Women In Nutraceuticals Establishes WIN Awards

Women In Nutraceuticals (WIN) is setting up a new awards program to celebrate the contributions and achievements of individuals who have advocated for gender equality, driven research innovations, excelled in mentorship, and contributed to WIN's programs in the nutraceutical sector. The new award categories will be:

  • WIN Guiding Star Award, honoring of an extraordinary individual focused on mentoring and elevating women in the industry;
  • WIN Champion Award, presented to a company or organization setting the gold standard for supporting and championing women in the industry;
  • WIN Research Pioneer Award, celebrating of individual making contributions to the advancement of research for women's nutraceutical products;
  • WIN Heroine Award, recognition of an individual for their volunteer efforts towards advancing WIN's mission.

Nominations for each category will open on June 3 and close on June 30, well in advance of the awards presentation taking place at SupplySide West 2024. "Each of these awards reflect WIN's commitment to acknowledging and amplifying the voices and achievements of women and their allies in the nutraceuticals industry,” said Petra Erlandson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Alkemist Labs and WIN awards committee chair.

GlucosaGreen Receives Four New Certifications

With environmental concerns being top of mind for consumers, product certifications are playing a more significant role in product differentiation amongst shoppers. GlucosaGreen, the vegetarian glucosamine supplement produced by TSI Group LTD, has received four new product certifications. Constant improvements to the products quality and experience have led to the new internationally recognized certifications:

  • NSF’s Carbon Footprint Statement
  • NSF and ISCC’s ISCC PLUS Certified Sustainability
  • SGS Non-GMO Certification
  • SGS Vegan Certification (V-Level Criteria)

PhytoGaia Collaborating with Monash University

PhytoGaia has entered into a Human Clinical Research Collaboration Agreement with Monash University to investigate the nutrigenomic impacts of STGaia and its effects on skin beauty, skin health, anti-aging, and hair growth. Alterations in Skin Hydration, Moisture, and Genomic in Subjects with Dry Skin Conditions following Daily Oral Palm Tocotrienol and Squalene (STGaia) Supplementation will be a randomized placebo-controlled (RCT) study of the benefits of STGaia for individuals dealing with dry, scaly, itchy, and aging skin. The data collected will also be used to determine its effects on gene expression and skin health at the molecular level. 

Bryan See, Vice President at PhytoGaia, shared his thoughts on the partnership: "This study represents a significant stride in our commitment to advancing the field of palm phytonutrients and skin care, particularly in addressing the effects of dry and aging skin. By leveraging on the expertise of Monash University's esteemed researchers, we aim to uncover valuable insights into the efficacy of STGaia and its potential to enhance the lives of individuals dealing with dry skin conditions and age-related concerns." 

Natural Grocers & UCHealth Launch Ready. Set. CO Challenge

Natural Grocers is collaborating with UCHealth for a second time to kick off the Ready. Set. CO Challenge during the month of June. The partnership, designed to get the people of Colorado focused on good health habits, will be promoted throughout all 46 of its Colorado locations. "At Natural Grocers, we are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of our communities. Partnering with UCHealth for the Ready. Set. CO. program is a perfect alignment with our mission to provide access to high-quality, affordable nutrition and promote healthy living," shared Raquel Isely, Vice President of Natural Grocers.

Shoppers will be encouraged to "join the challenge" by scanning QR codes found with co-branded signage around the store. Once signed up, participants will receive health tips, exercise regiments, health tips, information regarding local events, and gain exclusive access to win prizes including autographed Colorado sports team memorabilia. 

CoreFX Acquires Connoils

CoreFX Ingredients LLC has acquired nutritional technology company Connoils LLC. With the acquisition, CoreFX has extended its research and development, technical resources, and capabilities to include powder delivery systems and specialty oil distribution. The newly added technology will protect the nutritional value of active nutrients through the use of an advanced process that lowers heat during the transformation of the active into powder, protecting the active compounds and maximizing potency while delivering high-quality bioavailable ingredients for optimal nutritional integrity. “The acquisition of Connoils is a perfect complement to our business, elevates our powder-delivery systems through a novel encapsulation technology, and is an important next step in the continued growth of our Health through Nutrition platform," said Denis Neville, CEO at CoreFx.

LEHVOSS Nutrition to Distribute Benicaros

LEHVOSS Group has signed on to be the exclusive distributor of NutriLeads BV precision prebiotic, Benicaros, in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The award-winning, upcycled, precision prebiotic fiber ingredient increases beneficial gut microorganisms, improves the body's immune system response, and can be used in beverages, supplements, and functional foods. “I’m confident that LEHVOSS’ extensive experience and network in the supplement and food industry, together with their strong commercial and technical professionalism will help us grow our presence and sales in the EMEA markets,” said NutriLeads CEO, Joana Carneiro Wakefield, Ph.D.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Receives Silver Medal Certification

Business sustainability ratings provider, EcoVadis, has awarded Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. with its fourth silver medal recognizing the company's global sustainability achievements. Bell Flavors & Fragrances ranked amongst the top 15% of award recipients being recognized for their environmental, labor, human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Mike Smith, Bell’s new Vice President of Flavors and Fragrances, Quality Compliance, Operational Excellence and Environmental Health & Safety, expressed his thoughts on the recognition: “Bell is a family company rooted in tradition, hard work, and resiliency for over 100 years. We take great pride in everything we do at Bell. Embracing sustainability at all levels is a core value which builds upon our environmental awareness and conservation base."

Roquette Launches NUTRALYS Protein Isolate

Roquette has introduced its first fava bean derived protein isolate, NUTRALYS Fava S900M, in its European and North American markets. The newest member of its plant protein product line, NUTRALYS features high gel strength, viscosity control and stability under varying conditions with a clean taste, light color, 90% protein content that can be used in non-dairy alternatives, baked goods, ready-to-drink drinks, yogurt, and meat substitutes. Initially created to expand the options of alternative proteins, the high protein isolate concentration helps food manufacturers and food brands meet the demand for sustainable, nutritious, and indulgent plant-based foods.

Functional and versatile, NUTRALYS will make its first official public appearance as a coconut milk protein mix concept at this year's Future Food-Tech’s Alternative Proteins Summit in Chicago from June 17-18. 

Nektium Secures BioTrade Permit

Nektium has obtained the Nagoya BioTrade permit for sustainable honeybush sourcing. Found in the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa, the naturally sweet, caffeine-free tea is rich in antioxidants and health promoting bioactive compound mangiferin. With its new permit, granted by the South African Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Nektium's R&D department will focus on developing a honeybush ingredient that can be used in food, beverages, and supplements. 

As part of the negotiations for acquiring its permit, Nektium will provide internships to members of the San Council of South Africa and the National Khoisan Council in addition to sharing profits from any honeybush ingredients with both councils. Nektium will also work with local raw material supplier, Agulhas Honeybush Tea, to gurantee sustainable cultivation of wild honeybush stocks, encourage agricultural biodiversity, and promote carbon sequestration. 

BrainPhyt Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

Microphyt's microalgae-based ingredient, BrainPhyt, is now certified GMO-free. Following a strict certification process, the Non-GMO Project has recognized the flagship product which is sourced from microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum and standardized at 2% of fucoxanthin and made for the maintenance and enhancement of cognitive functions. Intended to meet the high consumer demand for natural and effective cognitive health solutions, BrainPhyt offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects while supporting cognitive function, memory, and stress management. "The Non-GMO Project certification is a significant milestone for BrainPhyt and reflects our commitment to providing natural and safe ingredients for consumers," shared Microphyt’s Marketing Manager, Christel Lemaire.

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