Phoenix, AZ—Sprouts Farmers Market has been named the WholeFoods Retailer of the Year for 2013. A chain of neighborhood grocery stores with the feel of an old-fashioned farmers market, Sprouts has 155 locations and counting as of April 2013. Customers can find everyday staples and value-priced specialty items in every bright and friendly store, says the company.

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NPA membership

Washington, D.C.—It has been 27 years since the Natural Products Association (NPA) revised its membership guidelines, and the association now feels it is time to make some changes.

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New Chapter of Brattleboro, VT hosted a seminar to help clear up any rumors over the recent investment of Procter and Gamble (P&G) in the company. “We’re here to share our truth,” said Paul Schulick, founder of New Chapter, with CEO Kyle Garner nodding at his side.

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The Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace at Expo West hosted 23 companies showcasing new and interesting products, representing what the natural alcoholic beverage section of the industry has to offer from all over Europe and the United States.

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The second annual Hall of Legends induction ceremony, honoring pioneers and influential figures in the natural products industry, was held after Expo West show hours on March 8. This year’s class of nine inductees included:

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Here are a few take-home points from educational sessions attended by WholeFoods editors.

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Two herb-focused groups took time out at Expo West to honor some important people in their circles.

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With hundreds of product launches on the show floor, WholeFooods editors pinpointed several trends from this year’s show.

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The natural products industry once again got together for a good cause at Vitamin Angels’ 3rd Annual Expo West event, League of Angels. Over 400 people attended the charity fundraiser at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, where food and drink were available, as well as mini golf, a photo booth and paid batting cage sessions beneath the stadium, with proceeds going directly to the charity.

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Held on International Women’s Day, the 2013 Women in Naturals Networking Reception (sponsored by Reserveage Organics) brought together women of diverse backgrounds with a common love of natural.

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