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Gelatin Safety after BSE

October 6, 2004

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.

Supplements and Cancer Research

September 25, 2004

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 Soar Again

September 25, 2004

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.

Industry Watch

September 25, 2004

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.

Radical Solutions

September 25, 2004

The future looks encouraging for antioxidant research, despite some new articles that questioned the effectiveness of antioxidant supplements.

Achievements in Manufacturing

June 15, 2004

The dietary supplement market is expected to grow 3–5% annually. Natural and organic foods are forecast to grow 10%. Manufacturers large and small would love to capture bigger shares of these markets, but first they have to expand production capacity.

Ramping up isn't easy. In addition to careful planning, it takes money.

Fiber is Fashionable, Again

June 4, 2004

Consumers and food companies understand that dietary fiber provides a healthy, sustained glycemic response to glucose spikes.

Herbs Under Fire

June 4, 2004

The herbal product category has had a difficult year. First came the ephedra ban. Then came new studies questioning the efficacy of several common extracts. And in case you missed those items, there was also the article on 'dangerous supplements still at large' in the May issue of Consumer Reports.

Despite the steady stream of bad news, manufacturers are optimistic that the category will survive, and even prosper, in the years ahead.

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