Companies in the News: The Wright Group, MMUSA, NSF International, MWW Group, ORAFTI, Virgo Publishing, Consumerlab.com, Frutarom Industries Ltd., Cactus Botanics Limited, ProTab Laboratories, Nisshin Pharma, FCI Health Science, Inc., iSatori Technologies, Nutratech, Inc., NutraGenesis, The Shelton Group, NPIcenter, GTC Nutrition, Corn Products International Inc., Chemir Pharma Services, Azopharma, J.R. Carlson, Consumerlab.com, Cognis, Mannatech, Incorporated, Virgo Publishing, NutriCognia, Solbar,, Aloecorp, Inc., Eurofins – GeneScan, Innovative Consulting Solutions Inc.
[8/31/2005] Wright Unaffected by Hurricane Katrina
US-based ingredient company The Wright Group announced that the company's main manufacturing facility in Louisiana remains fully operational despite the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
[8/31/2005] MMUSA Achieves NSF International Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration
Sports supplement company MMUSA has announced that is has achieved Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration through NSF International's Dietary Supplement Certification program.
[8/30/2005] MWW Group Introduces Proprietary Strategic Approach to Marketing Scientific Research
US-based public relations firm MWW Group has introduced ScienceDialogue(TM), a strategic process intended to communicate scientific research to consumers and specialized constituencies such as medical experts.
[8/25/2005] Chilean President Visits ORAFTI's New Processing Plant
Chilean President Ricardo Lagos visited the construction site of Belgian-based prebiotic company, ORAFTI’s new processing plant in the Bio Bio Region, 400 km to the south of Santiago, Chile. According to the company, during regular operations, the plant, representing an investment of 165 million Euros , will employ 250 people and is the first Raftiline® (inulin) and Raftilose® (oligofructose) processing plant outside Europe.
[8/19/2005] Virgo Announces SupplySide Dates for 2006
US-based Virgo Publishing has announced that the 2006 SupplySide West will be held Oct. 4 to 6, 2006 at The Venetian and The Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
[8/19/2005] Acclaimed Ethnobotany Textbook Republished
The fascinating and informative text Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany, co-authored by Michael J. Balick, PhD and Paul Alan Cox, PhD, and originally published in 1996, is now back in print and available exclusively through the American Botanical Council.
[8/18/2005] Malaysian Herbal Industry Registers Annual Sales Of RM4.5 Bln
According to an article on Bernama.com, the Malaysian Industry-Government Corporation for High Technology (MiGHT) has valued the country's herbal industry at in excess of RM4.5 billion (~$1.2 Billion USD) in annual sales with projections that suggest this size will double by 2010.
[8/17/2005] Consumerlab.com Tests Potassium Supplements
US-based Consumerlab.com has released results of the testing of sixteen potassium supplement, observing that all products tested passed, containing claimed amounts of potassium, disintegrating properly to release their contents, and were not contaminated with lead.
[8/9/2005] Frutarom Strengthens Positioning in East Asia
Israel-based flavor and ingredients company Frutarom Industries Ltd. (UK:FRUT) has announced the opening of a sales and marketing office in Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta to strengthen its standing in East Asia.
[8/8/2005] Independent Retailers Announce Formation of Cooperative
A new independent retailer group in the United States has been formed, the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA), intended to provide purchasing, marketing and educational services to independent natural product retailers who may not receive such services elsewhere. The cooperative held meetings during Expo East in WashingtonDC.
[8/5/2005] Cactus Botanics Increases Policosanol Production Capability
China-based Cactus Botanics Limited has announced that it has increased its production capacity for Policosanol (Octacosanol 65%) in response to rising demand.
[8/3/2005] Report: Rafael Palmeiro Tested Positive for Stanozolol
According to an AP article, reports are circulating that Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro has tested positive for stanozolol, rather than other steroids or steroid precursors, suggesting that the positive finding is not the result of consuming a mislabeled or unlabeled dietary supplement by accident. The article, which cites the New York Times as the source, has reported that Palmeiro tested positive for the drug known as Winstrol. Another AP article (The State) notes that 'Regulations, testing make supplements dicey for ballplayers'.
[8/3/2005] Minnesota Applied Research Center Expands To New Clinic Space In Edina, Minnesota
Clinical research facility The Minnesota Applied Research Center (MARC) has announced a move to new offices and clinic space in the Southdale Medical Building located at 6545 France Ave S in Edina, Minnesota, adjacent to the University of Minnesota Fairview Southdale Hospital.
[8/3/2005] ProTab Laboratories Opens New Contract Manufacturing Plant in Southern California
Contract manufacturer ProTab Laboratories has announced the opening of its new facility in Southern California where capabilities include large capacity granulation (fluid bed and tray drying), chilsonation, mixing (custom blends and plating), milling (coarse mesh to fine powders), tableting (chewable, coated, enteric, slow release, bi-layer and sublingual), encapsulation and well as powders (instantization and coating).
[8/3/2005] HealthFocus International’s 2005 Trend Report Shows Consumers are Redefining Health
US-based HealthFocus International has released its biannual report entitled 'The 2005 HealthFocus Trend Report: National Study of Public Attitudes and Actions Toward Shopping and Eating'. According to study, consumers are redefining what ‘being healthy” means, and are rethinking how they determine whether a product is healthy and how they approach changes to their diets and lifestyles.
[8/1/2005] SDSU Cancels Supplement Deal
According to an article on SignonSandiego.com, San Diego State University has cancelled a $75,000 deal with Energice, a supplement brand whose products (sports drinks and freezer pops) are deemed impermissible by the NCAA. According to the article, the products distributor had informed the school that the product was compliant, but review indicated that it contained the amino acid glutamine, prohibited by the NCAA as 'performance-enhancing'.
[8/1/2005] Nisshin Pharma to Construct New Coenzyme Q10 Production Facility at Its Ueda Plant
According to an article on JCN Network, Japan-based Nisshin Pharma has announced that it is responding to growing demand for coenzyme Q10 and is constructing a new production facility at the company's Ueda plant in Nagano prefecture. According to the article, the company will invest 300 million yen ($2.7 mil) in the first year.
[7/29/2005] FCI Health Science, Inc. Announces Name Change To Fuji Health Science, Inc.
FCI Health Science, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Fuji Chemical Industry has announced that it is changing its name, effective immediately, to Fuji Health Science, Inc.
[7/29/2005] iSatori Technologies Earns Gold Award Recognizing Its Growth in Nutrition Industry
US-based nutritional products company iSatori Technologies has been recognized for its tremendous revenue growth (387%) in 2004 by the National Business Journal, and presented with a Gold Business Achievement Award.
[7/29/2005] NNFA Update: Echinacea Study Questioned/CAFTA Passed, Still No Threat
US-based trade association the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) in its update, has commented on this week's New England Journal of Medicine article on echinacea, questioning the dose used in the study, and commented on the House of Representative's passing of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA legislation by noting that DSHEA will continue to govern the sale of dietary supplements in the United States.
[7/28/2005] Advantra Z® Found to Contain Only P-Synephrine Isomer
US-based ingredient company Nutratech, Inc. has announced that recently conducted third-party treating on the company's bitter orange-based ingredient, Advantra Z® indicates the product contains the p-synephrine isomer, and does not contain the m‑synephrine isomer, which is used in nasal decongestants and to treat hypertension.
[7/28/2005] Sensoril® Wins Golden Egg Award(TM) for Most Innovative Bulk Ingredient
US-based NutraGenesis, marketers of Sensoril®, have announced that the ingredient has been awarded the GOLDEN EGG AWARD for the Most Innovative Bulk Ingredient of 2004 by Specialty Nutrition Group, Inc. The award was presented at last week's NBJ/Newport Summit.
[7/27/2005] The Shelton Group and NPIcenter Receive NBJ Awards
US-based boutique PR firm The Shelton Group and NPIcenter, have each been recognized with awards for "Efforts on Behalf of the Industry' presented by the Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) this past week at the 8th Annual NBJ Newport Summit, held at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California.
[7/27/2005] AHPA Board Adopts New and Revised Trade Recommendations
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has announced that it has adopted new and revised recommendations to its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct including: Traditional metal-processed herbs, Prohibition against drug masking claims and Pesticide Analysis for Ginseng.
[7/26/2005] GTC Nutrition to Launch Consumer-Focused Health Education Initiative
US-based GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International Inc. (NYSE: CPO) has announced plans to launch a health education initiative that teaches consumers Health Sense – No Nonsense(TM). The program, scheduled to start in early 2006, will reach consumers through a variety of channels, potentially including partnership opportunities, co-branding logo and label statement opportunities, a consumer-focused web site, education programs, community events, and public relations and advertising.
[7/25/2005] Schwarzenegger Cuts Ties With Arnold Classic
According to an AP article on WJLA.com, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has cut his financial relationship with the Arnold Classic, a bodybuilding event for which he was paid a fee for attending. According to the article, while Schwarzenegger plans to keep attending the event, the move is another step for the Governor in distancing himself from the makers of supplements.
[7/25/2005] AOAC International Announces Approval of Method for Beta-Carotene as an AOAC(R) Official Method(SM)
Not-for-profit association AOAC INTERNATIONAL has announced the approval of an analytical method for beta-carotene under an AOAC/NIH, Office of Dietary Supplement Program/FDA contract. The collaborative study which ultimately produced the method included 12 laboratories in 4 countries (11 of which completed the validation), and will be published in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the J. AOAC Int.
[7/20/2005] CRN Applauds Confirmation Of Dr. Crawford As New FDA Commissioner
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), issued a statement in response to the confirmation of Lester Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D., to the post of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.
[7/19/2005] Industry Veteran Robert Ullman Receives NNFA President's Award
Robert Ullman, a seasoned litigator with over 40 years experience practicing law in the dietary supplements industry, has been awarded the President’s Award from the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) in recognition of his contributions on behalf of the natural products industry.
[7/18/2005] Chemir Pharma Services Changes Name to Azopharma
US-based contract services provider Chemir Pharma Services has announced that it has changed its name to Azopharma.
[7/15/2005] AOAC INTERNATIONAL to Validate Analytical Method for Coenzyme Q10
Not-for-profit scientific association AOAC International has announced that it has reviewed methods for the analysis of Coenzyme Q10 and chosen the best method for further validation based on selection criteria developed by an Expert Review Panel. The method is applicable to all raw materials and processed finished products containing CoQ10. Study Coordinator for the Single Laboratory Validation (SLV) study Jules Shamarack of Eurofins is to develop the method Protocol, which will then need AOAC peer review and approval prior to the study being conducted sometime this summer.
[7/13/2005] Johnny Miller to Present Keynote Address at SupplySide West 2005
US-based Virgo Publishing has announced that Johnny Miller, golf broadcaster for NBC Sports and former PGA Tour golfer, will present the keynote at SupplySide West on Nov. 10 at The Venetian and Sands Expo.
[7/13/2005] J.R. Carlson Repositions Brand as "Everything Your Heart Desires"
US-based supplement company J.R. Carlson announced the unveiling a new comprehensive heart nutrient marketing program called “Everything Your Heart Desires,” at this year’s National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
[7/13/2005] Consumerlab.com Tests Oils Made from Black Currant, Borage, Evening Primrose and Flax
US-based Consumerlab.com has issued test results on oils made from black currant, borage, evening primrose and flax, observing that of 23 products tested, 4 (including one pet supplement) contained less fatty acids chiefly omega-3 and omega-6) than claimed.
[7/12/2005] China, US Reach Deal on Intellectual Property Protection
According to an article on the China.org website, The US and China, in an annual joint session of the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), have agreed to cooperate on prosecutions for intellectual property rights violations. In the course of this week's discussions, the Chinese officials requested that the US assist in the protection of intellectual property related to Chinese herbal medicine.
[7/12/2005] Cognis Significantly Expands Plant Sterol Ester and Conjugated Linoleic Acid Production Capacity
Germany-based Cognis has unveiled a new 20 million euro high-performance facility at Cognis’ international Nutrition & HealthCompetenceCenter in Illertissen for the manufacturing of plant sterols as well as Tonalin® CLA.
[7/11/2005] USP Annual Scientific Meeting
The US Pharmacopeia Annual Scientific Meeting will be held September 27 – September 30 at the Hotel del Coronado, CA. Topics to be discussed include analytical validation and verification of compendial methods, dietary supplements, excipients.
[7/8/2005] Classical Ayurvedic Formulations to Hit World Market
According to an article on India's deepikaglobal.com, a number of classical Ayurvedic formulations from Kerala are expected to hit the world market within the next couple of years, as a result of a global research and development hub for standardizing, manufacturing and marketing of Ayurvedic medicines, a project launched in October of last year. CARe Keralam is a joint venture between the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation(KSIDC) in association with the ayurvedic community in Kerala.
[7/8/2005] Functional Foods & Nutraceutical Magazine's Web Seminar on the EFA Market
Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals magazine hosted a live web seminar focused on Essential Fatty Acids in the Nutrition Industry, July 13th.
[7/7/2005] Mannatech Assay Published in Distinguished Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL
US-based network marketing company Mannatech, Incorporated (MTEX) has announced that its assay on aloe vera, "The Quantitative Colorimetric Analysis of Aloe Polysaccharides as a Measure of Aloe Vera Quality in Commercial Products," has been published in the June 2005 issue of the Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.
[7/7/2005] Virgo Publishing Announces July 26 Webinar on Vitamin E
US-based Virgo Publishing presented the first live Webinar in the company's Nutrilearn Webinar Series, "Vitamin E: The Controversy and the Consumer", Tuesday, July 26, sponsored by Cognis Nutrition & Health.
[7/6/2005] NutriCognia Launches New Website
Israel-based NutriCognia, a new joint venture of Solbar, has announced the launch of a new website to display information on CarboDeep(TM), NutriCognia’s proprietary technology which compares glycan mixtures and produces a fingerprint of the glycan composition structure.
[7/6/2005] Comments on Adoption by Codex of Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplement Guideline
US-based trade associations The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) have all commented on the adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, earlier this week, of the Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplement Guideline. AHPA notes, " "These guidelines will now serve as a model for many countries that do not currently have supplement regulations in place, and may be used under World Trade Organization agreements to force countries to allow the importation and sale of products that conform to the guidelines." CRN observes, "adoption of the guideline means the acceptance of science as a rational approach, the freedom of trade for the industry, and the increased freedom of choice for the public... (It) should improve the international market for U.S.-made products, and contrary to the notions of some alarmists, the guideline cannot override DSHEA for U.S. domestic policy." NNFA notes "consumer access to dietary supplements in the United States is not in danger."
[7/5/2005] Aloecorp Products Receive Organic Certification and Renewed Kosher Certification
US-based aloe products company Aloecorp, Inc. has announced that it has received Organic Certification status for its aloe plantations and processing facilities in Lyford, Texas and Gonzalez, Mexico.
[7/1/2005] ADM IP NonGM Vitamin E Production Verified Compliant to European Regulations by Eurofins-GeneScan
Verification and certification company Eurofins - GeneScan has announced that the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) Identity Preserved Non-GM Program for Vitamin E, Mixed Tocopherols, and Phytosterol Products complies with European regulations concerning traceability and labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms.
[7/1/2005] ICS Inc. Launches a User-friendly Natural Health Product (NHP) Information Website
Canada-based Innovative Consulting Solutions Inc. has announced the re-launch of the company's website to include a major upgrade of the Natural Health Products compliance section of the site.