Austin, TX—Continuing an upward trend apparent since 2003, sales of herbal supplements grew in 2010, according to a report published in the HerbalGram (published by the American Botanical Council). 2010 herb sales were $5.2 billion, marking a 3.3% increase over 2009 figures.
Washington, D.C.—It’s déjà vu for hemp supporters as a bill supporting hemp farming in the United States has been reintroduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would end a 50+-year ban on hemp farming.
Syracuse, NY—WholeFoods Magazine is proud to announce that the winner of its annual Retailer of the Year award is Natur-Tyme, an independently owned, one-store operation serving the central New York area.
Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that are intended to improve food safety. The rules take effect July 3.
Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) official industry showcase and conference, held since 1938 and now owned and produced by New Hope Natural Media, will take place here from June 23 through 25. This year’s show will offer a bevy of education and opportunity for retailers and manufacturers big and small, according to show organizers.
Brattleboro, VT—The organic industry bucked the trend of flat growth that other market segments have seen. According to findings from the Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s 2011 Organic Industry Survey, this industry grew 8% last year to $28.6 billion in sales. The news is even better for some sectors, which enjoyed a 30% growth.