Adam Goodman. NPA East

Lobbying efforts at both the national and state levels have been effective (so far) at keeping the legislative wolves at bay. However, as 2016 unfolds (in a presidential election cycle no less), investigations are underway in as many as 12 states (and territories), and hearings have been taking place on Capitol Hill.

pet food

As consumers educate themselves about potential contaminants and toxic ingredients in products, they are not only choosing a healthier lifestyle for themselves, but also for their families, which include their beloved pets. To ensure their four-legged family members are living longer, healthier and happy lives, pet parents are taking the plunge into humanization mode; purchasing for their pets what they would purchase for themselves. This, of course, means that pet dollars can still be captured by natural retailers—as long as products offerings are safe, healthy and suit the dietary and hygienic needs of the new-age pet.

pet food

As consumers educate themselves about potential contaminants and toxic ingredients in products, they are not only choosing a healthier lifestyle for themselves, but also for their families, which include their beloved pets. To ensure their four-legged family members are living longer, healthier and happy lives, pet parents are taking the plunge into humanization mode; purchasing for their pets what they would purchase for themselves. This, of course, means that pet dollars can still be captured by natural retailers—as long as products offerings are safe, healthy and suit the dietary and hygienic needs of the new-age pet.

pet food

As consumers educate themselves about potential contaminants and toxic ingredients in products, they are not only choosing a healthier lifestyle for themselves, but also for their families, which include their beloved pets. To ensure their four-legged family members are living longer, healthier and happy lives, pet parents are taking the plunge into humanization mode; purchasing for their pets what they would purchase for themselves. This, of course, means that pet dollars can still be captured by natural retailers—as long as products offerings are safe, healthy and suit the dietary and hygienic needs of the new-age pet.

navy pier chicago

Chicago, IL—Some 2,000 industry members are expected to make their way to the Windy City for William Reed Business Media’s inaugural The Healthy & Natural Show. The three-day show will take place May 5­–7 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Here are five key things to do while attending the show.

Robert M. Califf, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Silver Spring, MD—Robert M. Califf has been confirmed as the new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Murray, Free Wellness Summit

Dr. Michael Murray, author of more 30 books about natural health and director of product science and innovation at Natural Factors, will host one of the largest online summits from March 14 through March 22. Registration for the "Natural Medicine, Healting and Wellness Summit" is free at http://naturalmedicinesummit.com.

2015 CRN Consumer Survey Results

Washington, D.C.—Americans remain consistent and happy with their dietary supplements, according to new data from the Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The firm recently released a new website with new data from the 2015 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements at http://www.crnusa.org/CRNconsumersurvey/2015/index.html.

KeHe, Monterrey Provision

Naperville, IL—KeHe has acquired San Diego-based Monterrey Provision Company, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor of retail grocery products. The acquisition is said to help advance KeHe’s strategic plan to be a trusted distributor for natural, organic and specialty products.