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Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

Dr David Kennedy

director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre - Northumbria University

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

Published: 27-May-2016

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US,” analyst says

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US”

Once considered boring by many Americans, water is becoming a go-to beverage of choice thanks to innovative manufacturers that are adding to it carbonation, fruit flavors and functional ingredients that consumers want, according to market research.

Published: 23-May-2016

CV Sciences forges ahead with CBD development despite regulatory uncertainties

CV Sciences forges ahead with CBD development

Ground breaking CBD firm CV Sciences is seeking to shed the stigma of what one executive called “the most controversial plant in the history of our industry.”

Published: 17-May-2016

Work on soil improvement leads to mineral ingredient for supplements

Work on soil improvement leads to mineral ingredient for supplements

Work in organic agriculture led Mineral Biosciences to the development of a “fossil mineral” with a claim to blood sugar management properties.

Published: 16-May-2016

NOW Foods CEO: Transparency is key facet of brand equity

NOW Foods CEO: Transparency is key facet of brand equity

Transparency has become a watchword among dietary supplement companies. Jim Emme, president of NOW Foods, said it is one of the founding principles of his company.

Published: 13-May-2016

The rise of adaptogenic herbs: ‘These herbs help mitigate stress & we live in a stressful environment’

The rise of adaptogenic herbs: ‘These herbs help mitigate stress & we live in a stressful environment’

Interest in adaptogenic herbs is increasing, but how does industry communicate the benefits to consumers, and which herbs work this way?

Published: 11-May-2016

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea Association of America. 

Published: 11-May-2016

FDA’s new dietary supplement office should focus on tainted products, GMPs & NDIs, industry leaders say

FDA should focus on tainted products, GMPs, NDIs

With the recent elevation of dietary supplement oversight from a division to its own office at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency should renew its focus on reducing tainted supplements, improving compliance with good manufacturing practices and publishing revised new dietary ingredient guidance, industry leaders argue. 

Published: 10-May-2016

How should mainstream retailers merchandise 'natural' foods?

How should mainstream retailers merchandise 'natural' foods?

How best to merchandise 'natural' foods? For some mainstream food retailers, a store within a store is the best option, says David Winter, director of sales operations and sales strategy at SPINS. For others, it makes more sense to integrate them but segment them within each category, with clear signage. 

Published: 06-May-2016

The ‘next generation’ of digestive health drinks? Rhythm tunes into consumer trends

The ‘next generation’ of digestive health drinks? Rhythm tunes into consumer trends

Rhythm Health believes its coconut-based kefir beverages and snacks can be the ‘natural successor’ to the current drinks for digestive health on shelves, because its products also tap into consumer demands such as dairy-free, gluten-free and no added sugar. 

Published: 03-May-2016

'Social retailing' model used to popularize fiber/probiotic blend

'Social retailing' model used to popularize fiber/probiotic blend

Regular Girl, a prebiotic-probiotic blended product, is debuting on the market via a “social retailing” model that is low risk for retailers and attractive for consumers, the brand holder believes.

Published: 29-Mar-2016

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

There is an opportunity for companies to use bioavailability enhancement to differentiate their products, even if consumers don’t have a firm grasp of specific technologies, an expert says.

Published: 28-Mar-2016

Research on holes in diet informed Dr Low Dog's formulation of new line of Megafood multis

Research on holes in diet informed Dr Low Dog's formulation of new line of Megafood multis

Multivitamin manufacturers are all about differentiation.  How do you stand out from the multitude? Megafood believes it has found the answer with a new line of multis launched with Dr Tieraona Low Dog.

Published: 25-Mar-2016

Ingredient supplier applies Ayurvedic principles to new line of finished products

Ingredient supplier applies Ayurvedic principles to new line of finished products

The principle of synergy embodied in Ayurveda figured into the formulation of a new line of finished products being launched in the US market by Indian phytochemical company Alchemlife.

Published: 23-Mar-2016

Expo West 2016 Debut: RiceBran Technologies launches smoothie-on-the-go NukaCha

At Expo West 2016, RiceBran Technologies launches NukaCha smoothie

Riding the wave of smoothie enthusiasm, Arizona-based RiceBran Technologies launches… powder in a bottle?

Published: 22-Mar-2016

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Ayurvedic principles and ingredients are increasingly accepted in North America among product formulators. But a tension exists: Are these best used in concentrated forms and in isolation or in their traditional matrices?

Published: 21-Mar-2016

GNC’s CEO: Raw material GMPs are “absolutely a great solution for the industry”

GNC’s CEO: Raw material GMPs are “absolutely a great solution for the industry”

Supplement heavyweight GNC’s industry initiative to boost supply chain integrity and defend consumer confidence is gaining momentum, with over 80 different companies involved in the consortium to date, said the company’s CEO.

Published: 17-Mar-2016

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

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