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Hormel Foods to Acquire CytoSport, Makers of Muscle Milk


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CytoSport® To Be Acquired By Hormel Foods Corporation
BENICIA, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CytoSport®, one of the largest sports nutrition companies in the United States and the makers of Muscle Milk®, announced today that it will be acquired by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), creating one of the foremost protein and sports nutrition brand platforms with extensive domestic and international reach. As a leading provider of premium protein products in the sports nutrition category, CytoSport’s brands align with Hormel Food’s focus on protein while further diversifying its portfolio and broadening the appeal to younger consumers. The acquisition also enhances the resourcesand capabilities for CytoSport to further develop as an industry leader in innovation, consumer experience, marketing, sales, retailer relationships and distribution on a multinational scale. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 30 days.

CytoSport was founded in 1998 by father-son duo Greg and Mike Pickett, and has remained a family-operated business from its inception. The company produces a complete line of sports nutrition products, including powders, shakes and bars under the Muscle Milk® brand. The Pickett family will remain committed to the company’s growth and will continue to be involved in day-to-day operations.

“We are excited for the future of the company and are fully confident that aligning our team’s knowledge and experience in the sports nutrition world with the incredibly robust global strategies of Hormel Foods, will help the company establish an even stronger portfolio of brands and products,” said CytoSport Chairman and Founder Greg Pickett. “Over the last 15 years we’ve developed one of the strongest brands in the industry and built an entirely new protein beverage category with Muscle Milk. This next step in the company’s growth story will enable CytoSport to continue its leadership role in the industry and be a part of a global company with greater resources. My family is extremely proud of where the company sits today and grateful to the passionate people who have been a part of this extraordinary adventure.”

TSG Consumer Partners, CytoSport’s strategic equity partner, is also selling its stake in the company. “We are fortunate to have partnered with the Pickett family and the management team to help drive the company’s success over the last seven years,” said Brian Krumrei, Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners. “During this period, Muscle Milk has established a leading position in the protein beverage category and sales have more than quadrupled. This transaction represents an exceptional outcome for CytoSport, TSG Consumer Partners and Hormel Foods. We look forward to watching the company’s continued success under new ownership.”

CytoSport and Hormel Foods share strong corporate values and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of consumers and active lifestyle enthusiasts in local communities throughout the United States and the world. The acquisition will allow for further community investment and growth through the sports nutrition and food industries.

“We view this new opportunity as a tremendous way to expand the CytoSport brand presence on the global scale and align with a company that shares our commitment to employees and consumers,” said CytoSport Co-Founder Mike Pickett. “With the support from a multinational company like Hormel Foods, the entire CytoSport team is confident in the direction of the brands and look forward to continuing to share the brands’ experiences with consumers around the country and the world.”

Credit Suisse is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to CytoSport in connection with this transaction while Dean Bradley Osborne Partners has represented the Pickett family.

About CytoSport®
CytoSport®, Inc. is one of the largest sports nutrition companies in the United States and provides high quality nutritional products to help athletes and active lifestyle individuals achieve their peak performance potential. The company was founded in 1998 by father and son duo Greg and Mike Pickett, and operates its NSF International GMP for Sport’ registered facility at its headquarters in Benicia, Calif.The CytoSport team is dedicated to working with sports scientists, coaches and trainers to redefine protein-enhanced products to promote workout recovery, lean muscle growth and sustained energy. CytoSport helps in building athletes from the inside out’ with a complete line of powders, shakes and bars, including the Muscle Milk® brand, an award-winning protein line used by professional athletes, collegiate athletic departments and fitness enthusiasts everywhere. CytoSport was named 2009 Small Company of the Year at the annual Beverage Forum presented by Beverage Magazine and Beverage Marketing Corporation and was named one of CircleUp25’s 2013 most innovative companies according to Forbes. In 2014, Fast Company listed CytoSport as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in fitness.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

About TSG Consumer Partners LLC
TSG Consumer Partners LLC is a leading investment firm with over $2.9 billion in equity capital under management, focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector. Since its founding in 1987, TSG has been an active investor in the food, beverage, restaurant, beauty, personal care, household and apparel & accessories sectors. Representative past and present partner companies include vitaminwater, Smart Balance, popchips, Yard House, Smashbox Cosmetics, Pureology, e.l.f. cosmetics, Planet Fitness and Revolve. For more information please visit www.tsgconsumer.com.

SOURCE CytoSport

Hormel Foods to Acquire Maker of Muscle Milk Sports Nutrition Products
No. 1 Ready-to-Drink Protein Beverage Brand Expands Specialty Foods Portfolio

AUSTIN, MINN. — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CytoSport Holdings, Inc., maker of Muscle Milk® products. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 30 days.

As a leading provider of premium protein products in the sports nutrition category, CytoSport’s brands align with the company’s focus on protein while further diversifying the Hormel Foods portfolio.

Based in Benicia, Calif., CytoSport was founded in 1998 by the Pickett family, and produces Muscle Milk® products, the No. 1 brand in the ready-to-drink protein beverage category.

Total 2014 annual sales are expected to be approximately $370 million. The purchase price is approximately $450 million. Hormel Foods expects this acquisition to provide about 5 cents per share accretion in fiscal 2015, with a neutral impact to fiscal 2014 earnings, including transaction costs.

“Muscle Milk® products will serve as a growth catalyst for our Specialty Foods segment, providing this division with a leading brand in the high-growth sports nutrition category,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “The acquisition of CytoSport expands our offerings of portable, immediate, protein-rich foods, and broadens our appeal with younger consumers. Muscle Milk® premium protein products further enhance our balanced business model.”

BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Hormel Foods in connection with this transaction.

CONFERENCE CALL
A conference call will be webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Access is available at http://www.hormelfoods.com. If you do not have Internet access and want to listen to the call over the phone, the dial-in number is 888-587-0615 and the conference access code is 7709925. The audio replay is available by calling 888-203-1112 and entering access code 7709925. The audio replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, through 11:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Webcast replay will be available at 11:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and archived for one year.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Factors that may affect actual results include, but are not limited to: whether and when the required regulatory approvals will be obtained, whether and when the closing conditions will be satisfied and whether and when the transaction will close, whether and when the Company will be able to realize the expected financial results and accretive effect of the transaction, and how customers, competitors, suppliers and employees will react to the transaction. Please refer to the cautionary comments regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors that appear on pages 32-38 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 27, 2014, which can be accessed at http://www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings” for other factors that could affect our business.

Source Business Wire.



Nikki Haskell “Diet Queen to the Stars” fined $60,000


(Reuters) – A socialite who billed herself as “Diet Queen to the Stars” was fined $60,000 on Friday by a U.S. magistrate judge for drug misbranding of a weight-loss supplement that was linked to suspensions of several NFL players in 2008.

Nikki Haskell and her defunct company, Balanced Health Products Inc, were sentenced by a federal magistrate judge in Manhattan after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to the sale of a pill called StarCaps. [ID:nL1N0MN1TP]

Prosecutors had sought a $100,000 fine. Haskell, 73, also faced up to six months in prison under a plea agreement announced in March.

“I am so remorseful for this,” she told the judge. “It was never my intent to do anything inappropriate my entire life.”

A onetime television show host, Haskell has occasionally appeared in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. Billing herself the “Diet Queen to the Stars,” she was the chief executive of Balanced Health, which marketed StarCaps as an “all natural diet supplement” containing papaya and garlic.

But in 2008, the company voluntarily recalled StarCaps citing the presence of bumetanide, which is used to treat heart failure, renal failure and high blood pressure and that also carries health risks including fluid and electrolyte loss.

Bumetanide is also banned by several sports organizations including the National Football League as a potential steroid-masking agent.

Haskell during the hearing said she was “completely unaware” StarCaps, which was manufactured in Peru, had bumetanide it, adding she had “never even heard of the product until I heard these football players were using it.”

“I’m still to this day shocked anything was in it,” she said.

The NFL cited StarCaps in 2008 in announcing four-game suspensions to six players on the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings who tested positive for banned substances.

That year, two other players, Jamar Nesbit of the Atlanta Falcons and Grady Jackson of the Saints, sued Haskell and her company after receiving four-game suspensions because they tested positive for bumetanide.

Haskell subsequently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010, listing potential multimillion-dollar claims by the NFL, players and teams including the Saints, Vikings, Falcons and Texans.

Ahead of Friday’s hearing, Nesbit sent a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Netburn seeking as part of the sentence what Chris Manicini, Haskell’s lawyer, described as a “shocking amount of money.” A lawyer for Nesbit did not respond to a request for comment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Morey said the NFL, meanwhile, had been aware since 2006 that StarCaps contained bumetanide, but did not tell anyone.

Morey called the NFL’s lack of legal obligation to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “unfortunate,” though she said the government found no evidence anyone was injured taking StarCaps.

Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined comment.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

Via reuters.com



Quest Nutrition to Release New Flavored Bar


Question Nutrition has quickly become one of the favorite protein bars in and out of the fitness industry. The company has done what few are able to do… generate buzz. They’ve embraced social media and uses professional, enticing images to help market the products. Their latest tactic is teasing fans with new flavors and it’s working.

new quest bar

The secret to Quest Nutrition‘s success is a combination of things but ultimately it comes down to the taste of the product and it’s supplemental value. You can hype a company and/or product but if you don’t deliver on flavor, it was all for not. The days of chalky tasting protein bars are gone. Quest has come under scrutiny over some of their ingredients and labeling but they’ve openly discussed the topic related to the seemingly frivolous lawsuit.

So what’s the next big flavor they’ve been teasing? While we can’t say for certain what it will be, we can say if we were to bet on it… we’d put our money on Cookies & Cream. Rumor has it there could be samples of this new flavor at THE FIT EXPO, this weekend in in Los Angeles, CA.  If the new flavor is officially released and available, you can be sure we’ll give it a try and let you know how it tastes.

UPDATE:


Image via Quest



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U.S. Marshals Seize More than $2 million Dietary Supplements from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


FDA NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Marshals seize more than $2 million in adulterated dietary supplements from Georgia company
FDA acts to prevent distribution of products containing unapproved food additive

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent. The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. facility.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which began in October, investigators identified eleven products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA XTREME, FASTIN, FASTIN-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene HARDCORE, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene XTREME, LIPOTHERM, Stimerex-ES, and YELLOW SCORPION. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

To date, the FDA has received numerous reports of illnesses and death associated with supplements containing DMAA, including heart problems and nervous system or psychiatric disorders. Consumers can report an adverse event or illness they believe to be related to the use of a dietary supplement by calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or online. Your health care provider may also report this by calling the FDA’s MedWatch hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

For more information:
FDA: DMMA in Dietary Supplements

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The FDA also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
via FDA.gov



USPlabs Dietary Supplement Recall Expands


Update: USPlabs LLC Announces a Recall of OxyELITE Pro Dietary Supplements Due to Possible Health Risk
Recall expanded to include: Raspberry Lemonade OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 19, 2013 – USPlabs LLC, Dallas, TX is voluntarily conducting a national recall of all lots and sizes of the OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products listed below.

These products contain Aegeline, a synthesized version of a natural extract from the Bael tree.

Epidemiological evidence shows that use of these products has been associated with serious adverse health consequences, namely serious liver damage or acute liver failure, concentrated in Hawaii. Investigations are ongoing into a potential causal relationship. The Company agrees with FDA that a national recall is appropriate as a precautionary measure.

Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores, mail orders and direct delivery.

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules

  • 2 count capsules UPC #094922417275
  • 10 count capsules UPC #094922417251
  • 10 count capsules UPC #094922417268
  • 21 count capsules UPC #094922426604
  • 90 count capsules UPC #094922395573
  • 90 count capsules “Pink label” UPC #094922447906
  • 180 count capsules UPC #094922447852

OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules

  • 3 count capsules UPC #094922447883
  • 3 count capsules UPC #094922447876
  • 90 count capsules UPC #094922395627
  • 180 count capsules UPC #094922447869

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder

  • Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922417237
  • Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922447517
  • Fruit Punch 4.6 oz UPC #094922426369
  • Fruit Punch 5 oz. UPC #094922447487
  • Blue Raspberry 4.6 oz UPC #094922426376
  • Grape Bubblegum 4.6 oz UPC #094922447500
  • Green Apple 4.6 oz. UPC #094922426499
  • Raspberry Lemonade 4.6 oz. UPC #094922447494

No other products produced by USPlabs are subject to recall. Consumers who have purchased the products should immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to where they purchased it for a refund. Contact your health care professional if you have experienced any adverse effects.

Consumers can contact USPlabs at 1(800) 890-3067 (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm EST) or info@usplabsdirect.com. Adverse reactions may be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online athttp://www.fda.gov/medwatch/getforms.htm, by regular mail, or by FDA’s MedWatch Hotline 1-800-FDA-1088.
Via FDA.gov

 



USPlabs Recalls OxyElite Pro


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 9, 2013USPlabs LLC, Dallas, TX is voluntarily conducting a national recall of all lots and sizes of the OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products listed below. These products contain Aegeline, a synthesized version of a natural extract from the Bael tree.

Epidemiological evidence shows that use of these products has been associated with serious adverse health consequences, namely serious liver damage or acute liver failure, concentrated in Hawaii. Investigations are ongoing into a potential causal relationship. The Company agrees with FDA that a national recall is appropriate as a precautionary measure. Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores, mail orders and direct delivery.

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules
2 count capsules UPC #094922417275
10 count capsules UPC #094922417251
10 count capsules UPC #094922417268
21 count capsules UPC #094922426604
90 count capsules UPC #094922395573
90 count capsules “Pink label” UPC #094922447906
180 count capsules UPC #094922447852

OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules
3 count capsules UPC #094922447883
3 count capsules UPC #094922447876
90 count capsules UPC #094922395627
180 count capsules UPC #094922447869

OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder
Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922417237
Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922447517
Fruit Punch 4.6 oz UPC #094922426369
Fruit Punch 5 oz. UPC #094922447487
Blue Raspberry 4.6 oz UPC #094922426376
Grape Bubblegum 4.6 oz UPC #094922447500
Green Apple 4.6 oz. UPC #094922426499

No other products produced by USPlabs are subject to recall. Consumers who have purchased the products should immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to where they purchased it for a refund. Contact your health care professional if you have experienced any adverse effects.

Consumers can contact USPlabs at 1(800) 890-3067 (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm EST) or info@usplabsdirect.com. Adverse reactions may be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/getforms.htm, by regular mail, or by FDA’s MedWatch Hotline 1-800-FDA-1088.



Why Muscle Milk is Worth Mega Millions


Cytosport Inc. is a sports nutrition company founded by the father son team of Greg and Michael Pickett. The company created the popular protein drink Muscle Milk in 2000 and has become one of the leading supplement brands in the world. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the owners of Muscle Milk were looking to sell off the popular brand for an astonishing $500 million. The story by the WSJ has not been confirmed and there’s no indications that it will come to fruition. If it does, it will be one of the biggest deals in sports nutrition history. There are many things going for Muscle Milk and why they’re worth the reported millions.

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It started as a powder in 2000 and has extended into bars, oatmeal and ready-to-drinks. There’s a variety of lines within each of these categories… Muscle Milk Light, Monster Milk, Pro Series and even a collegiate brand. When brands extend into other categories they often lose their voice and miss the mark. They’ve managed to keep the same flavor and brand integrity with each product. Having tried a number of products I can attest to their flavor but the oatmeal didn’t tickle my tastebuds.

Muscle Milk has reached “main stream” appeal… a goal most companies strive to achieve. Reality TV stars like JWOWW from the Jersey Shore have been seen drinking Muscle Milk and Lady Gaga requests it on her tour rider. Muscle Milk has attracted people who simply want a healthier lifestyle. Hosting events like events the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat and creating Evolve™ has helped them build an audience beyond athletes. Their partnerships with colleges across the country help build their brand with student athletes. It’s easy to understand why Forbes named them one of the 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands. They’re also not afraid to have fun with the brand as evident in this Thanksgiving spot.

Occasionally, supplement companies get a bad rap for their ingredients and “tainted” products. Cytosport prides itself on being free of banned substances and in 2007 received NSF certification. That plays into why Muscle Milk is one of the largest brands in the protein category and has outlasted many “cool” brands. They manufacture their own powder products at the company headquarters in Benicia, California and the facility is inspected and regulated by the FDA. That’s not to say they’re immune from litigation. The faced a lawsuit allegedly certain products contained lead, cadmium, and/or arsenic. CytoSport denied these claims and responded with independent testing. As stated on cytosportclassactionsettlement.com, “The Court did not rule in favor of plaintiffs or CytoSport. Instead, the parties agreed to a settlement to avoid the expense and risks of continuing the lawsuits.”

The company had success with athlete endorsements over the years but also know what it’s like to have athletes that don’t live up to company standards. They were early endorsers of NFL stars like Clay Matthews and Adrian Peterson. Basketball’s lovable Shaquille O’neal helped them launch Mighty Milk and they’ve been a player in the motorsports world with their own team. On the flip side, they wisely cut ties with New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez when he was arrested on murder charges. They had an endorsement deal with baseball’s Ryan Braun, winner of the won the 2011 National League’s most valuable player award, until he had a positive drug test. Muscle Milk’s current athlete roster is an impressive mix of men and women. It includes baseball’s three-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw, snowboarding pioneer, Olympic silver medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte and many others.

No company is flawless however when the people behind it are passionate about it, you can count on it being successful. Only time will tell if Muscle Milk will be sold to another company but regardless of who owns it you can count on the brand being found at convenient stores, Costco, Walmart, gyms and online for years to come.



FDA Advisory – Acute Hepatitis Illness Cases Linked To OxyElite Pro


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared an advisory warning linked to popular fat burner OxyElite Pro.The supplement has been under scrutiny this year which prompted the manufacturers (USPLabs LLC) to reformulate their blend.

oxy pro supplements
What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) are investigating a growing number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. There have been 29 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis with an unknown cause identified in the state. The Hawaii DOH has reported that 24 of these cases share a common link to a dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro. Eleven of the 29 cases have been hospitalized with acute hepatitis, two cases have received liver transplants and one person has died. CDC is also looking at other cases of liver injury nationwide that may be related.

The FDA advises consumers to stop using any dietary supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro while the investigation continues. OxyElite Pro is distributed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas, Texas, and is sold nation-wide through a wide range of distribution channels, including the internet and retail stores that sell dietary supplements. USPlabs LLC has informed the FDA that it will voluntarily cease distributing OxyElite Pro as the company cooperates with the investigation.

The epidemiological investigation is being conducted by the Hawaii DOH and the CDC. As part of FDA’s associated investigation, the agency is reviewing the medical records and histories of patients identified by the Hawaii DOH. The FDA is also analyzing the composition of product samples that have been collected from some of these patients. Additionally, the FDA is inspecting the facilities involved in manufacturing the product and reviewing production and product distribution records. Because USPlabs LLC has informed FDA that it believes counterfeit versions of OxyElite Pro are being marketed in the US and have been on the US market for some time, FDA is also investigating whether counterfeit product is related to any of the cases of acute hepatitis.

In the interest of protecting public health, we are moving quickly to learn as much as possible. We recognize that people will be concerned about these illnesses, and we will provide updates as the investigation develops.

What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis?
Symptoms of all types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice.

What do Consumers Need to Do?
The FDA advises consumers to stop using any dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro while the investigation continues. OxyElite Pro is distributed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas, Texas, and is sold nation-wide through a wide range of distribution channels, including the internet and retail stores that sell dietary supplements.

Who should be Contacted?
Consumers who believe they have been harmed by using a dietary supplement should contact their health care practitioner.

If you think you have suffered a serious harmful effect or illness from a dietary supplement, your health care provider can report this by calling FDA’s MedWatch hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088 or report online. The MedWatch program allows health care providers to report problems possibly caused by FDA-regulated products such as drugs, medical devices, medical foods and dietary supplements. The identity of the patient is kept confidential..

Consumers may also report an adverse event or illness they believe to be related to the use of a dietary supplement by calling FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or online. FDA would like to know when a product may be related to a medical problem even if you are unsure the product caused the problem or even if you do not visit a doctor or clinic.

The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and the state and local public health agencies involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.

OxyElite Pro: Health Advisory – Acute Hepatitis Illness Cases Linked To Product Use

AUDIENCE: Health Professional, Consumer

ISSUE: The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), are investigating a growing number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. The Hawaii DOH has reported that 24 of these cases share a common link to a dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro.

BACKGROUND: OxyElite Pro is distributed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas, Texas, and is sold nation-wide through a wide range of distribution channels, including the internet and retail stores that sell dietary supplements. There have been 29 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis with an unknown cause identified in the state of Hawaii. Eleven of the 29 cases have been hospitalized with acute hepatitis, two cases have received liver transplants and one person has died. CDC is also looking at other cases of liver injury nationwide that may be related. Symptoms of all types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice.

The epidemiological investigation is being conducted by the Hawaii DOH and the CDC. As part of FDA’s associated investigation, the agency is reviewing the medical records and histories of patients identified by the Hawaii DOH. The FDA is also analyzing the composition of product samples that have been collected from some of these patients. Additionally, the FDA is inspecting the facilities involved in manufacturing the product and reviewing production and product distribution records. Because USPlabs LLC has informed FDA that it believes counterfeit versions of OxyElite Pro are being marketed in the US and have been on the US market for some time, FDA is also investigating whether counterfeit product is related to any of the cases of acute hepatitis.

RECOMMENDATION: The FDA advises consumers to stop using any dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro while the investigation continues. Consumers who believe they have been harmed by using a dietary supplement should contact their health care practitioner.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Info from: www.fda.gov



Perky Jerky October Special


Bodybuilding.com and Perky Jerky are making a difference together – now through the end of October, Bodybuilding.com and Perky Jerky will donate .50 for every bag of Perky Jerky sold. The funds raised from sales will be donated directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, specifically for the Halo Trial – a groundbreaking new drug trial which could potentially lead to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy! Whether you prefer sweet & spicy or hot & bothered, or you just want to keep it original – your purchase can help make a difference.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding neuromuscular disease research, health care services and education. MDA supports cutting-edge neuromuscular disease research; ensures that all Americans affected by these diseases receive treatment and critical care; and serves as a voice for families with neuromuscular disease.



Flo Rida Partners with MusclePharm


Denver based supplement company, MusclePharm has announced their latest partnership and this time it’s with global recording artist Flo Rida. Flo Rida is the guy is responsible for songs that get stuck in your head like “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones”. MusclePharm is hoping their supplements resonate with his audience as much as his music. They continue to use not only athletes but also celebrities and fitness enthusiasts to promote their products. The company utilized social media to market and promote the easily identifiable MusclePharm green.

PRESS RELEASE
Global Superstar Flo Rida Now Partnering With MusclePharm®.

DENVER, June 20, 2013 – /PRNewswire/ – MusclePharm Corporation (OTCQB: MSLP), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, has signed a deal with international recording artist Flo Rida. Activating a social media network of over 16 million followers, Flo Rida will promote MusclePharm products and develop exclusive viral exercise videos for the brand. He also will represent MusclePharm at events and star in a series of radio and online ads.

Flo Rida has built a fervent fan base by mixing hip-hop harmonies with slick dance beats, selling over 75 million singles worldwide. The innovative Florida-born rapper became a chart-topping artist fixture with blockbuster singles such as “Right Round” and “Wild Ones (feat. Sia).” Flo Rida is committed to imparting the importance of education to children and empowering student athletes to become leaders both on and off the field through his non-profit organizations, Big Dreams for Kids and the Florida Youth Football League (FYFL).

“Ever since I was growing up, health, nutrition and fitness have been very important aspects of my life,” said Flo Rida. “I started using MusclePharm supplements because of the company’s commitment to developing safe, scientifically backed products. Right away I noticed a positive improvement with my energy and fitness levels. I’m very excited to join the MusclePharm family and look forward to promoting the brand to my fans.”

“As one of today’s most popular musicians, Flo Rida is a global force who is at the top of his field because he is dedicated not only to his music but also to his physical well-being,” said Brad Pyatt, founder and CEO, MusclePharm. “Flo Rida’s international influence coupled with his amazing physique make him an ideal ambassador. We’re thrilled to have him represent the MusclePharm brand.”

As part of their agreement, MusclePharm will make a donation to Flo Rida’s charity, the FYFL, and gift new sports equipment to the league. MusclePharm and Flo Rida will celebrate the partnership at the customer appreciation day next month which will be taking place at Flo Rida’s new South Florida gym, Flo Fit (12425 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028). The musician and philanthropist joins fellow MusclePharm brand ambassador, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the NFL® San Francisco 49ers, who partnered with the company earlier this year. Additionally, MusclePharm is the official Nutritional Supplement provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION:

Founded in 2008 by former NFL player Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements to address active lifestyles like muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process using the expertise of leading nutritional scientists at MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Center in Denver, Colorado. MusclePharm’s products are sold to consumers in more than 110 countries and available in over 10,500 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, 24 Hour Fitness, Bally’s, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin World. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online channels globally, including bodybuilding.com, amazon.com and vitacost.com. For more information, please visit www.musclepharm.com. You can also follow MusclePharm online at www.facebook.com/MusclePharm and www.twitter.com/MusclePharm.

Forward Looking Statements The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

MusclePharm PR Contact: Ivy Mollenkamp/Wendy Zaas Rogers & Cowan 310-854-8131/310-854-8148 imollenkamp@rogersandcowan.com wzaas@rogersandcowan.com

MusclePharm Investor Relations Contact: The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc. Robert B. Prag President Telephone: 858-794-9500 Email: Email Contact

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John H. Bluher Executive Vice President MusclePharm Corporation 303-396-6149 John@musclepharm.com

Flo Rida Contact: Elora Mason Strong Arm Management 305-828-3228 305-851-5699 (mobile)

SOURCE MusclePharm Corporation



Video: Erin Stern Fitness 360


Top Figure Athlete Erin Stern is the focus of Bodybuilding.com’s newest Fitness 360 feature. The fit Floridian shares how she got her start in the world of competitive figure and what her approach is to diet and training. She’s been able to transition from track & field to Figure. She mixes up her training and her meal plans throughout the year.

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When asked about her diet she shares, “It’s definitely not a diet.” Erin stresses the importance of making healthy eating a lifestyle. Many people say this catch phrase but she lives it. She talks about setting goals, supplementation and training in the video shown below. It’s important to know why you are eating what you are and Erin lives by the philosophy that “knowledge is power”.

See more on Erin Stern’s Fitness 360 Feature.



Food and Drug Administration Warns DMAA Potentially Dangerous


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued another story related to the use of dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in supplements. The FDA warned companies known to be using the ingredient that their products are illegal. The only company that did not stop using DMAA as an ingredient was USPLabs, which challenges the FDA’s findings.

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ARTICLE FROM THE FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using all available tools at its disposal to ensure that dietary supplements containing a stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) are no longer distributed and available for sale to consumers in the marketplace.

The ingredient, DMAA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine.

As of April 11, 2013, FDA had received 86 reports of illnesses and death associated with supplements containing DMAA. The majority are voluntary reports from consumers and healthcare practitioners. The illnesses reported include heart problems and nervous system or psychiatric disorders. Note, however, that a report is not proof that the product actually caused the problem.

FDA has warned companies known to be using DMAA in dietary supplements that those products containing this ingredient are illegal. Such warnings offer the quickest way at FDA’s disposal to halt the further distribution of dietary supplements containing DMAA in the marketplace. In fact, all but one of the companies sent a Warning Letter have agreed to stop using DMAA as an ingredient in their dietary supplements. The one company that has yet to agree to such action, USPLabs, has responded to FDA’s warning by submitting published studies that purport to challenge FDA’s conclusions.

However, after reviewing the studies provided by USPLabs, FDA has found the information insufficient to defend the use of DMAA as an ingredient in dietary supplements. FDA is finalizing a formal response to the firm to reflect its findings, according to Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Program.

FDA’s authority over dietary supplements is very different from its authority over drugs and other medical products. FDA is required to undertake what are usually lengthy scientific and legal steps in order to force the removal of dietary supplements that may be unsafe or are otherwise illegal if companies don’t voluntarily comply.

As FDA continues the process needed to get DMAA off the market, the agency is urging consumers to check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The alternatives are listed at FDA’s DMAA web page.

FDA’s response to the use of DMAA illustrates the challenges that the agency faces in addressing incidents involving potentially dangerous dietary supplements. The effort is increasingly important as the use of dietary supplements increases worldwide. A 2011 study found that more than half of U.S. adults used a dietary supplement between 2003 and 2006, compared to 40% between 1988 and 1994.

In recent years, FDA has alerted consumers to hundreds of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements. Consumers should be aware that dietary supplements are subject to different oversight than drugs and other medical products.

“Consumers may mistakenly look at a capsule and think that FDA has signed off on that product as safe and effective prior to that product appearing on the market, as we do with drugs and other medical products,” says Fabricant. “In contrast, with dietary supplements, there is no pre-market approval, and once a product is on the market, the burden is on the FDA to prove that a product is unsafe.”

FDA’s role in overseeing dietary supplements is laid out in a 1994 law and subsequent amendments. FDA’s enforcement capabilities range from issuing warning letters seeking voluntary cooperation—the quickest way to get a product off the market—to bringing criminal charges. In recent years, FDA enforcement actions involving dietary supplements have included banning products, executing injunctions, working with U.S. marshals to seize products, and issuing safety alerts and consent decrees—which are agreements approved and enforced by a federal court.

In many cases, FDA has acted when dietary supplements were found to contain ingredients approved for use in prescription drugs. DMAA was approved in 1948 for use as a nasal decongestant, but the approval was withdrawn in 1983.

The products cited in the warning letter to USPLabs are Oxy Elite Pro and Jack3D. These products claim, among other things, to be fat-burning and performance-enhancing supplements, respectively. While action in that case in pending, FDA is following up to ensure that other companies which promised to cease using DMAA as an ingredient in their dietary supplements are actually doing so. FDA is also looking to see if there are other dietary supplement products containing DMAA in the marketplace, and will continue to act to ensure that such products, when identified, are no longer distributed and available for sale to consumers.

Consumers are urged to report any problems associated with supplement use to the company or the agency, and to always consult with their health care professional before using a supplement.

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Story from FDA.gov.



Happy Birthday Bodybuilding.com – Celebrate by Saving Big


Bodybuilding.com has become the online leader for not only great content but also amazing deals on supplements and nutritional products. The company celebrates it’s 14th Birthday today, April 11, 2013 and is offering visitors big savings. If you’re a little low on protein or maybe you need a new pre-workout supplement, stop by Bodybuilding.com and use the promo code BDAY20. The 20% off coupon only works until 12:00am PST so get a move on!

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25 Deals to Celebrate 25 Years of The Arnold Classic


This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the Arnold Classic. In celebration of this monumental event the folks at bodybuilding.com are offering 25 awesome deals. Save nearly 50% of some of your favorite supplements, vitamins, clothing and more! What better way to celebrate an anniversary than by saving some money? Visit Bodybuilding.com’s 25 Deals‘ page but hurry it won’t last long.

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See all of the deals including a limited edition stack on bodybuilding.com.



What’s the Deal with Deer Antler Supplements?


Our resident Health expert, Dr. Tracey Greenwood breaks down what the deal is with deer antler supplements. The “banned” supplement has become a hot topic since being mentioned in a Sports Illustrated story related to the NFL and Ray Lewis. It’s important to note that while it may be banned by the NFL it’s not an illegal supplement. Is it safe and what are the benefits for women? Read on…

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Deer Antler Velvet

Deer Antler Velvet is taken from an adolescent deer before their antlers turn to bone. It comes in many supplemental forms such as spray, powder and pills.

The benefits of this new popular supplement for both men and women consist of:

• Increased strength & endurance
• Increased lean body mass
• Anti-Aging
• Reduce or Slow Signs of Aging
• Improve Immune System
• Accelerated Illness & Muscle Recovery
• Improve Athletic Performance
• Chronic Skin Ulcers
• Relieve Arthritis
• Increased Blood Circulation
• Increase Number of Red Blood Cells
• Reduce or Slow Tissue, Bone and Muscle Degeneration

The active ingredient in deer antler velvet is Insulin–like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is similar in molecular structure to insulin. Its production is stimulated by growth hormone. Growth hormone is made in the anterior pituitary gland, is released into the blood stream, and then stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. IGF-1 then stimulates systemic body growth, and has growth-promoting effects on almost every cell in the body, especially skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidneys, nerves, skin and lungs.

Metabolic Effects
Mediated through IGF-1, Growth Hormone facilitates the transport of amino acids across cell membrane, which results in increased amounts of RNA leading to increased protein synthesis producing an anabolic effect on skeletal muscle.

With regards to carbohydrate metabolism, IGF-1 acts much like insulin, and administration of IGF-1 tends towards a hypoglycemic state. IGF-1 is thought to be extremely important in the overall action of insulin on skeletal muscle because it moves glucose out of the blood and into the muscle to assist in growth. IGF-1 results in improved insulin sensitivity, which may be of benefit for someone with diseases that cause insulin resistance such as Diabetes and Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.

IGF-1 may have some effects on lipolysis through facilitation of growth hormone. Growth hormone increases the phosphorylation of a hormone called Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL). HSL liberates stored fats and increases fat oxidation at rest as well as during exercise. Growth hormones is one of the greatest stimulators of fat metabolism.

Exclusive Benefits for Women
A possible added benefit of Deer Antler velvet for women is the speculation that it can balance hormones during menopause. Pantocrine, an active ingredient in deer antler velvet, is officially recommended for menopausal issues in Russia. Pantocrine has been found to alleviate menopausal symptoms as well as abnormal and delayed menstrual cycles. Pantocrine on its own may help women during menopause. Studies performed in Russia, showed that women taking deer velvet reported diminished symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, even to the point where their periods passed by almost unnoticed. They have also reported increased sexual interest, and a sense of being in touch with deeper reserves of vital energy, and anti aging effects in their skin.

It is always my belief that these “new” natural supplements need to be given time for extensive scientific research to prove the health claims to be valid.

REFERENCES:
Elliot, J.L. et al. Presence of insulin-like growth factor-I receptors and absence of growth hormone receptors in the antler tip. Endocrinology 1992 130: 2513-20.

Lewitt M. et al. Insulin-like Growth Factor-Binding Protein-1 Modulates Blood Glucose Levels. Endocrinology 1991 129: 2254-2256.

Sleivert, G. et al. The effects of deer antler velvet extract or powder supplementation on aerobic power, erythropoiesis, and muscular strength and endurance characteristics. Int. Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise, 2003 Sep; 13 (3): 251-65.

Suttie, J. et al. Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) Antler Stimulating Hormone? Endocrinology 1985 116: 846-848.



Protein Powders Decoded


If you’ve ever bought a protein powder you’ve probably scratched your head at some point wondering, what the heck is that? When protein powder first hit the market there were few choices and fewer flavors. Now there are a million and one flavor profiles and various types of protein. Men’s Health recently compiled a list of various protein types and broke down what each means.

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This should help you better understand what each protein is and how to read the labels. Visit Bodybuilding.com for more information on what the best protein powder for you.

PROTEIN POWDERS:
Whey: A type of protein in milk. Considered a “fast” protein because it’s quickly broken down into amino acids and absorbed into your bloodstream.

Casein: Another type of milk protein. Because this type is digested more slowly, it’s ideal for providing your body with smaller amounts of protein for a longer period or time—such as between meals or while you sleep.

Soy: If a soy protein is listed as the first or second ingredient, choose another product. Isoflavones, the active compounds in soy, have been shown to raise estrogen levels in men.

Concentrate: Contains slightly more carbohydrates and fat than purer forms, but also contains more health-promoting components. Can be clumpy.

Isolate: A purer form of protein, so it contains less fat and carbohydrate.

Hydrosylate, or hydrolyzed protein: Protein broken down into smaller fractions, so it’s absorbed into your body faster than a concentrate or isolate.

Micellar casein, or isolated casein peptides: Almost pure casein protein. Absorbs slowly into the bloodstream. Can be pricey.

Caseinate: A type of casein protein that is less expensive than micellar casein, but isn’t as pure of a protein.

Milk protein: An ingredient that mirrors milk’s protein composition—80 percent casein, 20 percent whey.

Egg-white protein, or instantized egg albumin: A high-quality protein made from eggs. Good for cooking.

Read more at Men’s Health.

Note, this was published on MEN’s HEALTH some info may not be applicable to women.

 



Gaspari Nutrition Announces New Look for 2013


Gaspari Nutrition is introducing a new branding and packaging design. Founder and CEO Rich Gaspari shared, “My brand has really come a long way over the years and continues to evolve, which is very exciting.” He went on to say, “I’m now ready to take it to the next level with an enthusiastic management team and an all new look for 2013.”
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Gaspari Nutrition’s new look, set for completion in 2013

(PRWEB) January 15, 2013 – Gaspari Nutrition®, a globally distributed sport nutrition company, has formally announced they are introducing a new packaging design for their line of sports nutrition products.

Now it is easier than ever to distinguish Gaspari Nutrition products from other nutrition brands, as well as from each other. Keep an eye out for the revolutionary new look including white lids, the same blue bottle Gaspari Nutrition has been distinctively know for, and a stunning white label. The new labels showcase more information at the front of the packaging like suggested times to use, product benefits and nutritional highlights.

The first products which alluded to this change were launched in 2012. With the release of the new and highly anticipated Myofusion Elite Protein Series, it is now official that Gaspari Nutrition has a fresh look that is here to stay. Whether you come across their old or new packaging, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be getting the same great products that are critically acclaimed around the world. The next product to embrace this change will be Anavite. This sports nutrition favorite is a multivitamin and mineral formula that includes high doses of amino acids such as Carnipure Carnitine Tartrate and Carnosyn Beta-Alanine. It’s the same great formula only now with no artificial colors and a new look.

“My brand has really come a long way over the years and continues to evolve, which is very exciting” said CEO Rich Gaspari. “I’m now ready to take it to the next level with an enthusiastic management team and an all new look for 2013.”

Newer products such as Glycofuse, which is a revolutionary low osmolarity carbohydrate drink mix, already have this new look. The same goes for Aminolast, which is a properly dosed branched chain amino acid drink mix that utilizes Albion minerals as electrolytes for performance athletes. Rest assured that more established products undergoing this shift in packaging design will still have the same great Gaspari Nutrition signature formulations.

Gaspari Nutrition’s complete sports nutrition product portfolio is expected to complete their transition by the end of 2013. This new look represents Gaspari Nutrition’s continued commitment to quality control as the new designs have a cleaner and brighter appeal while supporting regulatory compliance around the world.

About Gaspari Nutrition®
Gaspari Nutrition is headquartered in Lakewood, NJ and is a rapidly expanding, healthy lifestyle sports company that develops and distributes a full line of nutritional supplements. Gaspari’s propriety and award winning products address all categories of an active lifestyle including muscle building, weight loss, and general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. They are one of the few companies to sponsor independent, 3rd party research on their products to prove their efficacy. Gaspari Nutrition is sold in over 95 countries and available in over 5,000 US retail outlets that include GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Kroger, Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as over 100 online stores, including Bodybuilding.com, Amazon and DrugStore.com.

For more information, please visit http://www.GaspariNutrition.com.



Amplify Your Hardbody with Team Gaspari’s Detonate – How to WIN


We’ve teamed up with Gaspari Nutrition this week to offer you a chance to win FREE Detonate. Now you can get an extra kick to your New Year’s Resolutions with one of the leading fat burners on the market. What to amplify your hardbody? Check out the details below on how you can win.

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ENTER to WIN:
(must be in USA)
Every day this week you will have a different chance to win a free bottle of DETONATE. Check back each day on how you can win. We’ll post the winner’s for each day here on hardbody and how to enter the next day.

WEDNESDAY  // 01.09.13:  RT/LIKE the Let’s GO! Libby DiBiase photo on facebook and twitter.

TUESDAY // 01.08.13: Follow Hardbodynews & TeamGaspari on Twitter. Retweet today’s HARDBODY message and you could be the next winner. New to twitter? Sign up and send “hey @hardbodynews, I want to amplify my #HARDBODY with @TeamGaspari #detonate”

MONDAY // 01.07.13: Visit Gaspari Nutrition’s Facebook page and “LIKE” it. Once you’ve done that post on their wall the following…

I’m A HARDBODY and would like to win a bottle of DETONATE because __________.

Fill in the blank. One HARDBODY will receive a bottle of DETONATE.

Congratulations! Monday’s winner was Dominic Romero. Dominic wrote, I’m A HARDBODY and would like to win a bottle of DETONATE because I’m the perfect candidate to use it and give it a review. Currently 16 weeks out from a show and this will definitely speed up the cutting phase. When in doubt Go Gaspari!!!

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED DETONATE QUESTIONS

What type of results can I expect from DETONATE?
From the first dose, you’ll notice a strong stimulant and sensory effect.* Our clinical studies have demonstrated support for weight loss and lean body mass recomposition over a four week period when following the directions correctly.*

Is the DETONATE formula based on real human clinical trials?
Yes, Detonate has two clinical trials to support its formulation and safety. Gaspari Nutrition is well known for its 3rd party clinical trials and many more are planned in the future to better serve you by providing accurate claims.

Can I stack DETONATE with other products?
Yes. DETONATE stacks well with BCAA products like AminoLast, Myofusion Probiotic Series, etc. It should not be taken with other products that contain stimulants such as caffeine.

How do I take DETONATE?
Take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach before breakfast. Due to the potential potency, begin by taking 1 capsule before breakfast for the first three days and add 1 capsule before breakfast should the need arise. Please DO NOT USE THE PRODUCT FOR LONGER THAN 4 WEEKS FOLLOWED BY A 4 WEEK BREAK. Also, do not exceed more than 2 capsules in a 24 hour period. Detonate is a powerful product so please follow all directions and warnings carefully.

Directions For Detonate: As a dietary supplement, take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach before breakfast. Due to the potential potency, begin by taking 1 capsule before breakfast for the first three days, and add 1 capsule before breakfast should the need arise. DO NOT USE PRODUCT FOR LONGER THAN 4 WEEKS FOLLOWED BY A SUBSEQUENT 4 WEEK BREAK. DO NOT EXCEED 2 CAPSULES IN ANY 24 HOUR PERIOD. READ THE PRODUCT WARNING BEFORE USE.

IMPORTANT: Consume at least 125 fl. oz. (3,696 mL) of water per day for men and 91 fl. oz. (2,691 mL) of water per day for women while taking this product. EXCEEDING THE RECOMMENDED SERVINGS, NOT FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS, OR NOT FOLLOWING THE WARNINGS MAY LEAD TO UNWANTED EFFECTS.

Warnings: This product is only intended to be consumed by healthy adults 18 years of age or older. Pregnant or nursing women should not use this product. Consult with your health care provider before using this product, especially if you are taking any prescription, over the counter medication, dietary supplement product or if you have any pre-existing medical condition including but not limited to: high or low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, heart, liver, kidney or thyroid disease, seizure disorder, psychiatric disease, diabetes, difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement or if you are taking a MAO-B inhibitor or any other medication, including but not limited to MAOIs, SSRIs or any other compounds with serotonergic activity. This product contains caffeine and should not be taken by individuals wishing to eliminate this ingredient from their diet. Discontinue use 2 weeks prior to surgery. Do not use in combination with caffeine or any stimulants from other sources whatsoever, including but not limited to, coffee, tea, soda and other dietary supplements or medications. Do not combine with alcohol. Discontinue use and immediately consult your health care professional if you experience any adverse reaction to this product. Do not exceed recommended serving. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. This product may contain ingredients banned by certain organizations. User assumes all risks, liabilities or consequences respecting testing. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Please store in a cool dry place.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Black Friday Supplement Deals


Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Cyber Weekend is upon us. Black Friday and Cyber Monday can offer large discounts on a variety of products. The folks at Bodybuilding.com are offering a few Black Friday deals today. Check it out and you could save big on some of your favorite supplements.

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The Bodybuilding.com Black Friday offer ends at midnight EST on November 24th. While supplies last.



Bodybuilding.com 2012 Supplement Awards Winners


During the 2012 Olympia weekend, Bodybuilding.com presented the 2012 Supplement Awards to a select few. This annual contest recognizes the best supplements in the fitness and bodybuilding industry. The nominees were based on sales and customer votes. The 2012 awards brought in a record 2.4 millions votes. MusclePharm took home top honors as Brand, Pre-workout and Best Packaging of the Year awards. Optimum Nutrition and BSN were also big winners taking home multiple awards.

 

NEWS RELEASE:
Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, just announced the 8th annual 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards winners live at Joe Weider’s Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards have set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry.

The original 70 nominations were based on sales, and since customers’ opinions are what truly count, Bodybuilding.com let the general public vote from July 13 – August 31, 2012 to pick this year’s final winners. There were a record-breaking number of votes this year. Last year there were just over one million votes but this year we crushed that number with an impressing 2.4 million votes! The people have spoken loud and clear and Bodybuilding.com has listened.

With much anticipation, the results are finally here.

2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards: Winners List
• Brand of the Year: MusclePharm
• Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Breakout Brand (Most Improved) Of The Year: BEAST Sports Nutrition
• New Supplement of the Year: Driven Sports Craze
• New Brand of the Year: Quest Nutrition
• Muscle Building Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year: MusclePharm Assault
• Intra-Workout Supplement of the Year: Scivation Xtend
• Recovery Supplement of the Year: SciVation Xtend
• Protein Powder of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
• Protein Bar of the Year: BSN Syntha-6 Decadence Bar
• Energy Supplement of the Year: BSN Nitrix
• Energy Drink of the Year: Optimum Essential AmiN.O. Energy
• Fat Loss Supplement of the Year: Cellucor Super HD
• Weight Gainer of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass
• Creatine Supplement of the Year: ProMera Sports Con-Cret
• Glutamine Supplement of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Glutamine 1000 Caps
• BCAA Supplement of the Year: BSN AMINOx
• Multivitamin of the Year: Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men
• Joint Health Supplement of the Year: Universal Animal Flex
• RTD of the Year: Cytosport Muscle Milk RTD
• Tanning Product of the Year: Dream Tan Dream Tan
• Best Packaging of the Year: MusclePharm

See photos from the award presentation on bodybuilding.com.

 

 



The Girls Supplement Guide


Bodybuilding.com shares the 15 best supplements that can help you burn fat and get lean muscle. The list, compiled by Jim Stoppani, shares what the supplement is, what it does and how to take it.

Supplements can aid you in many areas when combined with a sound nutrition program and regular exercise. As Bodybuilding.com puts it, “Add these 15 critical elements to your diet, and you’ll supercharge your lean muscle gains, accelerate fat loss and improve your overall health.”

EXAMPLE:

FISH OIL
WHAT IT IS: Two essential omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

WHAT IT DOES: What doesn’t fish oil do? It reduces may help support overall health, and, a biggie, it also has been found to turn on genes that stimulate fat burning.

HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 2g of fish oil three times daily, with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Get the complete list here.



Should Energy Drinks Be Regulated?


ESPN’s E:60 produced a piece on Energy Drinks being marketed to young athletes. The energy drink industry is a huge, booming business (7 BILLION, yes with a “b” according to Beverage Digest). that is mainly targeted towards young men. Are energy drink companies to blame when kids consume too many? What about the parents responsibility or will kids do drink them anyway? It’s an interesting video worth watching.


Jack Owoc of VPC on E:60

ESPN interviewed Jack Owoc, CEO of VPX Sports Nutrition for the segment. VPX makes the popular energy drink, REDLINE, for the piece.  I agree with Jack when he shares, “If one is good five is better” when it comes to kids and energy drinks. The same could be said for many adults as well.

Jack goes on to say, “They should disallow energy drinks to be marketed to kids. Regulated also in the sense that you can’t sell to minors just like you can’t sell cigarettes. So let’s just lump energy drinks in with that and say you can’t sell energy drinks either to minors.” That’s an interesting comment and one I didn’t expect to hear from him. I’m not sure I agree with regulating energy drinks. In my opinion, it would only make kids want them more. You always want what you can’t have and kids would then turn to their older buddies to hook them up with energy drinks.

Where would the cut off age be… 18? 21? When is one deemed responsible enough to consume energy drinks?

I think the responsibility goes back to the makers of the energy drinks. They should be regulated from the amount of caffeine they put in each container. There have been several occasions where I’ve consumed an energy drink and felt cracked out. Did I read the label? No. More often than not there are more than one serving in each can/bottle. Is it the consumer’s responsibility to read the label and see the number of servings before drinking? Ya, sure but companies also know that most people won’t crack open a can and only drink 1/2 of it.

One look on bodybuilding.com’s Energy drink listing you can see a number of examples of this. Note the serving size and amount of servings per container. Some have 2 servings for a 2.5 ounce bottle!

The ESPN E:60 segment:

They are marketed as performance enhancers and used by young athletes before games and workouts, but just how safe are energy drinks? In a 7-month investigation, E:60 spoke to teenagers who have suffered everything from headaches to seizures and heart issues that require surgery.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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** Update - ESPN’s Tom Ferrey goes more in-depth with the story and gets more input from Jack Owoc.



Mum mum mum mah Lady Gaga Tour Rider Includes Protein Bars & Muscle Milk


It seems Lady Gaga and her crew have a healthy side to them or at least it appears that way according to some of the items listed on her tour rider. ABCnew.com has a story about the demands and requests artist make while on tour.

Some of the items listed on Lady Gaga’s Tour Rider:
• Organic ginger and lemongrass tea
• Two bottles of white wine, ideally Kendall-Jackson or Robert Mondavi
• A small plate of non-sweaty and non-smelly cheese
• Organic peanut butter
• Organic salsa
• Organic tortilla chips
• Splenda (not sugar)
• Vegetarian hot dogs
• Non-fat Greek yogurt
Protein bars
Muscle Milk
• Two cases of water (not Dasani — no explanation why)

- abcnews.com

What do you think… will we soon be seeing Gaga’s fans (known as her little monsters) drinking Monster Milk?


Images: connect.in.com & Musclemilk.com



Bodybuilding.com Announces Official 2010 Supplement Awards Winners


Congratulations to the 2010 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Award winners. The nominations and awards are based on customer votes. Check out which brands took home top honors this year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bodybuilding.com Announces Official 2010 Supplement Awards Winners

Boise, IDBodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, announced the 6th Annual 2010 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards winners live at Joe Weider’s Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada September 24, 2010. The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards are the industry standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry.

“This was one of my favorite years for the Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards,” said Bodybuilding.com CEO Ryan DeLuca. “It was fun to see how many new products and companies ended up winning an award. There were so many close calls; we didn’t know who would take home the prize until the very end!”

All nominations were based on sales, and since customers’ opinions are what truly count, Bodybuilding.com lets the general public provide 100% of the final vote. With over 315,000 votes pouring in, the results are finally here!

The 2010 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards winners are:
Brand of the Year – Optimum
Supplement of the Year – Optimum 100% Whey Protein (6th year in a row!)
Breakout Brand (most improved) of the Year – USPLabs
New Supplement of the Year – Optimum Platinum Hydrowhey
New Brand of the Year – Cellucor
Muscle Builder of the Year – Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump250
Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year – USPlabs Jack3d
Intra-Workout Supplement of the Year – Gaspari Nutrition SizeOn Maximum Performance
Recovery Supplement of the Year – Scivation Xtend (2nd year in a row!)
Protein Powder of the Year – Optimum 100% Whey Protein (6th year in a row!)
Protein Bar of the Year – Supreme Carb Conscious Bar (2nd year in a row!)
Energy Supplement of the Year – USPlabs Jack3d
Energy Drink of the Year – VPX RedLine RTD (2nd year in a row!)
Fat Loss Supplement of the Year – USPlabs OxyELITE Pro
Weight Gainer of the Year – BSN True Mass (4th year in a row!)
Nitric Oxide Supplement of the Year – BSN NO-Xplode (6th year in a row!)
Creatine Supplement of the Year – Gaspari Nutrition SizeOn Maximum Performance
Glutamine Supplement of the Year – Optimum Glutamine 1000 Caps
Multivitamin of the Year – Universal Nutrition Animal Pak (6th year in a row!)
Joint Health Supplement of the Year – Universal Nutrition Animal Flex (5th year in a row!)
RTD of the Year – BSN Syntha-6 RTD
Tanning Product of the Year – Dream Tan’s Dream Tan (2nd year in a row!)
Packaging of the Year – BSN (2nd year in a row!)
Ad Campaign of the Year – Animal via Universal Nutrition

The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards provide an innovative way to help customers find truly exceptional products and brands, while helping to recognize the efforts of the many great companies that make up the industry.

For more information visit: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2010-supplement-award-winners.htm

Bodybuilding.com offers more than 12,000 health and fitness supplements & accessories to help people achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals, as well as over 25,000 pages of FREE bodybuilding & fitness information, including more than 12,000 articles (written by 525+ writers), video & audio segments, and new content added daily.



Enter to Win a Chance to Train with Jen Hendershott


PGN Nutrition & Bodybuilding.com Present: The 2010 Phitness Retreat Competition.
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PGN and Bodybuilding.com team up to offer you a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to train with 2x Ms. Fitness International and 2x Ms. Olympia Jen Hendershott!

The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Burlington, NC to take part in Jen’s world-renown Phitness Retreat including registration fee, airfare, and a 2-night hotel stay. Two runners-up will win:

• 1st Place: $1,000 worth of PGN supplements
• 2nd Place: $500 worth of PGN supplements

Click here for more information and entry form.



Dennis Wolf Appearance at Supplement Giant


Team BSN athlete & IFBB Pro bodybuilder will be appearing tomorrow (July 10th) at the Supplement Giant in Lakewood, Colorado. Stop by and get a free autograph from 10am-5pm. The store will also be giving out free supplements, t-shirts and samples all day. Check out the latest from BSN, Dymatize, VPX, Muscle Fortress, Axis Labs, MAN Sports, iSatori, Epic Performance & More.

If you stop by the store look for the tallest guy in the room wearing a BSN shirt and tell him HARDBODY sent ya. He’ll have a special prize for you.

The store is located at:
7134 W Alaska Drive
Lakewood, CO 80226



VPX Prevails Over Red Bull in France


Popular energy drink, Red Bull tried to be the ca-bosh on VPX’s energy drink, Redline from coming into France. Aside from the word “red” I have to side with VPX on this one.

WESTON, FLORIDA JUNE 25, 2010 – Dietary and nutritional supplement company Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., d/b/a VPX/Redline of Weston, Florida, announces today that it prevailed against Red Bull GmbH Societe De Droit, Austria (“Red Bull”) in a French Trademark Opposition Proceedings for Redline Trademark. Red Bull brought the Opposition Proceedings in France against the VPX/Redline trademark application on or about March 15, 2010 in the European Union Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs (“OHIM”) citing to dilution and likelihood of confusion.

While Red Bull has been successful with opposition proceedings in other countries, the French Trademark Office has rejected Red Bull’s contention that there was a risk of confusion between the Red Bull and Redline trademarks, stating that there was no likelihood of visual and/or intellectual signs of confusion in France. The news of this legal victory comes on the heel of future plans by VPX/Redline to offer its Redline in other geographical regions. The freedom to conduct business in France gives greater position to the Redline brand in the market.

Source: BevNET.com



JulieAnn Kulla Signs with GENr8


Two years ago JulieAnn Kulla left Chicago with not only a class win but also the overall NPC JR. Nationals Figure Overall title. She went on to place second in her pro debut and ventured to the Figure Olympia shortly there after. After some time off she’s back and kicking things off with a bang by signing with supplement company GENr8.

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Photo courtesy of J.M. Manion.

JulieAnn’s management has released the following press release regarding her signing.

FMG PRESS RELEASE
June 15, 2010 – Top IFBB Pro Figure competitor JulieAnn Kulla is now a part of the GENr8 supplement company as she has signed an endorsement contract with them.

JulieAnn says, “I am honored and beyond blessed to be a part of Genr8! Anthony Almada and the team have been so supportive and we’re all ready for a great year ahead. I respect GENr8‘s approach to evidence-based nutrition products, one’s I rely on and use daily! Thank you All!”

JulieAnn’s contract represents the 7th major supplement company endorsement contract that FMG has secured for its athlete’s in 2010.

JulieAnn’s next competition will be the 2010 IFBB Europa Battle Of Champions Pro Figure.

To contact JulieAnn Kulla for appearances, interviews or photo shoots, please contact FMG via e-mail at fitnessdivasproductions@verizon.net or on Facebook.



Consumer Reports Magazine Takes Aim at Protein Drinks


The supplement industry is big business. According to Consumer Reports magazine sports-nutrition sales are at $2.7 billion. That’s BILLION. The July issue of Consumer Reports Magazine investigates 15 different protein drinks and their findings are misleading. They claim, “Some protein drinks can even pose health risks, including exposure to potentially harmful heavy metals, if consumed frequently. All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body.”

You read that and you think holy crap I shouldn’t drink protein drinks. Well, not so fast. Cytosport, the maker of Muscle Milk, conducted their own third party tests and dispelled the magazine’s findings. Read their full report here.

One of the leading lawyers in the supplement industry, Rick Collins also comments about the report on his web site. Once you read these two articles you can see how results and stories can be skewed to fit the publisher’s agenda.

Optimum Nutrition responded to the findings as well. Check out their take on the story here.

Props to Cytosport & Optimum for meeting the report head on. I’d like to see other supplement companies step up and combat stories like this when they are published. Hiding and not addressing the issue only helps fuel the agenda of others against the sport-supplement industry.



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