North American Herb & Spice Co. now offers Quick Alert, a caffeine-free proprietary blend of energy-supporting herbs featuring chaga. Without causing jitters, this natural energy product offers “the strength you need to get things done,” states the company.

NOW Foods has released BerryDophilus, a new chewable probiotic supplement. BerryDophilus combines four probiotic strains in order to support gastrointestinal health and immune function. NOW Foods says that this supplement is usable by both children and adults, and the product is completely vegan. Contains 60 chewables.
SRP: $11.99

Barlean’s latest offering is its Flax•Chia•Coconut blend, which can be used in drinks and food, from oatmeal to yogurt. The organic mix supports digestive health as well as offers the benefits of fiber, omega-3s and vitamins like potassium and iron. Flax•Chia•Coconut is non-GMO and completely vegan.

Probium is offering Ten Strain Blend 50b. These vegetarian, delayed-release capsules contain 10 probiotic strains with two prebiotics. Probium says the probiotic blend can help with immune health as well as digestion. The capsules are gluten-free, non-dairy and non-GMO, and come in bottles of 60.

Carlson Laboratories has introduced Super Omega-3 Gems in soft gels. Each serving has 1,000 mg of Norwegian fish oil, including 500 mg of combined EPA and DHA. These omega-3s support a healthy heart, brain, nerves, eyes, skin, immune system and joints. Also available in fish gelatin soft gels for pescatarians.

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New Orleans, LA—More than 18,000 of the world’s top food science and technology professionals attended the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 21–24, to learn about the latest food ingredient and technology developments. This year, IFT celebrated its 75th anniversary by featuring brand new exhibits and events such as Diamonds & Donations, an Interactive Timeline, the Innovation Center and the FutureFood 2050 program.

Way back in my distribution days, when we started servicing conventional supermarkets that wanted to bring in “natural sets” for the first time, nearly all of the brands we wholesaled were ecstatic at the chance to dramatically increase their sales. This included both food and supplement manufacturers. There were, however, a few vendors—supplement companies—that didn’t want their products available through a “non-natural” channel and asked us to keep their products out of those supermarket sets. We complied.