Vitamin Angels’ Precious Cargo campaign, launched in December, raised over $250k during the month of December, exceeding their goal of raising $200k by the end of the year. The campaign’s mission was to raise money to help deliver micronutrients to 30 million children lacking the resources to receive proper nutrition.

Battle Creek, MI—Here’s a new reason why you shouldn’t pass on the avocados during your next meal. Data collected in the 2001–2008 National Health and National Examination Survey (NHANES) suggest that avocados improve diet quality among other positive factors.

Chicago, IL—Building on WholeFoods’ energy drinks coverage from last month, the American Medical Association has added its two cents about energy drink and caffeine consumption.

Rajinder K. Bammi, Ph.D., friend and mentor to Sabinsa Corporation of East Windsor, NJ, passed away in mid-December. Sabinsa credits Bammi with being “one of the primary people responsible for Sabinsa’s portfolio of health-enhancing ingredients”

Boston, MA—Nearly every woman is concerned about lowering her risk of breast cancer, and increasing carotenoid levels may be part of the solution.

Stockholm, Sweden—Researchers from Sweden (Umeå University and Karolinska Institute) published new data in Pediatrics indicating that iron supplements may help ward of behavioral problems in children.

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada—Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., which suffered the loss of its krill oil production plant and three employees in November due to an explosion and fire, says its new plant will be up and running within six to nine months. At this time, krill oil production is said to be “significant,” in sharp contrast to an investment Web site’s speculation of “meaningful” production beginning in 2014.

Auckland, New Zealand—Maybe that ban on large sodas implemented in New York City isn’t necessary; just tax them, and people will buy them less. So says a new paper published in PLoS Medicine, which also found that making healthy foods like fruit cheaper will increase their intake among consumers.

Anaheim, CA—Something new is in the works for Natural Products Expo West 2013 (produced by New Hope Natural Media), which is slated to be held here, March 7–10, 2013.