People often have specific health goals in mind when walking into a whole food or supplement store, so it makes sense for storeowners to aid them in their search for products suited to their needs. This usually is accomplished with signage and store sections, pointing the customer in the direction of, say, the whole-grains section, or the aisle containing vitamin D supplements. Taking things a step further, though, can often lead to more satisfied customers and better sales.

Cambridge, MA—Kids generally grow out of their clothing every six months. According to thredUP, this can lead to parents spending up to $20K on staple clothing items by the time a child reaches the age of 17. In addition, we throw away 68 pounds of clothing and textiles annually—together, that’s about 145 billion pounds of fabric sent to landfills each year!

Valensa InternationalValensa International launched a new krill oil ingredient that “boosts natural astaxanthin levels found in krill oil in a product that offers a guaranteed shelf-life of two years,” says the company. Deep Ocean Krill uses Aker BioMarine’s Superba Krill Oil as the base as well as Valensa’s Zanthin natural astaxanthin and its botanical O2B Peroxidation Blocker technology for shelf stability.

Stratum NutritionStratum Nutrition, a Novus International Business, now offers Artinia for arterial health. Studies indicate this vegetarian ingredient (which combines soluble and insoluble fibers) helps defend against damage caused by free radicals and oxidized low-density lipoprotein, says the company. The ingredient is also said to lower triglyceride levels and decrease lipid deposits in arteries. 

SabinsaSabinsa now offers Boswellin PS, a Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) extract. This ingredient contains Polysal, a natural polysaccharide from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata. It also has a “two-stage active constituents release profile” that offers longer joint health benefits than conventional Boswellia serrata extracts based on boswellic acids alone.

NuTECNuTEC launches its Automatic Direct Depositing and Tray Indexing Conveyor, which portions and deposits patties directly into trays at speeds up to 65 trays per minute. It is configured to run with the company’s existing 720 Food Forming Machine, which features a 300-pound hopper and a can run at variable speeds of 15 to 65 strokes per minute. 

DaimerDaimer Industries Inc. now offers an Eco-Green Stove Hood Degreaser and Duct Cleaner, a bio-based degreaser created to break down residues found in stove hoods and ducts. This non-toxic green cleaner is intended for food processing, manufacturing and preparation facilities that need a powerful, safe cleaning agent.

16 Tower Office Park, Woburn, MA 01801, www.daimer.com

Petrotest InstrumentsThe PetroOXY Rapid Oxidation Stability tester from Petrotest Instruments is a tool for monitoring and controlling the oxidation stability of oils, fats, greases and other products like antioxidant and shelf life additives.  Key features include fast test times, clear test results, simple handling procedures, small sample sizes, improved user safety, automatic operation and simple cleaning procedures.

Milk Thistle

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is spending more and more time reviewing reports of liver damage caused by drugs. It is with this backdrop that results from a new Cancer study on a milk thistle-derived ingredient show some promise for maintaining liver health in individuals taking certain chemotherapeutics.