Icon Group, LLC (a NutraGenesis affiliate company) introduces TrimElite for weight management and metabolic wellness. According to the company, TrimElite has substantiated structure–function claims for weight management, satiety, appetite control, thermogenesis, heart health, blood sugar balance, stress reduction and mood enhancement. TrimElite is made of two proprietary weight management ingredients that are each supported by human trials.

Earthcycle Packaging Ltd. now offers compostable trays for the agriculture industry. The trays come in either black or a natural earth color and are intended for holding produce like tomatoes, avocados and apples during shipping and packing. The trays are 100% compostable and recyclable.

Cognis now offers Texapon K 12 P PH, a pharmaceutical-grade sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) tableting agent. This GRAS-approved agent is “particularly efficient in tableting processes due to its small and consistent particle size,” says the company. Texapon K 12 P PH can be used as a wetting agent, lubricant or solubilizer.

Sensient Flavors LLC now has natural tomato flavors. Available are Natural Tomato Flavor WONF – Fresh Type, Beef Steak Type, Vine-Ripe Type, Italian Type and Stewed Type; Natural Sun-Dried Tomato Type; Natural Tomato Finishing Note WONF; Natural Wood-Fire Roasted Tomato Type; and Natural Roasted Tomato Flavor WONF.

For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

There are fruits, and then there are superfruits. More than just a lot of marketing hype, the title of superfruit most often designates a richly nutritious, often exotic and delicious food, one with studied health benefits. As a category, it is a relative newcomer to the dietary supplement stage, and as such it is still developing.

Many regulatory changes are percolating in the natural products industry. Leaders from several industry associations and nonprofits offer some insight about what could be in store for companies in the near future.

Snack foods can be a blessing or a curse. Done well, a nutrient-dense pick-me-up is an important tool in helping to maintain a proper weight, healthy blood sugar levels, proper focus and good energy. But if you regularly pick the wrong snacks, well, expect the opposite to happen: weight gain, see-saw blood sugar and trouble concentrating.

For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.