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Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

By Hank Schultz

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being lost as founders retire. At least one industry pioneer fears that is the...

The color of success? See-through, SPINS says

The color of success? See-through, SPINS says

By Maggie Hennessy

The consumer desire for transparency may have originated in the food and beverage market, but it’s becoming an increasingly key part of doing business for makers of dietary supplement and functional food, according to market research firm SPINS, which...

Experience as a customer helps CEO grow contract manufacturing company

Experience as a customer helps CEO grow contract manufacturing company

By Hank Schultz

For a contract manufacturer, formulation expertise, a good story on GMP compliance and robust relationships with ingredient suppliers are all good and necessary things to have.  But none of it replaces good, old service to the customer, said Jonathan...

NPA's Fabricant: 'There have to be prosecutions'

NPA's Fabricant: 'There have to be prosecutions'

By Hank Schultz

Daniel Fabricant, PhD, has seen the clouds that beset the dietary supplements industry from both sides.  The newly minted CEO of the Natural Products Association has been both an industry advocate and one of the industry’s fiercest watchdogs in his recent...

Startup uses bioinformatics to pry open the power of waste peptides

Startup uses bioinformatics to pry open the power of waste peptides

By Hank Schultz

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” poet Walt Whitman famously observed. He could have been talking about the potentially valuable proteins that are lost daily in the waste streams of ingredient operations for want of knowing what they are and what they...

Palm oil firm says sustainability not so focal for supplements

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2014

Sustainability? Not so focal for supplements, says palm oil firm

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Sustainability is not such an important issue for the supplements industry, because of the relatively low ingredient volumes involved and a difference in industry priorities, Malaysia-based Carotech has said.

Bad weather and negative media hit GNC’s Q1 results

Bad weather and negative media hit GNC’s Q1 results

By Stephen DANIELLS

Store sales at GNC’s domestic company-owned locations decreased by 0.7%, while franchise locations saw decreases of 3.2% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company’s CEO attributing the decline to a combination of bad weather in January and February...

Active duty Marine's energy shot packs mega doses of vitamins

Active duty Marine's energy shot packs mega doses of vitamins

By Hank Schultz

Battlefield experience in Afghanistan gave Marine Corps Maj. Robert Dyer a good idea of what he wanted in a supplement.  And surving the stress of being a forward air controller in the combat zone helped him weather the stress of launching a new supplement...

Vemma makes changes to business model in response to Italian ruling

Vemma makes changes to business model in response to Italian ruling

By Hank Schultz

The network marketing sector has come under renewed scrutiny with the news that Vemma Nutrition, a multilevel marketing comany that markets beverages based in part on mangosteen juice, has been sanctioned by an Italian regulatory body for being a pyramid...

Former steroids seller finds scant integrity in supplements marketplace

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Former steroids seller finds scant integrity in supplements marketplace

By Hank Schultz

Kirk Radomski came through the fire of the performance enhancing drug scandal of Major League Baseball to a new life as the founder of a supplement company specializing in sports nutrition. The experience has given him a unique perspective on the business,...

NBTY launches line of non GMO supplements

NBTY launches line of non GMO supplements

By Hank Schultz

NBTY is introducing a line of non-GMO supplements, the Long Island-based manufacturing giant announced yesterday. The line, called Nature’s Origin, also features a gluten- and irradiation-free positioning.

Is DSHEA a public relations problem for the sports nutrition sphere?

Is DSHEA a public relations problem for the sports nutrition sphere?

By Hank Schultz

The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act has fostered an innovative and thriving industry. That’s the standard line, one that few would argue with. But has the bright light of DSHEA also cast shadows within which bad players have free rein?

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?

By Elaine WATSON

POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court on Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give Coke a tougher time, this doesn’t necessarily mean POM is going to emerge victorious,...

Herb Pharm rollouts aim for 'transitional natural consumers'

Herb Pharm rollouts aim for 'transitional natural consumers'

By Maggie Hennessy

With the launch of three new herbal supplements headlined by such widely appealing ingredients as turmeric and ginger, Herb Pharm looks to broaden its consumer base beyond the so-called “lifestyles of health & sustainability” (LOHAS) consumer to the...

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

By Hank Schultz in Washington, DC

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced this morning that Daniel Fabricant, PhD, will succeed John Shaw as chief executive officer of the organization effective immediately.  Shaw had tendered his resignation several days ago, the organization...

Blendhub boosts supply chain transparency

Blendhub boosts supply chain transparency

By Sarah Hills

Premium Blendhub has created a new centre that offers a fully transparent management model of the raw materials in food powder blends, to help customers optimise their supply chain.

Kellogg and the BCTGM will now present their evidence and arguments to a NLRB administrative law judge

Kellogg v BCTGM

NLRB issues complaint against Kellogg over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint over Kellogg’s Memphis plant lockout, based on federal charges brought forward by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union.

Jenny Westerkamp will urge business leaders to engage more openly with customers to express the personalities of their brands

Food Vision 2014

Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

By Michael Stones

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics directly affecting the profitability of their businesses.

Standard Process earns CSR award

Standard Process earns CSR award

Whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process has received the PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Award for best sustainability/green initiative.

GNC hops on personalization bandwagon with 'Accelerator' series

GNC hops on personalization bandwagon with 'Accelerator' series

By Hank Schultz

GNC Holdings is hopping on the personalizaiton bandwagon with a line of add-on sports nutrition prouducts call the “Accelerator Series.”  The products are intended to pair with exisitng sports nutrition products offered by the company to help customers...

Diabetes busting cinnamon: Hydro One drinks score US patent triumph

'The first such patented drinks ever been made in the world': Hydro One CEO Sammy Nasrollahi

Diabetes busting cinnamon: Hydro One drinks score US patent triumph

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Hydro One Beverages has won a US patent for healthy soft drinks line REVd that uses a special cinnamon extract to tackle problems associated with high blood sugar such as diabetes and hyperglycemia.

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

IPA World Congress, May 9-11 2014, Athens, Greece

Time to renovate your probiotic toolbox? IPA workshop explores how

By Shane STARLING

Companies that manufacture probiotic products can learn much from other fast-moving-consumer-good (FMCG) firms like shower gel, pharmaceutical and smoothie makers in NPD, an expert says.

NanoSphere Health CSO: ‘We’re revolutionizing the way of delivering nutrients’

Special edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

NanoSphere Health CSO: ‘We’re revolutionizing the way of delivering nutrients’

By Stephen DANIELLS

Disruptive technologies to produce natural nano-sized nutraceuticals could ‘revolutionize’ how dietary supplements deliver their benefits, with smaller most definitely better for enhancing bioavailability and bio-efficacy, says the CSO of NanoSphere Health...

Gummy vitamin market still has ‘great’ potential: Pharmavite

Special edition: Innovations in Delivery Systems

Gummy vitamin market still has ‘great’ potential: Pharmavite

By Maggie Hennessy

In the continued effort to appeal to consumers loathe to swallow pills every day, supplement manufacturers have ventured into everything from melts and powders to confectionery-type supplement forms such as chews and gum. A few years into its foray into...

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