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Digitalisation, fragmentation and the new food landscape – will your firm survive?

Digitalisation, fragmentation and the new food landscape – will your firm survive?

Julian Mellentin

Director - New Nutrition Business

The digital age has changed everything – fragmenting both consumer taste and industry response to it. Is your business tuned in to a shift that is pushing start-ups front and centre like never before or are you soon to be swept away?

Published: 16-Dec-2015

Protein could give products for endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods Ingredients

Protein could give endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods

A new fast absorbing protein from Arla Foods Ingredients could help crack open the endurance sports sector, which has significant potential for growth but until now has been largely dominated by sports drinks with only carbohydrates and electrolytes. 

Published: 23-Oct-2015

Firm has automated solution to ease GMP documentation burden

Firm has automated solution to ease GMP documentation burden

Complying with the paperwork required by full GMP compliance has proved to be a headache for dietary supplement companies.  Procedures automation firm Instant GMP can help.

Published: 22-Oct-2015

Extent of confusion about “natural” continues as trade group works to define the term

Confusion over natural continues as trade group tries to define term

The term “natural” is an extremely effective marketing claim that taps into one of the hottest current trends in food and beverage, but because it is not defined, it leaves consumers confused and companies vulnerable to false claims allegations. 

Published: 22-Oct-2015

Fabricant: “We have to stay vigilant; FTC is not going away”

Fabricant: “We have to stay vigilant; FTC is not going away”

The recent Bayer victory in its case with the FTC is a positive for industry, but it is not going to solve all of the industry’s FTC problems, says Dr Daniel Fabricant, CEO and Executive Director of the Natural Products Association.

Published: 21-Oct-2015

AHPA’s McGuffin: We already have a working label database so why we would shift that to a mandatory system under the FDA?

AHPA’s McGuffin: We already have a working label database so why we would shift that to a mandatory system under the FDA?

Proposals to introduce a mandatory pre-market registration of products with the FDA have received a lot of discussion in industry circles, but a voluntary system already exists and is functioning well, says Michael McGuffin, President of the American Herbal Products Association.

Published: 21-Oct-2015

Wholesale hemp prices declining despite fractured US supply chains, investment advisor says

Wholesale hemp prices declining despite fractured US supply chains, investment advisor says

Investment opportunities in the CBD space continue to abound despite the regulatory uncertainties, the director of a Boulder-based fund says.

Published: 20-Oct-2015

Whether it's one study or two, FTC still taking deep dive on design, data, and statistical analysis, expert says

Whether it's one study or two, FTC still taking deep dive on design, data, and statistical analysis, expert says

Recent court cases may put the Federal Trade Commission’s penchant for requiring two trials to support health claims into the pending category. But that hasn’t blunted FTC’s increasingly detailed look at the design of the studies themselves, said lawyer Ivan Wasserman.

Published: 19-Oct-2015

Cost stability, blending capabilities bode well for pea protein, supplier says

Cost stability, blending capabilities bode well for pea protein, supplier says

Blending is the way forward for plant based proteins in sports nutrition and their price stability can help manufacturers, says World Food Processing president Tyler Lorenzen.

Published: 19-Oct-2015

GOED exec on national campaigns, health claims, and El Niño

GOED exec on national campaigns, health claims, and El Niño

A positive decision from the FDA on a qualified health claim for omega-3s and blood pressure would be “further justification that EPA and DHA are good for your heart”, says Adam Ismail, Executive Director of GOED.

Published: 19-Oct-2015

The NY AG has become an expert on supplements, so what next?

The NY AG has become an expert on supplements, so what next?

The New York Attorney General is now approaching the supplements industry from three directions – commercial,  scientific, and legal – says Loren Israelsen. But what does this mean and what’s next?

Published: 19-Oct-2015

Schneiderman pushed industry to ramp up quality game, Blumenthal said

Schneiderman pushed industry to ramp up quality game, Blumenthal said

The attacks on the dietary supplement industry orchestrated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have had beneficial effect, said American Botanical Council founder Mark Blumenthal. There is no denying the quality temperature is rising.

Published: 16-Oct-2015

IPA chief: "Regulators are starting to turn the corner on probiotics"

IPA chief: "Regulators are starting to turn the corner on probiotics"

A new-look International Probiotics Association is creating dialogue with key regulators around the world, and the regulators are starting to turn the corner on how they regulate the friendly bugs, says the association’s executive director.

Published: 16-Oct-2015

FDA’s Welch: ‘We are not seeing the drastic jumps in GMP compliance that we would like to see’

FDA’s Welch: ‘We are not seeing the drastic jumps in GMP compliance that we would like to see’

With about 50% of the industry's facilities inspected, GMP compliance is largely not where the FDA would want it to be, said the Agency's Dr Cara Welch. 

Published: 15-Oct-2015

Is DNA barcoding now the adulteration tool du jour?

Is DNA barcoding now the adulteration tool du jour?

The NY Attorney General’s focus on DNA barcoding may actually be making quality worse, says Frank Jaksch, CEO of ChromaDex, and the focus should be on supply chain management and not analytical techniques.

Published: 14-Oct-2015

Dutch supplier unveils egg protein with pre-diabetic positioning

Dutch supplier unveils egg protein with pre-diabetic positioning

Dutch company Newtricious is bringing a new egg protein hydrosolate ingredient market with data backing its cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits.

Published: 14-Oct-2015

PLT Health Solutions creates quality umbrella to better communicate transparency, efficacy message

PLT Health Solutions creates quality umbrella to better communicate transparency, efficacy message

Transparency. Traceability. These are the watchwords of the market these days, and branded ingredient supplier PLT Health Solutions is trying to take this bull by the horns with a new program called PLT 360.

Published: 13-Oct-2015

Mister: Bayer opinion is not a green light to just say whatever you want, but the opinion is a reassurance

Mister: Bayer opinion is not a green light to just say whatever you want, but the opinion is a reassurance

Steve Mister

President and CEO - The Council for Responsible Nutrition

The recent decision in the Bayer vs FTC case contains positive lessons and some points of caution for the industry, notably around what you need to substantiate claims and why FTC is not going away, says Steve Mister, President and CEO of the CRN.

Published: 13-Oct-2015

Reserveage Organics founder credits Gelita with firming up science supporting beauty-from-within

Reserveage Organics founder credits Gelita with firming up science supporting beauty-from-within

Reserveage Organics, a company built first upon the benefits of the antioxidants found in wine grapes, is expanding rapidly into the beauty-from-within category, which founder Naomi Whittel says is finally taking off in the US.

Published: 02-Oct-2015

Careful research planning needed for successful new ingredient development

Careful research planning needed for successful new ingredient development

Bringing a new ingredient to market is a marathon, not a sprint. For companies that aspire to have a science-backed ingredient, it requires a careful research plan to elucidate benefits and methods of action in a way that won’t break the bank before the commercialization stage.

Published: 01-Oct-2015

Youtheory surfs cresting beauty-from-within wave on a board made of collagen

Youtheory surfs cresting beauty-from-within wave on a board made of collagen

The perpetually almost-ready-for-prime-time beauty-from-within is a concept seems finally to be achieving market relevance in the US, and supplement brand youtheory is capitalizing on that wave.

Published: 30-Sep-2015

Reinforcing supply chain integrity a must in the current climate, Gaia exec says

Reinforcing supply chain integrity a must in the current climate, Gaia exec says

Traceability and sustainability are the new touchstones of the herbal products industry. Gaia Herbs has been at the forefront of this trend, said executive Todd King.

Published: 29-Sep-2015

More Americans are reaching for green tea, consumer survey reveals

More Americans are reaching for green tea, consumer survey reveals

America may be a nation of black tea drinkers, but increasingly they are reaching for green tea for its health benefits, rich cultural experience and diverse flavor profile, according to a research by the Tea Council of the USA. 

Published: 29-Sep-2015

OTA aims to align supply, demand and farming profitability of organic by 2030

OTA aims to align organic supply demand farming profitability by 2030

Sales of organic are skyrocketing in the U.S. with demand often outstripping supply, but the Organic Trade Association has a plan to bring into balance by 2030 the market growth, acreage growth and farming profitability of organic. 

Published: 24-Sep-2015

Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Multifunctional fibers made from fruit and vegetable peals and pulps that would otherwise be thrown away can help manufacturers meet consumers’ growing demand for clean ingredient labels while also reducing food waste. 

Published: 05-Aug-2015

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