Prenatal Oxylent is new from Vitalah, Inc. Prenatal Oxylent is a mineral/ multivitamin that supports preconception, pregnancy and lactation. Sweetened with stevia, this nutritious drink comes in Sparkling Cranberry Raspberry flavor.

Jarrow Formulas now offers value sizes of five of its best-sellers. Available are Alpha Lipoic Sustain 300 (120 tablets), Bone-Up (360 capsules), Jarro-Dophilus + FOS (300 capsules), Resveratrol 100 (120 vegetarian capsules) and Yum-Yum Dophilus (120 chewable tablets). SRP: $22.95–39.95

The average raw materials supplier has a lot of responsibility on its shoulders. Before they can say “mission accomplished,” they must be sure they are investing in the right ingredients, sourcing those ingredients from the right people, testing them for quality and purity with the most stringent and up-to-date methods available, and doing it all while remaining in strict compliance with current manufacturing standards and industry regulations. Then, they have to keep their prices low enough for finished product manufacturers to be interested.

In the natural food flavors and colors market, staying current and diversifying is the name of the game. Only the strongest, most palatable natural flavors and the brightest, most appealing colors survive, and jumping on the right bandwagon can be just as important as forging bold, new paths.

Contract manufacturing. Did reading that phrase make you picture a buzzing room filled with shiny silver equipment? Or, did you envision a team of innovators that can help you turn an idea into reality (or an established product into something even better)? Well, the latter is closer to what contract manufacturing today is all about.

What makes the difference between natural shampoos and conditioners and those fortified with synthetic components? The ingredients, of course! Synthetic agents in traditional shampoos and conditioners are designed to mimic the desirable cleansing and conditioning properties of ingredients found organically in nature. This month’s HBC Counter profiles a few select ingredients often found in natural shampoos and conditioners.

In the natural food flavors and colors market, staying current and diversifying is the name of the game. Only the strongest, most palatable natural flavors and the brightest, most appealing colors survive, and jumping on the right bandwagon can be just as important as forging bold, new paths.

Herbal Water unveils Ayala’s Herbal Water in three flavors: Ginger Lemon Peel , Lemongrass Mint Vanilla and Cinnamon Orange Peel. Herbal Water uses USDA-certified organic water plus herb mixtures in six different blends. The firm adds, “These new bubbly beverages are perfect food companions and will complement any variety of appetizers, entrees or desserts."

Soft and Chewy Gluten Free Granola Bars are the newest product from Bakery on Main. Available in a six ounce, five count carton, bars include Chocolate Almond, Apple Cinnamon and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Bars are made with GFCO-certified gluten-free oats, quinoa, amaranth and flax and chia seeds. SRP: $5.49 per 3.5 oz bag.