Freising, Germany—A team of scientists from Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Germany have published data supporting an energy- and cost-efficient manufacturing process that maintains probiotic stability.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

A decades-old natural products retailer in New York City has been learning the value of starting from scratch over the past few months. Westerly Natural Market, perched on the corner of 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, didn’t have much choice in the matter after an electrical fire rendered the building untenable for business. CEO Michael Toback had to ask himself a tough question: Do we clean and make repairs, or cut our losses and start anew?

VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. has called foul on Sandwich Isles Trading Company for its coffee fruit processing methods.

Hoboken, NJ—A new clinical trial indicates that a combination of Pycnogenol and coenzyme Q10 (PycnoQ10 from Natural Health Science, based here) may benefit patients who have had heart failure and are receiving medical treatment.

Basel, Switzerland—Recreational athletes looking for increased muscle mass may want to consider adding l-carnitine and carbs to their regimens, according to recent research published in the Journal of Physiology.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

At the most recent Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) meeting in Canada, collaborators agreed to drop ongoing work on creating labeling recommendations for and generally defining Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products. CCFL has decided to instead compile Codex texts on the subject of GMOs as a reference guide.

Uelzen, Germany—The tragic E. coli outbreak in Europe, having taken the lives of at least 37 people mostly in Germany, has subsided at press time. Though the number of new illnesses has dwindled, the episode leaves lingering questions about organic farming in the minds of the public.