Hemp market forecast to hit $20 billion by 2024 Roy Bingham, CEO and co-founder of BDS Analytics, a data firm specializing in the cannabis markets, predicts the U.S. hemp category could grow more than tenfold by 2024. Presenting the data to attendees at the last week's UNPA Members’ Retreat, Bingham noted the market for hemp products in the U.S. is now about $1.8 billion, but tentatively predicted it will hit about $20 billion by 2024. Read more→
Need a PCQI? June 26-28 training with a DS, food and botanicals focus
UNPA will conduct Preventive Controls Quality Individual (PCQI) training with a focus on dietary supplements, food and hemp-oil products and other botanically derived ingredients, June 26-28, in Westminster/Denver, Colo. Register today!
View UNPA's Expo West Members' Meeting presentation
View and download the PPT presentation from UNPA's 2019 Expo West Members' Meeting on March 6. Access requires member login.
Expert Insights OnDemand: Highlights of the inaugural Nutraingredients-USA Sports Nutrition Summit
Highlights from the inaugural Nutraingredients-USA Sports Nutrition Summit, held in San Diego, in January 2019, are now available to view OnDemand. Presenter Stephen Daniells, Editor-in-Chief of NutraIngredients-USA, discusses the state of the sports nutrition market; how formulators can get a quick overview of the state of the science; the white spaces in the market; and cutting-edge technology.
'Insidious: How synthetic biology threatens your natural ingredient supply chain' PPT is now available
The PPT presentation from the UNPA co-sponsored session, “INSIDIOUS: How synthetic biology threatens your natural ingredient supply chain,” presented at Expo West on March 6, is now available for viewing and downloading.
DSHEA AT 25
Podcast: DSHEA co-author Hatch discusses the success of DSHEA and his thoughts on DSHEA 2.0 In this podcast interview, former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch reflects on the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), whether the law is in need of reform and the concept of a mandatory product registry.
Podcast: DSHEA lawyer Bass reflects on law’s impact and future One of the lead architects of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, attorney Scott Bass, was a champion for the dietary supplement industry. With the power of hindsight, Bass takes on the new dietary ingredient (NDI) provision, appropriate product claims, and the need to develop a DSHEA 2.0 to benefit both industry and consumers.
U.S. court of appeals rejects Amarin’s call for fish oil probe The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled to uphold the U.S. International Trade Commission 2017 decision not to investigate a complaint brought by a pharmaceutical company that alleged omega-3 products used unfair marketing practices because they were being sold as dietary supplements.
Appeals court revises patent lawsuit in significant decision for the supplement industry A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sets forth a “bright line rule” concerning patent eligibility and is “significant” to a dietary supplement industry invested in research and innovation, according to a lawyer who litigated the case.
Arizona sued for falsely claiming that its green tea contains ginseng The popular green tea drink advertised itself as having “just the right amount of ginseng,” but according to a new lawsuit, there actually isn’t any of the traditional Chinese herb at all in the beverage. The branding allegedly misleads consumers into paying a “premium price” for the product.
Hi-Tech sues FDA over DMHA enforcement Hi-Tech complained FDA’s “arbitrary and capricious” enforcement against the stimulant threatens its CEO Jared Wheat's bond stipulations in a multi-count federal criminal indictment.
NuSkin reports 1Q19 results On revenues of $623.6 million, NuSkin is encouraged by the positive start to the year, which began with a strong 1Q highlighted by 7 percent local-currency growth and local-currency revenue growth in nearly all the company’s reporting segments, highlighted by 12 percent growth in Mainland China and 5 percent growth in Southeast Asia. The company will continue to focus global efforts on expanding its customer base through the Nu Skin growth strategy.
USANA Health Science reports 1Q19 results USANA Health Sciences announced financial results for its fiscal 1Q that were in line with preliminary results. 1Q19 net sales were $273.0 million, compared with $292.0 million in the prior-year period, or a 6.5 percent decrease year-over-year.
Vitamin Shoppe: sales down, profits up, 60-80 stores to close The Vitamin Shoppe Inc. reported 1Q sales decreased 4.3 percent in 2019 to $283.3 million, but gross profit increased 1.8 percent to $94.8 million. The company also announced that it will close 60 to 80 underperforming stores in the next three years. Already, it is renegotiating leases and closing some stores; five closed this quarter.
Natural Grocers sales overcome bad weather in 2Q19 Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage recorded moderate comp sales growth, but strong net sales and net income increases in 2Q19. Despite late-winter snow woes, comparable store sales beat last year’s high growth, according to co-president Kemper Isely.
Sprouts Farmers Market’s sales, gross profit increase in first quarter Net sales and gross profit both rose significantly during Sprouts Farmers Market’s 1Q. Sprouts also announced that co-CEO Jim Nielsen, who also is the president and chief operating officer, has taken a temporary medical leave of absence as the board continues to search for a permanent chief.
GNC sales fall as China partnership hits bump in the road Struggling retailer GNC reported 1Q19 earnings that included an unexpected decrease in revenue from its new China e-commerce joint venture.
FDA ushers new era of smarter food safety FDA is developing a blueprint for a "new era of smarter food safety" to augment the agency’s efforts implementing FSMA requirements while also leveraging the use of new and emerging technologies to create a more digital, traceable, and safer system.
Consumer advocacy group presses FDA to take enforcement against smoking cessation drugs sold as supplements The Center for Science in the Public Interest sent a letter to FDA asking the agency to take enforcement action against 15 companies selling products as dietary supplements to help smokers quit.
FDA Acting Commissioner Sharpless promises there will be no pause at FDA following Gottlieb’s departure FDA’s new Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Norman Sharpless, M.D., promised last week that he will pick up where outgoing Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., left off in strengthening nutrition policy and regulation to improve the public’s health and implementing new initiatives to bolster food safety.
GoDaddy shuts down subdomains selling miracle cures Subdomains belonging to GoDaddy customers were used by spammers to sell bogus products, including weight-loss cures, brain boosters and CBD oil, according to a report by security researcher Palo Alto Networks. GoDaddy last month took down 15,000 compromised subdomains belonging to several hundred customers.
Consumers flood FDA with comments on CBDs medical benefits Comments filed with FDA reveal a compelling narrative that presents challenges for public health officials: Consumers are turning to cannabidiol (CBD)—and cannabis more generally—to manage various conditions, including anxiety, arthritis, insomnia and chronic pain.
CBD and GMOs: It’s all going to pot While the Non-GMO Project does not yet verify products containing CBD, the group is keeping a close eye on this emerging industry because some biotechnology companies are already developing CBD that is derived from GMOs. There are at least two GMO CBD products on the market already.
Singapore health claims reform? Regulator and trade body express contrasting views on possible 'gaps' in laws Local authorities may soon address possible gaps in Singapore’s legislation regarding healthy food products, with regulator Singapore Food Agency commissioning a study to assess its rules regime.
Juice Plus fined €1 million for illegal supplement selling on secret Facebook groups Italy’s Competition and Marketing Authority has fined companies trading under the Juice Plus brand with a €1 million penalty, citing dubious marketing practices that were in breach of EU advertising law.
EFSA set safe level for supplemental use of chia oil The European Food Safety Authority deems chia oil for use in food supplements safe at a maximum level of 2 grams per day in a ruling that also rejects concern over contaminant formation.
Localization and distribution: Herbalife’s co-president lifts the lid on the firm’s India success Herbalife is growing fast in India, contributing to the company’s positive Asia-Pacific performance in the first quarter of 2019, buoyed by new product launches and improved distribution.
Identifying 'food fingerprints' to combat crime: 'Fraud a growing concern' Are those carrots truly organic? Does this saffron really originate from Spain? Researchers in Portugal are helping authorities test food authenticity and safety through the use of food fingerprints.
How carbon farming can help stop climate change in its tracks Agroecologist Nicole Masters’s says that while replacing fossil fuels with clean energy from the sun, wind, flowing water and the planet’s own heat is certainly necessary, it is not enough. However, new agricultural methods, such as regenerative agriculture and carbon farming, offer hope of restoring ecological balance.
CRN remembers John Hathcock The Council For Responsible Nutrition recognized the passing of John Hathcock, Ph.D., who served as CRN’s senior vice president, scientific & international affairs, prior to his retirement in 2012. Hathcock was a great force at CRN during his 17-year tenure from 1995–2012, bringing a level of credibility that has elevated the dietary supplement industry.
How consumers perceive package front claims Just how consumers perceive food claims and how these terms influence purchasing decisions are the subjects of a report released recently in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. The findings offer a new way to frame how consumers identify front-of-package claims, and also how perceptions of health food might be changing.
How grocery shelves get stacked A lesser-known sore point in the grocery industry are the hefty fees that some manufacturers pay for premium placement on store shelves—in some cases by the inch. This, in turn, is putting a not-insignificant amount of smaller companies out of business, and regulators have begun taking action.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
BDS Natural Products' David Solomon elected to head ASTA David Solomon, CEO of BDS Natural Products, has been elected to serve as president of the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) during its annual business meeting in Amelia Island, Fla. Other officers, the board of directors and arbitration board were elected during the meeting to serve one-year terms.
LifeVantage adds to European footprint launching in Ireland LifeVantage has launched its third European market in the past eight months, adding Ireland to its slate this week. With select LifeVantage products having been offered in Ireland for approximately a year as part of the company’s Global Customer Acquisition Program, the country has already distinguished itself as a viable market.
Publication provides comprehensive overview of curcumin research A retrospective analysis of curcumin research presented a comprehensive look at the vast body of science on the popular extract of turmeric. “Curcumin: Total-Scale Analysis of the Scientific Literature” is a review of literature on curcumin published in the April 2019 edition of the journal Molecules. The research identified Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex as the most clinically studied curcumin brand.
Ashwagandha standardization increasingly important as adulteration grows, say suppliers At the SupplySide East trade show, ashwagandha suppliers talked about how they are positioning brand-name ashwagandha ingredients as a reliable source for the market. Shaheen Majeed, president worldwide of Sabinsa Corp., said that his company continues to face adulteration threats in that segment each year, and he worries that ashwagandha adulteration will develop in the same way.
In India, Ayurveda is a booming business In the U.S., there's a wellness craze. In India, it's a Hindu wellness craze that includes cow products, and food and cosmetics based on ancient Hindu healing practices known as Ayurveda. It's become a multibillion-dollar industry in India, and it's gotten a boost from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Designer prebiotics are the future of food and microbiome modulation, expert says. Designer prebiotics have greater potential than probiotics to modify our microbiomes and improve our long-term health, according to Stephen O’Hara, the founder and CEO of a life-science firm.
Current methods to develop nutrition guidelines not fit for purpose, argue researchers Nutrition guidelines must ask the right questions and include a degree of complexity to improve their relevance and quality, according to a research team writing in the British Journal of Medicine.
These biosolar panels suck CO2 from the air to grow edible algae Scientists in London are testing the “BioSolar Leaf,” a mechanism that uses carbon-hungry organisms to help clean the air even more efficiently than trees can. As an added benefit, the process creates protein-rich algae which can be used in food products to easily boost their antioxidant and nutrient content.
Arabinoxylan prebiotics from food waste set to debut in North American markets Canadian company Comet Bio has earned recognition for its method of upcycling agricultural waste into functional ingredients, including a prebiotic and a low-calorie sweetener.
How much ROI can a company get through influencer marketing Targeting the right influencers for a marketing campaign brought in a return six times higher than a typical social media campaign, according to analysis from consumer research firm IRI, for one of its clients, energy shot brand 5-Hour Energy.
Harvard researchers call for more surveillance, targeted policy for energy drink marketing What’s the typical profile of an energy drink consumer in the United States and how much are they drinking? Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from a national health survey to get some answers.
New research showing consumer response to health claims should raise alarm bells for regulators Researchers have found that the type of health claims on foods can be completely uncorrelated with actual nutritional quality, yet these messages directly influence consumers’ expectations of healthiness and prompt their food choices.
Changing world of pediatric consumer health Global sales of pediatric consumer health have achieved strong growth at 38 percent from 2013 to 2018 and will continue this trajectory with expected growth of 22 percent through 2023, according to Euromonitor International. Vitamins and dietary supplements push innovation in this space, with supplements for sleep, cognitive development and immune response expected to be at the forefront for 2019.
RCT supports curcumin for liver health in overweight people; Indena, Sabinsa study Daily supplements of a phytosomal curcumin with piperine may improve blood sugar factors, liver function and serum cortisol levels in overweight people, says a recent study in the European Journal of Nutrition. The study used 800 mg of phytosomal curcumin from Indena and 8 mg of piperine from Sabinsa.
Daily folic acid supplement may reduce risk of gestational diabetes Taking a folic acid supplement daily before pregnancy may reduce the risk of gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The findings appear in Diabetes Care.
Probiotic strain makes use of the gut-brain axis to aid stress management A probiotics strain of Bifidobacterium longum appears to improve the ability to respond and cope with stress as research provides more proof of the bi-directional communication between the gut and brain.
French oak wood antioxidant may help improve post-traumatic stress disorder Robuvit, a proprietary French oak wood extract, may help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder with their symptoms, according to a new study published in Minerva Medica, which was conducted in individuals who were diagnosed with PTSD but who were otherwise considered healthy.
Prebiotic fiber increased abundance of Bifidobacterium in children during cold season, says new study A recently published trial in Beneficial Microbes showed that supplementation with chicory root fiber (a composition of Orafti Inulin and Orafti Oligofructose from Beneo) positively impacted the composition of gut microbiota in children during cold season.
Pumpkin seed extract may benefit symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia Supplementation with pumpkin seed extract could help relieve the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), according to a new study from the University of Graz, Austria.
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