The increasing insanity of marketers' indifference to older consumers Mainstream marketers’ obsession with millennials makes less sense with each passing year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7.7 million more households headed by persons age 50+ (HH50+) than are headed by younger people (HH<50), 68.9 million vs. 61.1 million. This imbalance has pushed the average age of U.S. heads of households from 48.8 10 years ago to 50.9 years now, and it has resulted in HH50+ spending more than HH<50 on consumer goods and services annually. Read more→
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December GMP training in Provo, Utah
Former FDA investigator and UNPA's VP, global regulatory & compliance, Larisa Pavlick, will lead the training, which will provide everything you need to know to make sure your facilities are fully compliant with 21 CFR Part 111 before your next inspection. The training is scheduled for Dec.4-5 in Provo, Utah. Click the title to learn more about the training and to register.
Intentional Adulteration training, Jan. 22 in Lehi, Utah
Did you know that you're responsible for having in place a plan to deal with adulteration of your ingredients and finished goods? It's all a part of FDA's Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (referred to as the IA rule), part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), this intensive, one-day certificate course is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA. Join Ned Mitenius, a 30-year veteran in the food processing industry, who will lead the training. UNPA members receive a $200 discount at registration.
UNPA's FSVP training, February 2020 in Utah
Do you import ingredients or finished goods? Do you know your obligations under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs regulation? Join former FDA Investigator and UNPA VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance Larisa Pavlick for this certificate-based training. Click on the title for more information, why you might need to attend and to register.
While unlikely, new framework for disseminating study results would improve DSHEA The turmoil surrounding the CBD question has obscured other important debates, such as how to alter DSHEA in such a way that more scientific information can be conveyed to consumers.
DSM to acquire dairy provider CSK Royal DSM has made two recent acquisitions. In the first, the company reached an agreement with dairy solutions provider Kroninklijke CSK Food Enrichment CV to acquire 100-percent interest in the company for $166 million. In the second, DSM acquired AVA, a Boston-based company that offers a digital personalized nutrition platform to help bridge nutrition gaps.
Atlantic Groupa sells supplement brand to PharmaS Croatian firm Atlantic Grupa is to sell two supplement brands to PharmaS in a continuation of the firm’s strategy to “divest non-core business operations and focus on key categories and brands.”
Private label, CBD launches drive Natural Grocers' profits Private-label launches and a successful CBD product launch are helping Natural Grocers show a solid profit, according to company executives.
Whole Foods Magazine's 2019 Person of the Year: Mitch McConnell From cannabis to climate change, Mitch McConnell’s name is linked to some of the most pressing topics of discussion in the industry this year. UNPA's Loren Israelsen contributed to this article.
Axiom Foods signs multiple agreements, expanding distribution worldwide Axiom Foods Inc. has signed a domestic distribution agreement with Univar Solutions, as well as international distribution deals with Univar Solutions Brazil, Brenntag Food and Nutrition and Healy Group.
Nestlé and Corbion partner to develop microalgae-rich ingredient for plant-based products Corbion and Nestlé have entered into a joint agreement to develop a platform of algae-based ingredients rich in protein and micronutrients to deliver plant-based products.
Hemp industry blasts DEA's continued involvement under USDA rules Labs in the U.S. that test hemp now must be registered with DEA, fueling criticism that the requirements are burdensome and unnecessary.
Trade group petitions FDA to allow CBD supplements The Consumer Healthcare Products Association requested FDA exercise its authority through a rulemaking to provide a pathway to legally market hemp-derived CBD supplements.
EC lowers max contaminant levels in red yeast rice supplements The European Commission has moved to decrease the maximum limit of mycotoxin contaminant deemed acceptable for supplements fermented with red yeast rice.
EFSA toils to establish safe and adequate sodium levels The publication of dietary reference values for sodium and chloride brings to a close 10 years of work that began with a request by the European Commission to update values last set in the 1990s.
DSM, Cargill open commercial scale facility to produce stevia sweeteners via fermentation Avansya—a joint venture between Cargill and DSM—has opened the first commercial scale facility in the U.S. producing stevia sweeteners via gene editing-based microbial fermentation.
From lab meat to vertical farming: How Europe’s rejection of GMOs can help science in food European regulators and consumers have been steadfast in their rejection of genetically modified food. The idea of “Frankenfood” has been a potent symbol of the bloc’s resistance to scientists meddling in food production, but are there any lessons for the scientific community working toward a more sustainable future for food?
What AI down on the farm could mean for rural America Grand Farm in North Dakota aims to be the first fully autonomous farm—but even if it succeeds, it raises questions about the future of data ownership, liability and more.
Saving ‘half earth’ for nature would affect over a billion people As the extinction crisis escalates, and protest movements grow, some are calling for hugely ambitious conservation targets. Among the most prominent is sparing 50 percent of the Earth's surface for nature.
Immediate action needed to protect medicinal plants from climate change, paper argues Urgent action is needed to assess and mitigate the risks climate change poses to medicinal plants, according to a recent paper written by a group of prominent botanical experts.
Botanical Safety Consortium formally convenes Following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between FDA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, the Botanical Safety Consortium (BSC) has formally been convened, establishing its framework.
IADSA includes omega-3s and folic acid in Mind the Gap resource IADSA has launched two new Mind the Gap resources explaining the critical importance of omega-3s and folic acid in maternal and infant nutrition.
Vascepa’s label expansion could boost supplement realm An expert panel has recommended an expanded treatment envelope for the EPA drug Vascepa. One expert says the move won’t affect the supplement market directly but does add to recent official recognition of the health benefits of omega-3s.
Walmart shows how to compete against Amazon Walmart's steady growth has continued this last fiscal quarter with the momentum largely coming from its thriving grocery strategy. But Amazon's aim in grocery seems "increasingly incoherent," with uneasily coexisting components such as Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods and its newest grocery venture slated for 2020.
How Wegmans and H-E-B survived Amazon’s onslaughtSome regional grocers have proven themselves surprisingly resilient in the face of cutthroat competition from the likes of Walmart and Amazon by remaining nimble and catering to hyper-local markets in ways that national players find far more difficult.
What the industry needs to know about polypharmacology Historically, our healthcare system has been focused on sick care. But Dan Gubler, Ph.D., wants to put the spotlight on polypharmacology, a lesser-known technique used in well care.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Sabinsa parent dubbed most trusted nutraceutical company in India Sabinsa’s parent company Sami Labs Limited received The Economic Times’ Business Leaders 2019 Award for Most Trusted Nutraceutical Company in a ceremony held in Mumbai, India last month. The Business Leaders awards recognize the best performers amongst Indian industry companies in various categories.
Sabinsa’s pterostilbene in Silbinol found to have cardioprotective benefits A new study, collaboratively published by Sabinsa researchers and academic scientists from Taiwan and China, demonstrates that Sabinsa’s sustainably sourced pterostilbene attenuates Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) formation and decreases vascular inflammation, confirming cardioprotective properties.
Chicago Tribune names NOW winner of Chicago’s top workplaces award NOW has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage LLC, a provider of technology-based employee-engagement tools.
NOW scientists develop, publish precise method to measure inorganic arsenic in krill oil Members of the NOW Methods Development team have published a test method that accurately identifies the presence and measures levels of inorganic arsenic in krill oil.
Scott Steinford joins Health Wright Products as CEO Health Wright Products, a privately held contract manufacturer based in Clackamas, Ore., has named Scott Steinford CEO. Steinford is a strategist, organization optimizer, author and speaker and has held CEO or president roles in organizations such as ZMC-USA and Doctor's Best.
The future of clean beauty: Here are the eight biggest trends for 2020 Clean beauty is the future, but several notable trends in the category will likely become mainstream in 2020, including more refillable personal care options, more bold colors among clean cosmetic brands, and a rise in sustainable ingredient use.
Are smart toilets the next step in personalized health data?Wearable technologies and digital platforms have rapidly changed the way we think about monitoring our health and has transformed the hunt for biomarkers and the way we perform clinical research. But upgrades to the humble loo could provide the biggest revolution of all.
Retail channels for dietary supplements: Brick-and-mortar sales growing but still outpaced by online sales Market researcher IRI provides its insight on which retail channels for dietary supplements are growing or shrinking.
The Hartman Group: How are consumers talking about social responsibility and sustainability? When it comes to the health of the planet and social wellbeing of the population, consumers feel they have less of an impact as an individual and that large companies and government organizations have a bigger role to play, according to new research from The Hartman Group.
Study: Consumers are more worried about privacy than you think Shoppers will share personal data in return for discounts and perks, but almost all are in favor of privacy laws, Tealium says.
Infographic: How much influencers like to take a stand Influencer marketing platform Mavrck has found that not only are the majority of influencers interested in partnering with mission-based brands, but 23 percent of them "want to give back as part of the campaign."
Grinning faces and smiling eyes: Why use emojis? Maybe you’re one of those misfits who find emojis annoying—a dumbing down of human communication, but you’re in the minority, according to a report by Emma, provider of an email marketing platform. For one thing, 56 percent of brands that use the dreadful images in email subject lines draw higher open rates, according to Experian, the report says.
Cancer Research study reveals how vitamin D could boost cancer recovery Vitamin D makes melanoma cells less aggressive and therefore can boost the effects of immunotherapy, Cancer Research U.K. scientists have found.
Potential Alzheimer’s supplement can be produced in yeast, scientists discover Scientists at the Novo Nordisk Center for BioSustainability have discovered a way to use yeast to produce a compound, ergothioneine, that may help delay the onset of cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Omega-3 may improve brain health in people with heart disease The study found that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements was associated with better brain function in people with coronary artery disease.
Probiotics and prebiotics could reduce chemo side effects Gut bacteria could influence chemo sickness including fatigue, weight loss and mental fog, suggesting a potentially huge opportunity for probiotics, prebiotics and fecal transplantations, according to a new study on mice from Ohio State University.
Higher maternal lutein intake linked to better child behavior Higher intakes of lutein during pregnancy are associated with better behavior regulation in the children at mid-childhood, suggests a new study from Tufts University and Harvard Medical School.
Combination of curcumin and boswellia support exercise recoveryA study recently published in the Journal of American College of Sports Medicine shows that a combination of curcumin extract and boswellia extract, standardized for 3-O-Acetyl-11-keto-ß-boswellia acid (AKBA) 90%, accelerates muscle recovery post-exercise.
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