U.S. retail sales of herbal supplements increase by 9.4 percent in 2018 U.S. consumers spent an estimated $8.84 billion on herbal dietary supplements in 2018, according to the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) 2018 Herb Market Report, which appears in issue 123 of ABC’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram. This represents a 9.4 percent increase in total U.S. sales from the previous year—the strongest sales growth for herbal supplements in two decades. CBD, mushroom and immune health products drove the record sales for the year. ABC’s 2018 market report is based on U.S. retail sales data provided by SPINS and Nutrition Business Journal. Read more→
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.
UNPA's FSVP training set for 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's 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.
Expert Insights webinar to address vulnerability assessments and actionable steps for FSMA compliance
Ned Mitenius, founder/principal, Periscope Consulting LLC, and Larisa Pavlick, VP, global regulatory & compliance, UNPA, will discuss the Vulnerability Assessments requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration Rule. Vulnerability Assessments are required to provide for the identification of Actionable Process Steps. The webinar will take place on Oct. 3, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
UNPA to host annual members' meeting at SupplySide West, Oct. 17
Hear the latest insights and news from the UNPA team at the annual SupplySide West Members' Meeting, Oct. 17, from 8-9 am with a one-hour member meet-and-greet to follow starting at 9 am. Click on the title above to RSVP. There is no charge to attend. See you there!
Access UNPA's analysis of CBD comments to FDA
The Aug. 22 UNPA webinar, a review and analysis of the comments submitted to FDA on cannabis and CBD by UNPA President Loren Israelsen, is now available for OnDemand viewing at the link embedded in the above title.
UNPA team leads podcast discussions on hemp and CBD
UNPA's Loren Israelsen recently discussed the status of hemp and CBD in conversation with TraceGains' CEO Gary Nowacki. Listen to the podcast, "CBD: Fad or Trend?" here. In another podcast, UNPA's Frank Lampe discussed the state of hemp/CBD regulation in conversation with Pete Thornton of Chatanooga, Tenn.-based Landrace Biosciences, A GMP-certified, bulk CBD product manufacturer. The interview series, geared for the hemp industry, is called, "Call Me Cannabinoids." Listen to it here.
GMP standards evolve for supplement manufacturersThe next rounds of GMP inspections from FDA will seek more raw data and expect that manufacturers demonstrate continual operational improvements.
Appeals court affirms $40 million in sanctions against dietary supplement makerAn appeals court ruling dealt a victory to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials and a blow to Georgia-based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its owner, Jared Wheat.
Greenwash at your own risk: Truly Organic to pay FTC $1.76 million settlementMiami Beach-based bath and beauty company Truly Organic will pay the FTC $1.76 million to settle a complaint that alleges its products are neither certified organic or 100-percent organic.HEMP/CANNABINOIDS
FDA facing rising pressure to exercise CBD enforcement discretionLawmakers seek a policy of enforcement discretion but that wouldn’t address the underlying problem facing the hemp industry—namely FDA’s position that CBD cannot be marketed in a dietary supplement.
CBD Survey results: Cultivating wellnessProject CBD released the results of one of the most extensive CBD user surveys to date.
Canadian cannabis company planning to grow 17,000 acres of hemp in ChinaToronto-based marijuana producer Pure Global Cannabis today announced that it had signed an agreement to plant 17,000 acres of hemp in the Yunnan province of China. The CBD products harvested from this hemp will be exported from China to other Asian markets and countries where CBD products are legal, the company said.ORGANICS/GMOs
Farmers oppose USDA dialogue on gene editing in organic agricultureThe Organic Farmers Association (OFA) delivered a letter of opposition to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, according to a press release, in response to a statement made by Department Undersecretary Greg Ibach, who suggested an open dialogue regarding gene-editing in organic agriculture.ADVERSE EVENTS
Supp.AI aims to streamline supplement interactions data‘Natural’ doesn’t always mean ‘safe’, and often, herbal and botanical supplements have their share of side effects, especially when combined with medications. Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence says it is taking the legwork out of gleaning through possible interactions with its Semantic Scholar academic research engine, Supp.AI.
USN fat-burner supplement recalled by Belgian authoritiesBelgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain is recalling a popular fat-burning supplement over concerns about the product’s caffeine content.BOTANICALS
Six botanical ingredients at risk of adulterationThe Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP), created to educate responsible parties about adulteration risks in the botanical marketplace, as well as best practices for avoiding adulterated products and properly validating pure products, details six botanicals at risk of adulteration.SUPPLY CHAIN
Improving dietary supplement traceability during productionOne expert explains how to improve traceability in dietary supplement production, using a manufacturing-operations-management system.
Certification fatigue: Is it really a thing?Brands that “overshare” are often not the brands that successfully engage consumers because they are throwing way too much at an audience that likely doesn’t care.OMEGA-3s
'Fundamentally flawed': New Zealand industry body demands research paper’s removal from medical journalTrade body Natural Health Products New Zealand has called for the removal of a research paper, which claimed that six out of 10 of the country’s best-selling fish oil products contained less omega-3 fatty acids than what was stated.
GOED: Strengthen your omega-3 business with these five toolsGOED offers five sales-boosting resources companies can use to deepen their omega-3 knowledge and help educate customers about its health benefits.CLEAN LABEL
The clean label trend and what it means to supplement consumersAs consumers become more supplement savvy, companies are increasingly under pressure to improve the health profiles of their products and many are opting for clean label and quality certifications.
Chewy notches $1 billion in quarterly sales, yet signs of a pet supplement bubble persistPet supplement and food seller Chewy notched more than $1 billion in revenue in the 2Q, but in a sign that the pet product sphere might be sitting in a bubble, the company’s share price has dropped, and it continues to lose money.UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Verdure collaborates to sustain Boswellia serrataIn an ongoing effort to promote sustainable practices and initiatives, Verdure Sciences has collaborated with its long-term supplier in India to plant 2,000 Boswellia serrata saplings in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which will protect these trees and support the families who depend on them to earn a living for generations to come.
NSF International adding CBD and hemp testing, auditing and certification servicesNSF International has announced it will provide independent testing, verification, auditing and certification services to consumer products containing hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), including food, dietary supplements and personal care products.
NASA research shows space food can have better nutritional valueA groundbreaking new mathematical model will help NASA to predict vitamin degradation in space flight food, ensuring astronauts remain fueled on nutrient-rich diets, say researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Medical students receive poor nutrition education: Global analysisMedical education lacks effective nutrition education across the entire globe, impacting patient care, according to a new report by analysts in New Zealand.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Experienced sales and marketing executive is seeking a new opportunity in the Colorado/Mountain Region. Strong background in B2B sales, developing sales and marketing strategy, and hitting sales targets. See LinkedIn profile for more information.MARKETING
From cannabis to crypto: Growth-marketing framework for 'frontier' companiesEmerging sectors—such as cannabis and cryptocurrency—are equal parts movements and industries that often operate in legally grey areas, face many of the same financial, political and regulatory challenges, yet possess opportunities for explosive growth and massive disruption. But they may need a specialized growth-marketing approach.MARKET RESEARCH
Three trends that dietary supplement and pharma firms are paying attention toFoods for special medical purposes, functional foods and ease of convenience are three emerging categories to which dietary supplement and pharma companies are paying attention, according to research firm Mintel.RESEARCH
Study links low vitamin D status to depression among troopsA retrospective study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found a link among military personnel between low vitamin D status and depression.
Lutamax 2020 may improve cognitive performanceA study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior has shown Lutemax 2020 from OmniActive Health Technologies can positively affect cognitive performance.
BGG’s saw palmetto extract shown to reduce urinary issuesTwo published clinical trials support the safety and reconfirm efficacy of BGG’s (Beijing Gingko Group) Saw Palmetto extract. One trial shows a statistically significant reduction in urinary issues vs. placebo and the other established safety at six times the recommended dosage.
RCT supports efficacy of St. John’s wort for post-menopausal symptoms and depressionSupplements of St. John’s wort may help reduce the incidence of hot flashes and help depression of postmenopausal women, says a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
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