Kissimmee, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association’s 2012 President’s Award was given to Greg Leonard, executive vice president of independent retail sales for Tree of Life (the business unit of KeHE Distributors, based in Romeoville, IL). Leonard received the award at the 2012 Southeast Natural Products Association Show (SOHO) held here in early December. The award is intended to honor industry members or companies that have “made long-time and notable contributions to the industry above and beyond commercial success.”

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Anaheim, CA—Something new is in the works for Natural Products Expo West 2013 (produced by New Hope Natural Media), which is slated to be held here, March 7–10, 2013.

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North Bergen, NJ—A collaboration between two powerful supplement chains has been held up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Vitamin Shoppe, based here, announced in mid-December it planned to buy Super Supplements, Inc. of Seattle, WA for a cool $50 million in cash.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Portales, NM—In late November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed a Sunland manufacturing facility, located here, that FDA says was responsible for producing Salmonella bredeney-contaminated peanut butter. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA investigated Sunland as the source of a multistate Salmonella outbreak that infected 42 people in 20 states. Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt was found as the source of the outbreak, which was traced back to its sole distributor, Sunland.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Boulder, CO—The plans are off for the Natural Products Association (NPA)’s MarketPlace Tradeshow and Conference in 2013.

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Los Angeles and Oxford, U.K.—An international data analysis has found that nations in which high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is prevalent in the food supply suffer from a 20% higher rate of type-2 diabetes. University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers focused on 42 countries in North America, Asia, North Africa and Europe. Though the United States leads the way in HFCS consumption, other countries have rapidly been adding the sweetener to foods and beverages.

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Santa Barbara, CA—Vitamin Angels has launched a new campaign to help deliver micronutrients to 30 million children lacking the resources to receive proper nutrition.

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In recent weeks, the controversy over the possible health risks of energy drinks and supplements has come into the limelight. Here, we dissect the latest issues surrounding their safety, and what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is doing about it. 

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