Many CBD and hemp-derived products could face an immediate ban across Europe after the European Food Safety Authority last week reclassified cannabidiol as a ‘Novel Food’.
At a recent Health Food Manufacturers’ Association meeting of cross-party Parliamentarians in Westminster, the subject of mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid was explored, with particular emphasis on its potential implications.
Georgie Young, the writer behind the health and wellbeing blog Greens of the Stone Age, has been named Blogger of the Year by the HFMA.
The Health Food Manufacturers Association has written a formal letter of complaint to the BBC about a controversial BBC2 Horizon programme about the food supplements industry.
Herbal tea and supplements brand Pukka Herbs says it will continue to sell its ‘100% legal’ Detox tea product, after it was told last week by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that it must no longer use the term ‘detox’ in any future advertising.
At a special HFMA Brexit seminar in London this week senior representatives from three government departments urged natural products companies to step up the pace of their preparations for Brexit.
Cheryl Thallon, founder of Viridian Nutrition, speaks to Diane Millis about the changes in the natural products industry over the past 21 years.
Prominent experts in nutrition and cognitive function explained the importance of diet and nutrients in preventing or slowing cognitive decline at the fourth meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Micronutrients and Health, held at the House of Commons on 14 Mar
The second meeting of the Micronutrients and Health All Party Parliamentary Group, has highlighted the fact that teenagers have the worst diets among all age groups, making them an ‘at risk’ group in nutritional terms. The meeting, which took place on 13 September, focussed on ‘Improving teenage nutrition: new research and future policy’. Carolyn Harris, […]
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association has launched CLEAR CHECK, which supersedes its Labelling, Advertising and Promotions Advice Division service.
“If you want to know what happens when a country leaves the European Union, you might as well ask the Inuit.” That was the BBC’s Brian Milligan being simultaneously flippant and factual last month (factual, because Greenland is the only other country ever to have left the EU – or the EEC as it was […]
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has announced David Adams as the winner of this year’s Maurice Hanssen Award of Honour in recognition of “his dedication and passion for the natural products industry”. A formal presentation of the Award was made at the HFMA’s Annual General Meeting on 1 June. Adams worked in this industry […]
In a landmark year for the HFMA, 2015 saw the introduction of the Association’s funding of 50 new applicants to the Health Food Institute (HFI) Professional Diploma Course. This initiative represented one stream within a wider year-long collection of activities, all in celebration and recognition of the Associations’ 50th anniversary (1965-2015). The HFI has a […]
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has appointmented Sukh Gill as its new technical adviser. Gill brings to the HFMA a wealth of experience in food regulation implementation and enforcement on a national, EU and global level, most recently as director of global regulatory services at Leatherhead Food Research, and with almost 30 years of […]
Research published on the British Medical Journal’s website, has concluded that “for most individuals concerned about their bone density, increasing calcium intake is unlikely to be beneficial.” The two studies looked at by the researchers from Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, and Department of Public Health, University of Otago, in New Zealand, featured participants […]
The spectacularly decorated Painted Hall, centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, was the impressive backdrop for the Health Food Manufacturers Association’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner last week. Around 300 people – including HFMA members, advisors, consumer groups, regulators, supporters, journalists, MPs and Peers – attended the event, which began with a boat […]
The General Court of the European Court of Justice has rejected a joint plea from the Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) and Dutch trade association NPN for the permitted health claims regulation to be annulled. The plea was lodged in September 2012 by the two groups as a “last resort action” to challenge what the […]
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has named Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE as the winner of this year’s Maurice Hanssen Award of Honour. The HFMA said that Dr Lalvani won the award for his passion and innovation in helping to shape the industry throughout his professional life. Dr Lalvani founded Vitabiotics in 1972, launching the company’s […]
The results of a two-year-old study conducted by Dr Tim Byers of the University of Colorado Cancer Centre have been touted in the press as ‘new’ findings that highlight the negative effects of taking more than the RDA of vitamins. Newspapers, including the Daily Mail, reported that a “new study” had found that taking too […]
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) says that over 100 unlicensed St John’s Wort products had been removed this week from the Amazon.co.uk website as the result of a collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Following discussions in December 2014 with the MHRA, the HFMA raised concerns about the selling activities […]
NPE: ‘The window to the future’
April 18, 2019 Rosie Greenaway
Dubbed ‘The window to the future’ by independent retailer John McKee – director of Hanover Health Foods – Natural & Organic Products Europe has announced a 3% rise in attendance figures for 2019, with an attendance of 10,298 over the two-day show at ExCeL.
Infinity Foods issues statement on plastics
Sussex-based co-op Infinity Foods has released a statement around its stance on plastic packaging to offer a detailed answer to the question it is frequently asked: why is its own label range not packed in biodegradable or compostable material?
Wessanen €885MN buyout bid offers ‘longer-term horizon and stability’
On Wednesday (10 April) Wessanen announced a conditional agreement on a recommended all-cash public offer by a consortium of PAI Partners SAS and Charles Jobson of €11.50 per issued and outstanding share of the healthy food company.
New investment leads to refreshed Conscious Chocolate
Conscious Chocolate officially relaunched last weekend at Natural & Organic Products Europe, following new investment from Fortissimo Group.
Sparking the passion, naturally
February 19, 2019 Sharna Waid
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s a momentous time of love and lust. With a broadening range of sexual wellbeing products on the market, Sharna Waid looks into which natural remedies retailers should be exploring to support and empower their female customers’ confidence in the bedroom
A nation on the move
Kate Miller looks at the main aggravators of joint pain and uncovers how the public’s well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions can often lead to injuries come spring
The power of sour
While not yet mainstream, and certainly not new, fermented foods were heralded as one of the big trends of 2018 and continue to work their way onto the shelves of independent retailers up and down the country. Hayley Coristine investigates the qualities that are helping this ancient food technology gain wider appeal (more…)
Best bar none
With small chocolate producers choosing to trade directly, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the rise in artisan bean to bar chocolatiers who are putting cocoa farmers’ welfare before profit
Mineral-rich New Zealand volcanic mud delivers instant illumination for your skin
It may seem counter-intuitive to apply mud to your skin in order to cleanse it, but the skin-enhancing benefits of mineral-rich mud have been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries. Antipodes® uses white volcanic mud sourced from central New Zealand’s dramatic central plateau in its new Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask […]
Garden of Life®
Your body was created to eat, process, and derive its nutrition from food—real, healthy food. Garden of life® are fanatical about food. The core ethos is that they always start with real foods and these (foods) provide the formulas, the power to be at their best. Completely free of any synthetically created, chemical breakthroughs from […]
AQUA Carpatica, the only naturally nitrate-free & lowest sodium water
AQUA Carpatica, a premium quality natural mineral water, dedicated to the most demanding health conscious people, babies and expectant mothers, organic food lovers and active lifestylers. AQUA Carpatica is nature’s most perfect mineral water, naturally Nitrate-free and the lowest Sodium level of any bottled natural mineral water on earth; the first of its kind in […]
Setting Industry standards for Golden quality CBD Products
Over the past few years Hemp and its CBD-rich extracts have made a stunning entrance to the nutraceutical business. More and more people are now commenting on the wonderful health benefits of supplementing their diet with natural phytocannabinoids and new CBD oil brands pop-up regularly as a result.