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News from industry food companies.

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News and notes from industry suppliers.


In elementary school, children learn that Americans have a government that is run for the people by the people. By adolescence, most of us were pretty surprised to learn the staggering reality that money and politics have a huge say in how the world is run. Apparently, even rules about what we eat are fair game for influence by those with deep pockets.

Carb and Fat Blockers

Shoppers who wince at the number staring back at them on the scale may want to explore the fat and carb blocker category. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, these supplements are shown in scientific studies to help get the arrow moving in the right direction for those interested in healthy weight management.

tart cherry

Cherry lovers everywhere, rejoice! It turns out cherries, specifically tart ones, are remarkably good for one’s health and the benefits are backed by research. Learn why this superfruit should be important to you and your shoppers.

heart health

The heart health supplements category is diverse, reflecting many risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. It also grows and changes with the science surrounding heart disease. This feature discusses recent developments in the changing heart health segment. Is your store keeping up with the times?

Ilhwa has introduced a new retail line. All items are vegan, gluten free, non-GMO and kosher certified. First, the company now offers an Enzyme Fermented Ginseng in liquid capsules, each containing 119 mg of high-absorption ginseng to help manage the adverse effects of stress. It is also available as an elixir formula that can be taken with liquids or directly on the tongue. Last, Ilhwa launched Royal Ginseng, with enzyme-fermented ginseng, royal jelly, honey and propolis in a liquid formula.

ArcticFarma introduced the Algalife line of micro-algae supplements with the launch of Icelandic Astaxanthin. Icelandic Astaxanthin is 100% pure and natural and made in a facility that is 100% powered by renewable geothermal energy. Algae is protected from contamination through a proprietary closed system, and each pill is individually packaged. Available strengths include both 4- and 12-mg in various counts (SRP: $17.99-$49.99). Algalife Icelandic Astaxanthin is free of soy, gluten, bovine and porcine gelatin, pesticides, herbicides and non-­GMO.


Chances are you have fermented products on your shelves, and for good reason, people want them. According to Packaged Facts, 53% of consumers are looking for bold flavors in food and 20% are seeking out international food.