Would you like an extra $30,000 to promote your store every year? There’s a rather large and open secret in the natural products industry: independent retailers are consistently losing out on their share of cooperative advertising dollars that manufacturers have allocated to spend on them. But, if manufacturers are ready to fork over these dollars to you, what do they do with them if they aren’t writing you a check? Let’s take a closer look.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal regulatory agency with the primary responsibility of enforcing the statutes and regulations governing the manufacturing, packing, labeling and distribution of products in the food, beverage, dietary supplement and cosmetics industries. Whether it is conducting inspections to ascertain compliance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), reviewing labeling or striving to ensure the safety of products, the FDA looms as an ever-present monitor of companies in the aforementioned industries.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

There’s nothing more soothing after a stressful day than drawing a warm bath, lighting a few candles and cracking open a bottle of…essential oil!

Some people may not think about their liver except after a long night at a bar, so your customers might not know there are other causes of liver problems besides over consumption of alcohol.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Washington, D.C—The biennial registration renewal requirement for food facilities is now underway (which began at 12:01AM on October 22, 2012). Under the Food Safety Modernization Act registration requirements, renewals will take place between October 1 and December 1 of even years.

Regarding what falls into the immune health products space, we can check off a number of boxes: vitamins, minerals, herbs, digestive health products, homeopathies as well as others. Adding another wrinkle to this massive market is the fact that whole body immunity is quite a complex subject.

Whether we’re gulping, sipping or slurping, beverages are a major part of our dietary intake. Drinks are so important that their sweeteners, calorie content, energy boosting quality and the like have been under the microscope. Here, we review some of the most recent beverage-related news stories and how they have affected the natural/organic products industry.