Glanbia Performance Nutrition and PhD Nutrition join European sports nutrition trade association

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has announced that leading nutrition companies Glanbia Performance Nutrition and PhD Nutrition have joined its membership.

Glanbia Performance Nutrition, which owns Optimum Nutrition, BSN and GNUK , manufacturing and selling nutritional ingredient solutions to the food and supplement industries in 130 countries worldwide, and PhD Nutrition – which invests in innovative and inspirational sports nutrition products targeted at athletes – join ESSNA’s 32-strong membership of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers committed to meeting and upholding European Union regulations on the content and labelling of sports nutrition products. This follows on from NBTY Europe and, who have also joined in recent weeks.

ESSNA has also announced the launch of its new website as it continues to develop following its expansion as a campaigning body to become a formal trade association earlier this year. ESSNA has now taken on the role of ‘policing’ the European sports nutrition industry to ensure compliance with EU regulation.

Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA, said:

“We are delighted that Glanbia Performance Nutrition and PhD nutrition, both of which are hugely respected, have taken the decision to join ESSNA.  This very much sends a message to other companies that we’ll be stronger together, working to make sure that as an industry we are meeting EU regulations that are designed to inform and protect consumers. We look forward to further expanding our membership to aid the incredible growth that our industry has and we hope will continue to see over the coming years.“

Jonathan Drake, Marketing Director at Glanbia Performance Nutrition said:

“We are delighted to be joining ESSNA. We view quality as fundamental to our mission and success, and to ensure quality we must assure food safety. Regulatory compliance remains a top priority for us and being a member of ESSNA will push forward our intents to consistently improve the inherent value of our systems and products.”

Jason Rickaby, Managing Director and Co-Founder of PhD Nutrition said:

“PhD Nutrition are delighted to join ESSNA at a time when the sports nutrition industry is growing both quickly and in a professional manner. It has always been PhD Nutrition’s objective to help lead the market towards a less confusing, more transparent consumer offering, away from the none-compliant, grey area imports that are potentially damaging towards our great industry. PhD aim to work tirelessly with ESSNA, and other respected brands, to help ensure maximum consumer trust in their chosen purchase.”

ESSNA General Secretary, Chris Whitehouse, adds:

“ESSNA continues to go from strength to strength in becoming the lead association in this area. These new members will give even more power to its elbow.”