September 11, 2013

Drug Store News sat down with Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, recently to discuss the science behind the supplements. "One of the big challenges in nutrition research, is the fact that the standard is a drug research model," MacKay noted. "There are several realities within nutrition science that don't lend themselves to be studied in the classic drug model."

August 19, 2014

Advertising claims for weight loss supplement products feed the Federal Trade Commission with the highest settlement costs within the dietary supplement and functional food category, according to a new web-based, members-only tool from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

July 3, 2014
There were two big deals in the nutrition space this week: Kroger bought one of the most successful VMS e-commerce sites in Vitacost.com, and Hormel bought a dominant nutritional/supplement brand in Muscle Milk. 
 
With Vitacost.com, Kroger will offer customers the convenience to order online and ship to their door with an expanded assortment online. Vitacost.com fields about 45,000 SKUs, and there's a roughly 10,000 SKU overlap when Kroger's mix is factored in.

 

June 11, 2014

Helen of Troy on Wednesday announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Healthy Directions, a supplier of premium doctor-branded vitamins, minerals and supplements, as well as other health products sold directly to consumers.

May 15, 2014

The VMS and diet aid/sports nutrition markets together command $11.9 billion in total retail sales, excluding specialty channels, and is growing at a steady clip.

November 21, 2013

PGT Healthcare, the international joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, earlier this week announced a collaboration with Swisse Wellness, a leading wellness brand in Australia, to begin expanding Swisse Wellness' range of more than 100 vitamins, minerals and supplements globally over the next few years.

October 23, 2013

Reckitt Benckiser has realized a greater value out of its 1-year-old acquisition of Schiff, which moved the consumer product goods conglomerate into the dietary supplement arena, and expects to push that VMS business to greater heights in the coming year, Rakesh Kapoor, Reckitt Benckiser CEO and executive director told analysts during a conference call Tuesday.

October 10, 2013

Pharmavite launched its latest VMS innovation, Nature Made VitaMelts, earlier this summer, and already the brand ranks No. 12 among one- and two-letter vitamins, according to 52-week sales data as tracked by IRI.

July 22, 2013

Fuse Science's new products ElectroFuse and PowerFuse were named "Best New Products" by retailers attending ECRM's Diet, Vitamin and Sports Nutrition conference.

May 7, 2013

Target recently reset its over-the-counter section here with new, colorful signage that makes each section pop.

February 25, 2013

As many as 72% of consumers use vitamins and dietary supplements, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in late 2012. Those most likely to report supplement use include women and all consumers over the age of 55 years.

February 12, 2013

I.D. Systems announced that Walgreens will be implementing I.D. Systems' PowerFleet wireless Vehicle Management System to help secure, track and manage high-value enterprise assets.

January 15, 2013

Inergetics will be breathing new life into diet aid brands Bikini Ready and SlimTrim, the company noted on Monday.

January 15, 2013

Pet supplements represent a new mostly untapped market opportunity for the OTC section in the retail pharmacy setting. Consumers spent an estimated $52.9 billion last year on their pets, up 3.7% as compared with 2011 actual sales, according to the American Pet Products Association.

November 16, 2012

The battle for Schiff Nutrition is on. Reckitt Benckiser on Friday commenced its previously announced tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Schiff Nutrition — a provider of branded vitamins, nutrition supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and elsewhere — for $42 per share in cash, or approximately $1.4 billion.

November 16, 2012

Reckitt Benckiser on Friday made an offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of VMS maker Schiff Nutrition for $42 per share in cash, or approximately $1.4 billion — a premium of 23.5% more than the $34 per share offer Bayer HealthCare announced Oct. 30.

November 5, 2012



Target and CVS are some of the first retailers to group adult multivitamins and supplements available in gummy format into one 4-ft. set. The idea is to make shopping vitamins and supplements easier.

October 17, 2012

Sales of Swisse Ultivite multivitamins in the Australian and Asian markets have been a big driver behind overall sales, according to a Nielsen report cited by the company.

September 21, 2012

According to "Nutritional Supplements in the U.S.," a report released earlier this week from Packaged Facts, supplement sales rose 7% to $11.5 billion in 2012, and are forecasted to reach $15.5 billion by 2017.

October 24, 2011

Vitamin D has been one of the fastest-growing segments in the VMS market since 2010, a factor that has been in step with the number of positive clinical studies establishing the need for vitamin D supplementation.

July 5, 2011


The latest vindicator to the almost $3.5 billion vitamin and supplement business across all outlets isn’t positive press. It’s not even the continued consumer gravitation toward self-care. It’s Wall Street. 


June 23, 2011

There is really no one factor driving sales of supplements today; there are a lot of factors. Consumer awareness and positive perception is on an upward trajectory, thanks in part to a number of published studies establishing the health benefit and need for supplements like vitamin D. The recession also has fostered consumer gravitation toward more self-care solutions.

  

June 20, 2011

Earlier this year, Pharmavite named Bill Tullis its new EVP sales, succeeding Skip Aldridge. Drug Store News caught up with Tullis to get his take on how the supplement industry is trending. 


January 4, 2009

Sales of vitamins across food, drug and mass outlets (minus Walmart) grew by a whopping 8.9% to $2.7 billion for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 30, 2008, according to data from Information Resources Inc. That kind of growth affirms an October 2008 survey released by the Council for Responsible Nutrition that suggested the majority of dietary supplement users didn’t cut back on their supplement regimens, despite the tougher economy. According to the survey, 51% of supplement users indicated that the economy’s ills wouldn’t force them to cut back on their supplement-purchasing habits. Survey results also showed that of the 51% who didn’t plan on cutting back their supplement routine, 13% reported supplements were an essential part of their overall wellness regimen — something they couldn’t do without.