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View from the aisles: Retailer news

View from the aisles: Retailer news

News and trends down the chain, from consumer habits to retailer trends, have implications for supplement manufacturers across the country. In this Topic category we keep an eye on key developments in the dietary supplement retail space. 

'Amazon has moved squarely onto the turf of traditional supermarkets and poses a much more significant threat,’ says analyst as ecommerce giant pays $13.7bn for Whole Foods

While TABS Analytics founder Dr Kurt Jetta argues that Amazon is effectively ‘raising the white flag’ when it comes to food e-commerce by coughing up $13.7bn to buy a bricks...

The Supplement OWL product registry goes live

The Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) has officially gone live, with 51 Brand Names and 2,576 labels already in the product label database.

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

GNC’s Q1: ‘Customers are coming back to our stores’

Shares in GNC rose Tuesday after its first quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations. The improvements were linked to the company’s One New GNC model that introduced a new pricing...

No longer a ‘startup’: Bulu Box goes from samples to subscriptions

With its core business of sending boxes of health food and dietary supplement samples to consumers’ doorsteps, Bulu Box has enjoyed 300% revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. It's staff...

Amazon jumps into supplement space with the launch of ‘Amazon Elements’ line

Online retailing giant Amazon is dipping it’s toes in the waters with its own private label dietary supplement line. But the giant’s toes may cause waves instead of ripples and...

Vitamin Shoppe & Dr Tieraona Low Dog partner for consumer & employee holistic health training

Vitamin Shoppe announced a new partnership with natural medicine expert Tieraona Low Dog, MD, to produce multimedia for its online shops, as well as design a training program for brick-and-mortar...

RangeMe adds 1,000 new suppliers a week

LuckyVitamin: Product discovery is a messy process; it's a combination of art and science

18 months after its US launch, online product discovery platform RangeMe is adding 1,000 new CPG suppliers a week as more high-profile retailers use it to identify and compare new products.

NPA shrinks board with new bylaws, expands membership categories

The Natural Products Association has approved a bylaw change that will shrink the size of the group’s board from 22 to what the group’s CEO calls a more manageable nine....

To prep for April public launch, Supplement OWL site gets a few tweaks

The Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) website has been updated to include easier data input instructions, streamlining the data population process for the first industry-wide registry of finished products.


Has Whole Foods lost its mojo?

As natural and organic goes mainstream, Whole Foods’ differentiator is, well, not that different from the rest of the market anymore, says one retail analyst.

What’s on NutraIngredients-USA's 2017 Editorial Calendar?

From immune support to deep dives into sports nutrition, personalized nutrition, botanicals, omega-3s, probiotics, pet supplements, and more, Nutraingredients-USA’s 2017 editorial calendar of special editions spans the hottest trends in...

Crio Bru and Vitamin Shoppe’s unpredictable partnership expands the consumer reach of each

On the surface, the recent expansion of Crio Bru’s brewing cocoa into the nutritional supplement retailer Vitamin Shoppe may not appear to be a logical fit, but the limited arrangement...

NPA launches SSCI with GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart & Whole Foods onboard

The Natural Products Association has officially launched the Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative (SSCI), with some of the largest retailers of natural products and supplements involved.

GNC to overhaul in-store experience in bid to halt sales slide

Supplement retailing giant GNC will hit the reset button on its customer experience by closing all of its corporate-owned stores for one day next week to install new checkout terminals...

News in brief

Vitamin Shoppe expands across LATAM

Supplement retailer The Vitamin Shoppe has opened its first two franchise stores in Paraguay, and has also expanded its presence in Panama and Guatemala.

GRMA close to finalizing consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) expects to finalize and publish a consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements before the end of Q1 2017.

Consumers feel more connected to retailers that reflect their communities, C Space survey finds

Offering a small selection of locally produced food and beverages is no longer enough to set retailers apart -- now the entire store needs to reflect the community it serves...

Natural Grocers same store sales disappoint; guidance for 2017 ratcheted down

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage continues to grow, but increased competition has the company becoming tied ever more firmly to its strategy of aggressive growth in the number of stores.

Vitamin Shoppe to revamp outlets as 'wellness' locations, restricts expansion plans

Vitamin Shoppe is embarking on a plan to revamp existing stores as  ‘wellness locations’ with in-store beverage bars, sampling counters and the possible addition of perishable items. The plan also...

Survey finds consumers are cautious, which could put pressure on supplement margins

Consumers are likely to be cautious in spending during the holidays and into the new year, a new consumer research survey has found. While there is still good support for...

GNC's revenues drop 8%; stock price dives by 25%

GNC lost a quarter of its market capitalization Thursday as its stock price plunged after a disappointing third quarter earnings report. 

GNC could be the next supplement firm to be taken into Chinese ownership

GNC could become the latest vitamin and supplement firm to have Chinese owners, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the company has met with several interested parties.

Companies beta-testing CRN’s dietary supplement product registry

Nine companies are beta-testing the CRN’s product registry – the Supplement Online Wellness Library (Supplement OWL) – which is being developed and administered by UL.

Walmart to eliminate ‘independent verification’ statement from Spring Valley Supplements

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will remove the “Verified by an independent, certified laboratory” statement from its store-brand Spring Valley dietary supplement labels, following an agreement with Iowa’s Attorney General.

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