According to the HerbalGram, sales of herbal supplements have grown from $4.1 billion in 1999 to $5 billion in 2009 (1). Retailers, it is vital that you stock the supplements that are in high demand so you can achieve optimal sales.


Answer for today’s Daily Double: This yellow–green fruit is about the size of a lemon, has a bitter taste and has six vertical stripes around its rounded shape. It also contains more potent antioxidants than vitamin C, and may reduce the effects of arthritis and osteoporosis as well as lower cholesterol. The answer to this Jeopardy! question: What is Amla?

merchandising insights

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a hearing May 26, 2010, on the marketing and manufacturing of dietary supplements. The original intent of the hearing was to find and expose dangerous levels of contaminants in supplements.

biopqqBioPQQ from Maypro Industries is said to be the “first newly discovered vitamin since 1948.”  This ingredient (pyrroloquinoline quinone) helps improve cognitive performance and offers numerous anti-aging benefits.
2975 Westchester Ave., Purchase, NY 10577, www.maypro.com

Valensa International now offers Eye Pro MD, which combines astaxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin D3 and a proprietary omega-3/phospholipid delivery system. The natural astaxanthin in this eye health ingredient is the Zanthin brand. According to the company, the formula was developed based on the results from the CARMIS clinical trial, which suggests lutein and zeaxanthin support  eye health.
2751 Nutra Ln., Eustis, FL 32726, www.valensa.com


Sabinsa has added the carotenoid Chilitenoids to its list of ingredient offerings. Chilitenoids is available in a soft extract and will soon be available in a dust-free beadlet version.


Geneva, Switzerland—Vitafoods Europe and Finished Products Expo 2010 drew 2,100 visitors to the Geneva Palexpo center from May 18 to 20. The show featured some 500 international exhibitors from several industries, including nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and functional foods/drinks.

supplier briefs

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

technology for retailers

If your cash register is a glorified calculator and your Web site has been stagnant for the past year, you are probably missing out on some important opportunities for reaching customers.