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

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Chico, CA—Three large plastic bag makers are suing ChicoBag Company, claiming that the eco-friendly company has caused irreparable harm to their businesses.

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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.

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Rockville, MD—If the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations has its way, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have less cash in fiscal year 2012.

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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.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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