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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Expo West will take over the Anaheim Convention Center from Thursday, March 8th to Sunday, March 11th. It will be co-located with Engredea, Nutracon, Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace and Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace.

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The A.C. Grace Company, located in Big Sandy, TX, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A.C. Grace got its start under unfortunate circumstances; founder Roy Erickson suffered three heart attacks in 1962, and was told by doctors after the third just to go home and wait for the next one. As a young man in his 50s, Erickson thought this advice was unacceptable, so, let down by his doctors, he set out to discover a heart healthy aid on his own.

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