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November 01, 2014

News in Brief

News in Brief, November 2014

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Amway Funds Pioneering Research by Stanford University

The Amway Nutrilite Health Institute Wellness Fund has made a $10 million unrestricted gift to the Stanford Prevention Research Center. The contribution will fund The Wellness Living Laboratory (WELL), a first-of-its-kind research study to analyze how changes in diet and lifestyle can impact long-term wellness and contribute to healthy aging.

WELL will be designed, conducted, and analyzed by scientists at Stanford Prevention Research Center and, to safeguard investigative independence, will be entirely under the control of Stanford University with no involvement by Amway. The research, expected to begin in 2015, will continue for at least
five years.

Mary Kay Sponsors White House Event on Domestic Violence

Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation recently sponsored a “Pillars of Empowerment” event in Washington, D.C., to recognize the past three decades of progress in domestic violence initiatives. Mary Kay partnered with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women in calling on lawmakers for a renewed commitment to address these crimes through new and existing programs.

Advocates and champions were recognized at a White House ceremony followed by a reception hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, who co-sponsored The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at its inception. Additional events took place at the National Archives and the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation also awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to maintain critical services and programs.

Direct Selling Companies Lead Home States in Growth

Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) has ranked Vemma Nutrition Co. the top business in Arizona on its annual “ACE Fastest-Growing Cos.” list. ACE researches and compiles its list based upon a proprietary formula of accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. The formula measures revenue growth—in both actual dollars and percentage—over a two-year period.

In Utah, Zija International leads the “Fast 50,” Utah Business magazine’s annual ranking based upon revenue growth and revenue generation. Vivint (No. 10), Nu Skin (No. 13), and USANA (No. 28) also appear on this year’s ranking.

Since its founding in 2005, Zija has surpassed $140 million in annual sales. The company’s weight management, liquid nutritionals, energy and performance, and skincare products utilize superfoods derived from the Moringa plant.

USANA Ranks among America’s Best Workplaces—Again

For the sixth consecutive year, OUTSIDE magazine has named USANA Health Sciences one of America’s “Best Places to Work.” USANA ranked No. 53 on this year’s list, which recognizes the top 100 U.S. companies helping their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community.

The list is a result of OUTSIDE’s rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group. The assessment includes employee feedback on corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement.

For USANA’s 700+ employees in Utah, workplace benefits include an annual profit-sharing program, free monthly company health products, excellent health and life insurance packages, and regular health fairs. USANA’s efforts have also earned it standings on Utah Business magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for in Utah” and PR News’ list of “Top Places to Work in PR.”

Shaklee Introduces Brain Research Grant

Shaklee has established a new program within its Shaklee Grants Program to fund research on the role of dietary supplements in supporting brain health. The brain research grant will be funded by proceeds of Shaklee’s recently launched MindWorks™, a supplement developed to support short- and long-term cognitive health.

Researchers may submit brain health proposals until Nov. 30, 2014. Study questions most likely to receive funding under this program will involve evaluation of nutritional ingredients or ingredient combinations suitable for use in dietary supplements for either acute (e.g., short-term memory, concentration, reaction time) and/or long-term improvements to or maintenance of cognitive function in healthy adults.

Viridian Sustainability Initiative Takes on Fifth Continent

During its fifth annual PowerUP! Convention, Viridian Energy revealed the fifth location of its 7 Continents in 7 Years initiative. This year the Stamford, Connecticut-based company will focus its global sustainability efforts on the Central American nation of Nicaragua. In the rural, off-the-grid village of Potrero Platanal, Viridian will power 48 homes that previously had no prospects of energy supply.

Viridian’s energy offerings are up to 100 percent renewable, and the company reports that its residential and commercial customers have avoided more than 4.5 billion pounds of carbon emissions. Through 7 Continents in 7 Years, Viridian staff and top-performing Independent Associates take that spirit of sustainability to a different continent each year.

Nerium, Youngevity Make Room for Growth

Growing direct-selling conglomerate Youngevity has invested $1.1 million in improvements to its Chula Vista, California, headquarters. Updates to the 59,000-square-foot facility include a revamped distribution center—with doubled storage and throughput capacity—and a new state-of-the-art R&D lab. The company also expanded its customer service department, remodeled its lobby and installed new, water-efficient landscaping.

In North Texas, Nerium International has moved to a new headquarters twice the size of its former space. Nerium leased 75,912 square feet at a facility adjacent to its Addison, Texas, headquarters. The skincare company chose to remain in the area where it launched from a 5,432-square-foot office.

Since launching in 2011, Nerium has seen record-breaking sales, earned several industry accolades, and built a customer base of millions in the U.S. and in Canada. In October, the company expanded into Mexico, its second international market.
Nerium has announced plans to open several more countries in the near future.

Mannatech Opens Singapore Business Center

Mannatech recently opened a new Associate Business Center in Singapore, continuing the expansion of Mannatech’s Australasian operations in response to significant business growth in Singapore. The nutrition brand and creator of the M5M (Mission 5 Million) social entrepreneurial movement also established two new training centers in Korea in March 2014.

The Mannatech Business Center will facilitate and support Mannatech Associate activities, including meetings and training sessions. According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2013–2014, Singapore rates second only to Switzerland in economic performance among the top 10 countries globally.

Arbonne Launches in Poland

Through its subsidiary Arbonne Europe Sarl, Arbonne has officially opened its business in Poland, marking the 34-year-old company’s entry into continental Europe. With the launch, Arbonne introduces its botanically based beauty, health and wellness products for the whole family.

Arbonne’s continued growth is generating positive momentum to carry the company’s culture, sense of community, products and opportunity into Poland. In advance of the launch, Arbonne Poland events were held in Sopot, Warsaw and Krakow—with nearly 1,200 attendees. Entry into Poland makes Arbonne operational in a fifth country, along with Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

MonaVie Launches in Italy

Nutrition brand MonaVie has officially launched operations in Italy, its 39th market worldwide. The European Union is home to more than 4 million direct sellers, and Italy is one of the region’s most dynamic markets, with $3.1 billion in direct sales last year.

Italian consumers initially have access to six MonaVie products, including the company’s flagship acai berry juices. Those juices will ship from MonaVie’s brand-new manufacturing facility in Hohenseefeld, Germany—another significant investment in the company’s European business. MonaVie previously manufactured all of its European products in the U.S.

ASEA Launches in Mexico

Health and wellness brand ASEA celebrated the grand opening of its Mexico market with three events across the country. The tour—featuring ASEA Founders Verdis and Tyler Norton, President Jarom Webb, and Dr. Gary Samuelson—included stops in Mexicali, Colima and La Paz.

Since launching in 2009, ASEA has expanded into several EU countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. ASEA products incorporate the company’s patented Redox Signaling technology, which supports cellular healing and replenishment.