Companies in the News: The Natural Marketing Institute, DSM Food Specialties, Technical Sourcing International, Minnesota Applied Research Center, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Kraft Foods, Dietary Supplement Education Alliance, association National Nutritional Foods Association, VGZ, Vitaquest International, Vitamin Angel Alliance.
1/26/2005 - New NMI Study Reports 2004 Health & Wellness Industry Sales at $68 Billion
US-based The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) has announced results of its annual study of 2,000+ U.S. consumer households, The Health and Wellness Trends Database(TM)(HWTD), noting that retail sales in the consumer packaged goods health and wellness industry reached $68 billion in 2004, up 8.5% from 2003. The group projects this number to rise to $73 billion in 2005.
1/20/2005 - Maryland County Drafts Policy on Athletic Supplements
According to an article in Maryland's The Gazette, the Prince George's County school system in that state is considering a policy regarding the use of dietary supplements for performance enhancement, after a lawsuit was filed by the family of a high school student against a coach who provided the student with a creatine-containing product which allegedly made the student ill. The lawsuit also names the county school system as a defendant.
1/19/2005 - DSM’s PeptoPro to Sponsor 2005 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships
DSM Food Specialties has announced that it has reached an agreement with the International Skating Union to have its PeptoPro® active peptide ingredient become an official sponsor of the 2005 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, in Salt Lake City, Utah on 22 and 23 January 2005.
1/14/2005 - Poster Presentation on Technical Sourcing’s PEAK ATP(TM) Wins First Place at Natural Supplements Conference
US-based Technical Sourcing International's PEAK ATP™ ingredient was the subject of a winning poster presentation at the second annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update conference, organized by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and co-sponsored by the University of California, San Diego, January 7-9. The poster, entitled “A Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind Study to Evaluate the Effect of Orally Administered Adenosine Triphosphate on Peripheral Perfusion Pressure in Adult Men and Women,” and performed by the Minnesota Applied Research Center (MARC), won the award in the category of original clinical research.
1/14/2005 - New Dietary Guidelines Flag Need For Supplements
Trade Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)notes that while the 2005 Dietary Guidelines released earlier this week emphasize getting all nutrients from conventional foods, they also note special populations where supplementation might be required, labeled as 'nutrient shortfalls in the general population'.
1/13/2005 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use By One Third of U.S. Adults is Unchanged From 1997
Researchers from Harvard Medical School, examining complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by adults in 1997 and 2002, have found that 36.5 and 35.0 per cent respectively, used at least one form of CAM. The results appear in the January/February issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, with the authors calling for rigorous evaluation of the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of these approaches.
1/13/2005 - USDA And HHS Release New Dietary Guidelines
The US Federal government released the ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005’, intended to promote health and reduce disease risk, focusing on nutrition (reducing calorie consumption) and increasing physical activity. The US-based trade association National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) noted that the guidelines recognized the 'benefits of obtaining nutrients through whole and natural foods', while specifically pointing out that supplementation of essential nutrients is recommended for specific population groups. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC), a supplier of Omega-3 fish oil ingredients, noted the consumer dilemma with most Americans currently well below target levels of oily fish consumption and behaviors slow to change, suggesting that supplementation will be required. Numerous other groups and companies have commented on the guidelines as they relate to specific food groups and products.
1/13/2005 - Report from IOM Calls for Amending DSHEA, Draws Industry Responses
The US Institutes of Medicine (IOM) has issued a report entitled "Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by the American Public" available in pre-publication form from the IOM website. One chapter of the report and a significant portion of the coverage was dedicated to dietary supplements. The report calls for similar standards for demonstrating clinical effectiveness for CAM and conventional medical treatments and suggests amendment of current supplement regulation to improve quality control and create incentives for research. US-based American Herbal Products Association has responded by noting the errors in the report, specifically an understanding of the current state of regulations. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has called the report an 'Unwarranted Hatchet Job on Supplements'.
1/12/2005 - Kraft Foods Announces Marketing Changes
US-based Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) has announced marketing changes to increase the visibility of more nutritious products, including the introduction of 'Sensible Solution' labeling program which features a 'flag' on products that meet certain nutrition criteria, and shifting its television, radio and print advertising mix viewed by children towards products that qualify for the 'flag', dropping programs for products such as Kool-Aid, Oreo and others.
1/7/2005 - DSEA Elects Officers, Reveals Plans
The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) has announced its 2005 officers including President, Elliott Balbert, Vice President and President-Elect, Jon Benninger and Secretary, Michael McGuffin, as well as its 2005 action plan.
1/7/2005 - Traditional Chinese Medicine Bids for World Heritage Status
According to an article on China's People's Daily, China's Department of International cooperation and other government bodies are working towards a bid to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to have Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) classified as an 'intangible cultural heritage'. If the bid is successful, the protection, development, as well as international acceptance of TCM would be increased.
1/7/2005 - CRN Announces 2005 Annual Conference Dates
US-based trade association The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has announced that its 2005 annual conference on dietary supplements will be held Sept. 24-27 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., near Palm Springs.
1/6/2005 - NNFA To Host 68th Annual Natural Products Convention and Trade Show
US-based trade association National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) is gearing up for its annual trade show and convention to be held July 15-17, in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Venetian Resort Hotel.
1/5/2005 - Dutch Health Insurer Covers Margarine
According to an article on Expatica (citing Novum Nieuws as source) Dutch health insurer VGZ, in what is the first time in the Netherlands that a health insurer has refunded the cost of a food product, has announced that it will offer cover for policy holders who buy Becel pro-activ to a maximum reimbursement of EUR 40 per year.
1/4/2005 - Vitaquest International Commits Major Donation To Vitamin Angel’s Earthquake / Tsunami Relief Effort
US-based nutritional supplement company Vitaquest International, Inc., has made a major donation of vitamin supplements from its Windmill Health Products division to non-profit relief agency to Vitamin Angel Alliance as a response to the call for participation in the South Asia Earthquake / Tsunami Relief Effort.