Baltimore, MD—This year’s Natural Products Expo East 2014 promises to draw in professionals from all sectors of the natural products industry.

Rome, Italy—A new study has suggested that bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) may be able to reduce small dense LDL cholesterol particles, particularly in people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.

Top-selling products in the Kids' Nutrition category.

Way back in my distribution days, when we started servicing conventional supermarkets that wanted to bring in “natural sets” for the first time, nearly all of the brands we wholesaled were ecstatic at the chance to dramatically increase their sales. This included both food and supplement manufacturers. There were, however, a few vendors—supplement companies—that didn’t want their products available through a “non-natural” channel and asked us to keep their products out of those supermarket sets. We complied.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

New Orleans, LA—More than 18,000 of the world’s top food science and technology professionals attended the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 21–24, to learn about the latest food ingredient and technology developments. This year, IFT celebrated its 75th anniversary by featuring brand new exhibits and events such as Diamonds & Donations, an Interactive Timeline, the Innovation Center and the FutureFood 2050 program.

Naperville, ILThe world of natural products distributors has become more compact with the acquisition of Nature's Best by KeHE Distributors, announced formally on July 18. The pairing is said to enhance and broaden KeHE's national distribution and its expertise in the natural/organic channel.

News from industry food companies.

New York, NY—The Specialty Food Association, based here, has created a foundation with the goal of relieving hunger and improving food recovery efforts. The new Specialty Food Foundation, which has applied for 501(c) 3 non-profit status, will use grants, education and special industry events to pursue its mission.