FDA supplement chief among furloughed employees in government shutdown; Industry functions on hold
The government shutdown has affected many operations at the Food and Drug Administration, including its Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, with Steven Tave, director, among the estimated 40 percent of employees on furlough status. The federal government shutdown has thrown a wrench into the works of the agency, according to industry sources. While food safety might not be compromised, many of FDA’s more routine assignments are on hold, and it may take months to catch up. Read coverage:
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FSVP training: Save $100 when you register by Jan. 18!
EARLY-BIRD RATE EXTENDED! This course, Feb. 19-20, in Lehi, Utah, is designed to help participants understand the role of food importers under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The training covers the FSVP requirements for dietary supplements, including for raw materials distributors, manufacturers and processors importing components and for those importing finished products from foreign suppliers. Save $100 when you register by Jan. 18!
Eurofins & UNPA present: Recent Updates in Dietary Supplements: A free 'Lunch & learn event'
NEW! Join us Friday, Feb. 1, in Lehi, Utah, to hear experts from UNPA and Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation discuss recent regulatory changes and how they may impact the dietary supplement industry. Topics include updates on new nutritional labeling, NDI/GRAS for new ingredients and industry testing. Event is free with registration and lunch is provided!
CBD products have proliferated in supplements despite FDA pronouncements
Legions of brands of "dietary supplements" have defied FDA, incorporating the hemp-based compound CBD despite the agency's repeated pronouncements that the ingredient cannot be sold in such products. Industry leaders are seeking a legal pathway to market for CBD in conventional food and supplements, as well as additional clarity from an agency that has not vigorously enforced its position.
Hemp products likely to explode after legalization
By removing the plant from the Controlled Substances Act via an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress cleared a path for American companies interested in using hemp and its extracts and fibers to source those materials domestically. Includes a list of seven things we eat, wear and use every day that will be impacted by hemp legalization.
UNPA studies hemp, CBD extracts
In this podcast interview during SupplySide West in November 2018, Frank Lampe of the United Natural Products Alliance discusses UNPA members’ increasing interest in CBD and hemp extracts.
NSF paper lays out data backing call for new pesticide limits for botanical ingredients
NSF experts have published a paper that underpins the organization’s move toward advocating science-based limits on trace amounts of pesticides in botanical ingredients.
AHP releases Belleric Myrobalan monograph and therapeutic compendium
The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) is pleased to announce the release of a monograph and therapeutic compendium for Belleric Myrobalan fruit (Terminalia bellirica). The monograph was a joint effort of AHP and researchers at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India, and included reviews by Ayurvedic experts worldwide.
Celsius grows its energy drink empire, inks deal with sporting goods, military stores
Celsius Holdings, a NASDAQ-traded energy drink company, announced new distribution deals for 2019 that include Dick’s Sporting Goods and more military stores worldwide.
How Thrive Market plans to beat Amazon
Online grocery store Thrive Market is expanding its assortment of discounted all-natural products, offering new member perks and promoting supply-chain and sourcing transparency to compete with Amazon’s Whole Foods Market. The brand also plans to implement offline pickups and retail-store integrations to boost its omni-channel presence.
Possible impact of reported Whole Foods Market expansion
Amazon’s intention to expand Whole Foods Market to lower-population-density trade areas makes sense given Amazon’s priorities, which are different than were the legacy Whole Foods’ priorities, according to Jay Jacobowitz, president and founder of Retail Insights, which he noted could shift the product mix and quality standards.
Kroger, Microsoft create futuristic grocery store. Amazon take note
Kroger and Microsoft have partnered to create two test stores with the aim of using data-rich technology to improve consumers’ shopping experiences. The new technology includes shelves that light up with a personalized icon when shoppers reach something that is on their list and AI software that predicts a given shopper’s age and gender so as to tailor product ads to his or her preferences.
Sprouts to enter three new states
Pushing ahead with its expansion, Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open nine new stores in 2Q19, including stores in three new states: Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia.
Irish government signals intentions as food supplement VAT guidance is published
The Irish government is to move ahead with plans to tax food supplements, such as probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids, on March 1, with the publication of guidance on the impending changes.
Three need-to-know regulatory issues set to shape APAC market in 2019
From manufacturing restrictions to infant nutrition and cross-border e-commerce rules, Nutraingredients highlights three regulations and policies that will influence the APAC nutraceutical industry in 2019.
Five trends that will shape APAC’s nutraceutical and supplement industry in 2019
Nutraingredients spoke to brands and industry experts, who revealed five key trends expected to shape APAC's supplement and nutraceutical sector in the coming year.
WADA list of banned supplements substances comes into force
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances has now come into force as the organization seeks to clarify changes relating to supplements and associated ingredients.
2018’s biggest ingredients sales surprises
2018 was a year full of headlines, headaches, head fakes, and headscratchers. Kimberly Kawa, retail reporting analyst, SPINS LLC, puts it with much greater subtlety, “A panoramic view of the supplement industry reveals some noteworthy findings.” Watch slide show.
Protein mania: The rich world’s new diet obsession
Data from 2015 from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that the average person in the U.S. and Canada gets roughly twice the recommended amount of protein per day, yet Westerners’ “protein mania” has only grown stronger since then. In an effort to solve a protein-deficiency problem that doesn’t exist, consumers may actually be harming their livers, kidneys and skeletons.
Herbalife chief resigns over comments made before taking job
Shares of Herbalife were down more than 2 percent after the resignation of CEO Richard Goudis over comments he made before he became the company's top executive. The company did not release any details about the exact comments but said that they were unrelated to Herbalife's financial reporting.
Hain Celestial hires two new executives, restructures North American division
The Hain Celestial Group announced the appointments of Chris Boever to the role of chief customer officer and Robert Gulliver to chief human resources officer. Both men will report directly to Mark Schiller, president and CEO, who joined Hain Celestial in November. The company also announced that Gary Tickle, CEO of Hain Celestial North America, will leave the company after a brief transition.
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Sirio predicts enjoyable dosage forms will drive contract services growth
Sirio Pharma Co. Ltd., a global nutraceutical, contract development, innovation and manufacturing organization, forecasts considerable worldwide growth in outsourced manufacturing and development services for consumer-friendly, “enjoyable dosage forms” in 2019. SIRIO suggests that, although consistent growth is likely in Asia, Europe and the U.S., the drivers differ in each market.
Twinlab to host video podcast educating consumers about hemp-derived CBD
Twinlab Consolidated Holdings has announced that it will be hosting a bi-monthly video podcast, “The Science of CBD,” in order to mitigate confusion among consumers about the legal status and benefits of hemp-derived CBD.
Nuances of the healthcare institutional nutrition market
The opportunity for distribution of nutritional products in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and home care is growing dramatically, according to Windrose Partners. The key changing dynamics include FDA intervention in supplement marketing, a more knowledgeable and savvy consumer, brands building stronger and positive awareness through well-designed clinical trials and enhanced quality standards.
Marketers making microbiome claims should take a lesson from the ORAC debacle
Without care, the dietary supplement industry runs the risk of turning the word “microbiome” into a synonym for shoddy marketing and weak science.
Clean packaging for more transparency
Consumer interest in clean packaging is expected to expand from food service to retail food and beverages. Download required to view content.
Promising sustainability, refillable beauty packaging a tough sell for consumers, retailers
The success of reusable packaging requires a partnership between companies, consumers and retailers, but those last two may not be ready to take the plunge into refillable beauty products. Why? A myriad of factors, including difficult-to-refill packaging, concerns regarding cleanliness and a lack of education.
The 'not so secret' formula that gives marketers a competitive advantage
Direct-response companies intimately understand the lifetime value of a new customer and build their customer acquisition formulas around long-term success, not day-one revenue. That means they’re thrilled to acquire a lead or customer at a small short-term loss in exchange for a big long-term gain.
Hartman Group offers insights on struggling millennials in new report
A new report from The Hartman Group, “The Business of Thrift: Understanding Low and Value-Oriented Customers” reveals that struggling millennials, more than others, seem to feel like they are missing out when it comes to eating, health and wellness and living a satisfying life. An infographic provides data points on understanding this group.
Health hurdles: Over-65s beat youngsters in motivation poll
Youngsters are least motivated to follow healthy lifestyles and most likely to want brand incentives to do so, according to Mintel research, which reveals shoppers' top health barriers.
Review sheds light on caffeine supplementation for combat sport athletes
Caffeine supplementation may improve strength, power and endurance, according to a systematic review of published studies on the effects of caffeine on combat-sport athletes.
Gut-liver axis transfer of vitamin E appears compromised by low vitamin C levels
Low vitamin C levels appear to impair the gut-liver axis’ role in vitamin E transfer and bioavailability that is crucial in preventing inflammation, as a review from Oregon State University reveals its findings in metabolic syndrome patients.
Researchers link β-fructan supplementation with digestive benefits
Looking at the body of published studies on β-fructan’s potential effects on human digestion, researchers from France and the Netherlands reveal a positive correlation.
RCT supports omega-3s birth-weight benefits for babies
Consumption of fish-oil omega-3s during the third trimester of pregnancy may prolong gestation and increase birth weight of the newborns, according to a new, double-blind, randomized controlled trial.
Synbiotics may have dose-dependent effect against IBS symptoms
Synbiotics can alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depending on the dosage administered, according to a South Korean RCT.
Omega-6 fatty acids may increase fat accumulation, insulin resistance in subjects with type 2 diabetes
Researchers found that a high serum dihomo-γ-linolenic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, was associated with obesity, body fat accumulation, a high alanine amino transferase level and insulin resistance in Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes.
Impact of dietary supplements, diet on metabolic health explored in review
The review found that dietary supplements and foods including omega-3s, polyphenols and vitamin D, plus fruits and vegetables, may be effective in reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines found in metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular risks and obesity and may also improve the body’s lipid profile.
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