Princeton, NJ—As part of a new strategy to reclaim some market share from competitors, Whole Foods Market is testing out a customer loyalty program in its Princeton, NJ, store. Shoppers can use a mobile-phone application to earn points for discounts and promotions. The test program is slated to last for six to eight months, with plans to expand to Philadelphia if all goes well. The program could roll out nationally in 2015.
Sugar Land, TX— Dietary supplement manufacturer Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation hosted Congressman Pete Olson of Texas’s 22nd District on a tour of its headquarters to show the growth and sophistication that has taken place in the natural products industry.
Washington, D.C.—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA), an act designed to give the DEA added authority to act when designer anabolic steroids are mismarketed as dietary supplements.
Ronkonkoma, NY—Supplement manufacturer and distributor NBTY has received two Gold level national awards at a ceremony hosted by the Golden Bridge Awards, one for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year and another for Employee Communications Campaign of the Year.
Washington, D.C.—Food companies that aren’t certified organic and that have a form of the word “organic” in their name may be scrutinized more closely, following a rule clarification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency released a notice limiting the ways such companies can display the word “organic” on packages, and instructing organic certifiers to enforce the policy.
Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several industry members at its annual business meeting, to be held during Natural Products Expo East on September 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center in Room 310. Two members of the WholeFoods family are on this year’s list of winners.
Austin, TX—Recent statistics published in HerbalGram show that herbal dietary supplement sales in 2013 rose by 7.9% in the mainstream retail markets in the United States, reaching a total figure of approximately six billion dollars for the first time ever.
Denver, CO—Another GMO labeling ballot initiative will be put to a popular vote, thanks to a successful signature campaign in Colorado. Supporters of Proposition 105 to label genetically modified foods gathered almost 125,000 valid signatures, almost 40,000 more than required, and submitted them to the Colorado Secretary of State. Voters will now decide whether they want a GMO labeling law on this year’s Election Day, November 4.