Bone health is not only the concern of women and those advanced in years. People of all ages should be aware of the need to build strong bones and should be educated about preventing problems down the road. Over 200 million people worldwide are affected by osteoporosis, according to market research cited by Tracy Kreider, N.D., senior national product educator for Country Life, Hauppauge, NY. The world’s aging population will create a further need for supplements, as well as fortified beverages and foods, to bridge the bone health nutrition gap (1).

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., addressed the Ingredient Marketplace crowd in early June with a presentation entitled, “There and Back Again.” Reflecting upon his time as the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) division of dietary supplements, Fabricant, now executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), offered insight into FDA’s current thinking on dietary supplements and what could be on the agency’s radar for the future.

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Washington, D.C.—Television personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., testified in Capitol Hill on June 17, in front of a senate panel investigating how to protect consumers from false and deceptive advertising of weight-loss products.

What’s old has become new with ancient grains capturing the attention of shoppers nationwide. From freekeh to millet, Americans see the value of ancient grains in their diets, and manufacturers are responding with exciting offerings.

Not long ago, access to natural dietary supplements, gluten-free foods and organic produce in the Midwestern United States was extremely limited. It was here, in an area mainly barren of these options for health and wellness, where Barbara Hoffmann and her husband, John, decided to build an oasis for natural products shoppers.

Glutino is expanding its breakfast line and now offers a gluten-free, instant pancake mix. The mix is contained in a portable bottle and once opened, may be used for four days. The “just add water” concept alleviates contamination risks for gluten-free eaters. SRP: $5.29

Tea

Pukka launched three new wellness teas: Three Cinnamon; Elderberry & Echinacea; and Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey. Their teas are blended by the company’s Master Herbalist to get their signature organic leaf tea taste. Made in England, each box contains 20 tea sachets, in addition to two extra free teas inside.

EDEN Foods’ grape butter is made of 100% Concord grapes grown on a 20-year organic family vineyard on the shore of New York’s Keuka Finger Lake. The whole grapes are deseeded, crushed, cooked into a purée, and slowly kettle simmered into a thick, rich, spreadable butter with deep purple color, sweet flavor, and an ambrosial aroma. There are over two pounds of fruit in each jar.

Blue Diamond Almonds introduces Honey Nut Thins, crackers made with real almond and a touch of honey for sweetness. Wheat- and gluten-free, these crackers come in two flavors: Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard; the Blue Diamond Nut Thins line also includes Almond and Hint of Sea Salt flavors.