United States—One of the most devastating droughts in recent history is ongoing in the Midwest United States, and it is causing concern throughout the organic produce industry.

Washington, D.C.—Industry members have had some positive things to say about a new bill aimed at stopping the manufacturing, selling and marketing of illegal anabolic steroids masquerading as supplements and similar imitation drugs.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market (WFM) had an impressive third-quarter increase, according to a financial report (ending July 1) released last week by the grocery chain giant.

Recent studies into the claims of sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and the UK’s most popular drink, Lucozade, have found that many of those claims may be false. Even more pressing is that sports drinks could possibly have more negative effects than positive, depending on the situation.

Halifax, NS, Canada—Some have shied away from omega 3-rich krill oil with the belief that krill fishing endangers the ecosystem. A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology, however, found otherwise through an assessment of krill harvesting and processing.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Carver, MA—A placebo-controlled cross-over trial showed that whole cranberry powder (PACran from Decas Botanical Synergies) helped to stop E. coli bacterial adhesion better than a placebo.

French maritime pine bark extract has been shown to support healthy blood pressure, and a new study published in European Heart Journal provides more data to back this application. The extract increased artery dilation by 32% and significantly reduced plasma-8-isoprostaries. Overall, the antioxidant increased blood flow throughout the body.

Pasadena, TX—In a recent study from Iran, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increased the conception rate in males who were previously considered infertile.