the quality program, and physically visiting a facility to audit it are just two of the top things that brand owners should do to qualify their...

Plant-based and transparent: How contract manufacturers innovate in a global market

The old adage “customer is king” rings true to most industries. But for companies working mostly in the B2B space, like contract manufacturers, the end consumer sits on an even...

Traders pound USANA's stock over slowdown in China sales

USANA Health Sciences reported $232.6 million in net sales in its fourth quarter, a 2.1% year-over-year increase. That amounted to $1.83 in earnings per share, but these figures disappointed analysts,...

GOED EXCHANGE 2016

NMR test method could revolutionize verification of omega-3 oils

Transparency in the supply chain rests on reliable tests to verify the provenance of ingredients, but proving beyond doubt where an oil came from has been a problem in the...

GOED EXCHANGE 2016

Traceability, a big topic at recent GOED Exchange meeting, to be covered in impending online Transparency Forum

Traceability and verifiability were big topics at the GOED Exchange meeting that took place last week in the Canary Islands. These topics will be addressed in an online forum later...

Onset of FSMA to drive continued demand for consulting services, expert says

The demand for consulting services will only continue to rise as new laws come into full implementation, said a consulting company executive.

Special Edition: Transparency in Supplements

Experts say transparency gains momentum even if consumers might not fully understand concept

Marketing experts agree that the concept of transparency is gaining steam among consumers. Even if shoppers don’t always understand what the word means, the concept isn’t going away.

Consulting firm rolls out monitoring tool to help with FSMA compliance

Record keeping can be the bane of the compliant manufacturer’s existence. The Food Safety Modernization Act will impose further burdens, which can be streamlined with a service being rolled out...

FDA's move to seize products from foreign firms failing GMPs seen as important first step

A recent move by the Food and Drug Administration to detain products without examination from  foreign firms that have failed GMP inspections is welcome step toward "draining the swamp," said United Natural...

Independent benchmarks show Alkemist Labs’ “commitment to the highest standards of testing”

Alkemist Labs has achieved ISO 17025 accreditation and also announced it has met the AOAC Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee guidelines.

Sabinsa concludes curcumin patent suit that was part of a series involving Indian suppliers

Sabinsa Corp. has prevailed in yet another patent infringement suit based on its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient. The most recent settlement is one in a series of suits the company...

Opportunities in China driving strong outlook for supplements in 2016, analyst says

Market analyst Steve Hanson expects continued growth and investment in the dietary supplement and health food spaces in 2016, with opportunities in China leading the way.

NIU's Transparency Forum to look at post-NYAG landscape

The actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have put an unprecedented pressure on the dietary supplement business, especially those companies dealing in herbal products. 

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