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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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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What’s Selling is our monthly review of what our retailers nationwide say is selling well in their stores. This month, we’ve compiled data from April to June to see what was popular in the second quarter of 2012.

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Las Vegas, NV—In keeping with tradition, the Natural Products Association (NPA) will honor several outstanding individuals later this month at the Natural Products MarketPlace tradeshow, held here June 14–16.

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San Diego, CA—Jimbo’s…Naturally!, comprised of four natural retail outlets in San Diego County, is the official selection for WholeFoods Magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2012. Since its first store was founded by Jim “Jimbo” Someck in 1984, newer locations have flourished into valued presences in their communities on the strength of natural and organic values along with a commitment to quality.

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On April 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine (DMAA). DMAA is commonly found in sports and weight-loss supplements.

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Laguna Beach, CA—Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D., scientific editor/author of WholeFoods’ Vitamin Connection column and well-known nutrition researcher, and fish oil authority Jorn Dyerberg, M.D., DMSc., have co-authored a new book about omega-3s that is due out this summer.

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Pittsburgh, PA—First-quarter sales for GNC Holdings Inc. better than expected. Revenues were $624.3 million, which was 23% higher than they were last year at this time.

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