ethnic food

Chicago, IL—According to market research firm, Mintel, sales in the ethnic food sector have climbed steadily since 2004, setting a record high of $2.2 billion in 2009...

cows in pasture

Alexandria, VA—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals by certifying their humane treatment, the use of the certification mark, “Certified Humane.”

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

bodybuilder

In a notice published in the December 4 Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruled that boldione, desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT) and 19-nor-4,9(10)-androstadienedione will all be classified as anabolic steroids under the Controlled Substances Act.

speaker

Anaheim, CA—The Natural Products Expo West tradeshow and exhibition will return to Anaheim, CA from March 11 through 14. The conference organizers have booked author Bill McKibben to address the crowds on “Food, Economy and 350.”

boxes

St. Augustine, FL—In June, WholeFoods reported that Royal Wessanen nv, owner of Tree of Life, based here, wanted to sell this natural products distributor to focus on its European businesses. Now, several months later, Royal Wessanen nv announced it has found a buyer: Kehe Food Distributors of Romeoville, IL.

receiving award

Orlando, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association gave its 2009 President’s Award to Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation of Sugar Land, TX, for its “notable contributions above and beyond commercial success.”

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

ginko

Chicago, IL—At the end of last year, Ginkgo biloba became a top story as research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published here, indicated that the herb did not prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The group came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study conducted between 2000 and 2008.