Fueled by the low-carb craze and the high-energy needs of serious athletes, a new wave of nutrition bars is packing in protein from a variety of ingredient sources, in a multitude of combinations. Consumers are also raising the bar on the level of good taste and indulgence they expect, but many are clearly looking for a protein source when they reach for a nutrition bar these days.
With the expected release of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA; Rockville, MD) good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements just months away, some companies are still struggling with the new regulations.
Many natural-products consumers take probiotics and prebiotics for a host of issues, reasoning that by recolonizing the friendly flora in the gut, the body is much better equipped to exert proper immune response, leading to increased well-being.
Soy foods have come a long way since the early days of tofu and meat substitutes. In the past few years, food technologists have become adept at devising new applications for soy and have expanded the array of choices available to consumers.
Dietary supplements cannot improve memory or mental acuity, but several new products offer support for those hoping to keep their faculties sharp for years to come.
In December 2003, the first American case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed in a dairy herd in the state of Washington. The discovery led to measures to keep BSE from entering the food supply, measures that may soon impact softgel capsules for dietary supplements.
Good financial news at last. Results from the first quarter of 2004 show vitamin, mineral, and supplement (VMS) sales have improved considerably compared with the same quarter of 2003.
Inspired by the popular but controversial Atkins and South Beach low-carb eating regimens, consumers have turned to low-carb products in record numbers.
It is hard to imagine a better market for low-carb products than California. But sellers of low-carb products in California, if they are not careful, could run afoul of the state’s strict consumer protection laws.
Dieters hoping to lose pounds may find help in a milk bottle rather than a pill bottle, according to research from the University of Tennessee Nutrition Institute (Knoxville, TN) and other sources.
The future looks encouraging for antioxidant research, despite some new articles that questioned the effectiveness of antioxidant supplements.
Once regarded as fringe therapies, dietary supplements and botanicals have become the subjects of serious cancer research, particularly at the National Institutes of Health’s (Bethesda, MD) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).
Healthy beverages are a profitable category. According to Business Communications Company, Inc. (BCC; Norwalk, CT), functional beverages were the largest segment of the functional food industry in 2002. Overall growth is expected to slow to 5.7% annually, but BCC expects phenomenal growth in some subcategories, leading to an $11.5 billion segment in 2007.
Living and working together in common-law fashion since 1993, Van Dorn Demag and Demag Ergotech will now formally tie the knot under an umbrella holding group called Demag Plastics Group. The two companies announced their engagement in August but used a teleconference on Nov.
Vitamin and mineral supplement manufacturers are adding more ingredients to multivitamin formulas than ever before.