Washington, D.C.—A recent study commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) found that dietary supplement use for adults ages 18 and over is on the rise. Compared to 66% of adults in the U.S. in 2010, supplement usage is now at 69%.

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The 2012 Natural Products Expo West tradeshow was the largest in its 30-year history. Some 60,000 industry members attended the event, which ran March 8–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Show organizers said attendance of retail buyers grew 13% this year, which made for a good show, say many exhibitors.

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Washington, D.C.—For the 15th year running, the Natural Products Association (NPA) brought together industry members to lobby in favor of issues related to the natural products industry.

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Why you need to look out for your brands.

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

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Brattleboro, VT—Supplement maker New Chapter will now exist under the wing of Procter & Gamble (P&G), its new owner. New Chapter, which was approached by P&G, will be a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of the mass market giant.

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Washington, D.C.—Multi-level marketer Amway may be slapped with a class action lawsuit because of what prosecutors say is misleading labeling on its Nutrilite supplements.

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Phoenix, AZ—On March 9, 2012, a planned merger was announced between Sprouts Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market to eventually become one under the Sprouts Farmers Market name.

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Bethesda, MDNational Institutes of Health researchers have identified how resveratrol may confer its health benefits. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring chemical found in plants like grapes. The researchers found that resveratrol does not directly activate sirtuin 1, a protein associated with aging. Instead, it inhibits phosphodiesterases (PDEs), proteins that help regulate cell energy. The chemical has gained some interest from pharmaceutical companies for its potential to fight diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

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