Washington, D.C.—Oral aloe vera has many beneficial properties, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), based here, recently gave aloe vera an “avoid” rating in its Chemical Cuisine food additives guide.
Harleysville, PA; Austin, TX—Two interweaving studies have been released that examine not only which natural supplements are growing in sales and popularity, but also who is buying them and their motivations for doing so.
Although MegaFood is about to become a quadragenarian, the whole food vitamins manufacturer’s unique sense of business hasn’t changed a lick. The company was founded on the belief that dietary supplements should be made from farm-fresh whole foods, and still holds that belief after 40 years in the game.
Rockville, MD—U.S. retail sales of pet food are estimated at $20 billion, according to Packaged Facts, which is a 4.5% sales increase over the recessionary slump of 2011. That being said, with volume sales relatively flat, competition for every pet food dollar has never been more intense, according to a recently released report from Packaged Facts, Pet Food in the U.S., 10th Edition.
Baltimore, MD—Professionals from all areas of the natural products industry are getting ready for the East Coast’s biggest and most entertaining tradeshow in their field. Natural Products Expo East, scheduled for September 25–28 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will attract retailers from all over the country who are interested in improving and expanding their businesses while having a bit of fun, too.
Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) board of directors recently announced that it has endorsed the Genetically Engineered Food Right-To-Know Act, which mandates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients to be labeled on foods. NPA is the first natural products industry trade association to back the legislation.
Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Created in 1973 by a trio of companies and a single staffer, CRN is recognized as a leading trade association that defends the science behind supplements.