CRN Welcomes Twelve New Companies

APRIL 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced 12 new companies have joined the association’s membership ranks. These companies include: Voting Members—Avacare Health USA; Berg Nutrition; Fermenta Biotech Ltd.; Hello Health®; Piping Rock Health Products; XYMOGEN Inc.; and Zarbees Naturals/Johnson & Johnson; and Associate Members—Citadel Insurance Services; HUB International Limited; Klöckner Pentaplast (kp); Soper & Associates, P.C.; and Validcare.

Voting Members

Avacare Health USA
Avacare Health is a global pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company is a finished product marketer of 9,000 products sold in over 20 countries across all continents. Avalife, the dietary supplements brand of Avacare Health group is focused on Holistic wellness solutions. Avalife products are formulated by the company’s R&D facility, Afrigen, by combining the traditional wisdom of African/Ayurvedic and European Herbs and validating with modern Nanosomal /Liposomal technology to solve consumers’ needs. Few of the company’s herbs are grown at its sister companies. Avagro is an agriculture solution provider, offering turnkey solutions to support and empower agri-preneurs. 

Berg Nutrition
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Berg Nutrition is the exclusive North American manufacturer representative (for Health Tech BioActives SLU, Bioiberica SAU, aXichem and Norilia) and specialty nutraceutical supplier dedicated to serving the US dietary supplement, food and beverage markets. The company’s range of products focuses on health benefits to support active wellness & nutrition, energy, cardiovascular health, weight management and more. Berg partners with established producers of evidence-based, high-quality, value-added, sustainable branded dietary ingredients. 

Fermenta Biotech Ltd. 
Established in 1951, Fermenta Biotech Limited (FBL) is one of the largest manufacturers of Vitamin D3 and a key global player. Headquartered in India, FBL caters to clientele across the globe, with a worldwide distribution network, backed by a state-of-the-art R&D center and world class manufacturing facilities. FBL has incorporated wholly owned international subsidiaries in the US (Fermenta Biotech USA LLC) and Germany (Fermenta Biotech GmbH). FBL’s US subsidiary has acquired a majority stake in US-based vitamins player, AGD Nutrition LLC, renamed as Fermenta USA LLC. Apart from Vitamin D3, FBL also offers niche APIs, integrated biotechnology platforms such as enzymes for antibiotic synthesis as well as environmental solutions for waste water management and treatment. 

Hello Health® 
Hello Health®, founded by Pamela Wirth and surrounded by an expert Advisory Board, provides doctor-formulated supplements for brain, immune and digestion support and believes in encouraging health through education, quality ingredients and consumer empowerment. Hello Health®’s nutrition is all natural, GMO free, gluten free, preservative and additive free with no added sugar as well as many organic and vegan ingredients. Belly Great™ is a unique blend of nourishing prebiotic and probiotic formula (15 carefully selected strains), vitamin D3 and methylfolate, which supports both digestive and immune health. Mighty Might™ contains ingredients that naturally cleanse and support immune function.  

Piping Rock Health Products
Founded by CEO Scott Rudolph – founder of the Nature’s Bounty Company – Piping Rock Health Products brings a new generation of leadership and vision to the manufacturing, packaging and marketing of vitamins, minerals, dietary supplements, essential oils and personal care products. Piping Rock’s products are sold direct to consumers, through Amazon and other e commerce channels, and through leading retailers. Piping Rock believes that everyone deserves great health and is dedicated to producing quality vitamins, supplements and natural products that are affordable and easily accessible to all. 

XYMOGEN is a family-owned dietary supplement, medical food, and functional food manufacturer, distributor and contract manufacturer. The company aims to support the patient-practitioner relationship forged by integrative healthcare practitioners by only distributing through the licensed healthcare practitioner channel. XYMOGEN’s quarter century of experience and emphasis on high product quality demonstrates the company’s value and its commitment to the industry and consumers. 

Zarbee’s Naturals/Johnson & Johnson
Zarbee’s Naturals was founded in 2008 by a pediatrician and father who developed a safe and effective proprietary dark-honey based kids’ cough syrup. Over the years, the brand has expanded into health and wellness solutions for a variety of consumers. Zarbee’s Naturals products include wholesome ingredients, as well as other carefully selected ingredients and offer a variety of solutions for the whole family, spanning from baby immune support and vitamins, to kids elderberry gummies and adult cough syrups. 
Associate Members

Citadel Insurance Services
Citadel Insurance Services, LLC (CIS) is a specialty insurance program manager with a keen focus and ongoing investment in the Dietary Supplement/Life Sciences Industry. CIS works with each company’s select retail agent to bring a combination of exclusive, customized insurance products, along with multiple options from the leading life sciences insurance carriers. This approach allows Citadel to maximize each premium dollar invested, canvas the evolving insurance marketplace, and increase overall value received throughout the risk mitigation and transfer process. CIS is pleased to offer exclusive underwriting credits to association members based on their adherence to manufacturing best practices and enhanced stewardship. Citadel is committed to the utmost level of underwriting integrity, transparency in marketing and distribution practices, to selecting and maintaining industry partners who act in the program/industry’s best short and long-term interest, and a commitment to driving best in class risk management practices. 

HUB International Limited
HUB International Limited is an insurance brokerage providing an array of property, casualty, risk management, life and health, employee benefits, investment, and wealth management products and services across North America. The company’s key focus is on Life Sciences and has developed unique relationships with specific life science underwriters at the carrier level over the years, enabling them to create tailored plans. Matthew Lippman and his team have over 20 years of specific expertise within the Life Sciences industry, procuring property and liability limits for companies who operate in all areas of the supply chain. These direct underwriting relationships with carriers lend to a detailed understanding of the critical forms and coverages that should be included, and conversely excluded, in each program with a focus on being as cost-effective as possible.

Klöckner Pentaplast (kp)
Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) is a global leader in rigid and flexible film solutions for the pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement markets. The company plays an integral role in the customer value chain by safeguarding product integrity, assuring safety and consumer health, improving sustainability and protecting brand reputation. KP also produces films for the medical device, card, consumer packaging, decorative, home, building and construction markets. The company’s films package some of the world’s best-known products and brands for shrink-sleeve labels, mono and high barrier pharmaceutical blisters, medical device packaging, financial cards, gift boxes, instructional floor graphics, decorative furniture and flooring films as well as films for the building and construction industries. KP delivers solutions to meet needs in a cost-effective manner, and their extensive product line includes films to help companies meet their sustainable packaging goals as well.

Soper & Associates, P.C.
Soper Law is a hands-on law and regulatory consulting firm focused on serving consumer and natural products businesses. Stan Soper is a Yale-educated lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience, over 25 of those advising food, supplement and cosmetic brands in preventing or resolving a wide variety of issues in the United States and around the world. Stan has a network of experienced advisors and contacts in the United States and internationally that can help address almost any conceivable issue. Soper Law offers a unique combination of creativity, insight and practical solutions tailored to the unique business needs of the natural products industry. He specializes in finding practical solutions rather than just identifying obstacles. Stan has represented buyers and sellers in completing over 55 acquisitions in the natural products space, including two major Amazon supplement brands.

Validcare provides patient-centered research solutions to transform the delivery of life sciences and nutraceutical products. The company’s technology and services place the patient’s voice at the center of product research, resulting in greater patient participation, improved scientific data, more reliable product claims and accelerated product development. Founded by experts with more than 20 years of industry experience, Validcare offers one of the leading solutions for best practices in streamlining research for regulatory compliant, life-improving products.

A complete list of CRN member companies is available on the association’s website. For more information about becoming a CRN member, contact Carl Hyland, vice president, membership development, at or 202-204-7674.

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 Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn.