The era of belt-tightening has begun. According to a February 2008 survey from AC Nielsen (New York City), consumer confidence is dropping in 21 out of 48 markets around the world. Just slightly more than one-third of shoppers think the next 12 months are a good time to buy something they want or need. And more and more consumers are reporting that they have no spare cash left after paying for basic expenses.
You're excited, and elated. Clinical trials have proven conclusively that your new product works . It's like being in love—you want to shout it from the rooftops! You've developed a dietary supplement that will really help people with anemia, or arthritis, or obesity, or macular degeneration.
|Exotic fruits such as mangosteen are attracting consumer attention for their potential health benefits as well as their taste. Photo Courtesy of Istockphoto.|
|Kosher snacks and cookies, such as hamantashan (above), are a growing part of the $12 billion kosher food market. Photo by ISTOCKPHOTO.|
Question: What do Milk Duds, Milk of Magnesia, and giraffe milk have in common?
June 2008 was the deadline for large companies with more than 500 employees to comply with the final good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements. As the June 2009 and June 2010 deadlines for midsize and small companies loom closer, some manufacturers are still struggling to fulfill the rule's product-testing requirements. The April 2008 recall of two dietary supplement brands found to contain 200 times the amount of selenium listed on their labels highlights the fact that not every company is ready, willing, or able to hit the ground running.
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MEDICAL RESEARCH OFTEN OVERLOOKS the needs of women, who tend to be underrepresented in some types of clinical trials. An exception may be the field of dietary supplement research. Several companies that supply raw materials shared new data about the effects of natural products on women's health at this year's Vitafoods conference, held May 5–7 in Geneva.
B Vitamins Lower Homocysteine but Not CVD Risk
Source: CM Albert et al., "Effect of Folic Acid and B Vitamins on Risk of Cardiovascular Events and Total Mortality among Women at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: A Randomized Trial," Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 299, no 17 (May 7, 2008): 2027–2036.
To gain new insights into the soy market, an interview was conducted with Stephen Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association (ASA).
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Available in conventional and certified-organic varieties, freeze-dried flavor crystals retain the natural aroma, color, and taste of fruits and beverages.
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Glucerna shakes won a ChefsBest best taste award in 2008. The products are intended for use under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan.
Photo by Jeffrey A. Davis.