It’s getting scary out there for those marketing natural products. “A lot of companies are being sued right now,” said Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance at an Expo West session. But they can arm themselves with knowledge. That was the takeaway from “GMOs and ‘Natural’ Claims Litigation: Five Ways to Protect Your Company.”

Retailers had better wake up to the realities of today’s marketplace, according to Corinne Shindelar, CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). “If you think, ‘I don’t have any competition at all,’ you aren’t paying enough attention to how much business is taking place online these days,” she said to begin a seminar called “How Your Store Can Make the Most out of Competition.”

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement regarding a study that found a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats does not provide heart health benefits.

News from industry food companies.

Washington, D.C.—Providing the big picture and some compelling statistics for the specialty food space is a new report published by the Specialty Food Association. Sales are up and growing almost across the board, and specialty foods are grabbing market share from conventional foods, according to the report.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Newcastle, UK—Drinking Montmorency tart cherry concentrate before a workout may lower levels of post-exercise inflammation and oxidative stress, according to a recent study out of Northumbria University, based here.

Hoboken, NJ—The branded French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol from Horphag Research, based here, may minimize pain and inflammation caused by endometriosis when combined with oral contraceptives, according to a study conducted by the Brazilian Instituto da Mulher and Itaigara Memorial Day Hospital.

Austin, TX—The American Botanical Council’s (ABC) 2013 Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award has been presented to Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, LLC (Osaka, Japan). Wakunaga is the maker of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract.