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Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

Special edition: Ayurveda

Ayurvedic expert advocates strongly for using plants in whole form

By Hank Schultz

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?

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

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

By Stephen Daniells

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.

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

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

By Stephen Daniells

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.

Is DNA barcoding now the adulteration tool du jour?

Is DNA barcoding now the adulteration tool du jour?

By Stephen Daniells

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.

More Americans are reaching for green tea, consumer survey reveals

Part 1: One-on-one with the Tea Council of the USA on emerging trends

More Americans are reaching for green tea, consumer survey reveals

By Elizabeth Crawford

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. 

Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

IFT Annual Conference

Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

By Elizabeth Crawford

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. 

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

Probiota Americas

New gut models facilitating microbiome research

By Hank Schultz

The understanding of what happens within the human digestive system has always been hampered by the inability to observe that system in action, leave alone the imperfect understanding of one of the major components of the system, the gut microbiome. ...

ABC taps into European herbal insights via new advisory board member

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

ABC taps into European herbal insights via new advisory board member

By Hank Schultz

Europe, and especially Germany, has historically been a hotbed of herbal lore, science and product development. The American Botanical Council recently tapped into this knowledge in a more fundamental way by adding Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, to its advisory...

Ismail says omega-3s industry needs to take high road when it comes to bad press

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Ismail says omega-3s industry needs to take high road when it comes to bad press

By Hank Schultz

An article in late March in The New York Times called the efficacy of omega-3s into question, citing a number of older equivocal studies.  Rather than get down into the trenches on this one, a leading spokesperson in the field said it’s time for the industry...

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

Probiota Americas

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

By Hank Schultz

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to do in the first place. Identify and count, it’s as simple as that.

Richard Henfrey, chief operating officer Blackmores

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Blackmores: We wanted to see krill sustainability with our own eyes

By Hank Schultz

Blackmores, the leading supplement brand in Australia, has taken the unusual step of sending a company representative on a two week-long trip to verify the sustainability practices of Aker BioMarine, the world’s largest harvester of krill used to supply...

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