Rhinebeck, NY—Topical BioMedics (maker of Topricin) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late September. Topricin friends and family, media and the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to honor the company, which was founded by decorated U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran Lou Paradise (president, chief of research, and Topricin inventor), Aurora Paradise (COO) and Steve Duricko (vice president).

Simi Valley, CA—This year, skincare products maker derma e is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over the last three decades, the company has became a top brand in the field, something that co-founder and chief formulator for the company Linda Miles, D.O.M., attributes to “honoring our customers with products that promote healthier looking skin and business ethics that promote a healthier world.”

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A major fixture in the gluten-free community, the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), turns 40 this year. Its efforts to serve, inform and connect those who follow a gluten-free diet are rapidly expanding, including the continued rise of its product certification program known as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Washington, D.C.—The needed money has begun to arrive in the search for non-toxic, organic ways to defeat citrus greening, the disease that has threatened to overwhelm the citrus industry. The Organic Center, based here, announced the success of its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, designed to drum up funds for its previously announced three-year study on citrus greening.

University Park, PA—New research suggests eating two servings of pistachios may help lower the body’s response to stress in people with type-2 diabetes. Known to be high in healthy fats, nuts also contain fiber, potassium and antioxidants that can support heart health.

New York, NY—What connects a United Nations climate summit, protesters on Wall Street and a press release from an outfit called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)? The concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

Shoppers can be picky about produce. A slightly bruised apple or misshapen tomato can sometimes be enough to let a perfectly good item go to waste. Vig’s Health Food Store of Lewiston, ID, recently decided to do something about it by introducing the Imperfect Produce Bin. The store has deep roots in selling produce, though it is strong in supplements sales today.

Howard Wainer, founder and president of Wainer Finest Communications (publisher of WholeFoods Magazine) received the President’s Award from the Natural Products Association (NPA) in Baltimore. Wainer received this honor for his long-term contributions to the natural products industry. He addressed the crowd in an awards ceremony at the tradeshow: