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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.

NPA members reject adding big retailers, online outlets

NPA members reject adding big retailers, online outlets

By Hank Schultz

The membership of the Natural Products Association rejected a move to expand retail membership  beyond traditional health food stores.  But it passed another bylaw change that might make future adjustments of the organization’s bylaws easier.

Herbalife granted 25th direct selling license in China

Herbalife granted 25th direct selling license in China

By Hank Schultz

Direct selling giant Herbalife has passed a milestone by receiving its 25th direct selling license in China.  Direct selling activities are closely regulated in China, making the receiving of licenses a key metric for growth in the country.

E-commerce sophistication helps drive Vitamin Shoppe's sales growth

E-commerce sophistication helps drive Vitamin Shoppe's sales growth

By Hank Schultz

Vitamin Shoppe has reported solid sales growth despite posting slower than average comparable store sales figures growth, company officials told analysts when discussing the company’s second quarter 2013 earnings results recently. Bright spots in the...

Natural Balance Diet Pep is one of Nutraceutical's 7,000 SKUs.

Nutraceutical International posts 5% sales increase

By Hank Schultz

Nutraceutical International Corp. posted a 5% growth in net sales in the second quarter in earnings released yesterday.  The company brought in $53.6 million in net sales in the quarter, compared to $53.9 million in the same period a year earlier.

Packaging helps drive success in point-of-purchase marketplace

Packaging helps drive success in point-of-purchase marketplace

By Hank Schultz

When entrepreneur Tyler Johansen was launching a supplement designed to help boost students’ concentration, he decided to play in a sphere where snap decisions are made, at the edge of the counter in the point-of-purchase marketplace.

Vitamin Shoppe expands into Canada under Vitapath banner

Vitamin Shoppe expands into Canada under Vitapath banner

By Hank Schultz

The Vitamin Shoppe has announced its entry into the Canadian market, with the opening of two stores in the Toronto area.  Under the Vitapath banner, the company said it plans to open stores across Canada.

FTC investigation clouds Vitamin Shoppe-Super Supplements deal

FTC investigation clouds Vitamin Shoppe-Super Supplements deal

By Hank Schultz

The planned acquisition of Super Supplements, a Seattle-based chain, by Vitamin Shoppe Inc. appears to be in question after the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to extend its investigation into the transaction past the planned Dec. 31 closing date.

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