Which is more important: profit or purpose? While many businesses believe they must choose between making money and implementing sustainable initiatives, it is possible to achieve both by maximizing efficiency on all levels of operation.


Washington, D.C.―Starting September 1 of this year, companies seeking to certify personal care products under the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program must now be sure their products only contain all-natural fragrances. Unlike what is the case now, organizations must have documentation their fragrances’ composition; and they must be made with all-natural processes. Although companies with products that have been previously certified are not required to immediately make these changes, they should be prepared to do so once their recertification time comes.

FTC Victory

Washington, D.C.—In June, WholeFoods told readers about pending legislation that sought to expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority so that the agency could devise and implement its own rules. Now, on June 25, Congress has decided not to include this language in its Wall Street Reform bill (S. 3217).


Monheim, Germany—In a much anticipated move, raw materials giant Cognis Holding GmbH, based here, agreed to sell all its shares to BASF. The transaction, valued at nearly $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros), will close in November of this year. Cognis made in $3.1 billion (2.6 billion euros) sales in 2009.

2010 Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year New Seasons Market ushers in a new era of natural products retail stores.

July 2010 People News

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

newsbriefs july 2010

Acquisitions, company news, web site launches and more.


Northumbria, UK—A new study conducted by researchers at Northumbria University found that multivitamins can improve mood and mental performance in middle-aged men. While most multivitamin studies deal with the elderly, this study is one of few researching the effects of multivitamins on healthy men.


According to the HerbalGram, sales of herbal supplements have grown from $4.1 billion in 1999 to $5 billion in 2009 (1). Retailers, it is vital that you stock the supplements that are in high demand so you can achieve optimal sales.