A look back at some of the biggest headlines to affect the industry over the past five years.
In most cases, the events are listed under the months in which they were reported by WholeFoods Magazine.
• Whole Foods Market (WFM) sells $425M of stock.
• USDA approves first rules about organic fish.
• WFM objects to FTC’s block of Wild Oats merger.
• FDA allows stevia’s GRAS status.
• WholeFoods Magazine celebrates 25th
anniversary under the management of the Wainer Family.
• Pres. Obama sets sights on healthcare reform.
• Sales of HFCS-free products soar.
• AHA supports omega-6s for heart health.
• FAO predicts drop in cereal prices.
• New AER labeling may cost industry $44.8M.
• Margaret Hamburg, M.D., is FDA Commissioner.
• Congress considers ban of BPA in food containers.
• Cash-strapped consumers turn to supplements.
• Distributor Tree of Life goes up for sale.
• Two million pounds of pistachios are recalled.
• Organic farming produces more nutritious food.
• Gluten-free foods still on the rise.
• Supplements add $60B to U.S. economy.
• FDA seizes Hydroxycut bodybuilding supplements.
• U.S., Canada, Australia to co-develop on GM wheat.
• Good Earth is WholeFoods’ Retailer of the Year.
• Hamburg promises tougher food safety enforcement.
• Biggest-ever vitamin D, omega-3s study planned.
• FDA will allow some health claims for selenium.
• Attorney J. Emord sues FDA for health claim rights.
• WholeFoods offers private labeling webcast.
• The Vitamin Shoppe files for IPO.
• Industry mourns loss of Shari Lieberman.
• New guidance on AERs available.
• Organic food nutritionally the same, study says.
• Congress passes Food Safety Enhancement Act.
• Hamburg outlines plan for speedy enforcement.
• WFM shoppers shun Mackey’s healthcare stance.
• Emord straps FDA with more lawsuits.
• Americans say, “Hold the salt!”
• Harkin to chair HELP Committee.
• Legitimacy of bodybuilding supplements questioned.
• USDA, FDA to collaborate on food safety standards.
• National soda tax deemed controversial.
• Atrium buys Garden of Life.
• Food facilities required to report adulteration.
• FDA promises uniform front-of-packaging system by 2011.
• The Vitamin Shoppe goes public.
• Emord again takes FDA to task.
• IOM suggests overhaul of school meals.
• HELP Committee has Food Safety Modernization Act hearing.
• USDA Organic certification in the works for HABA.
• Food Safety Initiative advances in Senate.
• IOM petitioned for omega-3s DRIs.
• Supplement Safety Now group asks Congress for more regs.
• DEA classifies three compounds as steroids.
• KeHE buys Tree of Life.
• Mackey resigns as WFM chairman.
• FDA issues draft guidance on liquid supplements, drinks.
• Ethnic food sales continue to rise.
• Sen. McCain proposes Dietary Supplements Safety Act.
• FDA concerned about infants ingesting BPA.
• Industry supports Haiti earthquake victims.
• Martek buys Amerifit Brands.
• Atrium acquires Nutri-Health Supplements.
• NPA extends standard to homecare.
• Lawsuit filed against fish oil makers.
• Ear candle companies receive warning letters.
• USDA issues rule on pasture access for organic livestock.
• WholeFoods Magazine launches www.
• 17 food makers sent warning letters for claims, mislabeling.
• Audit points to problems with organic program.
• NPA West and Rocky Mountains offices close.
• New Seasons Market is WholeFoods’
Retailer of the Year.
• Organic hot despite cold economy.
• FDA seeks data on front-of-package labeling.
• EPA to assess BPA’s effect on environment.
• IOM asks FDA to hold supplements/foods to drugs standards.
• Pesticides linked to ADHD.
• Mackey to share title of WFM CEO.
• WFM bans krill oil sales.
• Sprouts Farmers Market opens 50th store.
• Center for Food Safety (CFA) sues Monsanto over GMOs.
• Congress says no to expanding FTC’s authority.
• Alfalfa’s reclaims Boulder store.
• WFM pulls kombucha from shelves.
• BASF buys Cognis.
• Supreme Court overturns ban on GM alfalfa seeds.
• FDA launches safety reporting e-portal.
• Dietary guidelines call for lifestyle changes.
• Artificial food dyes linked to cancer, ADHD.
• NBTY now owned by Carlyle Group
• All One is acquired by Nutraceutical Corp.
• Hain acquires Greek Gods yogurts.
• Monk fruit sweetener gaining popularity.
• Trygg Pharma buys EPAX.
• Organic eggs hot after mainstream salmonella outbreak.
• Industry groups fight against expanded AERs.
• October named non-GMO month.
• WholeFoods’ first eDirectory launched.
• FDA weighs decision to allow GM salmon.
• Tunie’s ownership shifts to Taylor Hamilton.
• WFM enacts new green packaging guidelines.
• Corn refiners petition FDA to rename HFCS.
• NPA certifies first home care ingredients.
• FTC targets POM Wonderful marketing.
• 11 senators try to halt GM salmon approval.
• FTC sets sights on greenwashers.
• IOM offers first RDAs for vitamin D, calcium.
• Report cites benefits of organic dairy.
• Food prices climb due to inflation.
• Jack LaLanne passes away at the age of 96.
• Food Safety Modernization Act becomes law.
• USDA offers changes to “made with organic” rules.
• DuPont buys Danisco for $5.8B.
• Certain meats must now feature nutrition facts.
• Sprouts Farmers Market merges with Henry’s.
• The Vitamin Shoppe announces expansion.
• Spending on organic food rises.
• USDA deregulates GM alfalfa, allows planting of GM sugar beets.
• GNC hits stock market with IPO.
• Japan’s tsunami/earthquake cause uptick in potassium iodide sales.
• FDA fails to restrict harmful artificial food dyes.
• Anti-GM lawsuits filed against USDA by CFS.
• Higher doses of vitamin D recommended.
• Pfizer sells off Capsugel for $2.375B.
• NPA celebrates 75th tradeshow.
• WholeFoods Magazine mourns loss of circulation director and co-founder, Sandra Wainer.
• Food Safety Modernization Act gives FDA more authority.
• Willner Chemists celebrates 100th anniversary.
• Natur-Tyme named WholeFoods’ Retailer of the Year.
• MyPlate replaces food pyramid.
• Flooding affects agriculture in U.S. South.
• AGree initiative launched to change food policy.
• Fair Trade logo boosts sales.
• Durbin pushes Dietary Supplement Labeling Act.
• NDI draft guidance issued.
• Retailer aids Joplin, MO, tornado victims.
• Backlash continues against NDIG.
• Glutino acquired by Smart Balance.
• FDA raids raw milk distributor.
• Grassroots efforts organized against NDIG.
• Industry loses Carlson Labs founder John Carlson.
• Big studies question supplement safety.
• FDA considers renaming high-fructose corn syrup.
• FDA says “no” to weight-loss claims for hoodia.
• Durbin questions enforcement of supplements AERs.
• Wild Flavors acquires some of A.M. Todd Ingredients.
• Parry Limited acquires Valensa.
• FDA sends warning letters to HCG makers.
• Congress proposes changes to school lunches.
• Vitamin E prices on the rise.
• Military investigates DMAA as cause of deaths.
• USDA warns of fraudulent organic certifications.
• Global grain production takes hit.
• USDA exempts algal DHA from organic standards.
• Just Label It Campaign collects signatures supporting GMO labeling.
• Senators ask FDA to drop NDIG. Agency says no.
• Warning letter sent in response to Expo East-disseminated literature.
• Organic milk supply falls short of demand.
• Bragg Live Foods celebrates 100th anniversary.
• EU and U.S. agree to organic equivalency.
• Sprouts merges with Sunflower Farmers Market.
• Pfizer buys Alacer (maker of Emergen-C).
• General Mills buys Food Should Taste Good.
• Ian’s and Horizon Wild merge into Elevation Brands.
• Dole buys Mrs. May’s.
• Arsenic in organic products stirs concern.
• Warning letters sent to 10 DMAA manufacturers.
• Annie’s Inc. goes public.
• Proctor & Gamble buys New Chapter.
• Schiff buys Airborne for $150 million.
• WholeFoods Magazine launches Market Research Store at www.wholefoodsmagazine.com/marketresearch.
• DSM buys Ocean Nutrition.
• Jimbo’s…Naturally! named WholeFoods’ Retailer of the Year.
• Consumer group asks FDA to drop “corn syrup.”
• Annual organic sales rise to $30B.
• FDA nixes “corn syrup” name change.
• Durbin anti-supplement legislation voted down.
• Court upholds FTC’s complaint against POM Wonderful.
• Smart Balance acquires Udi’s.
• John Gay signs on as NPA CEO.
• Industry mourns loss of retailer Joseph M. Bassett.
• WholeFoods Magazine launches mobile site.
• Childhood obesity correlated with soft drinks.
• FDA will reconsider NDIG.
• Drought takes toll on organic industry.
• Durbin contacts industry trades about GMP compliance.
• Bill aims to stop illegal anabolic steroids.
• Antibiotics use in livestock under scrutiny.
• UK outlaws DMAA.
• The Organic Center merges with the OTA.
• Bioforce USA buys Annemarie Borlind.
• Study says organics aren’t healthier.
• Stores tell Hershey to source cocoa ethically.
• Hurricane Sandy affects East Coast businesses.
• CA votes down Prop 37, which would require GMO labeling.
• FTC finalizes Green Guides.
• Report focuses on arsenic in rice.
• FDA releases health findings about energy drinks.
• Explosion destroys krill oil production plant.
• Bayer buys Schiff.
• WholeFoods prints 35th Annual Retailer Survey.
• Sales of non-GMO products soar.
• Food facilities must renew registration biennially.
• WholeFoods Magazine, NPA collaborate on Sandy disaster relief.
• Sunland peanut facility closes for salmonella.
• Rule enacted for 5% residue testing in organic.
• NBTY buys Balance Bar.
• Vitamin Shoppe buys Super Supplements.
• NPA MarketPlace canceled.
• JAMA, NYT publish opinions on energy drinks.
• GMO labeling ballot initiative submitted in WA.
• WholeFoods launches SourceBook Online, http://directory.wholefoodsmagazine.com.
• Sen. Harkin announces retirement for 2015.
• Durbin seeks answers on energy drinks.
• FDA gets 32,000+ comments on Frankenfish.
• POM Wonderful appeal blocked.
• Sprouts Farmers Market opens 150th store.
• USDA shuts down produce-testing program.
• WFM to have GMO labeling policy by 2018.
• Court says supplements are food under Prop 65.
• Warren Buffett’s company buys H.J. Heinz Co.
• GAO releases report on AERs.
• Bodybuilder Joe Weider passes away.
• Discrepancies found on caffeine content labels.
• FDA tells shoppers to stay away from DMAA.
• Sprouts Farmers Market is WholeFoods Magazine Retailer of the Year.
• Federal GMO labeling bill introduced.
• Solgar founder Allen Skolnick passes away.
• NPA proposes to expand membership.
• Nourish America helps OK tornado victims.
• Connecticut passes first GMO labeling law.
• Sprouts Farmers Market files for IPO.
• Supreme Court sides with Monsanto in GMO seed case.
• WhiteWave breaks away from Dean Foods.
• Hain Celestial Group acquires Ella’s Kitchen, Danone buys Happy Family, Campbell Soup buys Plum Organics.
• FDA seizes 3,200 cases of DMAA from GNC.
• AMA says obesity is a disease.
• KeHE drops Tree of Life name.
• B&G Foods acquires Pirate Brands.
• FMC buys Epax.
• FDA sets final standard for “gluten free”.
• FDA wants illegal diabetes claims stopped.
• WholeFoods Magazine debuts The Gourmet Guru column.
• NBTY’s Arthur Rudolph passes away.
• WholeFoods Magazine publisher observes vitamin distribution in Peru with Vitamin Angels.
• Study questions use of oral aloe.
• FDA okays spirulina-based blue coloring.
• Colorado floods spur industry to charity.
• NPA membership criteria to remain the same.
• U.S. and Japan agree on organic equivalency.
• New bill proposes changes to nutrition labels.
• “Monsanto Protection Act” may get rolled back.
• Washington State GMO label measure fails.
• Call issued for FDA enforcement of NDI
• Retailers vow not to sell GE salmon.
• FDA seizes more DMAA supplements.
• Journal retracts study linking GMOs to cancer.
• Report suggests GMOs a factor in gluten sensitivity.
• Trans-fats may be banned by FDA.
• Partnership results in natural store brands on Walmart.com.
• Industry responds to negative editorial on multis.
• WFM to drop Chobani due to GMOs.
• WholeFoods Magazine celebrates 30 years of ownership by the Wainer Family.
• WholeFoods president Howard Wainer wins President’s Award from the Natural Products Association.
Published in WholeFoods Magazine, February 2014