Buckinghamshire, UK—Elevated prices among commodities such as sugar are forcing food manufacturers to reformulate products with alternative sweeteners. Despite the general trend away from high-fructose corn syrup (HCFS), some companies are opting to use this sweetener in an effort to avoid the soaring price of sugar. Others are looking to up-and-coming sweeteners such as agave and stevia to sidestep the inflation.

Gaithersburg, MD—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put out reference materials for supplements that include Vaccinium berries. New to its library are a suite of quality assurance tools for the following dietary supplement ingredients: cranberry, blueberry, bilberry and mixed berry.

Migdal HaEmeq, Israel—Clinical Interventions in Aging has published data indicating that elderly individuals with memory recall problems may benefit from taking a omega 3–phosphatidylserine (PS) product.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Chances are, you've heard "times are tough" a lot this year. But, just how tough has it been on natural products businesses? Well, according to the 2010 WholeFoods Retailer Survey, many stores are pulling out of the recession in stride as they report strong, even thriving sales.

Today’s natural consumers are savvy about labels. As the implications of understanding label claims and seeking out reputable certifications and stamps increases, shoppers are taking a closer look at their products before they buy.

Chances are, you've heard "times are tough" a lot this year. But, just how tough has it been on natural products businesses? Well, according to the 2010 WholeFoods Retailer Survey, many stores are pulling out of the recession in stride as they report strong, even thriving sales.

Today’s natural consumers are savvy about labels. As the implications of understanding label claims and seeking out reputable certifications and stamps increases, shoppers are taking a closer look at their products before they buy.

Itching. Hives. Abdominal pain. Wheezing. Shortness of breath. Dizziness. It’s not a group of symptoms you want to mess with, and they only get scarier as the list goes on. For the countless millions with food allergies, these reactions are waiting if the wrong food is ingested, touched or even smelled. So, it is imperative for these individuals and those who care for them to look elsewhere when it comes to their diet.