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Natural product company news of the week

A roundup of announcements from natural product companies this week, including new melatonin gummies from Carlson Labs and new ingredients from BIO-CAT Microbials and Zumbro River Brand.

Functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO announced that the Standing Committee on Plant, Animals, Food and Feed has agreed with the EU Commission in its meeting on April 12th to authorize a second 13.5 health claim for the company’s chicory root fibers. The recent health claim confirms that inulin and oligofructose contribute to a better blood glucose management as they support a lower rise in blood glucose response.

SkinnyPop Popcorn debuted two new flavors: Dusted Dark Chocolate and Jalapeño.

To help manufacturers reduce the costs of research and development associated with creating food and beverages made with all-natural sweeteners, Steviva Ingredients is now offering reduced particle sizes for its entire line of powdered sweeteners. In addition to precise particle size offerings, Steviva’s new technology can customize particle shape, as well.

The official Bob Marley cannabis brand, Marley Natural, debuted a broad-based collection of cannabis and lifestyle products in retail locations throughout the Bay Area. The collection includes four categories of locally sourced, sun-grown cannabis flower and oil; body care products infused with the moisturizing power of cold-pressed hemp seed oil blended and mixed with other natural Jamaican botanicals; and a collection of smoking accessories made from sustainably grown American Black Walnut wood and heat-resistant, hand-blown glass.

Reviva Labs introduced its new All-Natural Ultra-Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum developed using Emblica, a new ingredient in the world of anti-aging skincare designed to neutralize the cell damage caused by free radicals from the sun and from free radicals contained in airborne pollution.

Carlson Labs introduced Melatonin Gummies for the nights when counting sheep just isn’t enough. Carlson Melatonin is a dietary supplement that gently promotes relaxation and a healthy sleep pattern.

Slow kettle-cooked pasta sauce manufacturer Victoria Fine Foods and Sur La Table, the destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food, are launching a new line of artisanal pasta sauces created exclusively for the Sur La Table customer.

BIO-CAT Microbials announced the launch of OPTI-BIOME Bacillus subtilis MB40, a highly concentrated, shelf-stable probiotic ingredient for dietary supplements and food products. It is GRAS via expert panel review and is available for sampling and testing.

Continuing to evolve their clean-label, non-GMO ingredient mission, Nutralliance and AOM are proud to announce the Non-GMO Project verification of Sunvolec, a non-GMO sunflower lecithin product. It is obtained through the extraction of sunflower seeds, a process that results in a pure lecithin that is soy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Lecithin is most commonly used in dietary supplements requiring an emulsifier.

September 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of Lotus Light Enterprises Inc., a wholesale distributor of natural health and wellness products. Lotus Light features more than 15,000 products and carries products from more than 280 vendors/lines. Many of these are unique, small, high quality manufacturers as well as major national brands, particularly European brands, that customers love and which help make a store unique and a magnet for repeat business.

Ashland has won the Bronze Innovation Zone Functional Ingredient Award at the in-cosmetics trade show for Polyelectrolyte Complex Three, a highly functional polyelectrolyte complex that delivers the benefits of styling and conditioning on hair.

Frozen dessert company Arctic Zero has announced seven new flavor additions to its line of creamy, treats, including: Brownie Blast, Snickerdoodle Dandy and Banana Pudding Chunky Pints; Cake Batter and Poppin' Pomegranate Creamy Pints; and Mint and Salted Caramel Chocolate-Dipped Bars. Almost all frozen dessert lovers can indulge in the tempting new flavors, as ARCTIC ZERO products are low in calories, low in sugar, lactose free, with many gluten free options.

The United Natural Products Alliance, an international association of forward-looking companies dedicated to providing consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability, announced that supplement industry data provider HealthNotes has joined the association as its newest Science & Technology Services member.

Cypress Systems Inc., a privately held California Corporation, and manufacturer of SelenoExcell, Chromium GTF Excell and the NutraFeast line of nutritional yeast products, has signed a sales and marketing distribution agreement with functional ingredients distributor AIDP. Under this Agreement, AIDP will market and sell the full line of branded ingredients, including SelenoExcell and Chromium GTF Excell to the functional foods and nutraceutical industries.

Zumbro River Brand has added an organic 60 percent pea protein crisp to its line of high protein Z-Crisps. These organic pea crisps provide a crunchy texture with a mild pea flavor that makes them ideal for use in nutrition bar applications. The crisps are made with a highly purified pea protein, with no use of hexane. The crisps are certified organic, non GMO, gluten free (< 20ppm) and Kosher.

The scientific journal Nutrition Research recently published the latest results on Weightain, a satiety ingredient manufactured by Ingredion Inc. The new research demonstrates that Weightain significantly lowered both post-breakfast and post-lunch glycemic and insulin responses relative to the control.

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