Food stamps for multivitamins absent in Senate farm bill after receiving support in House
Trade leaders say not having the provision in both versions of the bill is a disadvantage, but they aren't giving up just yet. CRN and the other trade groups are united on the message, but getting brands involved could turn up the volume. Meanwhile, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,is expected to urge inclusion of the Hemp Farming Act in a final farm bill. The hemp legislation would legalize the crop as an agricultural commodity, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances. Read coverage:
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NDI filings coming in at expected rate, FDA says, but questions on GRAS process remainThe confused picture on New Dietary Ingredients became a bit clearer this week when FDA updated the public docket on filings and said it does not expect there to be a significant change in how many companies are choosing to go through the process. Industry experts say more clarity is needed on the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) alternative.
NAD ruling reaffirms that science on ingredients shouldn’t be extrapolated to cover finished formulationThe National Advertising Division has recommended that a sports nutrition marketer discontinue claims made on a supplement marketed to triathletes andpurported to boost their oxygen uptake capacity and speed recovery.M&A ACTIVITY
ADM to acquire U.K.-based Probiotics International LimitedArcher Daniels Midland has reached an agreement to acquire Probiotics International Limited, a U.K.-based provider of probiotic supplements for human, pet and production-animal use. The all-cash transaction will be valued at £185 million, subject to customary adjustments.
Amazon makes big foray into healthcare with Pill Pack purchaseAmazon is buying its way into the U.S. healthcare system, with its recent acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack, shaking up a prescription-drug industry already in the midst of a broader transformation.
DSM enters B2C personalized nutrition market with investment in MixfitRoyal DSM has acquired an equity stake in personalized nutrition company Mixfit Inc. and is now Mixfit’s largest shareholder, with approximately 50 percent of shares. Financial details were not disclosed.
Sami-Sabinsa Group acquires global marketing rights for European and USA patents on Oroxylum indicumThe Sami-Sabinsa Group has acquired exclusive global marketing rights for two patents on Oroxylum indicum from one of India’s longest-established R&D labs, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad.TRADE
Trump's talk of trade wars poses unknowable challenge to supplement industryThe White House is talking trade wars, and supplement ingredients have been on and off the table, leaving companies troubled by uncertainty.
Industry wary as trade tariffs unfoldThe evolving trade and tariff situations in China and elsewhere in the world are forcing supplement manufacturers to stay alert and adapt. What’s the likely impact on output, pricing, availability? Here are a few perspectives from across the industry.ADULTERATION
BAPP publishes bulletin on boswellia resin adulterationThe ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Bulletin on boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Burseraceae) oleogum resin, commonly referred to as Indian frankincense. Boswellia has been valued for its fragrance and medicinal properties for millennia.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Supplement regulation evolves gradually: IADSA executive directorThe International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has hailed the progress made in developing effective food supplement regulations worldwide and pledged to maintain the same momentum in the coming years. Addressing attendees, IADSA Executive Director Simon Pettman said that regulation of the health supplements industry had been a “stepwise process, not a Big Bang.”
India supplement industry surprised by regulator’s restrictive ingredients noticeThe Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has issued a notification detailing its updated directions for a list of ingredients it deems unsuitable for further use in health foods and supplements.
Italian ministry to move to simplify botanical production for supplement useThe Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies has approved legislation that simplifies the cultivation, harvesting and processing of botanical plants potentially used for food supplements.MEDIA WATCH
Null study on multivitamins and heart health makes headlines againAnother study published this year posits multivitamin consumption does not improve cardiovascular outcomes. In commenting on the study, supplement industry trade group CRN reminds that multivitamins and minerals were not intended to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The science and environmental hazards behind fish oil supplementsAuthor Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is The Omega Principle.RETAIL
Fresh Market to shut 15 storesThe Greensboro, N.C.-based retailer Fresh Market Inc. plans to close 15 stores in nine states as the company proceeds with its turnaround plan.GMOs
What Whole Foods Market’s latest GMO policy decision meansWhole Foods Market made major industry waves when it announced its GMO labeling policy. What does it mean now that the retailer has halted its plans to require labeling in stores by 2018? The executive director of the Non-GMO Project offers an answer.
GMO awareness not high, accordingIFIC Foundation surveyConsumer awareness and knowledge levels about bioengineered foods is not very high, according to findings from a recent International Food Information Council Foundation survey. The findings also note consumers are generally inclined to avoid BE foods if they are aware of them and want food package labeling to inform them.
Mandatory labels can improve attitudes toward genetically engineered foodsThere has been substantial debate over whether mandated labels might increase or decrease consumer aversion toward genetic engineering. New research in Science Advances aims to help resolve this issue using a data set containing more than 7,800 observations that measures levels of opposition in a national control group compared to levels in Vermont, the only U.S. state to have implemented mandatory labeling of GE foods.HEMP/CBD/CANNABIS
Hemp marketers remain bullish on CBD following FDA approval of drugHemp advocates remain bullish about the market for CBD following FDA approval of a drug to treat seizures associated with rare and severe forms of epilepsy. But a regulatory attorney maintained “FDA has painted itself into a corner and must enforce.”
Cannabis research effort will provide baseline data for CBD products, exec saysA new research partnership between Canadian CRO Nutrasource and Florida-based medical clinical will aid the formulators of CBD products by providing baseline data that at the moment is lacking, according to Nutrasource’s William Rowe.
CBD brand includes melatonin in sleep productA nascent CBD brand, GoGreen Hemp, that bills itself asan affordable alternative, has launched a product featuring melatonin aimed at healthy sleep support.CHINA
China now one of the most important players in global probiotics market as sales top $8 billion: IPAChina has cemented its status as one of the world’s most important global players, according to the International Probiotics Association, with data revealing that nearly half of all APAC sales come from the country.
Blackmores CEO: 'New retail' a fascinating opportunity for international supplement brands in ChinaChina’s new retail phenomenon, whereby companies such as Alibaba seek to converge e-commerce insights with brick and mortar retail operations, could provide as many opportunities for supplement brands as it has done for food firms, Blackmores CEO Richard Henfrey believes.KRATOM
FDA renews cautions against consumption of kratom following conclusion of salmonella investigationAccording to FDA, salmonella contamination of kratom has probably been occurring at a significant level for some time and is ongoing. Since FDA considers kratom to be a dangerous and addictive opioid, it is unlikely that any steps to make kratom products safer with respect to microbial contamination would result in reduced FDA enforcement.
Here’s why we must continue to study kratom and other opioid-like drugsKratom could be a new pain treatment, but FDA doesn’t want researchers to find out, this article says. Without adequate evidence of any danger, the FDA has limited imports of the product and asked DEA to ban it.PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
Genetic and personalization are converging–it won’t be long until nutrigenomics is mainstreamScientific investment and consumer engagement is key to staying ahead in nutrigenomics, and it’s a space becoming primed for mainstream, says CEO of Prenetics International, a Hong Kong-based genetic testing firm and owner of DNAFit.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Muscle health-product market set for expansion as sarcopenia understanding develops: TSIThe number of muscle health products is likely to grow in APAC as the region ages and consumers become better educated about conditions, such as sarcopenia, according to John Burstow, director of sales and business development at TSI Pharmaceuticals.
NuSkin changes sales compensation in line with gig economyNu Skin Enterprises (Thailand) responds to the global trend with a new strategy that will focus on attracting those that are looking for part-time jobs to earn extra income and enter the business.
FoodState's Craven among top conscious business leaders honored for 2018Conscious Company Media announced 21 role models in its list of the Top Conscious Business Leaders of 2018. Honorees include Robert Craven, CEO of FoodState/MegaFood, and Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chief organic optimist of Stonyfield Farm.
Sami-Sabinsa Group scientists publish research on flow cytometry as an effective test method to assess viable spore count in Lactospore®Scientists from the Sami-Sabinsa Group have discovered that flow cytometry is an effective test method to assess the viable spore count in commercial probiotic formulations of B. coagulans MTCC 5856, known world-wide as LactoSpore,solving a formulation challenge in condition-specific probiotic products.MARKETING
Are your influencers complying with FTC rules?Dietary supplement and functional food endorsements were among the many products that got influencers on FTC’s naughty list last year.
Google shows preference to quicker-loadingmobile pagesThe speed at which pages load in browsers has begun to determine those that will serve up higher in mobile searches, according to data released this week. The Searchmetrics study, released prior to Google’s mobile speed update, scheduled for release in July, suggests that marketers should take note.
Archetypes in boomer brandingThe Hero and the Outlaw is a seminal work in the way we understand branding in the modern age. Today, many branding experts have adopted the book's 12 archetypes, designed to engage target consumers and make them brand-loyal over time.MOU PARTNER NEWS
IPA showcases trends among European probiotics usersNew research from the International Probiotics Association (IPA) and the Natural Marketing Institute outlines who is taking probiotics in the EU and why.MARKET RESEARCH
2017 disruptive year for $149 billion natural products market; protein, probiotics, CBD spur supplements growthUnimpressive sales, tectonic industry shifts and reinvention by necessity define the year in natural retailing, according to NFM’s annual Market Overview Survey. The report notes that new products kick-start growth, but a retailer’s ability to answer questions about those products determines success in supplements. Sales of vitamins, minerals and supplements grew 5.3 percent over the course of 2016, but slowed to 3.8 percent growth in 2017.
Global direct selling industry in 2017The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations has reported that the direct selling industry’s sales volume was $189.6 billion in 2017, representing an increase of 1.6 percent compared to the previous year. The global industry’s growth rate had been 6.1 percent in 2014, 7.6 percent in 2015, and 1.9 percent in 2016.
Plant-based product claims grew by 62 percent in recent yearsThere has been a 62 percent CAGR increase in plant-based product claims globally between 2013-2017, according to Innova Market Insights. These claims are appearing on everything from plant proteins, sweeteners, herbs, seasonings and even food coloring. Plant-based innovations are growing, as is consumer interest in plant-derived ingredients, the researcher reports.
Nutricosmetic sales are growing globally, ranging from pills to beauty foods and drinksNutricosmetic sales are growing globally but still occupy a small 2 percent share of the global dietary supplements market. While the more established market is in Asia, growth is actually stronger in North America and Western Europe, where aging populations are looking to maintain health, including appearance, into later life, according to Innova Market Insights data.RESEARCH
Meta-analysis supports cardio metabolic benefits of anthocyaninsDietary supplements containing anthocyanins—polyphenolic pigments found in plants such as berries—may improve insulin resistance, as well as cholesterol levels, according to a meta-analysis of 19 clinical trials.
Actions of green tea and red wine compounds may slow neurodegenerationNutritional compounds naturally present in green tea and red wine may obstruct the creation of toxic metabolites that contribute to neurodegeneration seen in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Prebiotic fibers show gut and immune health benefits for children: RCTSupplementing the diet of three- to six-year olds with chicory root fiber may improve the gut microbiota composition and strengthen their immune defenses, says a new study in theJournal of Nutrition.
Pterostilbene fared better than resveratrol for blood sugar management in animal study
In research recently published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers from Turkey investigated the effects of Pterostilbene, provided by Sabinsa, in experimental diabetes in animals. The researchers found that Pterostilbene not only controlled the weight loss observed in diabetic animals, it was effective in reducing blood glucose levels and also in increasing serum insulin levels.
Supplemental antioxidants may reduce exacerbations in cystic fibrosisAn antioxidant-enriched vitamin may decrease respiratory exacerbations in people with cystic fibrosis, according to research published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Bisphenol-A alters microbiota metabolites derived from aromatic amino acids andworsens disease activity during colitisThis is the first study to show that bisphenol-A treatment alone can reduce microbiota metabolites derived from aromatic amino acids in the colon which may be associated with increased colonic inflammation and inflammatory bowel disease.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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