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High engagement drives sports product franchise retailer Complete Nutrition's success

Complete Nutrition’s new CEO brings operational experience to the hands-on sports nutrition retailer as its seeks to extend its growth curve based on a franchising model.

Aged garlic may help reduce blood pressure, boost heart health: Study

Supplements of aged garlic (Allium sativum) may reduce mean blood pressure by 5.0 mmHg in uncontrolled hypertensives, says a new study funded by Wakunaga of America Co.

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...

OmniActive launches new plant-extract weight management product

Due to launch at Engredea 2016 next month, OmniActive’s latest ingredient product was designed to deliver weight management benefits in capsule, tablet, or powder formulas.

White House calls for microbiome science support

Industry stakeholders have expressed their support and excitement at a recent White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) national call to action for new public and private commitments...

Should EU mimic US supplement label database?

A US trade group has made moves to increase transparency and traceability in the supplement market by requiring all its members to submit product labels. Should the EU be considering...

California judge tosses Chipotle GMO labeling lawsuit

What does non-GMO mean? It depends on the consumer, says judge in Chipotle lawsuit

A California federal court has dismissed a high-profile lawsuit alleging Chipotle falsely advertised its food as non-GMO. And while it has given the plaintiff leave to amend her suit, it...

Dr Mercola to headline educational program at upcoming Healthy & Natural Show

Internationally renowned physician and New York Times Best Selling Author Dr. Joseph Mercola featured as keynote speaker at the Healthy & Natural Show, May 5-7, at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

AHPA, CRN, UNPA present unified front on self regulation initiatives

Three of the trade organizations representing the dietary supplement business came together in Utah this week to lend support to plans to extend the industry’s self regulation capabilities.

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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2015 ABC Varro E. Tyler Award for Phytomedicinal Research recipient announced

MediHerb, an Integria Healthcare brand, is a leading natural products company that specializes in research-based botanical medicines designed by and for professional health care providers...

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

A paradigm shift is needed to force delicate women’s health issues like vaginal infections and discharge out into the open, says industry microbiologist.

Probiotic strains may provide food allergy protection

A probiotic blend may be able to prevent sensitisation and allergy to cow’s milk by changing an individual's gut bacteria, a study has suggested.

Sprouts private label sales grew 30%+ in 2015 and now account for more than 9% of sales

Private label sales now account for almost one in every ten dollars spent at Sprouts stores, the Phoenix-based retailer revealed this week after posting better-than-expected Q4 results.

HMB may protect soldiers against inflammation during high intensity training

Military personnel undergoing high intensity training may benefit from HMB supplements, says a new study from the University of Central Florida, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheva, and the Israel...

GNC's Archbold: It's urgent to adopt new raw material GMPs in order to stem erosion in consumer confidence

GNC’s new raw material GMPs, announced as a final intent if not in final form at an industry event this week, is “a concept whose time has come,” according to CEO...

Mixed reaction from industry on new FDA commissioner

Dr. Robert Califf, President Obama’s nominee, has been confirmed to be the new FDA commissioner, and several supplement industry trade associations are trying to schedule a meeting with him as soon as...

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Indena self-affirms GRAS for Meriva curcumin ingredient

Italian botanical giant Indena has announced the self-affirmation of the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its curcumin phospholipid (Meriva).

Omega-3 supplements in pregnancy reduces baby's anaemia risk, study finds

Taking omega-3 supplements while pregnant may help prevent or reduce the risk of anaemia in newborns, a study has concluded.

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Vitamin Angels thanks supporters after record breaking 2015

Vitamin Angels reached 33% more children and mothers globally in 2015 than the previous year, with an all-time high of over 48 million served, the organization has announced.

GNC unveils raw materials GMP program it hopes will become blueprint for industry

GNC has announced a GMP plan for botanicals which it is implementing immediately for its suppliers. The company hopes the plan, announced at an industry meeting on Tuesday, will become...

Mushroom Matrix will rebrand as Om, launching at Expo West

The image overhaul is part of the company’s efforts to position itself more as a lifestyle product, as mushroom products expand nationwide.

Vitamin Shoppe CEO: “Functional and fortified foods represent an exciting opportunity for growth”

Growth in categories such as probiotics, protein, and functional foods and strong performance in e-commerce offset some disappointing results and weaknesses in key categories, says Colin Watts, CEO of Vitamin...

Vitamin K supplements may improve glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity: Review

Supplements of vitamin K1 and K2 may help reduce the risk of diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, says a new review of the scientific literature.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA thumbs up for creatine & muscle strength in older adults

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim for creatine and muscle strength in over 55s when combined with resistance training.

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