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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...

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