Spring Conference Presentation Topics


  • The social media revolution seemed to happen overnight and our methods of communicating have changed dramatically.  One thing there is no question about is the fact that your customers are using social media and so are your competitors. On facebook, linked in, twitter, YouTube and more. What about you? Come see some remarkable examples from companies you know and hear some statistics that will help you make up your mind if you are still on the fence.


  • While we are all concerned about prop 65 and the potential levels of flagged elements in our raw materials as well as finished goods, we may not be paying as much attention as we need to in the packaging arena.  Come hear about packaging issues in this already costly space and get caught up with the latest efforts to resolve legislation gone awry.

Research and Development

  • The move from pills to plate; are fortified functional foods the way of our future?
  • Ingredients: Mushroom, blueberry, vitamin D, what’s the latest from the lab?

Ingredients and Sourcing

  • Still challenged by testing methodology and standards that are anything but identical here and abroad? Have a supplier who swears an ingredient passed labs before it left the factory but you can’t seem to repeat the results in house? Experts are working to set international testing standards that could do away with the discrepancies. Come hear all about it.

Regulatory Affairs

  • FDA held only 7 GMP inspections in 2008 and more than 175 in 2011. Fabricant is on the record as saying that FDA is going to do more than pass out paper and has proven this to be true already. 
  • And it isn’t just the FDA, the FTC is more active than ever. Compliance is the watch word as advertisement is scrutinized in every form. Yours won’t go unnoticed even on Twitter, on Facebook, or in the seat back pocket airline magazine. Come hear how to stay off their radar.

Dietary Supplements go Mainstream and Nutrition Becomes a Part of Medical School Curriculums

  • Six out of ten of the leading causes of death in America are nutritionally related. Columbia University now offers a year of nutritional training in their post bac program for student docs. More than ever before, your doctor may reach for a dietary supplement both for personal use as well as in treatment of patient populations. How do we reach them and support this effort?