Eight Companies Join CRN’s Membership Roster

Washington, D.C., April 12, 2016—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced the addition of eight new member companies to its membership roster. These companies include: Voting Members—JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Nature’s Way Brands, Pharmore Ingredients, Inc., Vit-Best Nutrition; Associate Members—Genysis Labs, JP Tech Insurance Services, Inc., MBui Consulting LLC, Ragold, Inc.

“Our membership is the bedrock of our association and its continued growth has allowed CRN to take the lead to help build consensus on major industry-wide initiatives,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN. “We’re very pleased to welcome these companies to our membership ranks.”

The new member companies are:

Voting Members

  • JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation 

JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Japan’s largest oil importer and distributor, is an ingredient supplier with a significant biotechnology division. The company continues to expand its ingredient product range worldwide. JX Nippon Oil & Energy plans to launch natural astaxanthin ingredients containing unique carotenoids in the United States later this year.

  • Nature’s Way Brands 

Nature’s Way Brands manufactures, distributes, markets and multi-nationally sells high-quality consumer packaged goods, including dietary supplements, homeopathic drug products, topical applications and over-the-counter (OTC) monograph drug products. As one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of natural products in the U.S., Nature’s Way Brands continues to push the boundaries forward on quality research, testing and introducing new ingredients. The company offers over 500 premium nutritional and natural products, including single herbs and herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies and specialty products.

  • Pharmore Ingredients, Inc.

Pharmore Ingredients is an industry leader in supplying high-quality ingredients to the dietary supplement and pet nutrition industries. The company is staffed by a team of industry experts with more than 90 years of combined experience. Pharmore Ingredients focuses on providing joint-care products such as Chondroitin, Glucosamine, MSM, and HA, along with Botanicals and B vitamins. In business since 2001, Pharmore Ingredients has a strong commitment to quality. This is demonstrated by repeated onsite GMP audits of manufacturing facilities and conducting 3rd party verification testing with emphasis on sourcing from independently certified manufacturers.

  • Vit-Best Nutrition  

Vit-Best Nutrition is a contract manufacturer and packager of tablets, capsules and powders.  The company has over 60 years of experience servicing many of the nation’s leading brands in the direct selling, food and drug and mass merchandise channels.

Associate Members

  • Genysis Labs

    Genysis Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited contract laboratory providing specialized chemistry and microbiology testing services to the nutraceutical and food beverage industries since 2008. Genysis Labs’ mission is to professionally, effectively and ethically perform testing for our customers to produce accurate and precise results while offering exceptional customer service and support by meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Led by a management team of experts that have diverse backgrounds in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and bioanalytical research fields, Genysis Labs is constantly working on new technologies that offer cutting edge solutions to increasing regulatory requirements and calls for full transparency of the supply chain.
  • JP Tech Insurance Services

JP Tech Insurance Services is a retail insurance broker that specializes in casualty and professional liability risk solutions for life science, technology, healthcare and dietary  supplement industries. JP Tech is a leading provider of risk management services and tools that protect its clients’ businesses with state-of-the-art coverages. Additionally, JP Tech provides comprehensive service and the highest level of expertise to its clients’ company culture and business.

  • MBui Consulting LLC

MBui Consulting provides a wide range of regulatory, policy and intelligence services to clients in dietary supplements, conventional foods, over-the-counter drugs, and prescription drugs and biologics. MBui Consulting’s experience covers the spectrum of regulatory activities from ingredient suitability reviews to labeling/advertising and claim substantiation, to product registration strategy and post-market compliance in many countries, to industry affairs and policy and intelligence issues.

  • Ragold, Inc.  

Ragold, in business since 1976, helps foreign and domestic start-up companies, primarily in the food and dietary supplement industries, enter the U.S. market by providing support in the development of market strategies, sales account access and regulatory advice. The company provides all support functions necessary to be in business through connections, relationships and an in-house team with leading experts in the fields of regulatory, quality control, broker management, trade show management, administration and sales.

CRN’s complete list of member companies is available on the association’s website. For more information about becoming a CRN member, please contact Carl Hyland, senior director, membership development, at chyland@crnusa.org or 202-204-7674.

Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org. Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplements and @wannabewell and on Facebook.