Washington, D.C.—In a Web presentation hosted by the Natural Products Association (NPA), retailers will have the opportunity to learn how to create consumer confidence and better relationships with their customers. The one hour presentation is slated for Wednesday, May 28 at 2 P.M. Eastern.

Washington, D.C.— Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) has cosigned the Designer Anabolic Steroid Act (DASCA), legislation designed to give the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) authority to place designer anabolic steroids in the Drug Enforcement Schedules quicker.

Tampa, FL—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a Florida-based operation for marketing a supplement called Pure Green Coffee using false claims and fake news sites.

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

Sprouts Farmers Markets announces plans for 1,200 U.S. stores. In response, Whole Foods Market ups its projections to 1,200 stores from 1,000 stores. Fresh Thyme targets the Midwest for 50 stores, saying there are “gaps” in service from conventional grocers they plan to exploit. Mrs. Green’s, with nearly 20 stores in the northeast now, sets a goal of 20 new stores, branching out even more to the Midwest in the next couple of years. Earth Fare moves out of its southeastern hub up into the Midwest with store counts climbing over 30. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, with 81 stores, plans 15–20 openings per year for the foreseeable future.

Wichita, KS—WholeFoods Magazine has selected GreenAcres Market, based here, as its 2014 Retailer of the Year. This is the 25th year the award has been given.

News from industry food companies.

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

For those unfamiliar with the term, in the context of oceanography, a gyre refers to any large system of rotating currents in Earth’s oceans. There are five primary gyres, from which the environmental group 5 Gyres takes its name. A new partnership has been formed in support of this group’s mission, which is to “research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.” Supplement company Rainbow Light now sponsors 5 Gyres, as its team embarks this month on its next sailing expedition.