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Denver, CO—Sell pomegranate juice in your store? A preliminary study suggests pomegranate juice is a good source of antioxidants and can prevent various complications kidney disease patients encounter on hemodialysis.

Chicago, IL—Market research firm Mintel believes that 2011 will see several small changes to consumer goods industries rather than significant changes in the marketplace. Such trends will continue some of the changing consumer demands that surfaced in 2010.

For many customers, price plays a key role in determining the purchase of a product. Just as important, storeowners, like you, aim to garner higher profits and generate growth to increase the well-being of your business. But just how can you increase profit and serve your customers? Well, my friends, the answer is pricing.

Rockville, MD—Manufacturers of tainted products masquerading as legitimate dietary supplements had better change their ways—or else. Such was the message in a strongly worded letter to supplement makers from Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated December 15.

Omaha, NE—The Journal of Functional Foods (JFF) published an assessment of the adverse event reports (AERS) that were associated with Citrus aurantium, otherwise known as bitter orange.

Eagan, MN—In a recent trial, a branded immune health ingredient (Wellmune WGP from Biothera, based here) helped reduce the length of time subjects experienced upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.

Washington, D.C.—Lawmakers have passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which will dedicate $4.5 billion to programs aiding the cause of a healthy school lunch. The presence of organic foods in underprivileged school cafeterias will receive a big boost, due to a $10 million Organic Pilot Program designed to help provide organic food choices in school nutrition programs.