Laguna Beach, CA—Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D., scientific editor/author of WholeFoods’ Vitamin Connection column and well-known nutrition researcher, and fish oil authority Jorn Dyerberg, M.D., DMSc., have co-authored a new book about omega-3s that is due out this summer.

Pittsburgh, PA—First-quarter sales for GNC Holdings Inc. better than expected. Revenues were $624.3 million, which was 23% higher than they were last year at this time.

Washington, D.C.—For the first time, annual consumer purchases of organic products in the United States have topped $30 billion. At $31.5 billion, $29.22 billion of which went to organic foods and beverages with organic non-foods at $2.2 billion, the sector grew 9.5% in 2011 over the previous year.

The concept of a commercial product with a net environmental impact of zero, at least in terms of its carbon footprint, is an enticing possibility for eco-conscious businesses and consumers. Now, products can officially obtain this “carbon-free” status, and step out in style with a certification and seal program, courtesy of a collaboration between NSF International and the Carbonfund.org Foundation.

New York, NY—A branded L-alanyl-L-glutamine ingredient (Sustamine from Kyowa Hakko, based here) improved performance and reaction time in 10 college basketball players.

In the fall of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was petitioned by high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) manufacturers for the allowance to change the name from HFCS to corn sugar. Now, a cohort of consumer groups is urging FDA to reject this pending request.

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A new report published in the Journal of Food Science casts doubt on whether some common food ingredients are pure and of a high quality.  

Chicago, IL—According to recent Mintel research, more than half of consumers are reporting that it is more important to buy local produce than organic. Mintel’s Global New Products Database has data showing products with a natural/organic claim have declined 58% between 2008–2011. Vegetable products with the same claim are doing even worse, dropping by 77% during the same time period.