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.
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.
Could low-calorie be the next low-carb? If new product trends are any indication, the answer is an unqualified yes.
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.
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.
Consumers and food companies understand that dietary fiber provides a healthy, sustained glycemic response to glucose spikes.
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.