News and notes from industry suppliers.

New York, NY—Krill oil supplier Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, brought out a new secret weapon during a media lunch at SupplySide Marketplace in May.

What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled data from April to June to see what was popular in the second quarter of 2012.

Taking care of household pets is a lot like taking care of small children, in that they simply cannot do it for themselves. Domesticated animals have had many of their instincts and much of their responsibility for their own survival replaced with the loving care of their owners. This, of course, means that their human caretakers must go the extra mile if these animals are to be as healthy as they can be, and good pet owners understand this.

In the United States, heart disease is responsible for nearly one in four deaths each year (1). It’s a given that taking care of the heart is one of the most important things a person can do to ensure good health throughout life. But, how to do so from a nutritional standpoint is a complex topic, and one that deserves our attention.

What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled data from April to June to see what was popular in the second quarter of 2012.

New Brunswick, NJ—A team from Rutgers University believes two forms of vitamin E could be a huge help in the fight against colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers. The group zeroed in on the gamma and delta-tocopherols forms of vitamin E, derived from soybean, canola and corn oils. “There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” says Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

San Diego, CA—Lovers of spicy jalapenos, habaneros and other chili peppers are in luck because a recent study found that they are heart-healthy foods. This report was part of the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Sweeteners have been all over headlines in 2012:

—“Fructose Consumption Increases Visceral Fat, Study Reports,” The New York Times, February 6, 2012
—“Sugar Seeks Sweet Revenge Against Competition from Corn,” Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2012
—“Is Sugar Toxic?” 60 Minutes, April 1, 2012
—“Rice-Sweetened Baby Formula May Contain Arsenic: U.S. Study,” Reuters, February 16, 2012

Here we brief you on the latest sweeteners news your shoppers will need to know.