Las Vegas, NV—The Natural Products Association (NPA) hosted its NPA MarketPlace tradeshow June 14–16 in Las Vegas, NV. The retailer education portion of the tradeshow offered several interesting and informative sessions, many of which entertained a packed crowd. The following are highlights from sessions attended by WholeFoods Magazine.

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Washington, D.C.—As America continues to face its worst economic situation since the Great Depression, the Obama Administration acknowledges that the organic agriculture and trade industry lends a generous hand in improving our nation.

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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) has found a new leader. John Spitaleri Shaw will become the nonprofit's new Executive Director and CEO, filling the void left by former CEO John Gay.

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Toledo, OH—The natural products industry has lost a beloved retailer and friend, Joseph M. Bassett, N.M.D., D.M., age 79.

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Rockville, MD—On May 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially told the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) that its September 2010 citizens petition to allow the term “corn sugar” to replace “high-fructose corn syrup” (HFCS) was going nowhere.

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Washington, D.C.—An amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Bill S.3187) put forth by U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) wouldn't have been popular with supplement supporters.

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Washington, D.C.—The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its sixth annual EWG’s Skin Deep findings on the best and worst sunscreens of 2012, covering everything from sunscreens for the body and face, SPF protection in all kinds of makeup and what’s best for baby.

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Santa Cruz, CA, Corvallis, OR—The organic industry is welcoming a major development with the upcoming merge of two of the nation’s largest third-party organic certification agencies, CCOF and Oregon Tilth.

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Already a leader in the nutritional lipids industry, DSM supplemented its market hold by acquiring omega-3 fatty acid leader in Ocean Nutrition, the company announced on May 18th.

DSM’s acquisition capitalizes on a market already well-established by strong scientific backing of nutritional lipids, while also offering significant growth opportunity for the foreseeable future. Ocean Nutrition Canada is the world’s largest supplier of fish-derived Omega-3 fatty acids to the dietary supplement and food and beverage markets.

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This year marks the extraordinary 100th anniversary of Bragg Live Foods, located in Santa Barbara, CA. In those 100 years, Bragg has dominated even the smallest of health food stores’ shelves with their books and food products and is still continuing to develop new ways to keep its place on those shelves for many more years to come.

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