Anaheim, CA—The Natural Products Expo West tradeshow and exhibition will return to Anaheim, CA from March 11 through 14. The conference organizers have booked author Bill McKibben to address the crowds on “Food, Economy and 350.”


St. Augustine, FL—In June, WholeFoods reported that Royal Wessanen nv, owner of Tree of Life, based here, wanted to sell this natural products distributor to focus on its European businesses. Now, several months later, Royal Wessanen nv announced it has found a buyer: Kehe Food Distributors of Romeoville, IL.

receiving award

Orlando, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association gave its 2009 President’s Award to Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation of Sugar Land, TX, for its “notable contributions above and beyond commercial success.”

Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.


Chicago, IL—At the end of last year, Ginkgo biloba became a top story as research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published here, indicated that the herb did not prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The group came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study conducted between 2000 and 2008.


Austin, TX—On December 24, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, announced he would step down as the chain’s chairman of the board, but continue on as CEO. John Elstrott will assume the role of chairman.

pouring into a glass

Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance intended to help manufacturers determine whether liquid products should be labeled as beverages or supplements.


Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) convened an expert panel on December 16–18, 2009 in Alexandria, VA to evaluate available scientific data on soy infant formula, which often is used as a supplement or replacement for human or cow milk.