Making quality nutritional supplements that appeal to kids isn’t exactly child’s play. Although the need for healthy nutritional options has never been higher—almost 80% of young people don’t eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; Atlanta)—there are a couple of reasons why dietary supplement manufacturers find children’s multivitamins especially challenging to formulate.
One of the most critical decisions for any company is whether to build a plant or enlist the services of a contract manufacturer. Many companies consider state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to be the crown jewels of their organization. But while corporate facilities have distinct advantages, contract manufacturers can offer unique benefits that a plant can’t, such as efficiency, expertise, and experience with good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
In many respects, 2005 is beginning to look a lot like 2004. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Rockville, MD) is still promising the “imminent” publication of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements.
Perhaps Bart Simpson had it wrong when he exclaimed, “Don’t have a cow!” Granted, many lactose-intolerant people can’t enjoy milk-based products. But there is evidence that dairy-based compounds can help maintain human health in myriad ways.
Digestive health is now on the radar of the federal government. In September, National Institutes of Health (NIH; Bethesda, MD) director Elias Zerhouni, MD, announced that the newly formed National Commission on Digestive Diseases is ready to assess state-of-the art science to address the needs of gastroenterologists and their patients.
Consumers’ thirst for functional beverages shows no signs of drying up any time soon. Industry forecasters are projecting a $6.4 billion combined market for sports beverages, energy drinks, and enhanced waters by 2009, according to Datamonitor (New York City).
As some of the most functional, versatile, and great-tasting ingredients derived from milk, whey ingredients are uniquely designed to function well in beverage applications. Whey is a nutritional powerhouse, containing the components of milk that remain soluble during the process of making cheese, which amounts to about half of the nutrients from milk.
The more consumers learn and remember about brain and memory support supplements, the more likely they are to turn to them for a mental boost.
The year 2005 could turn out to be a tipping point for the immune-enhancer category. Although new research has shown several natural ingredients to be helpful, other studies suggest that some products may be ineffective.
The soy ingredient industry has seen dramatic improvements in both process and application technologies, particularly over the last decade. Food and beverage manufacturers are defining specific issues as they include soy ingredients in formulations.