Manufacturers have responded to the growing demand for gelatin-free supplements by offering capsules made from plant-derived materials. While consumers who prefer vegetarian, kosher, or halal supplements still have limited choices, their options are expanding.
Why is there a growing trend in the U.S. vitamin industry to purchase raw materials in China?
As the dietary supplement industry matures and companies become more successful, many businesses find themselves at a crossroads. Should they invest in new equipment and personnel to meet growing demand, or should they hire a contract manufacturer?
More than two decades of contract manufacturing experience have taught Access Business Group (Ada, MI) to be two things: ready and flexible.
At the World Health Organization’s (WHO; Geneva) upcoming European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity, which will be held in November in Istanbul, Turkey, many of the world’s leading health experts will convene to develop new plans for dealing with the obesity epidemic. With any luck, functional foods will be one of the strategies that helps makes a difference.
Nutrigenomics, the science of how chemicals in food affect health by altering the expression and/or structure of an individual’s genetic makeup, was chosen to be the premier emerging issue to be addressed by CEIS.
Nanotechnology is moving out of the realm of science fiction and into our buildings, drugs, clothing, cosmetics, and yes, even nudging into our foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. For those of you who are still not really sure what nanotechnology means, the next paragraph will give a short introduction. If you are already “nano-savvy” and just want to know what’s “nano-new” in the food and nutrition world, you can skip to the third paragraph.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the latest research on supplement ingredients or new regulatory requirements, often it’s just as easy to overlook recent advances in packaging technology and design. The right package, however, can add value to products by attracting consumers, conveying important nutritional information, and protecting sensitive ingredients.
A manufactured beverage’s taste is its raison d’etre—its purpose for being. In the words of Scott Backman, market development manager, functional food and food technology for global ingredient supplier Cognis Nutrition & Health (La Grange, IL), “Taste is the most important factor in a beverage. The consumer has an expectation when consuming a beverage. If that expectation is not met, the beverage will fail.”