Jost Chemical Company now offers microencapsulated materials including Jost Copper Gluconate USP, Jost Ferrous Fumarate USP, Jost Manganese Sulfate USP/EP, Ferrous Sulfate USP, Magnesium Oxide USP and Zinc Oxide USP. Potential applications include chewable tablets and capsules, premixes and nutritional bars.

WILD Flavors, Inc. now distributes Immunel. Fast-acting Immunel helps “instruct” the immune system, thus providing a targeted immune response. It helps increase the number and vigor of immune cells that respond to microbial/bacterial invaders, supporting phagocytosis and activating NK cells. Immunel is clinically tested.

Alchem USA Inc. launched ReQollect Solution, a concentrated liquid vinpocetine suitable for use in beverages (including dairy, juices, functional waters and shots) to enhance memory and alertness by supporting blood circulation in the brain. The company says the ingredient would also be beneficial in pre-workout formulations to improve focus and coordination.

Kemin has launched AssuriTEA Men’s Health, a proprietary formula of catechins and theaflavins that supports urological health. The formula contains a blend of water-extracted green and black tea varieties from fully traceable plant sources. The formula does not cause gastrointestinal distress.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Will 2013 be a good year for the natural products industry? And, how will 2012’s hottest issues like GMOs affect the new year from a business standpoint? In this feature, WholeFoods goes right to the source via interviews with raw materials suppliers to bring you insight into key areas we should have our eyes on in the coming year. These companies are often at the forefront of innovation, often playing with new ingredients and combinations years before we see them on the market. Their knowledge of industry trends is something from which we can all benefit.

Positive contract manufacturing relationships are all about meeting and exceeding expectations. Seeing eye to eye, being on the same wavelength, having one’s clocks synchronized…these are crucial factors for the success of any partnership between manufacturer and finished product marketer. “It is never a good practice to over-promise and under-perform,” notes Richard Kaufman, executive vice president of Paragon Laboratories, Torrance, CA.

Allendale, NJ—Researchers from Kurfürstendamm and Analyze & Realize ag in Germany published a new study in Food and Nutrition Sciences showing that a branded prebiotic fiber is safe and well tolerated.

Migdal HaEmeq, Israel—Calcified Tissue International just published a study from Meir Medical Center in Israel (sponsored by Enzymotec, with global headquarters, here) that indicates a branded ingredient may support bone strength in infants.