Only three more years until the federal government's National Eye Institute (NIH; Bethesda, MD) releases the results of its landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2). The study—a multicenter, randomized, five-year trial involving 4000 participants—is expected to finish in December 2012.
You may think of Mars Inc. as the purveyor of some of your favorite chocolate candies—M&M'S, Snickers, Dove. With a new endeavor, however, the company has launched itself into the dietary supplements arena.
Unlike many other industries, the dietary supplements industry had a pretty good year.
In May, Datamonitor reported that growth of the nutricosmetics market may be slowing, perhaps due to the recession. Some consumers, the report said, may view beauty-from-within products as a luxury. While new beauty beverages continue to launch, other types of nutricosmetics may not fare as well, said Datamonitor, citing the failure of Danone's Essensis skin-nourishing yogurt as an example.
Much has been written about the new Smart Choices logo, which debuted this summer. The green icon, together with a statement about a product's calories per serving and servings per package, can now be found on the front labels of 500 food products from eight companies, including General Mills, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Sun-Maid, Unilever, Tyson, and Kellogg Co.
U.S. kids are pretty fortunate. Children in the United States have relatively good access to nutritious foods. (Whether all children and their parents can afford healthy foods, live in areas where healthy foods are readily available, and make good nutrition choices are other issues that continue to be explored.) Compared with children in countries where clean water is hard to come by, however, U.S. children are in a better position than many.
It's now been a month or two since the CGMPs for medium-sized dietary supplement manufacturers were instated.
Unemployment, loss of health insurance, and for some, a general concern to scale back spending, are causing consumers to look for ways to cut their healthcare costs. For some of these consumers, that means taking preventive measures by staying healthy through the use of supplements.
With so many nutritional products making an array of health claims, it can be difficult for customers to know which claims to trust. Marketers are always looking for ways to validate their products' claims. Co-branding a product's packaging with a branded ingredient logo is one way to lend a product credibility.
Americans, like most people, like eating snacks. According to the International Food Information Council's 2008 Food & Health Survey, nearly all Americans, or 94% of survey participants, eat at least one snack per day.