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Many shoppers are striving to lead healthier lives. A trip down a crowded grocery aisle will verify that more and more consumers are reading food labels in an effort to avoid foods that are high in sodium, unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. But what happens when the labels of not-so-great foods fight back?

Our skin says a lot about us. Whether we’re tired, stressed out or eating an unbalanced diet, our skin will tell the tales. Natural skincare and makeup companies are hard at work to ensure our outer layer is glowing and healthy with products that are more innovative than ever. Topical probiotics, plant stem cells and long-lasting mineral makeup are just some of the tools personal care specialists are using to help shoppers look—and feel—their best.

There’s a group of shoppers I bet you know well. They enter your store with a determined look, make a beeline for your supplements section and head to the register with a few bottles of green food supplements in their arms. This happens every month or so, with clockwork regularity. In short, they’re green foods die-hards.

Vegetarianism and veganism are increasingly common lifestyle choices, while raw foods constitutes a health craze that is gaining in popularity. But practitioners of the three diets discussed in this article are all likely looking, at least in part, to further their wellbeing.

Mira Loma, CA—Wakunaga of America opened a new facility, here, at the end of January and held a grand opening ceremony to mark the occasion. The site is Wakunaga’s largest plant expansion in 40 years, and is its third facility in Southern California.

Moshers Organic Co., LLC is offering several varieties of organic grain in bulk quantities. Available are hard white winter wheat, hard red winter wheat, and Millet and Dehulled Millet. The company specializes in white wheat. All grain is tested for chemicals and has a ScoringAg Trace Back to ensure full chain traceability. An organic specific elevator is used to load and store the grain. Moshers Organic wheat is certified organic by OCIA International and meets organic specifications laid out by the National Organic Program and the European Union.

NutraGenesis LLC now offers WellBody•365, which provides “balanced, efficacious immune support.” This clinically tested ingredient combines Maitake mushroom extract plus Sensoril (a branded Ashwagandha extract). This highly bioavailable ingredient is GRAS and safe for everyday use.

Lalmin Vita D is the newest ingredient to debut from Lallemand Health Ingredients. The product contains elevated levels of vitamin D and is made with inactivated whole cell yeast. With 8,000 IU of vitamin D per gram, Lalmin Vita D it is intended for food fortification, softgels, capsules and tablets, says the firm.