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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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