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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.

Team approach called for in designing cogent product research strategy

In designing a clinical trial strategy its important to keep end points in mind—and it’s not just avoiding disease endpoints we’re talking here. It’s vital to end up with information...

Idle investment capital driving consolidation in testing arena, exec says

The need to get higher returns on investment capital that has lain idle is driving the ongoing consolidation in the sphere of analytical testing according to Dave Kliber, CEO of...

Newly formed Capstone Nutrition part of the maturation of manufacturing end of supplement business, exec says

A new force has appeared on the contract manufacturing scene with the formation of Capstone Nutrition, which is an amalgamation of Integrity Nutraceuticals in Spring Hill, TN and Cornerstone Research...

AHPA launches import detention database in effort to see long term trends

The American Herbal Products Association has a launched a database that will track import interruptions. The database, which will be assembled via submissions from member companies and others, will help...

Streamlined operations, new product launch help Innophos prosper despite depressed sales

Specialty phosphate producer Innophos suffered sales declines in its third quarter of 2014 as the company struggled with a supply shortage for a key feedstock and some weakness in the...

Import detentions increasing and likely to accelerate as FSMA kicks into gear, expert says

Import refusals by the Food and Drug Administration are ramping up and are likely to become more common as some of the rules associated with the Food Safety Modernization Act...

CRN’s Mister on DSHEA’s ‘monumental anniversary’, companies choosing a side, and the critical role of contract manufacturers for GMP compliance

The 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is ‘monumental’, says Steve Mister from the CRN, but the industry shouldn’t rest on its laurels too long. ‘The...

Employee ownership key facet of plan to 'reauthenticate' Twinlab, Tolworthy says

Relaunching as an employee-owned company will help focus Twinlab on its mission of “reauthenticating” the brand in the natural channel, said CEO Tom Tolworthy.

In-house manufacturing becoming an important quality differentiator, NOW Foods CEO says

Consumers are increasingly sensitive to where products are made, and this has helped drive NOW Foods’ expansion of its in-house manufacturing capacity, said CEO Jim Emme.

Is FDA doing enough to stem tide of tainted products? Probably not

A review of recent FDA enforcement actions concerning tainted products marketed as dietary supplements highlights the scope of the problem facing regulators and the limitations they operate under in dealing...

Russia removes dietary supplements from import ban list

Russia has amended its ‘total embargo’ on western food imports to exclude dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral mixes, protein concentrates and dietary fibers.

CRN-I aims for new audience with supplement quality seminar set in Australia

The Council for Responsible Nutrition — International will reach a new audience with its annual supplement quality seminar with this year’s event set for Brisbane, Australia in October.

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Regulatory problems in China depress growth of Innophos's nutritional ingredient sales

The web of Chinese regulations regarding dietary ingredient import and export reached out to ensnare Innophos, a company that derives a portion of its revenue from selling phosphates and other...

'Fermentation revolution' transforming amino acid market, supplier says

The ongoing ‘fermentation revolution’ in the supply of amino acids continues to affect the production and potentially the price of these important nutrients, said Jim Schultz, CEO of GWI, a...

Adam Nutrition acquisition by IVC adds new capability for producing nutritional supplement powders in the US

International Vitamin Corporation (IVC) has acquired Adam Nutrition Inc., a move that boosts IVC’s existing manufacturing capacity for solid doses and adds a new capability for producing nutritional supplement and...

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Flora Research Labs director: 'It is my hope that through UNPA, we can more effectively communicate adulteration issues and analytical solutions'

Flora Research Laboratories, a leader in natural products research, testing, and phytoforensics, has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

‘The best way we can earn consumer trust is to give consumers more information’: IFOS expands services, launches new website

Consumer demands for more information and greater transparency are being met by a growing number of certifications in the dietary supplement and natural products industry. One such standard - the...

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UNPA continues to build science & technology membership as Genysis Labs joins

Full-service, cGMP-compliant testing lab Genysis Labs has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) as a science & technology services member.

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Why do many brand owners in the market interpret GMPs as stopping at the manufacturer’s door?

Many brand owners, particularly first time entry brand owners, remain ignorant about their responsibilities under good manufacturing practice (GMPs) when using contract manufacturers, say industry experts.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

There is much talk about sustainability in the dietary supplement ingredients marketplace, but what does it mean exactly? Consultant Chris Kilham, known as The Medicine Hunter, makes a strong case...

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Is a lack of GLPs for supplements a hindrance for the testing industry?

A lack of good laboratory practices specific to dietary supplements may be a hindrance in terms of assuring quality across the labs, but could the supplement industry come together to...

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‘Dry labbing’ is still out there, and there is still a market for it, say analytical experts

The practice of ‘dry labbing’ continues in the dietary supplement space, but could industry attempts to produce a ‘trusted list of labs’ help companies make better decisions and stay GMP...

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Mobile technology and RCTs: An innovative trend on the rise

Smart phones are enhancing the way CROs run clinical trials, but what's possible with mobile technology, how is the technology affecting recruitment and compliance, and how do you measure success?...

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A very hot area: The move is definitely for more data, not less, says CROs

Tightening regulations, crowded categories, and more demanding consumers are making product-specific data a very hot area, leading contract research organizations (CROs) tell NutraIngredients-USA.

Crowd-funding: SmartyPants raises an additional $2.2 million, but how are other supplement start-ups doing?

SmartyPants Vitamins has just announced that it has closed a $2.2 million second round of financing via CircleUp, bringing their crowdfunding total to $4.7 million, but what separates this company...