A recent trend popping up in health food is that of boxed snacks sent to customers’ doors on a monthly basis. Online-based snack companies are packaging dried fruits, seeds, nuts and other nutritious goodies and shipping them out to their customers each month. Some pre-made packages come in themes like “Healthy Holiday Habits” and “Around-the-World Snacks,” while other online companies let you hand-pick which snacks you want delivered.

An annual growth rate of 41% is highly impressive for any business or industry. Would you believe that fair trade and eco-friendly products are currently seeing just such an explosion? The good news comes in a report called The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, compiled by a coalition of fair trade and sustainable development groups. It presents an optimistic outlook for sustainability standards and certifications and the companies that choose to pursue them. Some areas that need improving were also identified.

When the alarm clock rings on March 6, there’s a good chance you’ll be saying, “Good morning, Anaheim!” From March 6 to 9, more than 60,000 natural products industry members will once again convene at the Anaheim Convention Center for Natural Products Expo West. This iconic industry event offers the chance for attendees to learn about new products, get educated on important issues, learn some new merchandising tips and mingle with friends old and new.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

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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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Big Sandy, MT—A third and final paper on a branded khorasan wheat (Kamut) shows that those with non-celiac wheat sensitivities may tolerate the ancient wheat better than modern wheat.

This month, we analyzed the What’s Selling data from January, February and March to see the sales trends for the first quarter of 2014.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

Faye Glazer, a natural products pioneer, passed away at the end of January. With roots in retailing, Glazer worked at Jandi’s Nature Way in Oceanside, NY, beginning in 1982, and moved to Cornucopia Natural Foods in 1987, where she stayed for 12 years. Glazer went on to become a founding member of Wildfire Sales Brokerage Firm, and launched several natural brands.