Fruit d’Or of Quebec, Canada, announced it will support Vitamin Angels in several ways in 2014, including making monetary donations to the group, promoting Vitamin Angels at tradeshows and hosting a charitable golf tournament featuring National Hockey League star players. In other news, the firm’s organic Cran Naturelle is featured in UAS LifeSciences UP4 Women probiotic supplement.

Hadley, MA-based American River Nutrition has a new patent (#8,586,109) covering “compositions and methods of use of annatto tocotrienols (DeltaGold) with an appropriate spectrum of vitamin E that includes low or no alpha-tocopherol, high delta- and gamma-tocopherol, and high delta- and gamma-tocotrienol. Moreover, mixtures of annatto, palm, and/or rice nutrients (the three commercial sources of tocotrienols) are included in the patent.”

Ganeden Biotech of Cleveland, OH, has a new Web site ( that includes an “Idea Center” for product innovation, partner information and new content for manufacturers who are interested in probiotic ingredients. In addition, the company recently showed its probiotics could survive high-pressure pasteurization for beverages.

A three-year study has confirmed that sweet dairy whey and deproteinized whey from Davisco of Eden Prairie, MN, does not significantly change flavor, aroma, color or nutritional composition during this time period. The study was conducted in the Davisco warehouse, matching the real-world conditions products would face prior to shipping to customers.

Sabinsa of East Windsor, NJ, now has 87 patents to its name.

DSM, with headquarters in Parsippany, NJ, announced study results that showed its Quali-E Vitamin E delayed functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 19% (about 6.2 months).

For the second year in row, InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Benicia, CA, took home first place honors for a research poster, this year at the Scripps Natural Supplement Conference. The poster showed data about how its Zychrome ingredient helps maintain healthy insulin levels.

New research published in Glycobiology has uncovered how Wellmune WPG from Biothera of Eagan, MN, uses certain receptors and signaling pathways in specific white blood cells to induce cytotoxic function. This yeast-derived beta glucan is said to boost innate immune cells that help keep the body healthy.

Robinson Pharma Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA, acquired supplements and cosmetics manufacturer Creations Garden Natural Products Inc. of Valencia, CA.

Business Today India published an article about integrative healthcare in which Piramal Enterprises vice chairperson Swati A. Piramal was cited. A new phytomedicine division of this company, based in Indore, India, specializes in herbal products, including Tinefcon for psoriasis support.

Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., of Kearny, NJ, received the Institute for Marketecology’s “Fair for Life” social and fair trade certification for its U.S.- and Mexico-based aloe vera operations.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, April 2014