Pines International

Lawrence, KS—Pines International, based here, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as a pioneer in the green foods industry.

vitamin world acquired

Ronkonkoma, NYAccording to StreetInsider.com, NBTY, Inc., sold its Vitamin World retail business to private equity firm Centre Lane Partners for $25 million. The transaction may close as early as mid-February 2016.

Lakewood, OH—In many stores, a job opens up, applications come in, new employees are selected, they’re briefly trained and away they go. In some stores, training goes a step further to maybe a monthly educational seminar. Nature’s Bin, based here, takes training 10 steps further, however, by making it the store’s mission to hire, train, mentor and support employees with a variety of disabilities.

salmonella garden of life recall

Palm Beach Gardens, FL—Garden of Life LLC is asking retailers to take certain lots of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal off shleves due to possible Salmonella virchow contamination. Four flavors—Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai—are affected by the recall.

NJ State Assembly

Trenton, NJ—The New Jersey State Legislature recently passed the New Jersey Assembly Bill 4133, which allows physicians and podiatric physicians to dispense certain dietary supplements. The bill was originally introduced in the NJ state assembly in February 2015, and passed the state senate on January 19 of this year.

healthy natural show

Chicago, IL—The Healthy & Natural Show recently announced some headliners in its educational program, which will kick off Thursday, May 5.

forskolin

East Windsor, NJ—The International Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Research recently published a paper about a branded ingredient’s safety record in a small-animal study.

GMO potato

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate Russet Burbank potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety and other parameters from other potatoes or potato-derived food currently on the market.

Fancy Food Show

With the Winter Fancy Food Show come and gone, let’s look back on the emerging trends seen at the show as pinpointed by Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel as well as some representative products.