If you are like most natural products retailers, you order weekly from many wholesalers; large distributors, direct vitamin companies, and more than a few small vendors of miscellaneous brands. And as you know from experience, it is easy to blow a hole in your checkbook by overbuying. Here’s a simple rule-of-thumb to help you keep your inventory in line with your sales and your checkbook in the black.

Syracuse, NY—WholeFoods Magazine is proud to announce that the winner of its annual Retailer of the Year award is Natur-Tyme, an independently owned, one-store operation serving the central New York area.

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Philadelphia, PA—Statistics show that about 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. A woman’s genetic makeup along with long-term exposure to estrogen are believed to elevate her risk for the disease. However, Jose Russo and his team at Fox Chase Cancer Center, based here, believe omega-3 fatty acids may lessen estrogen’s effect and thus reduce her chance of developing breast cancer.

Buffalo, NY; Atlanta, GA—According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may have a decreased risk for developing early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that could lead to blindness.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked the federal courts to stop the “deceptive tactics” of 10 firms that are issuing made-up news about açaí weight-loss products on the Web. FTC wants the courts to freeze their assets.

Falls Church, VA—There’s good news for the more than half of U.S. adults that take dietary supplements. They may help them to live longer, more independent lives, a new study says.

Brattleboro, VT—The organic industry bucked the trend of flat growth that other market segments have seen. According to findings from the Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s 2011 Organic Industry Survey, this industry grew 8% last year to $28.6 billion in sales. The news is even better for some sectors, which enjoyed a 30% growth.

Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) official industry showcase and conference, held since 1938 and now owned and produced by New Hope Natural Media, will take place here from June 23 through 25. This year’s show will offer a bevy of education and opportunity for retailers and manufacturers big and small, according to show organizers.