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  October 9, 2016
Quality Pressures Create Problems for Small Herbal Companies

Legal, regulatory and self-policing measures aimed at tightening ingredient and supplements quality are having an unintended consequence: harming smaller-time herbal operators who have never had a problem with ingredient quality or consumer trust to begin with.

The FDA’s New Dietary Ingredients guidelines, the New York attorney general’s campaign against botanical supplements, and endogenous industry pressure to join campaigns around transparency are putting costs on everyone up and down the value chain. But while large supplement companies can absorb these costs, that’s not true for everyone.

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Are Pills Dead?

We found 20 new supplements at Expo East that leave the capsules and tablets behind.

Maybe it's the pill-weary, perhaps plain difficulty swallowing, or it might be the rise of nutrient-dense smoothies. What difference does it make? To be on trend today means to get rid of pills. Supplement companies are responding with new delivery formats to meet the public's demand.


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