natural products association

Washington, D.C.—The National Products Association (NPA), based here, has announced that Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., is to be its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Fabricant had previously served as the Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs for three years.

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In a presentation and panel discussion moderated by WholeFoods editor/associate publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner, several experts shared perspectives on the use of natural versus synthetic astaxanthin. A carotenoid naturally found in microalgae, astaxanthin is known as a potent antioxidant.

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Vitamin Angels hosted its Twenty Year Celebration at the VIP Diamond Club at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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Natural Products Expo West drew more that 67,000 industry members March 6–9 to the Anaheim Convention Center in CA, a 5% growth from the previous year. The show floor was larger, too, hosting 2,600+ exhibiting companies and more first-time exhibitors (635 in total) than ever before.

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Crowd funding has blazed a trail for entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality. But how do you convince strangers to willingly donate thousands of dollars to the promise of a product or service? And with new platforms popping up everyday how do you know which is right for you?

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GMOs

Global ID Group, a co-founder of the Non-GMO Project and technical administrator of the group, launched a new initiative at Expo West.

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hives vitamin d

Omaha, NE—A two-year study out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) shows a prominent decrease in the symptoms of chronic hives as a result of vitamin D3 supplementation.

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Be sure to stop by the booths of all the advertisers in the March 2014 issue of WholeFoods Magazine.

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Last year was a challenging one for the natural products industry, with pressures already evident in 2014. The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) new president, Roxanne Green, of Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, believes that events this year may have far-reaching effects that impact the future of the natural products industry:

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New Brunswick, NJ—New data published in Phytomedicine suggest that a vitamin C-packed superfruit may help support healthy blood circulation in the body.

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