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Nu Skin Enterprises Announces New Leadership For Global Sales Organization
MLMNEXT   2015-09-10 18:29:52   0   0

PROVO, Utah, Sept. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced the appointment of Ryan Napierski as president of global sales and operations. Napierski, a 20-year Nu Skin veteran, succeeds Dan Chard in the position, who is departing to pursue other business interests.

"With every promotion or new assignment over the years, Ryan has proven himself an able leader and has met each new challenge with excellence," said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. "I have every confidence that Ryan has the right experience and expertise to lead Nu Skin's global sales organization. While we are pleased to welcome Ryan back to our U.S. headquarters, I want to acknowledge Dan's significant contributions to our company. On behalf of everyone at Nu Skin, we thank Dan for his years of service and wish him all the best for the future."

Napierski, most recently the president of both Nu Skin Japan and Nu Skin North Asia, has worked and lived in Asia for the past eight years playing an integral part of the business in the region.  Prior to his assignment as regional president, Napierski served as vice president of business development for the company's North Asia region and chief operating officer of Nu Skin Japan.  Since joining Nu Skin in 1995, Napierski has served in several roles, including vice president of global business development where he was responsible for the company's global compensation plan, general manager for the United Kingdom, and vice president of European business development.  Napierski has a bachelor's degree in business, a master's degree in business administration from Duke University and a master's degree in international business from Goethe Universitat in Germany.

About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company's scientific leadership in both skin care and nutrition has established Nu Skin as a premier anti-aging company. The company's anti-aging products feature the new ageLOC® line of products including ageLOC® Tru Face® Essence Ultra firming serum, the ageLOC® TR90® weight management and body shaping system, ageLOC® R2 nutritional supplement, and ageLOC® Transformation daily skin care system. A global direct selling company, Nu Skin operates in 53 markets worldwide and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS." More information is available at www.nuskin.com.

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Mannatech Promotes Regional President to Lead Greater China Expansion
MLMNEXT   2015-09-10 18:28:42   0   0

COPPELL, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX), the founder of the M5MSM (Mission 5 MillionSM) Foundation, the pioneer of nutritional glycobiology and the global innovator of naturally sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, today announced the promotion of Russ Wood, Vice President of Hong Kong Sales and Marketing, to Regional President of Greater China where he will lead the company’s continued growth in Hong Kong and bring the Mannatech opportunities to new territories within China.

Wood’s promotion is a part of Mannatech’s CEO and President, Al Bala’s vision to continue global expansion while supporting the needs of Associates worldwide. After establishing its Hong Kong operations in 2013, Wood will lead Mannatech’s aggressive plan to expand its operations within China. Bala views China as a massive opportunity based on the country’s increasingly prosperous population who are making health, wellness, nutrition and fitness a priority. With strong field leadership that includes Chinese Associates in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, Mannatech is well positioned for expansion into China.

“Russ’ leadership will give Mannatech great prospects for building our operations in China,” said Bala. “Russ is committed to supporting our sales Associates and helping them build strong, long-term successful businesses within Greater China. With his extensive experience in the region, as well as his deep knowledge of the direct sales industry, we are well positioned to succeed behind Russ’ limitless energy.”

Wood has been key to Mannatech’s growth in Hong Kong. He successfully introduced new products, designed sales incentives and worked heavily with Associate leaders while designing future plans for Mannatech’s Chinese expansion. Wood will report directly to Patrick Park, Mannatech’s Regional President of Asia.

“Russ has proven his abilities to build Mannatech’s Chinese market, and I look forward to working with him to bring new wellness opportunities to those who need better health and nutrition than ever before,” said Park. “Russ has built strong relationships with Mannatech’s active and growth-focused Chinese leaders around the world who will serve as an important supporting element as he leads us into China. We will work with these sales Associate leaders to take advantage of the opportunities available to Mannatech within the business models accepted in China.”

“I am extremely excited to work with Al and Patrick to continue Mannatech’s success story we have seen around the globe,” said Wood. “My vision is to take Mannatech beyond our potential and leverage the company’s products and sales Associates to meet the wellness demands of the Chinese market. Our innovative nutritional technology is backed by science, clinical trials and patents, giving our entrepreneurial sales Associates a competitive advantage. Our Associates have the luxury of being able to build a long-term business based on a foundation of products recognized worldwide for their innovation and quality.”

Prior to joining Mannatech, Wood has held management positions over the last 20 years including international expansion, marketing and sales, operations and supply chain for several of the direct selling and wellness industry’s most successful companies. He received his BA from Brigham Young University and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

To learn more about Mannatech, its products or business opportunities, please visit Mannatech.com.

About Mannatech

Mannatech, Incorporated, develops high-quality health, weight and fitness, and skin care products that are based on the solid foundation of nutritional science and development standards. Mannatech is dedicated to its platform of Social Entrepreneurship based on the foundation of promoting, aiding and optimizing childhood nutrition where it is needed most around the world. Mannatech’s proprietary products are available through independent sales associates around the globe including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Spain and Hong Kong. For more information, visit Mannatech.com.

Please Note: This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases or terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “will,” “intend” or other similar words or the negative of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Mannatech’s objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered forward-looking statements. Mannatech believes this release should be read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Some of these factors include, among others, Mannatech’s inability to attract and retain associates and members, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes, and its planned growth into new international markets. Although Mannatech believes that the expectations, statements, and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other filings filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.

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Direct Sales Growing in Popularity, Concerns
MLMNEXT   2015-09-08 11:56:45   0   0

In 2011, Annamary Burton of Little Rock was an attorney for the Arkansas Board of Review and wanted to make some extra cash.

Her mother suggested Burton start selling Mary Kay cosmetic products.

“So I signed up, and just worked it,” said Burton, 43. “And it’s been great for me. I love the company.”

Burton is not alone. The number of people who are involved in direct selling, or multi-level marketing, has been climbing since 2011. The direct sellers pitch everything from jewelry to face creams to vitamin supplements, and usually their network of friends and family are the first to be pitched.

Multi-level marketing companies typically offer two ways a salesperson can make money: selling products that aren’t sold in stores or recruiting others to become a sales representative for the company.

The Direct Selling Association reports that 18.2 million were involved in direct selling in the United States in 2014, which is up 8.3 percent from the previous year. And the sales in the U.S. were $34.5 billion, up from $32.7 billion the previous year. In Arkansas, 216,489 people were involved in direct selling in 2014, which accounted for $210.6 million in sales, according to DSA.

The number of people who have been recruited to sell for multi-level marketing companies, though, has raised some concerns from critics of the industry.

“The message of these multi-level schemes is always the same,” said Robert FitzPatrick, the president of Pyramid Scheme Alert, a nonprofit consumer education group based in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It’s a utopian message based on the endless chain trick, so no matter how many people are involved at any moment, they are all promised unlimited income potential.”

He pointed to the recent example of the court action taken against the multi-level marketing company Vemma Nutrition Co. of Tempe, Arizona.

Last month, a federal judge in Arizona “temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme” being run by Vemma, according to a news release from the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC wants the judge to order a permanent injunction against Vemma, which sells health and wellness drinks.

Vemma claimed its direct sellers, or members, “can earn substantial income by enrolling others either as affiliates or as customers, but Vemma focuses on recruitment rather than retail sales of its products to generate this income,” according to the news release. “The vast majority of participants make no money, and most of them lose money.”

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Medifast President Gets Appointed As Chair Of Direct Selling Association (DSA)
MLMNEXT   2015-09-08 11:54:38   0   0

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:  MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, announced that Mona Ameli, President of its Take Shape For Life division, was appointed as the Chair of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) Diversity and Empowerment Council.

The Diversity and Empowerment Council strives to inform and support member companies on ways to achieve greater business success through effectively reaching and serving more diverse customer populations and partnering closely with DSA leadership to develop and implement strategies that expand access to a range of direct-selling opportunities for a diverse populace.

"Mona has been a dynamic member of the Council since its inception and her personal and on-the-ground experience will be instrumental in advancing the DSA's diversity objectives," said Meg Sheetz, CEO of Take Shape For Life.

"Mona is well recognized in the industry for her dedication, compassion and leadership within the direct selling world, including her advancement and empowerment of minorities."

"I am pleased that Mona has accepted this important position within the Association to engage our Board," said Joseph N. Mariano, DSA President. "Her experience and stature on diversity issues is well-known and well-respected across the industry, and we look forward to her perspective and leadership."

Ameli was ranked among the Top 20 Most Influential Women by Direct Selling News and was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in the state of California by the National Diversity Council. As President of Take Shape For Life, Ameli partners with Council members to advance key initiatives and provide tools and guidance to help member companies enhance their diversity outreach.  The Council formally recognizes the best practices of those leaders who have created powerful programs that have had a positive impact on their companies' revenue and growth.

"We congratulate Mona on being named Chair of the Diversity and Empowerment Council," said Mike MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Medifast. "With her proven track record championing issues of importance to women and minorities in business, she will be a great leader to the Council."

About Medifast:

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:  MED) is a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven and easy-to-use weight-loss and weight-maintenance products and programs. The company sells its products and programs via four unique distribution channels: 1) the web and national call centers, 2) the Take Shape For Life personal coaching division, 3) Medifast Weight Control Centers, and 4) a national network of physicians. Medifast was founded in 1980 and is located in Owings Mills, Maryland.

About Take Shape For Life:

Take Shape For Life® is the personal-coaching division of Medifast, Inc. The coaching network consists of independent Health Coaches who are trained to provide coaching and support to Clients using the Medifast weight-loss and weight management program and the Habits of Health System.

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Dietary supplements in walkers’ gift bags
MLMNEXT   2015-09-08 11:51:38   0   0

SHAKLEE Products (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has returned for the third time and will sponsor RM2.82mil worth of dietary supplements – the biggest amount of its sponsorship to date for Penang StarWalk 2015.

Some 30,000 dietary supplements from its fine selection of products will be distributed to the participants. The participation of Shaklee as a sponsor is in line with the company’s mission to promote a healthy lifestyle for Malaysians.

“Every participant is expected to receive three different products from the four sponsored varieties for Penang StarWalk 2015,” said Shaklee Products (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd assistant corporate affairs manager Norazah Zainal.

She added that the company had sponsored RM50,000 worth of products for Penang Starwalk last year but had decided to increase the amount of sponsorship due to the overwhelming number of participants.

“Last year, we gave out different assortment of products and this year we are giving out a new set of products for participants to try,” she said.

Their four products – Omega Guard, Vita-E Complex, GLA Complex and Vita-Lea – are suitable for the consumption for those aged 18 years and above. The rationale for introducing a distinct set of products is to distinguish it from the line-up in the previous year so that the returning participants are exposed to a wider range of the company’s products.

“For example, Vita-Lea is a supplement containing iron and calcium so it’s good for walker’s health,” she said.

This year’s event will be a non-competitive one. Registration for the walk has closed.

The 7km Starwalk will be flagged off from Penang Times Square on Sept 13 at 7am.

The premier sporting event, jointly organised by Star Media Group Bhd (formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd) and Penang Amateur Athletic Association, will take the participants through the George Town heritage trail.

YES is the platinum sponsor for the walk while E&O, Pallas, 100Plus and Magnum4D are the silver sponsors.

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Amway to sell directly to consumers
MLMNEXT   2015-09-08 11:47:43   0   0

NEW DELHI: Amway India CEO Anshu Budhraja says he wasn't worried when he was named the man in the hot seat at the direct selling agent-driven venture. After all, his predecessor and former boss William S Pinckney had been arrested for alleged violation of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act.

"Every industry faces challenges... we are no different from others, the only difference is in the last mile as we sell through agents. With concerns around Ponzi schemes, you do need safeguards against misuse," Budhraja told TOI in an interview. Having taken the controversy in his stride, the new CEO is now focusing on strengthening Amway's presence. The Indian arm of the American firm is slowly getting into the B2C. India will only be the second country after Thailand where the company will venture into this segment, but the focus will remain on agents, who will designate privileged customers.

Although the programme is a few months away from its launch, the immediate focus is on Amway's first plant in the country, coming up in Madurai, which is expected to begin commercial operations from November. "We are reengineering the supply chain and everything will be sourced from India," says Budhraja, adding that it will also be a regional production hub of sorts. Currently, Amway depends on vendors within India to meet a bulk of its product requirements.

While the current turnover is around Rs 2,000 crore, the plant has capacity to produce goods worth around $1 billion. The target is to treble the turnover to Rs 6,000 crore in the next 10 years, double the workforce in two years and increase the share of e-commerce from 30% at present to 50%. Starting with Bengaluru, it also plans to launch digital stores, replete with dieticians and beauticians to aid consumer decision-making.

The other change, Budhraja said, is to increase the focus on the under-35 segments and enter new categories such as cookware focused at the upper end of the market.

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Amway's priority is to engage with the government constructively: Anshu Budhraja
MLMNEXT   2015-09-04 16:23:26   0   0

NEW DELHI: Direct seller Amway India is looking to put behind it controversies stemming from the arrest of its top leadership over allegations related to various irregularities and regain growth momentum while charting out a new phase of engagement with the government.

Anshu Budhraja, the Rs 1,900-crore direct selling firm's first India head in 16 years, said his immediate priority is to engage with the government constructively and take Amway forward from what he said is a "point of inflexion for the next growth phase."

Amway has consistently denied any wrongdoing on its part. "An Indian leader understands the sensitivities of Indian culture," Budhraja said in an interview. "He has the benefit of growing up and being part of system. It's very simple... the way an Indian will interact with key stakeholders will be different from what a person from outside India will be able to do."

Budhraja, who has been with the company for about 15 years in roles such as sales and finance, succeeded expat Bill Pinckney, who has relocated to a global role within the $10.8 billion Amway Corp.

"China is a $30-billion direct selling industry, while in India direct selling is just 0.4 per cent of retail sales.That's one big opportunity to double the numbers... it has a leverage of 10 times," Budhraja said.

"China is a $30-billion direct selling industry, while in India direct selling is just 0.4 per cent of retail sales.That's one big opportunity to double the numbers... it has a leverage of 10 times," Budhraja said.

Amway's first company-owned plant in India, in which it has invested Rs 600 crore, will start commercial production in November.The India unit is looking to service Southeast Asian markets and turning itself into a regional product, innovation and research hub.

"Commodity prices are the lowest in some time now like crude and some other sensitive raw material prices. This is the time to really leverage these. We are reducing dependency on imports," Budhraja said. Amway's import content is down to 1-2 per cent from 2025 per cent two years back, he said. The new plant will also make Artistry super premium cosmetics, which are currently being imported. Amway has dropped prices of its largest selling protein supplement Nutrilite by 10 per cent and is signing a brand ambassador both firsts. A new category of child nutrition products, global energy drink XS and home-tech cookware are in the works, he said.

The company is also setting up 10 digital stores in consultation with Microsoft, in line with the growing switch to online. Amway India's top line contribution to its parent is just 3 per cent, but it's a top 10 market for the company in terms of growth and is targeting to be in the top three over the next decade. "We are targeting tripling turnover over the next 10 years and investing ahead of the curve," he said.

The Indian direct selling industry, which includes peers such as Oriflame and Tupperware, is about Rs 7,200 crore. "As the industry and players mature, and as the government's awareness of the potential and economic and social impact of this industry matures, then you definitely have a playing field which I believe we are getting to," he said.

On food regulator Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) directing Amway to recall some products two months ago for allegedly selling them without approvals, Budhraja said, "There's no conflict of interest with the FSSAI. It's an education process which both of us are helping each other with. For a few products, we are looking at required changes."

Amway has a portfolio of about 50 products in nutrition, three or four of which have been affected. These are not top growth drivers, it said.

The company has been an active participant in discussions with the government on the model that involves selling directly to consumers through distributors.

"The ministry of consumer affairs has now taken complete ownership of issuing guidelines on direct selling," Budhraja said."Amway is making sure the ecosystem has the right facts and has a face who it can go to. That does make a difference. I have personally made it to all meetings we have had with the ministry of consumer affairs. I feel their level of understanding with the Indian piece is much better than what it was earlier."

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Registration Open for Direct Selling Symposium Set for Salt Lake City, Sept. 23-25
MLMNEXT   2015-09-04 16:17:37   0   0

Focused on learning throughout, two-day conference is jam-packed with informative sessions and networking, with optional tour of USANA to precede event, Direct Selling Symposium organizers report

Salt Lake City, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/02/2015 -- Registration is now open for the Direct Selling Symposium® to be held at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center from Sept. 23 through 25. Aimed at everyone from those interested in building successful direct selling businesses to executives looking to diversify, the conference will allow attendees to learn directly from the Direct Selling Symposium A-Team, an all-star group of industry veterans and thought leaders.

An optional tour of Salt Lake City's fast-growing USANA direct-selling health sciences company will kick off the event on September 23, with two full days of talks, networking events, and individual consultations to follow. Topics to be covered at the Direct Selling Symposium range from strategic planning and financial considerations to marketing, common legal and regulatory issues, recruiting, and customer service. Designed to deliver an unparalleled amount of value to those who attend, the Direct Selling Symposium will be focused entirely on learning, with no selling conducted at the event.

"The time is fast approaching for what is sure to be the most important and rewarding direct selling learning event of the year," Direct Selling Symposium representative Terrel Transtrum said, "Register For The Direct Selling Symposium and or Optional Tour At USANA and be assured of coming away with a wealth of valuable, actionable new knowledge and strategies. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from the most successful and experienced direct selling professionals on the planet, and tickets are going fast."

Industry trade group the Direct Selling Association reports that more than 18 million Americans were involved with direct selling last year, accumulating total sales of well over $34 billion. Both of these figures have been growing steadily for many years, making direct sales one of the most attractive business opportunities of all for entrepreneurs today.

Organized by leading direct-sales startup consulting company LaunchSmart, the Direct Selling Symposium is one of the most highly regarded events of its kind. Held in the worldwide capital of direct selling, Salt Lake City, the conference gives attendees access to the knowledge and insights of the some of the most successful direct sales experts of all in the form of the Direct Selling Symposium A-Team.

Between them, the members of the A-Team have consulted for 54 of the world's top 100 direct selling companies, boasting more than 250 years of combined experience, all told. A-Team members include representatives from a wide range of the industry's top companies and consultancies, including Service Quest, Dan Jensen Consulting, Reese Poyfair Richards, LeapFactor, IMN, Avalara, and more, with six winners of the prestigious Direct Selling Association "Ethos Award" among them.

Direct Selling Symposium attendees will enjoy a jam-packed two-day schedule of seminars, talks, and networking events, with snacks and lunch provided on both days. The members of the Direct Selling Symposium faculty will also be available for several hours on both days for individual consulting sessions, providing targeted, incisive answers to any questions attendees might have.

Direct Selling Symposium students may also sign up for an optional, behind-the-scenes tour of well-known local direct-selling company USANA to be held on September 23. With a firm focus on learning and no selling to be conducted at the conference, the Direct Selling Symposium will be one of the most rewarding events of the year for anyone interested in multi-level marketing or direct sales.

About the Direct Selling Symposium®

Putting an all-star team of veterans at the service of attendees, the Direct Selling Symposium equips anyone interested in starting a business or diversifying into the field with everything needed to succeed.

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FOREVER LIVING WARNED BY ASA
MLMNEXT   2015-09-03 17:51:33   0   0

A Warwick-based health products distributor has been rapped by advertising regulators after complaints were made about claims on its website.

Forever Living Products (UK) Ltd, part of US-headquartered Forever Living, makes and sells a range of aloe vera-based products for the health market.

It has been warned about two claims on its website, foreverliving.com, by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint was lodged by Northamptonshire Trading Standards.

The organisation challenged whether claims about the company's Forever Therm supplement were authorised on the EU register and if claims made in an ad for clients' weight loss were in compliance with advertising codes.

Forever Living argued that the product could contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, which is authorised on the EU register in relation to vitamins B6, B12 and C, and said the case studies were genuine and could be backed up with evidence.

But the ASA upheld the complaint, concluding that the health claims did not make it clear that it was the vitamins in the product that contributed to health, but rather the formulation of Forever Therm.

The company was warned that the advertisements must not appear again in their current form.

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CLR Roasters, LLC (YGYI) Reports Cafe La Rica Now the 5th Best Selling Espresso Brand in the Nation
MLMNEXT   2015-09-03 17:39:04   0   0

SAN DIEGO, CA -(NewMediaWire) - September 01, 2015 - Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI), a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically-integrated producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels, announced today wholly owned CLR Roasters' Café La Rica Brand has moved from number 7 (seven) to 5 (five) for retail sales of espresso brands surpassing J. M. Smucker Company's, Supreme by Bustelo® and El Pico® Espresso. J. M. Smucker continues to hold the 1 (one) and 2 (two) spots by a wide margin with their Café Bustelo® and Café Pilon® Espresso brands.

Retail sales are tracked by Nielsen/IRI Date and reported in Dollar Revenue at Retail over the trailing 52 weeks. Café La Rica recorded the highest increase among all espresso brands growing 11.2% versus the prior 52 week selling cycle.

The company reported among all coffee brands, Café La Rica is now number 89 among more than 1,100 brands tracked at retail according to IRI Data.

Ernesto Aguila, President of CLR Roasters, said, "We have moved to the number 4 spot in the highly sought after Florida market which is driving our growth." He continued, "Café La Rica will be available in an additional 250 Winn Dixie Stores starting in September and its distribution via Publix Super Markets is also expected to be expanding considerably."

Dave Briskie, CFO and President of Commercial Operations of Youngevity, stated, "We are pleased that our Café La Rica Espresso Brand continues to gain traction at a wide variety of retail chains. We are confident that our Food Service Division, featuring Café La Rica Espresso scheduled to launch in Q4, should continue to build consumer and brand loyalty for our Café La Rica Brand. We believe that building company owned brands over the long run will greatly contribute to creating shareholder value."

M.J. Smucker's, owner of the Folgers Coffee Brand, acquired the Café Bustelo and Café Pilon Espresso Brands as well as their respective Florida based roasting operations in May of 2011, for $360 million. Café Bustelo and Café Pilon roasting operations have moved from Miami, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana.

About Youngevity International, Inc.

Youngevity International Inc., (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com ) is a fast-growing, innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships that comprise a "network of networks." The Company also is a vertically-integrated producer of the finest coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels. The Company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences (www.Youngevity.com) and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011, and changed its name to Youngevity International Inc. from AL International, Inc. in July 2013. For more information, visit www.YGYI.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Youngevity or follow us on Twitter @youngevity https://twitter.com/youngevity

About CLR Roasters

CLR Roasters (www.clrroasters.com) was established in 2001 and is a wholly-owned a subsidiary of Youngevity International. CLR Roasters produces coffees under its own Cafe LaRica brand, as well as under a variety of private labels through major national sales outlets, hospitality, cruise lines, health and wellness facilities, office coffee service providers, and convenience store distribution. It also produces a unique line of coffees with health benefits under the JavaFit® brand.

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Mannatech’s Executive Promotions to Fuel Company Momentum
MLMNEXT   2015-09-03 17:36:30   0   0

COPPELL, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX), the founder of the M5MSM (Mission 5 Million SM) Foundation, the pioneer of nutritional glycobiology and the global innovator of naturally sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, today announced a series of executive promotions designed to fuel the company’s continued global expansion and commitment to providing world-class support to its independent sales Associates and customers.

Under the leadership of new CEO and President, Al Bala, Joel Bikman has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Landen Fredrick has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and IT. Additionally, Chris Simons, Regional President, will add North America to his areas of responsibility.

These promotions are a result of the company strengthening major elements of its external and internal business functions by leveraging the skills and talents of its senior executives.

“We are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of our sales Associates, and to do so we need to move quickly and on an international scale,” said Bala. “These outstanding leaders will ensure we create a culture where our sales Associates can build the best, most stable, long-term businesses possible. By providing our sales Associates with results-driven leadership, we’ll be able to elevate our sales Associates and continue to experience the revenue and profit growth we’ve seen during the last few years.”

The company’s Research and Development and Customer Service teams will be integrated with the Sales and Marketing department and will report to Bikman, Mannatech’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bikman has been with Mannatech since 2014.

“We want to provide a uniquely great product and brand experience for each of our Associates and their customers,” said Bikman. “Aligning these departments will result in quick, visible, coordinated improvements in each interaction with the company.”

Internal operations, including Mannatech’s Information Technology group, will synergize with the company’s Supply Chain and Regulatory Affairs organizations for greater agility and efficiency. The company’s focus on IT and global positioning of its supply chain will provide a competitive edge for its sales Associates and further the company’s international expansion into new, growing markets. Fredrick, Mannatech’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and IT, will lead this effort. Fredrick has been with Mannatech since 2006.

“I am looking forward to bringing our Associates a high-performing team, which will focus on meeting their needs worldwide,” said Fredrick. “This will increase our efficiencies to keep pace with our Associates’ growth.”

Mannatech Regional President, Chris Simons, will add North America to his list of oversight responsibilities, which currently includes Europe, South Africa and Australasia. Simons has provided pivotal leadership in these markets and in supporting the implementation of the company’s 3-Point Plan system, which helps sales Associates advance their business and personal development. Simons’ added responsibilities are part of Bala’s vision to be more nimble in a dynamic global market, and provide best-in-class support to meet the needs of its sales Associates and customers. Simons has been with Mannatech since 2008.

“It is a great honor to be able to work with the incredible local leadership in North America. I am committed to do whatever I can to support Mannatech’s growing sales force around the world,” said Simons.

These new leadership responsibilities will be implemented immediately. Individuals interested in Mannatech’s products or business opportunity can learn more at Mannatech.com.

About Mannatech

Mannatech, Incorporated, develops high-quality health, weight and fitness, and skin care products that are based on the solid foundation of nutritional science and development standards. Mannatech is dedicated to its platform of Social Entrepreneurship based on the foundation of promoting, aiding and optimizing childhood nutrition where it is needed most around the world. Mannatech’s proprietary products are available through independent sales associates around the globe including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Spain and Hong Kong. For more information, visit Mannatech.com.

Please Note: This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases or terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “will,” “intend” or other similar words or the negative of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Mannatech’s objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered forward-looking statements. Mannatech believes this release should be read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Some of these factors include, among others, Mannatech’s inability to attract and retain associates and members, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes, and its planned growth into new international markets. Although Mannatech believes that the expectations, statements, and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other filings filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.

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Hyperwallet Strengthens Direct Selling Team with Hire of Industry Leader
MLMNEXT   2015-09-02 20:53:43   0   0

Jennifer Anderson joins Hyperwallet's sales team

Hyperwallet Systems Inc. ("Hyperwallet"), a leading global payouts provider to millions of independent workers, today announced the addition of Jennifer Anderson to their U.S. Sales team. Anderson will focus primarily on the direct selling industry, where Hyperwallet has been delivering the industry-leading commission distribution platform for more than a decade.

Anderson boasts nearly 20 years of experience in direct selling. Through her illustrious career, she has held roles in sales, marketing, business development, and technology, with direct selling organizations and with their service providers. Anderson comes to Hyperwallet from Leapfactor, a mobile software developer, where she worked with direct selling clients to develop applications aimed at boosting sales and fueling growth. Prior to joining Leapfactor, Anderson managed sales at IMN, a digital marketing firm.

"I am personally very excited to have Jennifer join the Hyperwallet team as she is a well-respected colleague and direct selling industry veteran," said Patrick Crosson, SVP of Direct Selling Industry at Hyperwallet. "Jennifer’s industry knowledge, relationships, experience, passion, and boundless energy make her the perfect fit for Hyperwallet."

"I carefully choose career avenues that allow me to continue to be an advocate for the field," said Anderson. "Making sure that the field has access to the tools they need to drive recruitment, retention, and sales is important to me."

Anderson has a true passion for the direct selling industry. She is one of the founding members of the Direct Selling Symposium, an educational event hosted by some of the leading minds in direct selling. Anderson is also a member of the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance and frequently volunteers with the Direct Selling Association.

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Traders' body wants law to regulate direct selling business
MLMNEXT   2015-09-02 20:51:37   0   0

Asks Consumer Affairs Minister Paswan for norms on capital, infra and investments to protect both industry and consumer

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has sought a separate legislation to regulate and monitor direct selling business in the country.

"The Indian direct selling industry is growing at a phenomenal rate and has a huge growth potential. More than 50 per cent distributors engaged in direct selling business are household women and in this way, the direct selling business is promoting women empowerment in the country to a distinct level", said CAIT national secretary general Praveen Khandelwal.

CAIT in a a letter to Union minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said, "Since the direct selling industry is poised for growth, it is imperative to bring it under an appropriate legislation. The legislation should include safeguards to protect the interest of industry as well as consumers. Parameters like minimum capital/equity invested, investment in manufacturing plant, physical infrastructure to provide sales, training and grievance related support, mandatory legal enforceable contract with distributors, transparent disclosures by a direct selling company for its products & services should be included in regulatory mechanism for direct selling industry."

Rajat Banerji, chairman, Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) said, "This industry offers self-employment to over five million Indians - 60 per cent direct sellers are women. Virtually, all direct selling companies make in India. But like all emerging forms of products distribution (such as e-commerce), there are some operational challenges for this industry which can be addressed by regulatory clarifications such as guidelines or indeed legislation for this industry. Several countries, like Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK have legislations in place for this industry, and we believe that the true potential of this industry will be realized, once there is legislation in place that protects consumers, direct sellers as well as direct selling entities."

The direct selling business in the country has grown from Rs 3300 crore in 2009-2009 to Rs 7200 crore in 2012-13. According to a KPMG report, the industry will touch a turnover of Rs 64,500 crore by 2025. As per KPMG projections, direct selling would generates taxes of around Rs 9000 crore by 20125, engaging 18.1 million direct sellers of which 10.6 million are projected to be women.

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Amway eyes Rs 6,000 crore revenue from India ops in 10 years
MLMNEXT   2015-09-02 20:49:27   0   0

Multi-level marketing company Amway is looking at trebling its sales in the country to up to Rs 6,000 crore over the next ten years, a senior executive said on Monday.

"We are looking at trebling our sales to Rs 6,000 crore from the current Rs 2,000 crore in 10 years," Amway India General Manager Anshu Budhraja told PTI on sidelines of an event here.

Even as direct selling has seen a significant downturn globally, Amway has bet big on India and has invested in a Rs 600-crore manufacturing plant despite several regulatory hurdles plaguing the sector.

It currently has 150 physical stores, 65 warehouses, and delivers to 9,000 pin-codes, Budhraja said.

In the domestic market, direct selling is currently regulated by the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes Act where lately several schemes have come under the government scanner with its executives getting arrested for frauds.

Last year, Amway's India chief executive William Pinckney was arrested by Kerala Police citing violation of laws.

"No business has stopped because of ambiguity. Despite all the hurdles, we are confident of the market here," Budhraja added.

The company is looking to make India the manufacturing hub for neighbouring countries in South Asia and is looking to produce nutrition and cosmetic products here, he said.

He also expects the direct selling market in the country to explode, growing to Rs 67,000 crore in the next ten years from the present Rs 7,200 crore.

"It is a great self-employment opportunity and in the next ten years, the number of direct sellers are expected to grow to 18 million from the current 5 million," Budhraja said.

Amway is looking at digital engagement as a key enabler of business.

"Presently, 65% of business comes through direct selling and 35% comes through e-commerce," he said, adding that like most retail businesses, direct selling should also leverage the facility offered through online shopping.

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JEC Healthy Living Launches Youngevity Products
MLMNEXT   2015-09-02 20:44:09   0   0

Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/31/2015 -- JEC Healthy Living has unveiled the range of Youngevity products including Health supplements that can make a world of difference to users who want to bring about a positive change in their lives.

With growing emphasis on Fitness and overall well-being amongst people, there is a need for supplements and products that help them reach their goals. Youngevity, a company set up in 1991, has been offering these solutions to users for some time now. In fact it has spent a lot of time and effort on isolating 90 essential nutrients for human body. These vitamins, minerals etc are available to users through the expansive range of its products.

JEC Healthy Living is a dedicated online store that has brought them at one's fingertips. Those interested can browse through the different Beauty products, supplements it has in store for them, and make their purchases conveniently.

Some of the products available at JEC Healthy Living include:

GTO XT capsules for igniting one's passion. A pack of 30 capsules is available at $71.50.

Bio-Lumin Nightly Essence, which is a Probiotic Bacteria – Systemic Enzyme. Users can buy it at the store for $94.29.

YGY Botanical skincare products can be bought for $72.86.

Ultimate Youth Green Super Food, a dietary supplement is available for $59.00.

These dietary supplements in particular have huge merits for users today because the foods people eat just don't have the nutrition their bodies need. It's because of several factors like irrigation, mining, pollution that have left the soil deficient in natural minerals. But Youngevity has offered users a way around it in the form of these products that can have age defying benefits for them.

Those who want to make these healthy changes in their Lifestyle can buy these products at JEC Healthy Living without having to worrying about the crowds at the malls. They can easily find them at one place, which saves them a lot of time. Moreover the online store also has several discounts offers for them on a regular basis, which helps them save money too.

About JEC Healthy Living

Youngevity is a brand that has isolated 90 essential nutrients for optimum functioning of human body and mind. They have been packed in the form of various supplements and products, which users can now find at JEC Healthy Living.

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