CRN Welcomes Eleven New Member Companies

MAY 4, 2023

WASHINGTON —The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced the addition of 11 new companies to its membership. Companies joining as voting members include Alternative Laboratories, LLC; BioHarvest Sciences, Inc.; Doctor’s Best and Vit-Best Nutrition; Innobio USA, Inc., Megalabs USA; and Nuritas. In addition, several firms joined as associate members: ArchiMed, DF Guardian Consulting; STC Safety Training & Compliance, LLC; and William Hood & Company. 

“CRN is pleased to welcome these dynamic businesses to our membership ranks,” said Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. “These companies and their respective leaders value CRN’s leadership in convening responsible stakeholders to advance the dietary supplement industry. We look forward to their engagement with our expert staff and other members that are active in our committees, working groups, and task forces, shaping our industry’s future.” 

Background information on each of these new members follows.


Voting Members 

  • Alternative Labs, LLC (Alt Labs) is a private-label, full-service dietary and nutritional supplement contract manufacturer of capsules, powders, liquids and gummies with a solution-driven approach to the product development and manufacturing process. 

  • BioHarvest Sciences, Inc. has developed a patented biocell growth platform technology capable of growing the active and beneficial ingredients in fruits and plants, at industrial scale, without the need to grow the plant itself. The company’s first ingredient, VINIA, is a proprietary red grape cell product containing the entire matrix of polyphenols contained in red grapes. 

  • Doctor’s Best is a leading, 30-year-old brand that markets nutritional products over the internet, providing nutritional supplements backed by science to bring better health to everyone, everywhere. 

  • Innobio USA, Inc. focuses on the development and production of nutritional raw materials, including fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and carotenoids. With biological science and technological innovation as a foundation, Innobio integrates biosynthesis, green chemistry and microencapsulation to provide high-quality nutritional raw materials and solutions for customers in global nutrition and health.  

  • Megalabs USA is a subsidiary of the parent organization, Uruguay-based Megalabs Group, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Latin America, and was established to acquire and grow companies in the nutritional products sector. Last year, the company acquired CRN member Friska as well as standalone brand PruneLax, and also has established products in clinical nutrition and medical food. 

  • Nuritas, with offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, is creating a brand-new category of precision peptide ingredients from nature using cutting-edge AI technology. Their cell-signaling power helps the body function at its best. Nuritas helps companies innovate with the next generation of intelligent ingredients so they can develop truly innovative products that are healthier and better, from what we eat to what we apply to our skin.  

  • Vit-Best, a sister company of Doctor’s Best, is a contract manufacturer providing one-stop formulation, manufacturing, quality assurance, branding & packaging, and supply chain management services for powders, tablets, and capsules. 

Associate Members  

  • ArchiMed is a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, serving as a strategic partner globally to small and middle-market businesses in consumer health. Headquartered in Lyon, France and with U.S. offices in New York City, the firm helps partner companies internationalize, acquire, innovate, and expand their products and services. 

  • DF Guardian Consulting is an experienced consulting firm for companies in dietary supplements, food and beverage, and ingredients. The company focuses on educating and working with each segment of the supply chain and are experts in FDA compliance. 

  • STC Safety Training and Compliance, LLC is a safety and risk management consulting firm with a focus on manufacturing industries. Their clients include supplement manufacturers and distributors.  

  • William Hood & Company is a differentiated industry-focused investment banking firm covering the consumer, food and retail sectors with a specialization in health and wellness, along with emerging consumer brands. The company was founded by well-known consumer, food and retail banker William Hood, and highly regarded health and wellness industry executive Jill Staib, after a combined 35 years of experience building highly successful businesses for established companies. 

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 200 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. Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn.