Jonny Bowden

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Everyone is buying in on natural flavors and colors. It’s now only a matter of how far these sibling industries can push the boundaries, as the role they play in the food market is unquestioned. The use of botanical extracts in lieu of synthetic molecules is now mainstream, according to Amandine De Santi, business manager at NATUREX, Avignon, France. “The use of natural flavors, for example, is no longer a way to differentiate from the competition, but it has become a key requirement for consumers, especially in products for kids or with a healthy positioning,” she says.

To be a competitive contract manufacturer in today’s dietary supplement market, quality is a must. The demands of product marketers and their customers, along with the demands of regulators like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have combined to create a strong movement toward improved standards.

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Finished products makers looking to buy from a new raw materials supplier—or make sure their current partners are still up to snuff—have a lot of important questions that need answers. Three areas of special concern are ingredient quality traceability, research backing and supply/costs. Several ingredient providers offer key information on these important matters in this report.

Everyone is buying in on natural flavors and colors. It’s now only a matter of how far these sibling industries can push the boundaries, as the role they play in the food market is unquestioned. The use of botanical extracts in lieu of synthetic molecules is now mainstream, according to Amandine De Santi, business manager at NATUREX, Avignon, France. “The use of natural flavors, for example, is no longer a way to differentiate from the competition, but it has become a key requirement for consumers, especially in products for kids or with a healthy positioning,” she says.

The Piping Gourmets offers a line of whoopie pies, with Chocolate Chocolate being the newest flavor. The gluten-free, kosher, vegan and non-GMO line also includes Chocolate Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla Vanilla and Vanilla Lemon.

lactose-free cream cheeseGreen Valley Organics introduced real dairy, lactose-free cream cheese. Made in a solar-powered creamery, the cream cheese is minimally processed and made with milk from a Certified Organic and Certified Humane local family farm. It is kosher and gluten-free.

Now available from Once Again Nut Butter are single-serving squeeze packs (1.15 oz). Intended for healthy snacking on the go, the Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified varieties include Almond Butter and Lightly Toasted Almond Butter.

seaweed chipsSeaSnax is introducing Chomperz, a line of chips made from seaweed designed to serve as an alternative to potato chips. In addition to seaweed, a highly sustainable and nutrient-dense food, these snacks are also made with rice, natural seasonings and spices. Barbecue, Jalapeno, Onion, and Original Chomperz flavors are currently available.