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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.

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Philadelphia, PA—Statistics show that about 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. A woman’s genetic makeup along with long-term exposure to estrogen are believed to elevate her risk for the disease. However, Jose Russo and his team at Fox Chase Cancer Center, based here, believe omega-3 fatty acids may lessen estrogen’s effect and thus reduce her chance of developing breast cancer.

Buffalo, NY; Atlanta, GA—According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may have a decreased risk for developing early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that could lead to blindness.

If you are like most natural products retailers, you order weekly from many wholesalers; large distributors, direct vitamin companies, and more than a few small vendors of miscellaneous brands. And as you know from experience, it is easy to blow a hole in your checkbook by overbuying. Here’s a simple rule-of-thumb to help you keep your inventory in line with your sales and your checkbook in the black.

As products of all kinds make their way from manufacturing facilities to store shelves, their shipping pallets are typically wrapped and unwrapped on several occasions, with acres of plastic stretch wrap getting discarded each time.

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the agency’s policy on food additives like melatonin. In response, the natural products industry has sought to clarify the status of such products and distinguish them from dietary supplements.

With a stated goal of confronting food and agriculture policy issues in the face of global uncertainty, an initiative called AGree was launched recently by a broad-based coalition of leading industry figures. Citing challenges like a rapidly increasing global population, limited arable land, pressure on fresh water quality and availability and environmental degradation, the initiative’s organizers say this is a pivotal time to be addressing policy issues.