The changing retail landscape

GNC reports ‘self-inflicted’ & ‘disappointing’ Q1

GNC reports ‘self-inflicted’ & ‘disappointing’ Q1

By Stephen DANIELLS

Lower consumer engagement and an inadequate assessment of the impact of prior-year promotions, but not the NY AG’s probe, are responsible for a ‘disappointing’ Q1, said GNC’s CEO Mike Archbold.

The Retail Landscape: Challenges in 2015

The Retail Landscape: Challenges in 2015

By Daniel Fabricant, PhD, Executive Director and CEO, Natural Products Association

The digital marketplace, participating in advocacy efforts, and why membership of a trade association is important: In this guest article, Daniel Fabricant, PhD, Executive Director and CEO, Natural Products Association gives his views on the retail landscape...

What role do branded ingredients play at retail?

Special Edition: View from the aisles: The retailers’ perspective

What role do branded ingredients play at retail?

By Stephen Daniells

Ingredient suppliers can spend a lot of time and money differentiating their products but how do they communicate with the consumer, what issues are important to retailers, and is the investment worth it?

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Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

By Shane STARLING

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How is the latest research influencing regulation?...

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

By Elizabeth Crawford

More consumers are seeking healthy foods and beverages at convenience stores, creating an opportunity in a previously often overlooked channel for manufacturers of these products to expand their reach, according to new market research from Technomic. 

NutraIngredients-USA forum to examine going non GMO in supplements

NutraIngredients-USA forum to examine going non GMO in supplements

By Hank Schultz

Non GMO positioning is becoming an ever hotter topic within the supplement realm.  NutraIngredients-USA will examine the topic in an online forum on Feb. 26 with an expert panel drawn from trade organizations, manufacturers and retailers.

The 10 key events of 2014… Our editors' selections

The 10 key events of 2014… Our editors' selections

By The NutraIngredients-USA team

As we enter the twilight days of 2014 the editors of NutraIngredients-USA become a reflective bunch. A lot of things happened this year, and here is our top 10 of most important events of 2014…

Walgreens' personalization strategy puts people before data

Walgreens' personalization strategy puts people before data

By Hank Schultz

Personalization is the new ideal of dietary supplement marketing. While many experts base this idea on the potential of genomic information, Walgreens has gone the other direction and is basing the idea on actual people.

GNC appoints new Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer

GNC appoints new Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer

Supplement retailing giant GNC has hired Jeffrey Hennion as its new Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer, and has also appointed Daisy Vanderlinde joins as Chief Human Resource Officer.

FitLife Brands maintains impressive growth with strong second quarter

FitLife Brands maintains impressive growth with strong second quarter

By Hank Schultz

FitLife Brands, maker of nutritional supplements sold under several brand names, has bucked the headwinds that have afflicted the dietary supplement sector in recent quarters, notching an 18% rise in revenue in its second quarter 2014 results. The company...

Integrated strategy helps Vitamin Shoppe power through soft patch

Integrated strategy helps Vitamin Shoppe power through soft patch

By Hank Schultz

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. posted increased sales in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, in line with analysts’ expectations.  The company fell slightly short of earnings expectations as the company dealt with softness that has affected the supplement...

Alternative products sans DMAA have not filled the gap in sales created when the ingredient was removed from the market, GNC CEO says.

Supplement market headwinds beset GNC as earnings decline in Q2

By Hank Schultz

The past year has been a tough one for the sales of dietary supplements, and retailing giant GNC is not immune to those trends.  In the company’s second quarter 2014 earnings GNC reported declines in both overall revenue and net income year-over-year.

Markets reject Ackman's attack, send Herbalife shares up 25%

Markets reject Ackman's attack, send Herbalife shares up 25%

By Hank Schultz

Activist investor William Ackman’s much publicized webinar on Herbalife, which he characterized as a ‘death blow’ to the company, turned out to be anything but.  The company’s share price rose 25% yesterday, much of that rise coming during Ackman’s exhaustive...

Kroger acquires Vitacost.com to take digital to next level

Kroger acquires Vitacost.com to take digital to next level

By Stephen DANIELLS

The Kroger Co. has acquired all outstanding shares of Vitacost.com for approximately $280 million, with the grocery giant seeing Vitacost.com’s healthy living products as complementary to it fast-growing natural foods business.

Policing social media made easier with new tool from Ingredient Identity

Policing social media made easier with new tool from Ingredient Identity

By Hank Schultz

Consulting firm Ingredient Identity is offering a way to help companies manage their social media platforms to avoid crossing regulatory boundaries.  The new subscription service can help flag posts that make disease claims that could bring unwanted attention...

Those dark and cold January days delayed the start to the workout season...

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...

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...

Severe winter weather depresses GNC's outlook for first quarter

By Hank Schultz

Severe and unusual winter weather has affected the entire US economy.  And it has affected supplements retailing giant GNC, too;  in its Q4 2013 earnings posted yesterday the company cited winter storms as the prime factor in missing its projections despite...

Natural Balance is on of Nutraceutical International's many product lines.

Acquisition continues to fuel Nutraceutical International's growth

By Hank Schultz

Nutraceutical International Corporation will continue to align itself with a growing list of dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers in seeking out acquisition opportunities to grow the business, chairman and CEO Bill Gay said.

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