Vitafoods Europe 2019: Unlocking the full potential of probiotics

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends

April 2019 Vitafoods Europe 2019: Unlocking the full potential of probiotics Anticipated to reach $83.5 billion by 2022[1], the global digestive market is being fuelled by rising consumers awareness about the benefits of maintaining good gut health, with probiotics in particular, a big contributor. According to a report by market research firm Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global probiotics market … Read More

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West in California

Guest BloggerMarket Trends, Microbiome Environment

The Natural Products Expo West keeps getting bigger. More than 3600 companies were showcased this March in Anaheim, California and an estimated 90,000 attended the event. Two of them, IPA’s George Paraskevakos and Elisa Fernandez travelled to the sunny clime to meet up with members and scope out probiotic innovations. They were not disappointed. The convention center offered everything from … Read More

IPA Rocks Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends, Uncategorized

IPA’s George Paraskevakos and Elisa Fernandez travelled to the Natural Products Expo West in southern California this week to scope out new products and established vendors in the probiotic space. Among the 3500 exhibitors, IPA member companies hosted dynamic pavilions and educational events. George commented from the show: “Another Expo West is upon us and once again IPA is in attendance. … Read More

FDA Cracks Down on Supplements

Guest BloggerMarket Trends, Microbiome Environment


As those in the probiotic supplement industry know, business is booming. Likewise, dietary supplements in general have grown from 4,000 products just 25 years ago to about 80,000 today. These sheer numbers in addition to uncovered shenanigans—ginkgo-free gingko supplements in one example—has led the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce strengthened regulation. On February 11, FDA Commissioner … Read More

IPA Regulatory Workshop in DC: October 25, 2018

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends

IPA’s popular one-day regulatory and scientific workshop is set to return to Washington DC for a third consecutive year. Probiotics are unique. Whether considering manufacture, storage, stability or analysis, probiotics are different than other food and dietary supplement categories. As such, industry standards and guidelines for probiotics should not be written under their umbrella. Careful consideration must be given when … Read More

Probiotics and Alzheimer’s Disease: Rich in Potential

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Market Trends


Alzheimer’s disease is a thief. First it takes your car keys, friends’ names, ability to feed yourself, get dressed and then even recognition of beloved family faces until your brain is a blank slate. Your entire memory is wiped clean just when you want to revisit the best of your life. Faltering minds may have a new ally in microbes. Alzheimer’s disease, … Read More

Lecture Lineup for Probiotics Resource Center at Vitafoods Europe

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends

Probiotics Resource Center – Lecture Schedule VitaFoods Europe May 15-18, 2018 Day 1: Tuesday, May 15th 2018  11:00 – 11:30: Interaction between gut microbiota and the immune system Over 1000 clinical studies with probiotics have addressed over 700 different conditions. Past studies focused on gastrointestinal diseases and infections. Planned and recruiting studies now are (also) targeting metabolic and neurological conditions. … Read More

Probiotic Gummies Help the Medicine Go Down

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends

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Mary Poppins got it right: a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Gummi candy infused with Vitamin C was originally marketed to please picky children. Now it seems adults too like a little sugarcoating on their supplements. Probiotic gummies have arrived in a big way—a loop around last month’s Natural Foods Product Expo in California confirms it. The last … Read More

Trendspotting @ Natural Products Expo West 2018

Guest BloggerIPA News, Market Trends

With more than 3500 exhibitors and 80,000 bodies, the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California is no day at the beach. But it’s close—about 10 miles as the seagull flies. And palm trees, yoga breaks, and eternal sunshine are all part of this amazing expo where trends are hatched. IPA’s hungry reporter shares the latest on natural products in 2018: Plants: … Read More