Boston Therapeutics expands Asian markets for Sugardown ingredient as company scrambles to raise capital

Boston Therapeutics expands Asian markets for Sugardown ingredient as company scrambles to raise capital

26-Nov-2014 - Boston Therapeutics Inc. has announced a new marketing deal for its recently-launched Sugardown blood sugar management ingredient that will expand the potential distribution in Asia. The deal comes at an opportune time as the company is scrambling to find additional capital.

ChromaDex uses images of blueberries in its marketing for pTeroPure, but the ingredient itself is a synthesized, bioidentical version of pterostilbene.

ChromaDex bolsters IP protection around pTeroPure with memory, sun damage patents

26-Nov-2014 - ChromaDex has bolstered the IP protection around pTeroPure, one of its branded ingredients, with the announcement of two patents relating to pterostilbene, which are the second and third patents granted to the company on the ingredient.

The NutraIngredients-USA Business Leaders’ Forum: Two weeks to go!

The NutraIngredients-USA Business Leaders’ Forum: Two weeks to go!

25-Nov-2014 - The NutraIngredients-USA Business Leaders’ Forum 2014 is fast approaching and it’s not to be missed! Senior executives from Herbalife, Twinlab, SmartyPants, and NOW Foods will discuss key issues, challenges and opportunities for the US dietary supplements industry.

Medicus says its mobile platform proving ability to deliver faster, better, cheaper studies

Medicus says its mobile platform proving ability to deliver faster, better, cheaper studies

25-Nov-2014 - Medicus Research has passed a milestone with the announcement of its 20th clinical trial using smartphone technology to enroll subjects and collect data.  The technology continues to prove its robustness and cost effectiveness, said Medicus CEO Jay Udani MD.

Nutraceutical International reports soft sales growth for 2014

Nutraceutical International reports soft sales growth for 2014

25-Nov-2014 - Nutraceutical International Corporation, a Park City, UT-based dietary supplement manufacturer, reported yearly sales results that reflected the ongoing softness in the sector. The company reported sales growth in its fourth quarter and its fiscal year that came in at 2.1% and 2.9%, respectively.

The WHO and FAO backed ICN2 framework document suggests 60 recommendations to improve food and nutrition systems globally.

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

25-Nov-2014 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and nutrition systems.

Japanese tea fields.  Photo courtesy of Calli O'Brien.

Sales of loose and bagged tea up 5.9% in 2013, hitting $1.8 billion, ABC report finds

24-Nov-2014 - Sales of herbal and other teas increased by 5.9% in the United States in 2013, capping off a decade of solid growth, according to a market report by the American Botanical Council.  It was ABC’s first such report on the tea sector.

Long term relationships best way to deal with volatility of botanical supply, experts say

Long term relationships best way to deal with volatility of botanical supply, experts say

24-Nov-2014 - Managing botanical supply chains in the face of volatility in demand and pricing is a matter of managing relationships and gathering the appropriate information. Business as usual, in other words.

Dietary fibres could help battle obesity by driving changes in the ratio of bacterial species in our gut microbiota.

Gut bacteria ‘shift’ from fibre could aid weight loss

24-Nov-2014 - Dietary fibre can cause a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria may have the potential to assist in weight loss, while also reducing the risk of colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases, say researchers.

Vitamin D supplements should be taken with a meal to boost absorption: Study

Vitamin D supplements should be taken with a meal to boost absorption: Study

24-Nov-2014 - Vitamin D supplements should be recommended to be taken with a meal containing fat to optimize the absorption of the nutrient, says a new study from Tufts University and supported by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

A high intake of herbs and spices could be beneficial for the heart, according to new research that finds food cooked with a blend of spices and herbs has potential health benefits.

Not just for flavour: Herbs and spices backed for heart health

24-Nov-2014 - Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.

"Ideally, we’ll be able to develop products that will help promote and augment the effects of exercise," said lead researcher Professor Sakamoto

Future foods could mimic exercise benefits, claim Nestlé scientists

24-Nov-2014 - Future food and nutritional products could use the enzyme AMPK to mimic the effects of exercise on metabolism, Nestlé researchers have claimed.

Stakeholders have agreed targets for better nutrition, food security and civil rights as set out in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition which has been released this week

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 3

21-Nov-2014 - It’s the last the day of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in Rome. The Pope and the Queen of Spain were among global leaders to address the congress yesterday, urging real change to better protect the earth’s ecosystem and feed its inhabitants.

Jim Hamilton named Neptune’s new President & CEO

Jim Hamilton named Neptune’s new President & CEO

21-Nov-2014 - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. has announced the appointment of Jim Hamilton as President and CEO of Neptune and a member of the Board, effective February 2, 2015.

NAD recommends company remove "survival pill" claims for product marketed to Mormons

NAD recommends company remove "survival pill" claims for product marketed to Mormons

21-Nov-2014 - The National Advertising Division has recommended that LifeCaps Nutraceuticals of Salt Lake City, UT, discontinue claims it was making on its LifeCaps brand of dietary supplement that claimed the product is a “survival pill.”

Qualitas passes milestone with launch of first consumer products featuring its algal EPA oil

Qualitas passes milestone with launch of first consumer products featuring its algal EPA oil

21-Nov-2014 - Qualitas Health has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of two consumer products that feature the company’s algal-based EPA ingredient branded as Almega PL.

Natural Grocers sells only organic produce.

Natural Grocers notches $521 million in sales in fiscal 2014, sets sights on 100-store goal in 2015

21-Nov-2014 - Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage reported strong revenue growth for the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. Net sales grew by 17.8% over the same period in 2014 and were up by 20.9% for the fiscal year.  The company notched $520.7 million in net sales for 2014.

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

BASF sells Norwegian omega-3 business to US firm

21-Nov-2014 - BASF has sold its Norwegian, “natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customised bottled fish oil” plant to Pennsylvania firm Marine Ingredients for an undisclosed sum as the German ingredients and chemicals giant switches its focus to high-end omega-3s.

Pope Francis is addressing the ICN today

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

20-Nov-2014 - Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event of this kind back in 1992. Pope Francis and the Queen of Spain are speaking today! 

Always Omega-3s consumer campaign doubles sales in test market

Always Omega-3s consumer campaign doubles sales in test market

20-Nov-2014 - An integrated marketing campaign to change the conversation on omega-3s and reverse declining sales has increased sales by almost 6% in four weeks in the test market in Charlotte, NC, says GOED.