• 7-Eleven Rolls Out Herbal Coffee

    April 1, 2007
    7-Eleven, Inc., Dallas, TX, has introduced Fusion Energy coffee, a fresh-brewed, to-go coffee blended with natural herbal extracts. Fusion Energy combines 7-Eleven Exclusive Blend coffee with guarana, ginseng and yerba maté—all herbs tha…

  • Regulatory Model for Botanicals in Food Supplements Proposed

    April 1, 2007
    Experts from the European Botanical Forum, Brussels, Germany, recently developed a safety evaluation model they hope will be used in the future regulation of botanicals under food law. The model, which was recently featured in Annals of Metabolism an…

  • Brunswick Unveils New Certification Program

    April 1, 2007
    Antioxidant testing specialist Brunswick Laboratories, Norton, MA, has launched a new consumer-focused, quality assurance program—Brunswick Labs Certified Program. The program will certify products that meet criteria for antioxidant testing and…

  • Botanical Laboratories Sells Brands

    April 1, 2007
    In January, Botanical Laboratories, Inc. (BLI), Ferndale, WA, sold its natural brands, ZAND, Herbs for Kids, NatraBio and bioAllers to Nutra, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Nutraceutical Corporation, Park City, UT. According to BLI, the sale of these…

  • BASF Names ChemPoint.com U.S. Distributor

    April 1, 2007
    BASF Corp., Florham, NJ, has entered into an agreement with Chem­Point.com, Bellevue, WA, to serve as an authorized distributor for nutritional ingredients in the U.S. ChemPoint will be BASF’s preferred partner in the U.S. market for human…

  • FDA Issues CAM Guidance

    April 1, 2007
    FDA has made available a draft guidance for industry entitled, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food & Drug Administration.” In recent years, the FDA claims it has seen the practice of compl…

  • GNC Acquired

    April 1, 2007
    Ares Management LLC, Los Angeles, CA, and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Toronto, Canada, recently ac­quired GNC Parent Corp., the parent company of General Nutrition Centers, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, which is currently controlled by an affiliat…

  • Herb Analysis Book Published

    April 1, 2007
    High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) for the Analysis of Medicinal Plants by Eike Reich, PhD, and Anne Schibli was recently published for the herb/botanical community. It helps readers in the analysis and identification of botanicals fo…

  • Linnea, Artemis Form Collaboration

    April 1, 2007
    Locarno, Switzerland-based Linnea Inc., and Artemis International Inc., Fort Wayne, IN, have formed a marketing collaboration for the sales and promotion of Artemis’ range of berry extracts and Phyto­Solutions proprietary formulations. Acco…

  • Flax Lignan Association Introduces New Lignan Analytical Method

    April 1, 2007
    The Flax Lignan Association recently announced the validation of a standardized method for analyzing the content of secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG), the major lignan found in flaxseed ingredients. The method is HPLC-based and has been validate…

  • Soft Gel Technologies Appoints Sochim Italy Agent

    April 1, 2007
    Soft Gel Technologies, Inc. (SGTI), Los Angeles, CA, has appointed Sochim International, Milan, Italy, to represent its portfolio of dietary supplements for sales in Italy. Sochim is a full-service agency that offers scientific and technical support…

  • ChromaDex, Alkemists Pharmaceuticals Team Up

    April 1, 2007
    ChromaDex, Inc., Irvine, CA, has partnered with Alkemists Pharmaceuticals, Costa Mesa, CA, to increase the availability of Botanical Reference Materials (BRMs) for quality control and research of botanical-based extracts and products. BRMs are well-c…

  • NRC Opens Institute for Nutrisciences and Health

    April 1, 2007
    The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has opened the NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and Health (NRC-INH) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This $13.5 million facility houses a research and commercialization center to serve the province…

  • ConsumerLab.com Survey Reveals Brands, Merchants Rated Highest; Reports on St. John Wort

    April 1, 2007
    ConsumerLab.com, White Plains, NY, has released the results its “Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users,” which revealed that 77% of consumers surveyed report being highly satisfied (“extremely” or “very” satisfied…

  • ProPharma Group, Computer Compliance Merge

    April 1, 2007
    ProPharma Group, Inc., Overland Park, KS, and Computer Compliance, Inc., Bozeman, MT, recently merged. According to ProPharma, this merger will provide clients with expanded, streamlined access to a broad array of validation services. ProPharma has p…