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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

Tip of the Month

Do you practice effective empathy in your store? Maybe you should, according to an Expo West educational session given by Alyssa D’Arienzo Toro, senior partner and chief marketing officer, and Scott Madden, senior partner and director of strategic planning at Connelly Partners.

Grocery Briefs

News from industry food companies.

oxilofrine

On March 31st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 14 warning letters to manufacturers that illegally included methylsynephrine, also known as oxilofrine, in illegal sports supplements. Soon after, Pieter Cohen, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and NSF International, published a study conducted in partnership with Harvard University and University of Mississippi in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. The group found oxilofrine—a stimulant not approved for use in supplements—either disguised as another substance or not listed at all on dietary supplement bottle labels. This ingredient is said to pose a safety risk to consumers.

CRN's Industry-Wide Dietary Supplement Product Registry

Washington, D.C.— In a unanimously authorization by its board, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced today its creation of an industry-wide dietary supplement product registry, which will be launched by the end of the year.

organic

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that certified organic operations have seen significant growth. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the amount of domestic organic operations have increased by nearly 12% between 2014 and 2015, the highest growth rate since 2008 and a nearly 300% increase since 2002, when the count began. Monetarily, the total retail market for organic products is valued at $39 billion domestically and $75 million worldwide.

hain

Lake Success, NYHain Celestial has reported it will be removing the claims that certain Earth’s Best personal care products contain “no harsh chemicals” and "no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mushroom Wisdom

Mushroom Wisdom, East Rutherford, NJ, founded by CEO Mike Shirota in 1991, celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Expo West.  Addressing the audience at Mushroom Wisdom’s annual Expo West breakfast symposium, Shirota reflected on the company’s 25 years and expressed his gratitude. “On behalf of Mushroom Wisdom and all of its employees, I would like to thank all of you who have been supporting us for the last 25 years,” he said. “Without your warm patronage and big support, we wouldn’t be here today.”