Expo West

Natural Products Expo West posted its largest-ever attendee count to date with more than 77,000 attendees coming to the event, March 9–13 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Show organizers say this marks a 6.9% increase in attendance over last year’s numbers.

organic

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its next meeting April 25-27, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In addition to receiving public comment at the face-to-face meeting in the nations's capital, the NOSB will listen to oral public comments during a premeeting webinar. The webinar, which is part of the April 25-27 meeting, will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern.

Expo Briefs

Reports and key takeaways from Expo West 2016.

NewsBrief

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

People News

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.