Green Valley Organics is introducing its lactose free sour cream. It is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant. It is gluten-free, kosher, and certified humane raised and handled. It contains no GMOs. It is intended to be used by itself or with dips, salsas, or used in bread and cake batter.

PROBAR is announcing its newest product, which has been nicknamed the “sinfully healthy snack.” HALO bars help satisfy the sweet tooth while offering protein and important nutrients. HALO bars are organic, high in omega-3s and omega-6s, low in sugar, dairy-free and vegan. On top of that, they are only 150 calories each. Flavors include S’mores, Nutty Marshmallow, Rocky Road, and Honey Graham.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked the federal courts to stop the “deceptive tactics” of 10 firms that are issuing made-up news about açaí weight-loss products on the Web. FTC wants the courts to freeze their assets.

Falls Church, VA—There’s good news for the more than half of U.S. adults that take dietary supplements. They may help them to live longer, more independent lives, a new study says.

Brattleboro, VT—The organic industry bucked the trend of flat growth that other market segments have seen. According to findings from the Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s 2011 Organic Industry Survey, this industry grew 8% last year to $28.6 billion in sales. The news is even better for some sectors, which enjoyed a 30% growth.

Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) official industry showcase and conference, held since 1938 and now owned and produced by New Hope Natural Media, will take place here from June 23 through 25. This year’s show will offer a bevy of education and opportunity for retailers and manufacturers big and small, according to show organizers.

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that are intended to improve food safety. The rules take effect July 3.

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Syracuse, NY—WholeFoods Magazine is proud to announce that the winner of its annual Retailer of the Year award is Natur-Tyme, an independently owned, one-store operation serving the central New York area.