ConsumerLab 2020 trends survey: collagen, magnesium and CBD top list ConsumerLab’s annual survey of consumer trends and preferences detailed this year’s rise and fall of more than 169 supplement products, as told by a pool of 9,782 dietary supplement users, who shared which supplements they currently use. Over the past year, collagen rose in popularity by 4.1 percent, as did magnesium by 2.3 percent and CBD by 2.6 percent. The greatest decreases in popularity, according to ConsumerLab, were curcumin/turmeric, which fell by 9.9 percent and cinnamon, which fell by 9 percent. Read more→
MEMBERS' MEETING RESCHEDULED
Expo Members' Meeting rescheduled as a webinar, set for March 11
Plan to join the UNPA staff for the rescheduled spring Members' Meeting, Thursday, March 11, 11am-12noon MDT, for an update on all things dietary supplements, including hemp/CBD, China and supply chain disruptions, a regulatory update and much more. No charge to attend. RSVP here.
Featured speakers announced for Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit, May 27, in Washington
This fifth annual, one-day summit hosted by UNPA, AHPA, CHPA, CRN and NPA provides an intensive deep dive into pressing and topical federal regulatory issues of ultimate importance to the dietary supplement industry. Topics at this year's event include hemp/CBD, DSHEA 2.0, NDI/GRAS and much, much more. UNPA members receive discounted registration using the code AssociationMember. Click here for more information.
UNPA IN THE NEWS
Organizers postpone Expo West trade show over COVID-19 cancellations
Supplement industry aligns with quality and transparency
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UNPA: WHERE IN THE WORLD?
UNPA's Israelsen participates in TraceGains' coronavirus webinar
UNPA President Loren Israelsen was a featured speaker for the Feb. 27 webinar sponsored by UNPA member TraceGains, "Coronavirus: How to avoid supply-chain disruptions," to discuss the impact to the ingredient supply chain in China due to the the coronavirus outbreak there that starts at 11am MST. You can view it and download the PPT slides for free here.
Expo aftermath: Attendees, exhibitors regroup New Hope Network released an updated statement on the event’s postponement in which it asked for the natural products’ community to “allow us time to determine the appropriate next steps to enable all of us to navigate this unprecedented situation together.” What’s next is the question being asked by the event’s exhibitors, attendees and City of Anaheim partners, showing the ongoing chain of uncertainty that remains.
FDA leaning on tools other than inspections in coronavirus response While FDA can’t test products in China during the coronavirus outbreak, it is utilizing other regulatory tools to react to potential product issues sourced from areas affected by the virus.
Amazon has deleted 1 million items to address coronavirus fears In response to an article in Wired magazine, Amazon has pulled more than one million products—all related to coronavirus—for false advertising or price gouging. The online retail giant's policies require sellers to provide accurate information and prohibit selling items that could mislead customers.
USDA sued over hydroponic organic certification The Center for Food Safety and growers of organic food are suing USDA to stop the National Organic Program from allowing hydroponically grown produce from being certified organic. The lawsuit claims that hydroponic operations violate organic standards by failing to build healthy soils.
USDA delays enforcement of disposal of non-compliant hemp plants USDA will delay enforcement of the requirement for labs to be registered by the DEA and will stop requiring producers to use a DEA-registered reverse distributor or law enforcement to dispose of non-compliant plants. These delays will begin this crop year until either a final rule is published or on Oct.31, 2021.
CBD marketers raise class-action defenses, face amended complaints Some of the nation’s largest and most prominent marketers of CBD have raised various defenses in response to a wave of lawsuits filed in late 2019 against them.
FDA Chief Hahn says it would be a ‘fool’s game’ to try and shut down CBD markets FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., said, in a recent speech that despite its concern about insufficient safety data, FDA has no plans to try to shut down the CBD markets, noting that would amount to a “fool’s game.”
Special Edition: Hemp/CBD market evolution This special edition of Natural Products INSIDER delves into state hemp regulations, accurate testing and emerging research. Meanwhile, the regulatory status of CBD-based products at the federal level is likely to remain murky well into 2020.
Corinne Shindelar steps down from INFRA role Independent Natural Food Retailers Association’s (INFRA) board of directors announced that founder and president/CEO Corinne Shindelar is stepping down from her role, effective March 1. The board expressed its gratitude for her 15 years of leadership in building INFRA into a nationally competitive cooperative association.
Women on Boards Project teaches companies how to diversify The WOB Project partners with private equity firms, creates an initiative to educate businesses, and offers webinars to increase the number of female board members in the natural products industry.
Stratum Nutrition announces alliance with 3i Solutions Stratum Nutrition has entered into a distribution agreement with 3i Solutions. The partnership will allow Stratum customers to use 3i’s Vitasperse and VitaDry technologies to create unique formulations in grab-and-go formats to fit busy lifestyles
Anheuser-Busch InBev teams up with Comet Bio The sustainable ingredient manufacturer will pilot a nutrition program using the brewer's leftover grain.
Artemis International signs U.S. distribution agreement with Fruit d’Or Under the terms of the agreement, Artemis will be the preferred U.S. distributor for Fruit d’Or’s line of organic and conventional cranberry and blueberry ingredients for nutraceutical applications for both animals and humans.
‘Feed Your Mind’ initiative launches to increase consumer acceptance of genetically engineered foods FDA, in collaboration with EPA and USDA, launched a new initiative to supposedly help consumers better understand foods created through genetic engineering, or GMOs. The “Feed Your Mind,” initiative aims to answer the most common questions that consumers have about GMOs, including what GMOs are, how and why they are made, how they are regulated and to address health and safety questions.
Upscale specialty grocers lose their edge Gourmet and specialty grocers are losing their edge as natural foods become mainstream. Supermarket chains and discounters are selling more fresh, natural and organic foods at lower prices, drawing shoppers who used to seek out those products at specialty grocers.
Bayer cools prospect of imminent glyphosate settlement Bayer is reportedly in no rush to reach an out-of-court settlement with the many plaintiffs that allege its glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer.
Group sues to hold Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other big companies liable for fouling California waters The Earth Island Institute has filed a lawsuit in California against Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestlé USA and Proctor & Gamble to seek damages for the destruction that plastics have created in the environment, particularly in the oceans. The plaintiff also wants the companies to clean up the messes they've already made.
CAFIA finds most ad breaches concern supplement advertising The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) cites the majority of the cases recorded for breach of advertising rules concern food supplement advertising online and in printed media.
BlackRock’s vow for greener planet to get first real-world test Investment firm BlackRock Inc. oversees $7 trillion of funds, and founder Laurence Fink wants them all to fight climate change. But the 47-member, investment-stewardship team has a heavy workload—as many as 500 companies each, current and former team members told Bloomberg.
How do active nutrition customers differ from traditional sports nutrition consumers? What health benefits are active nutrition customers chasing in 2020, and what types of products do they prefer?
Could climate change cause DHA omega-3s from oceans to plummet? Warming oceans may deliver a crushing blow to DHA omega-3 by algae, which would ripple up the food chain and slash the availability of this important nutrient by 2100, says a scientific paper. But could rapid advances in plant engineering make up the shortfall?
Mintel names recycling innovation, refillable packages as top global packaging trends Market researchers at Mintel detailed two trends impacting the global packaging industry in 2020, namely being “ahead of the recycling curve,” and providing in-store refills.
Personalized nutrition: The rise of genetics REVIV Genetics is one brand in the space offering one-on-one medical consultation after a comprehensive genetics test. Other companies, such as DNA Fit, are focusing on diet and health, with two tests that provide insight into diet, nutrition, fitness and well-being, supported by an online training platform, a meal planner tool and qualified coaching.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Sami-Sabinsa Group celebrates three prestigious awards from ASSOCHAM Sami-Sabinsa Group was honored with three awards by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) at the third edition of its Beauty, Wellness and Personal Care Awards. ASSOCHAM acknowledged Sami-Sabinsa Group’s founder & Chairman Muhammed Majeed for his contribution towards shaping the Indian cosmeceutical industry by presenting him with the “Legend of Natural Cosmeceuticals” award. The company was previously honored by the group in 2018 as a top raw-material supplier and the Johara Cosemetics division was named best cosmetic company.
MOU PARTNER NEWS
Thomas Brendler to receive 2019 ABC Champion Award The American Botanical Council announced that Thomas Brendler is the recipient of the 2019 ABC Champion Award. Brendler, the founder of the consulting firm PlantaPhile, has dedicated countless hours to ABC and its publications since joining the ABC advisory board nearly a decade ago. The ABC Champion Award was created to recognize individuals, who have been outstanding supporters of ABC and have helped the organization promote and achieve its nonprofit research and educational mission.
A comprehensive new federal roadmap for climate change on farms Newly introduced legislation would set a national goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions within the U.S. agricultural sector in as little as 20 years. The Agriculture Resilience Act lays out 12 goals that focus on food production that will lead to an increase in stored carbon in soil and a reduction of agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent.
Horizon Organic’s 'unprecedented goal' to be carbon positive by 2025 could pave the way for industry Recognizing that climate change is “the challenge of our lifetime” and that farming and livestock contribute nearly 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., Horizon Organic is taking a three-pronged approach to help mitigate the threat by becoming the first national dairy brand that is the carbon positive across its full supply chain.
Wind is now the 'most used' source of renewable electricity generation in the U.S. Wind generation in the U.S. overtook hydroelectric generation in 2019 for the first time. Yearly wind generation hit just over 300 million megawatt hours and has grown steadily over the past decade.
Gen Z is 'generation of contradiction' “Don’t judge a book by its cover” might be an apt metaphor for eyeing gen Z. A new survey about the generation from global consultancy EY provides directional guidance for CPG marketers—including the insight that those born between 1997 and 2007 aren’t one homogeneous mass of young consumers endlessly promoting themselves on social media.
Three more NBJ Insights into continuing trends This is the second installment of insights from NBJ on trends: Collagen growth remains strong; consumers are concerned about quality of CBD products; and herbs and botanicals continue to shine.
Antioxidant supplements do not improve male fertility Antioxidant supplements do not improve semen quality among men with infertility, according to a new study claiming to be the largest randomized, placebo-controlled trial to examine the effects of antioxidants on male fertility without additional assisted-reproductive technology.
High-dose supplement intake common during pregnancy Calls for healthcare providers to better advise supplement dosage during pregnancy have been made after a study finds intake at high doses common among women during pregnancy and lactation.
Taurine supplementation may slow cardiac and visual degeneration A taurine-based food supplement might halt progression of an eye disease and address a cardiac condition by compensating for the amino acid’s deficiency as a result of a gene mutation.
Probiotics intake boosts post-meal lipid metabolism A Korean RCT showed that intake of the probiotics Lactobacillus plantarum Q180(LPQ180) is able to regulate post-meal lipid metabolism.
Saffron extract could improve sleep New research suggests saffron outperforms placebo for insomnia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Synergistic extract of bergamot and cynara supports liver and vascular function A recently published study found that a blend of Citrus bergamia and Cynara cardunculus extracts supported vascular inflammation and oxidative stress in subjects with type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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