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Arlington, VA; Santa Monica, CA—Fresh foods are in higher demand than ever before, according to a poll taken from the 2014 National Grocers Association–SupermarketGuru Consumer Survey Report.

Crush is the word that came to mind as I navigated Hall E, the lower level of Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim, CA, in early March. This is where newer companies exhibit, some launching at the show. The aisles were packed, something I expected since hotels had sold out last fall.

Nutrition Research has published one of the largest studies on the benefits of krill oil to date. The research was conducted on a branded krill ingredient (Superba, from Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS, based in Oslo, Norway).

Ankeny, IA—Industry supplier Embria (maker of immune health ingredient EpiCor) has released new data showing that cold and flu symptoms get in the way of intimacy in the bedroom.

Landing, NJ—New data published in PLoS One suggest that a branded curcumin (BCM-95 from Dolcas Biotech, based here) may have some positive effects on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Researchers hypothesize the nutrient sensitizes cells to chemotherapeutics so the treatment is more effective and may also have some direct effects on cancer cells.

Silver Spring, MD- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released their its proposed Nutrition Facts label to replace the current one that has been deemed outdated.

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.