P.L. Thomas joined forces with grower/processor Just the Berries to offer black currant ingredients for supplements, grocery and personal care applications. Says P.L. Thomas, this black currant is different “because of the large volumes of condition-specific and pharmokinetic research that has been carried out using their unique black currant products.”

Capsugel has released a new plant-based capsule made from pullulan, fermented from tapioca. Plantcaps capsules are an “important option for customers distributing organic supplements in the United States, which restricts organic labeling language on organic ingredients encapsulated in other non-pullulan polymers,” says the company. Capsules are clear.

Lonza now offers DHAid, a vegetarian algae DHA product with enhanced stability and taste. The line includes DHAid FNO-350, an oil with 350 mg of DHA/gram for food applications. DHAid CL-400 is a clear oil delivering 400 mg of DHA/gram for dietary supplements. Last, DHAid Dry is a dry powder blend for special nutrition beverages.

Vancouver, WA—Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulfur well known in the joint health arena. Now, a patented form (OptiMSM from Bergstrom Nutrition) may have a unique new application: helping to keep personal care products fresh and efficacious.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

New York, NY—Krill oil supplier Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, brought out a new secret weapon during a media lunch at SupplySide Marketplace in May.

Bridgewater, NJ—While many consumers may not equate starches with glycemic health, it’s important to understand that there are different types of starches and one branded form may actually help insulin sensitivity. 

A new report published in the Journal of Food Science casts doubt on whether some common food ingredients are pure and of a high quality.  

The 2012 Natural Products Expo West tradeshow was the largest in its 30-year history. Some 60,000 industry members attended the event, which ran March 8–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Show organizers said attendance of retail buyers grew 13% this year, which made for a good show, say many exhibitors.