Vitamin Shoppe CEO to step down as sales continue to fall
Vitamin Shoppe CEO Colin Watts will leave the company at the end of May, Chairman Alex Smith announced. Vitamin Shoppe's net sales for 2017 were $1.18 billion, compared with $1.29 billion in 2016, a drop of 8.6 percent. The biggest losses are in the sport and weight management category. Company officials also unveiled a new plan to market Vitamin Shoppe as “the wellness authority,” with increased marketing, particularly online and through social media, community events and digital programs. Read more→
UNPA announces two PCQI trainings NEW!
UNPA has scheduled two new Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) trainings for April 10-12 in Phoenix and June 5-7 in Lehi, Utah. Registration is now open for both training sessions, which meet FDA's PCQI training requirements. Learn who must comply, course agenda and additional information at the UNPA website.
UNPA announces publication of UNPA Asia Report
UNPA announces the publication of the new UNPA Asia Report, a special section inside of Asiaceutical Insights, published in China by Herbridge Media.
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FTC bars supplement seller from making false and unsupported health claims
A company and its CEO, who allegedly advertised and sold two “anti-aging” products using false or unsubstantiated claims, have agreed to stop making the claims under a Federal Trade Commission settlement order. FTC charged Telomerase Activation Sciences Inc. and its CEO Noel Patton with lacking the scientific evidence to support claims for a broad range of anti-aging and other health benefits.
Herbalife earnings recovering after FTC fine and restructuring
Herbalife says it is successfully emerging from the pall cast by an investigation and subsequent fine levied by FTC. The company says that 4Q earnings show that business is trending back up after taking a significant hit.
Sprouts Farmers Market ramping delivery as earnings grow
Sprouts Farmers Market saw comparable store sales grow 4.6 percent and topped analysts’ earnings expectations for the 4Q. The natural foods grocer reported net sales of $1 billion, a 16 percent increase from the same period in 2016.
Blackmores H1 sales strong in Asia but firm issues warning over ingredient shortages
Double-digit sales growth across Asia has boosted Australian manufacturer Blackmores' financial performance for the half year ended Dec. 31, 2017, though supply issues are presenting a challenge.
2018 Capitol Hill chat with Loren Israelsen
2018 will bring the full implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, a new Farm Bill, mid-term elections and the retirement of unprecedented numbers of congressional members, including the supplement industry’s staunch supporter, Sen. Orrin Hatch. Informa’s Sandy Almendarez discusses the implications of these changes with UNPA President Loren Israelsen.
Not authorized: Majority of online traders are selling non-compliant supplements, according to EC investigation
More than two-thirds of websites investigated by EU member state authorities are selling non-authorized novel foods and supplements, according to a new report published by the European Commission.
Confronting malnutrition: MNI dossier lays out medical nutrition blueprint
An international group of health organizations, Medical Nutrition International, has released a new publication detailing best practice nutritional care designed to prevent the onset of disease-related malnutrition.
China not yet meeting population's TCM needs as 2030 plan eyes parity with Western medicine
China cannot yet meet the Traditional Chinese Medicine needs for its population, a leading official has stated, amid the publication of a wave of official TCM data for 2017.
Dietary supplement equipment focus: The art and blending of nutraceuticals
Nutritional Outlook interviews experts in different areas of the blending business about today’s biggest blending challenges and how brand marketers can ensure that their projects are a success.
High stakes week: Feds faceoff against hemp and CBD
A court case and an official from USDA reveal that the Trump administration is very much not in favor of hemp.
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Sabinsa Corp. wins NBJ Supply Chain Transparency Award for sustainable, transparent supply chain
Sabinsa Corp. created a vertically integrated system—beginning with its farmers in India—to control the quality of its turmeric, Coleus forskohlii, black pepper and other ingredients.
Jon Benninger receives 2017 Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award
The American Botanical Council announces that Jon Benninger, vice president of Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network, is the recipient of the 2017 ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has played a significant role in creating a sense of community among herbalists, researchers, members of the herb and natural products communities and industries and others who work in the area of medicinal plants.
Dick Griffin named ABC Champion for 2017
The American Botanical Council announces Richard “Dick” Griffin as the recipient of its ABC Champion Award for 2017. Griffin has consistently served ABC and other organizations in the natural products community through partnerships with his insurance companies Grifcon Enterprises and Griffin Insurance Services, and his consulting work with RT Specialty LLC.
IngredientsOnline provides China ingredients availability update
In this product information update exclusive to UNPA members, IngredientsOnline.com General Manager Tony Xue provides supply chain information, availability and pricing for numerous key ingredients, including CLA powder and CLA oil, ascorbic acid,, Xylitol USP and DC, creatine monohydrate and calcium citrate powder.
Regenerative Organic Certification scheme to launch
Working with Rodale Institute, Patagonia and several other non-profits, businesses and activists, Dr. Bronner’s has developed a standard for Regenerative Organic Certification that farmers and producers will be able to use to certify their products as regenerative organic. These standards are slated to be administered by NSF International and will be introduced at an Expo West educational seminar.
Health INSIDER Podcast: Regenerative agriculture and biodynamic farming
Regenerative farming applies the principles of organic, while adding a focus on farms as closed systems—living organisms able to provide their own intrinsic solutions for healthy longevity. In this Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Informa’s Heather Granato talks with Elizabeth Candelario, president of Demeter, about the future of responsible agriculture.
Farm Aid’s mission closely aligns with natural products industry goals
The nonprofit’s work—supporting farmers with grants and political advocacy—is vital, but the nutrition industry must be more involved.
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Ikhlas Khan wins AOAC's 2018 Wiley Award
AOAC INTERNATIONAL has announced that Ikhlas Khan, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2018 Harvey W. Wiley Award, the association’s highest honor for lifetime scientific achievement. He is director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi. Khan will chair the Wiley Award Symposium at this fall’s AOAC Annual Meeting.
Personalized nutrition test aims to fill gaps that impair athletic gains
A blood test and food questionnaire form the basis of a simple personalized nutrition approach, which can identify micronutrient and vitamin deficiencies that can prevent optimum athletic performance.
Wearable technology: Fitness tracker data backed to boost research and personalized health
The growing trend for wearable fitness trackers may do more than help in following activity levels. New research suggests insights from wearable devices might also be used in several fields of biomedical and nutrition research.
People launches new vertical ‘People Health’
Launching this week on People.com and in the March 5 issue of the print edition, People's new health vertical, “People Health,” adds a shot of wellness and health coverage across the title’s platforms. The new vertical will feature celebrity, service and human interest stories, including advice from expert doctors, celebrity nutritionists and real-life patient stories.
Content that understands the health contextThe idea of contextualizing content is a way to meld ideas and channels when the customer needs information most. When it comes to health, there are many ways to think about it, but sending contextual content with the use of data offers a seamless stewardship of content from your brand.
Magnesium, curcumin, apple cider vinegar rise in popularity among supplement usersA recent survey of 11,446 people, who use dietary supplements, from ConsumerLab.com shows that magnesium,curcumin and turmeric have leapt into the top-five most popular dietary supplements, just behind vitamin D, fish oil and CoQ10.RESEARCH
Could wine polyphenols help protect against gum disease and dental fillings?Compounds found in red wine can help stop harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth and gums, claims research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Lower arginine levels seen in depressed patientsMajor depressive disorder appears to be linked with lower levels of arginine, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.
Coenzyme Q deficiency linked to pre-diabetes, finds studyLow levels of coenzyme Q in fat and muscle cells are associated with insulin resistance, a characteristic of pre-diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Sydney.
Verbena leaf proves a ‘lemon-aid’ to muscle strength and recoveryLemon verbena is a safe and well-tolerated natural sports ingredient, a recent German study finds, as supplemented subjects appear to benefit from less muscle damage and a faster and full recovery.
Low magnesium levels may make vitamin D ineffectiveA review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning vitamin D could remain stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans.ETC.
Accountant’s personal crisis inspires microbiome breakthroughThe story of the nutrition industry is often a story of silver linings. For every ketogenic potato chip, there is a mother with a child wracked by autoimmune disease. For every natural peanut butter, there are free packs of therapeutic food for malnourished kids in the developing world. Thanks to Martha Carlin, we can add a microbiome stool bank to this mix.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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