Paper or plastic? Or, neither? Decisions about which shopping bags to use or which canteen to buy make a difference—make the eco-friendly choice.

Former Arkansas Governor and 2007 Natural Products Association (NPA) Keynote Speaker Mike Huckabee continues to stress the need for Americans to improve their lifestyle. I chatted with Governor Huckabee at the 2007 NPA convention and again this year. Huckabee, an avid supporter of dietary supplements, still wants to give citizens more control over their own health care choices.

If you were to close your store tomorrow, what would your customers miss most? I ask the question to help you pinpoint what makes your store different from your competitors.

Whole Foods Market has been aggressively trying to shake the “Whole Paycheck” reputation for years, but a recent tweet by a faithful shopper may have set the chain back a few steps back in this endeavor.

FutureCeuticals now offers Whole Food Organic Grasses that are non-GMO, clean label and gluten free. The company says its field-grown whole food grasses are slowly nurtured and are only harvested twice yearly, to produce a nutrient dense grass. Varieties include N1148 Organic Wheatgrass Powder, N1149 Organic Barley Grass Powder and N1150 Organic Oat Grass Powder.

DSM has launched a new digestive enzyme: Tolerase G (alanyl aminopeptidase), which is said to help break down residual gluten in the stomach. The company states, “The results of a new in-vitro study published in the peer-reviewed journal, PlosONE, show that the AN-PEP digestive enzyme degrades gluten molecules in the stomach more effectively than other commercially available supplements.”

Anderson Global Group now offers AllSweet Low-Calorie Sugar. The firm says the sweetener used in this product, allulose, is naturally occurring in fruits and other foods, and browns like sugar during baking. “At only 0.3 kcal/g, AllSweet Allulose Low-Calorie Sugar provides a clean, satisfying sweetness to beverage, bakery, frozen, confectionary and dairy applications,” says the company.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

derma e has developed a Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask that purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then exfoliates away micropollutants for purely glowing skin. Infused with marine algae extracts, activated charcoal and apricot seed powder, this multi-tasking mask leaves skin looking fresh and healthy.