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This week: Blue Apron appoints new CEO | BASF Newtrition launches omega-3 absorption acceleration technology

A weekly roundup of new product launches, certifications, hires and appointments, accolades and other natural products company news.

Blue Apron has appointed Brad Dickerson as president and chief executive officer; co-founder Matt Salzberg has stepped down from the role. Before becoming chief financial officer at Blue Apron in 2016, Dickerson spent 11 years in senior leadership roles at Under Armour.

New from NOW and Algae Health Sciences Inc. is NOW Astaxanthin capsules containing AstaZine natural astaxanthin derived from organic Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. The product, announced via press release, is being launched in a 4 mg dose with 90 vegan, non-GMO capsules.

Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients' line of sweet potato-based sweeteners is now Non-GMO Project Verified. All of CIFI’s ingredients are sourced from 100 percent USA-grown sweet potatoes and produced in an SQF Level 2 Certified Facility in North Carolina.

Accelon is a new omega-3 absorption accelerating technology from BASF Newtrition Omega-3. Most consumers take omega-3s in the morning, though many skip breakfast or don't eat foods that are ideal for absorption of omega-3 into the body. According to a press release, Accelon was developed to help omega-3 disperse rapidly in a micro-emulsion that passes into the intestine, where its more effectively digested and releases high amounts of EPA and DHA in the free fatty acid form.

NutriGold, an industry leader in certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified supplements, announced the launch of its Non-GMO Project verified omega-3 fish oils in innovative, next-generation PlantGels—a plant-based vegan softgel made from tapioca. PlantGels represent a cleaner and healthier alternative to soft gels made using carrageenan, bovine, porcine or fish gelatin.

Compound Solutions Inc. announced via press release that it signed a six-year global agreement with Phoinix Holdings LLC to bring an advanced pump and performance ingredient, VAS06, to the market. VAS06 is a natural and patented ingredient for nitric oxide production and blood flow to benefit mental performance. It is a patented proprietary green tea oligomer.

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