Joy and sorrow! First, the joy. This month, October 2014, I take great pride in having the legendary Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D., as our interviewee.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” —Henry Ford

It’s no secret that natural and organic labeling is undergoing a change amid consumer and government scrutiny. In May of this year, Kellogg agreed to drop terms like "All Natural" and "100% Natural" on some of its Kashi and Bear Naked brand product labels as well pay more than $5 million to settle a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit (1). While the company’s representatives stood by their advertising practices, this is only one of many examples of lawsuits and bad press as consumers demand accuracy in labeling.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Benicia, CA—InterHealth recently expanded its portfolio with the purchase of the 7-Keto ingredient business from Humanetics Corporation. According to information from the company, this healthy weight support ingredient has sold more than one billion dosage units to date.

City of Industry, CA—Best Formulations’ philosophy is “together we grow,” and growth has certainly been accomplished over its 30-year history.

Television personality and surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D., made an example of one of his guests on a February 2012 episode of The Dr. Oz Show. That day, the audience was asked to guess the age of a particular woman in the crowd.

What kinds of promotions and activities does your store have planned for the month of October? Carving your logo into a pumpkin? Gluten-free pies in your café?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, perhaps you should add a women’s health focus to your planning. Women are the key shoppers in most households, and their varied health needs are ones you can help with.