TwinLab names Anthony Zolezzi CEO; Vitamin Shoppe appoints Sharon Leite as new chief executive
Entrepreneur and natural products adviser Anthony Zolezzi will take the top spot at supplement company Twinlab following the recent departure of Naomi Whittel. Zolezzi co-founded Code Blue Recycling and Pet Promise, both of which were acquired by large companies. Meanwhile, The Vitamin Shoppe has announced its appointment of Sharon Leite, formerly of Godiva Chocolatier, to head the company, which has seen its brick-and-mortar sales plummet over the past two years. The company says Leite’s broad experience and impressive track record makes her an ideal choice to lead both its turnaround and future growth. Read coverage:
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The 2Q18 UNPA Asia Report
The 2Q18 issue of the UNPA Asia Report, a 16-page mini-magazine published in Asiaceutical Insights, distributed in China and Asia, is now available for viewing and downloading.
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Whole Foods' biggest supplier's bid to buy SuperValu is all about its independence
With United Natural Foods' $2.9 billion acquisition of Supervalu, announced Thursday, UNFI lessens its reliance on Whole Foods, a relationship that has been shrouded in uncertainty ever since Amazon acquired the natural grocer.
Kaneka signs exclusive distribution dealfor AB-Biotics ingredients in North America
Tokyo-headquartered Kaneka Corporation acquired a 34.8 percent share of Barcelona-based biotech company AB-Biotics. It also signed on as exclusive distributor for the latter’s ingredients in the U.S., Canadian, and Japanese markets.
Cambridge Commodities buys Earth Circle Organics ingredient division
U.K.-based nutritional ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities Ltd. has acquired the ingredient business of U.S.-based raw and organic superfood wholesaler, Earth Circle Organics.
California joins FDA in saying no to CBD in foods, supplements
A fresh feud brewing in The Golden State symbolizes the disparate treatment of myriad cannabis products in one of the world’s largest economies. Consumers in California can legally buy marijuana for medical and recreational use, but state officials recently said CBD products are off-limits in foods and supplements.
ASA rules gut nutritional approach is no substitute for medical treatment
The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority has upheld concerns that a specific nutritional approach targeting the gut discouraged medical treatment for conditions, such as autism and depression.
European Union allows expanded micro algae oil use as novel food
The European Commission has extended the use of micro algae oil after BASF, Nutraveris and Mara Renewables notified the commission of their intention to market the oil as a novel food.
Efforts by AHPA, BAPP pull back veil on issues relating to identity, adulteration
Efforts by the American Herbal Products Associations and the Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program, two leading botanical associations, are boosting transparency relating to the identity and purity of these ingredients.
Transparency lens focused on supply end of supplement industry
Securing sources of supply is not only good business practice, it can also boost a company’s transparency efforts. Examples abound of companies putting raw cost concerns aside to push forward efforts to make sure fragile eco-systems are protected and potentially endangered species are nurtured.GMOs
FDA has no further questions over the safety of Impossible Foods' star ingredient
Plant-based meat specialist Impossible Foods has received a letter confirming the agency has no additional questions that challenge the company’s determination that its star ingredient—soy leghemoglobin (‘heme’) is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).
EU Court says crops obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs
The European Court of Justice has ruled on the so-called new plant breeding techniques, calling crops obtained by mutagenisis "GMOs" because the methods and techniques alter the genetic material of a plant in a way that does not occur naturally.
Testing Labs: Quality is job one
This deep dive report talks to industry experts on the state of today’s lab environment, discussing some of the key technologies and the emergence of DNA testing for ingredient authentication, as well as the increased need for better finished-product testing.
CV Sciences' Plus CBD store count grows; company applies for NASDAQ listing
The number of stores carrying CV Sciences’ flagship hemp CBD brand Plus CBD Oil has grown 11.1 percent in the past quarter, the company announced, as it seeks to upgrade to the NASDAQ making its stock more attractive.
The krill zone: Industry hands baton to CCAMLR to determine Krill Antarctic fate
Akerbiomarine and Rimfrost were among several krill suppliers to sign a pact this week promising to stop fishing in sensitive Antarctic waters that alongside krill house breeding colonies of penguins. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will debate whether to adopt the EU proposal to create the largest ocean reserve on Earth.
NPA advocates to keep skip lot testing option in dietary supplements GMPs
FDA is soliciting comments for a GMP code in which ingredient companies can petition for skip lot testing, but one trade group found discrepancies in the Federal Registrar notice.
Concepts of health maintenance and promotion: Integrating nutritional and botanical products
While the vital importance of micronutrients to health promotion is universally accepted, there has been less attention on other bioactive dietary components, particularly those derived from botanicals. In this report, Jeffrey Blumberg, M.D., addresses the potential role that such botanicals could play in nutrition and health.
China’s push to export traditional medicine may doom the magical pangolin
China wants to expand its export of traditional medicines, but the move puts the pangolin—the world’s most trafficked mammal—in real danger of extinction. Many practitioners, believing the pangolin’s scales have magical properties, prescribe its scales, its blood and even its fetuses to cure every possible ailment.OMEGA-3s
Applying drug-like endpoints to omega-3 reviews bound to end in failure, experts say
Reaction continues to roll in on the recent Cochrane review that found little evidence supporting the cardiovascular benefits of omega-3s. Experts questioned the underlying assumptions in how the review was put together.
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Sabinsa wins Nutraingredients-USA Editor Award for reforestation
Ingredient manufacturer and supplier Sabinsa’s reforestation project for Indian Kino, or Pterocarpus marsupium, won the NutraIngredients-USA Editor’s Award for Industry Initiative of the Year.
Maryland University of Integrative Health announces agreement with American College of Healthcare Sciences
Maryland University of Integrative Health announced today that it has signed an articulation agreement with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. This collaboration unites two major industry leaders in the integrative health higher-education field to further advance student and graduate opportunities in holistic health and wellness.
AI takeover: A new frontier for compliance and labeling as Nutraveris steps up use of artificial intelligence
Much has been made of potential benefits of artificial intelligence for the discovery and development of new products and ever-growing interest in personalization. However, AI has other benefits, says Cédric Bourges, founder and CEO of Nutraveris—as his company looks to establish the first regulatory and compliance systems using the technology.
'We still have a lot of work to do as an industry. We need to build a whole ecosystem'--DSM executive
Personalized nutrition needs a collaborative approach from industry because there is a lot to develop and no single company has all the capabilities, according to DSM’s President of human Nutrition and Health Jeremy Xu.
Product development continues in the medical food category with launch of Vayarin Plus
Question marks abound regarding what can be classified as a “medical food.” But despite the uncertainty, product development continues in the space.
Developing supplements to support healthy aging
Anti-aging ingredients—or “healthy aging” ingredients, as may be a more accurate term based on market trends—often target specific health concerns, including heart health, brain health and cognition, bone and joint health, skin health and eye health.
Five types of images to add to your Amazon listing
When a customer starts their product search on Amazon, the first introduction they will have to any new product will always be the main image. If you are able to give the customer enough information to convince them to click onto your product detail page, the eight-image slots Amazon gives you are above the fold on every device. Learn what you should include.
Report: Brands need to rethink attitudes about consumers and aging
The McCann agency's "The Truth About Age" research suggests brands must develop an "Age Philosophy." For example, brands in the beauty and pharmaceutical industries cannot operate in an age-agnostic way because they’re dealing with problems that are correlated with age.
Why do teenagers use supplements and where do they get their advice?
Many adolescents use dietary supplements in an attempt to increase sports performance or improve immunity, according to a new study that also suggests supplements are frequently used despite a lack of knowledge about possible harmful effects.
A look inside the millennial mind
According to The Brookings Institution, millennials now account for more than $1 trillion of consumer spending power and will make up more than 75 percent of the American workforce by 2025. Here’s a look at their buying habits, including both foods and supplements, and where they shop.
Impact of non-protein nutrients underestimated in muscle regulation, review finds
A review looking into food and supplement-derived sources of protein on muscle-mass regulation has also highlighted the role lipids, vitamins, minerals and other bioactive compounds have on influencing muscle response.
Authors find support for anti-hypertensive, anti-obesity compounds from edible seaweeds
A recent review by Portuguese researchers supports the notion that edible seaweeds hold great promise as a source of dietary ingredients that have anti-hypertensive and weight-management benefits.
New IBS study makes the case for multi-strain probiotics
A new probiotic product study, funded by Bio-Kult, suggests that a multi-strain approach may be beneficial in managing irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. It’s said to be the largest-ever trial on probiotics and the condition.
Omega-3 benefits for menopause symptoms, depression explored in new review
The review, in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, ultimately included 16 published studies on omega-3 intake and hot flashes, depression and cognitive disorders in menopausal women found that omega-3 consumption may have a slight beneficial effect on menopause and depressive symptoms.
Polyphenol extract helps elderly subjects cut their 'mental age'
A polyphenol-rich extract of grape and blueberry has been shown to improve a specific memory marker among older subjects suffering from cognitive decline. The results were characterized as having lowered the subjects' ‘mental age,’ according French and Canadian researchers.
Omega-3 levels and heart disease: Overview of cohort studies
Pooled results of 19 cohort studies revealed habitual consumption of omega-3 PUFAs from marine and plant sources were associated with a modestly lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease (CHD).
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