All news articles for December 2016

2016:  Challenges met, lessons learned, hills yet to climb

2016: Challenges met, lessons learned, hills yet to climb

By Hank Schultz

2016 was a year of serious challenges for the dietary supplement industry.  Trade associations have addressed these concerns in a variety of ways.  As the industry heads into 2017, the heads of some major trade associations weigh in on where we’ve been...

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2016: The year of the hammer and the squeeze

By Loren Israelsen, president, United Natural Products Alliance

2016 felt like the year of hammer blows and the squeeze play, with the finale the unpredicted win of Donald Trump as President. I count myself among those who close this year pondering the state of affairs globally, nationally, and personally.

NPA adds 18 members

NPA adds 18 members

By Hank Schultz

The Natural Products Association has announced that it has added 18 new members to the organization recently.

Trump, vinpocetine, hemp:  AHPA looks at 2016 events that will affect 2017

Trump, vinpocetine, hemp: AHPA looks at 2016 events that will affect 2017

By Michael McGuffin, president, American Herbal Products Association

Several events in 2016 will impact the industry in 2017 and future years. The 2016 election results tops that list. Like most other industries in the U.S., the herbal products industry will be closely watching the incoming Trump administration and Republican-controlled...

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Omega-3s & Algae: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

By Adi Menayang

We learned that natural channel retailers are getting bored with plain old fish oil, and that there is still a lot of untapped potential in sourcing everything from omega-3s to protein to color from algae. Our in-depth coverage this year explored what’s...

Last year there were European press reports that the ketone drinks were being used by cyclists at the Tour de France, but this was adamantly by the UK-based Sky team accused.

'20 to 30 elite sportspeople/teams' involved in ketone research

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Oxford researchers behind a novel performance-enhancing ketone drink get around an email a day from sports teams hoping to buy the product – and another 20-30 unnamed professional teams have already been involved in research trials with the product.

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

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

By Hank Schultz

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 and institute a new pricing structure.

E coli cells after agglutination in presence of cranberry PACs.  Fruit d' Or photo.

Electron microscope used to highlight cranberry activity

By Hank Schultz

The release of microscopic images gives graphic evidence of how research on the characterization of cranberry has borne fruit in helping to elucidate a mechanism of action in inhibiting the action of harmful bacteria.

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