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Aussie start-up PERKii raises AUS$3m to launch probiotic drink tech in US

PERKii Pty Ltd, an Australian start-up using innovative technology to produce the world’s first water and juice encapsulated probiotic drink, has secured AUS$3m in capital to fund expansion in the lucrative US market. 

Too many bad actors: FDA sets sights on $40bn US supplements industry

The US Food & Drug Administration is establishing a Dietary Supplement Working Group as part of a strategy to improve oversight America’s $40 billion food supplements industry.

Arizona backs down on plan to regulate supplements as drugs

A proposal that would have drastically limited access to food supplements to consumers in the US state of Arizona has been changed after the intervention of the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

Lycomato is first tomato extract to gain Non-GMO Project Verified seal

Lycomato, Lycored’s proprietary blend for supplements, has become the first tomato extract to carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

Need I say More?

Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis talks here with NPN’s Jim Manson about the retailer’s new flagship More store at Marble Arch and how it plans to become a £1 billion business by 2020

Amazon supplements launch will “undoubtedly disrupt” category, analysts say

Amazon has launched a small range of dietary supplements under its ‘Amazon Elements’ label.

From ‘sick care’ to ‘self-care’ – how one US pharmacy retailer is reinventing itself

US pharmacy chain CVS Health is rolling out a radical new store design that repositions it to take advantage of a major societal shift in thinking about health.

Algatech gains NOP organic certification

Israel-based natural astaxanthin specialist Algatechnolgies has announced that its 100% organic Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae powder and astaxanthin oleoresin have been granted National Organic Program (NOP) certification.

Vedic Yogi’s ‘super herbs’ pack an impressive botanical punch

Gerald Gregory readily admits that his career trajectory has been unusual – from government economist to health drink brand owner, via the nursing home business. His new...

Supplementation “virtually eliminated” nutritional shortfalls in US study

A study published last week in open access journal Nutrients provide further evidence that frequent use of multivitamins and mineral supplements decreases nutritional deficiencies.

NPA calls for supplements relief for 25m Americans living in food deserts

The US Natural Products Association says that widening access to supplements could provide “relief to 25 million Americans living in food deserts – areas without access to fresh and nutritious foods”.

US survey shows high herbals use across all ethnic and economic groups 

A new study by US researchers shows high use of herbal remedies across all ethnic and economic groups. 

ESSNA launches free 10-step guide to protein

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has launched a free new booklet setting out the 10 crucial steps to buying protein, intended to educate consumers on how to purchase the best quality protein-based sports nutrition products that are right for their health and goals.

BASF claims breakthrough with ‘four times better’ omega-3 absorption

European chemicals giant BASF says that its newly developed Accelon absorption accelerating technology will create a “breakthrough” in the bioavailability of omega-3 supplements. 

Culture club: Planet Organic launches probiotic bars

UK-based retailer and brand owner Planet Organic hopes to break new ground with the launch of its probiotic infused Biolive Crunch Bars.