News and notes from industry suppliers.

New York, NY—Natural products suppliers and manufacturers are gearing up for one of the biggest supplier-oriented tradeshows of the year. SupplySide MarketPlace will be held at the Javitz Center in New York City, April 30–May 2. Here are some highlights from this year’s show:

Strip away the associations with “greenness” and Earth Day, and the word “environment” should mean something equivalent to “surroundings.” Nobody wants their surroundings to be poor or unhealthy, but some consumers are more conscious of this need than others, manifesting that awareness in their choices of home care and other types of products. Here is a look at the selections they make, and why they might make them.

They say it takes all kinds to make the world go round. This goes especially for the natural and organic industry, which is filled with diverse characters, each with a unique niche. Whether they’re wearing crazy hats, lab coats, hemp shoes or business suits, together, they form a community. Make that a varied, but passionate and strong community that works together to bring health and wellness to families throughout the nation and across the globe.

For the past 10 years, WholeFoods Magazine has honored outstanding natural products industry companies with our Natural Choice Awards.

For the past 10 years, WholeFoods Magazine has honored outstanding natural products industry companies with our Natural Choice Awards.

Cancun, Mexico—Those interested in xylitol research were in for a sweet treat at the 2013 Xlear Inc. Conference, held here in February.

Those that self-define as vegans or vegetarians were once a rare breed, at least in Western culture. Less so today: Last year’s Gallup poll revealed that 5% of people in the United States think of themselves as vegetarians. 2% identified as vegan, and there’s not a lot of overlap between the two; most respondents that called themselves vegan marked down that they were not vegetarians (1).

For the past 10 years, WholeFoods Magazine has honored outstanding natural products industry companies with our Natural Choice Awards.