Astaxanthin

BGG Group has spun off its astaxanthin business into a new subsidiary called Algae Life Sciences, Inc., and launched the first organic-certified astaxanthin on the market, AstaZine. The firm used Ecocert as its organic certifier.

Cellulite, Verisol Collagen Peptides

New research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food suggests Versiol, a collagen peptide developed by Gelita, improved the skin appearance of women suffering from moderate cellulite.

Expo West

Here is a round-up of some educational sessions covered by WholeFoods editors.

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.