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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Austin, TX—On February 9, shares of Whole Foods Market stock were priced at the highest they’ve been in the past 52 weeks: $82.02. This number is far outside its 52-week range of $53.32–78.31. This marks a $4.09 (5.25%) increase on the day, according to Wall St. Watchdog.

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Promotions, new hire, retirements and more.

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What’s Selling is our monthly review of products that retailers from all over the country say are selling well in their stores. This issue we debut our What’s Selling Quarterly Analysis, which will pick up on new sales trends or activity. Here, we’ve compiled all of the data since the beginning of 2012 to see what is popular so far this year.

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

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Baltimore, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Almased USA of St. Petersburg, FL that it was using illegal language in the marketing of its Almased product.

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The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA) has reported that requests to withdraw some proposed regulations have fallen on deaf ears at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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