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!

Editorial

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.

Washington, D.C.—Dietary supplement and functional food companies will have an opportunity to gain insight into regulatory compliance matters at The Regulatory Conference on May 5. Hosted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the conference will feature interactive sessions with industry experts and regulatory officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 

Tip of the Month

Paying for social media promotion has been a recent trend for businesses of all sizes. Here are a few things that are important to know before considering paying for advertisements on social media.

Last month I told you why I think it’s very hard to take the USDA dietary guidelines very seriously. In fact, I think the whole notion of looking to the government for guidelines on eating is ludicrous. 

Rose Weitzner, Vegan Trade Council

The importance of sustainable and ethically-produced goods is growing in demand in the vegan, organic, and natural foods marketplace. Retail TouchPoints, an online publishing network for retail executives, recently released a new report entitled, Retail Sustainability in an Omnichannel World – Embracing Technology and Data to Educate the Socially Conscious Consumer, which cites a number of studies that further evidences this growing trend.

vitamin B12

A new study published in PLOS ONE has been able to correlate low vitamin B12 levels in the brain with age, autism and schizophrenia. The researchers collected postmortem brain samples from 43 control subjects ranging in age from 19 weeks of gestation to 80 years, as well as 12 autistic subjects (4-9 years of age) and nine schizophrenic subjects (36-49 years of age).

Are we at a point in history in which a protocol, mostly and exclusively utilized as a solution to various testing parameters, has now become a necessity for not just preventative health, but to even live up to our current life expectancy?

USDA

Washington — On Monday, February 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers to go toward research or extension projects aimed at helping producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease as it is more commonly known. According to Secretary Tom Vilsack, this disease has affected over 75% of Florida citrus crops and continues to threaten production across the United States.