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Spicy Kimchi

Spicy Kimchi

Spicy Kimchi


Up to 1½ quarts / Kimchi (kim-chee) contains lactobacilli, good bacteria produced by fermentation. You’ll need two or three pint-size jars with screw-on lids (or halve this recipe to make less). Kimchi is best eaten raw to maximize the friendly-bacteria benefits; it’s wonderful on salads, tossed with noodles and vegetables, or stuffed inside an omelet.

Immunity boosters: ProbioticsSpicy kimchi

1 large or 2 medium heads napa cabbage, washed

3 tablespoons coarse sea salt

4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

1 leek, washed and sliced

2 whole red chile peppers, such as Fresno (remove seeds for less heat)

1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1.Halve cabbage and remove core. Cut into 1-inch slices and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sea salt. Use a plate or other weight to press cabbage down for at least 2 hours. Rinse cabbage, being sure to squeeze out excess moisture.

2.In a food processor, blend garlic, ginger, leek, chiles, tamari, and vinegar until finely chopped and mixed (nearly a paste). Thoroughly mix cabbage with garlic mixture and place into clean jars. Pack vegetables tightly into jars to remove air bubbles, pressing down until brine rises. Pour in remaining liquid if needed, leaving at least 1 inch at the top. Cover jars tightly.

3. Allow kimchi to ferment at room temperature for 48 hours, and then transfer to refrigerator, where it will continue to slowly ferment and intensify. Refrigerated, kimchi will last at least a month.

PER SERVING (½ cup): 53 cal, 0g fat (0g mono, 0g poly, 0g sat), 0mg chol, 1g protein, 43g carb, 4g fiber, 400mg sodium

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Do customers come for education, leave for the sale?

Do customers come for education, leave for the sale?

What sets your store apart from the glossy supermarket down the way? Why should shoppers buy organic bell peppers and probiotics from you when the local Walmart sells them cheaper? Why would a time-pressed young mother want to wheel her kid-filled cart down your aisles once a week when she could make one Costco run per month and call it good?

Your answers likely mirror the exact tenets you founded your store upon: quality products, superb customer service and a sense of community. These attributes have been attracting wellness- and eco-minded customers for years, keeping them coming back and inspiring them to trumpet your assets to their friends and families.

But how do you react when shoppers come in to learn about specific products, discuss diet plans with your staff, share their stories of weight-loss woe, and then waltz out empty-handed only to purchase items elsewhere? 

In talking with retailers during my recent Minnesota store tour and at last week’s Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, it became clear that “take the education and run” is a real and mounting concern for independent natural products retailers. As more conventional stores expand their natural and organic selections and larger natural-minded chains like Whole Foods Market and Earth Fare sprinkle more stores across the nation, you know you have to emphasize those cornerstones of your business to attract and keep customers. And, most likely, that has worked, as you see new and knowledge-hungry consumers stroll through your doors each day. But how can you ensure these shoppers stay for the sale?

Even online retailing is starting to impact brick-and-mortar natural products stores in this way. E-tailers allow busy consumers to purchase goods from their homes, and they often can offer lower prices in exchange for the personable customer service that your store offers. But what’s stopping shoppers from taking a lesson in L-theanine from your supplements staff and then not busting out their credit cards until they’re back home at their laptops?

You do what you can to keep your prices comparable, but we all know that isn’t always feasible. You always try to keep your shelves stocked, but manufacturers’ sales and distributors’ supplies can lead to empty spaces that are beyond your control. You can offer coupons to get people poised for purchase, but those can attract the type of bargain-happy store-hoppers who won’t come back anyway.

Clearly, this is a challenge. If it hasn’t yet impacted your store, who knows? Maybe you’re lucky and it never will. But all signs point to education-poaching being an issue that won’t fizzle away tomorrow.

I don’t purport to have stellar solutions. But I’d strongly suggest you keep doing exactly what you already do well. Reward the customers you do have and continue making them glad they support you with dollars. Keep the customers that “get” this happy, and they’ll keep coming back and sending their friends. Because, remember, no matter how rapidly the world changes and technology transforms sales experiences, nothing beats person-to-person contact and the power of word-of-mouth. Even if you can’t convince every last soul to spend at your store, you can get many—and these are the types of shoppers you want.    

Retailers, I'd love to hear your ideas about this: Have you faced this issue? Have you found successful strategies to address it? 

Merisant introduces Pure Via stevia in UK

Merisant introduces Pure Via stevia in UK

Merisant is poised to launch its natural origin sweetener Pure Via™ and promote the work of the Global Stevia Institute on Stevia history & benefits.

·         Pure Via™, a Stevia-based, natural origin, low-calorie sweetener will help contribute to a healthier lifestyle for UK consumers

·         Pure Via™ has already achieved more than 60% market share and attracted close to 2 million consumers in France

·         Merisant is committed to promoting the educational work of the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) to further science-based education of Stevia’s health benefits and its expansion in Europe

·         Pure Via ™ will carry the Stevia PureCircle® trust mark, highlighting its sustainable source of Stevia supply from the global leader in high purity stevia extracts

Ahead of the introduction of its Stevia-based sweetener Pure Via™ in the UK, Merisant unveils an education initiative with the GSI to increase awareness and understanding of the origin and benefits of the stevia plant in the UK marketplace among UK health professionals and consumers.

Merisant is a global leader in tabletop sweeteners with a strong position in Europe, and in particular, the UK. Pure Via™ was developed following numerous years of research and development for the European market and has been designed to specifically match European tastes. To create Pure Via™, high purity Stevia extracts are blended with other ingredients of natural origin to deliver a superior taste profile and experience. Its natural origin, taste and low-calorie content mean that it is a great addition for UK consumers.

Relying on its high expertise and knowledge of sweeteners, Merisant has decided to use the resources of the GSI established by PureCircle, the global leader and supplier of the high purity Stevia extract (Reb A) used in Pure Via™. It is critical that Merisant promotes accurate and science-based information about Stevia, and by tapping into the expertise of the GSI and its board of scientific advisors comprising of nutritionists, medical doctors, and health educators, Merisant is helping to build broader awareness within the context of natural health and wellness trends that continues to be a focal point for consumers in the UK and Europe.

Merisant also welcomes the GSI board expansion in Europe with the contributions of Dr. Margaret Ashwell OBE from the UK.

HuguesPitre, Merisant Vice-President & Managing Director EAME, explains “Merisant has pioneered the application of the Stevia plant in table-top sweeteners and created the Whole Earth Sweetener Company (WesCo) in order to dedicate specific resource to the development of all-natural products. We launched Pure Via™ in France last year and the brand has been extremely successful, achieving tremendous growth and the number one position in the market. With this strong track record and its intimate knowledge of the category across Europe, Merisant is now particularly well positioned to introduce Pure Via™ into the UK market.”

About Merisant

Merisant was formed in 2000 to manufacture and market the world’s most popular tabletop sweeteners, Equal® and Canderel®, and over a dozen other available formats. Today, the Group owns 19 brands in over 90 countries. With over 500 employees positioned globally—diverse, inspired and dedicated to continuing to expand the incredible successes of these well-established and premium brands. From the start, Merisant has aimed to raise the bar through continued global expansion, by broadening its audience through new products, and improving productivity through technological advances. The Group strives to develop products which answer consumers’ specific needs to help improve their lifestyle on a daily basis.

About the Global Stevia Institute

The Global Stevia Institute (GSI)is an educational resource for the industry and public focused on educating health professionals, food and beverage manufacturers, public affairs leaders, and consumers about the benefits of incorporating a plant-based sweetener stevia into the diet. Its mission is to provide accurate and consistent, science-based information about stevia as more and more people are looking for natural options to control sugar and calorie levels without sacrificing taste. The GSI is governed by an international advisory board of leading health professionals including MDs, PhDs, university professors, nutritionists and award winning authors specializing in obesity, nutrition, endocrinology, biochemistry and food regulations.


TIC Gums wins International Dairy Show Innovation Award

TIC Gums wins International Dairy Show Innovation Award


TIC Gums earned the first annual Ingredients/Flavorings/SeasoningsIDFA Award Photo Low Rez/Additives Innovation Award for its Dairyblend SC-ASC product. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced the award during the recent International Dairy Foods Show, held in Atlanta, GA. Developed during the last 12 months; Dairyblend SC-ASC was invented to help food formulators manufacture a full-bodied texture for sour cream. Dairyblend SC-ASC is a 100% hydrocolloid blend that combines natural emulsifiers with traditional thickeners and gelling agents to convey high quality, stable sour cream products.

According to the IDFA, the winning entry “exemplified substantial achievement in price, or performance, significant advancement in a technology or its application or innovative design.” Dairyblend SC-ASC was expressly invented to help food formulators deliver a full bodied texture for this unique dairy food application.

“The power and versatility of Dairyblend SC-ASC is that it can be used for acid set, cultured standard and reduced fat sour cream, without the use of mono-diglyceride emulsifiers,” said Donna Klockerman PhD. Dairy Food Scientist for TIC Gums. “This range of applications will make it more useful to sour cream makers.” Engineering texture and stability into products like sour cream early in the development process is important in the food industry. It is extremely difficult to add texture back into a formula late in the process. 

The Texture Revolution™

Food developers can generate significant innovation and product variety by focusing on the fundamental characteristics associated with texture. Traditionally, manipulating texture was often not part of a product design criteria. Or, texture was developed at the end of the development process. With more specific ways to communicate common understanding of desired texture experiences, better food products can be invented and delivered more efficiently than before. 

TIC Gums scientists are at the front of food science and are leading the Texture Revolution™. This initiative spawned the language of texture and provided a list of textural attributes needed to give expression to a big part of the eating and drinking experience. Introduced in June, 2011, the lexicon along with attribute maps for many, individual food products (sour cream among them) is a developmental tool for food scientists. These maps characterize, document, and help developers articulate the sensory experiences associated with food and beverages. This is the only known such compilation of its kind on the web, and is available in its entirety at no charge. 

About TIC Gums

TIC Gums is a global leader in advanced texture and stabilization solutions for the food industry. Food and beverage companies rely on TIC Gums to improve the texture, stability, consistency, nutritional profile and shelf appeal of their products. Legendary customer service, high quality standards and the unrivaled knowledge of our Gum Gurus® has made TIC Gums the industry leader for more than 100 years.


Enzymotec launches K*REAL Real Krill Oil

Enzymotec launches K*REAL Real Krill Oil

Enzymotec is to introduce K•REAL Real Krill Oil. K•REAL is pure Krill oil extracted from the Antarctic Krill containing omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA), phospholipids and astaxanthin. K•REAL is manufactured through a unique Multi Stage Oil-extraction process called MSO. This innovative technology offers an optimal preparation process which preserves krill oil’s natural qualities and ensures its freshness.

For more information please visit:

Enzymotec is a dynamic biotech company and a leading global developer, producer and supplier of lipid-based products and solutions. Enzymotec develops, manufactures and markets innovative BioActive ingredients and finished products based on sophisticated proprietary technologies. Enzymotec's products support general health, from cardiovascular to cognitive functions, in the largest therapeutic markets and deliver innovative solutions in three business segments:

1)  VAYA  Pharma – a research-based, specialty pharmaceutical division, dedicated to the discovery , development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, clinically tested, effective and safe lipids based medicines.

2)  Infant Nutrition -Providing lipid compositions that mimic the fat in human milk for the wellbeing of infants

3)  BioActive Ingredients – Providing premium innovative bioactive ingredients tailored to suit unique needs of pharmaceutical and nutrition industries.

NSF/ANSI 305 personal care standard allows EU-certified organic ingredients

NSF/ANSI 305 personal care standard allows EU-certified organic ingredients

NSF International’s American National Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients (NSF/ANSI 305) has been expanded to allow plant-based ingredients that are certified to European Union (EU) organic regulations. As a result, companies formulating personal care products for compliance with the NSF/ANSI 305Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients standard are now able to source from both U.S. National Organic Program (NOP)-certified ingredients and EU-certified ingredients suppliers.

The NSF/ANSI 305 standard promotes the widespread use of organic agriculture beyond the food sector. Similar to the USDA NOP regulations, the NSF/ANSI 305 standard defines labeling and marketing requirements but specifically for personal care products (e.g. oral care and personal hygiene products) that contain organic ingredients. It also establishes requirements for agricultural ingredients and methods of extraction based on the final product's label claim. EU organic regulations: EC 834/2007 & EC 889/2008 define requirements on organic production and labeling of organic products.

NSF/ANSI 305 is the only consensus-based standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients. The American National Standard was developed based on balanced participation from key stakeholder groups including: regulators, personal care manufacturers, trade associations, product retailers, and other stakeholders from the organic and personal care products communities.

“NSF/ANSI 305 opens up new growth opportunities for personal care companies whose products contain organic ingredients and speaks to the globalization of the cosmetic supply chain. Allowing equivalent EU-certified ingredients will harmonize NSF/ANSI 305 with global organic production without any loss of organic integrity,” said Jane Wilson, Standards Director of NSF International, a U.S. standards development, testing and certification organization committed to protecting the environment and public health.

With the increasing interest of global harmonization, companies certified to other international standards, such as the NATRUE European standard, will be closer to also complying with NSF/ANSI 305. Companies who certify their products to the NSF standard demonstrate to consumers, retailers, health care practitioners and regulators that their certified products have been independently evaluated to meet the standard requirements.

For additional information, download this NSF/ANSI 305 fact sheet <>.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to protect human health and the environment ( <> ). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, NSF Sustainability, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).

Horn Co. opens new corporate facility

Horn Co. opens new corporate facility


Now known as simply HORN—formerly E.T. Horn—a premier distribFacility HORNutor of specialty ingredients and materials, the company is building on its long tradition of excellence. For the first time ever, HORN brings the leadership of its six self-sufficient business units together to work collaboratively in a new corporate facility.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, employee-owned HORN opened its new 120,000-square-foot facility in La Mirada, CA, providing a consolidated site for corporate leadership while retaining and supporting individual manufacturing or warehouse sites for each business group. Extensive use of glass throughout the contemporary new site creates an open environment that stimulates the active exchange of ideas on which Horn thrives. The expansive central lobby, offices and work space as well as numerous conference rooms provide greater capacity and comfort for colleagues, partners, principals and customers.

In honor of its milestone golden anniversary, the company hosted a series of private events in September, including a formal celebration for special guests and a company-wide event.

“I joined HORN when it started in 1961 and we pioneered the approach of providing our partners with transparency,” stated CEO Gene Alley. “HORN has grown considerably during that time, but we still retain that special bond of trust and openness with our principals, customers and colleagues. I’m thrilled to commemorate the success of the past 50 years by opening this beautiful new facility as we look forward to more milestones in the future.”

Partnering exclusively with the world’s leading chemical and ingredient companies, HORN’s exclusive focus on selected industries mirrors the six groups into which its business is organized: Nutraceuticals, Coatings and Building Materials, Advanced Materials, FoodTech, Essentials, and Animal Wellness. Its specialty ingredients are used in numerous products from coatings, building materials, nutraceuticals, foods, cosmetics and personal care products to animal foods and supplements. Horn serves regional distributors and both national and global partners.

HORN’s success results from a unique vision: attracting highly skilled colleagues, representing only the finest quality products, and “going the extra mile” in supporting its partners. It is known for its technical expertise in all of its business groups. The company has grown to include 150 employees, many of whom will now be based at the new facility.

About Horn

Employee-owned/ESOP Horn is one of North America’s largest distributors/marketers of raw materials and specialty ingredients for use in its Nutraceuticals, Coatings and Building Materials, Advanced Materials, FoodTech, Essentials and Animal Wellness groups. For additional information, contact the company at 800-442-HORN or visit


Omega-3 association GOED expands management team

Omega-3 association GOED expands management team

GOED has recently grown its membership to include 129 members, a 51% increase in the last year, and as a result, it has expanded its management team to better serve its diverse member base, and strengthen GOED's mission to promote the growth of EPA and DHA omega-3's. Come meet the newly expanded management team at SupplySide West for coffee and questions on Wednesday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at booth # 12115. 

"We are excited and pleased to invite the industry to visit us at SupplySide West, and to answer any questions about our management team, membership opportunities, and ongoing issues like RDI's in North America and upper intake limits in Europe," said Adam Ismail, GOED Executive Director. 

Our newly expanded team said Ismail, includes Harry Rice, PhD, Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Ellen Schutt, Communications Director, and Mike Roberts, Director of Membership Development and Engagement.

Harry B. Rice has worked in the ingredient, dietary supplement, functional food and consumer packaged goods industries for over 10 years. Among his responsibilities for GOED are monitoring and reporting on regulatory concerns, spearheading efforts on complex issues, and providing scientific analysis of the growing body of scientific literature. In addition, he manages scientific and regulatory committees. Prior to joining GOED, Harry spent over six years at Cargill, Inc. involved in the development and execution of global regulatory and scientific strategies for a wide range of functional ingredients. 

Ellen Schutt brings nearly 15 years experience in the natural products industry to GOED. She created Nutraceuticals World, a leading industry magazine, and is an expert on the natural products supply chain, manufacturing, channels, markets, ingredients and issues. Since 2006, she operated Schutt Solutions, a consulting business, and was a partner in LaunchNatural, which helped launch high growth natural product companies in the United States.

Mike Roberts is a natural products industry veteran and has built a network with virtually all key executives and companies in the dietary supplements and functional food space. Before joining GOED, Roberts was the publisher of Functional Ingredients magazine for New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media. He was also the Supply Portfolio Sales Director for New Hope’s industry leading trade show SupplyExpo, its educational Nutracon Conference and the online news portal Most recently, Mike provided business development consulting to

About GOED
GOED is a proactive and accountable association of the world’s finest processors, refiners, manufacturers, distributors, marketers, retailers and supporters of products containing Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids. The organization's objectives are to promote and protect the category, educate consumers about the health benefits of EPA/DHA, and work with government groups, the healthcare community and the industry, while setting high standards for its business sector. GOED and its members are committed to personal integrity, ethical corporate behavior, public safety and quality assurance. For more information, visit

Scott Ondracek joins D.D. Williamson's applications and innovation team

Scott Ondracek joins D.D. Williamson&#039;s applications and innovation team


D.D. Williamson announces the hiring of Scott W. Ondracek at the Global Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. In the new position of Application Support Technician, Scott-OndracekOndracek supports the Science and Innovation team in the creation of customer solutions.

“Scott has a broad understanding of Food Science and ingredients,” said Jason Armao, Director of Applications and Innovation. “We are delighted to have Scott join our team,” added Armao.

Ondracek’s employment follows an internship with D.D. Williamson that began in February. Ondracek earned a B.S. degree in Food Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in December 2010.

Color with Confidence -- D.D. Williamson's wide array of natural coloring, along with it’s sought after caramel color; helps sell 1.5 billion servings of foods and beverages every day. D.D. Williamson improves the allure of foods and beverages through visual appeal. A trusted and recognized provider of color solutions for the food and beverage industry, the company operates nine manufacturing sites on five continents. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter @ddwcolor.


PRPR Proactive Products announces sale of manufacturing facility

PRPR Proactive Products announces sale of manufacturing facility

In its capacity as Receiver of the assets of Stirling Pharma Inc. appointed by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, MacKenzie, Gillis, MacDougall Inc. (MGM Inc.) in collaboration with PRPR Proactive Products Inc., announced that the Cape Breton pharmaceutical manufacturing plant is up for sale. The 46,000 sq. ft. GMP pharmaceutical facility located in North Sydney is a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with the unique capability to assist clients to bring their products from the laboratory to the market by providing development, scale-up and commercial production expertise. The facility includes pilot laboratories for formulation development, rooms with various capabilities such as high shear mixing, container blending and equipment for modified release technology. The facility provides formulation development and testing services to manufacture and package products in solid and liquid dosage forms.

Wayne Miller, President of PRPR Proactive Products Inc. indicates “With current fit-out and configuration the plant has an annual capacity to manufacture and package over 550 million tablets, 5 million bottles and blend up to 1.5 million kg of product.”

With a fully licensed pharmaceutical plant, skilled work force, and strategic geographic location this opportunity sets the stage for significant growth for a company with a viable business plan" concludes Mr. Miller.

Greg MacKenzie, President of MGM Inc. states “Tender closes November 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time” Additional information can be found at the following website

About PRPR Proactive Products Inc.:

PRPR Proactive Products Inc is a leading-edge consumer brands company that provides strategic sales and marketing service. PRPR is driven by innovative brands in two attractive consumer categories: Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. With an eye to the future the company is positioning its brands to be leaders in the market. PRPR is committed to improving the lives and health of its business partners and the customers it serves.