Nutritional Products International announced its planned U.S. expansion just as America celebrates its 243rd birthday on July 4.
NPI is a family-owned business in Boca Raton that has helped countless international and domestic health and wellness companies find their niche at major retailers throughout the U.S.
“For the past year, we have been implementing a strategic expansion plan for our domestic portfolio,” said Mitch Gould, president and co-founder of NPI. “NPI has traditionally concentrated on helping international health and wellness companies, which want to enter the U.S. market. Now, we have expanded our development team, and hired additional marketing professionals in public relations and online marketing to meet the needs of our new domestic clients.”
Gould is a third-generation retail professional who is internationally-known for his “evolution of distribution” system, which helps health and wellness companies enter or expand into the U.S. market. “We are a one-stop global brand marketing company. We have the staff to make sure your products are FDA-compliant, a warehouse for storage and distribution, and a marketing team that knows how to reach the American consumer.”
Gould’s vice president, Jeff Fernandez, also brings 30 years of retail marketing experience to NPI’s clients. Fernandez helped create the health and wellness category at Amazon and was a long-time buyer at WalMart.
“This is a special time for NPI,” Fernandez said. “Our global team is working round-the-clock to help health and wellness companies expand their distribution network and increase sales.”
New Gluten-free Kaiseki, Vegan Menus, and More at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, known for its majestic Japanese garden and cultural heritage, has introduced vegan and gluten-free menu items including “kaiseki,” a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, for international guests with dietary requirements.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the number of international visitors to Japan has been rising significantly, hitting a record-high of 31 million in 2018, and is expected to grow further for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The number of international guests staying at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo also grew over 30% from 2017 to 2018.
“Japan is often described as a gastronomic heaven, and international visitors express a keen interest in trying various foods during their stay,” said Hiroshi Izumi, General Manager of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. “As a leading hotelier, we constantly try to offer more and better culinary options for our guests, while satisfying their dietary requirements. We are happy to introduce new menus including gluten-free kaiseki, which remains authentic and will delight your palate and eyes.” Fujita Kanko, the hotel’s owner/manager, also opened a halal Japanese restaurant, Origami Asakusa, in 2018, offering authentic Japanese cuisine that meets halal requirements.
Two restaurants are now serving special menus:
Gluten-free Kaiseki at Miyuki (Japanese Restaurant):
An exquisite eight-course Japanese dinner is now available gluten-free, including soy source made with rice instead of wheat. For more details and reservations, visit:
Vegan and Gluten-free Menus at The Bistro (Casual Dining):
Both vegan and gluten-free four-course lunch and five-course dinner are available. For more details and reservations, visit:
The hotel also serves vegan and gluten-free breakfast options.
Whether visiting Tokyo for business or fun, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, with its vast green oasis and a wide range of amenities and activities, is the perfect urban resort for those who want to enjoy a summer retreat in the city. The hotel’s one-of-a-kind rooftop space becomes a “Champagne Garden” during the summer.
About Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo opened in January 2013, and is owned/managed by Fujita Kanko Inc., a publicly-traded tourism industry corporation headquartered in Tokyo, which operates 70 properties/facilities throughout Japan. The hotel’s facilities include 267 guest rooms/suites, nine restaurants, 38 meeting/banquet rooms, and the largest hotel spa in Tokyo. Its renowned garden contains a wide variety of botanical species including 120+ cherry trees and 1,000+ camellia trees.
SOURCE: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Univar Solutions Appointed Distributor for Seaweed & Co.
Europe, Univar B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) (“Univar Solutions”), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today that Seaweed & Co. has selected Univar Solutions to distribute its PureSea® range of seaweed ingredient products into the food industry across selected countries throughout Europe. The product range brings flavour and health benefits to a wide range of food and beverage applications.
“We are very pleased to add Seaweed & Co. as a strategic supplier for our food ingredients market as this presents tremendous opportunity to drive new growth through organic, natural and sustainably sourced products,” said Gary Abraham, head of supplier management in Europe, Middle Eastand Africa for Univar Solutions. “The PureSea® portfolio enables us to enhance our solutions-based offering for our customers and meet emerging demand for seaweed ingredient products.”
The PureSea® portfolio represents a range of innovative, natural seaweed ingredients that are easy and convenient to use, and ensure you can benefit from seaweed’s many qualities for food, health and nutrition.
“Our PureSea® range of seaweed ingredient products will benefit from Univar Solutions expertise, broad network and state-of-the-art Technical Solutions Centers,” said Dr. Craig Rose, founder and managing director, Seaweed & Co. “We look forward to further growing our business with one of the leading ingredient distributors in the world.”
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SOURCE Univar Inc.
Prima launches signature wellness CBD products that harness therapeutic functional botanicals
Led by health and wellness veterans Christopher Gavigan, Jessica Assaf and Laurel Angelica Myers
Prima, the new industry-defining hemp CBD wellness brand, announced today the launch of three signature products in their body, beauty and supplement categories available at their new online shop at prima.co.
Based in Santa Monica, CA, Prima’s founders are The Honest Company® Co-Founder, bestselling author and purpose-driven entrepreneur Christopher Gavigan, award-winning health and cannabis activist Jessica Assaf and mission-oriented operator and Honest alum Laurel Angelica Myers.
“The time has come for hemp and cannabinoid science to be unlocked and adopted as a way to reclaim better balance, more joy and greater healing — and we are leading the uprising. In an age of health-altering digital addictions and epidemic levels of chronic stress and anxiety, Prima seeks to be the one trusted wellness resource and solution for all,” said Prima Founder and CEO Christopher Gavigan.
With an unprecedented commitment to transparency, the purest functional ingredients and verified potency, Prima is already raising the standards in the industry; as the first brand to be awarded the MadeSafe certification (verifying that no toxic ingredients were used) in the CBD category.
Prima’s launch assortment includes essential, daily products to help reduce everyday stress, calm and soothe skin, and increase overall balance of the body’s physiological systems.
- Night Magic: a luxurious skin treatment for face and neck for improved radiance, tone, and balance, made with 13 potent, organic botanical oils and 150mg hemp cannabinoids, including naturally occurring CBD ($88.00)
- Skin Therapy: a nourishing and emollient-rich therapeutic skin butter to help support skin health and lock in moisture ($38.00)
- The Daily: a once-daily, vegan softgel hemp wellness blend, doctor-formulated and designed for optimal bioavailability ($45.00 / 30 capsules)
“We’re thrilled to provide products that raise the bar in terms of efficacy and experience — an offering that is meticulously formulated, ethically sourced and made from active botanicals, including our single-origin hemp. And we have dedicated ourselves to forging relationships with hemp farmers and suppliers as committed to uncompromising quality and sustainability as we are. We feel a deep responsibility to pioneer the trusted standards so needed in this young, emerging industry,” said Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Laurel Angelica Myers.
Prima was established in March 2019 as an education-first resource to demystify the therapeutic potential of hemp cannabinoids and CBD via original content on prima.co. The launch of their online shop represents the company’s first step into the direct-to-consumer channel. Prima will be available at select retailers in Q3 timed with the launch of additional wellness products.
“As the deepest expression of our values and truth, we seek to establish hemp as the universal wellness tool that we know it to be. In service of our community, we have made a commitment to providing an unparalleled resource for scientifically backed education, innovative wellness tools, inspirational content and personalized support — all of which will help to achieve a reimagined state of health and well-being,” said Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer Jessica Assaf.
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