The natural products industry mourns one of its greatest trailblazers with the loss of Gerald Kessler, who has passed away at the age of 80.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Two research groups independently collected data on branded probiotic strains and generated some interesting results.

Newport Beach, CA—A new pilot study sponsored by BioCell Technology suggested its branded type II collagen (BioCell Collagen) may support recovery after exercise.

Oslo, Norway—Researchers from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, have published data in Cardiovascular Biology and Cell Signalling suggesting that vitamin K2 supports cardiovascular health.

Cooking. Cleaning. Organizing. These routine tasks can add up, not just in time or in money, but also in environmental impact. As the consumer base grows more eco-conscious and terms like safety and sustainability become viable selling points, alternatives to traditional offerings become popular. This is a main element behind the rise of green household products, a category that has steadily grown over the last few years with little sign of stopping.

News from industry food companies.

Seattle, WA—Consumers of organic produce are exposed to less organophosphate pesticide (OP) than those who eat conventional produce, according to a new study out of the University of Washington. Previous studies have relied on urinary biomarkers to determine OP exposure, but this study also looked at dietary intake in its analysis.

In February, Nestlé announced it would clean up its ingredient list on its signature chocolates, followed about a week later by Hershey, with a similar announcement to use “simpler” ingredients in its ubiquitous candies.