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cbd hemp

Washington, D.C. – In response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning letters regarding mislabeling, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the non-profit North American hemp trade association, put out a statement underscoring their position that cannabidiols (CBDs) can be marketed as dietary supplements, not only as pharmaceutical drugs.

grocery briefs

News from industry food companies.


If your personal care section hasn’t branched out much beyond moisturizers and bar soap, you (and your shoppers) could be missing out on some up-and-coming product areas. Check out these skin and hair care categories, which are seeing increased interest from shoppers.


Weight management supplements are not designed to do all the work for you. The path to weight loss is a proactive one, taken on by a person who has decided to make an active change in one’s life. Supplements that target satiety serve to assist in those on a weight-loss path in jumping one of the greatest hurdles: self control. Satiety is defined as the feeling of fullness and satisfaction after completing a meal. Hunger and cravings are perhaps the biggest killer of diets.


As spring approaches, you may be tempted to stop and smell the flowers, or perhaps even take in a deep breath of fresh air. However, if you are one of the 50 million Americans affected by allergies, this might be the last thing you want to do (1). The number of people living in the United States with seasonal allergies is steadily increasing, with about 30% of adults and 40% of children complaining of allergy symptoms (1). For some, allergies pose a year-round war, with spring being the ultimate battle for sufferers. As allergy season approaches, equipping your customers with natural relief options and prevention tips can make all the difference between enjoying the season or spending it sneezing.

culinary oil

Whether your customers are devout foodies or just cooking to sustain themselves, anyone standing behind the stove will likely have a bottle of some kind of oil. Americans spend about six hours per week cooking and in 2015, private label brands of olive oil alone grossed nearly $320 million (1, 2). But, with so many culinary oils, do your customers really know what they are purchasing and why?

Expo West

Get ready for five days jam-packed with new sights, seminars and products. Natural Products Expo West, co-located with Engredea, is back for 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim Hilton, from March 9 to 13. With more than 70,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibits expected at the event, Expo West is a veritable cornucopia for anything and everything in natural, organic and healthy products. Since there will be more than enough to see, hear and do during your time there, here are some highlights for the days and nights ahead. And when you head over to the trade show floor, be sure to stop by WholeFoods at Booth 2011 for free bags of samples and literature!


I’m no product formulator, but I bet it’s pretty common to say, every so often, “Hey, what the Joneses are doing down the street is pretty smart. Let’s try to do it, too.” Copycat products are launched all the time, and it’s usually not remarkable. Unless, the second-string player in the game had previously called foul—very loudly—on an all-star member of the team.