The “tummy” is not only the body’s nutritional gateway, but it also influences immune and cognitive function. In this issue, we will review ingredients—including probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, fiber and enzymes—and formulation for improved digestive health.
Commitment deadline: January 7
Materials Due: January 1
Choosing a supplement manufacturer-for-hire can mean the start of a beautiful relationship or it could bring disastrous results. Brands must choose wisely. We will look at the top challenges relative to sourcing, formulation and manufacturing, with an eye on innovation and legal compliance.
Commitment deadline: Jan. 26
Materials Due: Jan. 28
Immune health is a trending category as the global COVID-19 pandemic has led consumers to focus on their own susceptibility to illness. This magazine will provide a market performance update, review ingredient research and highlight formulation trends, challenges and innovations that can help brands capture the soaring demand. We’ll be discussing botanicals, vitamins, minerals and specialty nutrients all designed to keep consumers healthy.
Commitment deadline: Mar. 1
Materials Due: Mar. 3
Sports Nutrition: Innovation
With the many changes afoot in this segment, from demographics to distribution, it can be a challenge for many brands to stay up to date. We will detail this shifting landscape, including ingredient, formulation and delivery innovations.
Commitment deadline: March 29
Materials Due: March 31
Our tired and stressed populace is concerned about its mental and cognitive status and performance. From ingredients to formulation, we will provide detailed info to help brands develop products that address focus, memory, attention, stress and sleep.
Commitment deadline: Apr. 20
Materials Due: Apr. 22
After a red-hot rise, CBD has felt a slight cooling off due to regulatory uncertainty. This issue will provide a detailed market update, including the latest from FDA, innovations in ingredient delivery, and whitespace opportunities for hemp/CBD brands.
Commitment deadline: May 3
Materials Due: May 5
Sports Nutrition: Energy
Fueling and refueling is an endless cycle in active nutrition. The two types of “energy” will star in this issue, cellular ATP and stimulants (e.g., caffeine). We will review ingredient research and innovative ways to deliver energy products.
Commitment deadline: May 24
Materials Due: May 26
Among the most widely understood and in-demand ingredients, probiotics are a unique living natural product. This magazine will tackle health conditions, strain specificity and formulation challenges, as well as synbiotics and the emergence of postbiotics.
Commitment deadline: July 19
Materials Due: July 21
No longer just a burden of the elderly, maintaining healthy joints throughout the life cycle is a trend driving ingredient research and new product innovations. Here, we’ll review mainstays as well as the growing botanical and specialty ingredients helping to differentiate products.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 2
Materials Due: Aug. 4
Sports Nutrition: RTD Beverages
This is a hot area of sports nutrition, with many top brands partnering with drink experts to take performance and recovery to the same heights as energy drinks. We will look at the ingredients and technologies enabling new, innovative sports nutrition RTD beverages.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 30
Materials Due: Sept. 1
A woman’s health and nutrition needs are her own, and products for this multitasking gender run the gamut from sports nutrition to fertility, maternity and menopause. This issue will highlight ingredient and formulation trends, as well novel delivery methods.
Commitment deadline: Oct. 6
Materials Due: Oct. 8
Healthy Aging: Personal Care
Looks matter. This is not just about attractiveness, but healthiness. From the peptides, antioxidants and other ingredients that support healthy skin to the whole-body approach to beauty from within, this issue will look at key aspects of formulation and delivery.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 3
Materials Due: Nov. 5
Men’s health is more than muscles and bedroom talk. In addition to those topics, this issue will investigate the range of male nutrition and health needs, including typical disease, condition and lifestyle challenges, as well as mental, cognitive and physical demands.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 15
Materials Due: Nov. 17
The ultimate success of this popular ingredient is a battle between promising benefits and pesky delivery obstacles. We will update the market potential, new technologies and growing opportunities for this rising anti-inflammatory star.
Commitment deadline: Dec. 1
Materials Due: Dec. 3
Sleep and Stress
Poor sleep and increased stress work in a vicious cycle against health and wellbeing. Learn the mechanics involved and the latest science on how dietary ingredients can manage stress and sleep for improved energy, mood and performance. This report will deliver the science, market update and formulation ideas necessary to capitalize on this buzzing area of wellness.
Commitment deadline: February 12
It’s a bug’s bug’s bug’s world. The bacteria, fungi and other microbes inside the body are going viral for their impact on health and function, including digestion, immunity and cognition. This report will dissect not only with the consequences of the battle between good and bad bacteria in the gut, but also the march of synbiotics and emergence of postbiotics.
Commitment deadline: August 2
Inflammation, the body’s normal response to various stressors is necessary, yet an overactive response to either acute or chronic conditions can be the cause of discomfort, and at worst, longer term illness. Supporting a healthy inflammatory response can improve mobility, calm an overcharged immune response, and generally improve vitality. This focus on inflammation will review basic inflammatory mechanisms that impact a variety of health conditions.
Commitment deadline: January 6
Materials Due: January 13
Eye health is top of mind today. With so much time in front of the screen, the challenges to eye health, and ultimately vision, are coming into clear view. An unforeseen consequence of the global pandemic has placed consumers’ eye health at risk from too much blue light exposure and general muscular eyestrain. The quality of our vision impacts quality of life. Couple that with arid conditions and atmospheric irritants, the need to support eye health science backed solutions is great.
Commitment deadline: Feb. 3
Materials Due: Feb. 10
Metabolism & Weight
For many, extra pounds that have crept up while people have been house bound and cooking away. While many have focused fitness and health, the temptation of the ever-present pantry has created a need to double down on discipline and weight management. But weight management is not only deprivation, but it is optimizing and fine-tuning metabolism. The need for a balanced approach to weight maintenance is as equally important as reaching a goal. This PDG will explore some of the latest supplement ingredient approaches to weight loss, healthy metabolism and weight maintenance.
Commitment deadline: Mar. 8
Materials Due: Mar. 15
Beauty from within is no longer a fad. Consumers are focusing on their habits and nutrition to support vitality and radiance like never before. Beauty is not only skin deep, natural beauty is an expression of radiant health that comes from deep within our cells, and exudes through our skin, hair, nails, clear eyes and healthy mouth. And, staying hydrated and fit shows up with every step. In this issue about nutricosmetics, we’ll look at ingredients that go beyond the surface and support authentic radiant beauty at any age.
Commitment deadline: Mar. 29
Materials Due: Apr. 5
Digestive Health, A Holistic Approach: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Enzymes
With still-growing consumer and practitioner awareness of the link between gut/microbiome health and the wellness of everything from digestion and skin to brain and immunity, the demand for pre-, pro- and post-biotics—as well as digestive enzymes—is big. Probiotic sales lead the category, but expect 13% growth in prebiotic and more than 10% growth in synbiotics (pre- and probiotic formulas), plus nearly 4% growth in digestive enzyme supplements in 2021 according to Nutrition Business Journal. This guide highlights the newest thinking and ingredients to customize healing supplement offerings that influence the growth of, replenish and aid beneficial bacteria.
Commitment deadline: May 6
Materials Due: May 13
According to Nutrition Business Journal, cold, flu and immunity supplement sales are projected to grow 51.2% to US$5 billion this year. In addition to normal seasonal concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has consumers hyper focused on ways they can proactively stay well. In addition to probiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, other natural botanical and herbal ingredients are helping to meet demand.
Commitment deadline: June 8
Materials Due: June 15
Cognitive Health & Stress
With a sizable increase in the 65-and-older population, individuals having to balance work-and-home life in new ways, plus recent efforts to normalize language and support for mental-related conditions, more people than ever are in tune to—and seeking—relief for the many ways they are being stressed and mentally taxed. This guide gives an overview of known and new ingredients being used to improve focus, clarity and memory and provide relief for stress and mental overload.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 6
Materials Due: Aug. 13
Whether focused upon healthy aging, or managing the juggling demands of modern life, cognitive performance is key to staying on top of one’s game. Boosting brain performance naturally and safely requires rigorous science and multiple functional approaches. Nootropic dietary supplements have emerged that are offering effective, safe, clinically supported cognitive support, addressing a diversity of needs including: supporting a healthy mood, enhancing mental speed and alertness, memory function and verbal recall and reducing “brain fog.” We’ll overview these diverse needs and look at market numbers for this growing category.
Commitment deadline: Sept. 8
Materials Due: Sept. 15
Contract Manufacturing & Packaging Solutions
Choosing partners to support your brand requires strategic partnerships that represent your brand’s value proposition and can deliver the consistency and quality results that you can trust. The trust your consumer customers have in your products is only as strong as the confidence you have in contract manufacturing relationships. Those relationships ensure raw material quality and fulfillment, support quality testing, and ensure that all regulated practices are met. Add to that packaging materials and line requirements and capabilities, and quality testing partners, choosing co-manufacturing partners can be daunting. This guide will provide a great way for contract manufacturers, packaging partners, and testing labs to get in front of supplement brand holders.
Commitment deadline: Oct. 1
Materials Due: Oct. 8
Energy: Sports Nutrition
Training athletes, budding actives and weekend warriors alike know that with increased movement comes decreased energy. In order to fuel their bodies and make exercise sustainable, these consumers team up with super-charged functional foods and supplements for both quick and sustained energy. This guide features beneficial ingredients that supply clean energy, provide a training edge and speed up recovery for the sports enthusiast set.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 4
Materials Due: Nov. 11
The audience for e-sports is expected to grow by 14% or more annually, making the number of e-gamers a whopping 557 million next year. This is an endurance sport, requiring stamina and precision. Gamers spend an incredible amount of time behind screens and problem solving in nanoseconds. This guide features ingredients that boost brainpower, optimize vision and boost endurance without an energy crash.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 30
Materials Due: Dec. 7
Protein and Beyond: Plant-Based Sports Nutrition Expands
Plant protein is no longer the new kid on the block and is showing some strong sophomoric growth. This session will review a range of plant ingredient offerings, from protein to botanicals, honing in on science and formulation characteristics as well as delivery options for the next generation of plant-based sports nutrition products.
Commitment deadline: Jan. 28
Ensuring supply chain transparency and stability
Consumers are interested in the origin of their food at the same time that COVID-19 has disrupted the global supply chain. Brand securing supply chain stability and transparency has never been more important. This session will help brands ensure they understand the steps to take to ensure their supply chains are as stable as possible during uncertain times.
Commitment deadline: Apr. 1
Game On! Nootropics and cognitive performance
From active consumers to gamers, students and business professionals, optimizing cognitive performance is a popular pursuit that provides an expanding target for brands and formulators. This session will look at environmental and lifestyle impacts on cognitive performance as well as nootropics and related cognitive ingredients, detailing mechanisms of action and potential benefits.
Commitment deadline: May 28
Never a dull moment! Channels shifts from retail back to online, regulatory shifts at USDA, FDA continues its wan enforcement against all things CBD, and business shifts as investor uncertainty demands more from brands. This session will cover how to navigate the waters that will continue to be risky and turbulent going forward.
Commitment deadline: July 29
Changing the Game: Sports Nutrition Evolution
As the sports nutrition market continues to shift, every stakeholder needs to evolve. With low barriers of entry in distribution, manufacturing and marketing, legacy sports nutrition brands can no longer sit above the emerging brands in the market and feel safe. This session will look at distribution and manufacturing trends as well as the products, ingredients and demographics offering whitespace opportunities.
Commitment deadline: Sept. 30
Changes to our microbiome have a direct impact on gut health and digestion, immunity, inflammation satiety, and many other concerns including blood sugar management, stress, mood and even cardiovascular disease. This session will cover the evidence linking prebiotics’ direct impacts to growth, and the challenge – and opportunity – for industry in translating this science into great products and marketing opportunities.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 24
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