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Suntava launches purple corn nectar

Suntava launches purple corn nectar

Suntava has come forward with yet another vital contribution to the importance of good nutrition and health: a high-maltose purple corn nectar. And at the foundation of this new ingredient is an ancient superfood that helps answer the nutritional needs of today.

With the new year just underway, Suntava is introducing a new everything ingredient, one that has it all. This colorful nectar is super high in antioxidants, all-natural, non-GMO and gluten free. It’s perfect for energy/breakfast bars, cereals, granolas, jellies, jams, beverages, etc. 

And one can only guess at the color possibilities.

“The rich purple color of the syrup comes from the high levels of anthocyanins, polyphenols, and antioxidants in the corn,” said Bill Petrich, Suntava CEO. Derived from ancient strains of Andean maize, Suntava Purple Corn has brought an updated version of this old world grain into today. And among its most rewarding characteristics is that it contains twice the antioxidant power of blueberries, trumping other supergrains in its category. 

Petrich says that these better-for-you ingredients are a sign of the changing marketplace, and good news for consumers. “For too long, nutrition has been bred out of our food, and artificial additives ruled. Suntava is proud to be part of the movement to cultivate foods that are naturally fortified, from seed to table.”

As companies large and small begin ramping up their R&D projects, they’re hearing about Suntava’s proprietary purple corn—making possible some of the most significant offerings in the food and beverage world in many years.

Take your supplement marketing to the next level

Do you know what true greatness is? How about a champion of heat and fire? This video from nutrient company LycoRed is one example of a creative way to distinguish your next supplement formulation. The quirky video features Lyc-O-Fem (a patented synergistic combination of proprietary tomato extract, Genistein SR and vitamin D).

PURE Bioscience develops SDC-based antimicrobial

Pure Bioscience ups food safety ante

PURE Bioscience Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate antimicrobial, announced progress in development of a SDC-based antimicrobial for direct food contact. The Company is testing formulations to be used as a rinse or processing aid on produce, poultry and meats. 
PURE initiated this project in December 2013, and is working with Dr. James Marsden, a noted food safety scientist and expert at Kansas State University, on the testing and preparation of the submissions for authorization to the FDA and USDA. The Company expects to make the submissions early in the calendar second quarter 2014, and estimates that the authorization process could take up to six months, or calendar fourth quarter 2014. 
The Company’s SDC-based antimicrobial disinfectant for food contact surfaces, PURE Hard Surface, in extensive testing in food processing plants and restaurants, has demonstrated superior effectiveness in breadth and speed of pathogen kill, and therefore the reduction of food safety risk. The product also provides 24-hour residual kill and has a favorable safety profile. In developing a direct food application, the Company’s expectations are that, because of SDC’s properties, modes of action and non-toxicity, SDC could revolutionize the industry by proving to have superior efficacy to interventions and processing aids currently in the market. 
A critical issue for the food industry is the growing number of product recalls and food borne illness outbreaks due to the presence of pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli, especially in produce and poultry. In addition, there is growing evidence that these bacteria can build up a resistance to many antimicrobials in use on food products today. Based on experience to date, bacteria have not been able to build up a resistance to PURE’s SDC. The Company estimates that in the U.S. the potential available market for direct food contact antimicrobials is in excess of $1 billion. 
“Having an SDC-based direct food application that is more effective in the killing of pathogens that persist through the processing of produce, poultry and meats will greatly increase the value of the food safety solution that PURE is able to offer the food industry,” said Hank Lambert, CEO of PURE Bioscience. “We are excited that preliminary test results are encouraging in this regard.”

Capstone Financial puts $130m toward Twinlab buyout

Capstone Financial puts $130m toward Twinlab buyout

Capstone Financial Group Inc. (OTCBB: CAPP), an investment and merchant banking group, announced that it has cemented the rights to advise and raise $130 million in financing for Twinlab Corp., a leading manufacturer of high quality, science-based nutritional supplements. The deal supports the company's plans for a management buyout and future acquisitions.

"We are excited to play such an integral role in the growth of Twinlab, under Tom Tolworthy's guidance," said George Schneider, Capstone Financial Group president and chief investment officer. "By providing significant capital and financial advice, our goal is to help the company expand in the health, wellness, and nutritional supplement markets."

The newly created acquisition vehicle, Twinlab Consolidation Corp., will use approximately $106 million in net proceeds to acquire certain assets of today's Twinlab and three strategic acquisitions. Those being bought out will then participate in a minority position in the acquisition vehicle. Shareholders include prominent individuals, including Amway Corp. heir David Van Andel and others.

"Capstone Financial Group and the outstanding team that CEO Darin Pastor has assembled in Irvine have proven to be excellent partners," said Tolworthy, Twinlab chief executive. 

Colorcon launches first organic coating system

Colorcon Inc. announces the launch of the first Certified Organic clear coating system for dietary supplement tablets. The coating, approved for use in North America, was introduced in November 2013 at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Developed entirely with certified organic, non-GMO plant-based food and dietary supplement approved ingredients, Opadry® NutraPure™ enhances the natural appearance of products by adding exceptional shine and gloss, making dietary supplement tablets easier to swallow for consumers.   

“Colorcon has responded to the industry and consumer calls for a more natural coating system and worked with Quality Assurance International to earn the USDA Organic certification during the evolution of this product,” stated Colorcon’s vice president of global business development, Cornelis van den Muyzenberg. “Opadry NutraPure will be produced by Colorcon using certified organic ingredients in our ISO 9001-2008 and SQF Level 2 certified manufacturing facility in West Point, Pennsylvania. The consumer-friendly product label ingredients will provide supplement manufacturers an edge in marketing their products in this highly competitive market.”

“Opadry® NutraPure™ not only produces a high gloss tablet which consumers will find appealing and easier to swallow, it also imparts exceptional flow to coated tablets and eliminates dusting which facilitates packaging and handling, easing manufacturing” adds Dr. Ali Rajbi-Siahboomi, vice president and Colorcon’s chief scientific officer.



Top Natural Products Expo West to-dos

Natural Products Expo West breakfast

Products might be what first comes to mind when you think of Natural Products Expo West. But to take full advantage of this business event, be sure to mark your calendar with these tours, networking opportunities and education options.

Come to learn a lot at the Natural Products Expo West conference, hosted sessions and special education opportunities. Sessions fill the conference calendar Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8. A $95 conference fee earns attendees admittance to all education events, the keynote address and Engredea show sessions.

Plan how to attack the show with the Natural Products Expo West /Engredea iPhone app. Just search “Expo West” in the app store, download and enter your badge number and ZIP code to use the tool to your fullest advantage. The app includes schedules, maps and exhibitor specials as well as personal planning  tools so you don’t miss an education session or vendor booth visit.

Map how you will approach the pavilions. The main show floor bubbles with excitement, but you won’t want to miss the newest, up-and-coming products and brands showcasing in a tabletop environment in the NEXT Pavilion ballroom upstairs. Downstairs in Hall E, you will find the Hot Products Pavilion, a well-known first stop for trend spotting.

Natural Products Expo West Women in Naturals
The Natural Products Expo West Women in Naturals event combines networking and insights from female leaders.
Serve your specialty diet customers better with the knowledge you’ll attain at the pre-show Specialty Diets Forum from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Platinum Ballrooms 2 and 3 at the Anaheim Marriott. Expert trainers, marketers, retailers and chefs will examine the gluten-free, Muslim and plant-based markets. The forum requires separate registration but includes a full conference pass. Cost is $295 for attendees and $195 for exhibitors.

Tour regional retailers during the annual Retail Store Tour to see, learn and discuss what’s happening in natural retailing today. Catch the bus at the Anaheim Hilton for breakfast and an 8 a.m. departure Thursday, March 6. Attendees will see three stores and return at about 2 p.m. Cost is $60. Lunch is on your own at participating outlets.

Take an educational walk through the Fullerton Arboretum’s 26-acre botanical garden during the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Herb Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6. The bus departs from the Anaheim Hilton; and the tour costs $60. Learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses from California State University faculty.

Attract moms (and dads, too) with the tips and tools you’ll gain at the Marketing to Moms Workshop from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Elite Ballroom 1-3 at the Anaheim Marriott. Explore the modern family, daddy trends, online marketing and, of course, moms in this in-depth workshop.  The sessions require separate registration but admission includes a full conference pass. Cost is $295 for attendees and $195 for exhibitors.

Survey an abundance of organic opportunities at the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, under the big white tent outside of the Anaheim Marriott. Find interesting organic products and meet the people who produce them during this intimate, farmers market-style event.

Mark Vitamin Angels’ 20th anniversary during a special celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Angel Stadium. Register in advance for $75.

Look to the future during a “Town Hall” meeting to discuss the natural products industry’s role in defining “natural” for ourselves and consumers. Participate via Twitter using the hashtag #DefineNatural. The gathering takes place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Platinum Ballroom 8 at the Anaheim Marriott.

Celebrate women in business during the annual Women in Naturals Networking Event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, on the Anaheim Hilton Lanai Deck. Share in food and drink, and learn the secrets of vibrant life and business from Janie Hoffman, Mamma Chia’s founder.

Prep for the show floor with free breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Anaheim Marriott. Eat, network and learn about Boulder Brands’ latest products (and acquisition).

Produce marketers: Harmonize FSMA requirements

Produce marketers: Harmonize FSMA requirements

In written comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules for Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), Produce Marketing Association (PMA) calls on FDA to harmonize requirements across FSMA rules where possible. PMA also stresses the global nature of the produce supply chain which demands that safe practices be harmonized both in the U.S. and around the world.

In comments submitted by Dr. Bob Whitaker, PMA chief science and technology officer, on the Accreditation of Third-party Auditors proposal, he commends FDA for developing requirements that closely parallel internationally recognized guidance, like the International Organization for Standardization and the Global Food Safety Initiative. He also requests FDA to further explore how to balance the need for a transparent system with the need to protect proprietary business information. Whitaker also raised questions to FDA regarding its own capacity, “How will FDA effectively provide oversight of accreditation bodies and manage the deluge of information from audits to protect public health?”

In separate comments from Whitaker on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) proposal, he emphasizes the need to reduce potentially costly verification redundancy—specifically between the FSVP and Preventive Controls proposed rules. He further points out throughout the proposal where reduction in overlapping audits and verification activities is critical. Whitaker notes the association does not currently support, for FSVP compliance, mandatory use of certification bodies that are accredited by FDA recognized accreditation bodies. He added, “FDA has not established necessary procedures to recognize accreditation bodies, therefore making it unclear if there’d be sufficient certification body audit capacity to accomplish all audits if required.”

The association’s comments were developed from extensive examination of FDA’s detailed proposals with support of member volunteers of PMA’s Produce Safety, Science and Technology Committee and work with allied associations. “All of PMA’s FSMA activities exemplify our strategic plan’s Issues Leadership value area—working to translate and influence issues impacting our industry,” said Whitaker. “And, our work in this area could not be done without the member volunteers of PMA’s Produce Safety, Science and Technology Committee. Thank you for your support and guidance as we continue to engage with FDA as they develop regulations under FSMA.”



Omega Protein CEO named to CRN board

Omega Protein CEO named to CRN board

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has named Bret Scholtes, president and CEO of Omega Protein Corp., as a member of its Board of Directors. CRN's Board of Directors is comprised of 36 member company representatives, including Scholtes and CRN President and CEO Steve Mister.

"CRN is one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations and I am honored to be named a member of their board," stated Scholtes. "This is a great opportunity to participate in meaningful conversations that have positive short- and long-term implications for our industry.”

Bret Scholtes serves as president and CEO of Omega Protein Corp. Nutegrity™ is the human nutrition division of Omega Protein Corp. Scholtes has previously worked for large, publicly traded companies including General Electric most recently, and also has five years of public accounting experience. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and an MBA from New York University. 



Is HPP juice just a fad or here to stay?

Is HPP juice just a fad or here to stay?

I recently took a vacation to one of my favorite cities in the world; my own personal Xanadu—San Francisco. (Like any self-respecting desk jockey with his head on straight I bookended my holiday vacation with a second vacation.) But the job follows you everywhere, of course, and I couldn't help but notice on every street corner, in every bodega, and in every refrigerator case the same thing that's popping up in just about every press release in my inbox—super-premium, high-pressure processed (HPP), bottled fresh juice.

Every other block boasted a pop-up juice stand that sold cold-pressed, elegantly bottled juices at upwards of $12 a pop. It's a trend that bucks the conventional logic of the beverage market, where price, volume and efficiency ensure a lasting shelf presence. This latest wave of fresh juice carries a premium price and a very low shelf life. It's a wonder it's developed into such a phenomenon.

For some perspective on the manufacturer's side, check out the video below, where Annie Lawless, co-founder of breakout juice brand Suja, talks about her initial anxiety over consumer sticker shock and how she learned to stop worrying about it.

So consumers have been wowed by the taste, the quality, the nutritional profile of this bottle of juice, and they're willing to drop $9 to follow you down the rabbit hole—for now. But is this trend sustainable? And will HPP continue to grab a sizable chunk of the juice market?

For more insight, I talked to Brad Barnhorn, a Bay Area local and a first-mover in the bottled fresh juice category—Barnhorn's company Fantasia Fresh Juice merged with Naked Juice in 2000. He compared the current wave in fresh juice to other defining moments in the beverage market's history.

"It's reminiscent of first generation of the fresh juice category," he said, "which was Odwalla, Naked, and we came in toward the end with Fantasia. Jamba Juice was the analog in the food service side. The two sides worked together to build consumer awareness around the category and validate the price point."

A similar dynamic is at work in the current phase of the market, he said. The prevalence of fresh-pressed juices for $6-$8 in a food service setting "allows bottle players with more of a convenience story be at a similar or slightly lower price point."

The natural progression now is for established players to beef up their supply chains and economies of scale to push that shelf price down a dollar or two in coming years. Barnhorn also sees trade spending amping up for brands placed in store sets with other HPP options to effectively compete on price.

But still, can HPP brands that trade at $8.99 or $9.99 compete long term with a non-HPP option like Naked that trades at $2.99 or $3.49? "I don't think the category, at a 2x to 3x premium over other juice options, has a lot of extendability," Barnhorn said.

And on the food service side, especially with the ascendance of Evolution Fresh (bought recently by Starbucks), there isn't a ton of headroom for dozens of HPP juice bars to break onto the national scene. "It's not going to be 25 to 30 brands" that can scale to such a meaningful position, Barnhorn said.

Nevertheless, the HPP category has claimed a respectable chunk of the fresh juice market. All signs point to strong category growth over time, but no one expects HPP to subsume the entire juice industry. Instead it's exemplary of the stratification of juice into value, premium and super-premium options, much like you'd find in any other food category.

So are all those pop-up juice stands in downtown San Francisco going to last? Maybe. Are they the next wave of Jamba Juices? Mayyyyyybe.

CPL names new CEO

CPL names new CEO

CPL announced Business Consulting Director Robert W. J. Harwood will serve as CEO of CPL Scientific Limited from April 2, 2014. Exiting CEO Steve Lisansky will continue as chair, and Joe Hart will take on the post of vice president, science and technology.
"Consolidating CPL Scientific’s reputation as the go-to brand for strategy consulting and executive search in food ingredients and related sectors is a key priority at this important stage of the company’s development," said CPL chair Steve Lisansky. "The appointments of Robert and Joe reflect the importance of ensuring we have the right people in place as we advance and execute our plan. Collectively they have a wealth of consulting experience, industry experience and insight, bringing a deep passion and commitment to develop the business for our clients."
Dr. Harwood, 45, is currently director of consulting at CPL Business Consultants. With 11 years' experience at CPL, Harwood has led a diverse range of consulting engagements for multinational companies and clients in manufacturing, private equity, investment banks and consulting. He has diversified CPL’s offerings and client base. 
"CPL has a sound brand and a solid reputation which has been built up over the last 27 years.  We have a team of talented and experienced employees, and valuable client relationships worldwide. I am honoured to be named to this position and I look forward to growing the company and building on the CPL name," Harwood said. "CPL is well known for its commercial expertise, depth of insight and technical understanding and I aim to expand the business and bring CPL’s expertise to a wider audience while maintaining the core values of the brand." 
Hart, 56, possesses deep knowledge of the food ingredients, animal nutrition and pet food industries and has held scientific leadership roles in companies such as Nestlé and Danisco. Hart has eight years of consulting experience at CPL working on a wide range of technical and commercial engagements.
CPL will advance its unique integrated consulting and search capabilities to further strengthen its position in ingredients for food, nutraceutical and health, animal health and nutrition, agriculture and nutrition, bio-agriculture and crop protection and biotechnology.