What’s Selling is our monthly review of products that retailers from all over the country say are selling well in their stores. This issue we debut our What’s Selling Quarterly Analysis, which will pick up on new sales trends or activity. Here, we’ve compiled all of the data since the beginning of 2012 to see what is popular so far this year.

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it needs more dough for its fiscal year 2013 budget.

The European Union and the United States will align their organic food programs, an effort aimed at eliminating redundancies and increasing access between both markets.

Dallas, TX—Recruitment firm Sanford Rose Associates has released the results of its 2011 Executive Compensation Survey for the Consumer Health and Wellness sector.

Brattleboro, VT—More and more acreage in the United States is being used for growing organic cotton, according to research from the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The group believes the growth is tied to consumers wanting products made with organic cotton, price premiums and other factors.

 

Milwaukee, WI—Probiotics are synonymous with digestive health, but new data suggest we should take a closer look at their benefits for heart health.

Geneva, Switzerland—Some feel beauty starts from within, especially when antioxidants come into play. New data suggest a powerful antioxidant ingredient may lead to significant benefits in skin health, according to a group from Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany and Horphag Research (based here).

Denver, CO—Impressive data were published in Carcinogenesis showing grape seed extract killed cancer cells in mice and left healthy ones alone.

Oakland, CA—Fair trade products certifier Fair Trade USA has made some significant changes to its policies. These changes, part of the Fair Trade USA’s Multiple Ingredients Product Policy, were made after a two-month evaluation with several stakeholders.