This has definitely been the year of negative media throughout the dietary supplement industry. The omega-3 segment, long the darling of the industry with solid science and years of double digit growth, has been no exception. To be clear, this is not only a 2015 phenomenon, as we have been tracking negative versus positive media for several years now (see chart below) and the story is not a good one.

betsy's health foods

Three simple ways to take advantage of resources you already have in order to create your own, custom education program for your store.

You’ve probably heard the term “frenemies,” a new word that combines “friends” and “enemies.” In the business world, frenemies are two competitors that cooperate with each other to increase business, but at the expense of sharing customer purchase data and other proprietary business information. The birth of the Internet spawned the term, as smaller companies with something to sell struck deals with large web portals like Google, Facebook and Amazon in order to get access to the millions of eyeballs visiting these massive sites every day.

The problem is one really cannot grow without breaking the mold and taking risks, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel to walk straight into the deep, dark unknown.

fair trade

Learn what fair trade is, why it’s so important and where you can work fair trade items into your daily routine.

vitamin E

With a fairly predictable regularity of once a decade or so, the general media likes to write articles questioning the safety of vitamin E supplements. It’s called “sensationalism press.” The idea is to get attention by going against common knowledge. It gains attention and sells papers. It’s fairly routine, but in August, I was really astonished to read two articles. One was entitled “An Overdose of Vitamin E Can Kill,” published on (1).

Jonny Bowden

This last weekend, I attended a seminar in San Diego, and one of the sponsors was Bulletproof Coffee.

FDA Law Steven Shapiro

In a highly followed litigation (CRN and NPA filed a number of amicus briefs), United States v. Bayer Corp (US District Court for New Jersey) the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission sought an Order holding Bayer in contempt of Court alleging that Bayer had violated the terms of a consent decree that required that the company posses "competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate its dietary supplement claims".  This is the general standard that FTC requires for substantiation of all dietary supplement claims (see FTC Dietary Supplement Business Guide).

debra's natural gourmet

Our customers trust us, and that is no small thing. And because they trust us, they trust the companies we trust.  “If you’re stocking it,” they say, “I know it must be good.”