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Articles from 2003 In July


Vitamins And Minerals To Help You Reach Your Weight And Fitness Goals

Recommendation

Rationale

Notes

Calcium; 1,000-1,200 mg/day.

May help regulate metabolism and burn fat.

This is especially the case in people who are obese.

Chromium; 50-200 mcg/day.

May promote weight loss and help build muscle.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take high doses.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA); 1-2 grams/day.

May reduce the amount of body fat and increase the amount of lean body mass.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid this supplement.

Magnesium; 310-320 mg/day for women; 400-420 mg/day for men.

May boost athletic performance; encourages development of muscle strength and endurance.

Zinc, in conjunction with magnesium, may also yield positive results.

Vitamin C; 75 mg/day for women; 90 mg/day for men.

May help burn fat more efficiently.

Doses up to 2 grams daily are generally well tolerated; women who are pregnant or nursing, however, should avoid high dosages.

Vitamin D; 5-10 mcg (200-400 IU)/day.

Taking calcium and vitamin D together increases the body's calcium absorption.

The fat substitute olestra hinders vitamin D absorption.

Note: Larger doses may be necessary for disease management and prevention. Check with your health care practitioner for individualized recommendations.

Sources: Jaime S. Ruud, RD, research analyst in the department of nutritional science and dietetics at the University of Nebraska and author of Nutrition and the Female Athlete (CRC Press, 1996); PDR for Nutritional Supplements (Medical Economics Co., 2001).



FTC's Lee Peeler to be Featured Speaker at SupplySide West

PHOENIX --C. Lee Peeler, Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, will deliver a Feature Presentation titled "The Science of Compliance: What Supplement Marketers and Manufacturers Need to Know About FTC Enforcement" on Oct. 3 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. at SupplySide West.

In this session, Peeler will explore recent FTC actions of interest to the dietary supplement and functional food industries and the steps marketers should take to comply with federal truth-in-advertising standards. With the FTC since 1973, Peeler assists the director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection on a wide range of consumer protection policy and law enforcement issues, as well as in management of the Bureau. He was the director of the FTC's Division of Advertising Practices from 1985 to 2001.

The education program at SupplySide West is sponsored by Cognis Nutrition and Health, a supplier of health-enhancing, natural ingredients for dietary supplements, foods, pharmaceuticals, medical nutrition, and animal nutrition.

"The use of credible, science-based claims is critical to the success of the dietary supplement industry, and we are very pleased to bring this important presentation to our colleagues," said Paul Allen, Group Vice President, Cognis Nutrition and Health.

More information about SupplySide West 2003, including a complete seminar schedule and registration information, is available at www.supplysideshow.com, or by calling Virgo Publishing at (800) 454-5760 or (480) 990-1101. SupplySide is produced by Phoenix, Ariz.-based Virgo Publishing Inc., publisher of Natural Products Industry INSIDER and HSR: Health Supplement Retailer.

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Hormel Foods Acquires Century Foods International, Manufacturer of Nutritional Ingredients

AUSTIN, Minn.--July 31, 2003--Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) today announced the acquisition of Century Foods International, Sparta, Wis., in a $115 million cash transaction. Century Foods International is a manufacturer of nutritional products, dairy proteins and blends, and cheese products.

Century Foods International has a strong market share in the manufacture and distribution of powders and supplements for many of the nation's top-selling branded nutritional products. This acquisition will further enhance the position of Hormel Foods in the growing specialty foods segment.

Century Foods International is a major supplier of ingredients for whey protein powders, ready-to-drink protein beverages and nutrition bars. These products are sold to the health, sports, nutritional and food supplement industries.

The $6 billion category of sports nutrition supplements and functional foods has recorded very strong growth in recent years. Consumer sales in this market grew 15 percent in 2001, driven by increasing health awareness.

Reporting annual revenues of $125 million, Century Foods International operates four state-of-the-art manufacturing plants, which total approximately 400,000 square feet, in Sparta. The company has devoted over 20,000 square feet to a modern research center for the development of products. Century's research and development staff is a leading technical team in the protein supplement business and is well recognized for its expertise in food ingredients and food applications for human nutrition.

"Century Foods International's extensive portfolio will significantly strengthen our existing product offerings through our specialty foods group," said Joel W. Johnson, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "The company is well known in the industry for producing differentiated products, with the capability to deliver line extensions and new products."

Founded in 1992, Century Foods International opened its first plant in 1994. The company currently employs 400 people.

"Century Foods International has many of the attributes we value in growing Hormel Foods," said Johnson. "We're excited about the prospects of this fast-growing nutritional foods enterprise."

Century Foods International will report to Gary Paxton, vice president of the specialty foods group of Hormel Foods.

US Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc. acted as financial advisor to Hormel Foods.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. In January 2001, January 2002 and January 2003, Hormel Foods was named one of "The 400 Best Big Companies in America" by Forbes magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, and foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit www.hormel.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking information based on management's current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ. Please refer to the Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Statements and Information that appears on Exhibit 99 of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 26, 2002, which can be accessed at www.hormel.com.

Editorial: An Unusual Summer, A Barrage of Information

By Len Monheit
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Comment on this Editorial

This week, testimony at the Ephedra Hearings in Washington sparked significant mainstream media activity, and within the industry itself, with September quickly closing, several event related announcements were issued including details of the CRN Annual conference in mid-September and FTC speaking about enforcement at October’s SupplySide West (also featuring a much expanded educational program).

In business news, second quarter results are beginning to appear and of note, Hormel Foods Corporation announced it is acquiring Century Foods International, supplier of ingredients for whey protein powders, ready-to-drink protein beverages and nutrition bars. Hormel is a leading manufacturer of branded food products, with strength in meat products. The acquisition gives Hormel an opportunity to expand its presence in the specialty foods segment and could be significant as a measure of interest in nutritional ingredients.

Analyzing the past few weeks, it’s fair to say this is an unusual summer. A spotlight on supplements, furious legislative activity and deadlines (like the August comment deadline for the proposed supplements GMP rule) has the industry scrambling and the newswires humming. And to top it all off, Natural Products Expo West, normally in early October, has this year been moved to the first week of September.

These summer months, typically reserved for vacation and back to school / family issues and strategic planning for the year’s business have been changed to frantic event co-ordination, document writing to regulatory agencies and a flurry of related activities and meetings.

The pace of information and issues impacting industry and businesses has grown significantly in recent months. It’s becoming more difficult to keep up, perhaps one of the reasons the trade associations are so disappointed with industry feedback to help them construct responses to the regulatory agencies. Key items are dropping through cracks, in both e-mail filters and piles on desks.

Information and knowledge management strategies continue to become more critical to organizational success. One large multinational company is introducing a consolidated weekly internal communication to senior executives of key business issues and trends, highlighting the operational areas likely to be affected. Other custom programs are also emerging to bridge the gap between operations, crises, pressures and trends with strategy and future planning. And of course, applied technology solutions are available (off the shelf or custom) based on key words, searches and database integration. (whoever said computers would make things easier?)

Many of our viewers have noted the barrage of information, unsolicited or legitimate. They are frustrated because frequently, there are pieces of information from multiple sources that are important, but in order to mine the nuggets, they must scan the entire piece. And with lean organizations predominating, executives and managers cannot rely on junior managers to do the filtering for them. And a total automatic solution is not intuitive enough.

This means that strategies and processes for information, record and in general all inbound, internal and outbound communications and the effective use of them are becoming critical management requirements. Having adequate technology support with an understanding of the business environment and realities, 9whether this IT support is internal or outsourced), is important. Elimination of redundant steps is usually a first step, often with contact databasing being a prime example.

I’ve spoken in the past if indiscriminate use of spam filtering. With spam expected to soon top legitimate e-mail in total volume (with consumers anyway; with business users there’s still a ways to go) a filtering strategy is imperative. And, if you’re using e-mail as a communications tool, you need to understand the requirements and limitations of your audience, otherwise you’re wasting your time.

Despite the best that technology offers, there is frequently little or no pattern for what will ultimately be important for you and your organization to either use internally or disseminate externally. This means that human intervention will often be required. Systems, guidelines and policies are fundamental in order to make information and knowledge management valuable to and not just a burden on the organization. This information challenge will only become more acute over time. If you don’t put in good systems and people now, you’ll never be a leader.

At NPIcenter, we’ve tried to embrace this organizing of information concept. You’ll notice on our subscription page , access to numerous electronic newsletters providing complementary sources of information. And e-TRAC, our free headline clipping service, is designed to allow busy executives to enter in up to 40 key words to receive news headlines each day matching those words from the international wires.

Whether the issue is new product time to market or your ability to communicate effectively with your customers, companies who think through the issue of ‘intelligence’ and knowledge management will have a competitive advantage.

(Sidebar: We’ve been testing the Beta version of Office 2003 scheduled for release this October and the Outlook filtering of e-mails. The experience has been mostly positive, particularly with the default spam filtering. While it hasn’t totally eliminated the garbage, it’s reduced it by about half. And to address my concerns expressed previously of indiscriminate filtering and losing important e-mails through anti-spam programs (you can quickly waste more time retrieving than you would have wasted deleting), I have found only 3 e-mails I’ve potentially wanted (nothing mission critical) out of more than 10000 messages quarantined. The use of rules, key words and other tools can help productivity significantly.)

Vitamin C May Protect Against Ulcer-causing Bacteria, Study Finds

August 1 -- A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has found that the lower the level of vitamin C in the blood the more likely a person will become infected by Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

"This is the largest study to look at the relationship between vitamin C levels and infection by H. pylori," said Joel A. Simon, MD, MPH, SFVAMC staff physician and UCSF associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and biostatistics.

The study was published in the August 1 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Simon and his collaborators utilized data and blood samples collected from a random sample of nearly 7,000 American adults by the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during NHANES III, the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted between 1988 and 1994.

From the available data, researchers cannot determine whether or not vitamin C might prevent initial infection by H. pylori, which often happens during childhood, Simon said. Neither do the data shed light on the mechanism for the association between vitamin C and bacterial infection they observe. "We cannot be certain if the infection lowers blood levels of vitamin C or if higher blood levels protect against infection. However, some studies using animal models suggest that adequate vitamin C intake may reduce infection with these bacteria," Simon said.

Even if it is infection itself that lowers blood levels of vitamin C, Simon said, it would still be prudent for people who test positive for H. pylori infection to increase their intake of vitamin C. "The bottom line is that higher levels of vitamin C may have the potential to prevent peptic ulcers and stomach cancer," he said.

In 1982, scientists discovered that H. pylori was responsible for causing peptic ulcers--painful sores in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum, the upper portion of the small intestine. (One in 10 Americans develops an ulcer at some time in their lives.)

More recently, researchers discovered that H. pylori is also associated with stomach cancer, a particularly deadly form of cancer.

For the current analysis, researchers used data collected during the first phase of NHANES III, which was conducted from October 1988 through October of 1991. The survey included participants between 2 months and 90 years of age. Researchers tested stored blood samples for H. pylori infection.

Samples of nearly one-third (32 percent) of the 6,746 participants tested positive for antibodies to H. pylori, indicating that their immune systems had previously mounted an attack against the bacteria. More than half of those who tested positive showed evidence of infection by the particularly toxic strain of the bacteria.

In addition to testing for H. pylori infection, the researchers analyzed vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, levels in the blood of these participants. After accounting for age, ethnicity, weight and other factors, they found that white participants with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a 25 percent lower prevalence of infection.

Testing is now widely available for H. pylori infection and is often performed when stomach or duodenal ulcers are suspected or have been diagnosed. Simon encourages those who test positive--as well as all Americans--to increase their consumption of vitamin C-rich foods because they may help prevent infection with H. pylori or mitigate the effects of infection with the bacteria. "Current public health recommendations for Americans are to eat five or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day to help prevent heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases and recent data suggest that we're not doing very well in achieving that goal."

Additional authors include statistician Esther S. Hudes, PhD, MPH, of the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Guillermo I. Perez-Perez, DSc, of the New York University School of Medicine.

This research was supported by a donation from Roche Vitamins, Inc. and a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

None of the researchers involved in this study have financial interests in Roche Vitamins, Inc. or in Roche pharmaceuticals.

Cargill Health & Food Technologies co-sponsors 2003 Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis

Event gives Cargill H&FT an opportunity to promote its nutraceutical and specialty ingredient brands as well as sample new product concepts

MINNEAPOLIS - August 1, 2003 - As part of its strategy to promote healthy lifestyles while increasing awareness of its healthful ingredients and specialty products, Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT) is co-sponsoring the 2003 Life Time Fitness Triathlon here on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003. Cargill H&FT hopes its sponsorship will raise awareness among professional and amateur athletes about the health-promoting benefits of some of its new health ingredient technologies.

The triathlon will be broadcast live on NBC Sports beginning at 1 p.m. central time. The race is being preceded by a two-day expo on July 31st and August 1st open to participants and sports enthusiasts. Cargill H&FT representatives, some of whom will compete in the triathlon, are in attendance at the expo to introduce the athletes to two new product prototypes: a fitness water featuring its ASCEND™ brand of trehalose; and a raspberry tea product prototype featuring Cargill H&FT's AdvantaSoy™ isoflavones, Oliggo-Fiber™ inulin and calcium. Information about the company's Corowise™ phytosterols and Optaflex™ solvent-free chondroitin, which helps promote joint health, will also be available.

“These ingredients are important for anyone involved in sports fitness, even weekend athletes,” explained Cargill H&FT President Ted Ziemann. “ASCEND™ trehalose is a unique sugar made from cornstarch. In some sports beverage applications it provides energy with a lower insulin response than glucose. And emerging science indicates that the soy isoflavones may help maintain healthy bones while inulin may help boost calcium absorption. The advantages of these products, in addition to the heart health benefits of CoroWiseä, illustrate how H&FT delivers lifestyle solutions for consumers with a broad range of health concerns,” added Ziemann.

More than 2,500 athletes will compete in the 2003 Life Time Fitness Triathlon, including at least 40 of the world's most elite professional triathletes from more than 15 countries. The triathlon has a record-breaking prize purse of $500,000 - the largest for international distance competitions.

Among the athletes participating will be 40 Cargill employees, some of whom will be available to discuss the health-promoting benefits of Cargill H&FT's specialty ingredients and product concepts.

“Events such as the Life Time Fitness Triathlon give us an opportunity to test our healthful food solutions for active lifestyles,” said Ziemann. “The product concepts featured at the expo and race illustrate to consumers how healthy ingredients can be easily formulated into tasty beverage solutions for specific health states, contributing to an overall healthy lifestyle.”
Cargill Health & Food Technologies, based in Minneapolis, is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, healthy ingredients for food and dietary supplements worldwide. Cargill H&FT is part of Cargill's Food System Design initiative in which Cargill businesses work with customers to produce ingredient solutions for affordable, nutritious, convenient and appetizing consumer products. Cargill H&FT is a business unit of Cargill, Incorporated, an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services with 98,000 employees in 61 countries. The company provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management, food applications, and health and nutrition.

Life Time Fitness, Inc. is a privately held health and fitness company that operates 26 multi-purpose state-of-the-art Athletic, Sports and Fitness Centers in Minnesota and five national markets including Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Washington DC. The Company has set the industry standard in providing consumers with the absolute finest in sports and fitness facilities, athletic events, adventure travel, full service spas, personal training consultation, health and nutrition education, corporate wellness programs, personal care products, as well as the most scientifically advanced nutritional products and supplements. The Company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and can be reached at 952-947-0000 or on the Web at www.lifetimefitness.com.

Delicious Living

August 1, 2003

Consumerlab.com Finds Many Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Poorly Made

WHITE PLAINS, NY - ConsumerLab.com reported today that more than half of the cholesterol-lowering supplements that it recently purchased failed to contain their listed ingredients and/or could not adequately break apart to release their contents.One product, for example, contained less than 10% of its claimed ingredient.Tablets of another product costing over $80 per month were so hard that only a hammer could break them.

ConsumerLab.com tested products having one of three plant-derived ingredients – guggulsterones, policosanol, or sterols -- all shown in clinical studies to reduce total cholesterol and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) by about 10% to 15%.According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, about 50 percent of American adults have elevated blood cholesterol levels, a key risk factor for heart disease.ConsumerLab.com previously published test results for two other cholesterol-lowering supplements – niacin, and garlic – as well as for fish oils that can reduce triglycerides. Cholesterol-lowerers are among the fastest growing supplement categories – sales increased 37% in the past year in the natural foods market according to SPINS and 20% in the mainstream market according to ACNielsen.

“After diet and exercise, supplements are a viable option to lower cholesterol levels before considering drug therapy,” said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. “To provide their full benefit, however, these supplements must contain and deliver all of their ingredients -- otherwise the only thing they are sure to reduce is your bank account.” ConsumerLab.com speculates that the problems found reflect a combination of poor manufacturing and the use of too little or low-quality ingredients.

Only one out of five guggulsterone products passed testing – the other four contained from 4% to 74% of the expected ingredient.Only three of seven policosanol supplements passed testing – the other four contained from 23% to 79% of the expected ingredient and one of these, as noted above, was also too hard to break apart.Of four sterol supplements tested, three passed but one failed for containing only 77% of the expected ingredient and also could not fully break apart.

The Review can be found at www.consumerlab.com/results/cholest.asp and includes results for 17 supplements, including the sixteen reviewed and one other guggulsterone product that recently passed the same evaluation through CL’s Voluntary Certification Program.The review also provides information on how to best choose and use these supplements. Subscription is required for the full report.CL’s Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available online.Soon to be released are new reviews of Muscular Enhancers (Creatine, HMB, and Glutamine), Asian & American Ginseng, Lutein, and Joint Supplements (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and SAMe).ConsumerLab.com's Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements: What’s Really in the Bottle? is being released in paperback in September.

ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in White Plains, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated with PharmacyChecker.com (www.pharmacychecker.com), an evaluator of online pharmacies.Subscription to Consumerlab.com is available online. For group subscriptions, Technical Reports, or product testing contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected].

Powerhouse Nutrition Launches New Nutritional Line

Powerhouse Nutrition announces the launch of its new nutritional line with full endorsement by Powerhouse Gyms International.

After an exhausting search to find the perfect nutritional products, the company decided to do it themselves, using dedication and attention to detail. Every detail in the fitness industry is extremely important, and Powerhouse has spent over 30 years committed to ensuring quality and customer service to its members. That same heart and determination has been put into Powerhouse product....it would not have the Powerhouse stamp without it.

"We spent countless time and money in research, procurement, development, and distribution to make sure the consumer is getting the best quality product for the lowest price. The flagship line includes a meal replacement, multi vitamin, fat burner, whey protein, and a creatine transport. We use only the highest quality proteins from Land O Lakes and Glanbia, and European flavorings to ensure that the products not only work, they taste great also," exclaims David Halabu, President of Powerhouse Nutrition..

Check out WWW.Powerhouse-Nutrition.COM to see more about the ingredients, guarantees, the cutting edge labels and suggested retail pricing.

We dare to compare our products to any brand nationally in taste, quality and price. We have nothing to hide!

Powerhouse Gyms International is based in Farmington Hills Michigan. It has over 1.2 million members nationwide. There are now 240 facilities in 36 states and 6 countries bearing the Powerhouse Gym Trademark and more on their way. Established in 1974, Powerhouse has built its reputation on dedication, quality, and service and the fully endorsed Nutritional line will do the same.

Omega Protein Reports 10 Cents Per Share Second Quarter Profit

HOUSTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE:OME) , the nation's leading producer of Omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, today reported net income of $2.4 million (10 cents a share) for the second quarter of 2003, compared with net income of $2.9 million (12 cents a share) for the second quarter of the previous year.

Revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003 were $27.3 million compared with revenues of $27.2 million for the comparable quarter of 2002. Omega Protein recorded operating income of $3.9 million for the 2003 second quarter, versus operating income of $4.7 million for the second quarter of 2002.

For the six months ended June 30, 2003, the Company had revenues of $52.4 million, compared with $50.7 million in revenues for the first six months of 2002. Omega Protein recorded operating income of $8.1 million for the six-month period in 2003, versus operating income of $9.2 million for the comparable period a year earlier. The Company had net income of $5.0 million (21 cents a share) for the 2003 period, compared with net income of $5.7 million (23 cents a share) for the first six months of 2002.

Omega Protein's second quarter results, as well as the results for the first six months of 2003, reflect reduced margins primarily due to higher cost of inventories carried forward from the 2002 fiscal year, partially offset by higher prices received during the current year.

Omega Protein Corporation is the nation's largest manufacturer of heart- healthy fish oils containing Omega-3 fatty acids for human consumption, as well as specialty fish meals and fish oil used as value-added ingredients in aquaculture, swine and other livestock feeds. Omega Protein makes its products from menhaden, an Omega-3 rich fish that is not utilized as seafood, but which is abundantly available along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coasts.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward- looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The actual results of future events described in any of these forward-looking statements could differ materially from those stated in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from those forward-looking statements include, among others, (1) the Company's ability to meet its raw material requirements through its annual menhaden harvest, which is subject to fluctuations due to natural conditions over which the Company has no control, such as varying fish population, fish oil yields, adverse weather conditions and disease; (2) the impact of worldwide supply and demand relationships on prices for the Company's products; and (3) fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results due to the seasonality of the Company's business and its deferral of inventory sales based on worldwide prices for competing products. These and other factors are described in further detail in Omega's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its 2002 Annual Report on Form 10K under the headings, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Significant Factors That May Affect Forward-Looking Statements" and "-Seasonality and Quarterly Results."