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.

Fermented

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.

crn

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is now requiring all member companies to submit product labels to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD).

state ags

Silver Spring, MD; Salt Lake City, UT-Two industry trade groups are teaming up in a joint effort to improve relationships with state attorneys general (AGs).

tip of the month

In my early days in natural foods wholesaling, when we were making sales calls on small but rapidly growing independent natural products stores, we would talk about the concept of first giving the retailer warm fuzzies. Warm fuzzies are comforting words and phrases designed to put the buyer at ease. Innocent topics like the weather, sports or some lighthearted shared observation or experience of the moment.

Before I get to what’s wrong with the new USDA Dietary Guidelines, let’s talk for a minute about a bigger issue. Why the heck are we taking nutritional guidance from the government in the first place?
 

Dietary Guidelines

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.

Dietary Guidelines

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.