Supplier Briefs: January 2016

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Rouen, France-based Nexira announced that its Fibregum acacia fiber and Instantgum acacia gum ingredients are now Non-GMO Project Verified.

AIDP of City of Industry, CA, and HP Ingredients of Bradenton, FL, joined the American Herbal Products Association.

New data about the weight management benefits of Meratrim (from InterHealth Nutraceuticals of Benicia, CA) were presented at the 56th Annual American College of Nutrition Conference in November. The research involved 57 overweight individuals (BMI of 28.3 kg/m2) who took 400 mg of Meratrim twice daily or a placebo. Everyone was asked to walk for 20 minutes a day, five days a week for 30 minutes and to consume 2,000 kcal/day. Those in the Meratrim group lost 11.2 pounds, reduced their BMI by 1.9 kg/m2, cut their waist size by 3.9 inches and reduced their hip size by 4.1 inches. Meanwhile, the placebo group lost 2.4 pounds, reduced their BMI by 0.4 kg/m2, lost 1.5 inches around their waist and lost 2 inches on their hips.

Costa Mesa, CA-based Alkemist Labs is now offering Next Generation DNA Sequencing of raw materials. “The scientists at Alkemst believe that needs to be done collaboratively and transparently, and intend to encourage trade associations and other companies in the industry to Join forces in developing the ground work required to make NGS a useful tool, rather than a source of confusion,” said the company in an official statement.

Hawkins, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN, will buy Stauber Performance Ingredients from ICV Partners II, L.P. and other shareholders.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine January 2016